Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Monday, 19 October 2020 10.00 a.m.

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No. Item


Leader's Announcements


Apologies for Absence

To receive Apologies for Absence from Cabinet members. 


Declarations of Interest


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To authorise the Leader to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 2 September 2020 as a correct record.


Written answers relating to Minute 9 of the minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2020


Minute 9 - 2019/2020 Provisional General Fund Revenue and Capital Outturn


Councillor Heather Williams asked how savings of £156,000 ln Health and Wellbeing had been achieved (paragraph 5).


Written answer: The £156,000 underspend was made up as follows:


·       £86,000 on various expenditure items. This has often been underspent and around £50,000 of this was removed from the budget in 2020/21.

·       £47,000 additional income, this was unbudgeted income from NHS England for the Sports coordinator. This project was expected to end in June 2019 but was extended for another year. This income is to cover the staff costs and additional costs relating to the Let’s Get Moving campaign.

·       £19,000 salary underspend due to vacancies.

·       £4,000 that was in the original budget was subject to virement and spent on the Northstowe Healthy New Town budget


Councillor Heather Williams asked about redundancy out of budget, and how many redundancies had South Cambridgeshire District Council made during the last 12 months.


Written answer: There had been three redundancies during the year 2019-20. Where possible, redundancy was funded from salary underspends, and this was the case during 2019-20.


Councillor Heather Williams referred  to paragraph 17 of the report (Investment Budget 2020-2021), and asked how much of the budget was remaining for budget purposes, as at 2 September 2020.


Written answer: The budget set in February 2020 for the investment strategy had been £96 million in 2020-21. Spending as at 2 September 2020 was £7.76 million primarily on 296 Cambridge Science Park but also with some expenditure relating to 270 Science Park. There was therefore £88.24 million remaining as at 2 September 2020. Since then, a further £12.3 million had been spent relating to the Vitrum Building. The capital allocation will need to be re-profiled as part of the budget process as it is unlikely that all of this will be spent in 2020-21.


Public Questions


Issues arising from the Scrutiny and Overview Committee pdf icon PDF 125 KB


Compulsory Purchase Order Policy pdf icon PDF 372 KB




Approved the Compulsory Purchase Order Policy as the basis for considering the use of compulsory purchase powers to acquire land or property interests for the purpose of carrying out development, redevelopment or improvement, where there is a compelling case in the public interest to do so, subject to further minor amendments resulting from the Scrutiny and Overview Committee review.


Response to Government Consultation: Planning for the Future White Paper pdf icon PDF 330 KB

Additional documents:




a)    Noted the initial response to the Government’s White Paper (Planning for the Future) consultation as set out in Appendix A.

b)    Agreed to delegate the wording of the final joint response and any individual response to the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, in consultation with the Lead Cabinet member for Planning Policy and Delivery.


Pre-Application Fees Proposal pdf icon PDF 253 KB

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Recommended to the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning to agree the proposals for South Cambridgeshire District Council to introduce the revised pre-application service offer and charging schedule set out in this report for the South Cambridgeshire District Council area from 2November 2020, subject to provision being made for discounts for Parish Councils.



Exclusion of Press and Public

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 … 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.” Paragraph 3 relates to ‘information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)’.


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.


Minutes from the Previous Meeting - Confidential

To authorise the Leader to sign the exempt text of the  Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 2 September 2020 as a correct record.