Decisions

Decisions published

14/01/2022 - Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support Policy ref: 11778    Recommendations Approved

This is a new business support grant scheme that has been created following government announcements of additional funding to be distributed to eligible businesses by local authorities, in light of the Omicron variant.

 

The policy also provides an update in relation to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support businesses who are not eligible for the main Omicron grant scheme.

 

To approve the update to the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support policy as detailed within the ‘Subject Matter’ box above.

 

This policy has been developed following guidance from Government and in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Officer for Business Recovery and Skills.

 

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 14/01/2022

Effective from: 14/01/2022

Decision:

Local authorities are responsible for delivering funding support to eligible businesses in response to measures that have been put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support policy sets out how SCDC will administer support to businesses impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant.  In order to formalise updated arrangements for carrying out this function in line with government guidance, the Chief Executive, in exercise of the emergency delegation in paragraph 4.4 of the Scheme of Delegation in Part 3 of the Constitution, and the emergency delegation approved by the Leader of the Council on 30 March 2020, authorising the Chief Executive to exercise all executive functions, or to authorise specified officers to exercise any such functions, and after consultation with the Leader of the Council:-

 

1  Approves the updated Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support policy, including details of how grant schemes will be administered.

2. Authorises the Chief Finance Office to approve future individual discretionary grants for small businesses, as set out within the policy.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Tracey Brockman


11/01/2022 - Fulbourn Neighbourhood Plan - response to consultation on the submission plan ref: 11777    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Purpose

 

1.            The purpose of this report is to agree the Council’s response to the public consultation on the submission version of the Fulbourn Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation runs for 10 weeks from 9 November 2021 until 18 January 2022.

 

Background

 

2.            The Fulbourn Neighbourhood Area was designated on 13 August 2018. The neighbourhood area is for the whole parish of Fulbourn. 

 

3.            Officers have met with the steering group ahead of the formal pre-submission consultation process and recognise the hard work that those on the steering group of the neighbourhood plan have put into preparing the Plan. This group has strived to ensure that the whole village had an opportunity to have an input into the final Plan.

 

4.            A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) screening was undertaken on a draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan, and a screening determination was published in November 2020.

 

5.            Pre-submission public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan was undertaken by the Parish Council from 1 January 2021 until 28 February 2021. Officers provided a formal response to the consultation, providing constructive comments about the Neighbourhood Plan to assist the neighbourhood plan group with finalising the Neighbourhood Plan. Officers have met with the steering group to discuss these comments and are aware that the submission version of the plan has taken upon board many of the suggested changes.

 

6.            On 18 October 2021, Fulbourn Parish Council submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to SCDC. Officers have confirmed, as set out in the Legal Compliance Check for the Neighbourhood Plan that the submitted version of the Neighbourhood Plan and its accompanying supporting documents comply with all the relevant statutory requirements at this stage of plan making.

 

7.            We therefore were able to carry out a consultation on the Fulbourn Neighbourhood Plan from 9 November 2021 until 18 January 2022.  This extended period of consultation is to take into account that the consultation period extends over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. We wished to ensure everyone had an opportunity to comment on the Plan.

 

8.            Officers, in conjunction with Fulbourn Parish Council, are in the process of appointing an independent examiner to consider this Neighbourhood Plan. All comments submitted during the public consultation on the submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan will be provided to the examiner for their consideration.

 

Considerations

 

9.            The Fulbourn Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by Fulburn Parish Council to provide planning policies for development in the area, with the aim of providing greater clarity when determining planning applications in the area. The Neighbourhood Plan includes 16 planning policies that cover a range of issues including:

(i)            Protecting the village setting and separation

(ii)           Enhancing the rural environment

(iii)          Local green spaces and amenity areas

(iv)          Village character

(v)           Residential development

(vi)          Employment

(vii)        Community facilities

(viii)       Sustainable transport and mobility.

 

10.          To successfully proceed through its examination to a referendum, a Neighbourhood Plan must meet a number of tests known as the ‘Basic Conditions’. These tests are different to the tests of soundness that a Local Plan must meet. The Basic Conditions are set out in national planning guidance and are summarised as follows:

(a)          having regard to national policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State it is appropriate to make the Neighbourhood Plan.

(b)          the making of the Neighbourhood Plan contributes to the achievement of sustainable development.

(c)           the Neighbourhood Plan is in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the development plan for the area.

(d)          the making of the Neighbourhood Plan does not breach, and is otherwise compatible with, EU obligations; and

(e)          prescribed conditions are met in relation to the Neighbourhood Plan, including that the making of the neighbourhood plan is not likely to have a significant effect on a European wildlife site or a European offshore marine site either alone or in combination with other plans or projects.

(f)            the making of the neighbourhood development plan does not breach the requirements of Chapter 8 of Part 6 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.

