To consider the report of the Executive Member for Place and Economic Prosperity.
The Executive Member for Place and Economic Prosperity, Councillor Humphreys, introduced the report which sought approval for the scope and funding of the Delivering Change in Horley Town Centre programme. The programme would deliver a comprehensive and coordinated set of projects within the Town Centre and was comprised of four complementary projects:
a) The refurbishment of the subway to provide an improved link into the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists
b) Public realm improvements to further improve the look and feel of the High Street, building on the Council’s recent investment in the precinct
c) The installation of pay-on-exit parking in two of the Council’s main car parks to provide more convenient parking for town centre visitors
d) Work to bring forward the development of the High Street Car Park site to deliver much needed new homes through a mixed-use residential led scheme.
Councillor Humphreys explained that the programme of projects was based on what local stakeholders had said that they wanted in the town. It would deliver the Council’s aspirations to invest in its town centres, drive economic prosperity and deliver more affordable homes, as set out in the Five-Year Plan.
In response to a query from a Visiting Member, the Leader of the Council explained that the feasibility study for the development would consider the potential impact on town centre car parking.
1) The scope of the Horley Town Centre revitalisation programme as set out in the report be approved.
2) That the programme is progressed in accordance with the key stages as set out in the report.
3) That a total of £600,000 already included in the Council’s approved Capital Programme 2020–2025 be allocated to undertake the High Street public realm improvement works in the town centre in accordance with the scope outlined in the report.
4) That a total of £37,600 be approved from the Council’s Commercial Ventures (Feasibility Studies) Reserve to progress a feasibility and options study in relation to the development of the High Street Car Park to deliver a mixed-use housing led scheme in accordance with the policy and site allocation set out in the Council’s adopted Development Management Plan (funding to be capitalised should the project proceed).
5) That a total of £53,900 is approved from the Council’s Capital Programme for the delivery of pay-on-exit car parking at the Victoria Road and Central car parks in accordance with the report.
6) The Head of Place Delivery be authorised in consultation with the Executive Member for Place and Economic Prosperity and Head of Finance to agree provisional budget allocations to (i) progress the High Street Car Park project to planning and (ii) deliver the project within the Capital Programme.
7) The Head of Place Delivery be authorised in consultation with the Executive Member for Place and Economic Prosperity to make the necessary consultancy and contractor appointments to complete the feasibility studies and design development for the Delivering Change in Horley Town Centre programme.
8) The Head of Place Delivery be authorised in consultation with the Executive Member for Place and Economic Prosperity to undertake and complete the procurement, design and management of the works and to enter into any documentation required as part of the workstreams.
9) That the Head of Place Delivery be authorised to enter into all necessary agreements with partners including Network Rail and Surrey County Council in order to undertake works to the public highway and on privately owned structures.
10)That the Head of Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, be authorised to enter into a contract for the supply, installation and maintenance of pay-on-exit equipment at the Central Car Park and Victoria Road Car Park.
11)That the Head of Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, be authorised to make amendments to the Reigate & Banstead Parking Order (2019) including the placing of advertisements.
12)Following the successful completion of Stage 1 of the High Street Car Park development project and a further report to Executive that the Head of Place Delivery be authorised to submit a planning application(s) for the redevelopment of the High Street site.
13)That the Head of Place Delivery be authorised to enter into any highway agreements including Section 278 agreements.
14) That the Head of Place Delivery, in consultation with the Executive Member for Place and Economic Prosperity and Head of Finance, be authorised to make any necessary changes to the scope and the funding of the programme provided they it does not require any additional funding from the Council’s capital programme.
Reason for decision:
To progress the Delivering Change in Horley Town Centre programme (the Programme), a comprehensive programme of investment that will deliver and unlock maximum benefits for the town centre. The Programme recognises the role of Horley as an important local centre in a strategically important location, and the opportunity that is presented now to accelerate the Council’s programme of transformation.
Alternative options: As set out in the report.