Report number: CAB/WS/21/020
Portfolio holder: Councillor Joanna Rayner
Lead officer: Alex Wilson
(Report Number: CAB/WS/21/020)
The Cabinet considered this report which was recommending to the Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs, that a full report for decision on the delivery of the Western Way Development, Bury St Edmunds, be referred directly to Council on 22 June 2021.
Councillor Jo Rayner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs, drew relevant issues to the attention of the Cabinet and explained that The Western Way Development (WWD) in Bury St Edmunds was a major capital project proposed by the Council and its partners to deliver a national exemplar mixed-use hub as part of the One Public Estate Programme.
Work had now fully resumed on the project and would shortly be sufficiently progressed to bring a proposal to Councillors on how Phase One might be taken forward with other public sector partners. Given the length of time that had passed since the original decisions had been made, it was considered appropriate, by the Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder to re-confirm its intent to continue with the project before any procurement started. Depending on the outcome of the current work on the business case, a new Council decision may be needed.
Work on updating the business case with partners would not be finished before early June 2021. Therefore, to avoid any further delay to the project, the Leader of the Council was satisfied that this matter would not require any Cabinet approval prior to being referred back to Council.
The Portfolio Holder also provided a short presentation to the Cabinet on how the project was progressing. The information provided to the Cabinet would also be included within the Council report on 22 June 2021. A full briefing to support the published Council report would also be offered to all Councillors in June 2021.
Recommended to the Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs:
That a full report for decision on the delivery of the Western Way Development, Bury St Edmunds, be referred directly to Council on 22 June 2021.
(Councillor Peter Stevens left the meeting at 6.27 pm, during the discussion on this item)