Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 4th February, 2016 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 2, The Courts, Carlisle, CA3 8NA. View directions

Contact: Nick Evans  Email: nick.evans@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

117.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None on this occasion.

118.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for            profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                         interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the    area of the authority; and

 

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one            hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).  

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest for this meeting.

119.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 146 KB

To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 17 December 2015

Minutes:

RESOLVED,that the minutes of the meeting held on 17 December 2015, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

120.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED,that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of Agenda Item No 17 – Whitehaven Educational Campus (Outline Business Case) as it contained exempt information relating to financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

121.

STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS

To receive statements by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.

Minutes:

The Leader advised members that this was the first Cabinet meeting since the tragic death of Cabinet Member for Environment, John McCreesh in January.  As per the established protocol the Council meeting on 18 February 2016 would hear the formal tributes but the Leader asked the meeting to stand in one minutes silent tribute in memory of Mr McCreesh.

 

The Leader updated Cabinet on progress on the prospective Cumbria devolution deal advising that a delegation had been invited to London to meet with Lord Jim O’Neill for further discussions.  He confirmed that Cumbria and the government were currently a distance apart but negotiations continued.

 

The Leader referred to the estimate of the cost of repair bill following the recent floods which stood at £500m and catalogued the funding promised by government so far which whilst most welcome was a fraction of what was required.  He confirmed that he would be seeking meetings with Ministers whilst in London and was hopeful of an early announcement to enable the reinstatement works to proceed in earnest.

 

The Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services made an announcement that Cumbria County Council had been selected as one of 8 Councils nationally to take part in a national Department of Health Programme known as ‘Social Work for Better Mental Health’. This programme had been developed in recognition of the key role that Social Workers play in improving the lives of people with serious mental illnesses.  We will now be working alongside other Councils to undertake a self-assessment and will be working jointly with service users to plan how we can make improvements together.  As an implementation site the Council would help contribute case studies of what had worked in integrated working, how to build a strong Social Work profession and help to show others how this could be improved.

 

The Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services was pleased to offer congratulations to those organisations which had been shortlisted in the Visit England Tourism Awards in a number of categories.

 

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning announced that the Cumbrian elections to the UK Youth Parliament had been moved to May 2016 in view of the disruption caused by the floods.

122.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6.1             Helen Wilson from Lazonby would like to ask Cabinet the following question:-

 

The IRMP quotes that CFRS appliance aims to have an appliance to property fires in 15 minutes 80% of the time, however the 3 nearest stations have a minimum drive time of 15 minutes.  The CFRS risk review actually quotes an average travel time of over 18 minute for appliances to reach Lazonby, it doesn’t add up – this is contradictory.  Also, this doesn’t take in to account the turnout time it takes for the crew to be mobilized which is up to 5 minutes for retained personnel. One of the more worrying statements is that Alston can get to Lazonby within 21 minutes. As Lazonby is unique and has only one engine within 8 miles and provides cover to such a huge area, should the county council not review Lazonby independently due to the fact CFRS will  meet a response time of 15 minutes 0% of the time? Which contradicts the IRMP.

 

Minutes:

Helen Wilson asked the following question in respect of Lazonby Fire Station:

 

‘The IRMP quotes that CFRS appliance aims to have an appliance to property fires in 15 minutes 80% of the time, however the 3 nearest stations have a minimum drive time of 15 minutes.  The CFRS risk review actually quotes an average travel time of over 18 minute for appliances to reach Lazonby, it doesn’t add up – this is contradictory.  Also, this doesn’t take in to account the turnout time it takes for the crew to be mobilized which is up to 5 minutes for retained personnel. One of the more worrying statements is that Alston can get to Lazonby within 21 minutes. As Lazonby is unique and has only one engine within 8 miles and provides cover to such a huge area, should the county council not review Lazonby independently due to the fact CFRS will meet a response time of 15 minutes 0% of the time? Which  contradicts the IRMP.’

