Agenda and minutes

Portfolio Holder Decision Meeting - Thursday 18 August 2016 12.00 pm, MOVED

Venue: Committee Room 3, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY. View directions

Contact: Daksha Ghelani, Senior Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 020 8424 1881 Email:

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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:


(a)               all Members of the Committee, Sub-Committee or Panel;

(b)               all other Members present.


RESOLVED:  To note that there were no declarations of interests made by the Member.


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That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 May 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.


RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 May 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.



To receive petitions (if any) submitted by members of the public/Councillors under the provisions of Executive Procedure Rule 49 (Part 4D of the Constitution).


RESOLVED: To note that no petitions had been received.


Public Questions

To receive any public questions received in accordance with Executive Procedure Rule 51 (Part 4D of the Constitution).


Questions will be asked in the order notice of them was received and there be a time limit of 15 minutes.


[The deadline for receipt of public questions as given by the Leader is 5.00pm on 17 August 2016.  Questions should be sent to  

No person may submit more than one question].


RESOLVED: To note that no public questions were received.


Matters referred to the Executive Member

In accordance with the provisions contained in Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rule 23 (Part 4F of the Constitution).


RESOLVED: To note that no matters had been referred to the Leader of the Council for consideration.


Reports from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee or Sub-Committees


RESOLVED: To note that no reports had been received.



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Report of the Corporate Director of Community.


The Corporate Director of Community introduced an urgent report, which set out details of a proposed investment acquisition and recommended a one off amendment to the maximum lot size.  He referred to the acquisition proposal and the initial purchase price which had been reduced and approval was now being sought for an additional £125,000 in excess of the single purchase limit of £5 million previously approved by Cabinet.


It was noted that an external independent valuation was commissioned which supported the Council’s offer and agreed purchase price.


Following consideration of the urgent report by the Leader of the Council, including the confidential appendices, it was


RESOLVED:  That the Corporate Director of Community and Director of Finance, following consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Business, Planning and Regeneration and Finance and Commercialisation, be authorised to acquire a property at a figure of £125,000 in excess of the single purchase limit of £5 million provided for in the Council’s Investment Property Strategy as approved by Cabinet on 10 December 2015.


Reason for Decision:  To progress the Council’s Investment Property Strategy in accordance with the requirements of the “Commercialisation Strategy 2015-2018” and contribute to the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS).


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.


[Call-in does not apply as a waiver of Call-in has been obtained from the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee that the decision proposed is reasonable and should be treated as a matter of urgency as any delay likely to be caused by the Call-in process would seriously prejudice the Council’s interests.


Reason for Urgency:  The Council was negotiating an investment purchase and the vendor required completion within a short commercial timeframe.  If the Council could not meet the vendor’s timeframe, the vendor may re?market the site and the Council may loose this investment opportunity.]