Agenda and decisions

Executive - Thursday 30th September, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Members' Room, Corby Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG

Contact: David Pope 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes of the meeting held on 26 August 2021 pdf icon PDF 369 KB

3.

Notifications of requests to address the meeting

4.

Members' Declarations of Interest

5.

Community Funding Policy - Grants up to £25,000 pdf icon PDF 197 KB

To seek approval from the Executive for the Community

Funding Policy – Grants up to £25,000 for North

Northamptonshire Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

(KEY DECISION)

 

That the Executive:

 

a)        Approved the Community Funding Policy – Grants up to £25,000 to support community activities.

 

b)        Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Housing and Communities, in consultation with the Assistant Director, Housing & Communities, to take any further decisions and/or actions required to implement this policy.

 

c)         Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Housing and Communities in consultation with the Assistant Director, Housing & Communities, to make minor amendments to the Policy and in particular to amend the membership of the Community Funding Strategic Oversight Board

 

 

(Reasons for Decisions)

 

·                Approval will provide a consistent approach for the distribution of funding to support community activities.

 

·                The Policy will resource external bodies to assist in the delivery of the Council’s strategic objectives and priorities.

6.

Adoption of the Kettering Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan pdf icon PDF 382 KB

To progress the Kettering Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan to

adoption in order to provide an up-to-date development plan

for making planning decisions and to guide development in

Kettering.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Executive recommended to Council:

 

a)      That the Kettering Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan (set out in Appendix A to the report), be adopted;

 

b)      Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration in consultation with the Executive Director for Place and Economy, to make any further Additional Modifications to the Kettering Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan or its accompanying Policies Map that relate exclusively to factual updates, grammatical corrections and formatting for the purposes of publishing the plan to presentation standard; and

 

c)      Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration in consultation with the Executive Director for Place and Economy, to prepare and publish the Adoption Statement (draft as Appendix F to the report) and the Sustainability Appraisal Statement and fulfil any other duties required under Regulation 26 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

 

(Reasons for Decisions)

 

·                The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that the planning system should be genuinely plan-led. Succinct and up-to-date plans should provide a positive vision for the future of each area and a framework for addressing housing needs and other economic, social, and environmental priorities.

 

·                The Plan drawn up by Kettering Borough Council was subject to thorough examination and has been modified as a result of recommendations made by the Inspector, as set out at Appendix C to this report. The Council also made non-substantive modifications to the plan during the course of the examination, which are set out at Appendix D to this report. Corresponding changes to the policies map are set out in Appendix E.

 

·                In the event that the Plan is adopted for the Kettering area of North Northamptonshire, it will supersede all of the existing saved policies and allocations in the 1995 Local Plan for Kettering Borough.

7.

Cannock Road Housing Development - appointment of new contractor and budget amendment pdf icon PDF 277 KB

To seek approval to appoint a new contractor and amend the
budget for the Cannock Road housing development following

works on site being disrupted due to the original contractor

going into administration

Decision:

(KEY DECISION)

 

That the Executive:

 

a)        Approved the appointment of Jeakins Weir Ltd as the contractor to complete the Cannock Road housing development.

 

b)        Approved the amendment of the budget for this scheme to £1,036,107.

 

c)         Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Housing and Communities, in liaison with the Assistant Director, Housing & Communities, to take any further decisions and/or actions required to conclude this procurement and deliver this capital programme.

 

 

(Reasons for Decisions)

 

·                To reduce health and safety risks associated with leaving an unfinished

building site vacant.

 

·                To meet our commitment to increase the number of affordable homes to help address the shortage of affordable homes in North Northamptonshire.

 

·                To use available Right to Buy funds for 40% of the scheme cost and to

avoid paying these funds back to the Government with interest.

 

·                To increase the availability of homes with wheelchair access.

 

·                To improve the area by regenerating a derelict commercial building.

8.

Isham Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan pdf icon PDF 276 KB

To consider representations received in response to

consultation on a draft Isham Conservation Area Character

Appraisal and Management Plan together with a proposed

amendment to the conservation area boundary and to

determine whether to adopt a revised version.

Presented By: Councillor David Brackenbury

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Executive recommended to Council:

 

a)      That the Revised Isham Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan, as set out in Appendix A to this report, be adopted; and

 

b)      To revise the Isham Conservation Area Boundary, as set out in Appendix B to this report

 

 

(Reason for Decision)

 

·                To accord with the Council’s duty to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas and then to actively manage their protection and physical improvement.

9.