 

Andrew Thomson made the statement below and asked the following question in respect of Lazonby Fire Station:

 

Back in 2014 after the last cuts were opposed Barry Doughty, Cabinet Member for the Fire Service, said: “The fire and rescue service is one of the council’s life or death services, so I’ve not been surprised that our proposals generated a high level of public interest. At a time when we hear so many stories about public apathy, it’s been encouraging to see local people making their voices heard.

 

“Cabinet has listened carefully to views put forward during the consultation and has concluded,         despite the huge impact of the service’s fire prevention work, not to proceed with the changes as originally proposed.

 

This consultation has generated a huge amount of public feedback and I’d like to commend people on the time and effort they have put in to participating.”

 

Patricia Bell (Lib Dem, Penrith), Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services, said she was “absolutely delighted” that a way had been found for the second Penrith pump to be retained. She said the concerns of the community had been listened to and it was vital that the public had confidence in the blue light services which were provided.

 

Again this time the public have shown growing concern over the closure of Lazonby fire station with over 5000 signatures collected. The public have also been in voice at the recent flood action group meetings stressing how important the response was ad that communities are at risk with the closure.

 

There has also been fantastic support from various political leaders who's parties have managed to overturn closures of stations in other counties! But on top of that Theresa May is taking control of the fire service would it not make sense to let her be the face of the closures as ultimately when it goes wrong the people who close he stations will be held responsible in the eyes of the public!!

 

Are the council taking note  ...  view the full minutes text for item 122.

123.

SCRUTINY REVIEW - LEARNING DISABILITES

123a

Scrutiny Review – Learning Disability Services pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To consider a report from the Chair of Adults Scrutiny Board

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mr Wilson presented the report which outlined for members the findings of the Learning Disability Services Task and Finish Group which had examined how the service worked for people, the direction of travel and any improvements which could be made.

 

Members were invited to consider the seven of eight recommendations made in the report which applied to the Council.

123b

Response to Scrutiny Review – Learning Disability Services pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider a report from the Interim Corporate Director – Health and Care Services  

 

Minutes:

The Director of Public Health thanked the Task and Finish Group for their work and presented the response to the findings of the Learning Disability Services Task and Finish Group and the Health and Care Directorate response.  Recommendations 1-6 set out in the report were accepted by the directorate with just recommendation 7 not being accepted as it was considered that the market itself was best placed to shift, respond and develop  to emerging needs and provide for necessary progression.

 

RESOLVED,that the responses to the Learning Disability Services Task Group recommendations as set out in the report be approved.

124.

Council Plan 2016 - 2019 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive (To Follow)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive introduced a report which presented the draft Council Plan 2016-2019 as Appendix 1 and asked Cabinet Members to endorse the draft for recommendation to Council. Draft priorities for the Council were published on 22 October as the basis for consultation with the public, partners and staff. This ended on 22 January 2016. A summary of the feedback received in respect of the draft Council Plan 2016-2019 was included as Appendix 2. 

 

The Chief Executive highlighted the unprecedented challenges which faced the Council in reshaping to deliver the further £76m of savings required over the coming three years in addition to the task of flood recovery.  The Council Plan presented showed a reduced number of priorities but would deliver the largest capital programme ever and include investment which would provide savings in future years.

 

The Leader referred to the feedback to the consultation exercise noting that this had commenced before the floods.  The impact of the events would be dealt with over the coming years and coincide with no grant being received from government by 2020 by which time the transition to the local retention of business rates would be complete.  This itself would create difficulties due to its volatile nature linked to the ups and downs of the economy and the inequity present in the distribution of industry/big business in the country.

 

RESOLVED, that

 

                  (1)    the draft Council Plan as presented in Appendix 1 for RECOMMENDATION to Council be endorsed;

 

(2)            the outcomes of the public engagement process that relate to Council priorities in the Council Plan be noted, and the responses set out in Appendix 2 be agreed;

 

                  (3)    authority be delegated to the Chief Executive to make necessary amendments to the draft Council Plan in consultation with the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, prior to its consideration by Council on 18 February 2016.

125.

