Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 27th June, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room 2 - The Forum. View directions

Contact: Michelle Anderson 

Items
No. Item

CA/56/17

Minutes pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on  23 May 2017.

 

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd May 2017 were agreed by the members present and signed by the Chairman.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd May 2017 were agreed by the members present and signed by the Chairman.

 

CA/57/17

Apologies for Absence

 

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Decision:

An apology for absence was received on behalf of Councillor Williams.

 

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received on behalf of Councillor Williams.

 

CA/58/17

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest

 

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a personal interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered -

 

(i)            must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent

 

and, if the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest, or a personal interest which is also prejudicial

 

(ii)            may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter (and must withdraw to the public seating area) unless they have been granted a dispensation.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Members’ Register of Interests, or is not the subject of a pending notification, must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and prejudicial interests are defined in Part 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members

 

[If a member is in any doubt as to whether they have an interest which should be declared they should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer before the start of the meeting]

 

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CA/59/17

Public Participation

An opportunity for members of the public to make statements and ask questions in accordance with the rules as to Public Participation.

 

 

Decision:

Mr Royal on behalf of West Hemel Action Group made representation in respect to Agenda item 11 relating to ‘Dacorum Borough site allocations development plan document & local allocations master plan’

Minutes:

Mr Royal on behalf of West Hemel Action Group made representation in respect to Agenda item 11 relating to ‘Dacorum Borough site allocations development plan document & local allocations master plan’. He made the following statement:

‘The West Hemel Action Group (WHAG), wish to speak on behalf of the residents of West and wider Hemel in relation to the planned adoption of the Site Allocations DPD by Dacorum Borough Council & particularly in relation to the development of the Site Allocation LA3.

 

I think we need to state from the outset, that WHAG and other local groups that we liaise with, for example the Bourne End Village Association, and the vast majority of the residents of Hemel and particularly West Hemel have always been, and continue to be fervently against the development at LA3. Whilst we appreciate & understand the need for house building in the UK, and have never argued against that principal, it still remains clear from all those that live, work and commute in the Hemel area, and even by some of the consultants & experts that DBC themselves have directly engaged, for example the results of the Jacobs Report relating to traffic, that development at LA3 due to the scale and location of the site, will spiral West Hemel into a “no go” zone for current & future generations.

 

Although the residents of Hemel consider that consultations carried out in relation to the Core Strategy before and the Site Allocations and Master plan since, were nothing more than procedural steps taken by DBC as opposed to a true activity to seek opinion and views to help develop something that works for all, DBC will have gathered enough evidence based upon numbers alone, of the major key concerns & fears held by the constituents you serve, relating to LA3. At these final and critical junctures for the Site Allocations, we ask you again toactually listen and act positively to the voice of those that you are here to work for as opposed to brush aside with disregard.

 

Our key points for consideration by the Dacorum Borough Council Cabinet and equally our areas for major concern are as follows:

 

·        The Gypsy & Traveller Site – the location & timing of which, is flawed in multiple aspects and will be in contravention of national policy.

 

·        The number of planned properties for LA3 – which are already developing into figures 22% greater than DBC had planned and consulted on over the past few years, which in turn simply adds greater negativity & impact to all the issues previously raised through consultations.

 

·        The approach that developers are already communicating to the public through their own consultations in relation to the development of LA3.

 

In relation to Gypsy & Traveller sites; the whole approach to this aspect of the LA3 development is strewn with poor planning, misdirection and conflict with national policy. Through methods of stealth, DBC has misled the public in respect to the location of the Gypsy & Traveller site, referring to “potential” locations through consultations and more recently. DBC  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/59/17

CA/60/17

Referrals to Cabinet

There were no referrals to Cabinet

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CA/61/17

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Decision:

That the Cabinet Forward Plan be noted.

Minutes:

That the Cabinet Forward Plan be noted.

CA/62/17

Authorisation of Virements pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Decision:

The virements as detailed on Form A attached to the Cabinet report be approved.

 

Minutes:

Decision

 

The virements as detailed on Form A attached to the Cabinet report be approved.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To seek Cabinet approval for the proposed virement for the purpose of creating budgets for the costs associated with the Parliamentary Election held 8 June 2017.

 

Corporate Objectives

To standardise documentation and authorisation requirements for all virements.

