Decisions

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Decisions published

14/04/2021 - Change to committee dates ref: 1470    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

None.


14/04/2021 - Changes to committee membership ref: 1469    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

None.


14/04/2021 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Reports 2020-21 ref: 1468    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

The Chairman ofthe Finance and Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Suqlain Mahmood, introduced the Annual Reports of the Overview and Scrutiny groups to the Council and highlighted certain aspects of the work carried out by the individual committees.

 


14/04/2021 - Cabinet referrals ref: 1467    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Resolved:

That the following be approved:

16 March 2021

 

7.1       CA/026/21       HRA BUSINESS PLAN

 

Decision

1.    That Council approve the updated Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2021/24

2.     That Council to approve the revised development programme budgets as set out in Section 9.3.

 

A vote was held:

 

26 For,

0 Against,

12 Abstain,

 

Therefore the decision was agreed.

16 March 2021

 

7.2       CA/027/21       INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL 2020

Decision

That Council approves the changes to the Members’ Allowances Scheme as recommended by the Independent Remuneration Panel in its report.

 

A vote was held:

 

34 For,

0 Against,

5 Abstain,

 

Therefore the decision was agreed.

 


14/04/2021 - Business from the last council meeting ref: 1466    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

None.


14/04/2021 - Questions ref: 1465    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Question 1 from Councillor Symington to Councillor Anderson:

 

In the Dacorum Local Plan (2020-2038) Emerging Strategy for Growth Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report (November 2020) produced by TRL Limited (TRL) under a contract with Dacorum Borough Council, the Urban Capacity Option is outlined. This equates to a level of development of 608 dwellings per annum and requires no further land to be released from the Green Belt. [https://www.dacorum.gov.uk/docs/default-source/strategic-planning/dacorum-local-plan-interim-sustainability-appraisal-report-november-2020.pdf?sfvrsn=53bf0c9e_6, p32]

 

In his response to Cllr Williams’ letter of 30 November 2020, Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, stated that ‘Authorities should make a realistic assessment of the number of homes their communities need as the starting point of the process’.

 

Dacorum’s local needs are assessed at 355 dwellings per annum.

 

In a meeting with the Conservative Friends of India, reported in the Sunday Times 28 March 2021 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/2e76273a-8f23-11eb-af74-aabf762d9542?shareToken=5a987233be0e66a19d70aabc3465446f  the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, stressed that the government wanted to “build on brownfield sites first”.

 

Would the portfolio holder give the reason for the Council rejecting the TRL Urban Capacity Option in favour of a huge 750-hectare Green Belt grab to meet the government’s excessive minimum housing figures?

 

Response from Councillor Anderson: I have already provided Councillor Symington with a full and detailed answer and copied in all members. The first draft of the local plan involved considering options and the urban capacity option couldn’t be chosen as it was considerably below the governments required figure. The idea of the first consultation was to show the impact of meeting the full figure and how it would look in the borough. The administration is opposed the full figure and we will need robust evidence including, but not only, the consultation results. If we’re going to challenge it, as opposed to choosing hollow options, stand no chance whatsoever of succeeding. When it comes to the excessive figure and the impact it would have on the Greenbelt, we’ve had these questions for a while now and I’m afraid I have to ask the questioner to explain why the Liberal Democrats generally and Councillor Symington personally, stood for Election in support of it at the last General Election.

 

Question 2 from Councillor Symington: Thank you for the written response which I’ve read. Can you clarify; are you saying that the Council will use the urban capacity sites in the TRL report before using Greenbelt sites? As implied but not clarified in item 4.

 

Response from Councillor Anderson: The full version of the response you received made it quite clear that the Council will do everything it can to use Brownfield site before any Greenfield development is used. I can’t put it any stronger than that.

 

Question 3 from Councillor Symington: Notwithstanding the answer, which was unclear, do you agree that all the communities housing needs, by which I mean the actual local need assessed at 355 per annum, not the government imposed minimum quota of 1023, could be met by the urban capacity plan?

 

Response from Councillor Anderson: The 355 figure as far as I’m aware concerned purely urban capacity which is different from talking about the total numbers that has to be produced annually, so I think that’s being confused here. I’m happy that I’ve explained that the urban capacity option was one we couldn’t follow because it wasn’t robust and ultimately when we produce whatever happens down the track when we go to the planning inspectorate, whatever we have in the local plan will have to be robust. It will have to stand up to scrutiny and we will need our evidence. We are grateful to the public because they have given us a lot of feedback from the local plan first consultation but other homework will be required to actually stand any chance of getting our plan through.