CUMBRIA FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE INTEGRATED RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN AND ASSOCIATED ACTION PLAN pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services (To Follow)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Fire Officer introduced a report which presented the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2016-2020 as Appendix 1 and asked Cabinet Members to endorse the draft for recommendation to Council.

 

It also presented a draft Action Plan as Appendix 2 and asked Cabinet Members to endorse the draft for recommendation to Council.

 

The draft IRMP and draft Action Plan for the Council were published on 22 October as the basis for consultation with the public, partners and staff. This ended on 22 January 2016. A summary of the feedback received in respect of the draft IRMP and Action Plan was included as Appendix 3a.

 

The Cabinet Member for Fire, Public Safety and Central Support Services advised that he recommended to Cabinet that the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan was endorsed and progresses to Council on 18 February for agreement. The IRMP was an assessment of risk, and provided a sound basis on which to plan and deliver the activities of the Fire and Rescue Service.  

 

In relation to the Action Plan, he confirmed that the officer recommendation to endorse it was made using solid evidence and advice, and reflected the ever reducing number of incidents, which had halved over the last 11 years.  He advised however that following the recent floods and also; the announcement by Theresa May MP regarding the movement of Government responsibilities relating to fire services from the Department of Communities and Local Government to the Home Office, that he had taken the view that now was not the right time to consider closures given the uncertainties ahead.  He recommended that the closures of 4 stations, the relocation of the Walney on-call fire engine to Barrow fire station and the removal of the second on-call fire engine from Maryport not be taken forward.  Cabinet were advised that not taking forward these changes, meant that the associated saving of £300K for 2016/17 would still need to be identified for the Cabinet to be able to recommend to Council a balanced budget for 2016/17 and this increased to £405K from 2017/18 and beyond. This would need to be addressed when Cabinet considered the budget paper.  

 

The Cabinet Member then moved an amendment to the published recommendations, as follows….

 

recommendation 3.1 stands, unchanged.

 

recommendation 3.2 to be amended such that the draft Action Plan for 2016/17 is not endorsed, and as a consequence do not recommend the implementation of the associated savings to the Fire and Rescue Service Budget.

 

recommendation 3.3 be amended to acknowledge that Appendix 3a will need to be amended to reflect the decision not to endorse the draft Action Plan.

 

Recommendation 3.4 be amended to remove reference to the draft Action Plan.

 

The formal wording of the amendment was circulated for Cabinet’s consideration and was made available to members of the public and press in the room.

 

Cabinet welcomed the statement by the Cabinet Member and acknowledged that, whilst difficult decisions remained to be made, this served as an example of the Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125.

126.

Commissioning Strategy for Care and Support delivered by Adult Social Care 2015 – 2020 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To consider a report from the Interim Corporate Director – Health and Care Services (To Follow)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Public Health presented Cabinet with Cumbria County Council’s Commissioning Strategy for Care and Support delivered by Adult Social Care 2016 - 2020 (Appendix 1).

 

A draft of the Commissioning Strategy had been published as the basis for consultation with key stakeholders and formed part of the broader consultation on the priorities for the Council Plan and Budget proposals that took place between 22 October 2015 and 22 January 2016.

 

A draft of the Extra Care Housing Strategy was also consulted on during this period. The Commissioning Strategy provided the overarching direction for the Extra Care Housing Strategy.

 

A summary of the feedback received on the draft Commissioning Strategy was included as Appendix 2 to the report.

 

The Strategy identified that needs and demand for services were growing at a time of unprecedented financial challenge, and that the council needed a new approach to working with stakeholders to reduce the gap between demand and affordability.

 

The Strategy proposed to work on three broad fronts.

 

·              To reduce and divert demand.

·              To promote independence, supported by reablement, recovery, rehabilitation, equipment and technology for people who do need services.

·              To strengthen services for those with the most complex needs by working proactively with the NHS to plan for and meet needs.

 

The Strategy proposed a new model of care in Cumbria that meant people would be supported earlier, allowing them to make the most of their health and independence, and to avoid recourse to high-level care for as long as possible.

