Agenda item

This report provides Cabinet with details of a proposed highway scheme for improvements to be made to the Brighton Hill roundabout, and which is to be undertaken by Hampshire County Council (HCC) as highway authority. It seeks authority for the council to dedicate into the public highway, the necessary council land required to help facilitate the improvements, by way of a deed of dedication.

 

Recommendation from the Cabinet Member for Property and Development and Cabinet Member for Planning and  Infrastructure 

Decision:

1)    Approve the dedication of council owned land at and in the vicinity of the Brighton Hill roundabout (to include its land interests forming part of the Camrose Football Ground to Hampshire County Council at nil value for incorporation into the public highway, to support the implementation of the highway improvements and, subject to the relocation from the Camrose Ground of the Basingstoke Town Football Club to an alternative site in Basingstoke, to enable the implementation of the preferred scheme option detailed in this report. This accords with S123 of the Local Government Act 1972 where any disposal at less than best consideration may proceed where social, economic and environmental benefits can be achieved.      

 

2)    Delegate the detailed terms and conditions associated with the dedication of the land, the deed of dedication and related documentation, and any other supplementary legal or other agreements that may be required to facilitate the highway improvements to the Executive Director of Finance and Resources, in consultation with the Executive Director of Borough Services and the Head of Law and Governance.     

 

3)    Delegate to the Executive Director of Finance and Resources the consideration of any objection received in relation to the notice of dedication of any open space under S123 of the Local Government Act 1972 for the Director to decide whether or not Cabinet should re-consider its decision in light of any objections received. 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Property and Development introduced the report, which set out details of a proposed highway scheme to be undertaken by Hampshire County Council (HCC) to make improvements to Brighton Hill roundabout.  He added that dedicating a small piece of borough council owned land at the Camrose would facilitate the improvements to the roundabout, which would contribute to significant vehicle capacity improvements, reduced congestion and safety and pedestrian benefits to residents.  It would also help to secure substantial funding of £13 million from the Local Enterprise Partnership and £5 million from HCC that would be required. He concluded that he was grateful to ward councillors for their contributions and that public consultation led by HCC showed a good level of local support for the scheme.

 

Cabinet were supportive of the proposal and the significant benefit it would bring to residents.  They commented that they were pleased with the retention of subways and welcomed the new ‘at grade’ pedestrian crossings that would be fully accessible for disabled people.  Furthermore the improved infrastructure would help support future growth in the borough development particularly that anticipated within the South West of the town.  Concern was expressed regarding the closure of the south bound entry onto the roundabout from Western Way particularly in relation to school access and the merging of GP surgery’s which highlighted the importance of provision of an alternative route.

 

The preferred scheme option, to include the Camrose link, would be on the basis of Basingstoke Town Football Club (BTFC) securing alternative sports provision at the Hampshire Football Association (HFA) site in Winklebury.   The Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety stated that there was positive news regarding funding for a new all weather pitch facility at the HFA site and the council and HFA had done everything it could to facilitate keeping BTFC in Basingstoke.

 

Resolved: That Cabinet

 

1)    Approve the dedication of council owned land at and in the vicinity of the Brighton Hill roundabout (to include its land interests forming part of the Camrose Football Ground to Hampshire County Council at nil value for incorporation into the public highway, to support the implementation of the highway improvements and, subject to the relocation from the Camrose Ground of the Basingstoke Town Football Club to an alternative site in Basingstoke, to enable the implementation of the preferred scheme option detailed in this report. This accords with S123 of the Local Government Act 1972 where any disposal at less than best consideration may proceed where social, economic and environmental benefits can be achieved.      

 

2)    Delegate the detailed terms and conditions associated with the dedication of the land, the deed of dedication and related documentation, and any other supplementary legal or other agreements that may be required to facilitate the highway improvements to the Executive Director of Finance and Resources, in consultation with the Executive Director of Borough Services and the Head of Law and Governance.    

 

3)    Delegate to the Executive Director of Finance and Resources the consideration of any objection received in relation to the notice of dedication of any open space under S123 of the Local Government Act 1972 for the Director to decide whether or not Cabinet should re-consider its decision in light of any objections received. 

 

Reasons for the decision: 

 

The proposed improvements to the Brighton Hill roundabout will help support future growth for the town and facilitate additional transport capacity at this important highway node, to be facilitated by the securing of further LEP funding and developer contributions. The proposed dedication of council owned land to Hampshire County Council for highway purposes, will also help support the delivery of the most advantageous highway solution. This road improvement will have wider reaching economic and infrastructure benefits for the town, and these improvements accord with the aims and objectives detailed within the Council Plan, Local Plan, and relevant transport access plans and strategies.  

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