Rent-free or Subsidised Garages
Voluntary and community sector groups and organisations can apply for a rent-free or subsidised garage which will be subject to a yearly administration fee of £124.80 (inclusive of VAT).
At a meeting of the Council’s Executive on the 10 July 2012, the following decisions were made with regards to arrangements for letting garages to voluntary and community sector groups and organisations:
- Subsidised rental charges be introduced for voluntary and community sector groups and organisations that currently occupy, or apply to occupy, a Council owned garage.
- The introduction of the subsidised rental charges be deferred until the economic climate is more favourable to those groups and organisations.
- When the charges are introduced, the introduction be graduated over a period of time until they reach a maximum of 50% of the prevailing full rent.
- Only voluntary and community sector groups and organisations that can show they are associated with the Town and its residents be eligible to apply for a subsidised garage and that this be limited to one garage per group or organisation and:
- If the group or organisation is already receiving financial and/or “in kind” support from us, the the application will be approved.
- If the group or organisation is not already receiving financial and/or “in kind” support from us, the application will be determined by the Community and Neighbourhood Services Manager against the criteria set out in Appendix B to the report.
- Groups and organisations currently occupying a Council garage rent free will not be able to apply for additional rent free or subsidised garages.
- The number of garages available to qualifying voluntary and community sector groups and organisations requiring a rent free or subsidised garage be initially capped at 100 and kept under review on an annual basis.
- All groups and organisations occupying a rent free or subsidised Council garage will be required to transfer to a low demand garage if it is found that the garage that they occupy can be let at the full rent, unless the group or organisation agrees to pay the full rent.
- When officers consider it appropriate for a report to come forward to the Executive, they firstly refer the matter to the relevant Development & Scrutiny Committee(s) to consider the impact on voluntary sector and community groups and organisations of the charging regime.
- Delegated authority be given to the Strategic Director (Environment), in consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Resources and Community, Health and Older People to change the ‘cap’ of 100 garages for use by the voluntary and community sector.
To apply, a Subsidised Garage Application should be sent to the Community and Neighbourhood Services Manager.
The Community and Neighbourhood Services Manager
Stevenage Borough Council