Issue details

13/00020 and 13/00020/2 - Key office Hub – New Ways of Working

13/00020 - New Ways of Working acquisition of property.


13/00020/2 – Further action required to secure the acquisition of property and achieve the aims of New Ways of Working that were not foreseen and therefore not fully authorised under 13/00020

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/03/2013

Reason for urgency:
13/00020/2 - It was not possible to delay the taking of the second part of the decision without risk to the interests of the council.

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Financial information and commercial sensitivity. Risk to the business activity of the council from publication of the material outweighs the public interest of publishing it at this time.

Decision due: Not before 28th Mar 2013 by Cabinet Member for Business Strategy, Performance & Health Reform
Reason: 13/00020 - Not before March 2013. 13/00020/2 - 28/08/2013

13/00020 - Approval by the Cabinet Member for Business Strategy Performance and Health Reform for the Director of Property and Infrastructure Support to agree terms and proceed with the acquisition of the West Kent Key Office Hub under the office transformation program now known as New Ways of Working and the disposal of existing accommodation linked to this as appropriate. 13/00020/2 - Decision of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement to undertake a further financial transaction not authorised within the original decision to facilitate the aquisition.

Lead director: Rebecca Spore

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Contact: Paul McCallum, Head of Corporate Portfolio Office Email: Email: Email: Tel: 01622 696783, Rebecca Spore, Director of Infrastructure Email: Tel: 01622 221151.


In accordance with local and statutory procedures for urgency the following people we consulted on decision 13/00020/2:

Mr Parry, Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee, although concerned that the decision was urgent, agreed that it could not be reasonably deferred in order to undertake normal requirements such as publication on the FED or consideration by a Cabinet Committee.

Mr Wood, Corporate Director of Finance and Procurement also agreed that the decision could not be deferred.

Mr King, Mr Baldock, Mr Cowan, Mrs Dean, Mr Latchford and Mr Smyth were all consulted and commented as followed:

Mr Baldock expressed concern about the decision and the need to take it via urgency procedures.

Mr Latchford, Mr King and Mr Smythe supported the decision.

Financial implications: 13/00020 Rebecca Spore 01622 221151 13/00020/2 Paul McCallum Strategic Initiatives Adviser 01622 696783

Legal implications: 13/00020 & 13/00020/2

Equalities implications: Financial - Decision is likely to exceed the financial criteria for classification