Decision details

Business Retention and Rent Relief in Council-owned Commercial Property

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To update Executive and seek approval for process of agreeing measures to retain businesses within the Council's commercial premises.


Executive considered the report of the Portfolio Holder – Economic Development which sought endorsement for urgent decisions made in respect of existing rent agreements with business tenants in Council-owned Commercial Property. Arrangements were also proposed for a future decision making process for any similar circumstances in the future.


Moved by Councillor Liz Smyth and seconded by Councillor Sandra Peake



1)   Executive endorse the previously agreed decisions as set out at 1.4 in the report.


2)   the Director of Development be authorised to reach further agreements on ‘rent-reductions’ or ‘rent-free’ periods with the Council’s commercial tenants following consultation with the Section 151 Officer, the Leader, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holders for Economic Development and Finance until the 31st March 2021.


3)   the criteria for the decisions on each case as outlined in paragraph 2.5 of the report are approved for use in future decision making under recommendation 6.2.


4)   regular reports on the expenditure on ‘rent-reductions’ or ‘rent-free’ periods are periodically reported to Executive to allow further consideration of the commercial desirability of this type of assistance for the Council’s business tenants.   



The proposals were to protect the Council’s own commercial interests as well and safeguarding jobs and seeking to protect the local economy.



A ‘do nothing’ and a ‘do less’ option were rejected with regard to corporate priorities for the economy including: working with partners to support enterprise, innovation, jobs and skills; making the best use of our assets; and ensuring financial sustainability and increasing revenue streams, recovery from Covid-19 economic affects plus protecting the sustainability of the Council’s own financial position.






Reason Key: Revenue Income or Expenditure of £75,000 or more;

Contact: Chris Fridlington, Assistant Director of Development and Planning Email:

Report author: Chris Fridlington

Publication date: 28/10/2020

Date of decision: 26/10/2020

Decided at meeting: 26/10/2020 - Executive

Effective from: 05/11/2020

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