Decision details

Resourcing Local Development Framework and Thetford New Growth Point Status (Agenda Item 11)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

This report seeks the release of a maximum of £316,899for temporary additional staff resources to enable progress towards the submission of the Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Strategy in 2008, greater community consultation with the Site Specific elements of the LDF during 2008/9 and also to provide staff resource for the Thetford New Growth Point Status (NGP) Initiative between now and March 2011 to produce the Thetford Area Action Plan element of the LDF and to help deliver the projects associated with the Thetford Prospectus – Programme of Development recently submitted to Government.

Decision:

That the release of £316,899and an increase to the establishment for additional temporary staff resource for the LDF Site Specifics and Thetford New Growth Point Status (NGP) be approved as follows, that:

 

(a)         a Senior Planning Policy Officer (Grade 8/7) be employed for 3 years;

 

(b)         a Planning Graduate (Grade 10) be employed for 3 years;

 

(c)         the existing contract of the Principal Planning Policy Officer (Growth Points) be extended by 23 months or up to March 2011; and

 

(d)         the additional cost of £316,889 be covered from the remaining Planning Delivery Grant, bringing the balance down to zero and the remainder from the unallocated LABGI grant.

Reasons for the decision:

Members are requested to approve option 1 which would enable greater community consultation to be undertaken with the Site Specifics DPD and would also demonstrate to the Government, GO-East , EEDA and other partners that Breckland was committed to the Thetford New Growth Point Initiative and delivering the projects and infrastructure required to support it.

Alternative options considered:

(1)         To approve the release of £316,899 and an increase to the establishment for additional temporary staff resource for the LDF Site Specifics and Thetford New Growth Point Status (NGP) as follows:

 

(a)         Senior Planning Policy Officer (Grade 8/7) – for 3 years

(b)         Planning Graduate (Grade 10) – for 3 years

(c)         Principal Planning Policy Officer (Growth Points) – Extension to existing contract by 23 months or up to March 2011.

 

(2)         To not approve the release of £316,899 or an increase to the establishmentfor additional temporary staff resource for the LDF Site Specifics for Thetford NGP.

Report author: Andrea Long

Publication date: 21/11/2007

Date of decision: 20/11/2007

Decided at meeting: 20/11/2007 - Cabinet

Effective from: 30/11/2007

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