 

The Strategy set out how the authority would do this within the context of

 

·        Significant demographic growth

·        Unprecedented financial challenge

·        Increased expectations under the Care Act 2014

·        Demand from those who receive care and support for individualised, personal service approaches

 

During the life of the Strategy the council would engage in a major transformation and improvement programme for adult social care. This programme would be based on strong analysis of frontline services, commissioning knowledge and strategic planning, and would involve the following:

 

·              Supporting partner organisations to innovate and adopt established best practice

·              Recognising the potential of new providers as an important source of innovation

·              Encouraging players at the local level to test new models of care

·              Decommissioning less effective models of care

·              Providing a clear framework for Social Workers and Occupational Therapists to make decisions and develop support plans.

 

The Commissioning Strategy was a critical part of this transformation programme, and would form the foundation for changes to adult social care to ensure that the council was meeting the needs of the population of Cumbria, fulfilling its statutory duties, and making best use of the resources available.

 

The Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services thanked officers for their work in producing the strategy and endorsed the views expressed by the Leader that government did not acknowledge the additional costs associated with delivering services in a large rural county.

 

RESOLVED,that Cumbria County Council’s Commissioning Strategy for Care and Support delivered by Adult Social Care (2016 – 2020) be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 126.

127.

Extra Care Housing Strategy and Delivery Programme pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To consider a report from the Interim Corporate Director – Health and Care Services (To Follow)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Public Health introduced a report which presented Cabinet with Cumbria’s Extra Care Housing and Supported Living Strategy (2016-2025) at Appendix 1, and sought approval of the Strategy and the proposed major programme to secure more Extra Care and Supported Living accommodation for Cumbria.

 

A draft of the Extra Care Housing Strategy was published as the basis for consultation with key stakeholders. This formed part of a broader consultation on the priorities for the Council Plan and Budget proposals that took place between 22 October 2015 and 22 January 2016.

 

A draft Commissioning Strategy was also consulted on during this period, which provides the overarching direction for the Extra Care Housing Strategy.

 

A summary of the feedback received on the Extra Care Housing Strategy was included as Appendix 2.

 

The Strategy set out the commissioning intentions that would deliver the strategic actions in Cumbria’s Commissioning Strategy for Care and Support delivered by Adult Social Care (2016-2020). These were:

 

·              Increasing the supply of Extra Care and other supported housing.

·              Increasing the use of ‘support at home’ services for Older People with lower-level eligible needs.

·              A reduction in overall number of placements of Older People in residential and nursing care, with priority given to people with high-level needs.

 

As identified in the Commissioning Strategy, needs and demand for services were growing at a time of unprecedented financial challenge. That Strategy proposed a new model of care that means people would be supported earlier, allowing them to make the most of their health and independence, and avoid recourse to high-level care for as long as possible. Extra Care Housing and Supported Living were key elements of this model of care.

 

The strategic commissioning intentions within the Extra Care Housing Strategy state that the Council should do the following.

 

·              Accelerate the process to develop sufficient Extra Care Housing to meet the needs of people who do not need highest-level residential/nursing care over the next decade. Efficiencies driven through increased Extra Care use would support the ongoing challenges of additional demand and increased cost of care.

 

·              Work with District Councils to identify any traditional sheltered accommodation that could be remodelled to meet higher-level needs or re-designed for alternative use.

 

·              Work with partner councils, developers, housing partners, and the HCA to develop more schemes where people have their own accommodation rather than residential care or shared housing, with the intention that more people move into mainstream housing or supported living.

 

This Strategy proposed the development of Extra Care housing in Cumbria at scale and pace for the next five years until 2021-22, with the intention that the rate of development should continue until 2025.

 

It also proposed a programme of in-depth work for people with learning disabilities to identify those in residential care and existing Supported Living accommodation who would benefit from moving to improved accommodation.

 

The Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services endorsed the Strategy and acknowledged the opportunity to consider its linkages with the armed forces covenant to mutual advantage.

