Decisions

Decisions published

06/11/2019 - Public Space Protection Order - Proposed gating of Setchel Drove, Cottenham<br/> ref: 11183    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/11/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/11/2019

Effective from: 19/11/2019

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.


06/11/2019 - 2019-20 Revenue and Capital Budget Monitoring report ref: 11182    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/11/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/11/2019

Effective from: 19/11/2019

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).


06/11/2019 - General Fund Capital Programme Update and New Bids ref: 11181    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/11/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/11/2019

Effective from: 06/11/2019

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.


06/11/2019 - Potential property acquisition decision - Colmworth Trading Estate, St. Neots ref: 11178    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/11/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/11/2019

Effective from: 19/11/2019


06/11/2019 - Potential property acquisition decision - Cambridge Science Park ref: 11180    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/11/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/11/2019

Effective from: 06/11/2019


06/11/2019 - Greater Cambridge Local Plan Issues and Options ref: 11177    For Determination

To agree to consult on the Greater Cambridge Local Plan Issues & Options consultation report, including its content and issue for public consultation. The consultation will mark the first formal stage in developing the Local Plan.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/11/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/11/2019

Effective from: 19/11/2019

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.

 

Lead officer: Stephen Kelly


06/11/2019 - Provision of 10 no. affordable dwellings at Impington Lane, Impington ref: 11179    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this Decision Notice is to give approval for South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to enter into Heads of Terms followed thereafter into a JCT Design & Build Contract (JCT 2016 – industry standard) to purchase 10 no affordable homes representing the S106 40% affordable housing contribution on a site at Impington Lane , Impington.

 

The site has been brought forward by Hill who, as an award winning house builder and developer, SCDC have worked in partnership with providing a number of high quality affordable homes in our district.

 

In its entirety the site totals 26 new homes - with the policy compliant 40% affordable housing of 10 new homes comprising 7 rented homes and 3 shared ownership homes.

 

Hill are due to start on site in December 2019 and have issued draft Heads of Terms to proceed on. This site forms part of a package of sites put forward by Hill previously and formed part of the HRA Borrowing bid made in September 2018.

 

All reserved planning matters have been resolved .

 

It should be noted that the payback is in year 34

 

This site was one of a number included in Appendix L of the HRA Budget setting report approved by council in November 2018 ( see attached) . It is therefore one of the development sites that are part of the ‘ Unallocated New Build/Acquisition Budget’ included in the New Build Investment Cashflow (Appedix E) of the MTFS approved in February 2019.

 

Enabling/Strategic support

Strategic Housing fully support this mix, as it will provide much needed homes in Impington where SCDC has existing stock .

The overall affordable housing mix has previously been agreed by Housing Strategy as meeting the housing needs in Impington and its environs.

 

Scheme Details:

Planning Reference number :

The site has planning (ref: S/1486/18/FL) with all conditions now discharged.

 

The S106 is signed and completed.

 

Mix:

Description of

No of

Type of

Stock

No of

Units to be delivered:

Units:

Tenure:

Category:

Beds:

 

 

 

 

 

1 bed flat

6

Rent

Flat

1

3 bed house

1

Rent

House

3

2 bed house

2

Shared O’p

House

2

3 bed house

1

Shared O’p

House

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        

Shared Ownership units will be sold as part of this scheme                          

and their ongoing sale forms part of this decision                                          

Average equity buy-in will be 40%.

 

Contract type:

The contract will be a JCT 2016 contract. (Joint Contracts Tribunal) Design & Build Contract

 

 

Legal Advice : Freeths  ( Previously provided at Grace Crescent , Hardwick)

“We believe that either ownership or an option constitute such “exclusive rights”. It needs to be said, however, that cases do turn on their facts. We would also have to state that the Council should be able to demonstrate that in the case where it was letting a contract including development, that there is no reasonable alternative or substitute – ie there are not other similar convenient sites which could reasonably be regarded as being available for development, eg in terms of being for sale, zoning, access to services etc.

 

There are no other suitably sized permissioned sites in Impington that are available for consideration at this time.

 

Financial:

Use of Right to Buy Receipt:

This scheme consists of 7 rented homes which allows the use of Right to Buy receipts totalling £356,390

 

Use of Commuted Sum:

We are using £150,000 of commuted sum monies to assist in bringing these 3 shared ownership homes forward as council new build. This aligns with our standard £50,000 per unit commuted sum spend profile on new build schemes

 

The scheme is considered to be value for money for the council. The offer and price per sq. m is commensurate with sums paid for recent council new build development schemes. In addition a robust financial appraisal has been carried out and a commercially sensitive financial appendix is attached. The scheme has a Payback year within the business plan parameters.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Housing

Decision published: 06/11/2019

Effective from: 14/11/2019

Decision:

To approve South Cambridgeshire District Council to enter into Heads of Terms followed thereafter by a JCT contract for the build of the 10 affordable homes and a land contract and transfer to purchase the site for the 10 affordable homes at Impington Lane , Impington.

