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Estates Master Planning

Meeting: 21/02/2024 - Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 5)

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The item was introduced by Craig Cusack (Director, Enabling Services). He said usage of Shire Hall had doubled, and this had been done within the existing budget. Ways of continuing to expand this were being looked at. Partnerships had been established with other organisations for them to use Council buildings. Each building or asset would be kept under review to ensure it had a defined use and benefit plan. This would also help the Council to meet its net zero target.


Regarding the Warwickshire Property Development Group, Craig Cusack said delivery of its objectives was slightly ahead of schedule. Progress on this was being reviewed by governance groups and the Member Oversight Group.


Responding to a question from Councillor Feeney, Craig Cusack said a full option appraisal, including any usage and planning restrictions, was undertaken for each property asset. All options would be considered before any recommendations were taken forward.


Councillor Feeney noted there had been delays to four business cases relating to WPDG developments. Craig Cusack said these delays were unlikely to have an adverse effect on the Council, and they were close to being resolved. They were also covered by the financial commercial risk reserve. Craig Cusack said there may be a benefit, in that by the time the buildings were ready then a greater return yield may be possible. Rob Powell added the delays were beyond the control of WPDG, and the main projects were on track to be met.


Members noted the contents of the report.