Thursday, 29th October, 2020 7.30 pm

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Contact: Lisa Thornett 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

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


Minutes pdf icon PDF 315 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2020.


Communications from the Chair


Petitions from the Public


Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 189 KB


Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 224 KB


Motions from Councillors


Local Government Reform

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


“This Council believes that the anticipated Government white paper on Local Government reorganisation is premature and ill-timed and agrees that:


             i)        The current district council system has delivered, and continues to deliver high quality services for local residents;


            ii)        Any combined authority or unitary arrangement will create a democratic deficit with less accountability to Harlow residents; and


           iii)        The focus on Covid-19 recovery, and the challenges currently faced by local authorities as a result, means that additional pressures of reorganisation from any Government proposal are ill-timed.


The Council therefore requests that the Leader of the Council writes to the Secretary of State expressing the Council’s view in the strongest terms.”



Sam's Place

Proposed by Councillor Chris Vince (seconded by Councillor Shannon Jezzard):


“Harlow Council opposes the requirement of Essex County Council to impose charges for the use of Sam's place, a cherished facility which provides play and socialising opportunities for disabled children and respite for parents.


This Council requests that the Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing writes to Essex County Council asking them to reconsider their ‘people must start to get used to paying for social care’ approach and allow Harlow to continue delivering the Sam's place service without charge.”


Green Flag Awards

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton (seconded by Councillor Eugenie Harvey):


“This Council welcomes the prestigious Green Flag Awards with Harlow Museum Walled Gardens and Harlow Mill joining Parndon Wood and Harlow Town Park as examples of the UK’s very best green spaces. The awards recognise and reward well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.


Whilst the Town Park is owned by the Council and maintained by Oofficers, HTS and volunteer teams, and Parndon Wood Nature Reserve is maintained by the Council and local organisation ECCO, Harlow Mill is maintained by the Canal and River Trust.


These awards are a testament to the work that Council Officers, HTS, ECCO and our brilliant volunteers carry out each and every week. The support our local volunteers provide is so valuable and in particularly we would like to thank the Museum Garden volunteers, the Green Team volunteers, Parndon Wood’s Wildspace Volunteers, the Harlow Conservation Volunteers, Town Park Volunteers and the Friends of Pets’ Corner who put in so much hard work to keep these spaces looking beautiful.


This Council requests that the Covid-19 Recovery Working Group investigates ways and means by which these wonderful spaces could be further utilised by residents and visitors to support the physical and mental health of the community during the Pandemic.”


References from Cabinet and Committees


Referral from Cabinet - Resolution in Principle to use Compulsory Purchase Powers to Advance the Development of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town pdf icon PDF 193 KB

i)        Cabinet recommended to Full Council that, in principle, the Council agrees to use powers available to it under section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to compulsorily purchase land within the District to support development where in conformity with the Harlow Local Development Plan (subject to its adoption) in order to achieve the planning benefits set out within the Plan.Noting that this in no way predetermines or circumvents the formal planning process.


ii)        Cabinet recommended to Full Council that, in principle, where Harlow District Council is landowner, or through the process of acquisition (including under CPO) would become landowner, the Council agrees to retain ownership but grant licence for infrastructure works on that land provided that:


·         The infrastructure is intended for a public purpose, benefit or public adoption;


·         There are no legal restrictions preventing this from happening;


·         It does not materially undermine another purpose for which the Council requires the land or there are compelling reasons to dispose of a freehold interest ; and


·         Where appropriate, the Council receives appropriate costs/compensation, indemnities and other arrangements considered necessary.


iii)        Subject to East Herts District Council resolving to follow the same course of action, Cabinet recommended to Council that, in principle, it also agrees to use the powers set out in recommendation i) should that be necessary to compulsorily purchase land in the Burnt Mill and River Way areas of the District, to enable the construction of transport infrastructure to support development in the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town including the delivery of The Gilston Area allocation and The River Stort Crossings in the East Herts District Plan and the achievement of the wider strategic planning benefits referred to in the report including supporting the future Harlow Local Development Plan.


iv)        Cabinet and Council note that officers will prepare for any possible Compulsory Purchase Order(s) (CPO) including any associated Indemnities on behalf of the Council in accordance with the agreements under Recommendations i) and iii); and, where considered necessary to make a CPO, the Head of Governance, in consultation with other Heads of Service of the Council as may be necessary, will bring each matter back to Cabinet seeking authority to do so.

Additional documents:


Reports from Officers


Minutes of Cabinet and Committee Meetings

To note the following Cabinet and Committee minutes:


Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 8 September 2020 of Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 178 KB


Minutes of meeting Thursday, 10 September 2020 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 261 KB


Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 30 September 2020 of Development Management Committee pdf icon PDF 181 KB


Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 13 October 2020 of Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 236 KB


Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 14 October 2020 of Development Management Committee pdf icon PDF 185 KB


Minutes of meeting Thursday, 15 October 2020 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 451 KB


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.