Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 31st July, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room 2 - The Forum. View directions

Items
No. Item

CA/74/18

Minutes pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on  26 June 2018.

 

Decision:

CA/074/18 - MINUTES

Minutes of the meetings held on 26 June 2018 were agreed by Members present and signed by the Chair.

Minutes:

CA/074/18 - MINUTES

Minutes of the meetings held on 26 June 2018 were agreed by Members present and signed by the Chair.

CA/75/18

Apologies for Absence

 

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Decision:

CA/075/18       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Corporate Services and David Collins, Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Contracted Services.

 

Minutes:

CA/075/18       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Corporate Services and David Collins, Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Contracted Services.

 

CA/76/18

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:

CA/076/18       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 

Minutes:

CA/076/18       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 

CA/77/18

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:

CA/077/18       PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There was no public participation.

 

Minutes:

CA/077/18       PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There was no public participation.

 

CA/78/18

Referrals to Cabinet

There were no referrals to Cabinet

Decision:

CA/078/18       REFERRALS TO CABINET

There were no referrals to Cabinet.

 

Minutes:

CA/078/18       REFERRALS TO CABINET

There were no referrals to Cabinet.

 

CA/79/18

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Decision:

CA/079/18       FORWARD PLAN

The Forward Plan was noted and agreed, with the following comment/amendments;

 

Consideration of the Longdean Leisure Services update to be moved from the September meeting to the October meeting

 

Cllr Griffiths advised that the New Build Programme Report will be brought to the September Cabinet meeting.

 

Minutes:

CA/079/18       FORWARD PLAN

The Forward Plan was noted and agreed, with the following comment/amendments;

 

Consideration of the Longdean Leisure Services update to be moved from the September meeting to the October meeting

 

Cllr Griffiths advised that the New Build Programme Report will be brought to the September Cabinet meeting.

 

CA/80/18

Medium Term Financial Strategy pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

CA/080/18       MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY

Decision

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

 

That the Revised Medium Term Financial Strategy for the period 2018/19 – 2022/23 be approved

 

Minutes:

CA/080/18       MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY

Decision

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

 

That the Revised Medium Term Financial Strategy for the period 2018/19 – 2022/23 be approved

 

 

Corporate objectives

The Medium Term Financial Strategy supports the delivery of all five of the Corporate Objectives.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer comments

No comments to add to the report

 

S.151 Officer:

The comments were included within the body of the report.

Advice

Councillor Elliott introduced the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) as the next steps in the council’s handling of its funds and preparation for the financial climate of the next few years. He drew attention to the savings already achieved, their contribution to keeping Council Tax at a manageable rate and hinted at possible measures still to come to enable the council to deal with reduced government funding and ensure the tax payer gets value for money. The Council has been prudent in its use of funds and he gave the example of how the Council has used the New Homes bonus effectively.

J Deane, Corporate Director (Finance & Operations) (JD) then took the meeting through some key points regarding successful savings and the need to maintain progress; the recent unqualified Audits; and General Fund assumptions based on current trends. He went on to identify possible risks and how our accounting and practices have been set up to address possible further reductions in central government funding. In financial terms our aim should be sustainable, self–sufficiency in four years.

Councillor Marshall clarified some figures regarding the negative Revenue Support Grant.

Councillor Birnie enquired when the Local Government Finance Settlement is likely to be formally announced and JD suggested that it looks probable it will be November 2018.

The Chair then moved the recommendation set out in the report.

Recommendation agreed.

Voting

None.

CA/81/18

Dacorum Borough Local Plan pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

CA/081/18       DACORUM SINGLE LOCAL PLAN 2020-2036: LOCAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

Decisions

1          RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

 

  1. The adoption of the new Local Development Scheme (2018-2021) and;

 

  1. That Council Authorise the Assistant Director - Planning, Development and Regeneration to make any necessary minor and non-consequential changes to the Local Development Scheme prior to its final publication.

 

2.         Resolved:

 

A Corporate Growth and Infrastructure Strategy for Dacorum be produced for consideration by Cabinet and Council at a future date.

 

Minutes:

CA/081/18       DACORUM SINGLE LOCAL PLAN 2020-2036: LOCAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

Decisions

1          RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

 

  1. The adoption of the new Local Development Scheme (2018-2021) and;

 

  1. That Council Authorise the Assistant Director - Planning, Development and Regeneration to make any necessary minor and non-consequential changes to the Local Development Scheme prior to its final publication.

