19/05/2014 – DECISION WITHDRAWN (Also 13/00032 and 13/00035)
REASON: Initial applications for Growing Places Fund were submitted for this project and projects at Southfleet Road, Ebbsfleet and The Base, Dartford but it has been determined on further investigation and appraisal that the projects either do not require GPF funding in order to proceed or that the risk for KCC was not proportionate to the benefits sought from the proposals.
A decision is required such that, subject to due diligence, Kent County Council shall agree to enter into credit agreements to secure investment from the Growing Places Fund to deliver commercial development at Sturry Road, Canterbury
Growing Places Fund (GPF) is a Government scheme which provides loan finance to unlock development sites where these will create new jobs and homes. In the South East, the Fund is administered by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), for which Essex County Council acts as the accountable body.
Following a call for projects and appraisal, the LEP has given indicative approval to allocate up to £629,000 to bring forward a commercial site at Sturry Road, Canterbury.
In order to secure this funding, it is proposed that KCC will enter into:
a) A credit agreement with Essex County Council to draw down the GPF funding; and
b) A subsidiary credit agreement with the private sector owners of the development.
This shall be subject to final due diligence.
This Decision contributes to delivery of the following Delivering Bold Steps priorities:
· Priority 8: Respond to key regeneration challenges, working with our partners. This specifically prioritises actions to unlock key sites, where these will lead to jobs and housing
Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision
The proposed Decision will mean that KCC will be able to draw down Growing Places Fund investment of up to £629,000. It is anticipated that this will unlock 4,000 sq m commercial floorspace and facilitate the creation of 40 jobs (gross) by 2015.
GPF funding is repayable. The primary risk is that KCC will be liable to repay the GPF loan to the Accountable Body, even if the private sector organisation is unable to repay the subordinate loan to KCC. This will be mitigated through due diligence, the robust drafting of the credit agreements, and project monitoring.
State Aid risks will be mitigated through the charging of an appropriate rate of interest, with all repayments (less costs to KCC) repaid to the GPF fund.
There will be some costs to KCC in managing the credit agreement. These will be recovered through interest payments and/ or through recharges to the central GPF fund, with costs and recovery mechanisms considered in development of the credit agreement.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Withdrawn
Division affected: Canterbury City North East; Canterbury City South West; Canterbury South East; Canterbury West; Herne and Sturry;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/06/2013
Department: Education & Young People's Services
KCC has taken the advice of the members of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership Board, who have been involved to Level 3 (Make Choices).
Other key consultee groups
South East Local Enterprise Board members (including business representatives and local authority leaders).
In addition, Canterbury City Council has been consulted as part of the project appraisal process.
Start and finish dates of consultation.
Summer 2012 – March 2013
Equalities Impact Assessment included in the consultation documentation. Please state where this can be found.
No – an Equalities Impact Assessment has not yet been prepared. It is anticipated that there will be few equalities impacts arising from this Decision. However, there may be combined impacts arising from the series of proposed Decisions to enter into credit agreements for GPF for a number of projects. It is therefore proposed that a single Equalities Impact Assessment will be undertaken for all related Decisions prior to the proposed Decision for this project being taken.
Date of publication of consultation outcomes and updated Equalities Impact Assessment
There is no separate consultation outcomes report. However, the discussion at the East LEP Board has been published at www.southeastlep.com.
Has the matter already been discussed by a Cabinet Committee? If not when will be it discussed by the Cabinet Committee and the date of the meeting
Yes. KCC’s approach to Growing Places Fund has been discussed by the Economic Development Cabinet Committee on 5 July 2012 and 21 September 2012.
In addition, the proposed Decision will be discussed by ED Cabinet Committee on 14 June.
Is the matter referred to in your Business Plan or Medium Term Capital Programme?
Yes – Referred to in Economic Development Unit Divisional Business Plan 2013/14
Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision? Is it All Members?
The development is located in on the boundary of Canterbury City North East (Graham Gibbens) and Herne and Sturry (Alan Marsh).
There may also be some impacts elsewhere in Canterbury (Canterbury West (John Simmonds), Canterbury City South East (Michael Northey), Canterbury City South West (Martin Vye)).
Financial implications: Ross Gill Economic Strategy & Policy Manager Business Strategy and Support 01622 221312 Ross.Gill@kent.gov.uk
Legal implications: 13/00036
Equalities implications: N/a