Decisions

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Decisions published

09/09/2021 - Police, Fire & Crime Panel Work Programme 2021/22 ref: 205    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

a)     The Panel requests that the planned workshop session on the 2021/22 Police and Fire & Rescue budget positions be held in-person at Darby House, Wellingborough, with an option for members to join remotely, on a date to be confirmed following the current meeting.

b)     The Panel agrees to use local authority venues in Northampton as the normal location for Panel meetings.

c)     The Panel agrees that independent co-opted members of the Panel should be paid an annual allowance of £500 from 2021/22, subject to confirmation of the provision of Police & Crime Panel grant funding to the host authority.

d)     The Panel endorses the outline work programme for 2021/22.

 


09/09/2021 - Minutes ref: 199    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the minutes of the Police, Fire & Crime Panel meeting held on 17th June 2021 be agreed.


09/09/2021 - Joint Independent Audit Committee Annual Report 2020/21 ref: 204    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the Panel notes the Joint Independent Audit Committee Annual Report 2020/21.


09/09/2021 - Policing Budget Update ref: 203    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the Panel notes the report.


09/09/2021 - Complaints and Conduct Matters Update ref: 206    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the Panel notes the report.


09/09/2021 - Fire & Rescue Authority Budget Update ref: 202    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the Panel notes the report.


09/09/2021 - Police & Crime Plan Delivery Update ref: 201    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the Panel notes the report.


09/09/2021 - Fire & Rescue Plan Delivery Update ref: 200    Implemented

Decision Maker: Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the Panel notes the report.


14/09/2021 - Proposal for Capital Funding to replace the Library Management System and associated hardware ref: 198    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Considered and approved the proposal to capital fund the replacement of the Library Management System and associated hardware.

 

REASONS:

·       The Library Management System is a key requirement for delivering the statutory library service

·       The current contract must end on 31st March 2022 and cannot be extended. A replacement must be procured in order to ensure continuity of service.

·       The associated equipment for running the Library Management System is now 9 years old and at end of life. Replacing the equipment now will ensure that it is compatible with the new system, compatible with West Northants and North Northants IT Roadmaps and future proofed.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2022-23 ref: 197    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Noted the contents of the report

b)    Approved, for consultation purposes only, the LCTRS outlined in this report for West Northamptonshire for the year 2022-2023.

 

REASONS:

To enable a consultation process to take place on a proposed Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme for West Northants Council for the financial year 2022-23 and for the final scheme to be approved and in place by 31 January 2022.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Re-procurement of facilities management contracts ref: 194    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

1.     Approved the re-procurement of the facilities management service and maintenance contracts as set out in the report.

 

REASONS:

·       To ensure that the Council complies with statutory and regulatory duties.

·       To ensure that Council properties are safe and fit for use.

·       Maximising cost-effectiveness.

·       To minimise depreciation of Council assets

·       Provide customers and staff of the Council with buildings which are fit for purpose and welcoming.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS:

1.     Insourcing of the service. Insourcing decisions are often made to obtain control of a critical production or competency; conversely outsourcing decisions are often made to reduce ‘noncore’ in-house operations and to reduce some costs, typically by taking advantage of specialist providers, the ability of supplies to aggregate demand and thus produce economies of scale, competitive market forces, and by reducing employment costs. Insourcing can make sense in some cases, notably where the Council has sufficient demand to sustain a level of staffing and expertise in the services in question, and when quality of outsourced provision hard to control. However, the existing contracts for these services have generally operated well, and insourcing would be likely also create significant new costs associated with pension liabilities.

2.     Disaggregation of the contracts into small lots. The current  rocurement strategy relies on aggregating all specific service contracts requirements into single contracts with single specialist suppliers for each field. This is in order to attract the greatest commercial interest from the market and obtain additional value and/or reduce cost through efficiency of scale, and minimise the administrative burden on the Council. This approach has previously attracted significant market interest and has provided exceptionally competitive rates. A disaggregation would increase the time and processes requirement for administration of the contracts and is Page 302 likely to increase the contract costs too, particularly for small remote sites. It is considered it strikes the right balance between the different levels of packaging services.

3.     Aggregation of the contracts into one or a small number of multi-service contracts. To deliver such an aggregated service is likely to require the principal provider to let a number of subcontracts for specialisms. As outlined above, it is considered that the proposed set of contracts enables specialist suppliers to bid, without the overheads which come from having a large entity seeking to co-ordinate the units actually providing services. The division into specialist areas also increases the potential for bids from small and medium businesses (‘SMEs’) and local suppliers.

