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The Chair of Overview and Scrutiny has been informed that it was impracticable to give 28 days’ notice of the decision.
The provision of a health centre at Tottenham Hale has been a longstanding requirement under planning permission ref HGY/2018/2223. The NHS has made two previous attempts to secure funding and deliver the health centre but both were unable to proceed within the required timeframes. The NHS Boards approved funding on 17 September 2022 and indicated this would be the final funding opportunity for this facility. The funding agreement requires that the health centre is delivered by March 2023 and, in order to meet this deadline, the property arrangements must be put in place by mid-November in order to allow sufficient build time. Related Argent LLP has now confirmed that they would be able to provide access to the building from mid-November 2022, subject to property arrangements being put in place.
If this decision is not taken by mid-November, the NHS will be unable to apply for alternative funding which would result in a significant loss of funding, reputational damage, and the loss of health centre provision for the area.
Given the above, it is not practicable to comply with the 28-day notice requirement in Part Four, Section D, Rule 13 of the constitution. This is set out in Part Four, Section D, Rule 16, of the Constitution.
The Cabinet Member for Council Housebuilding, Placemaking, and Development considered the report which noted that, in January 2022, Cabinet took a decision to take a long lease for a term of 999 years of the Health Centre area (in shell and core) from TH Welbourne Limited (“THWL”) prior to practical completion of the Welbourne site development; and to grant a lease of the Health Centre to HealthLink for a term of 125 years, prior to practical completion of the Welbourne site development and subject to THWL granting the Council a lease of the Health Centre unit as set out. The deal with HealthLink subsequently fell away.
The North London Integrated Care Service (“NLICS”) has secured funding to fit out the Welbourne Health Centre, which would allow the GPs to take a lease of the Health Centre unit. The funding conditions require spend by 31 March 2023. To achieve this, site access was required for the building contractor in early November 2022.
The report sought authority to grant a new 20 year lease (with tenant’s option to extend by a further 16 years) to the Partners of the Lawrence House Group Practice (“the GPs”) together with a licence to occupy & alter to facilitate access.
In order to be able to grant both the licence and the lease to the GPs, the Council would enter into a 999 year superior lease with THWL prior to practical completion as the entire building, of which the health centre unit forms part, had not yet reached practical completion.
The Cabinet Member enquired about the timetable for the arrangements and the risks and mitigations. The Head of Property Change noted that the risks and issues were set out in the public report and some additional detail was included in the exempt report. It was explained that, if practical completion was not achieved, the Council would be required to repay the GPs costs but that the Council would have remedies under its Sale and Purchase Agreement with THWL that would allow for the completion of the building by the Council itself should that be necessary. It was added that, to offset the payment should it arise, the Council would be in possession of a state of the art health centre that it could use/ sell/ lease.
The Cabinet Member RESOLVED
1. To agree to the Council taking a 999 year lease at a rent (set out in the exempt report) of the Ground and First Floor premises (in shell and core) known as Unit 1 Walter Tull building from TH Welbourne Limited (THWL) prior to practical completion of the Welbourne site development; and to subsequently grant a Lease of those premises for an initial term of 20 to the GPs together with a licence to alter based on the Heads of Terms (set out in exempt Appendix 2). The initial rent of the premises is set out in the exempt report.
2. To agree to delegate authority to the Director of Placemaking and Housing to agree the ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Exclusion of the Press and Public
Item 5 is likely to be subject to a motion to exclude the press and public be from the meeting as it contains exempt information as defined in Section 100a of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended by Section 12A of the Local Government Act 1985); paras 3 and 5, namely information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.
That the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting as item 5 contained exempt information, as defined in Section 100a of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended by Section 12A of the Local Government Act 1985); paras 3 and 5, namely information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.
EXEMPT - Property Arrangements to Allow Occupation of a Health Centre at Tottenham Hale
The Cabinet Member considered the exempt information.