Agenda and minutes

Business and Finance Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday 15 November 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: E201, Telford College, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NP

Contact: Sam Yarnall  01952 382193

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Declarations of Interest




Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 110 KB


RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting 20 June 2023 be confirmed and signed by the Chair.


Telford Land Deal and Growth Fund pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To receive an update on the Telford Land Deal and Growth Fund.


The Regeneration & Investment Service Delivery Manager and the Director: Investment & Prosperity presented the Telford Land Deal & Growth Fund to the Committee. The presentation summarised the reports that were presented to the Cabinet in October 2023 and provided an update/overview of the work that had been previously completed.


The Telford Land Deal was a 10 year Partnership between the Council, Homes England and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Members were informed that the Council were responsible for bringing Homes England land interests to the market. The LEP and Council received £19m from the Local Growth Fund to support their work with the objectives being 2,800 homes, 8,500 jobs and 300,000sq.m. of commercial floor space as well as acceleration of site disposal and inward investment.


The headline achievements from 2015/2016 to 2023/24 were summarised with a forecasted gross sale income of c.£12.2m. It was predicted that there would be a delivery of c.260 jobs and 48 new homes.


In relation to the Growth Fund, between the period 2016/17 to 2022/23 £79.4m had been delivered into the investment fund with an estimated ongoing gross return of 6.47%. Linked to this was long term lettings with a term of between 8-15 years and 1445 jobs delivered/safeguarded.


The benefits to the Council were highlighted to Members. These included the ability to react quickly to the market, capitalisation on investment demand.  It also provided a unique package for investors and supported income for delivering Council services. The presentation highlighted achievements for both the Land Deal and the Growth Fund respectively including a discussion on site developments, including the development of Station Quarter.


Following the presentation, Members had the following questions.


The 2,800 total number of homes as part of the Land Deal, were these delivered by the Council or other developers?


They were delivered by both the Council and third party developers.


In 2015/16 the number of homes delivered were 800, is it correct that within six years that another 1000 homes would need to be delivered?


The Director: Investment & Prosperity confirmed to Members that these were the target figures and that they would largely be private housing with some being NuPlace housing.


With 50% of homes being classed as affordable, would this definition include social housing?


Members were informed that the definition of affordable housing included social housing and that these included both units developed under s106 monies and Homes England grant funded houses.


Were the industrial units developed as part of the Growth Fund due to be leased or were they currently leased?


The units would be leased as part of the investment portfolio to allow for profit sharing.


With the Land Deal being scheduled to be completed by 2026, what would the sustained benefits be post-2026?


Members were informed that that Land Deal had a two year run off period and the benefits post-2026 would be focussed on growth of the fund as well as the schemes that had been developed.


How had environmental sustainability measures like solar panels and electric charging  ...  view the full minutes text for item BFSC9


Work Programme Review pdf icon PDF 273 KB

To review the updated Work Programme for the Business and Finance Scrutiny Committee.


The Democracy Officer (Scrutiny) presented the updated work programme to Members. The Committee were informed that there were no substantial changes to the work programme since the last update and any further changes would be communicated to Members. Upcoming items were highlighted and included the annual Budget review.



Chair's Update


The Chair informed the committee that the next meeting was scheduled for the 7 December 2023.