Issue details

Strategic acquisition of development opportunity site

To approve the strategic purchase of the southern campus of the Royal National College for the Blind (RNCB), Venn’s Lane, Hereford within a defined budget of £6.25 million and to authorise officers, following appropriate consultation and due diligence, to proceed with the purchase of the property.


The proposed purchase will be a strategic acquisition which would support the council’s policies in respect of economic growth and ensure that a key education site within Hereford is retained and enhanced.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: College;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/01/2019

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
Opportunity to purchase site within a time limited period

Restricted by: Paragraph 3;

Decision due: 18 February 2019 by Cabinet member contracts and assets

Lead member: Cabinet member contracts and assets

Lead director: Director of Economy and Place

Department: Economy and Place

Contact: Chris Jenner, Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services Email: Tel: 01432261941.