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Housing Infrastructure Fund Forward Funding - Funding Allocation of £41.8 Million to the A320 North of Woking

This report is a formal record of the decision to sign the GDA with Homes England for the A320 Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) scheme taken by the Executive Director Environment, Transport and Infrastructure and the Executive Director of Resources in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member and the Leader as delegated by Cabinet on 28 September 2020.

 

The HIF Forward Funding is a £5.5 billion government capital grant programme launched in summer 2017 to help to deliver up to 300,000 new homes in England in response to the national shortage of good quality accessible housing. Funding is awarded to local authorities on a highly competitive basis, providing grant funding for new infrastructure that will unlock the supply of new homes in the areas of greatest housing demand.

 

Following a comprehensive and detailed due diligence process by Government, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed on 12 March 2020 that SCC has been awarded £41.8 million for its A320 North of Woking HIF Forward Funding scheme. Following further work on the outstanding issues identified when this project was considered by Cabinet on 23 June, Cabinet considered the scheme again on 29 September, when it resolved:

 

  1. That subject to the signing of a flow down agreement with Runnymede Borough Council as detailed in recommendation 2, it be approved that Surrey County Council (SCC) confirms acceptance of the funding award of £41.8 million for the A320 North of Woking Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) Forward Funding scheme allocated by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), by agreeing to proceed to sign the relevant Homes England Grant Determination Agreement (GDA);

 

  1. That either prior to or concurrently with signing the GDA agreement, it be approved that SCC enters into a side agreement / Flow Down contract with Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) regarding any GDA conditions which relate not to the delivery of the infrastructure but instead to those elements particularly associated with housing, alongside a cost sharing arrangement. The signing of the GDA be delegated to the Executive Director Environment, Transport and Infrastructure and the Executive Director of Resources in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member and the Leader.

 

  1. That the scheme be moved from capital pipeline to capital budget immediately post-GDA signature but prior to the targeted receipt date for the HIF allocation of October 2020 in order to allow for the project to progress in line with the target timescale for completion be approved.

 

  1. That provision for a contingency of £2m from the Council’s capital programme to support any project cost overruns should they arise be approved.

 

  1. That delegated authority be given to the Executive Director Environment, Transport and Infrastructure and the Executive Director of Resources in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member to approve any further decisions relating to the forward funding conditions.

 

  1. That the necessary authority and permission be given to officers to proceed to facilitate land purchase through Compulsory Purchase be approved in the event that any initial attempts through direct negotiation prove to be unsuccessful, subject to the signing of the GDA by SCC.

 

In respect to Resolution 2 above, SCC has entered into a side agreement / Flow Down contract with RBC.

 

This now enables the Executive Director Environment, Transport and Infrastructure and the Executive Director of Resources in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member and the Leader to proceed to sign the Homes England GDA.

 

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/07/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  -

Decision due: 29 Sep 2020 by Cabinet

Decision due: 29 Oct 2020 by Executive Director Environment, Transport & Infrastructure

Lead member: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure Mr Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport matt.furniss@surreycc.gov.uk, Mr Tim Oliver, Leader of the Council tim.oliver@surreycc.gov.uk

Lead director: Executive Director Environment, Transport & Infrastructure, Leigh Whitehouse

Contact: Lyndon Mendes Email: lyndon.mendes@surreycc.gov.uk Tel: 020 8541 9393 Paul Millin Email: paul.millin@surreycc.gov.uk Tel: 020 8541 9365.

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