 

Our Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit includes Guidance Note 11 (What are the Basic Conditions and How to Meet Them), which sets out further details on each of the Basic Conditions. When a Neighbourhood Plan is submitted to the local planning authority it must be accompanied by a Basic Conditions Statement that sets out how the Parish Council considers that their Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions. 

 

11.          When considering a Neighbourhood Plan, the examiner will assess whether or not the Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions. When an examiner recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum (if it meets the Basic Conditions, with or without modifications), the examiner’s report must also set out whether the referendum area should be extended beyond the neighbourhood area. Comments made during the current consultation on the submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan, which will be provided to the examiner for their consideration, should therefore address whether the submitted Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions and can also address whether the referendum area should be extended beyond the neighbourhood area.

 

12.          SCDC is fully supportive of Parish Councils bringing forward Neighbourhood Plans for their areas, including Fulbourn Parish Council’s decision to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and officers have been supporting the Parish Council in the plan’s preparation. The Council’s proposed response to this public consultation on the submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan is set out in Appendix 1.

 

13.          SCDC is supportive of the aims of the Fulbourn Neighbourhood Plan and our comments are intended to help the Plan to be successful at examination as well as delivering policies that are clear in their meaning and are unambiguous in their interpretation. SCDC recognise the achievement of Fulbourn PC in reaching this stage of submitting their Plan to us for examination.

 

14.          If the examiner is minded to recommend that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum, the Council does not feel that the referendum area needs to be extended beyond the designated Neighbourhood Area as the planning policies included in the plan would not have a substantial, direct or demonstrable impact beyond the parish. 

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Planning

Decision published: 11/01/2022

Effective from: 19/01/2022

Decision:

To agree the response from SCDC set out at Appendix 1.

Wards affected: Fen Ditton & Fulbourn;

Lead officer: Alison Talkington


10/01/2022 - North East Cambridge Area Action Plan: Proposed Submission (Regulation 19) ref: 11775    Recommendations Approved

To agree the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 10/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/01/2022

Effective from: 18/01/2022

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

a)    Agreed the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan: Proposed Submission (Regulation 19) (Appendix A1) and Proposed Submission Policies Map (Appendix A2) for future public consultation, contingent upon the separate Development Control Order being undertaken by Anglian Water for the relocation of the Waste Water Treatment Plant being approved; 

b)    Noted the Draft Final Sustainability Report (Appendix B), and Habitats Regulation Assessment (Appendix C) and agree them as supporting documents to the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan: Proposed Submission (Regulation 19) that will also be subject to future public consultation; 

c)    Agreed the following supporting documents to future public consultation: 

a.    Statement of Consultation, including the Councils’ consideration of and responses to representations received to the draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (Regulation 18) consultation 2020 (Appendix D); 

b.    Duty to Cooperate Compliance Statement (Appendix E); 

c.     Draft Duty to Cooperate Statement of Common Ground (Appendix F); 

d.    Equalities Impact Assessment (Appendix G); 

e.    Topic papers (Appendix H). 

d)    Agreed the findings of the following background evidence documents prepared by the Councils that have informed the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan: Proposed Submission and are proposed to accompany future public consultation: 

a.    Typologies Study and Development Capacity Assessment (Appendix I1); 

b.    Surface Water Drainage Core Principles (Appendix I2); 

c.     Chronology of the feasibility investigations of redevelopment of the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant (Appendix I3).

e)     Noted the findings of the background evidence documents that have informed the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan: Proposed Submission and are proposed to accompany the public consultation (see Background documents to this report); 

f)      Agreed that any subsequent material amendments be made by the Cambridge Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport in consultation with Chair and Spokes, and by the South Cambridgeshire Lead Member for Planning, both in consultation with the JLPAG; 

g)    Agreed that any subsequent minor amendments and editing changes be delegated to the Joint Director of Planning and Economic in consultation with Cambridge Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport and by the South Cambridgeshire Lead Cabinet Member for Planning.

Lead officer: Julian Sykes


10/01/2022 - Cambridge South Station ref: 11774    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 10/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/01/2022

Effective from: 18/01/2022

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

Confirmed the Council’s position as set out in the Statement of Case for the Public Inquiry (Appendix A), and noted the delegated authority to the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development to approve and submit the Proof of Evidence and Statement of Common Ground on behalf of the Council.


07/01/2022 - Community Trigger Procedure ref: 11776    Recommendations Approved

Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 SCDC needs to have a guidance document on our website which details how someone who has been impacted by anti-social behaviour can have their case reviewed if they are dissatisfied with actions that have been taken.  There are qualifying criteria for who can ask for a Community Trigger and this information is in the guidance document, the document also covers actions we will take from assessing whether the threshold for the Community Trigger (anti-social behaviour review) is met, to actions we will take for the review to take place.  The guidance has been developed with the help and support of ASBHelp.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Licensing

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 15/01/2022

Decision:

To support the Community Trigger guidance document.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lesley Beevers