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer Comments

 

Monitoring Officer: 

 

No comments to add to the report

 

Deputy S.151 Officer

 

This is Deputy S151 Officer report.

 

Advice

 

Councillor Griffiths thought that the government funded the general election costs.

D Skinner explained that the council had to spend the money first and then claim it back afterwards, therefore we needed to create a budget for the costs associated with the election.

 

Voting

 

None.

 

CA/63/17

Council Tax Support Scheme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Decision:

Minutes:

Decision

Resolved to recommend:

  1. Not to revise or replace the current Council Tax Support scheme for 2018/19.

 

Reason for Decision

To consider whether to revise or replace the existing Council Tax Support scheme for the 2018/19 billing year, and if so, to approve options for consultation.

To note the requirement to consider revision or replacement of the Council Tax Support scheme for 2018/19.

 

Corporate Objectives

Effective management of the Council’s finances supports the Council’s vision and all five of its corporate objectives.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer Comments

 

Monitoring Officer:  

 

Schedule 1A of the Local Governance Finance Act 1992 (as amended) requires that a billing authority (this Council) considers each financial year whether to whether to revise or replace its Council Tax Support Scheme.

 

This report satisfies that requirement and recommends no revision or replacement to the current scheme be made.

 

If Cabinet or Council does require revision or replacement of the scheme following consideration of this report further consultation will be required.

 

Deputy S.151 Officer

 

This is a S151 Officer report.

 

Advice

 

D Skinner explained that the scheme was working well but if it was going to be changed then now would be the best time to go to consultation so it would fit into the overall budget process.

 

Voting

 

None.

 

CA/64/17

Proposal to build a new athletics track and pavilion at Longdean School pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That:

1. the design, plan and costing for a new athletics track and pavilion, as outlined in section 3 of the report to Cabinet be approved. 

Resolved to recommend:

2. a supplementary estimate as set out in Paragraph 2.1 of Appendix 1of the report to Cabinet.

3. authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Performance, People & Innovation) in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resident and Corporate Services to procure and complete the contract for works.

Minutes:

Decision

 

That:

1. the design, plan and costing for a new athletics track and pavilion, as outlined in section 3 of the report to Cabinet be approved. 

Resolved to recommend:

2. a supplementary estimate as set out in Paragraph 2.1 of Appendix 1of the report to Cabinet.

3. authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Performance, People & Innovation) in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resident and Corporate Services to procure and complete the contract for works.

 

Reason for Decision

 

For Cabinet to review and approve the design and recommendations for building a new athletics track and pavilion at Longdean school.

 

Corporate Objectives

Clean, Safe and Enjoyable Environment – Having good quality, athletics provision is vital to improving participation and ensuring that residents can enjoy the borough and boost their health and wellbeing.

 

This review will therefore, ensure our approach to athletics continues to meet the needs of current and future residents.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer Comments

 

Monitoring Officer:  

 

Responsibilities for the ongoing management and maintenance of the site together with agreement on the allocation of financial receipts will need to be documented in a Dual Use agreement prior to commencement of the works.    Furthermore, a building licence will also need to be agreed with the school prior to commencement of works.

 

Deputy S.151 Officer

 

To note the contents of the Part 2 report containing the revised and more detailed costings that have been received following consultation with partners.

 

The detailed range of costs contained within the report still meet the principles agreed by Cabinet for the project to be self-financing from anticipated receipt and will be refined once tenders have been submitted.

 

Advice

 

Councillor Harden introduced the report and highlighted the following points:

 

·        Investing in our sporting infrastructure is vital if we are going to deliver the Council’s commitment to health and wellbeing.

·        A desktop review (by Labo Sport) has identified Longdean School as a potential site for a new athletics track and pavilion, and in September Cabinet approved a budget for more detailed design and costing work.

·        Over the last few months Officers have been working with a range of stakeholders including Longdean school, the Athletics Club, Sportspace, Sport England, England Athletics and the FA on the potential design.

·        The report therefore provides the proposed design (with costs) for a modern, flexible, user friendly pavilion and a track which could hold high quality athletics events.

·        If approved, the timeline for delivering the project is 15 months. The reason for this is to take account of planning and that the track can only be laid when the weather is more mild.

 

Councillor Elliot felt that the current location is not right for the track and therefore looks forward to this development at Longdean school. He raised concern and sought clarification that the new site is built and open before the old one is knocked down.

