The Southborough Hub Project is a joint project between Kent County Council (KCC), Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) and Southborough Town Council (STC) to deliver a Community Hub scheme which has been a long-term aspiration for Southborough Town. Two previous key decisions (15/00041 and 15/00024) were taken authorising the inclusion of the library and the funding/land transactions required to facilitate the project.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Collaboration Agreement were signed between KCC and TWBC and STC. The land with the benefit of consent for the 69 residential units was
sold to Crest Nicholson, which along with the NHS and FA grant, has provided the budget to fund the project.
The terms of the Collaboration agreement have facilitated detailed development of the next stages of the project. This includes the negotiation and execution of funding agreements with the NHS and Football Foundation, together with the negotiation of a final tender sum for the construction works.
To authorise to the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services and the Corporate Director for Finance to enter into the necessary legal documents to enable the construction of the Southborough Hub development.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;
Decision status: For Determination
Division affected: Tunbridge Wells North;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/09/2019
Anticipated restriction: Part exempt -
Decision due: Not before 15th Oct 2019 by Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services
Lead director: Rebecca Spore
Department: Strategic & Corporate Services
Contact: Tel: 03000417953.
An extensive programme of consultation has been undertaken as the project has developed.
A paper is to be presented to the Policy and Resources Committee on 20th September 2019.
Papers have also been submitted to:
· Property Sub-committee March 2015
· Growth Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee - April 2015
· Infrastructure Commissioning Board April 2019
Financial implications: The project is self-funded through the proceeds of the land disposal by the parties along with S106, and contributions from the NHS and the FA association Grant. The Project will also release the current Southborough Library building for disposal. Running costs for the new library will also be reduced as a result of sharing common facilities with the other users.
Legal implications: The building contract forms part of a suite of legal documents binding the parties responsible for the delivery of the hub together. These include: • A Development agreement between Southborough Town Council and KCC. • Section 2 funding agreement between NHS England, KCC and Southborough Town Council. • Football Foundation funding agreement between the Football Foundation, KCC and Southborough Town Council.
Equalities implications: A full Equality’s Impact Assessment has been undertaken and can be viewed on request.