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					                                                                  MANSFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL



      Report of the Head of Customer Services and Partnerships

                        For delegated decision by the

                   The Portfolio Holder for Regeneration

                                         On

                              22 November, 2007



  MANSFIELD TOWN CENTRE BUILDING IMPROVEMENT GRANTS 2007 – 08 :
                OLD CATTLE MARKET, 15 NOTTINGHAM ROAD



1.    SUMMARY
1.1. This report provides details of an application for grant aid by Councillor T. Dubowski
     for funding under Mansfield District Council’s Town Centre Building Improvement
     Grants scheme (MTCBIG) towards external fabric repairs to the Old Cattle Market, 15
     Nottingham Road, Mansfield.
1.2. Normally such grant applications are delegated to officers to manage, however in the
     light of Councillor Dubowski’s interest, and for reasons of proper public propriety, a
     report should be taken to the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration for the purpose of
     approval of the grant and consequently advertised for the attention of all members.


Key Decision – This item is not a key decision.


2.    RECOMMENDATION
To be resolved by Portfolio Holder for Regeneration
(i)   That a grant of £4,000.00 is awarded to Councillor T. Dubowski under the Council’s
      Town Centre Building Improvement Grants scheme 2007/8 for external fabric repairs
      to the Old Cattle Market, 15 Nottingham Road, Mansfield.


3.    BACKGROUND
The TCBIG scheme
3.1. The TCBIG is operated by the Council’s Urban Regeneration team funded by the
     Council’s revenue budget of £17,000 per year.
3.2. The scheme is aimed at encouraging town centre property owners/ occupiers to
     improve the external appearance of their properties through repair and refurbishment
     works. Eligible works under this scheme are those associated with improving the
     external appearance of building frontages within the Town Centre, typically re-pointing,
     repainting, external windows, doors and shopfront repair or replacement,
     reinstatement of architectural features, repairs to external elevations, where they are
     visible from the public highways.
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3.3. All properties within the town centre with commercial, retail and community uses are
     eligible to be considered for the grant, which is offered on a first come first served
     basis. Grants are limited to 60% of the cost of eligible works upto a maximum of
     £4,000.
3.4. One of the objectives of the grants is to help business sustainability, through
     improvements to external appearance of buildings and importantly, assist with repairs
     to be undertaken as early as possible to save spiralling costs later on.


The grant application
3.5. Councillor Dubowski has made a grant application under the TCBIG for the Old Cattle
     Market, on 15 Nottingham Road, (Fig 1) which is a listed building owned by Mansfield
     District Council and will be leased shortly to Councillor Dubowski (12 year Full Repair
     and Insurance lease, with an option to break at the end of 3 years). The building has
     recently been granted planning permission and listed building consent for change of
     use to a restaurant.
3.6. The building requires substantial internal and external works for repair/ restoration and
     conversion for restaurant use.
3.7. The application for grant has been made on the basis that a large portion of the
     external building fabric has deteriorated and would benefit from repair works. In
     accordance with the grants criteria, grants are proposed to be allocated to the exterior
     of the property and specifically to those areas which are visible from Nottingham Road,
     Water Meadows sports complex and Titchfield Park (the property is bounded by
     Water Meadows and Titchfield Park to its northern, eastern and southern sides
     respectively – Fig 2).


Scope of works
3.8. The scope of works that would be eligible for grant has been determined through a
     number of site inspections and meetings with Councillor Dubowski and the selected
     contractor. The works eligible for grant would include the following:
         Scaffolding as necessary
         Improve external drainage
         Rake out and repoint the stonework/ brickwork on external elevations as
          necessary
         Replace weathered bricks
         Light cleaning of the stonework, particularly in areas of moss growth.
         Repair or replace slipped and loose roof tiles and lead flashing as necessary.


Quotations
3.9. Three quotations have been obtained by Councillor Dubowski, from contractors to
     undertake the external grant aided works, the lowest quotation being £7,500.00. The
     contract has been awarded to the lowest quote.
3.10.A breakdown of the accepted quotation, including a proposed grant figure is as below:
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      15 Nottingham Road: Proposed Grant Schedule

                                      Cattle Market Tavern, 15 Nottingham Road, Mansfield,
      Address of property/ Project:
                                      Nottinghamshire

      Applicant:                      Councillor. Ted Dubowski

      Item Description of eligible works                Cost of      Grant %    Grant Offer
       no                                           Eligible works                  (£)
                                                          (£)

        1   scaffold                                      £850.00        60%        £510.00

            back park side: remove timber, insert       £2,300.00        39%        £898.00
        2
            bricks, clean off paint

            replace damaged bricks to front &             £700.00        60%        £420.00
        3
            road side elevation

            clean and repoint stonework to road         £1,370.00        60%        £822.00
        4
            side elevation

            clean and repoint stonework to front        £2,250.00        60%       £1,350.00
        5
            elevation

            Total                                       £7,470.00      53.55%      £4,000.00



3.11.This application for grant aid meets all the relevant criteria of the scheme and is a
     good candidate for an offer of grant aid.


