Agenda item

Poole Regeneration

This report provides a high-level consideration of the work required to develop a Masterplan for the sustainable regeneration of Poole’s Town Centre (including Town Centre North, the High Street, Poole Quay, Twin Sails Regeneration Area, and other geographically appropriate sites).

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:-

(a)           Approve the repurposing of up to £1m from the remaining Heart of Poole budget to progress a programme for the Regeneration of Poole Town Centre;

(b)           Delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Regeneration & Economy to progress the procurement of master-planners, undertake due-diligence and explore future delivery mechanisms;

(c)           Approve the proposed governance structure for the Poole Regeneration Programme as set out in Appendix A;

(d)           Approve the development of a new Funding Strategy for the delivery of a revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre;

(e)           Approve the development of an Acquisition and a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Strategy along with associated specialist agent and legal fees, that can be deployed should the need arise;

(f)            Approve the inclusion of Heritage Action Zone funding and match-funding via s106 and CIL within the Capital Programme (total £1.2m);

(g)           Delegate approval to the Corporate Director for Regeneration & Economy to explore additional funding requirements to support Regeneration across the conurbation;

(h)           Give due consideration to existing work already done in the development of a revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre;

(i)             the revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre be received by the O&S Board for scrutiny, once developed, and prior to wider consultation on the Masterplan; and

(j)             the Acquisition and Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Strategy be received by the O&S Board for scrutiny, once developed.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holders: Culture, Regeneration and Economy

Transport and Infrastructure

Reason

To create a Vision and Masterplan for Poole Town Centre that will align with the aims of the Council and the priorities of the new CP Corporate Plan.

Minutes:

The Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Culture, Regeneration and Economy presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'I' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet were requested to consider the work required to develop a Masterplan for the sustainable regeneration of Poole’s Town Centre (including Town Centre North, High Street, Poole Quay, Twin Sails Regeneration Area, and other geographically appropriate sites).

The Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Board addressed the Cabinet and praised the Portfolio Holder for Culture, Regeneration & Economy for the report and further to this advised that at their recent meeting the Board resolved to make the following recommendations to Cabinet:

1)    Cabinet be recommended to build on existing work already done in the development of a revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre;

2)    the revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre be received by the O&S Board for scrutiny, once developed, and prior to wider consultation on the Masterplan;

3)    the Acquisition and Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Strategy be received by the O&S Board for scrutiny, once developed.

In relation to the first recommendation the Portfolio Holder advised that much of the previous report would be used as a reference for the masterplanning.

Cabinet discussed the potential relocation of Poole Train Station and the reasons why a potential move would be considered. In relation to this Cabinet were advised that Network Rail were looking at a rail strategy for Dorset.

Cabinet discussed the Overview and Scrutiny Board recommendations and felt that they could be incorporated if the first recommendation was reworded to refer to ‘give due consideration to’.

RESOLVED that Cabinet:-

(a)          Approve the repurposing of up to £1m from the remaining Heart of Poole budget to progress a programme for the Regeneration of Poole Town Centre;

(b)          Delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Regeneration & Economy to progress the procurement of master-planners, undertake due-diligence and explore future delivery mechanisms;

(c)          Approve the proposed governance structure for the Poole Regeneration Programme as set out in Appendix A;

(d)          Approve the development of a new Funding Strategy for the delivery of a revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre;

(e)          Approve the development of an Acquisition and a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Strategy along with associated specialist agent and legal fees, that can be deployed should the need arise;

(f)           Approve the inclusion of Heritage Action Zone funding and match-funding via s106 and CIL within the Capital Programme (total £1.2m);

(g)          Delegate approval to the Corporate Director for Regeneration & Economy to explore additional funding requirements to support Regeneration across the conurbation;

(h)          Give due consideration to existing work already done in the development of a revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre;

(i)           the revised Masterplan for Poole Town Centre be received by the O&S Board for scrutiny, once developed, and prior to wider consultation on the Masterplan; and

(j)           the Acquisition and Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Strategy be received by the O&S Board for scrutiny, once developed.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holders: Culture, Regeneration and Economy

Transport and Infrastructure

 

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