Decisions

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Decisions published

20/09/2022 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5149    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Alistair Willoughby, Simon Bloxham, Sean Nolan and Ian Moody.


20/09/2022 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5150    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


20/09/2022 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5151    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

(1)       The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(2)       The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

 

(3)       The Chair clarified matters concerning times to speak for Members and Registered Speakers.


20/09/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5152    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

The Chair confirmed that the 5 Member Advocates and 7 registered public speakers were in attendance.


20/09/2022 - 22/00171/LBC - THE LORD LISTER HOTEL, 1 PARK STREET, HITCHIN, HERTFORDSHIRE, SG4 9AH ref: 5155    For Determination

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 22/00171/LBC be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager and the following additional condition:

 

“Condition 5

 

Document entitled ‘Gate installations works’ dated 1 December 2021 by Firelec Securelec states that the single leaf swing gate will have manual operation (including a manual key lock into the catchment post) whilst at 4.3 and 6.8 of the submitted Design, Access and Planning Statement January 2022 it states that the gate will be controlled ‘electronically’. For the avoidance of doubt, full details of method of operating this gate together with a 1:20 scale elevation indicating the design of the gate and method of installation including whether the gate is to be mechanically fixed directly to the building or to posts that are themselves fixed to the building or to free-standing posts, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the installation and commissioning of the gate. If fixed directly to the listed building, further larger scale plans confirming the mechanical fixing detail shall also be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the installation and commissioning of the gate. Once approved the gate shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details and thereafter retained and maintained for the lifespan of the current use of the building to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.

 

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure that special regard is paid to protecting the special architectural and historic interest and integrity of this grade II listed building under Section 16(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.”

 

Lead officer: Simon Ellis


20/09/2022 - CURRENT ENFORCEMENT NOTICES ref: 5156    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

The report entitled ‘Current Enforcement Notices’ was presented by the Conservation and Development Manager and noted by the Committee.


20/09/2022 - EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC ref: 5158    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 5 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).


20/09/2022 - 22/00170/FP - THE LORD LISTER HOTEL, 1 PARK STREET, HITCHIN, HERTFORDSHIRE, SG4 9AH ref: 5154    For Determination

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 22/00170/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager.

Lead officer: Simon Ellis


20/09/2022 - 18/01502/OP - LAND BETWEEN ROYSTON ROAD AND, CAMBRIDGE ROAD, BARKWAY, HERTFORDSHIRE ref: 5153    For Determination

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022

Decision:

Councillor Tony Hunter declared he was predetermined on this item due to comments he had previously made in the consultation process. He advised that he would move to the public gallery where he would speak as Member Advocate against the item, before leaving the Chamber for the remainder of this item.

 

Councillor Gerald Morris called for a recorded vote on this item.

 

The result of the vote was as follows: 

 

YES:

6

ABSTAIN:

1

NO:

1

TOTAL:

8

 

The individual votes were as follows:

 

Cllr Terry Tyler

YES

Cllr Val Bryant

YES

Cllr Amy Allen

YES

Cllr David Levett

YES

Cllr Morgan Derbyshire

YES

Cllr Nigel Mason

YES

Cllr Daniel Allen

NO

Cllr Tom Tyson

ABSTAIN

Cllr Michael Muir

Cllr Tony Hunter

 

Therefore, it was:

 

RESOLVED: That application 18/01502/OP be DEFERRED until a response had been received from Herts Ecology. 

Lead officer: Anne McDonald


20/09/2022 - CURRENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS ref: 5157    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 23/09/2022

Effective from: 20/09/2022


15/09/2022 - 21/02957/FP LAND ON THE SOUTH WEST SIDE OF, BARKWAY ROAD, ROYSTON, HERTFORDSHIRE ref: 5117    For Determination

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the completion of a satisfactory S106 Legal Agreement and the reasons and conditions set out in the report, subject to the following amendment to condition 9 to read:

 

“The development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the recommendations and mitigation measures set out in the submitted Bat Survey Report by Three Counties Ecology,  the Preliminary Ecological Assessment and Potential Roost Assessment (August 2021).’”

