Agenda and decisions

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No. Item

1.

Apologies

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2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 634 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2020

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3.

Declarations of interest

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4.

Hot Topics

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5.

Question Time pdf icon PDF 323 KB

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6.

Forward Plan (28 Day Notice) pdf icon PDF 614 KB

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7.

Q2 Budget Monitoring Report 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 745 KB

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Decision:

The report sets out the overview of the financial Revenue and Capital outturn position for Buckinghamshire Council for the financial year 2020/21 as at quarter 2.

 

RESOLVED

 

Cabinet noted the current forecast outturn for the financial year 2020/21 and the latest estimates of impacts and funding related to Covid-19.

8.

High Wycombe Regeneration Board pdf icon PDF 584 KB

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Decision:

The regeneration strategy for High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow was endorsed by the Shadow Executive in November 2019 but had not been formally adopted by Buckinghamshire Council. As well as the strategic perspective there was the need for a board to provide guidance on the current and future programme of regeneration and regeneration-related projects in High Wycombe.

 

RESOLVED

 

Cabinet agreed that a regeneration board for High Wycombe be established, chaired by the Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration. The Board would consist of Cabinet Members and representatives of stakeholder organisations.

9.

Recovery and Growth Deal for Buckinghamshire pdf icon PDF 612 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet was asked to consider a proposal which had been developed to set out a Buckinghamshire Recovery and Growth Deal proposition for Government.

 

Comments by Cabinet were as follows:-

 

·         To check whether the map of Buckinghamshire could be superimposed on the map of the Country.

·         As and where there are social mobility issues it was important to focus on the local economy as local businesses know what is best for development, not just focusing at the top end of the skills set but also bringing in opportunities at the apprenticeship level as well as devolution of the apprenticeship fund, to cater for all aspects of the employment market.

·         Buckinghamshire was known for its high number of ‘start-ups’ and it was important to particularly provide assistance to young people because of the legacy of covid-19 and the need to generate new businesses.

·         It was important for the bid to address areas of improvement such as digital connectivity, skills matching job opportunities and traffic congestion whilst also recognising development areas such as Winslow, which was ideally placed with its new green business park with East – West rail connections, Buckingham University and proximity to Silverstone.

 

RESOLVED

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

·         Support the Buckinghamshire Recovery and Growth Deal Proposal

·         Delegate to the Leader of the Council the power to make & approve any minor amendments in light of any comments after Cabinet

·         Approve the submission of the Proposal to Government by the Buckinghamshire Growth Board

10.

Next Steps Accommodation Programme Funding Award (NSAP) pdf icon PDF 791 KB

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Decision:

In order to follow on from the ‘everyone in’ initiative to assist all rough sleepers into accommodation in March, the Council successfully applied to the “Next Steps Accommodation Programme” (NSAP) in August 2020 with proposals which have been accepted by MHCLG and Homes England, awarding over £2m to the Council and its partners for this purpose. This report asked Cabinet to agree delegated authority so that officers could move forward with this initiative.

 

RESOLVED

 

Cabinet agreed to delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Planning, Growth and Sustainability and the Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness;

 

  • To grant fund Harrow Churches Housing Association £1.3m - using £650k of Next Steps Accommodation Programme grant awarded from MHCLG/Homes England and up to £650k of unallocated s.106 developer funding - for them to be able to purchase 15 one bedroom properties in the Wycombe and Aylesbury areas for move on from supported housing for former rough sleepers;

 

·         To grant fund Hightown Housing Association £650k of unallocated s.106 developer funding - for them to be able to purchase Ardenham House, Aylesbury match funding a £650,000 award from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme for this purpose, subject to contract with Hightown and in return for a nomination agreement on behalf of the Council in perpetuity.”

 

  • That the two projects are added into the Capital Programme this year with agreement from the s.151 Officer and the Leader.

11.

Exclusion of the public (if required)

To resolve that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

Paragraph 3  Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular  person (including the authority holding that information)

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Next Steps Accommodation Programme Funding Award (NSAP)

To consider the confidential appendix.

13.

Potential submission of a bid for the acquisition of the Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN

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Exclusion of the Press and Public

To resolve that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

Paragraph 3    Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

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Potential submission of a bid for the acquisition of the Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN

16.

Date of next meeting

Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 10am

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