Tuesday, August 30, 2011

News: Further Rotherham assets transfer to HCA


Further assets in Rotherham will be transferred from Yorkshire Forward to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The government announced in July that RDA land and property assets would be transferred to HCA, with local communities and businesses involved in decisions about future development plans. This will maximise the long-term benefits to economic growth and regeneration in local areas.

Rotherham assets on the latest list include the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre and EETC wings on The Advanced Manufacturing Park, Centurian Business Park (Pumping Station) at Templeborough, Brooklands Park at Dinnington, Hellaby Industrial Estate at Hellaby and Thurcroft.

Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the HCA, said: "Today's announcement marks a key milestone in the RDA land and property asset transfer to the HCA. We look forward to the completion of this process, and building on our existing relationships with local partners to deliver the best outcome for local communities through future development and disposal of the former RDA assets."

In July, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that it would retain the AMP Technology Centre. In a written Ministerial statement, the government identified the AMP Technology Centre as having national importance and stated that it will be retained within central Government in order to be developed further to support investments in innovation and technology.

As part of the transfer, the Government is to establish a stewardship arrangement and contract the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to manage the asset.

Coalfield land owned by Yorkshire Forward transferred to the HCA earlier this year - employment land at Dinnington Colliery and Roundwood Colliery plus the former pit head baths and associated land at Kiveton Colliery.

The leasehold of former offices at Renaissance House in Manvers is also to be transferred to the HCA under a stewardship model. In addition, Plot 4 at the AMP and the Tarmac Site, Wath Upon Dearne were released for disposal on the open market last April.

The transfer is currently planned to take effect on 19 September 2011.

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