The Council will be able to access up to £70k of funding from the Cabinet Office’s One Public Estate fund to support the work, which will include a scoping exercise to decide whether to refurbish the existing HQ or create a new, purpose-built structure on the site.
Ryedale District Council had previously considered a public services hub at the Wentworth Street car park site in Malton, but the initial designs were deemed not fit for purpose. This new brief will be to create a modern facility to house a number of different public services, including the council, at the present site on Old Malton Road.
If the new plans are accepted, the council could seek planning permission in a year’s time, with a view to starting the necessary works at the end of next year.
Whilst the ambition for an improved building takes shape, Ryedale District Council is already drawing public sector organisations together in the existing Ryedale House building, to improve collaboration and reduce the number of journeys members of the public need to make to access key services.
Plans to move JobCentre Plus into Ryedale House have already been approved, with staff expected to relocate from their current building on Norton Road in March. Meanwhile a decision on whether North Yorkshire Police should also rent space is to be made by councillors on 20 February 2020.
Commenting on the Committee’s decision to progress with new designs, Councillor Keane Duncan, Council Leader and Chair of the Police and Resources Committee, said:
“The idea of a Public Services Hub has been under discussion for some time, but our latest decision is a significant step forward and at no direct cost to the authority. By locating services together there is a big opportunity to improve customer service, cut running costs and free up space, I am hopeful that this new set of plans will give us a facility that will work better for the public, and be more efficient for the public sector.”