Decision details

Gift Funding for Planning Functions (Cllr Burrows)

Decision Maker: CABINET

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




That Cabinet accepts the offer of a gift from VSM Estates in accordance with the provisions of Section 93 of the Local Government Act 2003.


Reasons for decision


GVA Grimley, agents for VSM Estates, have advised officers that they intend to lodge a planning application for a residential led, mixed use scheme on the RAF Uxbridge site in the autumn of 2009. Prior to the submission of an application, there will be the need for on-going meetings, and the provision of consistent and timely advice as the masterplan evolves and the Environmental Impact Assessment is undertaken, along with other associated work. It is considered essential to have a dedicated officer for the project, and additional resources are needed to support that function. It is therefore considered appropriate that the Council should accept an offer of a gift to meet the reasonable and justifiable costs of carrying out these planning functions. 


Alternative options considered and rejected


Refuse the gift from VSM. This would not be in the best interests of the London Borough of Hillingdon. Request changes to the proposed gift from VSM. It is not considered that it would be appropriate to seek to increase the amount of or scope of gift funding beyond what is legitimately required to cover the Council’s costs in providing the planning function.  It is also likely to be resisted by VSM.


Officers to action:


Stephen Timms / Jales Tippell, Planning & Community Services

Publication date: 29/05/2009

Date of decision: 28/05/2009

Decided at meeting: 28/05/2009 - CABINET

Effective from: 06/06/2009

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