Disposal of GLA Properties

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2223
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

When disposing of former Police and Fire Stations what conditions and checks will be carried out before procuring a purchaser or development partner?

1) Will you undertake to check whether there is any possible public sector or voluntary sector interest in acquiring the property? Will you take action to ensure that such bidders are given time and opportunity to negotiate and if they fulfil an important public service priority - preferential treatment? 2) Will you ensure that potential private sector development partners pay full taxes in the UK and are not involved in tax avoidance operations? 3) Will you ensure that development partnerships and joint projects give proper weight to the policy objective of ensuring affordable rented homes in London?

Answer

Answer for Disposal of GLA Properties

Answer for Disposal of GLA Properties

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response from the Mayor received 7 August 2013

MOPAC and LFEPA ensure that all properties are disposed of within the law and in accordance with UK tax regulations. They aim to support schemes which encourage affordable housing and which demonstrate that planning consent could be achieved within the viability limits of any scheme.

In terms of procurement, the GLA Group are required to act in an equal and transparent way. Public and voluntary section bodies will be able to bid as part of any public procurement process and any such process will give bidders a reasonable time to submit bids.