Decisions

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Decisions published

12/10/2021 - Approach to Community Funding for 2021/22 and 2022/23 ref: 242    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

Resolutions: That Cabinet;

 

a)    Approved the proposed interim Community Funding Grant Policy for West Northants Council 2021 to end of March 2023.

  

b)    Approved delegated authority to Director for Adults, Communities and Wellbeing (DASS) for awarding community funding as set out in the new policy.  Where appropriate to adjust the policy in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder.  

 

c)    Approved the Councillor Covid Support Fund of £232,500 for 2021/22 to aid Covid recovery of our local communities, note the use of Covid Recovery Fund to finance this scheme in 2021/22 and agree that officers complete a review of the scheme and its funding source prior to 2022/23.

 

Reason for Resolutions;

 

Community Funding Grant Policy:

 

a)    WNC acknowledged there has been a six-month gap (since Vesting Day) in the council awarding small grants to our local community and voluntary organisations (CVS).  This presents a risk to the continuation of essential local support and services.  Therefore, Cabinet approval is sought to enable WNC to launch the interim Community Funding Grant Policy. 

b)    The recommendation to produce one interim policy with one community funding scheme for West Northants provides a consistent approach to community funding grant awards across West Northants.

c)    The policy enables the council to take a more strategic approach to investment into CVS organisations, aligned to meet identified needs and the councils adopted corporate priorities.

d)    Approval of the policy enables the application and award for grants process, in turn benefiting our local communities through funding that helps sustain and invent new activity to address the local needs.

e)    WNC has an increased Scheme of Delegation limits for officers, and with grant awards capped at maximum £15,000 no grant award will be classified as a Key Decision of the Council. The Cabinet will set the strategic direction of community funding through its decision to approve the proposed community grant funding policy and the policies alignment to the council’s corporate priorities.  However, there will be cross-party oversight of the implementation of the Community Funding Grant Policy to ensure adherence to the new policy, that grant awards are allocated to meet identified local needs, and that community funding is distributed in a fair and equitable manner. 

f)     The recommendation for delegated authority to officers will ensure applicants receive funding awards in the most expedient timescale. 

 

Councillor Covid Support Fund 2021-22:

 

a)    To support our local communities to recover from the impact of Covid during the remainder of the 2021-22 financial year.

b)    To provide WNC Councillors with a consistent and expedient mechanism for making local grant awards to community and voluntary groups.

c)    To draw upon the local knowledge of Councillors best placed to identify local groups, organisations and/or communities at most risk due to Covid impact and in most need for grant awards.  

 

Alternative Options

 

a)    Continuing the model of sovereign council community funding.  This model would see decision making and awarding of community funding implemented on a locality basis (Northampton; Daventry; South Northants). This option is not recommended for reasons including: requirement for three different funding policies and principles; the risk of challenge due to inconsistencies of decision making; risk of duplicating funding to organisations and/or projects; inconsistency of having three different thresholds for min/max grant awards. 

b)    The decision to have a Councillor Covid Support Fund for the remainder of 2021-22.  To further enhance and expediate the recovery of local community and voluntary groups in West Northants the recommendation is for WNC to have a Councillor Covid Support Fund.  This fund enables Councillors to make local decisions on grant funding awards for the benefit of the communities they represent. 

c)    Assign an allocation (£232,500) of the councils Covid Recovery budget to the Councillor Covid Support Fund.  This option protects the current Community Funding Grants budget of £433,401 helping to stretch community funding grant awards further. 

d)    Not to approve the proposed community funding approach as interim to cover 2021/22 and 2022/23.  This would lead to the council having no mechanism to deliver community funding grant awards therefore having a detrimental effect on community and voluntary organisations and residents of West Northants.               

 


12/10/2021 - Hardingstone Bike Park - Update and Operator Arrangements ref: 241    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

Resolutions: That Cabinet

 

a)    Noted the work to date undertaken in the development and delivery of the bike park project

b)    Approved the revised budget in line with appendix 1 of this report

c)    Delegated Authority to the Assistant Director Economic Growth and Regeneration to enter the SE (Places to Ride) grant agreement, subject to being satisfied with financial and legal due diligence

d)    Delegated authority to the Assistant Director Housing and Communities to agree the terms of the operation and maintenance agreement (OMA) with the bike park operator (which shall include back-to-back requirements of the SE Grant condition), subject to being satisfied with financial and legal due diligence

e)    Delegated Authority to the Assistant Director Assets & Environment to grant a lease to the proposed operator of the bike park for 25 years on terms acceptable to the Council, subject to being satisfied with financial and legal due diligence

f)     Received a further report in the event any issues arise with the financial and legal due diligence exercise where the risks listed in paragraphs 5.15.1 to 5.15.6 materially impact on the delivery of the project and/or the grant funding conditions

 

Reason for Recommendations

 

The recommendations establish financial and requisite delegated authorities to proceed with the project. Whilst there are a number of outstanding risks and interdependencies on this project, these approvals are necessary to enable the project to continue.

