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Items
No. Item

100.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

None

101.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2014 were approved and signed as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor R Pritchard and seconded by Councillor J Oates)

102.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.

 

When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest.

 

 

The order of business was changed to deal with the Golf Course Re-Development Project report first.

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

103.

Question Time:

To answer questions from members of the public pursuant to Executive Procedure Rule No. 13

Minutes:

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC                NO.1

Under Schedule 4, 13, Mr K Dolman, 7 Saint Andrews, Amington, Tamworth asked the Portfolio Holder for Economy and Education, Councillor S Claymore, the following question:-

 

"Given that the Local Plan was withdrawn following serious concerns made by the Plan Inspector David Vickary with regard to proposed changes and a lack of consultation (Letter to Mr A Roberts, Development Plan Manager from Inspector David Vickery 15th February 2013) is it not the case that as the Council works towards a new plan they are still in disarray and that decisions regarding potentail housing developments are being rushed in order to include them into the Local Plan?"

 

Councillor S Claymore gave the following response:

 

When the work was being carried out on the original core strategy of the then LDF (Local development framework) the guidelines at that time allowed for a much more flexible approach to producing LDF documents, the two main documents that could be produced were a core strategy and a site allocations document. However, towards the later part of our work, changes to national planning policy came into force which at the time were not clear and relatively untested in terms of external examination by the planning inspector. The submission draft of our core strategy / local plan was passed through full council where it was agreed to submit our plan in its then current format.

 

During the subsequent exploratory meeting and within the letter you refer to from David Vickery, the Planning Inspector, we were informed that we should specifically allocate more housing land to meet our housing needs. Our suggested modifications to allow for these changes in policy and to address the inspectors concerns would, in his words (I am concerned that these modifications might open the local plan to legal challenge.) he also went on to state that (the local plan would be very substantially and significantly different to the plan publicly consulted upon and then submitted for examination).

 

At no point in his letter does he refer to any lack of consultation to date. He did suggest that the most appropriate action is for the Council to withdraw the Tamworth local plan allowing us to make the modifications and to republish it for public consultation.

 

A report then went to full council in March last year recommending we do exactly that and this was unanimously supported. Council also established a cross party working group to oversee the revisions to the Local plan.

 

Our officers set out a clear work programme of what work was needed to be done and this has been kept to.

 

Since May last year work has been continuing to assess the potential of housing sites, which involves a technical and sustainability appraisal of each site and these sites have been sent to some 34 separate bodies for technical appraisal, including the Environment Agency, Staffordshire County Council,  Severn Trent and Natural England.

 

 In order to inform the long list of options for the future  ...  view the full minutes text for item 103.

104.

Golf Course Re-development Project pdf icon PDF 70 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Economy and Education)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Report of the Portfolio Holder for Economy and Education updating members on matters relating to the implementation of the preferred future option for Tamworth Golf Course (minute 91; 23rd January 2014) and seeking approval of recommendations relating to the implementation of the preferred option was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That:

 

1

The proposed engagement strategy be postponed for one month, and;

 

2

The recommended approach for disposal of the site through an unconditional sale following outline planning consent being secured be postponed for one month, and;

 

3

As part of the budget process, the creation of a new Transformation Reserve (revenue) of £300k, financed from the current earmarked capital reserve, to fund the survey costs outlined within the report be approved, and;

 

4

The procurement of the relevant technical and legal support, including authorising the Director of Planning, Partnerships, and Communities and the Director of Assets & Environment to enter into contract with the most advantageous providers of Assets & Environment to enter into contract with the most advantageous providers of these services be approved, and;

 

5

A waiver of financial regulations to allow for the commissioning of the NHBC Land Quality Endorsement Service be approved.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

 

105.

Matters Referred to the Cabinet in Accordance with the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules

None

Minutes:

None.

106.

Corporate Vision, Priorities Plan, Budget & Medium Term Financial Strategy 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 652 KB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Report of the Leader of the Council seeking approval for the Single Corporate Vision and Strategic Priorities for 2014/15, the recommended package of budget proposals and to comply with the requirement of the Council’s Treasury Management Policy in reporting to Council the proposed strategy for the forthcoming year and the Local Government Act 2003 with the reporting of the Prudential Indicators was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

That all 26 recommendations as contained in the report be approved.

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

 

107.

Quarter Three 2013/14 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 28 KB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Report of the Leader of the Council providing Cabinet with a performance health-check was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

That following a review of the HRA capital programme the predicted outturn be noted and the revised project budgets be approved.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

 

108.

Cabinet Report for Write Offs 01/04/13 - 31/12/13 pdf icon PDF 28 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Operations and Assets)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Report of the Portfolio Holder for Operations and Assets providing members with details of write offs from 1 April 2013 to 31 December 2013 was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

That the amount of debt written off be endorsed.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor R Pritchard and seconded by Councillor D Cook)

 

109.

Conservation Grant Applications pdf icon PDF 1 MB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Economy and Education)

Minutes:

The Report of the Portfolio Holder for Economy and Education seeking approval for two grant applications was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That:

 

1

A grant of £7,649 is made in respect of 110 Lichfield Street, Tamworth, and;

 

2

A grant of £7,777 is made in respect of 14 Aldergate, Tamworth subject to the additional condition that it is dependent upon the grant of the appropriate planning consents.

 

 

 

(Moved by Councillor S Claymore and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

 

110.

Refresh of the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent pdf icon PDF 37 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Waste Management)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Report of the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Waste Management seeking Cabinet endorsement of the refreshed Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent municipal waste strategy was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

That the refreshed Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent be adopted.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor S Doyle and seconded by Councillor D Cook)

 

111.

The Council's Approach to Green Deal and ECO pdf icon PDF 54 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Public Housing and Vulnerable People)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Report of the Portfolio Holder for Public Housing and Vulnerable People seeking agreement to the Councils approach to the delivery of Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

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That:

1

A local agency model approach to deliver energy efficiency schemes for residents in Tamworth be adopted, and;

 

2

Authority to procure an appropriately qualified organisation to undertake the local agency role on behalf of the Council is delegated to the Portfolio Holder for Public Housing and Vulnerable People and the Director of Housing and Health.

 

 

 

(Moved by Councillor M Greatorex and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

 

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

112.

Re-designation of Council Owned Properties - Landlord Services

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Public Housing and Vulnerable People)

Minutes:

The Report of the Portfolio Holder for Public Housing and Vulnerable People setting out the arrangements for re-designating council owned properties that have been identified as a result of implementing the Welfare Reform Act 2012 was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

That the recommendations as contained in the report be approved.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor M Greatorex and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

 

 

113.

Pay Policy 2014

(Report of the Leader of Council)

Minutes:

The Report of the Leader of the Council detailing Tamworth Borough Council’s reviewed Pay Policy Statement so that statutory guidance as set out in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

That the recommendations as contained in the report be approved.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)