Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1 In March 2016, the MPS received approval to close Paddington Green Police Station and to enter into discussions with the neighbouring land owner for the development of a new facility on part of the site and the redevelopment of the remainder for housing.
1.2 Since the approval there have been significant changes in circumstances, in particular the property market within central London for residential property has weakened considerably primarily driven by the substantial increase in stamp duty coupled with uncertainty around Brexit.
1.3 This has had an impact on land values and the economics of the original business case, as the sale of land at Paddington Green underpins the financial viability for the construction of the new building. In view of this, the MPS is now investigating alternatives sites for the new facility, which may provide better value for money. The MPS also confirms it is continuing with the exit of Paddington Green, which is due to be completed by September 2017.
1.4 The completion of the new facility will be in 2021 to 2022. It is critical to ensure operational continuity between existing buildings and the new facility. There are two options which include extending a lease in one existing building or a temporary decant in to an existing freehold building delaying its disposal.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. Due to the confidential nature of the proposal the detail is held in Part 2
3. Financial Comments
3.1. The funding of the £750,000 to develop the three alternative locations for the facility is provided for in the capital programme.
3.2. Further details are discussed in the Part 2.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. In carrying out its functions, the MOPAC may, under paragraph 7, Schedule 3 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (“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”.
4.2. In accordance with the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation approval is required by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime for all MPS requests to go out to tender for contracts of £500,000 or above, and to approve contract exemptions (such as direct awards).
5. Equality Comments
5.1. Future investment in the core estate will ensure full compliance with the Equalities Act 2010 with regards to the provision of accommodation. Facilities for staff working in all buildings will be enhanced over time as investment is focused on those assets core to operations.
6. Background/supporting papers