 

RESOLVED,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 127.

128.

Draft Budget, Medium Term Financial Plan 2016-2019 and Capital Programme.

To consider a report from the Chief Executive ((To Follow)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive and the Assistant Director – Finance introduced a report which presented to Cabinet the draft Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2016-2019. The report also set out the proposed :-

 

·              Revenue spending plans to achieve a balanced budget in 2016/17

·              Council Tax Requirement for 2016/17

·              Draft Capital Programme for 2016 – 2021

·              Draft Treasury Management Strategy for 2016/17

 

Cabinet was asked to consider the recommendations set out in Section 3 in making its Budget proposal (Revenue and Capital) to Council for Council to consider at its meeting on 18th February 2016.

 

The Budget Proposal had been prepared against a backdrop of:-

 

·              Uncertainty (in relation to the draft Grant Settlement from Government and estimates of local income from Council Tax and Business Rates);

·              Continuing austerity in public finances (the Council had agreed £153million of savings to its annual budgets since 1st April 2011).  A requirement for further savings of £76m for 2016-19 were set out in the report;

·              Increasing pressures upon key local services, in particular, care for the elderly and care for vulnerable adults and children; and  

·              Recovery from extensive flooding experienced in December 2015 and further flooding incidents.

 

The Medium Term Financial Plan was the financial expression of the new Council Plan 2016 – 2019. Taken together they demonstrated how the Council intended to align its priorities with its resources to deliver outcomes for the people of Cumbria for the next three financial years, 2016/17 to 2018/19.

 

Strategic planning of Council services continued to be undertaken against a backdrop of reductions in funding from Government compounded by the impact of the recent floods.

 

The costs associated with the flooding incidents in 2015 continued to be established, but the initial estimate (presented to the Council at its meeting in January 2016) was that the overall cost for both response and recovery across all public sector agencies in Cumbria was estimated at £465million. To date Government had announced financial support for the business and community recovery schemes, this was estimated at £51m. There had also been an initial £35m announced from DfT to support the priority infrastructure schemes and £2m announced to support work on surveys and investigative work to establish the level of damage. The latest announcement was for £2m to fund recovery work for Rights of Way in the Lake District National Park. Although this was welcomed, there was a significant gap between announced funding and expected need. The recovery shortfall was not addressed in this Revenue Budget proposal.

 

The total funding available for the Council to deliver its services continued to reduce, as the government continued to seek, through its austerity programme, to bring the nation’s annual spending below annual income down and reduce the national debt. The level of funding restraint meant that difficult decisions would have to continue to be made by the Council. 

 

The Government set out its spending plans for the next four years as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) in November 2015. It confirmed that for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 128.

129.

EMERGENCY EXEMPTIONS FROM CONTRACT PROCEDURE RULES pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To consider a report from the Monitoring Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Director – Corporate Governance presented for information  a report which set out the authorisation of the procurement of goods and services in accordance with paragraph 2.15 of the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules as set out in the attached table in the report.

 

RESOLVED,that the actions taken and expenditure incurred by the Corporate Directors under paragraph 2.15 of the Contract Procedure Rules as a result of storm Desmond be noted.

130.

NDA DRAFT STRATEGY CONSULTATION DOCUMENT:- PROPOSED RESPONSE pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Director – Corporate Governance presented a report which advised that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) was consulting on its third 5 year strategy which would take effect on 1 April 2016.  The strategy set NDA’s overall priorities across its estate including the Sellafield site and the Low Level Waste Repository.  Agreed priorities would shape the NDA’s Annual Business Plans that allocate funding for decommissioning, waste management, asset management and commercial activities.  Annual Business Plans were subject to a separate consultation.

 

The report summarised the key points from the draft strategy consultation document and set out the proposed response to key questions posed by the NDA.

 

RESOLVED,the consultation response set out in Appendix 1 and the covering letter in Appendix 2 to the report be endorsed.

131.

