Decisions

Decisions published

10/09/2019 - Climate change emergency ref: 1041    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 10/09/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/09/2019

Effective from: 10/09/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

1.            Cabinet recommends to Council that South Kesteven District Council declares a ‘climate emergency’

 

2.            In response to this, Cabinet recommends that Council:

 

a.    Confirms the political ambition to reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint by 2030 and to become net-zero carbon by 2050. This encompasses the Council’s wholly owned companies

 

b.    Recognises the importance of the much more far-reaching impact of the Council’s community leadership role to reduce South Kesteven’s carbon footprint (e.g. residents, businesses, other public sector organisations, visitors/commuters, etc.)

 

c.    Requests the Interim Chief Executive to establish a ‘Climate Change Action’ task and finish group to

 

                                          i.    Identify how the Council’s activities can work towards being net-zero carbon

                                        ii.    Consider the latest climate science and expert advice on solutions

                                       iii.    Consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities

                                       iv.    Establish any budgetary implications

                                        v.    Liaise with the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and report initial findings to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee in spring 2020

 

d.    Allocate up to £50,000 to enable external advice and the recruitment of a Climate Change Officer with the agreement of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to drive forward the Council’s ambition to be net-zero carbon

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            Report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations on declaring a climate emergency

2.            The Paris Climate Change Agreement to combat climate change and accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future of which the UK was a signatory

3.            The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report: ‘Global Warming of 1.5 degree Celsius’ published in October 2018

4.            The report of the government advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change, which was published in May 2019 and the response to that report by the Government and local councils

5.            The impact of extreme weather events (heat waves, flooding and snow) on Council services

6.            Net-zero carbon means balancing carbon dioxide emissions with the removal/sequestering of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; it is reliant on reducing carbon emissions and carbon off-setting

7.            Delivery of a net-zero carbon position would have financial implications for the authority

8.            Where the Council was undertaking growth or development schemes, sustainability and a commitment to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint would be embedded

9.            The Council would undertake robust business cases for all new development and major refurbishment projects to consider their environmental impact

10.         A schedule of planned improvements in relation to housing and the Council’s housing stock

11.         Identification of the main areas of carbon use in respect of commercial and operations, opportunities to use technology to offset that impact and current limitations to that technology

12.         Opportunities to design services to enable more environmentally-friends customer access channels and delivery mechanisms as well as the way the organisation utilises and deploys corporate resources

13.         Opportunities to influence the providers of external services and the Council’s wider supply chain of goods and services to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible

14.         A climate change workshop of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 30 June 2019

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

The Council could decide to take no action but it is proposed that a tipping point has been reached where inaction is no longer tenable. Alternatively, the organisation could take more aggressive action – in line with some councils – and declare that the authority will be net-zero carbon by 2030, however, without significantly more work it is not possible to accurately gauge the practicalities, implications and costs of this commitment.

 


10/09/2019 - University Centre, South Kesteven (Key Decision) ref: 1039    For Determination

To utilise GLLEP approved funding of £2million to deliver a higher education centre on the first floor of the St Peter’s Hill Cinema Development including contributions to the shell building and public realm

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 10/09/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/09/2019

Effective from: 10/09/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

1.            To enter into a contract with Lindum Construction Services Ltd to deliver the capital fit out works for the University Centre, Grantham to a total value not exceeding £680,000

 

2.            To delegate in-project decisions to the Interim Chief Executive and Strategic Director, Growth, in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            The report of the Cabinet Member for Growth on the delivery of the University Centre SK project

2.            A £2m grant from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) to construct a new University Technology and Innovation Centre

3.            The partnership with the University of Lincoln to offer higher education courses, responding to skills development needs in South Kesteven

4.            Management of the capital delivery of the University Centre by InvestSK in partnership with the Council’s Property Team

5.            Liaison with the University of Lincoln and local businesses to development the education and skills programme

6.            The appointment of Lindum Construction Services through the SCAPE framework to undertake the feasibility and pre-construction phases of the design of the University Centre

7.            In order to meet the requirements within the GLLEP contract, capital fit out works must be completed by January 2020

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

An alternative procurement process for the capital works could have been adopted for the delivery of this project, however, this would have lengthened the programme and may have had an adverse impact on achieving the GLLEP contractual outputs.

