Waveney District Council

Cabinet agrees accommodation first step

Published on 25th April 2012

Colin Law

Waveney District Council's Cabinet has agreed that a business case should be put together to consider new, shared Council accommodation in Lowestoft.

A report, presented on Tuesday evening, mapped out broad proposals for a new building to house Waveney District Council and Lowestoft-based Suffolk County Council staff. If the County Council's Cabinet also approve the report, at their next meeting in May, the Business Case will be developed and put before Waveney's cross-party Overview and Scrutiny Committee before returning to Cabinet for consideration in September 2012.

An outline 'Proposal Document', put together by the Council, NPS Property Consultants and construction consultants Willmott Dixon was discussed by the Cabinet committee. The document lays out the basic criteria for any new office complex, a proposed site plan and indicative costs. 

Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council said: "I am very pleased that the meeting drew broad cross-party support for the need to assess our accommodation options. It was clearly recognised that our current offices are unsuitable and Members from all parties understand that trying to maintain a number of old, inefficient and failing buildings is the wrong approach. If it is done properly, placing hundreds of staff in a low-cost, energy-efficient building would reduce costs at a stroke and save considerable amounts of public money.

"However, any decision to commence this project will only be taken if both Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council are entirely satisfied that there is a clear business case for the project and that it comes with assurances about the efficiencies and savings that would be created."

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