Wards affected: Histon & Impington;

Lead officer: Kirstin Donaldson


01/11/2019 - Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory, Five Year Housing Land Supply Calculations for Greater Cambridge and Housing Delivery Action Plan for South Cambridgeshire ref: 11176    Recommendations Approved

Purpose

 

1.    The purpose of this report is:

(a)  To agree the Statement of Consultation (Appendix 1 of this decision) on the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply document including a summary of representations and the Councils’ responses, and consequential and other necessary modifications.

(b)  To agree the final Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document and Annex (Appendices 2 and 3 of this decision) to be published on the Councils’ websites. The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five year housing land supply calculations have been prepared jointly with Cambridge City Council, consistent with the adopted Local Plans.

(c)  To delegate any further minor editing changes to the Statement of Consultation and Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document and Annex to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development where they are technical matters.

 

2.    In January 2019, Cabinet agreed that the Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five year supply calculations would be agreed by the Cabinet Member for Planning via a decision outside of a meeting (together with the Executive Member for Planning Policy at Cambridge City Council).

 

Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply

 

3.    The government through national planning policy requires that all local planning authorities identify sufficient deliverable sites to deliver a minimum of five years worth of housing against their housing requirement, as set out in their Local Plans. The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory is used by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council to calculate their five-year housing land supply and also to demonstrate that anticipated housing delivery will meet or exceed their housing requirement.

 

4.    The approach to considering the five-year housing land supply for Greater Cambridge is set out in Policy 3 of the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 and Policy S/12 of the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018. The Inspectors that examined both Local Plans confirmed that the five-year supply should be calculated on the basis of a joint housing trajectory for Greater Cambridge reflecting the joint development strategy across the two Local Plans, using a 20% buffer and the Liverpool methodology.

 

5.    The Councils have prepared the Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five-year supply calculations based on national planning policy and guidance for housing trajectories, five- year supply calculations and Annual Position Statements. Although their document is not an Annual Position Statement, the Councils have sought to apply all the requirements and expectations for the preparation of an Annual Position Statement, including by engaging with landowners, developers and agents, and undertaking wider public consultation.

 

6.    The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five-year housing land supply calculations show that jointly for Greater Cambridge, the Councils can demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, using the Liverpool methodology and 20% buffer. The Councils jointly have 5.3 years of housing land supply for the 2019-2024 five-year period. The Councils have taken a robust and conservative approach to assessing the deliverability and / or developability of each of the sites in the Greater Cambridge housing trajectory, and therefore it is likely that the five-year housing land supply for Greater Cambridge is in practice greater.

 

7.    National planning policy and guidance sets out the circumstances where planning policies should be considered out of date when making decisions on planning applications, and this includes where the Council cannot demonstrate a five-year housing land supply. On the basis of the five year supply calculations in the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document (which is Appendix 2 of this decision), this does not apply to Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire, as the Councils can demonstrate a five year supply, and decisions should therefore be made in accordance with the up to date development plans adopted in 2018.

 

8.    Together, the Local Plans set a housing requirement of 33,500 homes between 2011 and 2031 for Greater Cambridge. The housing trajectory shows that 38,402 dwellings are expected to be delivered between 2011 and 2031, and that anticipated housing delivery within each Council’s area is more than its respective housing requirement.

 

Public Consultation

 

9.    Through the public consultation on the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document and Annex, 205 representations were received, of which 5 were in support (2.4%), 117 were objecting (57.1%), and 83 had comments (40.5%). The representations were made by 25 respondents. All the representations can be read in full using the Councils’ consultation system.

 

10. The main issues raised through the representations received were: 

o   the definition of deliverable and what constitutes clear evidence for a site can be considered as deliverable; 

o   the claimed marginality of the Councils’ five-year housing land supply and the reasons for the reduction compared to previous calculations; 

o   what sites can be included in the five-year supply calculations and whether sites can be introduced after the base date for the five-year period;  

o   the methodology to be used for calculating the five-year housing land supply;  

o   the deliverability of 36 named sites; 

o   the approach used to develop typical assumptions for lead-in times and build-out rates; and the approach used to develop lapse rates; and 

o   the forecast housing delivery from the windfall allowance. 

 

11. Alongside the representations received during the public consultation, the Councils are aware of comments on their housing trajectory and five year housing land supply calculations made by Bidwells (on behalf of Countryside Properties) and RPS (on behalf of Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Limited) submitted as part of their statements of case for two planning appeals in Melbourn and Over. These comments have been considered alongside the representations received during the public consultation. 

