Agenda and decisions

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No. Item

1.

Apologies

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2.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 582 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2020.

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Declarations of interest

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Hot Topics

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5.

Question Time

The following questions have been received and will either be responded to during the meeting or a written response will be included in the minutes:

 

Cllr Robin Stuchbury

 

I’m seeking reassurance from the Cabinet member in regards to processing planning applications particularly within the Buckingham/rural area.  A few of the North Bucks area planning committee meetings have been cancelled with the suggestion that there is no business which needs processing.  However, there are a number of applications, some dating back to 2018, and many of them are for major developments within a community with an agreed neighbourhood development plan which was agreed by the latter-day planning authority through public referendum within Buckingham.   I, therefore, seek a better understanding of why the committee has only met once this year.  Is there some issue which we are not privy to regarding staffing or the ability to process applications or is there a procedural operational change in determining applications which could explain why there are not sufficient planning applications to be determined?  I’ve been thinking of asking the question for some time, but the latest cancellation of the meeting of 30th September this was the catalyst necessitating presenting this question to seek clarity of the above concern.

 

Cllr Robin Stuchbury

 

In light of the written response and verbal response at the Cabinet meeting on 8 September 2020, has the Cabinet now come to the conclusion of their view on the proposals in the Planning White Paper and the environmental and economic impact this could have for Buckinghamshire, as well as the implications for local democratic accountability in the planning process?

 

Cllr Alan Bacon

 

The Long Shadow of Deprivation is a very recent report from a government agency, the Social Mobility Commission. This report identifies social mobility in Chiltern as amongst the very worst in the country. Will the portfolio holder please report on how the council will seek to address this situation?

 

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6.

Forward Plan (28 Day Notice) pdf icon PDF 402 KB

For Cabinet to note the Forward Plan.

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7.

Select Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 272 KB

For Cabinet to note the Select Committee Work Programme.

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8.

Director of Public Health Annual Report pdf icon PDF 814 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet received the Annual Report on the health of the Buckinghamshire population from the Director of Public Health.

RESOLVED

Cabinet NOTED the Director of Public Health Annual Report and ENDORSED the recommendations below and the draft action plan.

Recommendations within the Director of Public Health Annual Report for Buckinghamshire Council

a)         The council to consider adopting a ‘health in all polices’ approach whereby relevant policies and decisions consider how residents health could be improved and poor health prevented as part of business as usual, e.g. when planning new developments or considering transport policies.

b)         The council to consider opportunities to develop its role as an anchor organisation.

c)         The council to continue to roll out training to front line staff to encourage residents to make simple changes that could improve their health, wellbeing and independence and ensure staff can signpost people to community assets that can support this.

d)         The Buckinghamshire Council public health and prevention team should support Community Boards to consider the health needs of their population and what simple practical steps they could take to improve health in their local area.

e)         To continue to promote the health of the council workforce with good workplace health policies.

Recommendations for Community Boards

 

f)          Community Boards should work with local communities, public health and wider partners to identify the health and wellbeing issues in their local area and take effective action to address them. Community boards should use their pump-priming wellbeing fund to help improve health and wellbeing in their area.

Recommendations for the NHS and primary care networks

The NHS should:

 

a)      Increase their focus on preventing ill health and tackling inequalities and ensure this is built into every care pathway.

 

b)      Consider how to build a health in all policies approach and opportunities to act as an anchor organisation.

 

c)      Consider how the NHS can best support effective place-based working and community-centred approaches.

 

d)      Ensure front line staff are trained to support people to make simple changes to improve their health and wellbeing and to signpost people to community assets that support this.

 

e)      Continue to promote and protect the health of their workforce through effective workplace policies.

 

Primary care networks:

 

a)      Should work with their local communities, Buckinghamshire Council public health, Community Boards and other partners to understand and improve the health in their local area.

 

b)      Ensure front line staff are trained to support people to make simple changes to improve their health and wellbeing and signpost people to community assets that can support their health.

 

c)      Continue to promote and protect the health of their workforce.

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Youth Justice Strategic Plan pdf icon PDF 678 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet received a report on the Youth Justice Strategic Plan which was produced every year to set out how youth justice services in the local area were to be provided and funded; and how the Youth Offending Team (YOT) or teams established by them (whether alone or jointly with one or more other local authorities) were to be composed and funded, how they were to operate, and what functions they were to carry out.’

 

RESOLVED: Cabinet AGREED the 2020/21 Youth Justice Strategic Plan.

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Handy Cross Park and Ride Car Park - Introduce Charges pdf icon PDF 408 KB

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Cabinet received a report on the Handy Cross Development which commenced in May 2014 with the intention of introducing charges in the 396 space park and ride car park once the car park was finished. The purpose of introducing charges was to enable the car park to be effectively managed and encourage customers to park at this location and use the park and ride facility.

 

RESOLVED

 

Cabinet AGREED to the introduction of parking restrictions and a tariff structure at Handy Cross Park and Ride car park in High Wycombe as set out in the paragraph below and AUTHORISED the making of the orders which are necessary to give effect to this decision:

 

1. Tariff structure:

Up to 30 minutes - £0.00

Up to 4 hours - £1.20

Up to 10 hours - £3.00

Up to 24 hours - £4.00

Up to 48 hours - £8.00

Up to 72 hours - £12.00

Up to 96 hours - £16.00

Maximum stay of 96 hrs

 

2.    Parking Permits priced at £60 per calendar month, purchasable in monthly increments up to a maximum of 12 months for £720.