4.     Use of a Council-owned or jointly-owned entity (e.g. West Northamptonshire Norse Limited). These are traditionally known as Teckal companies, after the exemption in public procurement law which allows direct awards to entities controlled by a body such as the Council. This falls somewhere between the insourcing and outsourcing options, having benefits such as on pension liabilities and potential for profit generations from third parties, but without the competitive pressure of a procurement. It would take time and staff resource the Council does not currently have to pursue this approach at this time. It is intended that it would be considered during the life of the contracts proposed to be procured.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - New secondary free school for northern Northampton ref: 193    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

1.     That Cabinet authorises the Assistant Director Assets and Environment to enter into an Agreement for Lease which would commit the Council to granting a 125-year lease for the construction, and ongoing use, of the site for new secondary school at Wantage Farm, Moulton, Northampton, as set out in the report.

 

REASONS:

1.     There is a significant need for secondary school places in northern Northampton. Meeting that need through expansion of existing schools is unlikely to provide sufficient suitable capacity. Therefore a new school is required. The Council has a statutory duty to ensure the provision of sufficient school places for pupils from its area. Page 278

2.     The Government via the Department for Education (DfE) and Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is willing to fund a new free secondary school which will meet that need. This would be operated by the NSB Trust, which operates the ‘Outstanding’ Northampton School for Boys.

3.     Consideration of options has identified land owned by the Council at Wantage Farm as the most credible site for the new school. No other viable or more suitable sites have been identified, despite examination.

4.     The DfE will only invest in the new school if it has secure title to the land, by way of an AfL which would, if planning permission is granted, result in the grant of a 125-year lease to the academy trust.

5.     The Council has consulted on the proposed disposal. The consultation has identified recognition of the need for a new school, alongside majority opposition to this site. The reasons given by respondents have been carefully considered and none were found that would justify not proceeding. In particular, many objections relate to matters more appropriately tested by the planning system.

6.     If the Council did not enter into the AfL it would still need to provide the school places. This would probably result in the same site being used, but at the Council’s cost. This is estimated at £25 million.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Variation to Agreement to Lease of Stable Block at Delapre Abbey ref: 196    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

1.     delegated authority to the Assistant Director Assets and Environment to vary the terms of the agreement for lease between the Council and the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust relating to the 19th Century Stable Block, as set out in the report.

 

REASONS:

1.     Agreeing to extend the longstop date in the Agreement for Lease and making the other changes would:

2.     Maximise the opportunity to see the plan for the Delapre Abbey site implemented, and also help sustain the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust, thus securing important public benefits and community resources.

3.     Make it more likely that public expectations will be fulfilled.

4.     Minimise the risk of costs falling on the Council to restore and manage the 19th Century Stable Yard.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS:

1.     WNC could refuse consent to the extension of the longstop date in the agreement to lease. This is not recommended as it as it would cause uncertainty and discourage DAPT from proceeding with their plans to bring the premises back into use. The vision for the 19th Century Stable Block is part of DAPT wider vision for Delapre Abbey which would be adversely impacted if the stables were not developed.

2.     WNC could also consider whether to develop the site itself. However, no viable alternative uses other than those proposed by DAPT have been identified. The buildings are in a poor state of repair and would require substantial capital investment which has not currently been provided for. In addition to this, any future use of the site would need to be sympathetic to the wider services offered at Delapre Abbey so as not to have a detrimental impact on overall viability.

3.     WNC could let the stables as storage, but it is likely the income set against the cost of maintenance would not make this a financially viable option.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Extension of 78 Derngate Charles Rennie Mackintosh Museum – Northampton Towns Fund ref: 195    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021


14/09/2021 - Innovative Flood Resilience Project ref: 192    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;                        

a)    Noted the work to date on securing £6.2m of Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme grant allocation for West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire, and the next steps required to progress the project.

b)    Approved the use of the ring-fenced Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme grant funding of £6.2m to deliver innovative flood resilience measures across the two catchments, one in each of West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire, as set out in the report.

 

REASONS:

1.     The recommendations proposed align closely with the objectives established in the WNC Corporate Plan 2021-2025.

2.     The recommendations proposed align with the Northamptonshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and will see the significant improvement in flood resilience of communities in two priority catchments, with learning to be applied to future flood risk management work across both councils.