 

2.         Resolved:

 

A Corporate Growth and Infrastructure Strategy for Dacorum be produced for consideration by Cabinet and Council at a future date.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To update members on the progress towards preparing Dacorum’s Local Plan and seek approval for an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS).

 

Corporate objectives

The Council’s Local Plan helps support all 5 corporate objectives:

·         Safe and clean environment: e.g. contains policies relating to the design and layout of new development that promote security and safe access;

·         Community Capacity: e.g. provide a framework for local communities to prepare area-specific guidance such as Neighbourhood Plans, Town / Village Plans etc.;

·         Affordable housing: e.g. sets the Borough’s overall housing target and the proportion of new homes that must be affordable;

·         Dacorum delivers:  e.g. provides a clear framework upon which planning decisions can be made; and

·         Regeneration: e.g. sets the planning framework for key regeneration projects, such as Hemel Hempstead town centre and the Maylands Business Park.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer comments

 

Monitoring Officer:

Preparation of a Local Development Scheme (‘LDS’) is a statutory requirement. The LDS is a project plan which sets out the timetable for preparation of Local Development Documents (LDDs) that form the Council’s Local Planning Framework.

 

S.151 Officer:

The production and delivery of a single local plan and a local development scheme can be delivered within existing budgets provision.

Advice

Councillor Sutton introduced the item by outlining the issues involved in producing and maintaining the Local Plan and the Local Development Scheme.

The report seeks approval for the Local Development Scheme which sets out the Council’s timetable for the production of its new Local Plan.

Members will be aware that the Council undertook the first major consultation on the new Plan in autumn 2017 on the ‘issues and options’ facing the Borough in terms of dealing with new growth and development to 2036.

Consultation was extensive and included a series of public exhibitions staffed by both Members and officers. The response rate was very high and generated over 23,000 separate comments on the future of the Borough from around 2,000 residents and organisations.

A summary of the key issues arising from the Consultation held last autumn is at appendix 2 of the report to the Cabinet.

As the report explains, there is much further technical work to be done before the Council will be in a position to prepare a full, draft Local Plan which will put forward the amount of development to be planned for in Dacorum, and where the Council considers it best to be located.

The draft LDS is set out at appendix 1 of the report to Cabinet. The timetable proposes ongoing preparation work for the next 12 months before  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/81/18

CA/82/18

Private Sector Housing Update pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

CA/082/18 - PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING

 

  1. RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND

 

That Council approve the Private Sector Enforcement Policy, as set out in the report to Cabinet and attached appendices.

 

  1. Resolved:-

 

a)     That the proposed approach for the Private Sector Housing Strategy and the focus on regulating the Private Rented Sector and Houses in Multiple Occupation, as set out in the report and attached appendices, be approved.

b)     That that a review of the Houses in Multiple Occupancy licence fee be reported at a future meeting.

 

Minutes:

CA/082/18 - PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING

 

  1. RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND

 

That Council approve the Private Sector Enforcement Policy, as set out in the report to Cabinet and attached appendices.

 

  1. Resolved:-

 

a)     That the proposed approach for the Private Sector Housing Strategy and the focus on regulating the Private Rented Sector and Houses in Multiple Occupation, as set out in the report and attached appendices, be approved.

b)     That that a review of the Houses in Multiple Occupancy licence fee be reported at a future meeting.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To provide Cabinet with an overview of activity undertaken by the housing service since gaining the remit of Private Sector Housing including an overview of key legislative changes. To set out the proposed approach outlined in the policies and terms of reference.

Corporate objectives

The Strategic Housing Service’s responsibilities and activity in relation to the Private Rented Sector contributes to the following corporate objectives:

 

·         Clean Safe and enjoyable environment

·         Building Strong and vibrant communities

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer comments

 

Monitoring Officer:  

This is an important policy document to aid the decision making process in this area and will also help to keep the public aware of how the Council will decide Private Sector Housing enforcement matters.

 

S.151 Officer:

A review of the HMO licencing fees is underway as a result of the additional responsibilities being introduced in October 2018 and future approval from cabinet will be sought once these are known.

