Decisions

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Decisions published

05/02/2019 - Reference from Overview & Scrutiny (31 January) ref: 1780    For Determination

Consideration be given to a proposed amendment to the Council’s Housing Allocations Policy in respect of the allocation of affordable rented housing on sites planned for through the Neighbourhood Planning process.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 15/02/2019

Decision:

The Executive Member for Growth informed Members that the Overview and Scrutiny Commission (meeting held 31 January 2019) had asked the report be forwarded to Cabinet. 

The proposed amendment had been the subject of detailed discussion whereby two specific points had been raised:

·        Should the policy be amended in order to enable the parish local connection requirement to apply to individual properties and associated lettings ‘in perpetuity’ (as opposed to simply apply on ‘first let’);

·        Whether it would be possible to apply a parish local connection requirement to all sites in all parishes in the district, regardless of whether a neighbourhood plan was in place.

The Executive Member confirmed the amendment would only be for additional land for those Parishes with a Neighbourhood Plan and a proportion of the affordable houses would be allocated for local people within the Parish only.

 

Councillor Gould asked who would decide how the proportion of affordable houses reserved for local people would be used in this way, and how it would be managed.

 

The Executive Manager for Growth said the policy was drafted based on evidence provided and a proportion would be ring-fenced for local people under a Section 106 agreement.

 

The Executive Member for Growth went onto say that the amendment would affect a small part of the overall policy.  He was aware there were weaknesses within the current Housing Allocations Policy and had asked Officers to review the full Policy.

 

Councillor Crawford raised concern that it would only be offered for those Parishes with a Neighbourhood Plan and put those that did not have a plan would be at a disadvantage.

 

The Deputy Leader was pleased the Portfolio Holder had given the commitment that the Housing Allocation Policy would commence from Spring 2019.  He felt the aim of the Neighbourhood Plan was for Parishes to take ownership of their growth.  He felt that the proposed amendment was right in that it could encourage other Parishes to create a Neighbourhood Plan.  However he felt it should be based on 100% allocation of the affordable housing as well as for perpetuity, and should the property become vacant then it should be offered back to the district housing list as it would be immoral to leave the property vacant.

 

The Executive Director for Finance and Delivery pointed out to Members that the report did not mention a specific allocation figure.

 

Councillor Jermy felt it important to get the principle correct at this point in time as it would be harder to change in the future.  He felt there should be the safeguard added that if the property became vacant then it would be offered to those with a housing need on the waiting list, rather than the property remaining vacant.

 

Members were informed that ‘perpetuity’ in the legal term meant 125 years, and therefore felt different wording was used to apply ‘forever’.

 

Councillor Joel expressed his disappointment that it was only available to those Parishes who had a Neighbourhood Plan, but would like to see that if there was no-one available within the village to fill the property should be cascaded to the next neighbouring village.  It was confirmed that this would not be the case, and if the property would not be filled by someone with a housing need in the Parish, it would be offered to those on the housing register.

 

The Leader clarified that Members wanted the policy amended to reflect that 100% of the affordable housing (of additional land for those Parishes with a Neighbourhood Plan) be allocated for those within that Parish with a housing need for an indefinite period (‘perpetuity’).  Should the property become vacant and there was no-one within the parish with a housing need, it would be offered to the District wide Housing register.  However, should someone then come to the village with a need they would have the opportunity to be allocated a property when it became vacant again.  It was confirmed that it would be only for those additional houses within the parishes with a Neighbourhood Plan.

 

It was agreed that Housing Officers would review the Housing Policies over the coming year.

 

It was RESOLVED that the proposed amendments to the Council’s Housing Allocations Policy (with a view for an amended policy) proceed to public consultation during February 2019 be approved, subject to it clarifying that:

100% allocation of affordable housing for any additional housing within the Neighbourhood Plan be allocated to those with housing need in the Parish for an indefinite period and a full review of the Housing Allocations Policy would commence in Spring 2019.


05/02/2019 - Allocation of Growth & Investment Funding ref: 1779    Recommendations Approved

To seek Cabinet approval to allocate funding from the Growth & Investment reserve and authorise the Executive Director of Commercialisation in consultation with the Deputy Leader to undertake option 2.1.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

Decision:

Undertake Option 2.1.

Wards affected: Thetford Boudica; Thetford Burrell; Thetford Castle; Thetford Priory;

Lead officer: Robert Campbell


05/02/2019 - Thetford Enterprise Park Delivery Plan ref: 1775    Recommendations Approved

To accept funding from the Norfolk Business Rates Pool and to agree a programme of activity to bring about a first development on the Thetford Enterprise Park.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

Decision:

1)     Acceptance of £75,000 from the Norfolk Business Rates Pool to support the proposed delivery plan and authorises the Executive Director Commercialisation in consultation with the Executive Member for Corporate Strategy and Investment to approve the terms of the grant and enter into the grant agreement, be approved.

