Decisions

Decisions published

05/08/2022 - Service Support Grants Review ref: 11940    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

 

On 29 July 2022 Grants Advisory Committee met to consider amendments to the Service Support Grant 2023-26, proposed as follows:

 

1.     A recommendation of an adjustment to the funds available that reflects average inflation rates over the last five years. This results in an increase in funds available from £151,610 to £167,400.

 

2.     To revise the number of themes within the scheme from eight to six with indicative funding amounts as per the list below:

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing         £24,000       

Advice Services                  £100,000

Independent Living               £22,000

Support for the VCS             £11,400

Arts, Culture and Heritage       £10,000

                                      Total £167,400

 

3.     That the guidance notes and criteria have been updated to reflect these thematic changes, the key updates to note are:

a.     Mental Health and Wellbeing - applications from children and young people’s organisations are welcome, based on outcomes and learning from the Children & Young People’s grant funding pilot that is running from January-December 2022.

b.     Independent Living – applications are welcome from those whose objective it is to promote the independence, and reduce the isolation, of the District’s vulnerable residents. This theme includes community transport.

c.     Arts, Culture and Heritage is a new theme.

d.     A new requirement that all funded organisations endeavour to join Cambridgeshire Council for Voluntary Service – a support organisation for the VCS in Cambridgeshire.

 

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Resources

Decision published: 05/08/2022

Effective from: 13/08/2022

Decision:

To accept the recommendations of the Grants Advisory Committee (see above).

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Cecilia Murphy-Roads


01/08/2022 - Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) Grant Scheme ref: 11938    Recommendations Approved

At their meeting on 29 July 2022, the Grants Advisory Committee reviewed a report setting out applications to the 2022-23 Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) grant scheme.  In line with the report recommendations, the GAC recommended that the following applications be awarded funding: 

 

Applicant

Type of Project

Amount applied for (£)

Amount Awarded (£)

Cottenham Parish Council

Carbon Reduction

15,000

 

15,000

 

Milton Community Centre and Recreation Grounds

 

Carbon Reduction

13,296

13,296

West Wickham Village Hall

Carbon Reduction

4,000

4,000

Hardwick Parish Council

 

Carbon Reduction

5,292

5,292

Fowlmere Recreation Ground and Village Hall

Carbon Reduction

2,000

2,000

Harston Village Hall Trust

 

Carbon Reduction

8,956

8,956

Cottenham Community Centre

Carbon Reduction

15,000

15,000

Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Community Engagement

15,000

15,000

Cambridge Sustainable Food

Community Engagement

11,318

11,318

Sheddit!

Community Engagement

14,131

14,131

Let’s Cook

Community Engagement

15,000

15,000

Sustainable Northstowe

Community Engagement

2,480

1,551

Total

 

121,473

120,544

 

In line with the report’s recommendation, and to remain within the allocated budget for the grant scheme, no awards were recommended by the GAC to the remaining applications listed below.

 

Applicant

Type of Project

Amount applied for (£)

Amount Awarded (£)

Hope Against Poverty CIC

Carbon Reduction

4,700

0

Cambridge and District CAB

Carbon Reduction

15,000

0

Landbeach Village Hall Charitable Trust

Carbon Reduction

14,035.13

0

Milton Community Centre and Recreation Grounds (MCC)

Carbon Reduction

6,847

0

Oakington C of E Primary

Community Engagement

4,958.99

0

Great Shelford Parochial Council

Community Engagement

3,462.98

0

Babraham Parish Council

Community Engagement

 4,500.00

0

A10 Corridor Cycle Campaign

Community Engagement

 1,353.60

0

Northstowe Horticultural Association

Community Engagement

 14,000.00

0

Total

 

68,858.57

0

 

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Resources

Decision published: 01/08/2022

Effective from: 09/08/2022

Decision:

To accept the recommendations of the Grants Advisory Committee.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Eleanor Haines


01/08/2022 - Community Chest Grants ref: 11935    Recommendations Approved

On 29 July 2022 the Grants Advisory Committee reviewed all Community Chest applications received between 7 June 2022 and 11 July 2022. 

 

Five applications were brought forward in ‘Appendix A’ of the meeting’s reports pack:

http://moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=1096&MId=9170&Ver=4

 

After consideration of these applications, the Committee recommended to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance that:

 

1.     Elsworth Pre School (RBDFZGRD) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £969

2.     Fowlmere Recreation Ground & Village Hall (RTHKLVCF) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £2,000 provided the additional information detailed below is provided

3.     Cambourne Church (JBCXXSBXW) is not funded, but deferred as detailed below.

4.     Duxford Community Centre Events (CZRJMKCW) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £528

5.     Cambourne Lawn Tennis Club (JDXKRFFC) is not funded, as detailed below.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Resources

Decision published: 01/08/2022

Effective from: 09/08/2022

Decision:

To accept the recommendations of the Grants Advisory Committee (see above).

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Emma Dyer


28/07/2022 - Section 106 Administrative Fee ref: 11934    Recommendations Approved

To ensure the timely payment of contributions and provision of onsite infrastructure, many local planning authorities seek contributions towards the cost of the monitoring of section 106 agreements.

 

The South Cambridgeshire monitoring fee, approved by the Planning and New Communities Joint PFH meeting[1] 5 November 2009, was based on the scale of development:

 

Type

Fee

Single and annexe

£50

2-9 dwellings

£250

10-50 dwellings

£1,500

50+ dwellings

£3,000

Commercial

£500

Other

£500

 

A High Court Judgement dated 3rd February 2015 determined that on straight forward matters (i.e. one off financial payments), securing a s106 monitoring fee would not meet the CIL tests.

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council continued to secure monitoring contributions, succesfuly defending this at planning appeals, albeit adopting a more refined approach that would typically secure a contribution of either £500 or £1,000 depending on the nature of the application.

 

Planning guidance now specifically permits local planning authorities securing monitoring fees to cover the associated cost so long as they are proportionate and reasonable and reflect the actual cost of monitoring.

 

Officers have undertaken a detailed analysis of the time required to administer section 106 agreements and recommend a new set of fees be introduced across Greater Cambridge as follows:

 

  • A fee of £700 for agreements with no payment of contributions, long term monitoring requirement or solicitor enquiries.
  • A fee of £2,200 per standard residential development comprising affordable housing, open space and contributions.
  • A fee of £500 where the Council is required to confirm compliance of each obligation
  • A fee of £250 per each deed of variation or supplemental agreement
  • Monitoring fees associated with strategic developments which should continue to be negotiated on a case by case basis.

 

Around £111,000 can be expected to be received each year to cover the officer costs associated with the administration and monitoring of section 106 agreements (with a further £8,000 for the cost of software) thereby creating a cost neutral position.



Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Planning

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 05/08/2022

Decision:

Approve.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Heather Jones