 

3.    Car park open and chargeable 24hrs per day, seven days a week and 365 days of the year with the exceptions of Christmas Day, official Boxing Day and Easter Sunday, when the car park will be open; but charges will not apply.

 

4.    Car park fees and charges to apply for electric vehicle users to enable electric vehicle bays to be effectively managed and availability of space maximised.

 

5.    Disabled Badge holders park for free; in line with the majority of council owned/managed car parks in Buckinghamshire.

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Planning White Paper Response pdf icon PDF 632 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet received a report which set out an intended response from the Council to the Government’s recent consultation paper entitled ‘Planning for the Future’. Cabinet asked that the following comments be taken into account in the draft response:-

 

·         The quality of architecture was a key requirement.

·         Consideration needed to be given to reforming the Planning Inspectorate to avoid delays.

·         Infrastructure funding was not front-loaded and infrastructure should be provided before expansion.

·         Further consideration should be given to health needs with future developments.

·         Simplification of local plans were a concern and it was important that local communities were not disenfranchised.

·         Concern was raised about architects being used as experts and their view of a good design may not be shared by others.

·         Reference was made to thresholds so that the 10 threshold was reduced not increased to 40-50 for affordable housing. This would be an issue for rural areas.

·         There was a problem with developers land banking – if planning permission was granted then developers should be given a time frame to build houses. If no building was carried out further applications could be made on green belt land.

·         Concerns were raised about housing targets which would be non-negotiable. The Council could be given a high target which they could not meet because of issues outside of its control e.g. developers not building houses.

 

RESOLVED

 

Cabinet AGREED the draft response to the Government consultation as set out in Appendix A of the report, with delegated responsibility for submission of the final response, incorporating the further changes above made at the Cabinet meeting, to the Corporate Director Planning Growth and Sustainability in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement.

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Aylesbury Garden Town - Housing Infrastructure Fund, contract signing pdf icon PDF 702 KB

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Decision:

 

Cabinet received a report on the Aylesbury Garden Town Housing Infrastructure Fund contract signing. The Council had provisionally been awarded £172,323,426 by Homes England to enable the building of nearly 10,000 new homes in Aylesbury through the delivery of specific key infrastructure projects including roads and schools, subject to entering into the contract. The majority of the funding was to provide infrastructure ahead of the Section 106 monies or income receipt.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1)      Cabinet AGREED to delegate authority to approve the Housing Infrastructure Fund

(HIF) Aylesbury Garden Town (AGT) contract to the Corporate Director for Planning Growth and Sustainability (PG&S), and the Section 151 officer (jointly), in consultation with the Leader.

 

2)      Cabinet NOTED the key risks to the Council in agreeing to the contract with Homes England.

 

3)      Cabinet AGREED to the establishment of a new  HIF Investment Board (a Member led Board to oversee the HIF Programme), including Aylesbury Garden Town HIF, Princes Risborough HIF, Abbey Barn Lane HIF and A355 Beaconsfield Relief Road HIF. Membership will consist of the Leader, the Cabinet  Member for Resources, the Cabinet Member for Transport, the Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration, and the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills. Its role will be to monitor progress, recommend changes in funding allocations between projects and consider the re-allocation of the HIF recycling pot.

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Winslow Centre Development pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Decision:

Cabinet received a report on a proposed scheme of a mixture of housing and community/ sports facilities for the Winslow Centre Development. The Business Case had identified that the delivery of a community facility, sports facility, extra-care housing and residential housing would address the significant under- utilisation of the site, alongside meeting increased demand in the area and enabling a significant capital receipt to be realised by the Council.

 

RESOLVED

 

1.      Cabinet APPROVED the release of £800k from the Winslow capital project budgets to complete the initial concept design stage for the Winslow Centre Development (a One Public Estate funded feasibility project).

 

2.      Cabinet AUTHORISED the Director of Property and Assets in consultation with the agreed Cabinet Member, the S151/Head of Finance delegated authority to take the project through to the end of RIBA Stage 3. This will see completion of the initial concept design stage including:

 

1.      Seeking pre-planning advice, public consultation and submission of the relevant planning application(s); including the development of a planning strategy and a full local member and stakeholder consultation plan;

2.      Continuing negotiations with specialist housing providers and public sector partners to inform the business case decision to be brought back to Cabinet;

3.      Appointment of Professional Teams and commissioning of further required surveys;

4.      The exploration of a property company for the management, rent and or sale of housing units (residential and independent living);

5.      Arranging the provision of a temporary library facility to prepare for the

existing library decant whilst it is re-provisioned in a new facility.

 

3.      Cabinet WELCOMED reengagement with the Clinical Commissioning Group so that they could be involved in the provision of a new, fit for purpose community facility;  provided commitment to enhanced sports facilities and confirmed that the project would have due regard to the Neighbourhood Plan.

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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.

 

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Information relating to any individual

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Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual

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

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Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority

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Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings

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Information which reveals that the authority proposes:

(a) to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or

(b) to make an order or direction under any enactment

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Information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime

 

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18.

Date of next meeting

Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 10.00 am.

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