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Decisions published

12/01/2022 - Property Holdings: Disposal of 40, Crescent Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1RQ FP06 21-22 ref: 1443    Recommendations Approved

The County Council’s West Sussex Plan sets out its ambition to minimise the burden of local taxation, delivering the best outcomes for residents with the money it spends, whilst living within its means.  In 2018 the County Council agreed to adopt an Asset Management Policy and Strategy.  An objective of the strategy is to acquire, manage, maintain and dispose of property effectively, efficiently and sustainably, together with optimising financial and commercial opportunities.


To accord with Standing Orders, this report advises on the outcome of the marketing of this vacant property and seeks the approval of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Property to dispose of the County Council’s freehold estate in the property.    Offers have been received and approval is sought to sell to the preferred and highest bidder. 



Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Property

Decision published: 12/01/2022

Effective from: 22/01/2022


The Cabinet Member has agreed:

(1)              That the County Council disposes of its freehold estate in this surplus property as set out in Appendix A of this report (restricted, for members only); and  

(2)              Authority is delegated to the Director of Property and Assets in conjunction with the Director of Law and Assurance to conclude the terms of the sale with the purchaser. 


Divisions affected: Worthing Pier;

Lead officer: Elaine Sanders

06/01/2022 - Allocation of S106 Funding for Additional Accommodation at St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy, Barnham - OKD40 (21/22) ref: 1442    Recommendations Approved

The County Council has a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places for all children who need a place.


St Philip Howard Catholic School is a 6 form entry (6FE) 11-18 Secondary School with a 6th form. The school has grown in recent years to meet the demand for places which has led to the requirement for more teaching and administrative space, as well as washroom facilities. The school has continued to take additional children over and above their Published Admission Number (PAN) and projections indicate an ongoing need for the additional places created meaning additional accommodation is required to support the increased pupil numbers.


The school is proposing to deliver a new teaching block incorporating 8 classrooms, office space, toilets and a lift for disabled access.


Section 106 funds have been received totalling £970,000 which must be spent on additional educational infrastructure and/or equipment at St Philip Howard Catholic School. The demand for places is high and the desire to provide the best possible experience for all students is the key driver for this build.


Approval is required for the allocation of Section 106 funding from the Capital Programme to enable the project to proceed.

Decision Maker: Director of Property and Assets

Decision published: 06/01/2022

Effective from: 18/01/2022


The Director of Property and Assets has approved:


(1) The passporting of £970,000 of received funds to St Philip Howard Catholic School in accordance with the relevant Section 106 Agreements to fund the work outlined in Section 2.1 of the report, and


(2) The settlement and completion of the Development and Funding agreement as a condition for the transfer of the funds.

Divisions affected: Fontwell;

Lead officer: Graham Olway

05/01/2022 - Domestic Abuse Act statutory duties and allocation of funding AS03 (21/22) ref: 1441    Recommendations Approved

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 became law on 29 April 2021 and this report concerns the duties placed on West Sussex County Council under this Act.


The Act places a duty on Local Authorities in England to:


  • provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation;

     provide all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse with an automatic ‘priority need’ for homelessness assistance;

     ensure that when Local Authorities rehouse victims of domestic abuse, they do not lose a secure lifetime or assured tenancy;

     provide all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse with an automatic ‘priority need’ for settled housing under the homelessness legislation.


Each Tier One Local Authority is required to undertake a needs assessment and prepare strategies to support victims of domestic abuse in safe accommodation. In Sussex a collaborative approach has been taken to the completion of the needs assessment and a strategy that covers East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove has been developed.


West Sussex County Council has been allocated £1,498,174 from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)  to respond to the results of the required needs assessment and strategy.


Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adults Services

Decision published: 05/01/2022

Effective from: 15/01/2022


The Cabinet Member for Adult Services has approved;


(1)   the Pan Sussex Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support Strategy and its implications for West Sussex alongside its publication on 5th January 2022; and


(2)   the delegation of  authority to the Director of Communities to approve appropriate allocations of the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities funding in line with the needs assessment and strategy.


Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Jim Bartlett