Decision Maker: Leader of Lewes District Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
Consideration of proposals for bringing back into use the former University Technical College as part of the regeneration of Newhaven.
(1) That funds be allocated from the Council’s capital programme for the acquisition of the Headlease and Sublease of the former UTC.
(2) That, subject to legal title due diligence and a valuation personal to LDC, the Director of Regeneration and Planning, in consultation with the Leader, be given delegated authority to:
- conclude acquisition of the former UTC, comprising both the Headlease and the Sublease as described in this report;
- conclude all legal agreements
In accordance with section 17 of the Council’s Policy and Performance Advisory Committee Procedure Rules, the call-in procedure shall not apply to this decision given its urgency. A decision is urgent if, in the view of the decision maker, any delay likely to be caused by the call-in process would, for example, seriously prejudice the Council’s or the public’s interests.
In accordance with this section, it is the opinion of the decision maker that this decision is an urgent one and therefore exempt from call-in.
The former UTC has been empty since July 2019. A successful bid was made to the Getting Building Fund last year to enable the property to be brough back into use. At its meeting on 24 September 2020, Cabinet delegated approval to the Director of Regeneration and Planning, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to conclude acquisition of the property.
Negotiations involving the legal arrangements for acquisition of the property have been protracted. If the acquisition is to go ahead the Council now needs to agree funding to acquire the Headlease and the Sublease interests in the property and authorise the Director of Regeneration and Planning to conclude the acquisition.
The building has been empty for around one year, and no viable alternative uses have been presented to the current leaseholder during this period.
Urgent item?: Yes
Publication date: 17/09/2021
Date of decision: 10/09/2021