Lead officer: Tom Rea


15/09/2022 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5113    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

 

(1)         The Chair welcomed those present at the meeting, especially those who had attended to give a presentation;

 

(2)         The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(3)         The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

 

(4)         The Chair clarified matters concerning times to speak for Members and Registered Speakers.


15/09/2022 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5112    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

There was none.


15/09/2022 - 17/01464/1 - LAND ADJACENT TO OAKLEA AND SOUTH OF, COWARDS LANE, CODICOTE ref: 5116    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That planning permission is resolved to be GRANTED subject to referral to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, subject to the completion of a satisfactory legal agreement and the applicant agreeing to extend the statutory period in order to complete the agreement if required and the conditions and informatives as set out in the report, and the following amendment:

 

Informative 2 relating to off-site Highway Works to read:

 

“Off-site highways work Informative

           

The off-site highways works referred to in conditions 17 and 18 above shall include:

           

·         Pedestrian dropped kerbs and tactile paving either side of the Cowards Lane / spine road junction, with a suitable level of visibility from the tactile crossing points.

 

·         Pedestrian dropped kerbs and tactile paving either side of the B656 / spine road junction.

 

·         Measures to prohibit the parking of vehicles (e.g. double yellow lines) at the roadside of the B656 to ensure the necessary level of visibility from the site access, and from the pedestrian crossing points on the B656, are maintained in perpetuity.

 

·         The upgrading of the two existing bus stops closest to the site along the B656, including raised Kassel kerbing.

 

·         The details of these off-site highways works need to be completed in accordance with an approved S278 Agreement with the Highway Authority, prior to the occupation of any dwelling forming part of the development.”


15/09/2022 - MINUTES - 31 MARCH, 23 JUNE 2022 ref: 5111    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 31 March be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

 

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 23 June 2022 be amended as follows:

 

At minute 7, resolution (1) to read:

 

(1)   That application 21/03533/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the conditions and reasons as set out in the report and with the following additional condition:

 

“That the applicant agrees all necessary extensions to the statutory determination period to enable the completion of the deed of variation S106 agreement.  In the event that agreement is not secured to extend the statutory determination that the members allow the Development and Conservation Manager to refuse planning permission based on absence of the requisite legal agreement”

 

RESOLVED: that the Minutes (as amended) of the Meeting of the Committee of the Committee held on 23 June 2022 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

 

 


15/09/2022 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5110    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Daniel Allen.

 

Having given due notice Councillor Nigel Mason advised he would be substituting for Councillor Daniel Allen.

 

Councillor Nigel Mason sent his apologies due to lateness and would join the meeting later.


15/09/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5114    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

The Chair confirmed that the three registered speakers were present.


15/09/2022 - PLANNING APPEALS ref: 5115    For Determination

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Made at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Planning Control Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 15/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the report entitled Planning Appeals be noted.

Lead officer: Joanne Grant


21/09/2022 - CONSULTATION ON NORTH HERTS DISTRICT LOCAL CYCLING AND WALKING INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN ref: 5140    For Determination

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

(1) Notes the report;

 

(2) Be encouraged to, individually and through the Area Committee, respond to the North Hertfordshire District LCWIP consultation draft attached at Appendix 1, and encourage residents and local organisations to do so too.

Lead officer: Louise Symes


21/09/2022 - GRANTS AND COMMUNITY UPDATE ref: 5141    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee endorses the actions taken by the Community Engagement team to promote greater community capacity and well-being for Letchworth.


21/09/2022 - GRANT APPLICATION - NOVA WELLNESS CIC ref: 5143    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That grant funding of £1,500 be awarded to Nova Wellness CIC for help bringing holistic well-being therapy events to Letchworth


21/09/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5144    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

A verbal presentation was given by Ms. Hannah Lane on behalf of NCT North Herts regarding their grant application.