 

These fees need to be set to ensure they recover the full cost of delivering this service

Advice

Councillor Mrs Griffiths introduced the item drawing attention to the recent changes in legislation dealing with private sector housing and its impact on Housing and housing finance in Dacorum.

F Williamson, Assistant Director (Housing) (FW) took the Cabinet through the main elements of the report focussing on the potential growth of the number Houses in Multiple Occupation, in Dacorum, from around 44 up to 400 due to the revised definitions and rules in the new legislation. She also highlighted the changes proposed for setting and reviewing fees and charges and the ongoing work to estimate and set the new fees. FW stressed that we have to be seen to have adopted a fair and proportionate, mixed tenure approach.

 

Councillor Marshall expressed her support for the proposals and is anxious that we agree the fees and charges without delay, so if necessary or possible, bring the fee setting report to Cabinet at the earliest opportunity and avoid costs falling on the Council. FW agreed that the fees should be agreed at the earliest opportunity though there is still a significant amount of investigation required to assess the extent of the task and the resources that it will require.

 

Recommendations agreed.

Voting

None.

CA/83/18

The Bury Museum Project pdf icon PDF 600 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

CA/083/18 - The Bury Museum Project

 

  1. That the stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund heritage grants bid of £3.9m, to secure £1.9m funding to support a programme to develop the Bury into a museum be approved as outlined in the report to Cabinet.
  2. That the need for an additional revenue commitment of approximately £370k per annum from 22/23 to operate the Bury post completion be noted.
  3. That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Planning, Development and Regeneration) in consultation with the Portfolio Holder, Planning and Infrastructure, to approve further design decisions on recommendation 1 above.
  4. That authority be delegated to the Assistant Directors of Planning, Development and Regeneration, and Finance and Resources for the submission of the future bids to the HLF (including total project costs)
  5. That the need to work towards assembling match funding for the funding gap or for the total costs of the project if a grant is not secured in order for the project to proceed is noted. The estimated total project costs for both the capital and revenue elements are shown in the report to Cabinet at table 1 and table 2 respectively, including future operational costs.
  6. That revenue funding of £33k for in year project spend in support of the round one application process be approved.

7.    That the work required to explore different business models to help reduce the Council’s ongoing revenue commitments be noted and a further report with details will be brought back at a later date Cabinet.

 

Minutes:

CA/083/18 - The Bury Museum Project

 

  1. That the stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund heritage grants bid of £3.9m, to secure £1.9m funding to support a programme to develop the Bury into a museum be approved as outlined in the report to Cabinet.
  2. That the need for an additional revenue commitment of approximately £370k per annum from 22/23 to operate the Bury post completion be noted.
  3. That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Planning, Development and Regeneration) in consultation with the Portfolio Holder, Planning and Infrastructure, to approve further design decisions on recommendation 1 above.
  4. That authority be delegated to the Assistant Directors of Planning, Development and Regeneration, and Finance and Resources for the submission of the future bids to the HLF (including total project costs)
  5. That the need to work towards assembling match funding for the funding gap or for the total costs of the project if a grant is not secured in order for the project to proceed is noted. The estimated total project costs for both the capital and revenue elements are shown in the report to Cabinet at table 1 and table 2 respectively, including future operational costs.
  6. That revenue funding of £33k for in year project spend in support of the round one application process be approved.

7.    That the work required to explore different business models to help reduce the Council’s ongoing revenue commitments be noted and a further report with details will be brought back at a later date Cabinet.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To seek approval for the Bury Museum Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Heritage Grants round one bid with match funding required

 

Corporate objectives

A Clean, Safe and Enjoyable Environment

Through the Museum project the Bury and its grounds will become fully accessible to the public for the first time, a new café and toilets will complement Gadebridge Park and a new landscaping scheme will improve access to the Park.

 

Building Community Capacity

The project will recruit new volunteers to support heritage, and organisational training and development will build the capacity of Dacorum Heritage Trust.

 

Ensuring Economic Growth and Prosperity

The Bury Museum will add to Dacorum and Hemel Hempstead’s appeal as a visitor destination, and support the economy of the Old Town.

 

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer comments

 

Monitoring Officer:  

 

No comments. 

 

S.151 Officer:

 

The Bury project seeks approval to submit the HLF grant application for phase 1. At this point this process is projected to cost £33k as a one off investment and these funds will need to be made available from reserves if this recommendation is approved. These funds would be non-reclaimable if the bid is unsuccessful.

