Agenda and minutes

Asset Management and Economic Development Cabinet Committee
Thursday, 5th December, 2013 6.30 pm

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Webcasting Introduction

The Chairman reminded everyone present that the meeting would be broadcast live to the internet and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meetings.

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The Chairman reminded everyone present that the meeting would be broadcast live to the internet, and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meetings.


Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on this agenda.

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There were no declarations of interest pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct.


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To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of the Cabinet Committee held on 31 October 2013.

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 31 October 2013 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record, subject to the substitution of the following paragraph for the final paragraph of Minute 5 (10) (Asset Management Co-ordination Group Report – Lindsey House, Epping:


Councillor Stallan asked that this be referred to the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee on the possibility of Lindsey House being added to the list of sites for potential redevelopment. The Chairman requested that the Chief Estates & Valuation Officer discuss this matter with the Director of Housing.


Terms of Reference

The Cabinet Committee noted its Terms of Reference.




The Committee is chaired by the Portfolio Holder for Asset Management & Economic Development and a Vice-Chairman will be appointed by the Leader of Council from members of the Cabinet. (For 2013/14 the Leader has appointed the Environment Portfolio Holder.)


Management of the Council-Owned Property Assets


To consider and make recommendations to the Cabinet, on proposals brought forward by the officers’ Asset Management Co-ordinating Group in respect of Council-owned property assets which are suitable for disposal, redevelopment or rationalisation in order to secure a financial return to the Council or an improvement in service provision.


North Weald Airfield


To monitor and submit recommendations to the Cabinet as appropriate on:


(a)        strategic land use issues relating to the future development of the Airfield;


(b)        strategic matters relating to the business, recreational and other activities conducted there;


(c)        proposals for the part redevelopment or part disposal of the Airfield or its disposal; and


(d)        proposals for the generation of additional income from aviation and other activities at the Airfield.


The Committee’s terms of reference shall not extend to decision-making on existing Council activities on the site which shall remain the prerogative of the relevant Portfolio Holders within the Cabinet or the Cabinet itself.


In carrying out its responsibilities above, the Cabinet Committee shall have regard to


(i)         the impact of the LDF Spatial Strategy as it develops;


(ii)        the opportunities for disposing of property where it is in the best interest of the District for these to be transferred to more appropriate ownership or disposed of by leasehold in order to secure a financial return to the Council;


(iii)       the suitability of sites for transfer to registered social landlords;


(iv)       partnership schemes which would either assist in the delivery of infrastructure projects or unlock the potential of property holdings of partner bodies.


Economic Development


To make recommendations to the Cabinet on an Economic Development Strategy for the District and on ways of co-ordinating the management of the Council’s property assets to assist with achieving the objectives of that Strategy.

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That the Terms of Reference be noted.


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To consider the attached report (AMED-009-2013/14).

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The Cabinet Committee noted a report from the Asset Management Co-ordination Group on the progress they made with the development of Council’s property assets.


The Chief Estates and Valuation Officer reported orally on further progress which had been achieved since the matters had been considered by the Group.


(1)        Langston Road Retail Park


Negotiations with the joint venture partners Polofind Limited were progressing. A meeting had recently been held with legal representatives to consider the development and the legal basis of the procurement of the buildings and the financial joint development arrangements between EFDC and Polofind Limited. A further meeting had been arranged and heads of terms would be agreed shortly.


(2)        Oakwood Hill Depot


The planning application would be re-submitted before Christmas.


(3)        Pyrles Lane Nursery


There was nothing further to report.


(4)        St John’s Road


The agents for Essex County Council, Epping Forest District Council and Epping Town Council, had spoken to the developers, the terms and financial remuneration were being detailed by the developers and this would be ready to be formally considered by members of all three Councils early in 2014.


(5)        Waste Contractor’s Depot


There was nothing further to report.


(6)        North Weald Airfield


The Valuation and Estates Department were in the process of appointing consultants to advise on estates and development opportunities at the Airfield, to be considered by the Planning Department who were preparing a report on the North Weald Master Plan.


The Chief Estates & Valuation Officer advised that the initial Master Plan report had been delayed but should be ready by the middle of January 2014 and therefore available for the next meeting of this Committee. He also advised that the main report would not be completed until the end of March 2014.


(7)        Torrington Drive


A meeting had recently been held with Sainsbury’s, their agent and the agent for Stobart Properties. They had implied that they were keen to commence work by end of January 2014, initially to carry out structural works and then to refurbish the Sainsbury’s Store. This was subject to completing legal formalities and it was hoped that all the work would be carried out by late spring 2014.


(8)        Winston Churchill Public House


EFDC was currently tendering for solicitors to negotiate heads of terms with the developer and the tender deadline was Friday 13 December 2013. The planning application had been submitted by the developer and would be heard on the 11 December 2013 at the District Development Control Committee.


(9)        Broadway Car Parks/Burton Road Depot


A meeting had been held this week, chaired by the Director of Housing. A number of proposals were being progressed and it was hoped that by early next year there would be some firm proposals for the development of those areas.


(10)      Lindsey House Epping


There was nothing further to report.


