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                                   BRIEF

          FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR LIVE/WORK UNIT(S)

                 Biddulph Market Town Programme
                            June 2006

Introduction
This brief sets out the requirements for a feasibility study to ascertain the
potential for developing Live/Work unit(s) in Biddulph.

The study is to be undertaken on behalf of Active Biddulph Community
Development Trust (ABCD-Trust) Steering Group, a sub-group of Biddulph
Executive and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Advantage West
Midland’s (AWM) Market Towns Programme (MTP) will fund it.


Background
A number of key regeneration projects are currently being developed in
Biddulph in the Staffordshire Moorlands. These include the production of an
Area Action Plan (AAP) - for Biddulph town centre and the MTP. It is
envisaged that the MTP will complement and support the implementation of
the AAP policies.

The MTP Biddulph Town Strategy and Action Plan, produced in March 2004,
highlights that the following factors are seen to undermine the success of the
town centre, including:

   Competition from adjacent centres.
   The limited catchment area due to location, administrative boundary and
    small population.
   The loss of local employment.
   The large proportion of the population which travels out of the town to
    work.
   The poor environment caused by through traffic in the town centre.

The following Biddulph Market Town Programme objectives are relevant:

   To improve and enhance the local environment through physical
    regeneration, including major town centre improvements, to promote the
    development of the local economy.
   To encourage new jobs while sustaining existing jobs by supporting
    business, attracting new investment and fully realising the potential of
    employment land.
   To support the development of a range of new quality housing within the
    town, both through private development and Pathfinder Housing Market
    Renewal programme.

The Biddulph Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) includes the following
relevant policies:

   STRAT 3: Upper floors in the primary shopping areas – Upper floors above
    shops may be converted to a range of town centre uses and residential
    uses.
   DS4: Walley Street Area – In the Walley Street area the council in
    partnership with landowners will seek:
     the refurbishment of the employment premises or
     their replacement with more suitable employment premises
    Where the design will improve the impact on the amenity of neighbouring
    existing and potential future residential properties. Limited residential
    development may be acceptable where this helps bring forward an
    employment development, including Live/Work unit(s).
   DS5: Nos 2-32 High Street – The Council will work with property owners to
    encourage the refurbishment of these properties. Where structural
    assessments demonstrate that refurbishment is not viable, new
    development will be appropriate where it:
     provides at least the same level of retail floorspace on the ground floor
        as the existing premises;
     retains the same building line and height as the existing premises; and
     is in keeping with the style of the existing premises on High Street
        between Station Road and John Street.
   DS6: 77 Tunstall Road – The Council will work with the property owner to
    improve the appearance of this building and bring it into beneficial use.
    This may involve the conversion of the existing property or a new
    residential property on site.

Live/Work could potentially help address some of these issues and in
particular could help to improve the physical environment and bring back into
use redundant buildings. ABCD-Trust Steering Group and Staffordshire
Moorlands District Council is seeking competent and experienced consultants
to identify whether there is a need for Live/Work Unit(s) in Biddulph.


Objectives
The main objectives of the feasibility study are:

1. Identify if there is a need and demand for Live/Work unit(s) in
   Biddulph.
    If need and demand are identified provide evidence in order to
      progress the project further.
    Advise on the capacity/number of unit(s) required.




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2. If there is a clear need and demand for Live/Work, identify potential
   sites for the development of Live/Work unit(s).
    Identify existing redundant buildings/brownfield sites.
    Identify potential sites for new build.
    Consider how to adopt sound environmental principles.
    Consider transport, parking and delivery access.
    Identify costs and potential funding solutions.
    Identify the most appropriate site based on the above and the need
       and demand.

3. If there is a clear need for Live/Work, consider potential types/themes
   of businesses to be located in the unit(s).
    Consider other relevant regeneration initiatives and projects, in
       particular the Promoting Biddulph project, branding the town as; The
       Garden Town of Staffordshire.
    Identify and advise on the type and market of end users the facility will
       be aimed at.
    Consider the viability of the long term sustainability of the project,
       through business use and take-up.

4. If there is a clear need for Live/Work, identify how it could address
   the problem of low average earnings (gross annual resident based
   earnings are as follows; Great Britain - £23,598, Staffordshire -
   £21,321 and Staffordshire Moorlands - £20,873).

