Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 27th February, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Adam Rees 

Items
No. Item

115.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

None.

116.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

117.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2020 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Leader.

118.

Matters Arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

None.

119.

Written Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To receive any questions from members of the public in accordance with Rule 10 of the Council Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

The questions, together with the answers, are appended to the minutes.

120.

Written Questions from Councillors

To receive any questions from Councillors in accordance with Rule 11 of the Council Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

None.

121.

Petitions

To consider any petitions that have been referred to the Cabinet under the Council’s Petition Scheme.

Minutes:

None.

122.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 186 KB

To note the Forward Plan, which lists all upcoming Cabinet decisions and provides notice of key decisions and those expected to be taken in private session.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Forward Plan is noted.

123.

Recent Relevant Decisions Taken by The Leader, Deputy or Portfolio Holder(s)

To note recent Portfolio Holder decisions taken under delegated powers, as attached.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that following decisions are noted.

123a

Portfolio Holder for Housing - 11 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

123b

Leader of the Council - 18 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 41 KB

124.

Local Development Plan - Modifications Prior to Consultation pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

A     Approved the proposed Main Modifications to the Harlow Local Development Plan and the amendments to the Policies Map, as set out in Appendix B, C and D to the report, and provided authority that these now be subject to formal public consultation.

 

B    Delegated authority to the Head of Environment and Planning, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment and the Chair of the Local Development Plan Panel, to forward any responses received to the consultation to the Planning Inspectorate.

 

C    Noted the updated Local Development Scheme, as set out in Appendix E to the report, and approved it for publication.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report which sought approval to begin a formal consultation on the Planning Inspector’s Main Modifications, as well as a number of minor modifications to the Local Plan.

 

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton (seconded by Councillor Mark Ingall) it was:

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

A     Approved the proposed Main Modifications to the Harlow Local Development Plan and the amendments to the Policies Map, as set out in Appendix B, C and D to the report, and provided authority that these now be subject to formal public consultation.

 

B    Delegated authority to the Head of Environment and Planning, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment and the Chair of the Local Development Plan Panel, to forward any responses received to the consultation to the Planning Inspectorate.

 

C    Noted the updated Local Development Scheme, as set out in Appendix E to the report, and approved it for publication.

125.

Town Centre Area Action Plan - Finalisation of Regulation 19 and Submission to Planning Inspectorate for Examination Under Regulation 22 pdf icon PDF 258 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

A     Approved the publication of the revised draftTownCentreArea Action Plan(as setoutatAppendixA to thereport),for thepurposes of consultationunder Regulation19 of theTown andCountryPlanning(Local Planning) (England) Regulations2012 (as amended).

 

B    Delegated authorityto theChief Executive, inconsultationwith the Portfolio Holdersfor EnvironmentandRegeneration,tomake andapproveanyminoror inconsequentialamendmentstotheTownCentreArea ActionPlan arisingfrom thecompletionof ensuingtechnicaldocumentsandanyfurther legaladviceprior toformalpublication.

 

C    Delegated authorityto theChief Executive, inconsultationwith the Portfolio Holdersfor EnvironmentandRegeneration, following the consultation exercise, to submit the Town Centre Area Action Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination under Regulation 22.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report which sought approval to finalise aspects of the Regulation 19 of Town Centre Area Action Plan, and then to submit the Plan for inspection under Regulation 22.

 

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton (seconded by Councillor John Strachan) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     Approved the publication of the revised draftTownCentreArea Action Plan(as setoutatAppendixA to thereport),for thepurposes of consultationunder Regulation19 of theTown andCountryPlanning(Local Planning) (England) Regulations2012 (as amended).

 

B    Delegated authorityto theChief Executive, inconsultationwith the Portfolio Holdersfor EnvironmentandRegeneration,tomake andapproveanyminoror inconsequentialamendmentstotheTownCentreArea ActionPlan arisingfrom thecompletionof ensuingtechnicaldocumentsandanyfurther legaladviceprior toformalpublication.

 

C    Delegated authorityto theChief Executive, inconsultationwith the Portfolio Holdersfor EnvironmentandRegeneration, following the consultation exercise, to submit the Town Centre Area Action Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination under Regulation 22.

126.

Town Wide HMO Article 4 Direction pdf icon PDF 612 KB

Decision:

A     Covenants restricting the use of properties to single family dwellings be enforced, where applicable, with any variation to this being agreed by the Head of Environment and Planning, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for the Environment.

