FOI information – Legal & General proposed mixed-use development at Arena Island

Information is now available in relation to the Legal and General proposal for mixed-use development on Arena Island at Temple Meads. This follows a Freedom of Information request from Freyja Handy, Legal Counsel, SMG Europe, for and on behalf of Arena Island Limited. Some information is withheld or redacted but available details are reproduced below, with links to available documents at the end.

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You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 24/08/2018. Your request number is CRN00184331. Our reply to your request is attached and below:

1. Please confirm whether Bristol Council has published an invitation to tender in relation to proposals to develop a mixed use scheme at Temple Island.

Bristol City Council has not published and invitation to tender in relation to proposals to develop a mixed use scheme at Temple Island.

2. Please confirm whether Legal & General first approached Bristol City Council, or Bristol City Council first approached Legal & General, in relation to a proposed mixed use development scheme on Temple Island.

Representatives of L&G met with Executive Director for Growth and Regeneration on the 24th January 2018. Preliminary consideration of the alternative forms of development on the Temple Island site was discussed.

3. Please confirm the date on which the approach in relation to the mixed use development opportunities at Temple Island was first made.

Please answer to question 2.

4.  Please confirm which Officers, Councillors or other staff or consultants to Bristol City Council were involved in discussions with Legal & General in relation to the proposed mixed use development at Temple Island.

The following individuals have been involved in discussions with Legal & General to the proposed mixed use development at Temple Island:

Officers: Colin Molton, Richard Marsh

Consultants: Nigel Greenhalgh

Councillors: no councillors have been involved in the discussions with  Legal & General

5. Please confirm whether Mayor Rees and/or Colin Molton met with any representatives of Legal & General in the last 18 months. If so, please confirm:

a. Who Mayor Rees and/or Colin Molton met with, when, and where;

b. Whether there were any discussions about the potential for mixed use development on the Temple Island land, and if so, details of those discussions (please provide a copy of any agendas or meeting notes); and

c. Whether any costs associated with the meetings (for example, food and drinks, accommodation, travel, entertainment etc) were paid by Legal & General or the Council and the amount of each cost or expense.

·   Tuesday 12th December 2017 (1000-1100): Colin Molton met with representatives of L&G. The meeting took place at the L&G Office, One Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AA. There were no costs associated with the meetings.

·  Wednesday 24th January 2018 (1630-1800): Colin Molton met with representatives of L&G. The meeting took place in room 2P10 at City Hall, Bristol. No costs were associated with this meeting. No notes from the meeting exist.

·  Monday 5th March 2018 (1200-1300): Colin Molton had a telephone call with representatives of L&G. No notes from the conversation exist. No costs were associated with the telephone call.

·  Friday 8th June 2018 (1330-1530): Mayor Rees and Colin Molton met with representatives of L&G. The meeting took place in City Hall in the Mayor s Office. No costed were associated with this meeting.

·  Tuesday 2nd October 2018 (0730-0930): Mayor Rees and Colin Molton attended a Breakfast with representatives of Legal & General  and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative on how we can create renewed infrastructure, housing, energy and urban regeneration in Bristol . The breakfast was organised by Business West. Bristol City Council has no information regarding what costs were associated with the meeting. Attached is the agenda for the meeting and attendee list. This documents have been redacted to remove the personal information of third parties. The meeting took place at Arcadis LLP, 2 Glass Wharf, Temple Quay, Bristol BS2 0FR.

· Tuesday 2nd October 2018 (1030-1130): Mayor Rees and Colin Molton met with the CEO and the Head of Public Affairs of L&G at City Hall in room 1P02. No notes from this meeting exist. No costs were associated with this meeting. The meeting had an inform agenda which covered the following issues:

Wider Bristol vision particularly One Bristol vision

L&G emphasis on inclusive capitalism and our value

Update on current projects, particularly Temple Meads / Island

Next steps / what more could we do together?

6.  Please confirm whether any discussions between Legal &  General and Bristol City Council in relation to mixed use development opportunities at Temple Island took place prior to the Overview and Management Scrutiny meetings on 18 22 June, and if so please provide details of the date, time, duration, subject matter, and participants in those discussions.

Monday 5th March 2018 (1200-1300): Colin Molton had a telephone call with representatives of L&G. While no notes from the conversation exist, the conversation did focus on the future of
Temple Island.

7. Please confirm the date on which plans or images of the proposed mixed use site were first provided by Legal and General to Bristol City Council and who at Bristol City Council they were sent to.

Bristol City Council first received images of the proposed mix use site on Saturday 14th April at 21:12hrs. They were sent to Colin Molton’s assistant.

8. Please provide copies of all correspondence and documents between Legal & General and Bristol City Council in relation to the mixed use development scheme at Temple Island.

The Council is of the view that this is a request for environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) and has further identified that the qualified exception provided by reg. 12(5)(e) EIR the confidentiality of commercial or industrial information where such confidentiality is provided by law to protect a legitimate economic interest is engaged in relation to the requested information.

9. Please confirm whether Bristol City Council has taken any legal advice in relation to the proposed mixed use development scheme (including, without limitation, in relation to planning permission).

The Council can provide a neither confirm or deny response under the qualified exception provided by reg. 12(5)(b) EIR. We are of the view that the qualified exception provided by reg. 12(5)(b) the course of justice, the ability of a person to receive a fair trial or the ability of a public authority to conduct an inquiry of a criminal or disciplinary nature is engaged.

10.   In relation to the press statement released by Legal & General on or around 23 August 2018, please confirm whether a draft or copy of this statement was sent to Bristol City Council, and if so, to whom, when, and what response was given.

On 09:22am 17th August 2018 Bristol City Council received draft copy of press statement titled Legal & General unveils vision for major urban regeneration project at the Temple Island (former Arena Island) site in Bristol . The press statement was received by:

·         Marvin Rees Mayor of Bristol.

·         Colin Molton Executive Director for Growth and Regeneration

·         Kevin Slocombe Head of Mayor s Office

·         Eric Andrews Senior Solicitor

·         Richard Marsh Enterprise Zone Director

Please see the attached responses from Kevin Slocombe and Colin Molton and attachment. These documents have been redacted to remove the personal data of third parties.

11.  To the extent this information is in your possession, please confirm the date on which Legal & General instructed Zaha-Hadid Architects to design the mixed use development scheme on Temple Island.

Bristol City Council does not hold this information.

This response should answer your request in full.

If you re not satisfied with our response, or if you want to appeal against any exemptions.