Decisions

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Decisions published

21/10/2020 - Public Spaces Protection Orders within Buckinghamshire (Decision to be taken) ref: 329    Recommendations Approved

Creating, extending, varying and discharging PSPOs within Buckinghamshire.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

Decision:

Recommendations:

To extend the following Public Spaces Protection Orders for two years, until October 2022:

o   Buckingham Town Centre

o   Winslow and Steeple Claydon

o   West End Road,  High Wycombe

o   Parks and Open Spaces, Aylesbury

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

Decision:

The Leader AGREED:

 

To extend the following Public Spaces Protection Orders for two years, until October 2022:

 

·       Buckingham Town Centre

·       Winslow and Steeple Claydon

·       West End Road, High Wycombe

·       Parks and Open Spaces, Aylesbury

 

 

This decision is being taken under ‘special urgency’ provisions in order to meet renewal timescales.

Lead officer: Elaine Jewell


13/10/2020 - Planning White Paper Response ref: 333    Recommendations Approved

The Planning White Planning proposes major changes to the planning system. This consultation provides the opportunity for the Council to comment on the proposal and the questions posed and requires a response by 29th October.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

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.

Lead officer: Steve Bambrick


13/10/2020 - Youth Justice Strategic Plan ref: 331    Recommendations Approved

This Youth Justice Plan provides an overview of the work of the Youth Offending Service (YOS) in Buckinghamshire, setting out details of performance during the last twelve months and our priorities for the coming year. The plan aligns to the Community Safety Partnership’s ‘Safer Buckinghamshire Plan’ and its priorities, as part of our aim that Buckinghamshire should continue to be one of the safest places to grow up, raise a family, live, work and do business.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

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.

Lead officer: Tolis Vouyioukas


13/10/2020 - Handy Cross Park and Ride Car Park - Introduce Charges ref: 332    Recommendations Approved

The purpose is to provide an update on the current situation regarding free parking for key workers taking into account updated information provided by Government and the varied decisions being taken by other local authorities.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

Decision:

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.

Wards affected: Abbey;

Lead officer: Rob Smith


13/10/2020 - Aylesbury Garden Town - Housing Infrastructure Fund, contract signing ref: 334    Recommendations Approved

The paper is seeking the delegation of contract signing of the HIF agreement to the appropriate officers. It sets out the key risks and issues for the programme, and areas where further work is required.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

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.

Wards affected: Aston Clinton & Bierton; Aylesbury East; Aylesbury North; Aylesbury South East; Aylesbury South West; Stone & Waddesdon; Wendover, Halton & Stoke Mandeville;

Lead officer: Joan Hancox


13/10/2020 - Director of Public Health Annual Report ref: 330    Recommendations Approved

General Overview of Population Health

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

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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Lead officer: Dr Jane O'Grady


13/10/2020 - Winslow Centre Development ref: 335    Recommendations Approved

To consider the case for development of the Winslow Centre

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

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.

Lead officer: John Reed


21/10/2020 - Chalfonts Waiting Review (Decision to be taken) ref: 328    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Review and subsequent consultations on the current waiting restrictions in force at Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles with proposals to improve the parking in the area.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 21/10/2020

Decision:

It is recommended:

 

a.      That the Leader of the Council authorises the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for the scheme outlined in this report. Noting that it is different to the one that was advertised as part of the Statutory Consultation process.

b.      That the Traffic Regulation Order be made as advertised at Statutory Consultation but with the following amendments:

 

·        The proposed Permit Parking zone located off Gravel Hill, Chalfont St Peter (Plan AE72) not to be implemented as there was insufficient support for the proposal during the consultation.

·        The Permit Parking Zone times proposed at Ellwood Rise, Chalfont St Giles (Plan AE74) are changed from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm excluding Bank Holidays to Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 12 noon. This was after representations from affected residents were received advising that the prescribed hours should be extended as above.

 

c.       That responders to the Statutory Consultation be informed of the decision.

Wards affected: Chalfont St Giles; Chalfont St Peter;

Lead officer: Ricky Collymore


09/10/2020 - Wye Dene, High Wycombe, Proposed Waiting Restrictions (Decision to be taken) ref: 323    Recommendations Approved

The introduction of waiting and bus stop clearways on the Wye Dene area of High Wycombe. These new restrictions are designed to control parking where necessary to ensure access is maintained for the emergency services and the proposed bus route which includes bus stops on Chequers Avenue.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 01/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

It is recommended that:

The Leader authorises the making of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) as set out in this report.