 

2)     Match funding of £75,000 from the Growth and Investment Fund in pursuit of the proposed delivery plan, be approved.

Wards affected: Thetford Boudica; Thetford Burrell; Thetford Castle; Thetford Priory;

Lead officer: Robert Campbell


05/02/2019 - Norwich Western Link route options consultation ref: 1776    Recommendations Approved

To seek Members views on Norfolk County Council's proposed route options for the Norwich Western Link.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

Decision:

Cabinet considered and approved their preference to support Option D only (with the Easton prong) based on the benefits to transport access from villages in the north east of the District.

Lead officer: Phil Mileham


05/02/2019 - Options for the Enforcement of Electric Vehicle Car Parking Spaces (D14 19) ref: 1778    Recommendations Approved

To provide details of the current car parking options available in order to agree the scope of the statutory consultation that will propose changes to the car parking order.

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Place (Health Lead)

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

Decision:

1.     Members wished to consider the enforcement of Electric Vehicle only spaces and where appropriate consider pursuing enforcement against non-electric vehicles which use spaces served by electric vehicle charging infrastructure;

2.     In principle, that Breckland District Council (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2014 be amended so as to follow electric vehicle parking bays to be used only by electric vehicles;

3.     Officers be authorised to undertake the necessary consultation and equality impact assessment in relation to the proposed amendments to the car parking order and report back to a future meeting following completion of the consultation process;

4.     That the draft notice of proposals and the draft statement of reasons (attached as Appendices) be approved in principle.

Wards affected: Dereham Toftwood; Dereham Neatherd; Dereham Withburga; Swaffham; Thetford Boudica; Thetford Burrell; Thetford Castle; Thetford Priory;

Lead officer: Andrew Grimley


05/02/2019 - Match Funding (large) application - The Horticulture Industry Scheme CIC ref: 1774    Recommendations Approved

To consider the decision to award funding to The Horticulture Industry Scheme CIC.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

The grant of £15,953 (or 30% of the project costs, whichever is the lower amount) to The Horticulture Industry Scheme CIC to continue its work with offenders in Thetford.

Wards affected: Thetford Boudica; Thetford Burrell; Thetford Castle; Thetford Priory;

Lead officer: Stevie Spencer


05/02/2019 - Match Funding (large) application - Dereham Town Council ref: 1772    Recommendations Approved

To consider the decision to award funding to Dereham Town Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

The grant of £20,000 (or 10% of the project costs, whichever is the lower amount) to Dereham Town Council to significantly expand play provision at the Toftwood Play Area in Limassol Road be approved.

Wards affected: Dereham Toftwood;

Lead officer: Stevie Spencer


05/02/2019 - Match Funding (large) application - Access Community Trust ref: 1773    Recommendations Approved

To consider the decision to award funding to Access Community Trust.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

The grant of £20,000 (or 20% of the project costs, whichever is the lower amount) to Access Community Trust to establish a one-stop support hub based around a community café in Thetford be approved.

Wards affected: Thetford Boudica; Thetford Burrell; Thetford Castle; Thetford Priory;

Lead officer: Stevie Spencer


05/02/2019 - Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20 ref: 1777    Recommendations Approved

To consider and approve the capital and revenue budget estimates and proposed council tax, the financial medium term plan and the capital strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 05/02/2019

Decision:

Cabinet Recommend to Full Council that:

1)     The Breckland revenue estimates and parish special expenses for 2019-20 and outlined position through to 2022-23 (as set out in Appendix B and E in the report) be approved.

2)     The capital estimates and associated funding for 2019-20 and outline position through to 2022-23 (as set out in Appendix H in the report) be approved.

3)     The fees and charges shown at Appendix D and D2, for adoption on 1 April 2019 be approved.

4)     The Council Tax is set at £88.83 for a Band D property in 2019-20 (a £4.95 per annum increase on 2018-19 levels).

5)     The financial Medium Term Plan and associated staffing full time equivalents at Appendix A of the report be approved.

6)     The Capital Strategy at Appendix G be approved.

7)     The Business Rates relief for retail business premises contained in the guidelines at Appendix I of the report be approved (this is offset by a Government grant).

8)     The additional one off income generated from the 2019-20 75% Business Rates Pilot scheme is set aside, 50% in the growth and investment reserve to fund future feasibilities and funding applications and 50% to the General Fund (as detailed in paragraph 1.10 of the report).

9)     To increase the establishment by 1.0 FTE (shared with SHDC at 60% BC and 40% SHDC) to create a post that adds capacity to support the Chief Executive and Directors at a senior level to move forward a number of strategic priorities and helps to identify the key impacts of emerging national and local policy on the organisation(s) from a corporate point of view, enabling effective mitigation as required (as detailed in paragraph 1.9 of the report).

10)  That the full time equivalent is increased by 5.0 FTE in ARP as agreed at ARP Joint Committee on 4 December 2018 (as detailed in paragraph 1.9 of the report) where the costs are fully offset by additional income and shared between the other partners.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);