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Pendle Drive Litherland

Meeting: 01/09/2022 - Cabinet (Item 58)

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Report of the Executive Director of Corporate Resources and Customer Services


The Cabinet considered the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Resources and Customer Services advising that in January 2020 Cabinet approved the disposal of the first phase of surplus assets to generate capital receipts in support of the Growth and Strategic Investment and Framework for Change Programmes; that officers were provided with the authority to negotiate terms and conditions for each disposal in line with delegated authority set out in the Council’s Asset Disposal Policy; that Brooklea House, Pendle House, and Pendle Drive were three unoccupied buildings located on the site known as Pendle Drive, Litherland (“Pendle Drive”); that this site was in the first phase of the disposal programme; that in 2019, the Council was approached by a retail operator to acquire part of the site; that this represented an opportunistic disposal to provide a new food store, which was permissible under the processes approved within the Asset Disposal Policy; and that the remainder of the site would be redeveloped for housing, most likely via an informal tender exercise marketing it to interested Registered Providers and similar Companies.


The report also advised that the COVID19 pandemic led to discussions between the Council and retail operator stalling for a time; but however, following recent contact the basis of a deal had been resurrected and principal Heads of Terms agreed; and that the purchaser had agreed to demolish the three unoccupied buildings with the cost of demolition to be deducted from the gross land price as set out in Appendix 1.


The report concluded that the Council would market the balance of the site to Registered Providers, so that a small affordable housing residential development scheme could be brought forward; but that it was not expected to generate a significant capital receipt.  


Decision Made:





the disposal of 2.40 acres of land at Pendle Drive Litherland at a gross purchase price as set out in the Heads of Terms in Appendix 1 to the report be approved; that the disposal to be subject to the purchaser demolishing the three unoccupied buildings and the receipt of satisfactory planning consent for a new food store; and that the final land price be subject to deductions for the cost of the demolition works;



the deduction of up to 4% of the eventual capital receipt to cover the professional fees and incidental costs of disposal as set out in Capital Accounting Regulations be approved;



the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer be authorised to finalise a Licence Agreement to enable the purchaser to progress all technical due diligence and building surveys to support demolition works and to draw up the appropriate legal documentation to document the Transfer; and



authority be granted for the Executive Director of Corporate Resources and Customer Services to market and dispose of the remainder of the land in the Council’s ownership to Registered Providers for residential development, with terms of the disposal to be delegated to the Cabinet Member - Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services.


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