Decisions

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Decisions published

14/05/2024 - Hackney carriage fare review ref: 1326    Recommendations Approved

Review of current maximum hackney carriage fares.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 14/05/2024

Effective from: 18/05/2024

Decision:

The Leader:

 

CONSIDERED the proposed amended maximum hackney carriage fares set out at Appendix 1 and, APPROVED them for statutory advertising.

Lead officer: Lindsey Vallis


08/05/2024 - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning Accountability Agreement 2024/25 (Decision to be taken) ref: 1312    Recommendations Approved

In order to access DfE grant funding to deliver adult learning, larger providers such as Buckinghamshire Adult Learning are required to produce an Accountability Agreement which details the scope and ambition of its delivery.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 29/04/2024

Effective from: 08/05/2024

Decision:

Recommendations:               

 

To approve the content of the Council’s Adult Learning Accountability Agreement for 2024-25. It will be published on our websites and submitted to the Education and Skills Agency (ESFA) as a record of the education to be delivered in the academic year 2024/25, and subsequently release Skills Funding for the academic year

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 09/05/2024

Effective from: 08/05/2024

Decision:

The Leader:

 

APPROVED the content of the Council’s Adult Learning Accountability Agreement for 2024-25. It will be published on our websites and submitted to the Education and Skills Agency (ESFA) as a record of the education to be delivered in the academic year 2024/25, and subsequently release Skills Funding for the academic year

Lead officer: Jacqueline Wilson


07/05/2024 - Former Tilehouse Day Opportunity Centre - disposal ref: 1317    Recommendations Approved

Disposal of the former Day Opps Centre in Denham which was declared surplus by Adult Social Care in 2015.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024

Decision:

The Leader AGREED that:

 

The Director of Property & Assets in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Accessible Housing and Resources is authorised to dispose of the site in accordance with the offer detailed in the confidential appendix

Wards affected: Denham;

Lead officer: Jo West


07/05/2024 - Cost of Living Support for Buckinghamshire Residents ref: 1318    Information Only

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

The fifth tranche of Household Support Fund grant from the Department for Work and Pensions had been allocated. This new allocation would cover the period from April to September 2024, and would be used to continue to provide essential support to residents across Buckinghamshire. Previous allocations of the Household Support Fund had been used to provide support for residents in need of help with food, fuel and other essential household costs. For the period April 2023 to March 2024, Buckinghamshire was allocated £4.8m of the Household Support Fund.

 

The fifth tranche of the Household Support Fund was intended to provide crisis support to vulnerable households in most need of support to help with the cost of essential items. Local Authorities had discretion on exactly how this funding was used within the scope set out by the Department for Work and Pensions. The fund must be used to meet immediate needs and help those who were struggling to afford household essentials including energy and water bills, food, and wider essentials; and Local Authorities should prioritise support which offered an immediate impact to those in need.

 

Table 3 in the report set out the proposed allocation of Household Support Fund for April to September 2024 as follows:-

 

·         Helping Hand Scheme

·         Food support

·         Voluntary and Community organisations providing free support to residents e.g. foodbanks

·         Grant and/or Direct Support for Utility arrears

·         Digital Voucher e.g. Discretionary Housing Payments

·         Administration and promotional activity

 

This item was taken under the General Exception rule as the grant received was for use between April and September 2024 and therefore time critical.

 

RESOLVED -

 

1.                   the range of support provided by the Council for individuals experiencing hardship across the county be noted. 

2.                   the arrangements for deploying the new Household Support Fund allocation (1stApril to 30thSeptember 2024) from the Department for Work and Pensions be approved. 


07/05/2024 - Aylesbury Town Centre Public Realm Scheme ref: 1320    Information Only

A report on potential town centre regeneration options in relation to Aylesbury public realm

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

This report provided a progress update on the improvement works for Market Square, Kingsbury and Cambridge Street and sought authority to transfer the capital funding from the Kingsbury & Market Square public realm scheme to the new Aylesbury Public Realm scheme which progressed the ambitions of the Aylesbury Regeneration Strategy. In addition, authority was sought to advance the demolition of the former Gala Bingo Hall situated on the High Street and progress with the scheme development of a meanwhile use and public realm on the northern end of Exchange Street car park as set out in the report.

