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

Items
No. Item

77.

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:

6. Referrals, from the Community Funding Panel meeting held on 1 April 2019.

Councillor Dermot Bambridge, Declaration, as a member of Silverstone Parish Council which had submitted one of the applications for consideration by Cabinet, and would not speak or take part in the vote on this application.

 

78.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 11 March 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 11 March 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

79.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

80.

Draft Housing Strategy 2019-22 pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Report of Executive Director: Operations

 

Purpose of report

 

To allow Cabinet to consider and provide comments on the draft Housing Strategy 2019-2022, Action Plan and appendices and seek approval of the document for public consultation for 4 weeks in April and May 2019.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve the draft Strategy as an accurate reflection of South Northamptonshire Council’s priorities and ambitions for meeting the housing needs of our communities.

 

1.2         To approve the draft Housing Strategy Action Plan which sets out key actions for delivery in 2019/20.

 

1.3         To approve proposals for the public consultation phase before adoption of the final Strategy in June 2019.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the draft Housing Strategy 2019-22 be approved as an accurate reflection of South Northamptonshire Council’s priorities and ambitions for meeting the housing needs of our communities.

 

(2)          That the draft Housing Strategy Action Plan which sets out key actions for delivery in 2019/20 be approved.

 

(3)          That  proposals for the public consultation phase before adoption of the final Strategy in June 2019 be approved.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Director: Operations submitted a report to allow Cabinet to consider and provide comments on the draft Housing Strategy 2019-2022, Action Plan and appendices and seek approval of the document for public consultation for 4 weeks in April and May 2019.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the draft Housing Strategy 2019-22 be approved as an accurate reflection of South Northamptonshire Council’s priorities and ambitions for meeting the housing needs of our communities.

 

(2)            That the draft Housing Strategy Action Plan which sets out key actions for delivery in 2019/20 be approved.

 

(3)            That  proposals for the public consultation phase before adoption of the final Strategy in June 2019 be approved.

 

Reasons

 

It is not a statutory requirement to have a Housing Strategy but is seen as good practice in setting out the council’s priorities and plans for meeting housing need based on a robust evidence base.  We expect the Housing Strategy to guide and influence partners, particularly developers and registered providers, in helping to deliver quality housing that meets our community’s needs and enables them to live healthy, positive lives.  We expect the final Strategy to be a material consideration in planning decisions and the development of planning policy.  The strategy will also be a key document that articulates the needs of South Northants residents and the council’s priorities in light of the reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: to not approve a draft housing strategy document for public consultation but this would mean the council does not have an up to date housing strategy.  Although it is not a statutory requirement to have a Housing Strategy, not having a strategy would mean the council is not complying with good practice.  The absence of a housing strategy document would limit the council’s influence over partners’ activities.  Also there would not be a key document that articulates the needs of South Northants residents and the council’s priorities as we go through the process of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire.

 

81.

Referrals, from the Community Funding Panel meeting held on 1 April 2019 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Report of Executive Director: Operations

 

Purpose of report

 

To take recommendations from the Council’s Community Funding Panel regarding applications of over £20,000 which cannot be granted under delegated authority.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To agree any recommendations from the Community Funding Panel after its meeting on 1 April 2019. 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award Silverstone Parish Council £21,000 from the New Homes Bonus Local Community Grant be agreed.

 

(2)          That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award Roade Parish Council from the New Homes Bonus Local Community Grant be agreed.

 

(3)          That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award Hackleton Parish Council £22,850 from the New Homes Bonus Local Community Grant be agreed.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Director: Operations submitted a report for Cabinet to take recommendations from the Council’s Community Funding Panel regarding applications of over £20,000 which cannot be granted under delegated authority.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award Silverstone Parish Council £21,000 from the New Homes Bonus Local Community Grant be agreed.

 

(2)            That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award Roade Parish Council from the New Homes Bonus Local Community Grant be agreed.

 

(3)            That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award Hackleton Parish Council £22,850 from the New Homes Bonus Local Community Grant be agreed.

 

Reasons

 

The Community Funding Panel reviewed the applications at its meeting on 1 April 2019 and was satisfied that they met the Council’s grant giving criteria and would contribute to the health and wellbeing of the district

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: Reject the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel. It is not recommended that this option be pursued as applications that are recommended by the Community Funding Panel will be in line with Council policy

 

82.

Monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report - February 2019 pdf icon PDF 842 KB

Report of Assistant Director: Customers and Corporate Services and Assistant Director: Finance, Procurement and Property

 

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring position as at the end of each month.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To note the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report be noted.

Minutes:

The Assistant Director: Finance, Procurement and Property (Section 151 Officer) and Assistant Director: Customers and Corporate Services submitted a report which summarised the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring position as at the end of each month.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report be noted.

 

Reasons

 

The Council is committed to performance, risk and budget management and reviews progress against its corporate priorities on a monthly basis.

 

This report provides an update on progress made so far in 2018-19 to deliver the Council’s priorities through reporting on performance, the Leadership Risk Register and providing an update on the financial position.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: This report illustrates the Council’s performance against the 2018-19 business plan. As this is a monitoring report, no further options have been considered. However, members may wish to request that officers provide additional information

 

83.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

To consider any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.