Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from
Councillor Eamonn O’Brien and Councillor Clare Cummins.
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Minutes PDF 248 KB
Minutes from the meeting held
on 6 February 2023 are attached.
That the minutes of the meeting
held on 6 February 2023 be approved as a correct record.
Radcliffe Regeneration Governance PDF 409 KB
Joint report of the Executive
Director of Place and Director of Law and Democratic Services
The Committee received a joint
report of the Director of Law and Democratic Services and the
Executive Director of Place regarding the creation of a Ward
Councillor forum with a wider, more strategic focus based on the
Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) which would
replace this Cabinet Committee. This proposal had been developed
through discussion with Ward Councillors and reflected their
request for earlier insight into policy formation and the ongoing
strategy for Radcliffe and its residents.
The Committee noted the
expectations for the forum, as set out in the report, and in
response to Members’ queries it was noted that the action
note would capture when and where the meeting took place, who
attended, and action points covering what was discussed. This would
still serve to update those unable to attend as to what was
covered. With regards to Cabinet Member attendance, this would be
ad hoc when appropriate rather than standing membership.
That Radcliffe Cabinet Committee be concluded and
Cabinet be recommended to formally stand the Committee down;
That Members note an informal Radcliffe
Members’ Forum will be established to allow for casual Ward
Assistant Director of Regeneration Delivery, to
provide a verbal update.
The Committee received a verbal
update from Rob Summerfield, Assistant Director of Regeneration
Delivery, on the Radcliffe Hub development. The following points
- Design process is now
complete and the full second stage tender offer from Vinci was due
to be considered by Cabinet next week.
- All occupants had now
left and enabling works were underway to prepare the site for
demolition (e.g. disconnecting services).
- Hoardings were
anticipated to be in place by the end of July; these would be blank
at first in order to size the graphics. A project with local
schools was taking place to design artwork reflecting
children’s aspirations and feelings about Radcliffe. In
response to a Member’s question, it was noted these would be
digitalised and could be used for other events.
- Plans were expected
to be considered by planning committee on 25 July and were
recommended for approval by planning officers.
- Demolition was due to
start in September, with ‘soft stripping’ between now
and then (removal and responsible disposal of hazardous or
recyclable materials from the building). This would continue until
Spring 2024 after which construction would begin. Completion was
expected by Autumn 2025.
- Risks would always
remain that construction would find something unexpected
underground, but survey works had mitigated this risk as far as
possible and no significant delays were expected to the overall
- Autumn 2025 was also
the expected completion date for Market Chambers, but an operator
would be in place well before that date. Officers were working with
consultant Market Curators regarding identifying suitable
operators, and this would be subject to consultation with
- The four-way traffic
lights related to the relocation of a gas main, and officers
undertook to share target completion dates for this work outside
- With regards to wider
SRF developments, Members noted that Green Street and School Street
were going through the planning process with indicative completion
dates of Autumn 2025 and Winter 2025 respectively.
That the update be noted; and
Target completion dates for the relocation of a gas
main be shared.
Paul Cooke, Strategic Lead
(Education Services), to provide a verbal update.
The Committee received a verbal
update from Paul Cooke, Strategic Lead (Education Services), on the
development of the new Radcliffe School.
- Bury Council are a
key partner, but the DfE was the deliverer with Star Academy as
- The DfE have made a
provisional contract award and designs were being developed.
Pre-planning discussions were taking place with Council planning
and highways officers, and detailed designs and works programme was
expected in the next few weeks after which community engagement
would take place including a Ward Councillor briefing.
- The works were split
into two planning applications – one for the substantive
school build and one for modular accommodation to facilitate the
- Construction was
anticipated to start in January 2024, with demolition for modular
accommodation taking place from April 2024.
- Completion of the
modular accommodation was expected in August 2024 and substantive
school completion in February 2025, after which the modular
accommodation would be removed and the all-weather pitch and
landscaping would take place and complete by Summer
recruitment was taking place, after which Star Academy would engage
with parents on the admissions process. It was noted admissions
would be based on distance from next year (with no catchment
areas), and although academies set their own admissions criteria,
Star had indicated they would apply the
- Primary school leads
had been brought together with Star, who were moving forwards with
producing materials for reaching out and marketing the school to
parents. It was noted the school would have an intake size of 150
per year (750 total) with potential to expand the site in the
future if necessary. This was less than the current overall school
places demand in Radcliffe, but modelling had been done and, as
parental preference couldn’t be accounted for, the numbers
were considered appropriate.
- With regards to the
PRU, it was noted there were challenges with the timescales.
Planning permission had been granted to move the PRU to Spurr House
in Unsworth but the tenderer’s projected timescales projected
completion beyond March, the date the Spring Lane site needed to be
vacated. Officers were working on addressing these timescales and
the costings, and also on creating a for temporary PRU
accommodation should this prove necessary. Members noted that a
clearer understanding of the position was expected by the end of
That the update be
Any other business
Members highlighted some
complaints regarding the market’s accounts not being up to
date. Officers advised that the market was an arm’s length
operator so acted independently of the Council, but officers were
looking into the specific issues raised.