Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: natasha.clark@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221589

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136.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

137.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 319 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 9 March 2015.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 9 March 2015 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

5.05pm

138.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

The Chairman made the following announcements:

 

1.    This was the last meeting of the current Cabinet and was being held in the new council offices, The Forum. The Leader extended the thanks of Cabinet to all officers for their hard work throughout the process and commended officers for completing the move on budget and on time.

 

2.    The Leader reported that she had received a letter from a local charity regarding Northamptonshire County Council ending the sustained living scheme. She had asked the Director of Community and Environment to raise the matter and obtain further information at the Health and Wellbeing meeting the following week.

 

3.    The Leader advised Cabinet that she was standing down at the forthcoming election and would be addressing Council at the meeting later that evening. The Leader wished all Members and Officers the very best for the future.  

 

5.15pm

139.

Major Programmes Update pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Report of Head of Transformation

 

Purpose of report

 

This is an updated summary of the reports that have been issued to the members of the Place and Transformation Programme Board.  The Place Programme Board met on 23 March 2015 but the Transformation Board Meeting scheduled for the same day had to be cancelled

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended to:

 

 1.1        Note the attached report (Appendix A) on the current position of the Major Programmes.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the update on the current position of the Major Programmes be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Head of Transformation submitted a report which provided an updated summary of the reports that have been issued to the members of the Place and Transformation Programme Board.  The Place Programme Board met on 23 March 2015 but the Transformation Board Meeting scheduled for the same day had to be cancelled

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the update on the current position of the Major Programmes be noted.

 

Reasons

 

The Major Programme report is intended to provide Members with visibility of the use of resources against its strategic objectives, and the effectiveness of its major programmes in contributing to those objectives.

 

Alternative Options

 

None

 

 

 

 

5.25pm

140.

Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-18 pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Report of Head of Regeneration and Housing

 

Purpose of report

 

To seek approval of the new Housing and Homelessness Strategy for South Northamptonshire.

 

Recommendation

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That, subject to the following minor amendments, South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 (annex to the Minutes as set out in the Minute Book be approved:

·         Addition of an action regarding consultation with and understanding of neighbouring authorities and probation service equivalent strategies and their implications for South Northamptonshire Council

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), the additional post within the Private Sector Housing Team to be subject to prior approval of a business case

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), rephrase the bullet point regarding council tax rules to refer to the application of the appropriate council tax discretions

·         Update to reflect the adoption and provisions of the Joint Core Strategy

 

(2)          That authority be delegated to the Director of Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Regeneration and Housing, to finalise South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 prior to publication.

Minutes:

The Head of Regeneration and Housing submitted a report which sought approval of the new Housing and Homelessness Strategy for South Northamptonshire.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That, subject to the following minor amendments, South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 (annex to the Minutes as set out in the Minute Book be approved:

·         Addition of an action regarding consultation with and understanding of neighbouring authorities and probation service equivalent strategies and their implications for South Northamptonshire Council

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), the additional post within the Private Sector Housing Team to be subject to prior approval of a business case

·         Within the Empty Properties 3 year actions (P.24 of the Strategy), rephrase the bullet point regarding council tax rules to refer to the application of the appropriate council tax discretions

·         Update to reflect the adoption and provisions of the Joint Core Strategy

 

(2)          That authority be delegated to the Director of Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Regeneration and Housing, to finalise South Northamptonshire Council’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018 prior to publication.

 

Reasons

 

Under homelessness legislation local housing authorities are required to carry out a      review of homelessness in their district then formulate and publish a homelessness strategy based on its results. Although not a statutory requirement it is good practice to produce a housing strategy to set out how the Council will work to address housing need across all tenures within their district. The Housing and Homelessness Strategy will ensure the Council meets statutory requirements and complies with good practice. The strategy also clearly sets out the Council’s vision for housing in South Northamptonshire.

 

Alternative Options

 

Cabinet members can decide not to approve the Housing & Homelessness Strategy and reject the recommendation but it is a statutory requirement to have an up to date Homelessness Strategy. Also a lack of strategic direction regarding housing issues is likely to result in limited control over the local housing market.

 

5.35pm

141.

Joint ICT Business Development Strategy pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Report of Director of Resources

 

Purpose of report

 

To present the Joint ICT Business Development Strategy which sets out the vision and direction for the Joint ICT Business Service for South Northamptonshire, Cherwell, and Stratford-on-Avon Councils.

 

The report introduces the concept of the Councils (and Stratford on Avon District Council, as a key stakeholder in the shared ICT Service) as both commissioner (client) and service provider (supplier).  

 

Recommendations

          

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve the Joint ICT Business Development Strategy and delegate authority to the Director of Resources, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resources and Change Management to make any final changes to the document before publication.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the Joint ICT Business Development Strategy be approved and  authority be delegated to the Director of Resources, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resources and Change Management, to make any final changes to the document before publication.

Minutes:

The Director of Resources submitted a report to present the Joint ICT Business Development Strategy which sets out the vision and direction for the Joint ICT Business Service for South Northamptonshire, Cherwell, and Stratford-on-Avon Councils.

 

The report introduced the concept of the Councils (and Stratford on Avon District Council, as a key stakeholder in the shared ICT Service) as both commissioner (client) and service provider (supplier).  

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the Joint ICT Business Development Strategy be approved and  authority be delegated to the Director of Resources, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resources and Change Management, to make any final changes to the document before publication.

 

Reasons

 

The Strategy sets a clear direction for the partnership in respect of harmonising and joining up all business areas shaped around the needs of customers and to maximise opportunities to reduce cost and increase income. To deliver it successfully requires an ICT Business service that is shaped towards delivering on the priorities identified in the Strategy. All three councils have already approved and implemented the Joint ICT Business Service staffing re-structure so the foundations are in place to fully exploit the opportunities that ICT offers in respect of new ways of working and to maximise efficiencies.

 

Alternative Options

 

If the Strategy is not adopted then the full range of efficiencies and cost savings identified in the business case may not be delivered so this is not recommended

 

5.45pm

142.

Draft Cabinet Work Programme Incorporating the Forward Plan: May 2015 - August 2015

This will be tabled at the meeting to ensure members have the most up to date version.

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the Draft Cabinet Work Programme Incorporating the Forward Plan: May - August 2015 be noted, subject to the following amendments:

·         Heads of Service to confirm Leisure Management Procurement and High Speed 2 (HS2) Qualifying Authority Status to be moved from future items to June or July

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered its draft work programme incorporating the Forward Plan: May - August 2015.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the Draft Cabinet Work Programme Incorporating the Forward Plan: May - August 2015 be noted, subject to the following amendments:

·         Heads of Service to confirm Leisure Management Procurement and High Speed 2 (HS2) Qualifying Authority Status to be moved from future items to June or July

 

Reasons

 

N/A

 

Alternative Options

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

143.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

To consider any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.