21/09/2022 - GRANT APPLICATION - NCT NORTH HERTS ref: 5145    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That grant funding of £920 be awarded to NCT North Herts for their breastfeeding and postnatal support group.


21/09/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5146    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

A verbal presentation was given by the Assistant Community Engagement Officer on behalf of The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living regarding their grant application.


21/09/2022 - GRANT APPLICATION - THE LETCHWORTH CENTRE FOR HEALTH LIVING ref: 5147    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the grant application be deferred to a later meeting of the committee in order to clarify Member’s concerns.


21/09/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5148    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

A verbal presentation was given by Ms. Samantha Hough on behalf of Imajica Theatre Company CIC regarding their grant application


21/09/2022 - WARD MATTERS AND OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS - MEMBERS' REPORTS ref: 5142    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

Members gave updates on events in the area including:

 

·        Wilbury Community Cafe

·        Letchworth Beer Festival

·        Grange Community Fun Day

·        Grange Community Action Day


21/09/2022 - LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY BID MANAGER ref: 5139    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

The Chair notified the Committee that the Letchworth BID are currently advertising the BID manager role so were unable to have a manager attend this meeting, but should have someone in place to present in December.


21/09/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5137    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

A verbal presentation was given by Ms. Agata Kisicka on behalf of Nova Wellness CIC regarding their grant application.


21/09/2022 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5136    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

(1) The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council policy, this meeting would be audio recorded.

 

(2) The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

 


21/09/2022 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5135    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


21/09/2022 - MINUTES - 8 JUNE 2022 ref: 5134    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8 June 2022 be approved as a true record and be signed by the Chair.


21/09/2022 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5133    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Terry Hone, Sean Prendergast and Adem Ruggiero-Cakir.


21/09/2022 - GRANT APPLICATION - IMAJICA THATRE COMPANY CIC ref: 5138    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Letchworth Committee

Made at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Letchworth Committee

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 21/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That grant funding of £1,340 be awarded to Imajica Theatre Company CIC towards their Community Panto 2023 project.


13/09/2022 - SOFT PLAY INVESTMENT AT NORTH HERTS LEISURE CENTRE - PART 1 ref: 5107    For Determination

Soft play investment at North Herts Leisure Centre.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That Cabinet considered and agreed the soft play investment proposal.

 

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL:

 

(1)  That Council make the addition of £150k to the Capital programme in 2022/23.

 

(2)  That Council move the existing capital allocation of £100k in 2023/24 for refurbishment of the dry-side changing rooms to 2022/ 23 and reallocate it to the soft play project.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS:

 

(1)  Introducing a soft play facility at North Herts Leisure Centre will enhance the range of leisure facilities on offer and provide a dedicated play space for families with toddlers and young children within the local area.

 

(2)  The new facility will generate additional revenue for the site, aiding the financial recovery of leisure post covid and providing an attractive additional facility for bidders when the new leisure contract is procured in 2024.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah Kingsley


13/09/2022 - PROPOSED CONSERVATION AREA AT CHESFIELD ref: 5103    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That the draft CAAMP for the proposed conservation area around Chesfield Park was noted.

 

(2)  That approval was given for public consultation to take place on the draft proposal to designate a conservation area and the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan around Chesfield Park.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: To ensure that the conservation areas and historic assets within North Hertfordshire are appropriately assessed and designated to inform decision making for planning applications and in the preparation of local and neighbourhood plans.

Wards affected: Chesfield;

Lead officer: Clare Skeels


13/09/2022 - DISTRICT WIDE SURVEY 2022 ref: 5095    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)   That Cabinet commented on and noted the key findings and observations from the District Wide Survey.

 

(2)   That Cabinet noted the results will be considered by the Leadership Team in conjunction with the Executive Members and an action plan produced.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To ensure that Cabinet is aware of the results and any trends from previous surveys and how the results will be used to inform future service delivery.


