Decision details

Market Street Development

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Council Strategy and Community Cohesion

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To consider a matter pertaining to the Joint Venture development at Market Street, Bracknell. 


An urgent decision was required to avoid additional costs.


1          That the change in quantum and mix of affordable units on the site from c56% as set out in the Settled Site Development Plan to c48% be approved, noting that this still significantly exceed the required 25% of affordable housing;


2          That the Executive Director: Resources be authorised to release funding for the scheme in line with the proposed revised phased cashflow approach, noting that this does not financially disadvantage the Council.

Reasons for the decision:

The overarching objectives and financial parameters of the scheme remain in line with the Settled Site Development Plan approved by the Executive at its meeting in November 2022.  However, there are some changes which would ordinarily be taken back to the Executive for consideration, as they are outside of the terms specifically set out in the Settled Site Development Plan. 


The changes to the Settled Site Development Plan respond to the overall viability concerns for the site and provide the best solution to ensure that the development can proceed at pace and avoid additional costs, despite offering financial returns significantly below normal expectations.

Alternative options considered:

The Council could withdraw its support for the scheme at this stage.  This is not recommended, given that it will fulfil a number of the Council’s strategic objectives and therefore offers significant non-financial value. 

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Expenditure >£400,000 & Affects more than 1 ward.;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: To be set out in the report (contains exempt information).

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: Resources.

Contact: Stuart McKellar, Executive Director: Resources Email: Tel: 01344 352205.

Publication date: 25/05/2023

Date of decision: 26/04/2023

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