Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Wednesday, 6 November 2019 9.30 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambs Hall. View directions

Contact: Ian Senior  03450 450 500 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive Apologies for Absence from Cabinet members. 

2.

Declarations of Interest

3.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To authorise the Leader to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on … as a correct record.

4.

Announcements

5.

Public Questions

6.

Issues arising from the Scrutiny and Overview Committee pdf icon PDF 235 KB

7.

Greater Cambridge Local Plan Issues and Options pdf icon PDF 398 KB

 

The following Appendices are only available online:

 

·         Appendix F: Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

·         Appendix G: Sustainability Appraisal of Issues & Options document

·         Appendix H: Habitats Regulations Scoping Report

 

Those reading a hard copy of the agenda can view them by typing the following short link (case sensitive) into a web browser, pressing Enter and scrolling down to the relevant item:

 

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Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

a.  Noted the Lessons Learned and Good Practice review (Appendix A);

 

b.  Noted the Statement of Consultation – Report on Local Plan Workshops (Appendix B – chapters 2-5);

 

c.  Noted the feedback from the Joint Local Plan Advisory Group (Appendix I);

 

d.  Approved the Local Plan Issues & Options report text (at Appendix E), supporting documents (at Appendices F, G and H) and consultation process (at Section VIII and Appendix B, chapter 6);

 

e.  Delegated authority to the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning, in liaison with Cambridge City Council Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, and in consultation with members of the Joint Local Planning Advisory Group, to consider and agree, as is consistent with this Council’s corporate objectives, any material changes to the Local Plan Issues & Options report text (at Appendix E) and supporting documents (at Appendices A, B (chapter 6), F, G and H) prior to the commencement of the consultation period, including any proposed by Cambridge City Council, and

 

f.   Delegated authority to the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, in liaison with the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning and Cambridge City Council Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, and in consultation with members of the Joint Local Planning Advisory Group, to make editorial changes to the Local Plan Issues & Options report text (at Appendix E) and supporting documents (at Appendices A, B (chapter 6), F, G and H)  prior to the commencement of the consultation period (to comprise minor amendments and factual updates and clarifications).

 

g.  Delegates authority to the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, in liaison with the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning and Cambridge City Council Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, to update the Local Development Scheme to reflect the amended consultation period.

 

8.

General Fund Capital Programme Update and New Bids pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

(a)          Acknowledged the performance achieved in relation to the Capital Programme Schemes substantially completed in 2018/2019, summarised at Appendix A in the report;

 

(b)          Considered the capital programme bids for new projects outlined in the report at Appendix B and approved the new capital schemes; 

 

(c)          Recommended to Full Council that additional funding of £545,000 be allocated from the Renewables Reserve to complete the footpath lighting upgrades given the environmental benefits, and that a full report be submitted to Cabinet for approval that outlines the programme of work, timescales, costs and payback period;

 

(d)          Recommended to Full Council that funding of £1,300,000 be allocated from the Renewables Reserve for a range of energy efficiency and green energy measures at South Cambridgeshire Hall, and that a full report be submitted to Cabinet for approval that outlines the range of modifications and enhancements proposed, costs and payback period;

 

(e)          Supported, if resources permit, the establishment of a Renewal and Repairs Fund for vehicles, plant and equipment, as part of the 2020/2021 revenue determination process; and

 

(f)           Recommended to Full Council the revised General Fund capital programme for the period 2019/2020 to 2024/2025, at Appendix C, to reflect the new scheme bids, amendments to the programme and the reprofiling of expenditure identified in the report.

9.

2019-20 Revenue and Capital Budget Monitoring report

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1.    Acknowledged the 2019-2020 revenue budget position as at 30 September 2019 against the approved revenue budget shown in Appendices A, B(1) and B(2) to the report, the major variances with reasons for these variances and the action being taken to address the underlying issues; and

 

2.    Acknowledged the position as at 30 September 2019 in respect of the Capital Programme for 2019-2020 and the variances as shown in Appendices C(1) and C(2).

10.

Public Space Protection Order - Proposed gating of Setchel Drove, Cottenham
pdf icon PDF 389 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet agreed

 

a.    A three-step “education, enforcement & engineering” approach to reducing incidences of illegal fly-tipping of waste at Setchel Drove, Cottenham;

 

b.    That, as part of that approach, some combination of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to restrict access to Setchel Drove, Cottenham and surveillance of Setchel Drove and the surrounding areas be justified to reduce the incidence of illegal fly-tipping of waste, and increase the likelihood of successful prosecution when incidents do occur;

 

c.     That the task of liaising with local interested parties be delegated to the Director of Housing, Health and Environmental Services in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Licensing and the local Ward Members to determine the optimal combination and location of physical barriers and surveillance equipment to achieve the desired results; and

 

d.    the Public Space Protection Order and the effectiveness of the solution be reviewed after two years of operation.

11.

Exclusion of Press and Public

 

Agenda items 12 and 13 contain exempt information.

 

The law allows Councils to consider a limited range of issues in private session without members of the Press and public being present.  Typically, such issues relate to personal details, financial and business affairs, legal privilege and so on.  In every case, the public interest in excluding the Press and Public from the meeting room must outweigh the public interest in having the information disclosed to them.  The following statement will be proposed, seconded and voted upon. 

 

"I propose that the Press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following item number(s) ….. in accordance with Section 100(A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that, if present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.”

 

If exempt (confidential) information has been provided as part of the agenda, the Press and public will not be able to view it.  There will be an explanation on the website however as to why the information is exempt.

12.

Potential property acquisition decision - Cambridge Science Park

Decision:

Cabinet recommended to Full Council:

 

(a)       The investment of up to the sum referred to in the confidential report from the Interim Director of Finance, comprising property acquisition costs and refurbishment and letting costs in accordance with the approved Investment Strategy to acquire the property at Cambridge Science Park and to refurbish the building as a multi-let office investment;

 

(b)       The re-profiling of the Investment Strategy capital allocations to bring forward sufficient funds to enable the property at (a) above to be acquired in 2019-2020 and refurbishment to be commenced thereafter;

 

(c)       The use of the General Reserve, if required, for the potential revenue cost impacts of the acquisition prior to the realisation and inclusion of the net additional income from the portfolio investment (after allowing for borrowing costs and property portfolio management costs), in the revenue budget.

13.

Potential property acquisition decision - Colmworth Trading Estate, St. Neots

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1.    approved the investment and purchaser’s costs outlined in the confidential report from the Interim Director of Finance;

 

2.    agreed that the acquisition of the property at Colmworth Trading Estate, St. Neots should be funded by the approved capital programme and be used as a multi-let trade counter investment in accordance with the approved Investment Strategy.