 

Question 4 from Councillor Symington: Insofar as you’reproposing to build on Greenbelt land, could you explain why you’re proposing to build an average of 10 dwellings per hectare? That’s 400 dwellings times 18 years divided by 350 hectares when you could be building at densities of between 20 and 30 dwellings perhaps to which would save between 375 and 500 hectares of Greenbelt across Dacorum.

 

Response from Councillor Anderson: I’d say we aren’t because the low figure includes open space.

 

 

Question 1 from Councillor Claughton to Councillor Elliot:

 

The Government Restart Grant scheme, announced as available from 1st April, is intended to support businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant to support them in reopening safely, as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

 

Will the portfolio holder say how many Dacorum businesses permitted to reopen on 12th April have been given Restart grants by the Council?

 

Response from Councillor Elliot: The Councilestimates that it will pay about 700 restart grants to Dacorum businesses and expects that the vast majority of these will be made before the end of April. The Council is making these payments on behalf of the government and so it must follow guidance which is issued to us by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The guidance so far received makes clear that even where we have already paid the previous grant to a local business we must carry out further assurance checks before we can pay the restart grant. BEIS has carried out a number of streamed events to answer local authority questions, the last of which was held on the 25th March and ended with the opportunity for councils across the country to ask questions. Officers are waiting for responses to these questions before getting in touch with businesses to offer them the grants. This is necessary in order to make sure we can get any additional confirmation from businesses which is required. BEIS has told the Council that those responses will be available this week so the team hopes to be able to email the eligible businesses by the weekend.

 

Question 2 from Councillor Claughton:

How are businesses supposed to reopen safely when the grant to support this isn’t paid until after they’ve opened?

 

Response from Councillor Elliot: We have to wait on government giving us the details before we can pay out, which we assume is £6million and we hope to be able to email the eligible businesses by the end of the weekend and get cash out by the end of April.

 

Question 3 from Councillor Claughton: I understand one of the things holding up the payment of grants is the need for the borough to validate the bank accounts of the applicants to whom they are paying grants. Given that they’ve already paid these businesses local restriction support grants, why haven’t the bank accounts previously been validated?

 

Response from Councillor Elliot: I feel that we have taken as much precaution as we can and we have to check because of fraud. We really do have to validate the bank accounts as part of the process.

 

Question 4 from Councillor Claughton: Since the Portfolio Holder has laid the blame firmly at central government, can I ask if he thinks that the present government’s scandalous level of ineptitude in dealing with these grants can get any worse?

 

Response from Councillor Elliot: I don’t think they are scandalous. This government has supported the British Economy throughout this pandemic and we have poured money into local businesses to help them get through the pandemic and helping them to restart. I totally refute any suggestion that any ineptitude by central government has stepped up to the plate to get this country back on its feet again.

 

 

Question 1 from Councillor Stevens to Councillor Williams:

 

The consultation on the Local Plan has caused a huge amount of controversy.

 

This was unsurprising given the scale and location of sites intended to be predesignated for Growth when released from their current Green Belt designation.

 

What was surprising was the fact that so many of the Parish and Town Councils came together and sent a joint letter to the Leader of the Council asking that the Borough withdraw the proposals.

 

The Borough has a Parish Charter which appears to have fallen by the wayside; this included an undertaking that correspondence from a Parish will be answered within 5 days.

 

At the time of writing, the parishes have not been graced with even an acknowledgement.

 

I am sure our respective Parish and Town Councils would like to know when might they receive a reply to the letter?

 

Response from Councillor Williams: I apologise to those that may have been expecting a reply because I interpreted this letter which is dated 22nd February and just about precedes the discussion we had at the last full council meeting and the close of the consultation at the end of February that I saw the correspondence from the Parish Councils, amongst the many that were received, as representations upon the local plan and not a letter that was requiring an individual response. The purpose of the letter was to ask the Council to withdraw the consultation and set out some of the reasons why. I saw this as a general correspondence on the local plan process and it was filed as a comment on the local plan. In relation to withdrawing the current consultation that was answered by the decision of full council on 24th February.

