Agenda and minutes

Property Sub-Committee - Monday, 14th December, 2015 2.00 pm

Venue: Darent Room, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone. View directions

Contact: Theresa Grayell  03000 416172

No. Item


Apologies and Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence and notification of any substitutes present


Mr M J Harrison was present in place of Mrs P A V Stockell.


Declarations of Interest by Members in Items on the Agenda

In accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct, Members are requested to declare any interests at the start of the meeting. Members are reminded to specify the agenda item number to which it refers and the nature of the interest being declared


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the meeting held on 23 September 2015 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To consider and approve the minutes as a correct record


Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on the 23 September 2015 are correctly recorded and they be signed by the Chairman.


Motion to Exclude the Press and Public for Exempt Business


RESOLVED that, under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information, as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.




East Kent Property Portfolio Acquisition

To consider and endorse or make recommendations to the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services on the proposed decision as set out in the report



Additional documents:


Mrs R Spore, Director of Infrastructure, and Mr K Hollidge, Development Consultant, were in attendance for this item.


1.            Mrs Spore and Mr Hollidge introduced the report, which outlined a proposal to acquire a small portfolio of properties, and explained that the Sub-Committee was being asked to comment on and either endorse or make a recommendation to the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services on the proposed acquisition.  They set out the background to and context of the current proposal and, with the Cabinet Member, responded to comments and questions from Members, explaining the following:-


a)    the sites to which the ‘sale and leaseback’ options applied were separate to those included in the current proposed acquisition;


b)    the sites currently proposed for acquisition would not include planning permissions, or be dependent upon any of them receiving such permissions;  and


c)    the County Council had secured a current, independent market valuation of the sites proposed for acquisition from a reputable firm and officers were confident that the Council would be able to add value to the properties.


2.            RESOLVED that the proposed decision by the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services, to authorise the Director of Infrastructure, in consultation with the Corporate Director of Finance and the Cabinet Member, to:


a)    proceed with the acquisition of the East Kent Property Portfolio at an appropriate value, within the requirements of the Property Investment Fund;


b)    finalise the terms of the transaction; and


c)    enter into any necessary documents to effect the acquisition,


be endorsed.