Decision details

Handforth Garden Village - Delivery Strategy

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To provide an update on the progress of the Handforth Garden Village scheme.


The Committee considered the report which provided an update on the progress of the Handforth Garden Village scheme.


The Council was the majority landowner and would therefore have a leading role in progressing the scheme.  The site was as allocated strategic site in the Local Plan and the proposals would create a new sustainable settlement with approximately 1,500 new dwellings, a new village centre and high street, a through school, sports facilities, sustainable transport routes.


The Garden Village was a major long term project for the Council which had the capacity to generate capital receipts and presented an exemplar opportunity to promote sustainable development and placemaking.  A gateway review, final business case and delivery strategy was required in order to undertake Due Diligence to appropriately balance risk and reward and to use capital resources as efficiently as possible whilst maximising and accelerating capital receipts. It was intended that this would be reported for decision to the September 2023 meeting of the Committee.


During consideration of the report, clarification was sought on the status of Engine of the North and it was confirmed whilst the Engine of the North still existed it was not operational.   It was asked about member involvement in the development of the project, the gateway review and preparation of the business case.


An additional recommendation was proposed and seconded “that the Committee identified representatives for an advisory group to engage with the project team and report back to the Committee”.   The proposal was put to the vote and declared carried.


RESOLVED: That the Committee


1             note the progress that has been made to deliver the Garden Village scheme and towards securing planning permission.


2             note that there are strategic project risks. Which include legal, planning, construction costs, housing market volatility, external grant funding, capacity, and site constraints, which will require appropriate oversight and legal advice.


3             approve the undertaking of a gateway review, preparation of a final business case and production of a delivery strategy, to identify the most commercially appropriate and effective means of delivering the primary infrastructure and the wider garden village project whilst controlling costs and maximising capital receipts, including addressing governance structures going forward.


4             note that a detailed report on the outcomes of the gateway review and delivery strategy and key decisions required will be presented to the Committee in the new municipal year with a target date of September 2023.


5          identifies representatives for an advisory group to engage with the project team and report back to the Committee.




Publication date: 28/02/2023

Date of decision: 10/02/2023

Decided at meeting: 10/02/2023 - Economy and Growth Committee

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