 

Question 2 from Councillor Stevens: When can the Parishes expect a reply on the more substantive issues raised by the letter?

 

Response from Councillor Williams: I have taken the time to re-read the letter and it just makes the points that are being made generally within the consultation on the local plan and sets out the reasons why they feel the plan should have been withdrawn. I think that question has been answered. There is one question towards the end of the letter which may be regarded a specific question but I don’t think its within my remit to give a clear answer to that as I think it rests within a decision to be taken by the Council.

 


14/04/2021 - Announcements ref: 1464    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

4.1       By the Mayor:

The Mayor reminded members that they were required to complete and return their DBC Related Party Transaction Declaration if they hadn’t already done so.


4.2       By the Chief Executive:

 

C Hamilton advised that the following Elections will take place on 6th May 2021:

Leverstock Green Ward

Tring Central Ward

Hertfordshire County Council

Police and Crime Commissioner

 

4.3       By the Group Leaders:

Councillor Tindall gave apologies on behalf of Councillors Hollinghurst, McDowell, Pringle and Uttley.

 

4.4       Council Leader and Members of the Cabinet:

 

(Full details are in the minutes under Announcements of the Leader and Cabinet).

 


14/04/2021 - Public Participation ref: 1463    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

None.


14/04/2021 - Declarations of Interest ref: 1462    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

There were no declarations of interest.


14/04/2021 - Minutes ref: 1461    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 February 2021 were agreed by the members present and will be signed by the Mayor at the next available opportunity.

 


14/04/2021 - Call-in and Urgency Procedure ref: 1471    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

The Council noted the following urgent Portfolio Holder Decision:

 

PH/008/21 - Business Rates Relief 2021/22

 


20/04/2021 - Berkhamsted Sports Centre ref: 1458    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

Noted;

1.         The feasibility work for the project and the options for facility mix as set out in Section 5 to allow the next stages of the project to be developed and considered in more detail during the next project stage.

2.         (a) the consultation undertaken with stakeholders and the further consultations required, including public consultation, as set out in Section 4. (b) the indicative project timeline at Section 7.

3.         The potential forecast project costs for each option (detailed in Part II Appendix) and agree to use £420,000 of the approved project budget to proceed with the next project stage (RIBA Stage 2 – Concept Design).

Agreed;

4.         To award the multi-disciplinary consultant project team contract to Faithful+Gould (via the CCS Project Management & Full Design Team Services Framework (RM3741)) with contractual break clauses at the end of each RIBA stage.

5.         Endorsed the proposal to provide a further update to Cabinet at the end of RIBA Stage 2 (Concept Design), at which point a more detailed level of understanding of the site will have been achieved and a design, cost and business plan developed accordingly.


20/04/2021 - Highbarns ref: 1460    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021


20/04/2021 - Hemel Hempstead Place Strategy ref: 1457    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

Approved;

1.         The preparation of a Hemel Place Strategy, subject to final approval by Cabinet and Council once further work has been carried out.

2.         The establishment of a Hemel Place Board as outlined in the report to oversee the development and implementation of the Place Strategy, and delegates authority to the Leader of the Council to approve the final membership of the Place Board and its Terms of Reference.

3.         The proposals as outlined in the report to carry out engagement with key partners, stakeholders and local residents to help shape the Hemel Place Strategy vision and objectives.

4.         Endorsing the creation of a comprehensive strategy for the future physical, economic, social and environmental development of Hemel Hempstead Town Centre as an early priority for the Hemel Place Strategy work.

5.         The provision of resources to develop the Hemel Hempstead Place Strategy and the related Town Centre Strategy.

6.         RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

That Council approves a budget of £500K to be drawn down from the Dacorum Development Reserve as required to fund the work to develop the Place Strategy.

7.         To delegate authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Corporate Director (Finance & Operations) to draw down the allocated funds to produce the work set out in this report.

8.         To delegate authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader, to prepare and submit a bid to MHCLG for funding under the Levelling Up Fund programme.


20/04/2021 - Climate Change Emergency Update ref: 1456    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

Agreed;

1.         That the Council’s Green Community Grants scheme be doubled to £20,000 for 2021/22 (funded from the Climate Emergency Budget)

2.         That the Council no longer maintain the ISO140001 Energy Management accreditation given the shift to the more comprehensive action being taken on carbon reduction across all services and actions in the Council.

