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Cabinet Decision: 5th August 2010
Title of Item/Report
Billingham House Update
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report that provided a summary of the progress made to bring about the restoration or demolition of Billingham House and outlined the options available for the Council's future intervention to ensure the remedying of the impact of the building on the local amenity.

Billingham House became vacant in 1995, and was purchased by Bizzy B Management Limited (Bizzy B) in 2000 with a view to redevelopment. The location of the site, within the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) ‘Inner and Middle Consultation Distance Zones', meant that there were restrictions on uses for the site.

Following years of working with the owners to reach a solution for the site, the Council took legal action, serving a notice under Section 79 of the Building Act 1984, to require the owners to refurbish or demolish the building by 31st December 2008. The owners breached this notice and were found guilty and fined by Teesside Magistrates Court in October 2009.

Members noted that no further works had been carried out on site whilst Bizzy B had continued to negotiate a long term lease with a third party that would see the refurbishment of the building. Those negotiations were on going.

In view of the refurbishment scheme not coming forward as soon as anticipated there were a number of options available to the Council to ensure the remedying of the impact of the condition of the site on the local amenity.

Members were provided with details of the options available to the Council, which included continuing to support the planned refurbishment scheme and, in the event of that being unsuccessful, pursuing a bid for costs, which would be incurred in undertaking demolition of the building, in default of the S79 notice.

RESOLVED that

1. the third party refurbishment scheme be supported up to the date detailed in the report by which time a development agreement must be signed.

2. the bid for ONE North East Single Programme funds be supported, for 100% of the demolition costs of the building which would be incurred in the Council undertaking work in default of the S79 notice


RECOMMENDED to Council that:-

3. recommendation 3, as detailed in the report, be approved.
Reasons for the Decision
In order to remedy the negative impact of the condition of the building on the local community.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
None
Details of any Dispensations
Not applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight on 13 August 2010 in respect of resolution 1 and 2 only.
Attachment
  • Billingham House Update

Date of Publication: 09 August 2010


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