Residential Annexes: Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Parishes of the former East Northamptonshire part of North Northamptonshire Council pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To seek Members’ approval for the adoption of the Residential

Annexes Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Additional documents:

Decision:

(KEY DECISION)

 

That the Executive:

 

a)        Reviewed the consultation representations and resultant revisions to the draft document;

 

b)        Approved the final draft document for adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document; and

 

c)      Asked that officers consider the preparation of a further Supplementary Planning Document to cover the whole of the North Northamptonshire area.

 

 

(Reasons for Decisions)

 

·                To supplement the Development Plan.

 

·                To accord with the planning policy of the Council.

 

·                To prepare a longer-term raft of consistent planning advice and guidance.

10.

Capital Programme Update 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 272 KB

To request approval for capital schemes that have come

forward for inclusion in the Council’s Capital Programme.

Decision:

(KEY DECISION)

 

That the Executive:

 

a)      Approved the following changes into the capital programme totalling

          £0.352m:

 

i)    Cannock Road HRA New Build – increase in budget of £0.189m to

£1.036m funded from a combination of Right to Buy Receipts 40% and borrowing under the HRA Programme of 60%. The funding will be made available through a virement from the approved overall New Build HRA Programme.

 

ii) Council Chamber – purchase of furniture and audio-visual equipment to facilitate full council meetings requiring a budget of £163k to be financed through a virement from the budget for Municipal Offices which is currently not committed.

 

b)      Noted the request to Council to approve an increase in the budget of £0.666m for the Cheltenham Road HRA New Build to £3.861m funded from a combination of Right to Buy Receipts 40% and borrowing under the HRA Programme of 60%. Council approval is required due to the value of the virement from the New Build HRA Programme budget exceeding £500k.

 

 

(Reasons for Decisions)

 

·                Utilisation of right to buy receipts, which if not spent within four years have to be returned to the Government with interest.

 

·                To help address the housing need for affordable homes for residents who may not be able to afford private rented homes

 

·                Provide facilities to enable Council meetings to be broadcast and accommodate the potential number of attendees for each meeting.

11.

Budget Forecast 2021/22 as at Period 5 pdf icon PDF 403 KB

To set out the forecast outturn position for the Council based
on the Period 4 monitoring forecasts for the General Fund and
the Housing Revenue Account.

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the Executive:

 

a)        Noted the Council’s forecast outturn position for 2021/22 and the associated risks and other considerations.

 

b)        Noted the assessment of the current deliverability of the 2021/22 saving proposals in Appendix A to this report.

 

 

(Reason for Decision)

 

·                To note the forecast financial position for 2021/22 as at Period 5 and consider the impact on this year and future years budgets

12.

Internal Audit - Bringing the Internal Audit Service In-house pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To provide members with an overview of the current Internal

Audit Service and seeks endorsement for the future service

delivery.

Decision:

That the Executive:

 

a)        Approved the option to bring the Internal Audit Service in-house as set out in the report.

 

b)        Delegate authority to the Executive Member for Finance and Transformation in consultation with the Executive Director for Finance to take the steps necessary to implement the in-house provision of internal audit services including the continuation of services to Councils that were previously supported through the Welland Partnership and other lead authority arrangements.

 

 

(Reason for Decisions)

 

·                To enable the implementation of a single operating model for Internal Audit Services in order to streamline service provision and become a more efficient arrangement which incorporates best practice wherever possible. This should lead to improved service focussed on the needs of the Council.

13.

Lease at Arkwright/Baird Road, Corby

Decision:

(KEY DECISION)

 

That the Executive:

 

a)        Granted the site occupier a single, unbroken lease of 15 years on terms outlined in the report.

 

b)        Delegated authority to agree the lease terms to the Executive Member for Highways Travel and Assets, in consultation with the Assistant Director Assets and Environment.

 

 

(Reason for Decisions)

 

·                This recommendation will provide the Council with the maximum benefit from the land, relative to the constraints outlined in the report.

 

14.

Stanton Cross - South Hill Farm, Finedon

Decision:

(KEY DECISION)

 

That the Executive accepted the early surrender of South Hill Farm on terms outlined in Appendix B of this report.

 

 

(Reason for Decision)

 

·                The recommended course of action is the most cost-effective available and will enable to the Council to meet its contractual and legal obligations in respect of Stanton Cross Landowners Group. Further, it will facilitate ongoing development at the site and ensure that the Council receives future capital receipts from the development of Stanton Cross.