Decision details

21/00005 - Investment of Getting Building Funding in third-party projects

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To agree that the Getting Building Funding (GBF) will be used to support the third-party project - St George’s Creative Hub project promoted by Gravesend Borough Council - that the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Board prioritised to receive GBF at its board meeting on 11 December 2020.

To act as the accountable body for third-party projects within Kent’s geographical boundaries that are selected by the SELEP to receive GBF grant funding.

To delegate to the Section 151 Officer the authority to sign on KCC’s behalf a grant agreement or equivalent, where this is required to draw down funds following business case approval.

This key decision is required to enable a grant agreement to be entered into so that the Government funding can be secured for St George’s Creative Hub project, promoted by Gravesend Borough Council. Due to the terms and conditions of the Government’s Getting Building Fund, this funding can only be spent on specific GBF projects.

Background

On 3rd July 2020, the Government informed the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) that it would receive £85million of ‘Getting Building Fund’ (GBF) for ‘oven-ready’ schemes to stimulate economic recovery and help mitigate the impact that COVID-19 has had on employment levels. GBF is capital grant funding.

Kent County Council has previously taken decision 20/00086 in September 2020 which enabled the investment of GBF into four third-party delivered projects within Kent. One of the schemes covered by this decision is the construction of a New Performing and Production Digital Arts Facility at North Kent College, Dartford. Since the decision was taken, the project has submitted a full busines case which is seeking a lower amount of GBF than in the original expression of interest.

£323,204 of GBF is therefore available to allocate to next project on the GBF reserve which is St George’s Creative Hub project, promoted by Gravesend Borough Council.
Options (other options considered but discarded)
If Kent County Council were to choose to not enter into a grant agreement the GBF funding could be either (i) retained by central government or (ii) reallocated by SELEP to another project(s).

How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’ The GBF investment will help Kent County Council to deliver against its objectives within Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020). Specifically, the capital grant investment will help deliver these outcomes:

Kent communities feel the benefits of economic growth by being in-work, healthy and enjoying a good quality of life.

Kent business growth is supported by having access to a well skilled local workforce with improved transport, broadband and necessary infrastructure.

Kent County Council supports well planned housing growth so Kent residents can live in the home of their choice.

Kent’s physical and natural environment is protected, enhanced and enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Decision:

Decision:

 As Leader of the Council I agree to: 

 

- Agree that the Getting Building Funding (GBF) will be used to support the third-party project that the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Board prioritised to receive GBF at its board meeting on 11 December 2020.

 

- That Kent County Council acts as the accountable body for third-party projects within Kent’s geographical boundaries that are selected by the SELEP to receive GBF grant funding.

 

- Delegate to the Section 151 Officer the authority to sign on KCC’s behalf a grant agreement or equivalent, where this is required to draw down funds following business case approval.

 

Publication date: 07/02/2021

Date of decision: 05/02/2021

Effective from: 13/02/2021

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