Agenda and minutes

Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 April 2016.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 19 April 2016 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

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Apologies

To receive apologies for absence. 

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Robinson.

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Urgent Business

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

None.

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Declaration of Interests

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

Minutes:

None.

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Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting

To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillors M Chapman- Allen, Hollis, Martin and Newton. 

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Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

None.

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Breckland Community Funding Applications (Standing Item)

To consider the grants put forward (if any) from Share Point the on-line grant process.

Minutes:

The Executive Member Place reminded Members that the administration for funding had been passed to the Community Foundation Trust.  All applications for grants would be discussed and all other protocols remained in place.

 

Councillor M Chapman-Allen thanked the Cabinet for approving the TROD application which was very important for her ward.  She was pleased to hear of the decisions of how Cabinet would approve funding.

 

The Chairman had noted that a pot of money had to be spent by the end of June and asked for more details of this.

 

The Executive Director Place confirmed that it was DC11 monies that had been secured under the unilateral undertakings from developments throughout the District.  Parish Councils had been asked to submit an initial expression of interest by the end of May.  He was keen to ensure that the money was allocated and spent within the 12-month period. The initial stage was for the Parish Council to provide a scope of the project and after an initial sorting, further support would be given to the Parishes to provide the detailed case.

 

Councillor Cowen understood that the money had been ring-fenced to particular clusters but asked if the money could be spread across parishes.  The Executive Director Place confirmed it had been the decision of the Authority on how the money had been allocated, and if there was not a demand within the clusters, a report would be forwarded to Cabinet to consider to change the decision.

 

Councillor Carter asked what the take up had been.  It was not yet known but the Portfolio Holder would be informed as soon as possible.

 

Councillor Turner said Members had been informed of the amount of money available for their cluster.

 

Councillor Dimoglou thanked the Executive Director Place and Executive Member Growth for the work that had gone into this piece, and suggested that Parishes produced a worked-up scheme of what they would like monies to be spent on in the future.

 

The Executive Director Place welcomed the suggestion and added that moving forward Parishes would need to have their worked up schemes set, as generic contributions would be a thing of the past.  Applications would be submitted against specific Section 106 agreements which would be allocated against identified projects.

 

Councillor Hollis asked if the scheme was available to all community projects.  The Executive Director Place said funding was open to community projects as long as it was an authorised body; it was not exclusive to Town and Parish Councils.

 

The Chairman asked that a review of the grants process and how grants were designed and funded be added to the Overview and Scrutiny work programme to provide clarity among Members. Therefore if processes needed to change, particularly around the cluster allocation, then recommendations could be forwarded to Cabinet.

 

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2015-16 Revenue Out-turn pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report of Executive Member Finance.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Finance presented the report.

 

Reason for Recommendation

To provide timely information to Members on the overall finances of the council.


RESOLVED that the report and appendix be noted.

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Inward Investment & Growth pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Report of Executive Member Income & Prosperity

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Income and Prosperity presented the report.  Business cases had been put forward to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for funding to deliver growth and infrastructure at two identified locations.  Breckland Council had committed £450k to undertake essential infrastructure preliminary programme which included an updated masterplan for the Thetford Enterprise Park. A further £450k had been allocated from the Norfolk Pooled Business rates to part fund the roundabout to enable access to the site.

 

This was a positive move for both Thetford and Attleborough and fully supported the bids that had been submitted.

 

The Executive Director Commercialisation said she was pleased to see this had come forward after the Section 106 for the Thetford Urban Extension had been agreed.  She added that it was the Council’s role to support housing and employment within the District.

 

Reasons for Recommendation

Whilst it is likely that the majority of the direct public sector resource needs to go into the TEP and Snetterton, unlocking the other two sites would benefit from a planned approach to employment growth as part of an overarching economic strategy in the longer term.

 

Options

1.    Do nothing: rely on the private sector to unlock key employment sites at a point when return from investment is sufficiently high.  Likely consequence is a significant increase in commuting out of Breckland to the major employment centres.

 

2.    Concentrate all resources on the TEP and Snetterton sites and leave the other two sites entirely to the private sector to develop.

 

3.    Build a balanced portfolio of investment across all four sites with an initial concentration on the TEP and Snetterton where the most significant barriers to development and greatest opportunities exist.

 

RESOLVED that:

1.    Cabinet supported the approach to and priorities for growth outlined in the report.

 

2.    Cabinet noted the submission of business cases for Thetford TEP and delivery of power at Snetterton to New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Member Development Panel (for information) pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To note the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 April 2016.

Minutes:

The minutes of the Member Development Panel meeting held on 14 April 2016 were noted.

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Next Meeting

To note that the date of the next meeting of Cabinet will be held on Wednesday 13 July at 9.30am in the Anglia Room, Elizabeth House, Dereham.

Minutes:

The arrangements for the next meeting held on 13 July at 9.30am in the Anglia Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham were noted.