Decisions

Decisions published

11/07/2019 - Consultation on the draft 'Gambling Statement of Principles' ref: 1027    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To seek approval to commence public consultation on the Council’s draft “Gambling Statement of Principles”.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 20/07/2019

Decision:

That approval is granted to the commencement of a six week public consultation on the Council’s Gambling Statement of Principles.

 

 

Lead officer: Anne-Marie Coulthard


09/07/2019 - Outturn 2018/19 ref: 1033    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

The Cabinet:

 

1.         Reviewed the Revenue and Capital Outturn report and associated appendices for 2018/29

 

2.         Notes the budget carry forwards shown at paragraph 4.5 and reserve movements shown at section 7 of the report of the Cabinet Member for Finance

 

3.         Notes the Capital slippages from the 2018/19 Capital Programme as detailed in the report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and appendices C and E

 

4.         Notes the change to the Regeneration Reserve Policy to include financing any feasibility work costs in respect of property acquisition and development

 

5.         Approves the introduction of the Crowd Funding initiative for the District of South Kesteven and note the formation of a specific reserve of £100k to fund the initiative for a 1-year pilot period

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.         The report of the Cabinet Member for Finance presenting the outturn position for 2018/19, including variances, in respect of the General Fund and Housing Revenue Accounts’ revenue outturn, capital outturn and commentary thereon, and commentary and review of reserves and a reserves statement

2.         Budget monitoring and management reports presented to the Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee during 2018/19

3.         The outturn report presented to the Governance and Audit Committee on 21 June 2019 and the decisions made by the Committee at that meeting

4.         In-year amendments made to the Budget made by Council

5.         Comments made by the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Governance and Audit Committee on the proposed crowd funding initiative

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

No other options were considered.

 


09/07/2019 - Tenant Involvement Strategy (Key Decision) ref: 1031    For Determination

To consider and approve the Council’s Resident Involvement Strategy as outlined in the approve resident Involvement Framework.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

Cabinet approves the Tenant Involvement Strategy 2019-24 as attached to Appendix 1 of the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing subject to the strategy document being brought in line with corporate branding

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.         The report of the Cabinet Member for Housing on the draft Tenant Involvement Strategy and the draft strategy attached as Appendix 1 to the report

2.         The draft strategy complements the Tenant Involvement Framework which was approved by Cabinet in May 2018

3.         Feedback from the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the Tenant Involvement Framework

4.         Feedback from a workshop held with tenants on 24 May 2019 at which the framework and proposed strategy were discussed

5.         A key commitment within the strategy was to feedback to tenants through the tenants’ newsletter and an annual report detailing outcomes and work undertaken throughout the year

6.         A 3-year satisfaction survey undertaken by the Council that measures how satisfied tenants are with the way the Council provides its services

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

It is a requirement for local authorities (under the Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Standard 2017 from the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the Regulatory Framework for Social Housing) to involve and engage their tenants and therefore to do nothing would place the authority at risk of challenge.

 

Lead officer: Harry Rai


09/07/2019 - Tenancy Agreement (Key Decision) ref: 1030    For Determination

To consider and approve for consultation the Council’s Tenancy Agreement.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

The Cabinet approves the proposed draft Tenancy Agreement as attached as Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing to commence the consultation process with all tenants of South Kesteven District Council in accordance with Sections 102 and 103 of the Housing Act 1985

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.         The report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and draft Tenancy Agreement attached as Appendix 1 to the report and the equality analysis on the draft Tenancy Agreement attached as Appendix 2 to the report

2.         The Council was required to have a Tenancy Agreement that set out obligations for the Council as landlord and its tenants

3.         Sections 102 and 103 of the Housing Act 1985, which set out a requirement for the Council to consult all its tenants on any proposed changes to the Tenancy Agreement

4.         Following the consultation, feedback would be presented to the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee for consideration

5.         Significant proposed changes to the Tenancy Agreement which were outlined in paragraph 1.4 of the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

The Council could choose to retain the current Tenancy Agreement (agreed in 2002) however this did not reflect current needs

 

Lead officer: Harry Rai


09/07/2019 - Housing Strategy 12 month progress update (Key Decision) ref: 1028    For Determination

To consider the annual progress of the implementation plan.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

1.         Cabinet notes and acknowledges the content of the 12-month progress update of the Housing Strategy year one delivery plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing

 

2.         Cabinet notes the current refresh of the Housing Strategy taking place with a view to bringing back the revised document to the Cabinet meeting on 10 September 2019

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.         The report of the Cabinet Member for Housing providing the 12-month progress update on the year one delivery plan for the approved Housing Strategy 2017-2021 and attached as Appendix 1 to the report

2.         The decision made by the Cabinet on 12 April 2018 to adopt the Housing Strategy 2017-2021

3.         The 6-month update on delivery against the year one delivery plan of the Housing Strategy, which was presented to Cabinet on 1 November 2018