 

Following a cost and design review exercise on the former Kingsbury and Market Square public realm scheme, it was determined that the scheme was no longer viable in the current financial climate and did not offer value for money. This new scheme had been developed to regenerate the high street and drive increased footfall to the town centre by creating an exciting new provision whilst addressing the deteriorating former Gala Bingo Hall. It would create a seamless connection with the Exchange area development which had been hugely successful.

 

The strategic positioning of the Exchange Street car park next to the Gala Bingo Hall Site offered the opportunity to deliver a wider regeneration project which included a new walkway connection to the High Street, enhanced public realm and meanwhile use (new business spaces). The proposed new walkway link to the High Street would greatly improve walking and connectivity around the town centre which in turn would enhance economic activity.

 

RESOLVED -

 

1.      the progress of the improvement works for Market Square, Kingsbury (TRO) and Cambridge Street be noted.

2.      the transfer of the remaining capital budget of £4.772m (former Kingsbury and Market Public Realm scheme) to the Aylesbury Public Realm scheme (Gala Bingo Hall and the northern end of Exchange Street Car Park) be agreed.

3.      the recommended preferred option (5) meanwhile use and public realm at the northern end of Exchange Street car park together with long term mixed use development situated on the footprint of the former Gala Bingo Hall be agreed.

4.      the budget of £1,382,400 to fund the demolition of Gala Bingo Hall and professional fees associated with the demolition and the scheme development of the meanwhile use, public realm, walkway and temporary car parking be released.

5.      a future decision will come back to Cabinet once a full business case and design work has been undertaken.

6.      delegated authority be provided to the Service Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration for the following:

·         To procure and undertake all relevant workstreams that facilitate the advanced demolition works and scheme development as set out in the report.

·         To undertake a procurement exercise for a demolition contractor and to then subsequently enter into a demolition contract to advance the demolition works with the preferred contractor and to enter into any necessary agreements with adjoining landowners to facilitate the demolition works of Gala Bingo Hall

Wards affected: Aylesbury North;

Lead officer: Richard Harrington


07/05/2024 - Planning for future primary healthcare in Buckinghamshire - Joint Select Committee Review ref: 1316    Recommendations Approved

For Cabinet to discuss the recommendations from the rapid review into planning for future primary healthcare, undertaken jointly between the Health & Adult Social Care Select Committee and the Growth, Infrastructure & Housing Select Committee.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 07/05/2024

Decision:

Cabinet were asked to consider the recommendations made by the Health & Adult Social Care Select Committee and the Growth Infrastructure & Housing Select Committee to Cabinet and the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board.

 

RESOLVED –

1. That the Joint Select Committee Review Group, as well as the supporting Officers, be thanked for their work and subsequent recommendations.

2. That Cabinet’s responses to the Joint Select Committee Review report and recommendations, as detailed at the meeting, be agreed.

 

Note: a complete breakdown of the scrutiny recommendations and Cabinet’s responses can be found here

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Lead officer: Tom Fowler, Liz Wheaton


07/05/2024 - Buckinghamshire Shareholder Committee Annual Report 2023-24 ref: 1319    Information Only

To consider and note the Buckinghamshire Shareholder Committee's annual report for the period 2023/24.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 07/05/2024

Decision:

The role of the Shareholder Committee was to ensure that the Council’s companies and limited liability partnerships act in the interests of the Council as shareholder and that best practice was being adhered to in delivering statutory arrangements. In doing so, the Committee contributed to the proper governance of the Council’s subsidiaries. This added level of governance continued to be vitally important in the context of the financial challenges many local authorities and local authority companies have faced over recent years and continue to face. Understanding the risks and performance associated with wholly or jointly owned companies was a key task of the Committee.

