Issue - meetings

Neighbourhood Planning - Transfer of service

Meeting: 25/10/2018 - Council (Item 143)

143 Neighbourhood Planning - Transfer of service (Agenda item 20)

Report of Executive Member for Growth, Councillor Gordon Bambridge.

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Minutes:

The Executive Member for Growth, Councillor Gordon Bambridge presented the report asking Members to consider the business case for the transfer of the Neighbourhood Planning Service to the Council’s provider of Planning Services.

 

A number of questions were asked, in particular, Councillor Brindle sought reassurance that, if Members were mindful to approve the recommendation, would there be more control in relation to enforcement.  Members were assured that this would be the case.

 

RESOLVED that the recommendation to Full Council, to agree the transfer of service, in accordance with the report, be approved.


Meeting: 16/10/2018 - Cabinet (Item 118)

118 Neighbourhood Planning - Transfer of service

Report of Executive Member for Growth, Councillor Gordon Bambridge.

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to the options as set out in the report.

 

It was RESOLVED to RECOMMEND to FULL COUNCIL that Option 1 be approved.

 


Meeting: 27/09/2018 - Overview and Scrutiny Commission (Item 116)

116 Neighbourhood Planning - Transfer of service (Agenda Item 23)

Report of Executive Member for Growth, Councillor Gordon Bambridge.

 

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Minutes:

The Local Authority had a duty to support neighbourhood planning.  A post had been created and made permanent since 2016, to give communities a single point of contact.

 

There were a lot of synergies with that post and the work done by the Planning Policy team.  It was therefore proposed to transfer the service to Capita.  The move would provide increased resilience and knowledge transfer for the Council and would provide additional capacity for communities as well.

 

Financially it would be cost neutral.  The existing budget would be transferred to Capita.  It would require a change to the Capita contract.

 

The proposal did not affect the decision making pathways. The business case would be presented to Council, probably not before December of January.

 

It was confirmed that inter-department consultation would continue and the standard of service would remain as good.

 

RESOLVED to support the proposed transfer of the Council’s Neighbourhood Planning service to Capita.