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Lion Farm Playing Fields

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Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,

With regard to SMBC’s hitherto secret plan to develop Lion Farm Playing Fields:

1 Please disclose the minutes of the first meeting between Jeremy Knight Adams and SMBC members and/or staff;

2 Disclose ALL documents marked as “private” that were presented in support of Agenda Item 8 at the Asset Management and Land Disposal Committee Meeting of 19th December, 2012;

3 Please disclose all other documents passing between SMBC and Jeremy Knight Adams and/or companies over which he exercises significant control including but not limited to all documentation in respect of each and every extension of the option agreement in favour of Jeremy Knight Adams/his companies (to include the recent variation agreed by SMBC).

4 Please disclose all documentation relating to the marketing of the Lion Farm Playing Fields for development since 2008;

5 Disclose the fees paid by Jeremy Knight Adams/his companies to SMBC relating to the option agreement and subsequent extensions. Please also state the date of receipt and amount of each and every payment.

6 How was the original option fee calculated and by whom? Please confirm whether Mr David Willetts was involved in any aspect of this matter.

7 What price has been agreed, if any, should Mr Knight Adams/his companies choose to exercise the option? If so, how was this calculated and by whom? How has SMBC ensured that the price calculated fulfils SMBC’s legal obligation to secure “best value”?

8 What environmental tests have been conducted thus far as to industrial waste/pollution beneath the Playing Fields? What were the findings?

9 At paragraph 3.3 of the Report to Cabinet for the meeting on 15th November, 2017 it is said that Jeremy Knight Adams “has already incurred significant expenditure in securing adjoining land to develop the scheme. What evidence does SMBC have that this is true? What adjoining land does SMBC refer to?

Yours faithfully,

Julian Saunders

Sandwell MBC, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Mr Julian Saunders
 
 
Your request for information has been passed to an investigating officer.
 
Your reference is FS-Case-66827312
 
 
Thank you
 
Sandwell MBC

Sandwell MBC, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Julian Saunders,
 
Information Request - FS-Case-66827312
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. In response to your
request I can confirm the following:
 
 
Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information e-mail requesting
information about the proposed retail development at Lion Farm Playing
Fields, Oldbury. You ask nine separate questions concerning the
development, they are all answered below. 1 Please disclose the minutes of
the first meeting between Jeremy Knight Adams and SMBC members and/or
staff; The Council does not hold this information. 2 Disclose ALL
documents marked as “private” that were presented in support of Agenda
Item 8 at the Asset Management and Land Disposal Committee Meeting of 19th
December 2012; No other documents were presented at Committee apart from
the Committee Report. A copy of that report is attached. 3 Please disclose
all other documents passing between SMBC and Jeremy Knight Adams and/or
companies over which he exercises significant control including but not
limited to all documentation in respect of each and every extension of the
option agreement in favour of Jeremy Knight Adams/his companies (to
include the recent variation agreed by SMBC). The Council holds no
documents passing between the SMBC Jeremy Knight Adams and his companies.
4 Please disclose all documentation relating to the marketing of the Lion
Farm Playing Fields for development since 2008; The Council does not hold
this information 5 Disclose the fees paid by Jeremy Knight Adams/his
companies to SMBC relating to the option agreement and subsequent
extensions. Please also state the date of receipt and amount of each and
every payment. The fee paid by Jeremy Knight Adams is £245,000 on 21st May
2013 6 How was the original option fee calculated and by whom? Please
confirm whether Mr David Willetts was involved in any aspect of this
matter. The option fee was agreed between the parties involved, the
Council and Hampton Properties. It is not Council policy to name
individual employees. 7 What price has been agreed, if any, should Mr
Knight Adams/his companies choose to exercise the option? If so, how was
this calculated and by whom? How has SMBC ensured that the price
calculated fulfils SMBC's legal obligation to secure “best value”? No sale
price has yet been agreed between the parties. 8 What environmental tests
have been conducted thus far as to industrial waste/pollution beneath the
Playing Fields? What were the findings? The Council has been advised that
Desk Top Studies have been undertaken on behalf of Mr Knight Adams. 9 At
paragraph 3.3 of the Report to Cabinet for the meeting on 15th November,
2017 it is said that Jeremy Knight Adams “has already incurred significant
expenditure in securing adjoining land to develop the scheme. What
evidence does SMBC have that this is true? What adjoining land does SMBC
refer to? Land ownership is a matter of public record, and details can be
obtained from the Land Registry. I hope that this is sufficient for your
purposes. If you wish to receive further information in regards to this
request or wish to submit a Freedom of Information Request please forward
your request to [Sandwell Council request email] or Information Management
Unit, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69
3DE.
 
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
request, and should be addressed to:
 
Information Management Unit
Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street
Oldbury
West Midlands
B69 3DE
 
Email – [Sandwell Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of an internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF
 
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Sandwell MBC

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