Agenda and minutes

Venue: Civic Centre, Gravesend, Kent

Contact: Committee Section 

Items
No. Item

57.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Michael Wenban, Cllr Gary Harding attended as Cllr Wenban’s substitute.

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Makhan Singh, Cllr Lauren Sullivan attended as Cllr Singh’s substitute.

 

58.

To declare any interests which members may have on the items contained on this agenda. When declaring an interest members must state what their interest is.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

59.

To consider whether any items in Part A will be considered in private or any items in Part B in public

Minutes:

None.

60.

To consider a report in respect of the disposals and acquisition of interests in land belonging to the Council and the redevelopment of land belonging to the Council pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed representatives of Reef Estates Ltd to the meeting.

The Committee received a presentation from Reef Estates Ltd which set out their proposal for a strategic joint venture to regenerate Gravesend Town Centre. The proposal was focused around three key elements – the St George’s Centre, the Eastern Quarter and the Western Quarter, all of which would require planning consent. Subject to planning permission, the following was proposed:

·         St George’s Shopping Centre

 

This proposal would look to stabilise and invigorate the retail environment by introducing a leisure element at the rear of the site and to enhance the physical environment which would include consideration of the structure of the canopies in the mall. This would include improving the overall ‘look’ of the mall area, improving and modernising the entrances to the shopping centre and would include the rear access, new branding and the development of a specific leisure area with a boutique cinema and a small number of restaurants.

 

·         Western Quarter

 

There was no planning permission in place for this area and therefore a new application would need to be submitted at the appropriate time which was likely to include residential and retail space as well as provision for car parking. The removal of the retail box units permitted by a previous consent, and a reduction in car parking would allow the arrangement of buildings and their relationship with the church to be reconsidered. The breakdown of massing would achieve an attractive permeable environment. There would also be a new route to the St George’s Centre from the church. Currently, the proposal provided a significant number of residential units, the exact tenure of which was yet to be established.

 

·         Eastern Quarter

 

This element would build upon the planning consent that was already in place but was likely to suggest some variations to enhance to scheme. This would be a similar approach as the Western Quarter but without the hotel element. The scheme would include residential and retails space as well as provision for car parking. The proposal as it stands also provided for a significant number of residential units, the exact tenure of which was yet to be established.

Overall Reef Estates Ltd hoped that the mix of retail, restaurants, leisure and residential across these areas would to encourage and invigorate a day and night time vibe with a community feel.

Reef Estates Ltd advised that it had undertaken work with a number of local authorities across the country including one with Gloucester City Council and the regeneration of the Kings Walk Shopping Centre which had some similarities to the scheme being proposed in Gravesend Town Centre. Reef Estates Ltd had also undertaken projects in Acton, Bow, Oxford city centre, Chiswick and Camden and invited Members and officers to come and inspect the results of one of these projects.

The Chair invited question from Members as follows:

·         Concern was expressed about the proposed reduction in resident parking. Reef Estates Ltd clarified that the number of public parking spaces  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.

61.

Exclusion of the Public

To move, if required, that pursuant to section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 that the public be excluded from any items included in Part B of the agenda because it is likely in view of the nature of business to be transacted that if members of the public are present during those items, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of schedule 12A of the Act.

Minutes:

Resolved pursuant to Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 that the public be excluded during the following item of business because it was likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted that, if member of the public were present during this item, there would be disclosure to then of exempt information.

62.

To consider a report in respect of the disposals and acquisition of interests in land belonging to the Council and the redevelopment of land belonging to the Council

Minutes:

The Committee noted the indicative detailed financial information with regards to the proposals and the need for this to remain confidential at this stage for reasons for commercial sensitivity whilst negotiations were ongoing, with a further report to be considered in due course once these negotiations had been concluded.