5. If there is a clear need for Live/Work, consider appropriate delivery
   strategies.
    Consider potential routes of delivery.
    Identify the most appropriate route.
    Identify potential owners of the facility, ascertain their interest and
       identify contact persons to handle negotiations.
    Develop a broad strategy identifying how to take the initiative forward.

6. If there is a clear need for Live/Work, identify how feasible it is for
   Active Biddulph Community Development Trust (ABCD – Trust)
   Steering Group, to manage the facility/”work” part of the facility.
    Identify the best model for managing the facility – draw on best
       practice.
    Identify potential financial implications and potential funding solutions.


Key Tasks to be Accomplished
1. Research and provide evidence of need and demand for Live/Work Units
   in Biddulph.
2. Identify suitable locations within Biddulph. These may include new build
   solutions, brownfield sites or redundant buildings and consider how to
   adopt sound environmental principles and transport, parking and delivery
   access.



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3. Recommend suitable size and quantity of units based on the need and
    demand.
4. Identify the most appropriate site based on the above.
5. Consider potential types/themes of the businesses to be located in the
    unit(s), identify and advise on the type and market of end users and
    consider the viability of the long term sustainability of the project, through
    business use and take-up.
6. To highlight how Live/Work could address the problem of low average
    earnings.
7. Consider appropriate delivery strategies, identify the most appropriate
    route and develop a broad strategy identifying how to take the initiative
    forward. Identify potential owners of the facility, ascertain their interest and
    identify contact persons to handle negotiations.
8. Identify how feasible it is for Active Biddulph Community Development
    Trust (ABCD – Trust) to manage the facility and identify the best model for
    managing the facility/”work” part of the facility.
9. Identify planning and legal issues and possible solutions surrounding
    Live/Work unit(s).
10. Identify potential costs of suggested options.
11. Identify likely funding solutions.
12. Identify possible links with training providers and support organisations
    such as Business Link.
13. Identify links with existing facilities in Biddulph, which will contribute to a
    holistic approach to the regeneration process in the town and surrounding
    area.
14. Identify potential organisations to implement the project.
15. Refer to best practice, where relevant.
16. Provide reports to SMDC and ABCD-Trust with details of progress and
    guide to meeting milestones.


Outputs
1. Progress reports to be submitted.
2. Draft report completed and submitted by 30th March 2007.
3. Final report completed and submitted by 27th April 2007.


Payments
Payments will be made in arrears on a quarterly basis with final payment
being made on receipt of the final plan. Expenses will be met accordingly to
agreed budget levels and a claim form should be completed accompanied by
evidence of expenditure.

Final details of payment terms will be agreed with the successful consultant.




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Special Conditions
1. Consultant to provide own transport.
2. Consultant not to act in any way that may damage the integrity and
   reputation of the Biddulph Executive and Staffordshire Moorlands District
   Council.
3. Must be capable of working on own initiative within agreed criteria.
4. There is no set hours. It is essential that the work programme is
   completed within the targets agreed.
5. In the event of illness, or any other reason for extended absence it will be
   the responsibility of the consultant to obtain the services of a suitable
   replacement (to be agreed by the Biddulph Executive) capable of
   completing the project.
6. All copyright to be retained by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.


Timetable

Date                                       Action
22nd September 2006                        Advertise tender process
12:00 noon 18th October 2006               Tender submission deadline
4th December 2006                          Appointment of consultant
W/C 11th December 2006                     Inception meeting with client and
                                           ABCD-Trust
W/C 29th January 2007                      Progress meeting with SMDC and
                                           ABCD-Trust highlight if there is a
                                           need and demand
30th March 2007                            Draft final Feasibility Study to be
                                           completed and submitted to SMDC
                                           and ABCD-Trust
27th April2007                             Final Feasibility Study to be
                                           completed     (incorporating   client
                                           feedback) and submitted to SMDC
                                           and ABCD-Trust

Please note that progress reports are to be submitted to SMDC and ABCD-
Trust, the frequency of which will be agreed at the inception meeting.

For further information contact:
Clare Filer, Market Towns Officer, Regeneration Services, Staffordshire
Moorlands District Council, Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6HQ
01538 483511 clare.filer@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk.

Questionnaire to be completed and returned using special label by 12.00
noon 18 October 2006. Late tenders will not be accepted.




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