 

Alternative Options

 

None


12/10/2021 - 24 Guildhall Road refurbishment and relocation of Northampton Arts Collective Limited ref: 240    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

Resolutions; Cabinet;

 

a.     Noted the work done to date by WNC officers and Northampton Arts Collective Limited on securing the £1.15m of GBF funding for the refurbishment of 24 Guildhall Road, the design development and procurement that has been undertaken to date and the next steps that are required to take forward this project.

b.    Delegated authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Economic Growth and Regeneration to enter into a partnership agreement between the Council and Northampton Arts Collective Limited. This will include, for example (but is not limited to), the establishment of the governance and project arrangements on the refurbishment project and the working relationship beyond completion as referenced in the cabinet report dated 9th September 2020.

c.    Delegated authority to the Assistant Director of Assets and Environment to agree heads of terms for a lease and enter a 25-year lease on the lower ground, upper ground and first floors at a peppercorn rent. This is subject to a service charge to Northampton Arts Collective and all documentation related to the project will be completed on simultaneous basis.

d.    Delegated authority to the Head of Major Projects and Regeneration to approve the final design for phase one of the refurbishment project. Page 363

e.    Accepted further reports on any matters generally or risks pursuant to paragraphs 6.23 to 6.30 that arise that are different to what is proposed in this report.

 

 Reason for Resolutions

 

a.    The refurbishment project will make use of a WNC building, the former NCC offices, that has no other use.

b.    The recommendations above are required to progress this important cultural regeneration

 

Alternative Options

 

None


12/10/2021 - Bus Service Improvement Plan ref: 239    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

Resolutions; It was agreed that Cabinet

 

a.    Noted the work undertaken on developing a draft Bus Service Improvement Plan and the outline BSIP in Appendix A;

b.    Agreed delegated authority to the Executive Directors for Place, Economy and Transport and for Finance, in consultation with the Cabinet Members with responsibility for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste and for Finance, to agree the final Bus Service Improvement Plan (in consultation with a cross party working group of up to 6 members) prior to submission to the Department for Transport and publication on the Council’s website by 31 October 2021.

c.    Asked Scrutiny to facilitate the establishment of a task and finish group to input to and review progress on the establishment of the Enhanced Partnership.

 

Reason for Resolutions

 

a.    To improve bus services in West Northamptonshire and minimise the risk of any communities losing their bus service;

b.    To facilitate climate and environmental benefits through increasing bus use and the operation of more low emission buses;

c.    To contribute to the implementation of the Northamptonshire Transportation Plan (the Local Transport Plan);

d.    To enable the Council to access the funding being made available by Government to support the National Bus Strategy

e.    To meet the deadlines set by the Department for Transport

 

Alternative Options

 

None


12/10/2021 - Neighbourhood Development Plans: Hackleton, Overstone and Clipston - Hackleton ref: 238    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

Resolutions: It was agreed that Cabinet:

Hackleton

 

a) Noted and welcomes the significant progress in making the neighbourhood development plan (NDP) by the Hackleton community.

b) Accepted the examiner’s recommended modifications in respect of the Hackleton NDP.

c) Accepted the examiner’s recommendation that the Hackleton NDP, as modified in accordance with recommendation (b) above, should proceed to a referendum of voters within Hackleton Parish.

d) Approved the proposed decision statement set out in Appendix 1, subject to recommendations (b) and (c) above and any necessary factual alterations.

e) Agreed that delegated authority be given to the Interim Head of Planning and Climate Change Policy to make further minor editorial changes to the NDP to address any factual and typographical errors and to reflect the fact that the document will be in its intended final form.

f) Agreed that the costs of the referendum be met from the existing budget for

neighbourhood planning.

 

 Reason for Resolutions

 

In order for a Neighbourhood Development Plan (“NDP”) to be ‘made’ (adopted) the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012 No. 637) require the Council to make a decision regarding the examiner’s recommendations before agreeing to subject the NDP to a referendum.