That the Traffic Regulation Order be made as advertised at Statutory Consultation but with the following amendments:

        i.            The two marked bus stops outside and opposite York House on Chequers Avenue be made 24 hour bus stop clearways to ensure these locations are kept clear of vehicles.

 

That responders to the Statutory Consultation be informed of the decision.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 12/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

The Leader:

 

·       AUTHORISED the making of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) as set out in this report.

·       AGREED that the Traffic Regulation Order be made as advertised at Statutory Consultation but with the following amendments:

                             i.          The two marked bus stops outside and opposite York House on Chequers Avenue be made 24 hour bus stop clearways to ensure these locations are kept clear of vehicles.

·       AGREED that responders to the Statutory Consultation be informed of the decision.

Wards affected: Ryemead & Micklefield;

Lead officer: Rob Smith


07/10/2020 - Development of specialist disability children's home provision (Decision to be taken) ref: 322    Recommendations Approved

Property allocation and business case approval for project to develop specialist disability children's home provision

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 29/09/2020

Effective from: 07/10/2020

Decision:

Recommendations:

Agree to progress with that option 3 of the business case for this project, the completion of a tender process to procure the care and support service for an in-house placement for a young person with complex needs.

Agree that the award of a contract for this care and support service decision be delegated to the Executive Director for Children’s Services.

Confirm the decision to allocate the property recommended within the property options appraisal to the development of a specialist disability children’s home.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 07/10/2020

Effective from: 07/10/2020

Decision:

The Leader:

 

AGREED to progress with option 3 of the business case for this project, the completion of a tender process to procure the care and support service for an in-house placement for a young person with complex needs.

 

AGREED that the award of a contract for this care and support service decision be delegated to the Executive Director for Children’s Services

 

CONFIRMED the decision to allocate the property recommended within the property options appraisal to the development of a specialist disability children’s home.

Lead officer: Nathan Whitley


06/10/2020 - Appointment and Resignation of Directors to Consilio Property Limited and Buckinghamshire Advantage, and appointment of Members Representatives to Aylesbury Vale Estates LLP (Decision to be taken) ref: 321    Recommendations Approved

Changes to reflect Unitary changes

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 28/09/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Recommendations:

·       Steve Bambrick resigns as Director of Consilio and Buckinghamshire Advantage

·       Neil Gibson resigns as a Director of Buckinghamshire Advantage

·       Lisa Michelson is appointed as a Director of Buckinghamshire Advantage

·       Nigel Dicker is appointed as a Director of Consilio.

·       Cllr Katrina Wood is appointed a Members Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·       Cllr Nick Naylor is appointed a Members Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·       Cllr Warren White resigns as a Member Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·       Cllr Julie Ward resigns as a Member Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·       Each Directors/Members Representative to be provided with a Council Indemnity to cover their responsibilities to the Company.

·       The Director of Property and Assets in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Property and Assets, S151 Officer and the Director of Legal to confirm the appointments, and arrange with the Companies for the necessary changes to be made at Companies House and to arrange for each new Director/Member representative to be provided with a suitable indemnity from the Council.

·       Arrange for the Directors/Member representatives to issue a suitable declaration of interest form.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 06/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Leader AGREED that:

 

·         Steve Bambrick resigns as Director of Consilio and Buckinghamshire Advantage

·         Neil Gibson resigns as a Director of Buckinghamshire Advantage

·         Lisa Michelson is appointed as a Director of Buckinghamshire Advantage

·         Nigel Dicker is appointed as a Director of Consilio.

·         Cllr Katrina Wood is appointed a Members Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·         Cllr Nick Naylor is appointed a Members Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·         Cllr Warren White resigns as a Member Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·         Cllr Julie Ward resigns as a Member Representative to the Aylesbury Vale Estates Board.

·         Each Directors/Members Representative to be provided with a Council Indemnity to cover their responsibilities to the Company.

·         The Director of Property and Assets in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Property and Assets, S151 Officer and the Director of Legal to confirm the appointments, and arrange with the Companies for the necessary changes to be made at Companies House and to arrange for each new Director/Member representative to be provided with a suitable indemnity from the Council.

·         Arrangements are made for the Directors/Member representatives to issue a suitable declaration of interest form.

Lead officer: John Reed