Conservative councillors have removed the power for council officers to sign Section 106 infrastructure improvement agreements. What does this mean for the King Alfred scheme?
The £290 million King Alfred scheme was granted planning permission in March with 85 conditions.
Under section 106 of the planning permission the developer Karis must pay the council for a range of infrastructure improvements. The improvements were outlined at the planning meeting in March and must be agreed before any building work can commence.
At a meeting of the planning sub-committee on 27th June Conservative councillors pushed through a proposal to remove the authority of officers to sign the section 106 agreement and for the financial conditions to be brought back for committee approval on 18th July.
The move threatens to delay the scheme and opens the Council up to the possibility of legal action. The Developer Karis and their financial backer ING have threatened to sue the Council for up to £60 million if they frustrate or delay the process.
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