13/09/2022 - PROPOSED INCREASE IN PARKING TARIFFS ref: 5109    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)   That Cabinet agreed to adopt the proposed off-street car park tariffs for 2022/23 as set out in Tables 1 to 7 at Appendix A, with the following amendments:

a.     Princes Mews, Royston car park to be kept at 70p for 1 hour parking, in line with the increased price at other Royston car parks.

b.     St Martin’s Road, Knebworth car park to be 35p for 30 minutes and 70p for 1 hour parking.

c.     In Hitchin, all Long Stay car parks to be £1.30 after 3pm and all Short Stay car parks to be £1.50 after 3pm.

 

(2)   That Cabinet agreed not to increase the charges for Season Tickets for each of its long stay car parks or business permits for its car park at St. Martins Road in Knebworth for 2022/23.

 

(3)   That Cabinet agreed not to increase the charges for resident permits, visitor permits, business permits or visitor tickets for resident permit zones for 2022/23.

 

(4)   That Cabinet agreed that the proposed tariff changes, as recommended in paragraphs 2.1 as amended above, are implemented as soon as practicable, and that officers in consultation with the Executive Member and Deputy for Planning and Transport proceed with the implementation as required.

 

(5)   That Officers proceed with the necessary amendments to the Off- Street Parking Traffic Regulation Orders as required to implement changes recommended above, and that officers in consultation with the Executive Member and Deputy for Planning and Transport proceed with the implementation as required.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To implement an increase in car parking tariffs in order to effectively manage their use and in accordance with the Council’s fees and charges policy as set out in its Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS). To set car parking tariffs that support the achievement of modal shift away from private car use and to help support the vitality of town centres.

 

 

Lead officer: Louise Symes


13/09/2022 - EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC ref: 5106    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting on the groynds that the following report will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).


13/09/2022 - SOFT PLAY INVESTMENT AT NORTH HERTS LEISURE CENTRE - PART 2 ref: 5105    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022


13/09/2022 - DRAFT DEVELOPER CONTRIBUTIONS SPD ref: 5102    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the draft Developer Contributions SPD, attached as Appendix A to this report, were endorsed and approved for a five-week public consultation.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To allow the Developer Contributions SPD to be progressed so that it may be adopted at the same time as, or shortly after, any future decision to adopt the new Local Plan.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Laura Allen


13/09/2022 - 3Cs POLICY UPDATE ref: 5096    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That Cabinet adopted the Updated 3Cs Policy, Appendix A – Complaint Flow Chart and Appendix B – Unreasonable Complainant (& Contact) Policy.

 

(2)  That Cabinet agree to delegate any minor changes in relation to the 3Cs policy to the Service Director – Customers in consultation with the Executive Member for the Customer Service Centre.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS:

 

(1)  The recommendations are being made to ensure the 3C’s policy stays current and reflects learning since the last review date. The policy continues to remain in line with Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) best practice.

 

(2)  Some of the specific updates and amendments address matters that have arisen for the first time and therefore adding them now helps to ensure the policy is clear for all going forward.

 

(3)  The updates ensure the Council has a robust policy to refer to when required, and customers are clear on how the policy works.

 

(4)  The policies and associated report have been seen by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 06 September 2022.  


13/09/2022 - INFORMATION NOTE ON ASYLUM DISPERSAL AND REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT SCHEMES ref: 5101    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

The Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health presented  the ‘Information Note on Asylum Dispersal and Refugee Resettlement Schemes’ and the Chair led a discussion on this with Members.


13/09/2022 - FIRST QUARTER REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING 2022/23 ref: 5098    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That Cabinet noted this report.

 

(2)  That Cabinet approved the changes to the 2022/23 General Fund budget, as identified in table 3 and paragraph 8.2, a £559k decrease in net expenditure.

 

(3)  That Cabinet noted the changes to the 2023/24 General Fund budget, as identified in table 3 and paragraph 8.2, a total £414k increase in net expenditure. These will be incorporated in the draft revenue budget for 2023/24.