4.         The agreement that the Cabinet Member for Housing would regularly monitor progress against the action plan with the first review at 6-months to become annual reports at the end of year one

5.         The 5-year housing development programme

6.         The 2018 review of the Housing Allocations Policy to address overcrowding, under-occupancy and to meet new requirements in the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

7.         Planning applications that had been submitted for two modular housing schemes

8.         The removal of the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap

9.         An assessment of Council-owned (HRA) assets 2018/19, which had informed a longer-term pipeline for housing development

10.      The Housing Enforcement Policy approved by Cabinet on 1 November 2018

11.      The Tenant Fees Act 2019

12.      The equality analysis of the Housing Strategy undertaken in September 2017 and subsequently reviewed

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

No other options were considered.

 

Lead officer: Harry Rai


09/07/2019 - Housing Delivery Test Action Plan (Key Decision) ref: 1032    For Determination

To agree the action plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

The Cabinet approves the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning and delegates authority to the Cabinet Member for Planning to make minor changes to the document prior to its publication

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.         The report of the Cabinet Member for Planning on the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan and the draft action plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report

2.         The Government commitment to improve the delivery of more new homes

3.         The introduction of the Housing Delivery Test by Government as a monitoring tool to demonstrate whether local areas were building enough homes to meeting their housing need

4.         The Housing Delivery Test results which identified South Kesteven was achieving 81% of its housing requirement, which meant that the Council had to plan for a 20% buffer and set out an action plan to increase delivery across the district

5.         Since the Housing Delivery Test results were published, 676 dwellings were completed within South Kesteven, which was above the requirement

6.         Consultation with key landowners, developers and stakeholders in the production of the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan

7.         Clarifications required within section 6 of the document to ensure actions were aligned to the correct council

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

The Cabinet could choose not to approve the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan. This was not recommended as it was contrary to Government requirements.

 

A further alternative would be to amend the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan. This was intended to be a working plan, so there was scope for the Cabinet to make revisions in light of a further comments on the plan.

Lead officer: Roger Ranson


09/07/2019 - Tenancy Strategy (Key Decision) ref: 1029    For Determination

To consider and approve the Tenancy Strategy for South Kesteven District.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

Cabinet approves the draft South Kesteven Tenancy Strategy for formal consultation subject to an amendment of the wording in respect of DeliverSK (page 36 of the agenda pack) and a further report which will be presented to Cabinet to consider and adopt the strategy following consultation

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.         The report of the Cabinet Member for Housing on the draft Tenancy Strategy (Appendix 1 to the report)

2.         The equality analysis undertaken on the draft Tenancy Strategy attached as Appendix 2 to the report

3.         Section 150 of the Localism Act 2011, which required all local housing authorities to produce a Tenancy Strategy

4.         The Council’s existing Tenancy Strategy, which was adopted in 2013 and required review

5.         The Tenancy Strategy aims to make best use of the Council’s housing stock

6.         Longer-term tenancies were especially important to households with dependent children and vulnerable people and helped facilitate more balanced and mixed communities

7.         The requirement placed on local authorities to offer advice and assistance to tenants at the end of a fixed-term tenancy

8.         Longer-term, secured tenancies would help tenants who were in a position to buy as they could buy their property under the Right to Buy

9.         Fixed term tenancies had the potential to undermine community cohesion while making it difficult to achieve tenant involvement and empowerment

10.      Longer-term secure tenancies were more likely to create settled and stable homes

11.      A potential benefit of shorter-term tenancies in the social rented market was ensuring tenancies were reserved for households that did not have sufficient income to rent or buy in the private market

12.      Shorter-term tenancies could provide greater opportunities to deal with tenants who caused anti-social behaviour or were in rent arrears

13.      Affordability information showed that many households needed social housing because the private rented sector was too expensive

14.      Consultation would be undertaken with registered social landlords operating within the district as they would be expected to use the strategy as a guide for their own operation

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

No other options were considered.

 

Lead officer: Harry Rai


08/07/2019 - Work Plan for Food and Health and Safety Enforcement 2019/20 ref: 1026    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval for the Work Plan for Food and Health and Safety Enforcement for 2019/20.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 17/07/2019

Decision:

That the Work Plan for Food and Health and Safety Enforcement for 2019/20 is approved.

Lead officer: Anne-Marie Coulthard


08/07/2019 - Disposal of Market Deeping Town Hall, Market Place, Market Deeping PE6 8EA ref: 1025    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval for the freehold disposal of Market Deeping Town Hall by way of gift to Market Deeping Town Council.

Decision Maker: The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business Transformation and Property

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 17/07/2019

Decision:

That approval is granted for the freehold disposal of Market Deeping Town Hall by way of gift to Market Deeping Town Council as outlined in report PD0117.

 

 

Lead officer: Chris Pike