Decisions published

12/06/2024 - Assets of Community Value (Three Hills Pub) ref: 12469    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this decision is to decide whether the land/building should be included as an asset of community value (“ACV”) on the Council’s register of ACVs.


On 17 April 2024 a nomination was received from Bartlow Parish Meeting in respect of The Three Hills Public House, The Three Hills, Dean Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4PW. This is a re-nomination of an asset that is due to expire on 18 June 2024 in accordance with the legislation following expiry of the listing.


Following consideration of the nomination, Notice of Nomination was sent to Cllrs John and Henry Batchelor, (for the district Ward of Linton), to the Parish Meeting acknowledging their nomination and to the owners and occupiers. The nomination was publicised through the weekly bulletin and the Lead Member for Communities was notified.

Decision Maker: Communications and Communities Service Manager

Decision published: 12/06/2024

Effective from: 12/06/2024


Officers have considered the nomination and are satisfied that the non-ancillary and current use of the asset as detailed in the nomination form and accompanying map does further the social well-being, or cultural recreational or sporting interests of the local community.  It is also considered realistic to think there can continue to be non-ancillary use of the asset which will further the social interests of the local community. Therefore, it can be accepted, in accordance with Section 88 (1) of the Localism Act 2011.

Wards affected: Linton;

Lead officer: Emma Dyer

03/06/2024 - Community Growing Small Grant ref: 12468    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this decision is to fund Hope Against Poverty CIC a total of £500 through the Community Growing Small Grant to start a Community Growing Project in Girton. The funding will be spent on railway sleepers to make raised beds, seeds and plants, and compost and topsoil. The project will take place at Histon and Girton Farm in Girton, and they plan to grow brussels sprouts, cabbages, courgettes, outdoor cucumbers, tomatoes, and various salad crops. The project will be looked after by Hope Against Poverty CIC staff and volunteers, and local residents of Girton will be able to support the Community Growing Project and help out once the site is ready for visitors. All of the produce from this project will be shared with those in need through the Mobile Food Hub run by Hope Against Poverty CIC.


Application Ref. ZMFSPLJV

Grant award £500

Decision Maker: Communities Manager

Decision published: 04/06/2024

Effective from: 03/06/2024


To award £500 to Hope Against Poverty CIC to start a Community Growing Project in Girton.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris Riches, Lesley McFarlane

16/05/2024 - 2023-24 Quarter Four Performance Report ref: 12466    Information Only

Decision Maker: Scrutiny and Overview Committee

Made at meeting: 16/05/2024 - Scrutiny and Overview Committee

Decision published: 30/05/2024

Effective from: 16/05/2024


The Scrutiny and Overview Committee reviewed the Council’s Quarter Four (Q4) position regarding its operational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and 2023 Council’s -24 Business Plan outputs.


FS125 (Staff sickness)

Some Committee sickness members were keen to establish whether the statistics were based on a 4-day-week or 5-day-week. The Head of Transformation, HR and Corporate Services said that Full Time Equivalent figures had been used to ensure that an accurate trend could be shown. He undertook to provide the Committee with case studies and further information to explain how this KPI was calculated.


AH204 (Responsive repairs) and SH332 (emergency repairs)

The Committee noted the challenges faced in balancing tenants’ expectations as between various types of repair and welcomed the 100% achievement against the target for carrying out emergency repairs.


AH211 (Average number of days to relet properties)

The Committee welcomed performance against this KPI notwithstanding the extremely challenging target. The Head of Housing explained that some properties needed substantial work carried out prior to reletting simply because it had not been possible to carry out routine maintenance during the previous tenancy.


PN519, PN510 and PN511 (Validation and determination of planning applications)

The Committee welcomed the encouraging trends shown. The Leader of the Council attributed this improvement in part to the 4-day-week which had, among other things, led to a reduction in the number of hard-to-fill vacancies. The Chief Executive referred to the positive impact made by the adoption of quality management standards. There being no officers present to comment about the number of applications determined within an extension of timescales, the Chief Executive undertook to ensure that appropriate information was provided to Committee members in due course.


ES408. ES412, ES414, ES418 (Waste)

The Committee noted that the amount of residual waste collected was reducing and that the amount recycled was likely to increase once the Council started collecting food waste separately. Public information and education campaigns would continue to play an important role.


Business Plan Objective 5c(iii) (Healthy and connected communities – improving transport links)

In response to concern about this objective, the Leader of the Council said that it was essential that South Cambridgeshire District Council should continue to work with its partners in order to influence the decision-makers.


Business Plan Objective 8a (Carbon reduction and nature recovery – carbon literacy)

In response to concern about the cost-effectiveness of this objective, the Leader of the Council assured the Committee that value for money was being achieved by applying a once-only cost to task a trainer to train a member of the Council’s staff to deliver training to others.



27/02/2024 - Membership of Committees and Outside Bodies ref: 12467    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 27/02/2024 - Council

Decision published: 30/05/2024

Effective from: 27/02/2024


It was noted that Councillor Dr Lisa Redrup had replaced Councillor Judith Rippeth on the Planning Committee. Councillor Corinne Garvie was now a substitute on this Committee.


Councillor Peter Fane had replaced Councillor Judith Rippeth on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Stobart had been appointed as a substitute.


Councillor Martin Cahn had been replaced by Councillor Paul Bearpark on the Scrutiny and Overview Committee.


Councillor Tom Bygott had replaced Councillor Graham Cone as a substitute on the Joint Development Control Committee.