 

Alternative Options

 

None

 

Resolutions: It was agreed that Cabinet:

Overstone

 

a)    Noted and welcomed the significant progress in making the neighbourhood development plan (NDP) by the Overstone community

b)     Agreed the Examiner’s recommended modifications in respect of the Overstone NDP with the exception of the recommendation relating to important view V6

c)    Considered the responses to the consultation on proposed deletion of important view V6 and confirms deletion of the view

d)     Agreed the Examiner’s recommendation that the NDP, as modified in accordance with recommendation b) and c), should proceed to a referendum of voters within Overstone Parish

e)    Approved the proposed decision statement set out in appendix 1, subject to recommendations b) and d)

f)     Agreed that delegated authority be given to the Interim Head of Planning and Climate Change Policy to make further minor editorial changes to the NDP to address any factual and typographical errors and to reflect the fact that the document will be in its intended final form

g)    Agreed that the costs of the referendum be met from the earmarked reserve for neighbourhood planning.

 

Reason for Resolutions

           

In order for a NDP to be “made” (adopted) the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 ((SI 2012 No. 637) require the council to make a decision on the Examiner’s recommendations before agreeing to send it to referendum. In this case, the council was required to decide whether it is appropriate to make a different decision to the examiner in respect of one issue

 

Alternative Options

 

None

 

Resolutions: It was agreed that Cabinet:

Clipston

 

a)    Noted and welcomed the significant progress in making the NDP by the Clipston community.

b)    Agreed the Examiner’s recommended modifications in respect of the Clipston NDP are accepted and further minor modifications as set out in appendix 1 are also made

c)    Agreed that the NDP, as modified in accordance with recommendation (b), shall proceed to a referendum of voters within the Clipston neighbourhood area

d)    Approved subject to items (b) and (c) above, the proposed decision statement set out in appendix 1, subject to any necessary factual alterations

e)    Agreed that delegated authority be given to the Interim Head of Planning and Climate Change Policy to make further minor editorial changes to the NDP to address any factual and typographical errors and to reflect the fact that the document will be in its intended final form

f)     Agreed that the costs of the referendum be met from the earmarked reserve for neighbourhood planning.

 

Reason for Resolutions

 

In order for a NDP to be “made” (adopted) the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 ((SI 2012 No. 637) require the council to make a decision on the Examiner’s recommendations before agreeing to send it to referendum. In this case, the council is required to decide whether it is appropriate to make a different decision to the Examiner in respect of one issue.

 

Alternative Options;

 

None


12/10/2021 - Old Black Lion Pub and St Peter’s Church – Northampton Towns Fund ref: 236    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

Resolutions:  It agreed that Cabinet:

 

a) Approved the business case for the Old Black Lion and St Peter’s Church project to draw down

on £315,000 of Towns Funding

b) Delegated authority to the Head of Major Projects and Regeneration to finalise the Grant

Funding Agreement with The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT)

c) Delegated authority to the Assistant Director of Assets and the Environment to agree terms of

the lease on the Old Black Lion Pub.

 

 Reason for Resolutions

 

The recommendation was made so the regeneration of Northampton Town Centre can take place as set within the Town Investment Plan.

 

Alternative Options

 

None


12/10/2021 - Local Enforcement Plan for West Northamptonshire ref: 237    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

Resolutions: It was agreed that the Executive Leadership Team Adopt the Draft WNC Local Enforcement Plan

 

Reason for Resolutions:

 

A.   It outlined a consistent approach to Planning Enforcement across West Northants.

B.   It was written in a style that easy is for the public to read and understand.

C.   It identified clear targets and timeframes for dealing with Planning Enforcement cases.

 

AlternativeOptions.

 

We can either carry on as we are with three separate enforcement plans in place, or we can adopt a new, unified approach across West Northamptonshire.

 


29/09/2021 - External Audit (Grant Thornton) 2021-22 Progress Report ref: 220    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the report was noted


29/09/2021 - Internal Audit 2021-22 Update Report ref: 219    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the report was noted


29/09/2021 - Risk Management Deep Dive - Corporate Risks Update - Critical incidents - Information security ref: 218    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: The committee noted the actions that have been taken to mitigate both risks


29/09/2021 - Approval of West Northamptonshire's Code of Corporate Governance ref: 232    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee;

 

A.   Reviewed the Code of Corporate Governance for West Northamptonshire and approved the document for publication on the Council’s website.