 

Lead officer: Ken Lyon


10/09/2019 - Witham Slea Blue/Green Corridor (Key Decision) ref: 1040    For Determination

An ERDF funded programme seeking to regenerate the waterways and green spaces in the locations of Grantham and Sleaford to provide a higher quality environment for residents and wider ecosystem which run the length of the urban areas.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 10/09/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/09/2019

Effective from: 10/09/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

1.            That the authority enters into a Funding Agreement with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government

 

2.            To delegate the signing of the contract to the Cabinet Member for Growth and the Strategic Director, Growth

 

3.            That the authority appoints a suitable Cabinet Member to the board for this programme of works and delegates in-project decisions to the project board

 

4.            The Cabinet recommends to Council an amendment of £1,056,615 to the Budget Framework to include expenditure in relation to the Witham Slea Blue / Green programme as per the financing arrangements set out in paragraphs 1.1 and 1.2 of the report of the Cabinet Member for Growth

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            The report of the Cabinet Member for Growth seeking authority to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government

2.            A grant in-principle of £743,831 from the European Regional Development Fund in April 2019 to deliver 14 projects along the Witham and Slea

3.            Match-funding from North Kesteven District Council, the Environment Agency and the National Trust

4.            Agreed funding from SKDC of £180,000 across 3 years from 2019 to 2022 (included within the 2019/20 Budget)

5.            South Kesteven District Council was acting as the lead partner in the programme

6.            South Kesteven District Council would enter into an agreement with the other partners to set out the terms of the partnership and safeguard SKDC with the delivery of the programme

7.            A two-person team employed by SKDC would manage the delivery of the project

8.            The outputs would support environmental and physical infrastructure for 6,000 houses across Grantham and Sleaford over the next 20 years, develop access for 13,700 residents, improve 7.05 hectares of blue/green areas and conserve 5 hectares of land

9.            The programme and projects align with the shared plans of Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and North Kesteven and South Kesteven District Councils

10.         Presentations made to the Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 13 December 2017 and 14 February 2018

11.         Consultation on specific projects with members of the public who represent local interest groups

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

Alternative options for delivering these projects were considered. However, the other environmental programmes (e.g. Countryside Stewardship Scheme) were unable to fund all of the projects. This would result in a fragmented delivery programme and omits the partnership and resources which are available for the proposed programme. The funding ratios would be lower and not all of the programme activities would have been eligible.

 

The project could continue without ERDF funding, but this would have the result of reducing the total operating budget by 60% to £492,786. This would severely impact the delivery of the projects and reduce the overall outputs of the programme that can be delivered. This option negatively impacts the support and resources of the overall scheme.

Lead officer: Ken Lyon


10/09/2019 - Local Plan (Key Decision) ref: 1038    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 10/09/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/09/2019

Effective from: 10/09/2019

Decision:

Decision

 

1.            Cabinet approves the schedule of main modifications to the Local Plan following its public examination, as set out in Appendices 1 and 2 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning and the addendum circulated at the Cabinet meeting, for public consultation in order that the plan is found sound

 

2.            Cabinet approves the draft Local Development Scheme as set out in Appendix 4 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning setting out the timetable for the Local Plan and associated development plan documents

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.            The report of the Cabinet Member for Planning on the Local Plan – proposed main modifications

2.            The decision of Council on 24 May 2018 to approve the Local Plan for its statutory consultation and subsequent submission to the Secretary of State

3.            Public examination of the Local Plan during May 2019

4.            Requirements within the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 in respect of the submission of the Local Plan

5.            Provisions within the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) allowing the making of modifications following submission of the Plan for its inspection and prior to adoption

6.            Modifications required by the Inspector that were considered necessary to make the submitted Local Plan ‘sound’, enabling its adoption by Council

7.            Appendix 1 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning setting out the schedule of ‘main modifications’ and Appendix 2, which set out related changes to the policies map

8.            The Local Sustainability Appraisal attached as Appendix 3 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning

9.            An addendum to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning which was circulated at the Cabinet meeting and corrected errors contained in the report circulated with the agenda pack

10.         The timetable which would see consultation on the proposed main modifications, policies map modifications and the accompanying sustainability appraisal running for 6 weeks from 30 September 2019

11.         Legislative provisions for making additional minor modifications on which it was not necessary to undertake consultation; making any such modification was delegated to the Strategic Director, Growth in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member by Council on 24 May 2018

12.         A revised Local Development Scheme setting out the timetable for taking the Plan forward to adoption attached as Appendix 4 to the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning

13.         Comments made by the Finance, Economic Development and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 5 September 2019

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

Whilst the main modifications are suggestions, in reality they are required to ensure that the Local Plan is found sound through its independent examination and take account of all the evidence presented at the public hearing of the examination. The only other available option for the Cabinet is to not accept the main modifications. This is not recommended as it would lead to the Local Plan being found unsound and therefore the Council would need to start the production of a new Local Plan. This would result in a lack of adopted local planning policies to guide future development proposals in the meantime.