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Decision details

4 The Sector - New Lease (EX 4157)

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


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The Executive considered an exempt report (Agenda Item 13) concerning the grant of a lease for 4 The Sector.

RESOLVED that:  the recommendations) in the exempt report be agreed (as detailed at item 58).

Other options considered: To decline the proposed lease and continue to market the vacant property on the basis of letting the space at a higher rent in the future and with an Open Market Review at the end of year 5. Officers considered leaving the building part vacant was too high a risk to the council. The office market is challenging at present given the fall-out from Covid and so it is difficult to predict how long the building would remain partially vacant.

To dispose of the freehold, removing the property from the portfolio. This option is available but the council will find itself in a similar situation to the previous vendor in needing to offer incentive through escrow rent repayments of a reduced value. The market has also been impacted since the purchase in 2018 by both Brexit and more recently Covid 19.  


Publication date: 05/01/2022

Date of decision: 16/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 16/12/2021 - Executive

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