 

(4)  That Cabinet delegated to the Service Director: Resources (in consultation with the Executive Member for Finance and IT) authority to enter in to a Business Rate Pooling arrangement (if available) if it is estimated that it will be in the financial interests of the Council.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: Members are able to monitor, make adjustments within the overall budgetary framework and request appropriate action of Services who do not meet the budget targets set as part of the Corporate Business Planning process.

 

Lead officer: Antonio Ciampa


13/09/2022 - FIRST QUARTER INVESTMENT STRATEGY (CAPITAL AND TREASURY) REVIEW 2022/23 ref: 5097    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That Cabinet noted the forecast expenditure of £12.252M in 2022/23 on the capital programme, paragraph 8.3 refers.

 

(2)  That Cabinet approved the adjustments to the capital programme for 2022/23 onwards, as a result of the revised timetable of schemes detailed in table 2 and 3, increasing the estimated spend in 2023/24 by £2.048M.

 

(3)  That Cabinet noted the position of the availability of capital resources, as detailed in table 4 paragraph 8.6 and the requirement to keep the capital programme under review for affordability.

 

(4)  That Cabinet noted the position of Treasury Management activity as at the end of June 2022.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS:

 

(1)  Cabinet is required to approve adjustments to the capital programme and ensure the capital programme is fully funded.

 

(2)  To ensure the Council’s continued compliance with CIPFA’s code of practice on Treasury Management and the Local Government Act 2003 and that the Council manages its exposure to interest and capital risk.

Lead officer: Dean Fury


13/09/2022 - ARTICLE 4 DIRECTIONS ref: 5104    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That Cabinet endorsed the overall approach to Article 4 Directions set out in the report.

 

(2)  That Cabinet approved the making of immediate Article 4 Directions for non-listed buildings located within each of the District’s town centre’s defined primary and secondary shopping frontages (as detailed in Appendix A).

 

(3)  That each of the immediate Article 4 Directions shall come into force immediately on the day they are served (October 3 2022) and consultation shall take place for a period of 6 weeks beginning on October 10 2022.

 

(4)  That delegated powers should be granted to the Service Director – Regulatory in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Enterprise and Transport to confirm the immediate Article 4 Directions following consultation subject to no, or only minor, amendments being necessary.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS:

 

(1)  The new Article 4 Directions relate to change of use from Use Class E (commercial, business and services) to Use Class C3 (dwellinghouses).

 

(2)  Commercial, business and services in town centres are important as they provide residents with access to important goods and services whilst minimising the need to travel. To safeguard main town centre use2 floorspace, the Council has designated primary and secondary shopping frontages within the District’s four town centres and established policies to encourage growth and prevent loss of these uses.

 

(3)  The making of the Article 4 Directions will support an overarching principle of the emerging Local Plan which seeks to ensure that there is a suitable balance between increased housing development and economic facilities to ensure sustainable development is achieved. The Article 4 Directions will prevent small-scale losses of main town centre use floorspace through change of use schemes to residential under permitted development.

 

(4)  The Council would apply the Directions to the non-listed buildings located within the primary and secondary shopping frontages as defined by Policy ETC4 and ETC5 in the new Local Plan (as proposed to be modified). By withdrawing this permitted development right (PDR) it means any Use Class E to residential conversions in areas where the Directions are made will require planning permission. This will allow Planning Officers to assess applications against national policy (NPPF) and our emerging Local Plan policies to ensure there is a suitable provision of shops, services and facilities within the town centres.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hollie Hawkins


13/09/2022 - MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY ref: 5100    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL: That Cabinet recommended to Full Council the adoption of the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2023-28 as attached at Appendix A.

 

REASON FOR REFERRAL: Adoption of a MTFS and communication of its contents will assist in the process of forward planning the use of Council resources and in budget setting for 2023/2024 to 2027/2028, culminating in the setting of the Council Tax precept for 2023/24 in February 2023. This will (alongside the Council Plan) support the Council in setting a budget that is affordable and aligned to Council priorities.