(11)      Town Mead Depot


There had been no further progress and it was hoped that a meeting would be held soon with Waltham Abbey Town Council (WATC) to discuss the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.



Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, together with paragraphs 6 and 25 of the Council Procedure Rules contained in the Constitution require that the permission of the Chairman be obtained, after prior notice to the Chief Executive, before urgent business not specified in the agenda (including a supplementary agenda of which the statutory period of notice has been given) may be transacted.


In accordance with Operational Standing Order 6 (non-executive bodies), any item raised by a non-member shall require the support of a member of the Committee concerned and the Chairman of that Committee. Two weeks’ notice of non-urgent items is required.

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(a)        London Southend Airport Consultation


The Director of Environment and Street Scene reported on the Consultation process. He advised the Committee that London Southend Airport (LSA) was consulting local aviation users around their proposals to re-establish controlled airspace above London Southend Airport, that followed on from the recent expansion of operations at the airfield including Easyjet and Aer Lingus Regional running scheduled flights in and out of LSA. LSA had taken the view that they needed to have greater control over aircraft passing near, around and over the airfield for safety considerations. They were therefore undertaking a consultation exercise and had indicated a considerable amount of controlled airspace which would have the potential to impact upon aviation use at North Weald Airfield (NWA) and Stapleford Aerodrome (SA).


Members were advised that the North Weald Airfield Manager had meetings with airfield tenants and they had drawn up a response to the consultation which formed a good basis of a response to LSA.


Attention had been drawn to the extent of the controlled airspace, LSA had indicated they needed a greater area than that of the controlled airspaces above Luton, Gatwick or Stansted airports, even though LSA was much smaller and was not as busy.


The Committee noted that the consequences of  the extended area of controlled airspace would mean that pilots from NWA and SA undertaking flight training would be considerably more restricted in the airspace that would be available to them to conduct those flights and secondly for non commercial aircraft, general aviation which was transiting between this part of Essex and the continent would be funnelled into a much more restricted area of airspace than was currently the case.


The deadline for the consultation was the 19 December 2013 and the Council’s response to the consultation would be published in the Members Bulletin. The Director of Environment and Street Scene advised that the Council’s response would incorporate the views expressed.


(b)       Income Generation for North Weald Airfield


The Chief Estates and Valuation Officer reported that increasing the Council’s revenue from the Airfield was high priority and their agents were taking this into consideration. The Airfield Manager was looking at ways of increasing revenue through licenses and aviation and was considering an application from a Norwegian club who wished to store historic airplanes at the Airfield.


Exclusion of Public and Press

To consider whether, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press should be excluded from the meeting for the items of business set out below on grounds that they will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraph(s) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act indicated:



Agenda Item No


Exempt Information Paragraph Number





North Weald Airfield Main Runway


Licence Fee for North Weald Market






To resolve that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following items which are confidential under Section 100(A)(2) of the Local Government Act 1972:


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Paragraph 9 of the Council Procedure Rules contained in the Constitution require:


(1)       All business of the Council requiring to be transacted in the presence of the press and public to be completed by 10.00 p.m. at the latest.


(2)       At the time appointed under (1) above, the Chairman shall permit the completion of debate on any item still under consideration, and at his or her discretion, any other remaining business whereupon the Council shall proceed to exclude the public and press.


(3)       Any public business remaining to be dealt with shall be deferred until after the completion of the private part of the meeting, including items submitted for report rather than decision.


Background Papers:  Paragraph 8 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules of the Constitution define background papers as being documents relating to the subject matter of the report which in the Proper Officer's opinion:


(a)       disclose any facts or matters on which the report or an important part of the report is based;  and


(b)       have been relied on to a material extent in preparing the report does not include published works or those which disclose exempt or confidential information (as defined in Rule 10) and in respect of executive reports, the advice of any political advisor.


Inspection of background papers may be arranged by contacting the officer responsible for the item.


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That the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the items of business set out below on the grounds that they would involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:


Agenda                                                                       Exempt Information

Item No.          Subject                                               Paragraph Number


9                      North Weald Airfield                                        3

Main Runway


10                    Licence Fee for North                                     3

                        Weald Market


North Weald Airfield Main Runway

To consider the attached restricted report (AMED-010-2013/14).


The Cabinet Committee noted a report of the Director of Environment and Street Scene concerning the North Weald Airfield Main Runway. Attention was drawn to Counsel’s opinion and the licence conditions.


The Cabinet Committee noted that specialist consulting engineers had been appointed to provide advice to the Council.


Licence Fee for North Weald Market

To consider the attached restricted report (AMED-011-2013/14).


The Director of Finance presented a report to the Cabinet Committee regarding the Licence Fee for North Weald Market. He introduced Mr Hughes from Hughmark Continental Ltd who attended the meeting and gave a verbal report on the current status of the market and trading conditions.




That the Cabinet be recommended to agree the request from Hughmark Continental Ltd for the continuation of the reduced fee arrangement subject to a review after the first quarter of the 2014 calendar year.


Reasons for the Decision:


To achieve a suitable licence fee having regard to current trading conditions.


Other Options Considered and Rejected:


Enforcement of the full terms of the licence.