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21/04/2021 - ***ROD:Joint Response to Uttlesford District Council’s (Regulation 18) Local Plan issues and Options consultation ref: 5188    Recommendations Approved

To agree the response, jointly with South Cambridgeshire District Council, to the Uttlesford District Local Plan Issues and Options (Regulation 18 consultation).

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces

Decision published: 21/04/2021

Effective from: 21/04/2021

Decision:

Matter for Decision:

 

Joint Response to Uttlesford District Council’s (Regulation 18) Local Plan issues and Options consultation

Why the decision had to be made (and any alternative options):

To provide the Councils’ comments to this consultation in recognition of the opportunities it provides to influence at an early stage the emerging Uttlesford District Council Local Plan.

 

The Executive Councillor’s decision(s):

To agree the response, jointly with South Cambridgeshire District Council to the Uttlesford District Local Plan Issues and Options (Regulation 18 consultation).

Reasons for the decision:

The Uttlesford Local Plan will provide strategic and local policies to guide development within the district of Uttlesford. This stage of plan-making is the start of the process of preparing a Local Plan. Its scope is to identify strategic issues, set out options and ideas for the strategic policies, levels and locations for potential development. This report focuses on matters of relevance to Greater Cambridge.

 

The consultation can be accessed on Uttlesford’s website  https://uttlesford-consult.objective.co.uk/kse/folder/20790

 

The consultation closes on 21 April 2021 at 17:00. 

 

Scrutiny consideration:

The Chair and  Spokesperson of Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee were consulted prior to the action being authorised.

Report:

A report detailing the background and financial considerations can be viewed at the link below:

https://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ecCatDisplay.aspx?sch=doc&cat=13476

 

Conflicts of interest:

None

Comments:

No adverse comments were made.

 

Lead officer: Caroline Hunt


16/03/2021 - Estates & Facilities Service Review and Compliance Update ref: 5186    Recommendations Approved

For information not decision.


Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Housing

Decision published: 16/04/2021

Effective from: 16/03/2021

Decision:

Matter for decision

To note the update on the Estate and Facilities Service Review and compliance related work.

 

Decision of the Executive Councillor for Housing

To note the progress of the service review and compliance related work set out in the officer report.

 

Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.

 

Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The Committee made the following comments in response to the report:

  i.  How quickly will the remaining electrical testing take (para 4.3)?

  ii.  How have the annual tests (other than for gas safety) been impacted by the Covid restrictions this year?

  iii.  Could an update be provided on fire doors?

  iv.  Could the figures in para 6 and 7 of the report section on fire safety be less opaque?

  v.  Thanked the officer for the useful report.

 

The Head of Housing Maintenance and Assets said the following in response to Members’ questions:

 

Electrical testing will roll into the next financial year.  The only legal route the Council currently take with in gaining access to a property is for gas safety inspections.  However, officers are looking at the Council’s processes with the Compliance Manager, we will also be involving the new tenant liaison officer in addition to the Council’s contractors who have liaison officer (to look at ways to improve access rates).

 

Over the last three years, no access to properties for investment work that included compliance and safety has been 10% 2018-19, 23% 2019-20 and 37% for the current year.

On fire doors, the Council is waiting for the Government’s Fire Safety Bill to be passed (expected in the next few weeks) and the matter will be brought to committee when the detail of the legislation and changes to Fire Safety Orders is known.

 

A structure chart of the estates and facilities team will be provided to the committee for information

 

 

 

The Committee resolved by 10 votes to 0 to endorse the recommendations.

 

The Executive Councillor approved the recommendation.

 

Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted)

No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.

 

Lead officer: Lynn Thomas


16/03/2021 - Combined Update on the Programme to Build New Council Homes Funded Through the Combined Authority and Work Toward Development of the New Council Housing Programme ref: 5187    Recommendations Approved

Regular update on the delivery of the 500 new council homes, together with an update on the work being undertaken to deliver an additional 1,000 Council homes, building on the success of the 500 programme.

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Housing

Decision published: 16/04/2021

Effective from: 16/03/2021

Decision:

Matter for Decision

 

The Officer’s report provided an update on the programme to deliver 500 Council homes by March 2022 with funding from the Combined Authority, along with the new programme work for 2022-2032.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor for Housing

 

  i.  Noted the continued progress on the delivery of the Combined Authority programme.

  ii.  Noted the work undertaken to date toward development of the new housing programme for 2022-2032.

 

Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.

 

Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The Committee made the following comments in response to the report:

  i.  Was there an update on Kingsway Medical Centre conversion?

  ii.  Can Committee be updated with the Anstey Way and Ventress Close model of having a Custodian on-site.

 

The officers said the following in response to Members’ questions:

  i.  The Kingsway Medical Centre project was still on hold awaiting final settlement with insurers following the flat fire.

  ii.  A report back to committee on the use of the Custodian model will be provided in due course.

Post meeting the Head of Housing proposed that as a full review of Housing First is planned by the end of 2021-22, and by this time there will hopefully be employed a number of custodians (as opposed to the one currently employed) the Council will be in a better position to evaluate the role’s efficacy as part of a wider HF review. Therefore to bring a report to June 22 committee which covers all aspects of Housing First.

The Committee resolved by 5 votes to 0 to endorse the recommendations.

 

The Executive Councillor approved the recommendations.

 

Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted)

No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.

 

Lead officer: Claire Flowers