Decision details

The Local Centres Programme (First Call)

Reference: D47415

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Executive Board will be asked to approve a series of capital projects with the aim of improving the vitality and viability of several local and neighbourhood centres.  This decision follows a bidding and assessment process in collaboration with Ward Members as previously agreed by the Board on the 15 November 2017.


Further to Minute No. 97, 15th November 2017, the Director of City Development submitted a report presenting the project ideas which had been submitted as part of a ‘first call’ for bids in relation to the Local Centres Programme (LCP) and which recommended in principle support for a number of schemes. In addition, the report also sought confirmation of the timeline for a ‘second call’ for bids to begin in February 2019.


A Member highlighted that when proposals for the programme were assessed, that the technical aspects of the proposal were balanced against the overriding community benefit that it could potentially provide.  In addition, it was noted that for those submissions not included within the initial tranche, further opportunities for potential schemes remained, as part of future tranches.



(a)  That the contents of the submitted report be noted;


(b)  That in principle agreement be given to the first tranche of Local Centres Programme schemes, as set out at paragraphs 3.2 – 3.5 and Appendix 1 of the submitted report, and that agreement be given for the Director of City Development, in liaison with the Executive Member (Regeneration, Transport and Planning), to be authorised to approve detailed business cases for their implementation as these come forward;


(c)  That approval be given for a ‘second call’ for projects to be issued, and that the necessary authority be delegated to the Director of City Development in order to enable the Director to agree the precise timing of this in liaison with the Executive Member for ‘Regeneration, Transport and Planning’;


(d)  That agreement be given that further ‘calls’ for projects may be issued by the Director of City Development, subject to the continued availability of funding within the Local Centres programme;


(e)  That it be noted that the Executive Manager (Town Centres, Heritage & Buildings) will be responsible for the implementation of the Local Centres Programme.


Reason Key: Expenditure > £250,000;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Through reports, workshops and one-to-one briefings


Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning

Ward Members

Legal Services


Contact: Franklin Riley, Programme Manager 0113 378 7708 Email:

Report author: Franklin Riley

Publication date: 27/03/2018

Date of decision: 21/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 21/03/2018 - Executive Board

Effective from: 04/04/2018

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