4.     OPTIONS AVAILABLE
4.1. Option 1 - Offer a grant (recommended option): the application meets all of the grant
     scheme criteria and the applicant has been able to successfully demonstrate a case
     for grant funding for the property. It must be noted that a significant amount of
     investment is required for the overall repair and conversion of the building. The
     estimates suggest: £ 12,900 for external works and £87,100 for internal conversion
     works. In taking a lease on the building and converting it for restaurant use, the
     applicant is committed to bringing a vacant building back into a viable use, and
     bringing new business into the town, and therefore it seems reasonable to support and
     encourage this worthwhile venture.
4.2. Option 2 - Not offer a grant: This will leave the building in a state of disrepair and will
     be a missed opportunity to enhance the visual appearance of the building through
     sensitive repairs. The building may continue to deteriorate to the detriment of its
     appearance due to inadequate quality and standard of work that a listed building would
     require.


5.     BUDGET/RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS
5.1. The grant will be offered, using Mansfield District Council revenue funding allocated for
     the TCBIG programme 2007 -08.
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6.      RISK ASSESSMENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND OPTIONS
The risks of Option 1, the recommended option are:

 Risk           Assessment of risk         Risk Risk management
                                           level

 Grant          The grants offer will be Low      The applicant is aware of the levels of
 funding        limited to £ 4,000.00,            available grants and is willing to make
 limit          which is roughly 31% of           sufficient investment to repair and
                the cost of the overall           convert the property to a restaurant
                external works;                   use. The availability of grants is an
                                                  incentive for the applicant to carry out
                                                  external works to a high standard that is
                                                  suitable for a listed building. Grant
                                                  funding will be distributed in a way to
                                                  allow for maximum impact, i.e. targeted
                                                  on works that will have the maximum
                                                  positive impact in uplifting the exteriors,
                                                  specifically areas visible from the public
                                                  highway.
                                                  Subject to separate negotiations, a 6
                                                  month rent free period has also been
                                                  agreed with Property Services.

 Carrying      There is a risk that all Low       It is expected that the applicant will
 out      the works may not be                    ensure that the works are carried out to
 proposed      carried out satisfactorily.        a goods standard of workmanship.
 works      to                                    Owing to its listed status, a member of
 satisfactory                                     the conservation team will also monitor
 standards                                        the quality of works.

 Operational There could be delays in Low         A condition of the grant will be to
 delays      carrying out the external            complete the works and claim the funds
             eligible works, as these             within a certain date.
             are to be carried out as
             one of the later phases
             of the whole job.


7.      ALIGNMENT TO COUNCIL PRIORITIES
7.1.    The repairs and reuse of the above property will help protect and enhance this
        important building and bring it back into viable commercial use, thus creating new
        jobs and encouraging local business start - up. This is consistent with the aims of the
        Council’s Corporate Plan to revitalise our district, town centres and neighbourhoods
        and to develop a high quality, clean and pleasant environment.


8.      IMPLICATIONS RELATING TO RELEVANT LEGISLATION
        Section 2, subsection 2 (1) of the Local Government Act 2000, under Well Being
        Powers would enable the local authority to make a grant under the above
        circumstances.
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9.        COMMENTS OF STATUTORY OFFICERS
(a)       Head of Paid Service – No specific comments
(b)       Monitoring Officer – No specific comments
(c)       Head of Financial Services – No specific comments


10.       CONSULTATION
          There has been regular liaison with Property Services on the scope of works, which
          has been factored into the terms of tenancy agreement. Their comments are:
     i.   Councillor Dubowski has been undertaking works at the premises by virtue of a
          licence – it is anticipated that the lease will be completed shortly.
  ii.     As indicated, the repair works to the property extend beyond those for which grant is
          being sought – in consideration of the lessee entering into a full repairing lease, a 6
          month rent free period has been agreed.
          The Development Control and Conservation Sections have been consulted on the
          planning and listed building applications.


11.       BACKGROUND PAPERS
          None

           Report Author      -   Sudipta Ghosh

           Designation        -   Urban Regeneration Officer

           Telephone          -   3176

           E-mail             -   sghosh@mansfield.gov.uk
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Fig 1: Views of the Old Cattle Market from Nottingham Road: the building is significant
in terms of its historic and architectural merit. The building dates from 1877 and is
constructed of red brick with blue brick and ashlar dressings and hipped plain tile roofs with
decorative ridge tiles.
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Fig 2: 15 Nottingham Road, Location Plan