Seymour Court / Janes Court Public Art

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Dear Cambridge City Council,
Further to my FOI request of April 2014 I would like to revisit the questions that you failed to answer. I asked "I wish to know how much was
spent by Kier on public art within the Seymour Court / Janes (sic) Court development,what the public
art is, and where it is." You indicated in your response that the money had been set aside for public art elsewhere. Can you please confirm how much money was given by Kier, and can you confirm the % of the total development costs this represented. Given that the planning application appeared to be passed on the basis that there would be public art on site, and there is correspondence within the documentation from Kier to ask the planning officers what was required, I wish to ask who decided that the public art associated with this development was to be invested elsewhere. Given the decision to put the funds elsewhere, where were the funds spent and or what council spending line do these funds now sit.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

Dear Cambridge City Council,
I have not received any response to my FOI request regards the funds made available for public art following the Seymour Court development. By law the authority should have responded by 10th October 2014.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

Emma Farrington, Cambridge City Council

I would like to first apologise for the delay in this request being sent.

 

In your Freedom of Information Request dated 13th September, you asked the
following questions:

 

"Further to my FOI request of April 2014 I would like to revisit the
questions that you failed to answer. I asked "I wish to know how much was
spent by Kier on public art within the Seymour Court / Janes (sic) Court
development,what the public art is, and where it is." You indicated in
your response that the money had been set aside for public art elsewhere.
Can you please confirm how much money was given by Kier, and can you
confirm the % of the total development costs this represented. Given that
the planning application appeared to be passed on the basis that there
would be public art on site, and there is correspondence within the
documentation from Kier to ask the planning officers what was required, I
wish to ask who decided that the public art associated with this
development was to be invested elsewhere. Given the decision to put the
funds elsewhere, where were the funds spent and or what council spending
line do these funds now sit."

 

A Public Art Contribution of £35,000 was received on 16th April 2013 in
respect of this development. This represents approximately 1% of the
development costs.

 

Paragraph 7.11 of the Public Art Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
states that the in the following cases the provision of public art on site
may be inappropriate:

•             Gated communities or developments with no public access;

•             Development where there is no public space or opportunity
for embedded artwork, which is publically visible; and

•             Proposals submitted late in the design process and which do
not integrate effectively with the development nor provide on-site public
benefit.

 

The s106 wording allows for a public art proposal to be submitted for
approval prior to commencement of development or for the contribution to
commuted to the Council. This ensures a public art proposal is developed
to comply with the Council’s public art policy and integrate within a new
development rather than be a tick box exercise with little public
benefit.  Discussions were entered into with the developer very late in
the design process and due to the location and layout of the site, it
would have been very difficult to integrate public art that had a defined
public benefit and which, would integrate effectively within the
development and it was the view of Officers that it would be more
appropriate to require a commuted sum under these circumstances and as
supported by policy.

 

This money has not yet been allocated to a specific project at this time. 
However, a programme of public art projects is being developed and all
projects will directly mitigate the impact of new development.

 

Please see section 6 and section 9 of the Public Art SPD for further
information.

 

If you are not happy with the way in which your request has been dealt
with please contact Liz Bisset.  If you are still not satisfied with the
way your request has been dealt with you can contact the Information
Commissioner.

 

The Information Commissioner’s address is:

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Kind Regards

Emma Farrington

Business Support Manager

 

 

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