Agenda item

Provision of a New Artificial Grass Pitch at Perdiswell

That the Committee:

 

1.     Approve the business case for an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Perdiswell Leisure Centre;

 

2.     Approve the release of the ‘in principle’ capital allocation of £200k previously approved at Council on 5th June 2022, which represents the Council’s financial contribution to the AGP project;

 

3.     Note the requirements outlined in section 5.2 of this report relating to the disposal of public open space and approves the undertaking of a statutory public consultation having regard to Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended);

 

4.     Note the previously approved Council Motion relating to Perdiswell and that a further report will be presented to Council at its July meeting seeking approval for use of land at Perdiswell as set out within this report;

 

5.     Subject to recommendations 1.3 & 1.4 being approved, delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Operations, Homes & Communities in consultation with the Chair & Vice-Chair of this Committee to submit a planning application for the AGP facility;

 

6.     Subject to the grant of a satisfactory planning permission and confirmation of the successful award from the Football Foundation grants panel, delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Finance & Resources and the Corporate Director of Planning & Governance in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Communities Committee to:

 

(a)  finalise the operating arrangements and user pricing structure and enter into the requisite lease and other legal agreements with Freedom Leisure to operate the AGP facility on the Council’s behalf;

(b)  enter into the requisite legal agreements with the Football Foundation to secure their grant funding;

(c)  award the construction contract under the Football Foundation framework up to the value of £800k.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on a proposal to construct a new 3G Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Perdiswell, to be located to the side of the building in the area of land between the Football Foundation changing accommodation and the six existing grass football pitches. The Corporate Director – Operations, Homes and Communities presented the report and the Contracts and Performance Manager commented on the detailed aspects of the scheme.

 

The Corporate Director explained that the business case for the proposal and the release of the ‘in principle’ capital allocation of £200k – which represents the Council’s financial contribution to the AGP - had previously been approved by this Committee and full Council.

 

Officers responded to questions from Committee Members. In the ensuing discussion, reference was made to the environmental impact of an artificial surface. In response, the Corporate Director gave an assurance that the Council will ensure there is a net biodiversity gain of 10%. This would not ordinarily feature in the Council report but it can be formally recorded in the minutes.

 

It was proposed and seconded that the Committee agree the following additional recommendation:

 

That the Council keeps its commitment to achieving a 10% biodiversity net gain on site.

 

Upon being put to the vote it was resolved:

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree:

 

1.   To approve the business case for an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Perdiswell Leisure Centre;

 

2.   To approve the release of the ‘in principle’ capital allocation of £200k previously approved at Council on 5th June 2022, which represents the Council’s financial contribution to the AGP project;

 

3.   To note the requirements outlined in section 5.2 of this report relating to the disposal of public open space and approves the undertaking of a statutory public consultation having regard to Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended);

 

4.   To note the previously approved Council Motion relating to Perdiswell and that a further report will be presented to Council at its July meeting seeking approval for use of land at Perdiswell as set out within this report;

 

5.   To delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Operations, Homes & Communities in consultation with the Chair & Vice-Chair of this Committee to submit a planning application for the AGP facility;

 

6.   Subject to the grant of a satisfactory planning permission and confirmation of the successful award from the Football Foundation grants panel, to delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Finance & Resources and the Corporate Director of Planning & Governance in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Communities Committee to:

 

(a)   finalise the operating arrangements and user pricing structure and enter into the requisite lease and other legal agreements with Freedom Leisure to operate the AGP facility on the Council’s behalf;

(b)  enter into the requisite legal agreements with the Football Foundation to secure their grant funding;

(c)   award the construction contract under the Football Foundation framework up to the value of £800k; and

 

7.   That the Council keeps its commitment to achieving a 10% biodiversity net gain on site.

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