Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 14th January 2020 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Morecambe Town Hall

Contact: Liz Bateson, Democratic Services - telephone (01524) 582047 or email  ebateson@lancaster.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

49.

Minutes

To receive as a correct record the minutes of Cabinet held on Tuesday, 3 December 2019 (previously circulated). 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 3 December 2019 were approved as a correct record.

 

50.

Items of Urgent Business Authorised by the Leader

To consider any such items authorised by the Leader and to consider where in the agenda the item(s) are to be considered. 

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there were no items of urgent business.

51.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Councillors of interests in respect of items on this Agenda. 

Councillors are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Councillors should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Councillors are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct. 

 

Minutes:

No declarations were made at this point.

 

52.

Public Speaking

To consider any such requests received in accordance with the approved procedure. 

 

Minutes:

Members were advised that there had been no requests to speak at the meeting in accordance with Cabinet’s agreed procedure.

 

At this point the Chair requested that standing order 17 (Cabinet Procedure Rule 17) be suspended to allow for questions to be taken from all members as the reports were introduced.  The proposal was moved by Councillor Reynolds, seconded by Councillor Brookes and unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1)          That Standing Order 17 (Cabinet Procedure Rule 17) be suspended.

53.

Residential Conversions and Houses in Multiple Occupation Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 242 KB

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Reynolds)

 

Report of Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Reynolds)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration which advised Members of the Draft Residential Conversions and Houses in Multiple Occupation Supplementary Planning Document.  The approval of Cabinet was sought for progression of the document through the statutorily defined consultation process required for its adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document within the Local Plan suite of advice and guidance material.

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the report as follows:

 

Option 1:

The Draft SPD is progressed through the statutorily defined consultation/adoption process

 

Advantages:

The SPD will provide guidance for determining planning applications for HMOs

 

Consultation and appropriate consideration of the responses will ensure that the SPD can be afforded weight when determining planning applications.

 

Disadvantages:

No disadvantages

 

Risks:

No risks

 

Option 2:

The Draft SPD is not taken through the statutorily defined consultation/adoption process

 

Advantages:

No advantages

 

Disadvantages:

The SPD will not be afforded weight in decision making

 

Risks:

No risks

 

 

The officer preferred option is Option 1 - progressing the Draft SPD through the formal process will provide Officers with a methodology for determining planning applications for HMOs and applicants with guidance. Progressing the SPD through the formal process will ensure that it can be given weight in the decision making process.

 

Councillor Reynolds proposed, seconded by Councillor Hamilton-Cox:-

 

“That the recommendation, as set out in the report, be approved.”

 

Councillors then voted:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1)          That the Draft Residential Conversions and Houses in Multiple Occupation Supplementary Planning Document be approved and progressed through the statutorily defined consultation/adoption process.

 

Officer responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

The draft Supplementary Planning Document builds upon policies in the emerging Local Plan, particularly policy DM13, which aims to ensure a balanced community.  Adopting the supplementary planning document will aid property owners, planning applicants and planning officers in preparing and determining applications in relation to HMOS. 

Councillor Parr left the meeting at this point

54.

Priorities Update pdf icon PDF 359 KB

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Lewis)

 

Report of the Chief Executive 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Lewis)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Chief Executive, which set out a summary of Cabinet’s strategic priorities for the purpose of informing budget decisions for 2020-21 and future years. Cabinet were requested to endorse and refer the priorities for adoption by Full Council on 29 January 2020. No options were provided.

 

Councillor Lewis proposed, seconded by Councillor Jackson:-

 

“That the recommendations, as set out in the report, be approved.”

 

Councillors then voted:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1)          That Cabinet adopt the priorities set out in Appendix A, and appended to the minutes, to support strategic decision-making.

 

(2)          That Cabinet considers these priorities as the basis for the 2020-21 budget.

 

(3)          That Cabinet refers the priorities for adoption by Full Council at its meeting on 29 January 2020.

 

Officers responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Chief Executive

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

Adopting the priorities at an outline level will ensure sufficient clarity and substance to provide a basis for Cabinet to make its budget recommendations for 2020-21 and beyond.  The priorities will eventually supersede those set out in Ambitions: Our Council Plan 2018-22.  The initial adoption by Cabinet and referral to Council will inform further consultation and development in detail towards a comprehensive strategic plan. 

55.

