Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To consider funding and delivery arrangements
for the proposed junction improvement.
The Finance and Assets Portfolio Holder presented a report which sought approval to enable the Council to enter into the funding agreements with Cumbria County Council and the Highways Act s274 agreement with National Highways which together with the Growth Deal Funding Agreement completed in March 2021 would allow for the delivery of the scheme.
Members discussed the item in detail and expressed their thanks to Officers for their hard work on the project.
RESOLVED – That subject to full Council’s approval of the repurposing of the Cross a Moor contingency reserve:-
(1) the legal and financial advice contained in the report be received;
(2) it be noted that the agreements listed at (3)(a) to (c) are subject to final agreement;
(3) authority be delegated to the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources, in consultation with the Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer), Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer), and the Leader of the Council, to agree any further amendments (within the budget and policy framework and the overall risk envelope), and to approve the entering into of the following agreements (as more fully described in the report):
(a) the Forward Funding Agreement with Cumbria County Council;
(b) the Underwriting Agreement with Cumbria County Council; and
(c) the Highways Act 1980 section 274 Agreement with National Highways.
(4) The signing of the agreements referenced in recommendations 3(a) to (c) inclusive be delegated to the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer).
Reasons for Decision
Partnering with local and national bodies to deliver strategic transport infrastructure for the Morecambe Bay area, enabling future economic growth.
Unlocking the delivery of over 1,000 homes in south Ulverston on sites allocated in the adopted Local Plan, providing a balanced housing market to meet local needs.
Improving connectivity in the district and access to affordable homes and job opportunities.
Will help to reduce congestion and provide a new wetland area to ease flooding in Swarthmoor. Works will also include a new pedestrian footpath and improved bio-diversity from planting a variety of species including native hedgerow.
If SLDC does not take a proactive role in the project and does not proceed with the recommended approach, it is highly likely that the scheme will not be completed. This would reduce both the amount of housing that can be delivered in the south of Ulverston and the growth potential in the area in the next Local Plan Review. Reduced housing development will also reduce affordable housing provision, reduce wider benefits for economic growth and reduce income from Council Tax and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
Report author: Linda Fisher
Publication date: 16/11/2021
Date of decision: 10/11/2021
Decided at meeting: 10/11/2021 - Cabinet