D Skinner added that the council were not anticipating any receipts before the new one is fully operational and there  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/64/17

CA/65/17

Proposed Leisure Management Procurement pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

1. That the draft service specification and evaluation criteria for the procurement of the leisure management contract as set out in paragraphs 3 & 4 of the report to Cabinet be approved; and

2. Authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Performance, People & Innovation) in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder for Resident and Corporate Services to finalise the service specification and evaluation criteria.

Minutes:

Decision

 

1. That the draft service specification and evaluation criteria for the procurement of the leisure management contract as set out in paragraphs 3 & 4 of the report to Cabinet be approved; and

2. Authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Performance, People & Innovation) in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder for Resident and Corporate Services to finalise the service specification and evaluation criteria.

 

Reason for Decision

 

For Cabinet to review and approve the key principles for the procurement of a new leisure management contract.  

 

Corporate Objectives

Clean, Safe and Enjoyable Environment – Leisure provision is central to delivering a borough that people can enjoy and promoting health and wellbeing. This service specification will help ensure our approach continues to meet the needs of current and future residents.

 

Delivering a modern and efficient Council – This will ensure that the Council maximises value for money in the provision of its sports and leisure service.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer Comments

 

Monitoring Officer:  

 

The service specification will form an essential part of the procurement process as it will set the key service requirements against which contractors will submit bids to be evaluated and assessed.   The specification from the selected bidder will then become an important part of the contractual documentation to be agreed and signed-off by the Legal Team following evaluation.

 

Deputy S.151 Officer

 

There are no direct implications of the proposed recommendation. The detailed financial implications arising from awarding the leisure management contract will be assessed in due course when submitted.

 

One of the key criteria for assessing the bids will be financial performance, financial reporting and data to assess performance and asset utilisation.

 

Advice

 

Councillor Harden introduced the report and highlighted the following points:

 

·        The service specification is fundamental to delivering a leisure contract model that meets the needs of users, clubs and residents and tax payers more widely.

·        It sets out the standards, rules and conditions that the successful operator will follow and it also forms the basis of the contract and performance management framework. It also clearly demarcates maintenance and management responsibilities.

·        This is a major benefit because it gives us the influence and control to ensure that sports and leisure is managed in a way that best delivers our vision. 

·        In the past 6 weeks Officers have been scoping the new service specification and as part of this they have undertaken a number of consultations:

 

o   Consultation workshop with select group of Members

o   Survey of all 51 Members 

o   Consultation workshop with 31 residents and clubs 

o   7 consultation discussions with sports clubs   

o   Survey of local sports clubs 

o   Member panel have reviewed the service specification

o   We have booked in a representative panel of local sports clubs who will review the service specification (including the Chair of Herts Sports Partnership) – next week

 

·        The service specification also takes account of the latest good practice and it is based on the well-established template from Sport England.

·        The specification (and the tender  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/65/17

CA/66/17

Dacorum Borough Site Allocations Development Plan Document & Local Allocations masterplans pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to Recommend:

 

1.     That the key issues raised through consultation on the Main Modifications to the Site Allocations DPD, and associated changes to the Policies Map, set out in the Report of Representations (Annex 1 of the report to Cabinet) be noted.

 

2.     That the content of the final Report received from the Planning Inspector into the Site Allocations DPD examination (Annex 2 of the report to Cabinet) be noted.

 

3.    that the Pre-Submission Site Allocations DPD (Written Statement and Map Book) incorporating Focused Changes (January 2016), as amended by main and minor modifications (Annex 3(a) and (b) of this report, in accordance with Regulation 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012) be adopted;

 

4.    that an updated version of the Policies Map to reflect (3) above be published

 

5.     that the Assistant Director - Planning, Development and Regeneration to authorise:

(a)   any  necessary minor and non-consequential changes to the Site Allocations (Written Statement and Map Book) and associated Policies Map prior to publication; 

(b)   the Adoption Statement for the Site Allocations  in accordance with the planning regulations be published; and

(c)   the final version of the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement (Annex 4 of this report), in accordance with environmental protection legislation be agreed.