 

12. The Statement of Consultation (Appendix 1 of this decision) provides a summary of representations received, the Councils’ assessment of the issues raised, and where necessary any modifications to the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document or Annex. The Councils have also identified any factual updates that have been made to the Main Document and / or Annex. 

 

Next Steps

 

Once agreed by Cabinet Member for Planning at South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Executive Member for Planning Policy at Cambridge City Council, the final Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document and Annex (November 2019) will be published on both Councils’ websites.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Planning

Decision published: 01/11/2019

Effective from: 09/11/2019

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Planning agrees:

 

a.    the Statement of Consultation (Appendix 1 of this decision) on the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply document including a summary of representations and the Councils’ responses, and consequential and other necessary modifications.

 

b.    the final Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document and Annex (Appendices 2 and 3 of this decision) to be published on the Councils’ websites.

 

to delegate any further minor editing changes to the Statement of Consultation and Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply – Main Document and Annex to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development where they are technical matters.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jennifer Nuttycombe


24/10/2019 - S/4329/18/OL - Hinxton (Wellcome Genome Campus Hinxton Saffron Walden, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1RQ) ref: 11171    

All Planning Applications for Hinxton considered by the Planning Committee since May 2003. For individual reports, please click on the ‘Meetings’ tab above. For further details on all Hinxton Planning Applications, please visit our Planning Applications Database and select Hinxton from the drop-down list of parishes.

 

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 24/10/2019 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 29/10/2019

Effective from: 24/10/2019

Decision:

By eight votes to one, the Planning Committee endorsed approval of the Outline application subject to:

 

a)    Consultation with, and confirmation from, the Secretary of State that the application is not to be called in for his determination;

 

b)    The planning conditions set out in Appendix A to the report from the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development and as set out on the Update report:

 

(i)            Condition 9 being amended

(ii)           Condition 51 being deleted

(iii)          Further consideration of conditions regarding sustainability and water and the emerging LP

 

and the final wording of any significant amendments to conditions being agreed by officers in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman prior to the issuing of the Decision Notice;

 

c)    The prior completion of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to include the Heads of Terms as set out in the report, and any other Heads of Terms or the detail including phasing and triggers, that are still under negotiation. The final wording of any significant amendments to the Heads of Terms listed in the report to be agreed in consultation with the Chairman and Vice- Chairman; and

 

d)    Delegated authority being given to officers to set out as part of the decision notice and in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (EIA) Regulations 2017, reg. 29 ‘information to accompany decisions’ a reasoned conclusion of the significant effects of the development on the environment and to carry out appropriate notification under reg. 30 accordingly.

 

(Councillors Henry Batchelor, John Batchelor, Bradnam, Cahn, Fane, Heylings, Milnes and Wright voted to approve the application. Councillor Heather Williams voted to refuse)

Wards affected: The Abingtons;


29/10/2019 - Community Chest: Funding Applications ref: 11170    Recommendations Approved

On 25 October the Grants Advisory Committee reviewed all new applications received between 1 and 30 September 2019 as well as an application received between 1 May and 31 May 2019/20

 

Following consideration of the applications, the Committee made the following recommendations to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance: 

 

 

Applicant

Village(s) affected

Description

Total applied for (£)

Total recomm

ended (£)

Additional conditions/ comments

 

1

 

Duxford Lawn Tennis Club

 

Duxford and surrounding villages

 

Resurfacing the court particularly the new net posts.

 

 

1,000.00

 

 

 

Deferred

 

EB to find out how much the P.C. are contributing to the community centre which the tennis club will benefit from

 

2

 

Cambridge Cangaroos Trampoline Club

 

Whittlesford and other villages

 

 

 

Improvements to facilities including purchasing a new overhead rig

 

1,000.00

 

 

 

1,000.00

 

 

 

 

3

 

Shepreth Spitfires Football Club

 

Shepreth and surrounding villages

 

Purchasing new equipment

 

 

978.41

 

978.41

 

 

 

4

 

Cottenham Brass Juniors

 

Cottenham and surrounding villages

 

New uniforms for the brass band

 

250.00

 

250.00

 

 

5

 

Sawston Bowls Club

 

Sawston

 

Purchase of 8 new bowls collectors

 

499.00

 

499.00

 

 

6

 

UK Unsigned Cambridge

 

Sawston and South Trumpington

 

Set up 2 new youth clubs in Sawston and South Trumpington

 

875.44

 

875.44

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Finance

Decision published: 29/10/2019

Effective from: 06/11/2019

Decision:

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

Wards affected: Cottenham; Duxford; Melbourn; Sawston; Whittlesford;

Lead officer: Ellen Bridges