3.     The recommended course of action is in line with the objectives, outputs and benefits expected from the Flood and Coastal Risk Innovation Programme (FCRIP), to develop and test new approaches to improving flood resilience.

4.     The recommendations above are required to progress the flood resilience measures as submitted to the FCRIP.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Hellidon Conservation area, Spratton Conservation area, Article 4(1) Directions for conservation areas at Weedon Bec, Flore, Everdon, Little Everdon, Staverton, Kilsby, Welford and Pitsford (2021) ref: 191    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Endorsed that the conservation area boundaries as set out in appendix E of the report be designated as conservation areas.

b)    Endorsed that the proposed changes to the Hellidon conservation area appraisal and management plan and Spratton conservation area appraisal and management plan in response to representations, as set out in appendices A to D of the report be approved.

c)     Endorsed that further minor editorial changes be made to the Hellidon conservation area appraisal and management plan and Spratton conservation area appraisal and management plan including to reflect the fact that the documents will be in their final adopted form.

d)    Endorsed that the conservation area appraisal and management plans for Hellidon and Spratton be adopted as supplementary planning documents.

e)    Endorsed the local list entries for Hellidon and Spratton set out in appendix F of the report.

f)      Endorsed that article 4(1) directions for Hellidon and Spratton, in accordance with the proposals in the conservation area appraisal and management plans, be made subject to consultation (appendices G and H of the report).

g)    Agreed to “make” the article 4(1) directions contained at appendix J of the report.

h)    Agreed to consult upon the article 4(1) directions contained at appendix J of the report.

 

REASONS:

1.     Hellidon and Spratton Conservation Areas

This course of action will put measures in place to help safeguard the heritage of Hellidon and Spratton.

 

2.     Article 4(1) Directions for conservation areas at Weedon Bec, Flore, Everdon, Little Everdon, Staverton, Kilsby, Welford and Pitsford (2021)

The introduction of article 4(1) directions within conservation areas allows the council to manage change within historic areas on a case-by-case basis through the planning system. If the article 4(1) directions are made and confirmed it will therefore help to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of conservation areas. Consultation is required as part of the legal process for making and confirming article 4(1) directions.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS:

Hellidon and Spratton Conservation Areas

1.     The alternative options would be not to endorse the designation of the conservation area boundaries and the adoption of the Hellidon conservation area appraisal and management plan and Spratton conservation area appraisal and management plan as a supplementary planning documents, not to endorse the candidates for the local list, and not to ‘make’ the article 4(1) directions.

2.     Not endorsing the boundary designations, the adoption of the appraisal and management plans, not endorsing the candidates for the local list, and not ‘making’ the proposed article 4(1) directions would leave the council without valuable tools with which to protect and enhance the special architectural and historic interest of these villages.

 

Article 4(1) Directions for conservation areas at Weedon Bec, Flore, Everdon, Little Everdon, Staverton, Kilsby, Welford and Pitsford (2021)

Not “making” and “confirming” the article 4(1) directions would leave the council without valuable tools with which to preserve and enhance the special architectural and historic interest of these villages.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Regulatory Services Statutory Plans 2021-22 ref: 190    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Approved the Food Safety Service Plan for the year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

b)    Approved the Food and Feed Standards Service Plan for the year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

c)     Approved the Spray Paint Enforcement Plan for 2021-22

d)    Approved the Tobacco Enforcement Plan for 2021-22.

 

REASONS:

The recommendations are necessary to meet with the requirements of the Food Standards Agency and relevant legislative requirements.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: Councillor Brown advised that one of the businesses listed on the report was a supplier to a business listed on his Register of Interests (non-pecuniary).


14/09/2021 - A422 Farthinghoe Bypass ref: 189    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

1.     Received the results of the recent consultation on the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass and agreed the timescales for further work

 

REASONS:

·       To progress the delivery of the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass, which is a priority scheme for the Council.

·       The recommendation reflects the results of the consultation and scheme assessment work and the need to examine the points raised in the detailed consultation comments in more detail.

·       The timescales for further work are based on the processes to be followed to gain statutory and funding approval for a major highway scheme.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS:

 

1.     Following the identification of funding to progress the scheme by the former County Council and South Northamptonshire Council, further work to develop four northern route options was undertaken in 2020.