 

This was the second year of operation of the Shareholder Committee and producing an annual report to reflect the work and outcomes achieved by the Committee throughout 2023-24 was considered good practice. The Committee had met four times during the 2023-24 period. The Committee had undertaken a number of key pieces of work which included reviewing business plans and the financial positions of each company/joint venture as well as undertaking annual reviews of company Articles of Association and the Committee Terms of Reference.

 

RESOLVED - the Annual Report of the Buckinghamshire Shareholder Committee be noted.

Lead officer: Richard Ambrose


07/05/2024 - Old County Offices Aylesbury – Proposed disposal and future re development ref: 1321    Information Only

Options for the future of the building known as Old County Offices

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

There had been limited interest in the open market for a third party to take on the Old County Offices building due to viability issues. A developer had been identified who was prepared to work collaboratively with the Council to agree a contract with suitable safeguards for the Council to implement the consented planning permission to convert the building to 46 private apartments, the terms of the transaction were considered in the confidential appendices. A decision on whether to accept this offer was required. If the Council did not take this option, the building would continue to remain empty until the wider Aylesbury Town Centre regeneration schemes were enacted.

 

The Council had undertaken a development appraisal and cost plan assessment based on independent Quantity Surveyors and a Preliminary Cost Planning by a Contractor. The conclusion of that exercise was that it was not viable for the Council to bring forward the scheme without significant subsidy. The appraisal had been updated and was discussed in the Confidential Appendix.

 

An application was made via the One Public Estate Programme for Brownfield Land Release Funding (BLRF) to improve project viability. The application was successful resulting in a grant of £690,000 being awarded.

 

RESOLVED that subject to receipt of a satisfactory Best Value Consideration Report as approved by the S151 Officer, delegation be approved to the Service Director of Property and Assets in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Accessible Housing and Resources to finalise terms and pursue disposal of the site to a residential developer pursuant to terms contained in the confidential appendices by granting a long leasehold to convert the building into flats in line with the current detailed planning permission (20/02431/APP). Subsequently to agree contracts, undertake required due diligence and exchange and complete on the transaction.

 

Wards affected: Aylesbury North;

Lead officer: John Reed


10/05/2024 - Proposed approach to Equalities objectives and Policy (Decision to be taken) ref: 1314    For Determination

To re-publish equalities objectives and update the Equality policy – the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 requires public authorities to publish equality objectives at least every four years.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 01/05/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

Recommendations:                               

 

To agree the proposed approach in regards to our Equalities objectives and Policy

Lead officer: Natalie Donhou Morley, Erika Murigi


08/05/2024 - Rosefield Solar Farm Development Consent Order (DCO) (Decision to be taken) ref: 1310    For Determination

This report seeks approval to obtain delegated powers for the Service Director of Planning & Environment to engage in the Development Consent Order process for the Rosefield Solar Farm. The delegation will also include consultation with relevant Cabinet Member(s) on certain key documents submitted to the Council for a formal response.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 29/04/2024

Effective from:

Decision:

Recommendations:

 

To agree that the Council will participate in the Development Consent Order (DCO) process and authorise the Service Director for Planning and Environment to enter into any Planning Performance Agreement with the Applicants.

 

To delegate authority to the Service Director of Planning & Environment, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, to respond to consultations/engagement from the Applicants and The Planning Inspectorate (including the Examining Authority) during the following DCO stages: Pre-application; Acceptance; Pre-Examination; Examination; and Post-Examination.

 

To delegate to the Service Director for Planning & Environment the powers to deal with post-decision matters (if development consent is granted) including determination of applications under the DCO consenting regime and enforcement in respect of any DCO granted by the Secretary of State.

Wards affected: Buckingham West; Great Brickhill; Grendon Underwood; Stone & Waddesdon; Wing; Winslow;

Lead officer: Christine Urry