3.         To note the progress and actions set out in the report.

4.         That the draft Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy be presented to Cabinet in July.

5.         That the Council makes an application to the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme and initially uses the Climate Emergency Budget to match-fund.


20/04/2021 - Exclusion of the Public ref: 1459    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

The member of the public was excluded from this part of the meeting in order to discuss the following items:

 

Appendix – Berkhamsted Leisure Centre Development – Part II item

 

Recommendations Agreed


20/04/2021 - Cabinet Forward Plan ref: 1455    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

The forward plan was noted as not having any items for May 2021.


20/04/2021 - Referrals to Cabinet ref: 1454    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

There were no referrals to Cabinet.


20/04/2021 - Public Participation ref: 1453    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

There was one member of the public present.


20/04/2021 - Declarations of Interest ref: 1451    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

There were no declarations of interest.


20/04/2021 - Apologies for Absence ref: 1452    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 30/04/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

There were no apologies for absence.


28/04/2021 - To appoint a consultant to undertake a review of the Council’s Housing Services ref: 1448    Recommendations Approved

The Council has an opportunity to utilise the services of an experienced and knowledgeable housing consultant to undertake a Housing Service Review, working alongside senior managers to ensure that the Council’s housing services is fit for the future.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 28/04/2021

Effective from: 28/04/2021

Decision:

To award an initial contract to PECME Ltd to carry out the first phase of the Housing Service Review.

Lead officer: Ben Hosier


23/04/2021 - To seek approval of the purchase of 48 Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2QE ref: 1446    Recommendations Approved

The Stoneycroft development consists of 8 flats over garages in two blocks of 4 flats, as well as two blocks of 5 and 11 garages directly in-front of the bedsits.
As part of the on-going business plan for New Build Social Housing in the Borough, Stoneycroft has been selected as a potential site for development.
Only 1 of the 8 flats is a leasehold property – The rest are all rented at social rent.
Housing Development have appointed Brasier Freeth to liaise with the potential vendor. They have negotiated down a fair value selling price of £135,000 – This is in line with the Red Book Valuation.
If DBC do not purchase the property, then we will not be able to develop the scheme for much needed new social housing in this area.
The property will be used as much needed Temporary Accommodation in the intervening period, whilst the scheme is being developed, which will generate a licence income and remove any ongoing security of tenure issues.

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Housing

Decision published: 28/04/2021

Effective from: 23/04/2021

Decision:

To seek approval for the purchase of 48 Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2QE for up to a maximum sum of £135,000 (One hundred and thirty-five thousand pounds only).

Lead officer: Reuel Thompson


22/04/2021 - To award a contract to Virgin Media Business to install and manage a Wide Area Network. ref: 1445    Recommendations Approved

The Primary data centre is being re-located to Cupid Green Depot, Hemel Hempstead (currently located in Amersham) and the Secondary data centre is located at the Forum, Hemel Hempstead.
The Council’s current contract for the Wireless Network is due to expire in September 21. To prepare for the primary data centre being moved in December, the Council are keen to get the Wireless Network installed for testing by August 21.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 23/04/2021

Effective from: 22/04/2021

Decision:

To award a contract to Virgin Media Business to install and manage a Wide Area Network between the Council’s primary data centre, secondary data centre and 5 other commercial sites.

Lead officer: Gary Osler


23/04/2021 - The installation of a new fire alarm system at Evelyn Sharp House ref: 1447    Recommendations Approved

To award a contract to Omnizone Ltd to carry out the supply and installation of a new communal fire alarm system at Evelyn Sharp House. This is a priority one extra care Supported Housing scheme made up of 58 flats

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Housing

Decision published: 23/04/2021

Effective from: 23/04/2021

Decision:

To approve an exemption to comply with the Council’s commissioning

Lead officer: Ricky Lang


06/04/2021 - Amendment of Procurement Standing Orders ref: 1441    Recommendations Approved

Following the UK withdrawal from the European Union and the end of the Withdrawal Agreement period, there has been a need to make some changes to the current Procurement Standing Orders so that they comply with the change in legislation.
Assistant Director of Corporate

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Corporate and Contracted Services

Decision published: 22/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

To update the Council’s Procurement Standing Orders following a change in legislation.

Lead officer: Ben Hosier