 

B    Cabinet approved the making of a non-immediate Direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 across the whole District to remove permitted development rights from properties for conversion to Houses in Multiple Occupation.

 

C    Cabinet agreed that the final decision on the implementation of the Article 4 Direction will be taken by Cabinet following the completion of the 12 month notification period.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report to approve 12 month notification period for a subsequent Article 4 Direction which would remove permitted development rights from properties for conversion to Houses in Multiple Occupation.

 

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton (seconded by Councillor Mark Wilkinson) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     Covenants restricting the use of properties to single family dwellings be enforced, where applicable, with any variation to this being agreed by the Head of Environment and Planning, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for the Environment.

 

B    Cabinet approved the making of a non-immediate Direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 across the whole District to remove permitted development rights from properties for conversion to Houses in Multiple Occupation.

 

C    Cabinet agreed that the final decision on the implementation of the Article 4 Direction will be taken by Cabinet following the completion of the 12 month notification period.

127.

Disposal of Mobility House and Mobility House Annex pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

A     Declared Mobility House and Mobility House Annex (the Properties) are surplus to requirements.

 

B    Approved plans to dispose of the freehold interest in the Properties conditional upon the purchaser delivering a satisfactory scheme of redevelopment.

 

C    Delegated authority to the Head of Finance and Deputy to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to negotiate and finalise the terms of the disposal and (subject to being satisfied that it would be for the best consideration reasonably obtainable) thereafter procure the legal completion of the sale documentation.

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report which sought approval to dispose of Mobility House and Mobility House Annex.

 

Proposed by Councillor John Strachan (seconded by Councillor Eugenie Harvey) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     Declared Mobility House and Mobility House Annex (the Properties) are surplus to requirements.

 

B    Approved plans to dispose of the freehold interest in the Properties conditional upon the purchaser delivering a satisfactory scheme of redevelopment.

 

C    Delegated authority to the Head of Finance and Deputy to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to negotiate and finalise the terms of the disposal and (subject to being satisfied that it would be for the best consideration reasonably obtainable) thereafter procure the legal completion of the sale documentation.

128.

Charging Policy for Pre-Application Advice pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

A     Approved the introduction ofa charging scheme for pre-application planning advice in accordance with the proposed Charging Schedule and exemptions as setout at Appendix A,to take effectfrom 1 April 2020.

 

B    Delegated authority tothe Head of Environment and Planning, in consultation with the Head ofFinance and the Portfolio Holder for Environment, toreview or update the Charging Schedule.

 

C    Delegated authority tothe Planning and Building Control Manager. in consultation with the Head ofEnvironment and Planning, to decide on the scale of the fees forany mixed-use developments on a case by case basis and clarify exemptions.

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report to approve the introduction of a charging scheme for pre-application advice.

 

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton (seconded by Councillor Mark Wilkinson) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     Approved the introduction ofa charging scheme for pre-application planning advice in accordance with the proposed Charging Schedule and exemptions as setout at Appendix A,to take effectfrom 1 April 2020.

 

B    Delegated authority tothe Head of Environment and Planning, in consultation with the Head ofFinance and the Portfolio Holder for Environment, toreview or update the Charging Schedule.

 

C    Delegated authority tothe Planning and Building Control Manager. in consultation with the Head ofEnvironment and Planning, to decide on the scale of the fees forany mixed-use developments on a case by case basis and clarify exemptions.

129.

Communications from Committees/Working Groups/Parties and Panels

Minutes:

As the duration of the meeting would exceed two hours, it was agreed under paragraph 9.1 of the Council Procedure Rules that the meeting would continue until the remaining business on the agenda had been considered.

129a

Recommendations from Religious Diversity Working Party pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Action Plan, attached as Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the recommendations from the Religious Diversity Working Party.

 

Proposed by Councillor Eugenie Harvey (seconded by Councillor Mark Ingall) it was:

 

RESOLVED that the Action Plan, attached as Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.

130.

Minutes of Panels/Working Groups

To note the following draft minutes of Cabinet appointed bodies. Minutes remain draft until approved by the relevant body.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the following meetings are noted.

130a

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 19 November 2019 of Housing Standards Board pdf icon PDF 98 KB

131.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

None.