Decision details

Growth Point Governance and Delivery

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To set out a recommended governance and local delivery vehicle (LDV) structure to successfully deliver the Thetford Growth Point Programme.


Recommend to Council that:


1)           the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) offer of Growth Point funding as set out in the report of £1,946,579 capital and £202,980 revenue for 2008 to 2009 and an indicative allocation of £3,644,758 capital and £285,572 revenue for 2009 to 2010 in accordance with Section 4(C) of the Council’s Financial Regulations and Finance Procedure Rules Section 3 Budget paragraph 4 be accepted.


2)           CLG Growth Point (GP) be allocated funds as set out in (1) above for use as the core budget for the Thetford Growth Point programme.


3)           the Shadow GP Local Delivery Vehicle (LDV) Structure Model as set out in the report be approved and that it is adopted as the appropriate informal vehicle for the initial governance and delivery of the Thetford Growth Programme in the short term.


4)           that the Leader and Executive Members representing the Council on the GP Board be given the necessary legal and corporate constitutional delegated powers available to make decisions on behalf of the Council and commit budgeted resources outside the normal Committee process but remaining subject to the Councils normal call in procedures.


5)           that Breckland Officers prepare a business plan on the suitability of the Shadow LDV Structure on behalf of the Council and GP partners and submit the business plan to CLG for approval and possible funding by 1st April 2008.


6)           The decisions of the report prepared for the Council’s General Purposes Committee meeting on 30th January 2008 for the recruitment of the core delivery posts both within the GP Delivery Team and Council Teams be agreed.

Reasons for the decision:

The success of the Thetford Growth Point programme can only be achieved if the Council takes the lead with the involvement of all key stakeholders. This includes the public and private sector and community stakeholders.  Each Growth Point area has its own unique set of priorities and challenges and there is no magic formula, model or approach that will suit everyone.  The shadow LDV as described within the report had drawn on both internal Council and external best practice models in its construction and officers believe this is the best vehicle to achieve the objectives of the Thetford GP Programme in the very short term and as they are understood at this point in time.

Alternative options considered:

See report.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

Lady K Fisher, Mr P Cowen and Mr J Rogers declared a personal interest in Agenda item 13 – Growth Point Governance and Delivery.

Report author: Mark Stanton

Publication date: 14/02/2008

Date of decision: 12/02/2008

Decided at meeting: 12/02/2008 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/02/2008

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