 

The projected costs of designing, building and implementing the museum from 2019 – 22/23 is £3.9m of which the grant application is requesting £1.9m, at present the DBC capital programme includes funding to deliver this project on condition of a successful HLF bid.

 

At this juncture the projected operating costs of the Bury museum would be £370k per annum from 22/23, which if successful  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/83/18

CA/84/18

Council Tax Support Scheme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Decision:

CA/084/18 - Council Tax Support Scheme 2019/20

 

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

That the Council do not revise or replace the current Council Tax Support scheme for 2019/20.

 

Minutes:

CA/084/18 - Council Tax Support Scheme 2019/20

 

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

That the Council do not revise or replace the current Council Tax Support scheme for 2019/20.

 

Reason for decision

 

To consider whether to revise or replace the existing Council Tax Support scheme for the 2019/20 billing year, and if so, to approve options for consultation. Also to note the requirement to consider revision or replacement of the Council Tax Support scheme for 2019/20.

 

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:

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.

 

S.151 Officer:

This is a S151 Officer report

Advice

Councillor Elliot introduced the item, advising the Cabinet that the current scheme is working well and we are prepared for the roll-out of Universal Credit, though the exact cost and resources it requires have not been finalised as yet. Chris Baker, Group Manager: (Revenues, Benefits & Fraud) (CB) then went on to explain how the current Council Tax Support Scheme is operating and the changes that Universal Credit may entail.

Councillor Birnie asked if we are any closer to an estimate of the costs of Universal Credit and was told no new information is available since the report that was considered at the last Cabinet. He went on to ask if we could make comparisons with other authorities who had already undergone the changes. CB advised that is difficult as our experience will be different and it is too early to produce proper estimates without seeing the schemes in operation: we will have the evidence next year and can then budget effectively and implement the scheme fully, at the start of the financial year in April 2020. Councillor Marshall again requested that the officers bring the review at the earliest opportunity. CB did say that the benefit of an early review would be that it could act as pre-planning for the following Council Tax estimates.

 

The report seeks approval for

 

Recommendation agreed.

 

Voting

 

None.

CA/85/18

Enterprise Zone pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

CA/085/18 - Enterprise Zone – Relief Policy 2018/19

 

That the Hertfordshire Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone Business Rates Relief Policy, as shown in Appendix 1 of the report to Cabinet be approved

Minutes:

CA/085/18 - Enterprise Zone – Relief Policy 2018/19

 

That the Hertfordshire Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone Business Rates Relief Policy, as shown in Appendix 1 of the report to Cabinet be approved

 

Reason for decisions

 

To approve the policy for business rates relief within the Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone.

 

Corporate objectives

The Council’s Local Plan helps support all 5 corporate objectives:

  • Safe and clean environment: e.g. contains policies relating to the design and layout of new development that promote security and safe access;
  • Community Capacity: e.g. provide a framework for local communities to prepare area-specific guidance such as Neighbourhood Plans, Town / Village Plans etc.;
  • Affordable housing: e.g. sets the Borough’s overall housing target and the proportion of new homes that must be affordable;
  • Dacorum delivers:  e.g. provides a clear framework upon which planning decisions can be made; and
  • Regeneration: e.g. sets the planning framework for key regeneration projects, such as Hemel Hempstead town centre and the Maylands Business Park.

 

Monitoring Officer/S.151 Officer comments

 

Monitoring Officer:

As highlighted in the report, the statutory power to introduce a local discretionary rate relief scheme is set out under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

 

Under the Enterprise Zone business rate discount scheme, the billing authority is the aid administrator for State Aid purposes and so is responsible for ensuring the rules are met and that the De Minimis allowances are not exceeded (currently 200,000 euros in a three year rolling period)

 

S.151 Officer:

S151 Officer paper comments are included in the report to the Cabinet agenda..

Advice

Councillor Elliot introduced the item by informing the Cabinet that the policy (attached as appendix 1 in the report to the Cabinet) was approved by the EZ Partnership Board in November 2017. It offers three levels of support, which depend on the nature of the incoming business and how “green” they are.

 

Councillor Tindall asked how the partnership working with St Albans District Council was going and was informed it is most productive. He was assured that SADC would be setting a level of relief at the same rate as DBC.

 

Recommendation agreed.

Voting None.