 

6.     That the finalised master plans for the six Local Allocations (Annexes 5(a) to (f) of this report), as Supplementary Planning Documents and authorise the Assistant Director - Planning, Development and Regeneration to make any  necessary minor and non-consequential changes to these documents prior to publication be adopted

 

7.     That the Policy Advice Note (May 2017) (Annex 6 of this report) be agreed for publication on the Council’s website, and the Assistant Director – Planning, Development and Regeneration be authorised to update and amend this Note as necessary and to reflect discussion at Cabinet.

 

 

Minutes:

Decision

 

Resolved to Recommend:

 

1.     That the key issues raised through consultation on the Main Modifications to the Site Allocations DPD, and associated changes to the Policies Map, set out in the Report of Representations (Annex 1 of the report to Cabinet) be noted.

 

2.     That the content of the final Report received from the Planning Inspector into the Site Allocations DPD examination (Annex 2 of the report to Cabinet) be noted.

 

3.    that the Pre-Submission Site Allocations DPD (Written Statement and Map Book) incorporating Focused Changes (January 2016), as amended by main and minor modifications (Annex 3(a) and (b) of this report, in accordance with Regulation 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012) be adopted;

 

4.    that an updated version of the Policies Map to reflect (3) above be published

 

5.     that the Assistant Director - Planning, Development and Regeneration to authorise:

(a)   any  necessary minor and non-consequential changes to the Site Allocations (Written Statement and Map Book) and associated Policies Map prior to publication; 

(b)   the Adoption Statement for the Site Allocations  in accordance with the planning regulations be published; and

(c)   the final version of the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement (Annex 4 of this report), in accordance with environmental protection legislation be agreed.

 

6.     That the finalised master plans for the six Local Allocations (Annexes 5(a) to (f) of this report), as Supplementary Planning Documents and authorise the Assistant Director - Planning, Development and Regeneration to make any  necessary minor and non-consequential changes to these documents prior to publication be adopted

 

7.     That the Policy Advice Note (May 2017) (Annex 6 of this report) be agreed for publication on the Council’s website, and the Assistant Director – Planning, Development and Regeneration be authorised to update and amend this Note as necessary and to reflect discussion at Cabinet.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To agree adoption of the Site Allocations Development Plan Document and the master plans supporting the Local Allocations of land, together with other updates, in order to provide a clear and up-to-date basis upon which to make planning decisions within the Borough.

 

Corporate Objectives

 

The scope of the Site Allocations DPD (and associated Local Allocations master plans) means that it helps support all 5 corporate objectives:

·        A clean, safe and enjoyable environment: contains requirements relating to the design and layout of new development sites that help promote security and safe access.

·        Building strong and vibrant communities: - provides a framework for local communities to prepare area-specific guidance such as Neighbourhood Plans,  etc.

·        Ensuring economic growth and prosperity:- allocates and protects land for uses that provide employment opportunities.

·        Providing good quality affordable homes: - sets out how the Borough’s overall housing target will be met, together with requirements for affordable homes. 

·        Delivering an efficient and modern Council – by helping to provide a clear framework upon which planning decisions can be made.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer Comments

 

Monitoring Officer:  

 

The Site Allocations DPD will provide a framework for development across the borough,  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/66/17

CA/67/17

Draft Two Waters Masterplan for Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

  1. The content of the Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance report (Appendix 1 – Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance Report & Appendix 2 – Clarifications to the Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance report) be reviewed and noted.

2.     The Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance report for public and stakeholder consultation be published.

3.     That Dacorum Borough Council’s assets within the area covered by the Masterplan be noted.

Minutes:

Decision

  1. The content of the Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance report (Appendix 1 – Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance Report & Appendix 2 – Clarifications to the Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance report) be reviewed and noted.

2.     The Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance report for public and stakeholder consultation be published.

3.     That Dacorum Borough Council’s assets within the area covered by the Masterplan be noted.

Reason for Decision

 

To seek Cabinet agreement to publish the Draft Two Waters Masterplan Guidance report for public and stakeholder consultation.

 

Corporate Objectives

·        A clean, safe and enjoyable environment

·        Building strong and vibrant communities

·        Ensuring economic growth and prosperity

·        Providing good quality affordable homes, in particular for those most in need

·        Delivering an efficient and modern council

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer Comments

 

Monitoring Officer:  

 

The Masterplan will help to guide future development of the area and ensure consistent decision making.  It should reduce speculative applications and therefore less challenges to Council decisions.

 

S.151 Officer

 

Council-owned land at Two Waters Nursery has been identified as a potential school site purely to demonstrate that the cost associated with delivering a new school is viable within the proposed Masterplan area. 

