Portfolio Holder – Councillor David Ellesmere
This report updates Executive in respect of the Council-owned Waterfront gateway sites and seeks approval of Executive to acquire a Waterfront Silo that is located between the Beeson and Burtons buildings already owned by IBC.
It is recommended that a masterplan is developed for the Waterfront site including the herewith proposed Silo and the Beeson and Burton properties already owned by IBC.
160.1 Councillor Ellesmere explained that the purchase of the Waterfront Silo Site would allow the Council to develop a masterplan for the area and proceed with regeneration work. It was anticipated that funds from the Business Rate Retention Pilot would be used to pay for both the site and the masterplan.
160.2 In accordance with Standing Orders Part 3 Section 3 Paragraph 3.5, the following question was asked:
Question 6 – Councillor Phillips
‘Could Executive please ensure that the masterplan being worked on provides the people of Ipswich with something memorable and inspirational at the entrance to the Waterfront rather than just a standard few flats and ground floor offices? Could we perhaps build around the archaeology and create a visitor centre such as the Jorvik Centre in York?’
Councillor Ellesmere explained that the Council would be aspiring to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, a quality development at this key gateway point. He noted however, that it needed to be done at a cost which was affordable to the Council and that a Jorvik Centre type of development would be very costly, both initially, and in the longer term as attractions of this type often relied on public subsidy. Councillor Ellesmere suggested that Councillor Phillips could advise him how much per year he would advocate the Council should spend on supporting a visitor attraction on this site, which could then help inform the Council’s work.
160.3 Councillor Jones noted the importance of the site to Ipswich and felt that a Masterplan for the area would allow a fitting development to take place.
It was RESOLVED:
a) that the acquisition of the Silo site outlined in red line on the plan in Appendix 1 be approved, on the basis of a private treaty purchase for the price included in the exempt version of this report, plus stamp duty and costs of acquisition; and that the Head of Development, in consultation with the Chief Executive and the Operations Managers for Finance and Legal & Democratic Services, be authorised to conclude the acquisition upon such terms as necessary, subject to the provisions in the exempt version of this report.
Reason: To facilitate redevelopment and economic regeneration of the
locality and bring forward this transaction in a timely manner.
b) that the Head of Development, in consultation with the Chief Executive and the Operations Managers for Finance and Legal & Democratic Services, be authorised to procure and appoint consultants on such terms and conditions as they deem commercially reasonable, subject to the budget set in the exempt version of the report to prepare a masterplan and/or outline planning application for the gateway sites together with a feasibility appraisal for the proposed development.
Reason: To facilitate redevelopment and economic regeneration of the locality and bring forward regeneration in a timely manner.
c) that the necessary funds (as set out in the exempt version of this report) be added to the 2018/19 General Fund Capital Programme for the masterplan and design, subject to agreement being reached under recommendation 13.1, and that this sum is to be financed from the Business Rate retention pilot.
Reason: To ensure that there is sufficient money available within the budget.
d) that the Integrated Transport Officer, in consultation with the Legal Services Operations Manager, be authorised to take all such steps as are expedient and necessary to vary the Ipswich Borough Council (St. Peter’s Dock) Off-Street Parking Places Order 2017 to incorporate the additional parking place referred to in this report with the same tariff as shall then apply at the existing St. Peter’s Dock car park, subject to such minor modifications as the Integrated Transport Officer considers necessary.
Reason: For the purpose of relieving or preventing the congestion of traffic and to ensure that land and property is put to a beneficial use whilst longer term redevelopment proposals are progressed.
e) that it be noted that the intent is that the expenditure authorised above will be financed via the recently agreed Business Rate Retention Pilot.
Reason: To make it clear that, in the long-term, it is anticipated that this purchase, and the development of the master-plan for the site and the adjacent sites, will be funded via retained business rates.