B.   Delegated responsibility to the Monitoring Officer to review and update the document and where appropriate include additional evidence and links to documents as necessary


29/09/2021 - Work Programme ref: 233    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

 

RESOLVED: The Committee considered the work programme


29/09/2021 - Strategic Risk Register ref: 231    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee

  1. Considered the Strategic Risk Register attached at Appendix 1 and comments upon it.
  2. Considered the Economic Recovery Risk at the next meeting
  3. Would keep the hard copies they were given of the risk register but for future meetings would just be given an update of the revisions and changes.

 


29/09/2021 - Pension Fund Annual Report and Statement of Accounts 2020/21 ref: 230    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee

A.   Considered the Final Statement of Accounts and note the Annual Report of the Pension Fund for the 2020/21 financial year.

B.   Viewed the findings of external audit documented in the ISA260.

C.   Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the letter of representation on behalf of the Council;

D.   Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and the Chair of Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the final Statement of Accounts for the pension fund upon satisfactory conclusion of the audit.

 


29/09/2021 - Approval of South Northamptonshire Council Statement of Accounts 2020-21 ref: 229    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Subject to the auditor’s position as set out in the Audit Results Report and verbal update elsewhere on this agenda the committee agreed to give;

A.   Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the letter of representation on behalf of the Council at Appendix C as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report;

B.   Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and the Chair of Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the final Statement of Accounts for South Northants Council at Appendix B as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report.

 


29/09/2021 - South Northants Council External Audit Results Report 2020-21 ref: 228    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: The Committee noted and considered the external Audit Results report and recommendations

 


29/09/2021 - Approval of Daventry District Council Statement of Accounts 2020-21 ref: 227    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Subject to the auditor’s position as set out in the Audit Results Report and verbal update elsewhere on this agenda the committee agreed to give.

  1. Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the letter of representation on behalf of the Council at Appendix C as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report;.
  2. Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and the Chair of Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the final Statement of Accounts for Daventry District Council at Appendix B as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report.

 


29/09/2021 - Daventry District Council External Audit Results Report 2020-21 ref: 226    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:  The Committee noted and considered the external Audit Results report and recommendations

 


29/09/2021 - Approval of Northamptonshire County Council Statement of Accounts 2019-20 ref: 225    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Subject to the auditor’s position as set out in the Audit Results Report and verbal update elsewhere on this the committee agreed to give;

 

a.    Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the letter of representation on behalf of the Council at Appendix C as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report;

b.    Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and the Chair of Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the final Statement of Accounts for the County Council at Appendix B as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report

 


29/09/2021 - Northamptonshire County Council External Audit Results Report 2019-20 ref: 224    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: The Committee noted and considered the external Audit Results report and recommendations.

 


29/09/2021 - Approval of Northampton Borough Council Statement of Accounts 2019-20 ref: 223    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:  Subject to the auditor’s position as set out in the Audit Results Report and verbal update elsewhere on this agenda the committee agreed to give:

a.    Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the letter of representation for 2019/20 on behalf of the Council at Appendix C as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report;

b.    Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and the Chair of Audit & Governance Committee to approve and sign the final Statement of Accounts for the Borough Council for 2019/20 at Appendix B as revised by the resolution of outstanding items set out in the Audit Results Report.

 


29/09/2021 - Northampton Borough Council External Audit Results Report 2019-20 ref: 222    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: The Committee noted and considered the external Audit Results report and recommendations.

 


29/09/2021 - Approval of Legacy Councils' Annual Governance Statements ref: 221    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

 

 

RESOLVED: It was agreed that the committee

 

A.   Approved the NBC Annual Governance Statement for 2019/20. 3.2.

B.   Approved the NBC Annual Governance Statement for 2020/21.3.3.

C.   Approved the DDC Annual Governance Statement for 2020/21. 3.4.

D.   Approved the SNC Annual Governance Statement for 2020/21. 3.5.

E.   Gave delegated authority to the Executive Director – Finance in consultation with the Chair of the Committee to make any further amendments to the respective Annual Governance Statements if required as part of the remaining audit process

 


05/10/2021 - Colready Farm, Farthinghoe Road, Charlton ref: 216    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 05/10/2021 - South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 05/10/2021

Effective from: 05/10/2021

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes.

Wards affected: Middleton Cheney;


05/10/2021 - Land North of Blackmires Lane, Silverstone ref: 215    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 05/10/2021 - South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 05/10/2021

Effective from: 05/10/2021

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes.

Wards affected: Silverstone;


05/10/2021 - Land West of Boundary Road, Brackley ref: 214    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 05/10/2021 - South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 05/10/2021

Effective from: 05/10/2021

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes.

Wards affected: Brackley;