 

Legal advice is that the use of any particular site to demonstrate viability in this way does not ‘earmark’ that site for a specific use in future. In other words, the Council’s future decision-making over the site is in no way fettered, and the valuation of the site will not materially diminish through its use as an exemplification within this Plan.

 

Advice

 

Councillor Sutton introduced the report and added that consultation and workshops had already taken place and were now seeking approval to publish.

 

Councillor Marshall supported the recommendations. She noted the aspiration to increase parking at the train station, but it was her understanding that DBC had advised the operators that they were not keen on having a multi-storey car park on the site.

 

J Doe gave assurance that parking needs were being assessed at this site and he hoped to see more detail of the specific station needs. He added that the document sets policy parameters in order to be able to look at this in the future.

 

Councillor Harden sought clarification for height restrictions of car parks suggested.

J Doe said that the height restrictions changed for each site, ranging from six storeys to 16. They did not want isolated towers but more variety.

 

Councillor Harden said that there had been great consultation and felt that the Development management Committee had to take their views into account.

J Doe absolutely agreed and said they added weight to the process.

 

Councillor Sutton complimented all the staff involved in producing a high quality, easy to understand plan.

 

Voting

 

None.

 

CA/68/17

CIL Governance update pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Decision:

Resolved to Recommend that:

1)     Officers defer requesting project submissions for the use of CIL funding until April 2018.

2)     Officers request expressions of interest for the use of CIL funds from July 2017.

3)     the amendments to the CIL submission timetable as set out in Table 2of the report to Cabinet are agreed.

4)     authority is delegated to the Assistant Director (Planning, Development and Regeneration) to adjust the timetable for CIL submissions on an annual basis in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration as the need may arise.

 

Minutes:

Decision

Resolved to Recommend that:

1)     Officers defer requesting project submissions for the use of CIL funding until April 2018.

2)     Officers request expressions of interest for the use of CIL funds from July 2017.

3)     the amendments to the CIL submission timetable as set out in Table 2of the report to Cabinet are agreed.

4)     authority is delegated to the Assistant Director (Planning, Development and Regeneration) to adjust the timetable for CIL submissions on an annual basis in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration as the need may arise.

Reason for Decision

 

The report seeks authorisation to amend the governance arrangements for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

 

Corporate Objectives

Affordable Housing

 

Affordable Housing is not considered to be infrastructure under the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) and as such does not directly benefit from CIL funding. CIL funds can however be utilised on supporting infrastructure which would facilitate the delivery of housing sites within the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPD including those providing affordable homes.

 

Building Community Capacity

 

As CIL revenues are not restricted by geography they can be targeted in areas where there are existing deficiencies and/or where needs are most acute. CIL revenues may be used on social enterprise and local community infrastructure which supports those in the most deprived areas. Local communities should feel empowered to carry out improvements within their neighbourhood by the distribution of a proportion of CIL funding to them under Regulation 59 of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended).

 

Delivering an Efficient and Modern Council

 

The amount of CIL funding is limited and needs to be targeted in order to maximise the infrastructure benefits to those working and living within the Borough. A clear and precise Infrastructure Business Plan will enable the long term planning of infrastructure improvements and facilitate the efficient delivery of infrastructure projects by the Council. The funds will enable the provision of modern facilities for the enjoyment of those living and working in the Borough.

 

Ensuring Economic Growth and Prosperity

 

Despite the majority of commercial developments not being liable to CIL payments, the development of the key employment area at Maylands and the Enterprise Zone is a corporate priority to which CIL funding may be allocated. It is anticipated that significant CIL funds will be committed to the development of supporting transport and ICT infrastructure to enable this area to thrive thereby increasing the prosperity of the area.

 

A Safe, Clean and Enjoyable Environment

 

CIL receipts may be allocated to the improvement of infrastructure which supports a safe, clean and enjoyable environment.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer Comments

 

Monitoring Officer: 

 

The recommendation to defer bid submissions until 2018 is appropriate noting the amount of CIL collected to date and will give clarity to infrastructure providers to enable bids to be prepared for April 2018.

 

Deputy S.151 Officer

 

The financial implications of this decision appear prudent basing the decision to limit potential funding to amounts that have already been collected and can therefore be utilised. The degree  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/68/17