Issue details

Issue details

Blackbird Leys Development Project Detailed design

Cabinet, on 11 March 2020, resolved to:


1.    Delegate authority to the Executive Director Development to sign off the Pre-Planning Viability Condition and all other Stage One requirements of the Development Agreement detailed in this report, and confirm the project can move past Gateway One and into Stage Two (detailed design & planning submission) of the Development Agreement;

2.    Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Development, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Leisure & Housing and the Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, to approve moving through the remaining Gateways of the Development Agreement and subsequently entering into a lease for the land with Catalyst Housing Limited, subject to the approved budget;

3.    Note that the Development Agreement sets out that if the scheme does not move forward to delivery, that the Council will incur 50% of the Stage 2 costs, an estimate of which is set out in the report. (paragraph 73);

4.    Approve the use the CIL receipts generated to facilitate the delivery of the community and infrastructure works set out in the concept plan and to recommend to Full Council that this commitment is recognised in the Capital Programme in 2022/23 and beyond as a potential future earmarked CIL receipt (for investment in strategic infrastructure and community facilities at Blackbird Leys) and subject to planning;

5.    Recommend to Council to allocate a budget of up to £21.528 million to deliver the scheme for new affordable and market housing, community and retail facilities and new and enhanced public space (paragraphs 11-19) and in line with the funding sources and viability assessment set out in this report. (paragraphs 57 – 62);

6.    Recommend to  Council to allocate the HRA and General Fund spend in accordance with the profile set out in the report.(paragraphs 63-64) and which will supersede any current budget held for this project; and

7.    Commit to the fullest ongoing engagement with the local community as part of the detailed design and planning stage and prior to submission of the planning application.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure, income or savings of £500,000 or greater;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: Blackbird Leys; Northfield Brook;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/07/2019

Decision due: 11 Mar 2020 by Cabinet

Decision due: 30 Mar 2020 by Council

Budget approval

Decision due: 31 Mar 2020 by Chief Executive

Delegated under emergency powers (Covid19)

Decision due: Before 31 Dec 2024 by Executive Director (Development)

Lead member: Affordable Housing

Lead director:

Department: Regeneration and Economy

Contact: Paul Walker, Interim Projects Director, Regeneration Team Email:

Reason date could change: Confirmed for this meeting

Is the date subject to change: No


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