Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Alan Cullens, queried if the discussion on the item could be held in public, noting that commercially sensitive information would have to be considered in private session.
The Monitoring Officer, Chris Moister, advised this would be acceptable, but stressed the need for caution.
The Executive Leader, Councillor Alistair Bradley, gave a short presentation which set out the plans for the Levelling Up Funding bid (LUF), and noted that councils were invited to submit a bid no later than 6 July 2022.
The timescales for the funding bids were tight and therefore it was important that the schemes included were already partly progressed and/or the land was owned by the council. The schemes also needed to focus on the three key properties of the LUF, town centre regeneration, cultural and heritage and transport improvements.
Members considered the proposals relating to the Civic Square, Bengal Street and Hollinshead Health Hub.
The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Alan Cullens, queried when the council had been informed that it would be in the level one category. This information would be confirmed following the meeting, but was thought to be early May 2022. The need for consultation with the public and members as the schemes progressed was noted.
Councillor Bradley responded to a query regarding the timescales for planning applications to be determined and noted that conversations had already taken place with planning officers regarding the proposed schemes and the proposed timescales to submit an application was set out in the report.
The debate continued in private session.
Report author: Sarah Ashcroft, Rachel Salter
Publication date: 21/07/2022
Date of decision: 19/07/2022
Decided at meeting: 19/07/2022 - Council