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Agenda and decisions

Venue: Council Chamber, Stamford Town Hall, St. Mary's Hill, Stamford, PE9 2DR

Contact: Jo Toomey 

Items
No. Item

2.

Minutes of previous meetings

                                                                                                                  (Enclosure)

2a

Minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 166 KB

2b

Minutes of the meeting held on 4 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

3.

Disclosure of Interests (if any)

4.

Article 4 Direction, Stamford pdf icon PDF 450 KB

Report number DM15 of the Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications.   (Enclosure)

Decision:

Decision:

 

The Cabinet recommends that Council

 

  1. Confirms the Article 4 Direction for Stamford Conservation Area as drafted and attached as Appendix 1 to report number DM15 and to cancel the existing Warrenne Keep Article 4 Direction, both effective from 1 December 2018
  2. The introduction of a fee of £206 for each planning application arising from the Direction
  3. That any income surplus generated from the designation of this Article 4 Direction is ringfenced for future investment within the area covered by the Direction.

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            Report number DM15 of the Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications including the draft Article 4 Direction for Stamford Conservation Area (attached as Appendix 1 to the report)

2.            The decision made by Cabinet on 12 April 2018 to approve the commencement of a formal process to remove permitted development rights for specific types of development within the Stamford Conservation Area

3.            The increasing number of alterations being carried out under permitted development rights that may be harmful to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area

4.            Feedback from a period of public consultation on the proposed introduction of an Article 4 Direction for Stamford Conservation Area including written representations and feedback from drop-in sessions

5.            Comments submitted by Stamford Town Council and Stamford Civic Society

6.            The proposed £206 fee was the same as the fee payable by householders for an application for works that are not permitted development

7.            The proposed application fee was intended to cover the cost of processing an application

8.            Comments made by Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 17 October 2018

9.            The equality analysis attached as Appendix 3 to report number DM15

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

To not designate an Article 4 Direction or for the Direction to apply to a smaller area. However, there has been no area-wide control over permitted development across the Stamford Conservation Area since it was first designated in 1967 and there has since been a gradual erosion of the architectural details and of historic fabric to a significant number of unlisted buildings to the detriment of the character and appearance of the Conservation Area as a whole.

5.

*Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Report number ENV708 of the Cabinet Member for Environment.    (Enclosure)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Decision:

 

Cabinet

 

1.            Approves the draft South Kesteven District Council Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy

2.            Delegates authority to the Cabinet Member for Housing to make minor amendments to the policy that may be required to support its continued effectiveness

 

Reasons for decisions

 

1.            Report number ENV708 of the Cabinet Member for Housing and the draft policy attached as Appendix 1 to the report

2.            The number of homes in the private rented sector in South Kesteven totalled approximately 12,700

3.            The priority theme within the Housing Strategy 2017-2021 to encourage, support and regulate the private sector to provide well managed, safe homes

4.            New legislation that introduced a range of measures to target the small minority of landlords and agents who rent out substandard accommodation and harass their tenants

5.            Provisions within the Housing Act 2004 that allow the Council to recover reasonable expenses related to certain functions

6.            The summary of responses received as a result of consultation on the draft policy

7.            The initial equality analysis attached as Appendix 2 to report number ENV708

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

The Council is not obliged to introduce civil penalties as an alternative to prosecution and could continue with the current enforcement options. However, the enforcement policy will still require updating to reflect the recent changes to legislation.

6.

*Ward Member Grant Scheme pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Report number CFM476 of the Cabinet Member for Finance and the Cabinet Member for Communities, Health, Wellbeing and Skills.                                                              (Enclosure)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Decision:

 

Cabinet:

 

1.    Notes the performance of the Ward Member grant scheme pilot during the first 6 months as set out in report number CFM476, together with details of organisations that have benefited from grants

2.    Agrees that any unspent monies at the end of the year be transferred to the main Community Fund

3.    Recommends to Council that an allocation be made for 2019/20 as part of the budget framework proposals in February 2019 and if agreed this should include a further review of the scheme after 6 months, i.e. as at 30 September 2019

4.    Approves the amendments to enable the streamlining of the approval process as set out in paragraph 1.11 of report number CFM476

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            Report number CFM476 of the Cabinet Members for Finance and Communities, Health, Wellbeing and Skills

2.            Recommendations made by the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 23 January 2018 prior to the introduction of the pilot scheme

3.            The pilot scheme approved by Cabinet on 8 March 2018, together with approval by Council of a one-year budget allocation of £56,000

4.            An update on performance of the pilot scheme which was considered by the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 9 October 2018

5.            Overview information on the take-up of the scheme and grants issued, including the organisations that had benefited from the scheme

6.            Recommendations made by the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee relating to the approval process for grants, which was considered to be disproportionate given the scale of the sums involved

7.            The application form used for the pilot scheme during 2018/19 (attached as Appendix A to report CFM476)

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

To not renew the Ward Member grant scheme following the 2018/19 pilot

7.

Housing Strategy 1 year delivery plan pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Report number HS07 of the Cabinet Member for Housing.          (Enclosure)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Decision:

 

Cabinet notes the content of the six-month progress update against the year one delivery plan as attached at Appendix A of report number HS07

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            Report number HS07 of the Cabinet Member for Housing

2.            Appendix A to report HS07, showing the status of the agreed actions within the year one delivery plan of the Council’s Housing Strategy and comments thereon

3.            Outcomes in the Housing Strategy which were designed to improve the delivery of affordable housing, provide choice to enable people to live independently, ensure quality housing in the private rented sector and support housing need

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

Not applicable

8.

Tenants Survey results pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report number HS8 of the Cabinet Member for Housing.            (Enclosure)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Decision

 

Cabinet notes the outcome of the Survey of Tenants and Residents as set out in Appendix A to report number HS8

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            Report number HS8 of the Cabinet Member for Housing

2.            The summary of findings from the Survey of Tenants and Residents included Appendix A of report HS8

3.            The overview of proposed actions listed in report HS8

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

That the costs and efforts to improve satisfaction levels outweigh potential benefits and that 83% satisfaction is an acceptable position.

9.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview & Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Report number LDS324 of the Leader of the Council.                   (Enclosure)

10.

Representations received from Non Cabinet Members pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Report number LDS326 of the Leader of the Council.                   (Enclosure)

11.

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Report number LDS327 of the Leader of the Council.                   (Enclosure)

Additional documents:

12.

Items raised by Cabinet Members including reports on Key and Non Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers. pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Report number LDS325 of the Leader of the Council.                   (Enclosure)

Additional documents:

Date decisions effective:

Date decisions effective:

 

Decisions CO48 and CO49 (2) and (4) as made on Thursday, 1 November 2018 can be implemented on Monday 12 November 2018, unless subject to call-in by the Chairman of the relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee or any five members of the Council from any political group.

 

The recommendations made at item CO47 stand referred to Council on 22 November 2018 while recommendation CO49(3) will be captured as part of the 2019/20 Budget-setting process.