BAE SYSTEMS SITE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME - PLANNING PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services reported on BAE Systems embarking upon a major investment programme at their Barrow facility.  The Site Redevelopment Programme (SRP) comprised of 32 individual projects with the investment being in the region of £400 million.  BAE Systems had already submitted, and had approved, a number of significant planning applications in relation to the SRP.  However, there was still a significant amount of resource required from the County Council to work with Barrow Borough Council to discharge the conditions associated with the planning permissions to enable BAE Systems to start on site.

 

In order to formalise and improve the collaborative working with BAE to facilitate delivery of their Successor programme, it was proposed to have a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) between BAE, the County Council and Barrow Borough Council.  It was considered prudent for the County Council to be a co-signatory to the PPA, given the statutory need to respond to the consultations and the scale of the likely effects of the development, especially from a Highways Authority perspective.

 

The report recommended that the County Council entered into a PPA with BAE Systems and Barrow Borough Council in relation to the Successor Submarine Manufacturing Programme.

 

RESOLVED,in principle agree to the Council being a co-signatory to the Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) with BAE Systems and Barrow Borough Council, and authority being delegated to negotiate the detailed terms of the PPA to the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and the Section 151 Officer.

132.

EDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN - PRE -SUBMISSION (REGULATION 19) pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services

 

Minutes:

The Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services presented a report which informed Cabinet Members about the consultation on Eden District Council’s  Local Plan 2014-2032 (“the Local Plan”) Proposed Submission Draft (Regulation 19 Consultation).

 

Members were asked to consider the issues outlined in the report and agree that the full responses set out in Appendices A, B, C and the Local Member comments in Appendix D be forwarded to Eden District Council.

 

In order to meet Eden District Council’s timescales to submit their draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State by the end of 2015, Officers submitted a holding response on 30th November 2015. Eden District Council was informed that the holding response was subject to ratification by Cabinet (as required by the County Council’s constitution).

 

The Council had sought to be actively involved in the development of the Local Plan. This engagement had helped to positively shape its content in line with matters relevant to the County Council. Therefore, from the Council’s perspective the Plan should be welcomed because it:

 

§               broadly meets with the Council’s overall vision and priorities,

§               gives weight to the delivery of necessary infrastructure to support the delivery of housing and employment sites.

 

Notwithstanding the positive aspects of the Local Plan detailed in paragraph 1.3, the County Council raised an objection in relation to the allocation of school playing fields as Public Open Space.

 

In addition it was considered that there were a number of areas which required greater clarity or improvement.  These were as follows:

 

§                Concern was expressed about the lack of allocations within Key Hubs.

§                Greater clarity should be provided in relation to the size and type of development at the Newton Rigg Campus.

§                Sites that the Council had previously put forward to be included as allocations within the Local Plan should be considered for inclusion. 

§                Amendments should be made to policies relating to infrastructure to explicitly identify contribution obligations that may be sought.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport endorsed the draft response and on the proposal to include further comments on Extra care Housing and Safer Walking Routes to School.

 

RESOLVED,that the strategic response outlined in the report be endorsed and the technical response contained in Appendices A, B and C and the views of Eden Local Committee contained in Appendix D be agreed and forwarded to Eden District Council to assist the ongoing development of their Local Plan.

 

PART 2 ITEMS CONSIDERED IN THE ABSENCE OF THE

PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

133.

Whitehaven Educational Campus (Outline Business Case)

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services (To Follow)

 

Minutes:

The Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services introduced a report which set out the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the proposed Whitehaven Campus.  The OBC set out the accommodation options, the preferred option, estimated cost, the funding package and the recommended procurement route and delivery timetable.

 

The Cabinet Members for Economic Development and Property and Schools and Learning spoke in support of the proposals which would transform the delivery of education in Whitehaven.

 

RESOLVED,that

 

                  (1)    Cabinet note the position with regard to the funding package;

 

                  (2)    the Outline Business Case and commencement of the procurement of the Design and Build Contract be approved.

 

                  (3)    Cabinet authorise the Corporate Director of Environment and Community Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property to enter into a preconstruction services agreement subject to completed funding agreements.