Great Cambridge - Lease Renewal

Reference code: 
PCD 97
Date signed: 
06 December 2016
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The site is used by the MPS as a Patrol Base and will be required for operational policing over the next ten years. This paper seeks approval for the renewal of the lease to allow the MPS to continue to operate from the property.

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to approve the renewal of the lease for Units 17-19 Great Cambridge Industrial Estate (Enfield Patrol Base) for a period of ten years.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The property is used by the MPS as a Patrol Base where the borough’s Tasking Teams, Emergency Response and Patrol officers start and end their tour of duties. 

1.2.    The Landlord served a Section 25 notice on MOPAC terminating the lease on 30 January 2016. The notice stated the Landlord was prepared to grant a new lease for a term of 10 years.

1.3.    The property is included in the Baseline Portfolio and is expected to be required for a further ten years. Property Services Department’s Commercial Real Estate advisors, Frank Knight were instructed to agree terms for a new ten year lease with the Landlord. Frank Knight advised there had been a significant rise in industrial rents.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    These are discussed in the Part 2. 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    These are discussed in Part 2. The Property Services Department budget includes provision to meet increased costs including any back dated rent due.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    Section 6 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (“the Act”) provides the MOPAC must secure the maintenance of the Metropolitan Police Service and secure that the Metropolitan Police Service is efficient and effective.

4.2.    In carrying out its functions, the MOPAC may, under paragraph 7, Schedule 3 of “the Act” ”do anything which is calculated to facilitate or is conducive or incidental to the exercise of the functions of the Office”. This includes, entering into contracts and other agreements, in addition to acquiring and disposing of property (including land). The MOPAC has the power to dispose of surplus properties (including land) under paragraph 7 (2) (b) of Schedule 3 of the “the Act”.

4.3.    The Commissioner may also do anything which is calculated to facilitate or is conducive or incidental to acquiring and disposing of property (apart from land) but only with the consent of MOPAC under paragraph 4 (2) (b) of Schedule 4 of “the Act”.  

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    There are no direct equality or diversity implications arising from this report