Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To receive approval for the expenditure of
S106 funding received on streetscape improvements at Stramongate,
Kendal. South Lakeland District Council's S106 funding received
from SL/2013/1120 is to be spent by November 2022 and must be used
by the Council to fund improvements in the Northern Approach from
the Railway Station at Longpool/ Longpool Junction to Kendal Town
The Finance and Assets Portfolio Holder presented a report on Section 106 Design Works at Stramongate Kendal. The report informed Members that the Council had sought approval for expenditure of Section 106 (S106) monies received from the Sainsbury’s development on Shap Road to deliver a public realm project that had been designed to increase visitor footfall to Stramongate and increase the accessibility of the area to pedestrians and cyclists.
The S106 funding agreement stated that funding must be used towards Town Centre Improvement Contribution, meaning the sum of £208,000 be used by the Council to fund improvements in the Northern Approach from Kendal Railway Station to Kendal Town Centre. Due to indexation the Council received a total of £224,043.85 from the Developer, Morbaine. In addition, Kendal Town Council made a contribution of £22,000 which gave the Council a budget of £246,043.85 which had been agreed by Council on 18 May 2022 as part of the revised Capital Programme.
The report highlighted the proposals, including a high quality natural stone paved surface being created on the entrance to Stramongate, while still allowing left-turning vehicles from Blackhall Road. The inclusion of small trees provided a more pleasant shopping and visitor environment.
Although the project delivery budget was limited and currently only enables a small scheme to be developed, it was felt that the project could demonstrate how the use of good quality natural materials can bring benefits to business, residents and visitors, providing an example of the future ambitions for the town’s public realm.
Members expressed their support for the proposals, noting the importance of Stramongate to Kendal as home of the weekly market.
RESOLVED – That
(1) the expenditure of up to £246,043.85 comprising £224,043.85 of Section 106 monies and £22,000 Kendal Town Council contribution, to deliver a street scape project at Stramongate, Kendal as previously agreed as part of the revised Capital Programme considered at Council on 18 May 2022 be approved; and
(2) authority be delegated to the Lead Specialist Legal Governance and Democracy (Monitoring Officer) [in consultation with the relevant Cabinet member/Leader] to agree terms and enter into a Section 278 agreement with Cumbria County Council to give effect to recommendation (1) and as detailed in section 3 of this report.
Reasons for the Decision
The proposals link to the Council Plan Priorities of:-
Delivering a balanced community – understanding the needs of local businesses by creating an attractive gateway towards the town centre; and
Addressing the climate emergency – by developing town centres which are attractive and accessible for living, working and leisure.
Alternative option would be not to grant approval of the expenditure and the S106 money received would be returned to the Developer (Morbaine).
Report author: Laura Chapman
Publication date: 12/08/2022
Date of decision: 08/06/2022
Decided at meeting: 08/06/2022 - Cabinet