Lead officer: Ian Couper


13/09/2022 - COUNCIL DELIVERY PLAN Q1 UPDATE ref: 5099    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That Cabinet noted the progress against Council projects as set out in the Council Delivery Plan (Appendix A) including changes to milestone dates and risks.

 

(2)  That Cabinet confirmed the completion of one of the Council projects.

 

(3)  That Cabinet confirmed the addition of two new Council projects, which are the Shared Propensity Fund and Churchgate.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: The Council Delivery Plan (CDP) monitoring reports provide Cabinet with an opportunity to monitor progress against the key Council projects, and understand any new issues, risks or opportunities.

Lead officer: Ian Couper


13/09/2022 - 2022 - 27 COMMUNITY CONSULTATION STRATEGY ref: 5094    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That Cabinet approved the Community Consultation Strategy for the period 2022-27.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

(1)  Consultation is critical to demonstrate that the Council is committed to engaging with its community, to help shape the direction of future policies, to inform necessary improvement or refinements to services and to ascertain if current approaches to service delivery are meeting the needs of residents.

 

(2)  Our most recent District Wide Survey (DWS) highlights a decline in resident views since 2019 on how we consult with them. We need to proactively show that we are a council that listens and wants to engage with our residents by successfully implementing our community-facing strategy.

 

(3)  Increased forms of digital consultation will enable us to reach a wider audience more frequently

Lead officer: William Edwards


13/09/2022 - ITEMS REFERRED FROM OTHER COMMITTEES ref: 5093    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

The Chair advised that referrals made from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee would be taken with their respective items on the Cabinet agenda.


13/09/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5092    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

There was no public participation at this meeting.


13/09/2022 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5091    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

(1)       The Chair welcomed those present at the meeting, especially those who had attended to give a presentation;

 

(2)       The Chair made a statement regarding the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and the proclamation of the new King Charles III. The Chair provided Members the chance to give tributes, and held a minute’s silence;

 

(3)       The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(4)       Members were reminded that this Council had declared a Climate Emergency. This was a serious decision and meant that, as this was an emergency, all of us, officers and Members had that in mind as we carried out our various roles and tasks for the benefit of our District.

 

(5)       The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

 

(6)       The Chair advised of a change to the agenda order and Item 19 would be taken following the conclusion of Item 8.


13/09/2022 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5090    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


13/09/2022 - MINUTES - 21 JUNE 2022 ref: 5089    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 21 June 2022 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.


13/09/2022 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5088    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

There were no apologies for absence.


13/09/2022 - COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME 2023/23 ref: 5108    For Determination

To consider changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2023/2024

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2022

Effective from: 13/09/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That Cabinet noted that a full review of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme is well underway and that consultation with the public and Major Precepting Authorities will run for six weeks from 14 September 2022.

 

(2)  That Cabinet noted the progress made so far on the review and that the intention is to introduce a new banded scheme for working age applicants from 01 April 2023.

 

(3)  That Cabinet noted the aim of the review is to introduce a new scheme that will:

a.    enable us to increase the overall level of support for the lowest income households;

b.    reduce the administrative burden placed on the Council following the introduction of Universal Credit whilst also;

c.     make the scheme easier for our customers to understand and calculate entitlement.

 

(4)  That Cabinet noted that modelling the new scheme may increase the costs from those of the current scheme, any increase will be split between the Council and its Major Precepting Authorities. The Councils share will be 12.5%.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS: To ensure that the Council has a fit for purpose Council Tax Reduction Scheme that:

a.    Provides the greatest support to the lowest income households.

b.    Reduces the administrative burden that has been placed on the Council since the introduction of Universal Credit (UC).

c.     Is simple to understand, meaning that customers will be able to calculate entitlement and assess the impact of potential changes in circumstances.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jo Dufficy