Agenda, decisions and minutes

Regulatory and Appeals Committee
Thursday, 13th September, 2018 12.00 pm

Venue: the Banqueting Hall - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Sheila Farnhill 

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(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)


To receive disclosures of interests from Members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.


An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the Member during the meeting.




(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.


(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 


(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.


(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.


No disclosures of interest in matters under consideration were received.




(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)


Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 


Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 


If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 


Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 


(Sheila Farnhill - 01274 432268)


There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents. 




Previous references:  Minutes 78 (2016/17), 29 and 85 (2017/18) and 21/6/18


The City Solicitor will present a report (Document “X”) in relation to the Priesthorpe Annexe, Mornington Road, Bingley which is held by the Council as Trustee of the former Bingley Science, Arts and Technical School.


This property has been considered at a number of previous meetings of the Trustees including, most recently, on 21 June 2018 when it was resolved, amongst other things:


“That, having sought expressions of interest, the Interim City Solicitor, in consultation with the Assistant Director – Estates and Property, be authorised to dispose of the Priesthorpe Annexe, Mornington Road, Bingley to Party “D”, this party having made the highest unconditional offer.”


The report explains that it had come to light that Party D has instructed its solicitors that the sale should be to a connected company (referred to as ‘Party I’). The Trustees are therefore asked to consider a further report from the independent chartered surveyor and to decide on what basis the sale should proceed.


Recommended –


That the sale of the Priesthorpe Annexe, Mornington Road, Bingley proceed to Party “I”.


                                                                        (Richard Winter – 01274 434292)





Additional documents:


The City Solicitor presented a report (Document “X” including Not for Publication appendices 3, 4 and 5) in relation to the Priesthorpe Annex, Mornington Road, Bingley which was held by the Council as Trustee of the former Bingley Science, Arts and Technical School.  He explained that the proposal had been considered at a number of previous meetings and on 21 June 2018 the Trustees had agreed to dispose of the property to Party “D”.  A new company (Party “I”), which was connected by common directors, had been established by the purchasers in July 2018 and it had been requested that the sale of the building be transferred to Party “I”. 


The City Solicitor then informed the Trustees that the Town Council had asked that the Foundation stone of the building be preserved and he indicated that negotiations could be undertaken with the proposed purchasers to ensure that it was protected.     


Resolved –


(1)       That the sale of the Priesthorpe Annexe, Mornington Road, Bingley proceed to Party “I”.


(2)       That the City Solicitor, as solicitor for the Trustees, be authorised to negotiate with the proposed purchasers of the building to ensure the preservation of the 1888 Foundation stone, as shown in the photograph tabled at the meeting.


ACTION:   City Solicitor