A report by the Corporate Director, Department for Neighbourhood and Planning is circulated
Councillor John Brady, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Housing presented a report which updated Cabinet on the progress to develop the Maltings and Central Car Park area of Salisbury. The report also sought approval on specific items which would mitigate risk to the Council whilst ensuring the opportunity is attractive to developers.
(i) That the Council offers the Maltings and Central Car Park (MCCP) to the market via an OJEU procurement process.
(ii) That the MCCP be taken to the market in spring 2011 with a target date of March 2011.
(iii) To delegate authority to the Director, Economy and Enterprise, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Housing and Director of Resources to approve the OJEU procurement process, the minimum project requirements (on the basis referred to in paragraph 16 of the report presented) and the evaluation criteria prior to marketing the MCCP.
(iv) That Cabinet notes that the existing library may be demolished and replaced as part of the MCCP redevelopment or may be demolished and replaced elsewhere in the city in an alternative suitable location.
(v) To delegate authority to the Director, Economy and Enterprise, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Housing and Director of Resources, for the acquisition of opportunity land interests in and around the MCCP that would enhance the likelihood of delivering a retail-led mixed use development on the site.
(vi) That Cabinet notes that there may be a reduction in car parking income during or as a result of the carrying out of the redevelopment on the MCCP although this may be offset by a combination of capital receipt and rental income arising out of the redevelopment. The provision of Park and Ride space around Salisbury will ensure minimal impact to parking for the city.
(vii) That Cabinet approves the principle of proceeding with a compulsory purchase order at the successful developer’s expense in the event that this is in the public interest and where the chosen scheme cannot proceed without acquiring third party interests.
(viii) That all interests in the ownership of the Council within the area of land shown edged red on Plan A attached to the report presented (not being public open space or already held for planning purposes) be appropriated for planning purposes at the date the Council allows the successful developer to enter onto such land for the purposes of carrying out development in accordance with a planning permission granted for the development of the MCCP.
Reason for Decision
The delivery of this project would enhance the local economy of Salisbury and address significant retail ‘leakage’ to competing centres, notably Southampton, Bournemouth and Basingstoke. It would help to safeguard jobs and the economic vitality and viability of the City. It is desirable that this project proceeds now, to avert significant developer pressure for retailing in edge and out of centre locations, which if developed could damage the MCCP project and the future vitality of Salisbury as a retail destination.