Budget & Policy Framework Update - General Fund and Capital Programme pdf icon PDF 291 KB

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Whitehead)

 

Report of Director of Corporate Services  - (report to follow)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Whitehead)

 

Cabinet received a draft report from the Director of Corporate Services that summarised the latest budget and council tax proposals for 2020/21 and outlined the work to be undertaken in respect of the Capital Strategy and Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the report as follows:

 

Regarding the budget strategy, Cabinet may approve the proposals as set out, or require changes to be made to the suggested approach.  The overriding aim of any budget setting process is to approve a balanced budget by statutory deadlines, allocating resources to help ensure delivery of the Council’s corporate and service ambitions.  The proposed approach is in line with that broad aim and any changes that Cabinet puts forward should also be framed in that context.

 

In term of the actual budget position, this report puts forward a balanced budget. If Cabinet agrees the budget then it will form their proposal to Budget Scrutiny Panel on 21 January 2020 and to Council on 29 January 2020. The feedback from these meetings will be considered by Cabinet and incorporated into a final budget proposal which will be considered at the Cabinet meeting on 11 February 2020 and recommended to Council on 26 February 2020.

 

The 151 officer stressed that this was a very ambitious budget aligning resources against the new priorities to facilitate economic growth.  Whilst the budget was balanced for 2020/21 some underlying assumptions with regard to income and the underlying structural deficit needed to be addressed. The Director for Corporate Services explained that the Funding for the Future was intended to address the structural deficit and without progressing the capital schemes the budget gap would get wider.

 

Councillor Whitehead proposed, seconded by Councillor Hanson:-

 

“That the recommendations, as set out in the report be approved with the following insertion at the end of recommendation (2): ‘subject to the refinement of any technical and material errors that may be identified.”

 

Councillors then voted:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1)          That Cabinet make recommendations to Council regarding the Lancaster City Council element of the Council Tax as set out in paragraph 3.4 (option one) of this report which is a £5 increase to the Band D Council Tax (from £226.95 to £231.95).

(2)          That Cabinet makes recommendations regarding its initial budget proposals as set out in section 4 and appendix one of this report subject to the refinement of any technical and material errors that may be identified.

 

(3)          That the recommendations and proposals in this report be referred to Council on 29 January for initial consideration as well as being presented for scrutiny by Budget and Performance Panel on 21 January, in order that any feedback can be provided to Cabinet at its 11 February meeting.

 

Officer responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Director of Corporate Services

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

The budget represents in financial terms what the Council is seeking to achieve through its  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.

56.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

This is to give further notice in accordance with Part 2, paragraph 5 (4) and 5 (5) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 of the intention to take the following items in private.  

 

Cabinet is recommended to pass the following recommendation in relation to the following items:- 

 

“That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business, on the grounds that they could involve the possible disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of that Act.” 

 

Members are reminded that, whilst the following item(s) have been marked as exempt, it is for Cabinet itself to decide whether or not to consider each of them in private or in public.  In making the decision, Members should consider the relevant paragraph of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and also whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.  In considering their discretion Members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers. 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Hanson and seconded by Councillor Hamilton-Cox:-

 

“That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business, on the grounds that it could involve the possible disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of that Act.”

 

Members then voted as follows:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1)        That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business, on the grounds that it could involve the possible disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of that Act. 

 

 

 

57.

Morecambe Winter Gardens

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Whitehead)

 

Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration -  (report to follow)

Minutes:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Parr)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration with regard to the Winter Gardens which was exempt from publication by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the exempt report:

 

It was proposed by Councillor Whitehead, seconded by Councillor Hanson and resolved unanimously:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1)          The resolution is set out in a minute exempt from publication by virtue ofparagraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Officers responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration

Director of Corporate Services

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

The decision is consistent with the Council’s priorities.  Exactly how the decision fits with those priorities is set out in the exempt minute.

 

58.

Investment Proposals

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Whitehead)

 

Report of Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration

Minutes:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Whitehead)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration to consider a property investment acquisition.  The report was exempt from publication by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the exempt report:

 

Councillor Jackson left the meeting during consideration of the item and was not present at the time of the vote.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Whitehead, seconded by Councillor Hanson and resolved unanimously by those present:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1)          The resolution is set out in an minute exempt from publication by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act, 1972.

 

Officers responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration

Director of Corporate Services

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

The decision is consistent with the Council’s priorities.  Exactly how the decision fits with those priorities is set out in the exempt minute.