Decision details

Holes Bay, Poole (former power station site) acquisition strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek authority to purchase the site


RESOLVED that Cabinet:-

(a)          Agrees that the site is acquired on the acquisition proposal set out in this report for the consideration detailed in the confidential part at appendix 1 of this report (site indicatively edged red on the plan attached at appendix 2);

(b)          Agree in principle to accept the £5m Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) grant (with its associated terms and conditions) to part fund the acquisition of the site, with delegated authority to the Section 151 Officer;

(c)          Agree that plans are developed promptly following acquisition to bring the site forwards, with a further report to Cabinet/Council seeking approval on the associated investment decisions, revenue implications and proposed detailed delivery model;

(d)          Agree that a project team for this site be formally established as part of the Poole Regeneration Board framework within existing resources to drive the project forward and ensure appropriate governance; and

(e)          Delegate authority to the Corporate Property Officer to complete the acquisition and all associated property transactions to prepare the site for development.

RECOMMENDED that Council:-

Amend the Capital Programme to include provision for this purchase, to be funded by prudential borrowing, on the basis set out in the confidential report.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holders: Housing

                             Regeneration and Culture


To facilitate the acquisition of this key brownfield site in order to ensure the timely delivery of much needed housing and create a new and vibrant community in Poole.

Report author: Stephen Dunhill

Publication date: 29/05/2020

Date of decision: 27/05/2020

Decided at meeting: 27/05/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 06/06/2020

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