2.     A plan showing the four northern route options, with the 2016 southern route included for comparison, can be found at Appendix A of the report.

3.     A Scheme Assessment Report provided a technical overview of the routes. The desktop environmental impact assessment showed that the impacts of the four northern routes were very close:

·       Northern Routes V0 and V1 scored best on Landscape impacts

·       Northern Route V1 scored worse than the other routes on Materials Waste impacts

·       Northern Route V3 scored best on Road Drainage – Groundwater Impact

·       Northern Route V0 scored worst on Road Drainage Flood Risk/Surface Water impacts

Overall Northern Routes V0 and V3 scored slightly better than routes V1 and V2.

4.     The Scheme Assessment Report can be found on the website at

https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/northamptonshire-highways/majorhighway-projects/Pages/a422-farthinghoe-bypass-consultation.aspx

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan: Spatial Options Consultation and Statement of Community Involvement and West Northamptonshire Local Development Scheme ref: 188    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Approved the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan: Spatial Options Consultation Paper (Appendix A) for the purposes of public consultation as set out in the report.

b)    Approved the West Northamptonshire Local Development Scheme (Appendix B) which would have effect upon expiry of the call-in period for Cabinet decisions.

c)     Noted the responses to the consultation on the draft Statement of Community Involvement and adopted the Statement of Community Involvement with the amendments set out in Appendix C.

d)    Delegated to the Assistant Director: Growth, Climate and Regeneration, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Built Environment and Rural Affairs, authority to make minor editorial and presentational changes to the above documents in their final published form.

 

REASONS:

1.     The development plan (or local plan) is central to the planning system with a requirement in law that planning decisions must be taken in line with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Each local planning authority must identify their strategic priorities and have policies to address these in their local plans. It is essential that plans are in place and up to date. The preparation of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan is required to ensure that the new council has an up-to-date development plan, and the spatial options consultation is the key next step in the preparation of the plan.

2.     An LDS is required which sets out the Local Plans, which when prepared, will comprise part of the development plan for the area. The LDS must be made available publicly and kept up to date. For West Northamptonshire a new LDS is needed to set out the revised timetable for the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan and also for the remaining stages of the Northampton Local Plan (Part 2).

3.     Local authorities are also required to have in place an up-to-date SCI. Consultation has been undertaken on the SCI. This report sets out the responses received during the consultation and proposes changes in response to the representations. If adopted it would set out how the Strategic Plan will be consulted upon, at the various stages of preparation.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None.


14/09/2021 - Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Annual Report Analysis 2020-21 ref: 187    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

1.     Noted the contents and recommendations of the Ombudsman’s reports

 

REASONS: It is good practice to note the findings and recommendations of the Ombudsman and support their implementation across Council services, in order to improve customer experience, value for money and outcomes for residents.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Corporate Plan Performance Report - 2021-22 Q1 ref: 185    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Noted the content of the appendix covering the 1st quarter of 2021-22

 

REASONS: This report is for information and discussion only, there are no direct decisions to be made following the report.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Q1 Capital Monitoring Report 2021-22 ref: 184    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Noted the provisional capital outturn position from all legacy WNC authorities for the financial year 2020-21

b)    Noted the proposed capital carry forwards for the GF and HRA capital programmes as detailed in appendices A and B of the repor

c)     Noted the latest capital budget and Medium-Term Financial Plan for the GF and HRA

d)    Noted the new schemes that had been approved since 1st April 2021 or were in the process of being approved.

 

REASONS: This in accordance with the policy of the Council and constitution

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Quarter 1 Revenue Monitoring Report for the Financial Year 2021-22 ref: 183    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

a)    Noted the final outturn 2020-21 for all legacy Councils within West Northamptonshire in Appendix A of the report

b)    Noted the estimated reserves and balances brought forward from each legacy Council within West Northamptonshire in section 5 of the report

c)     Noted the early review of 2021-22 financial progress and associated financial risks by Directorate

d)    Noted the deliverability assessment of West Northamptonshire Council savings requirement for 2021-22 and 2022-23 in Appendix D of the report

e)    Agreed to the virement that transfers £2.0m from the central contingency budget to the Place directorate budgets that require this funding

 

REASONS: To ensure that the Authority complies with its financial regulations

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DELCARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


14/09/2021 - Quarter 1 Transformation Update  ref: 186    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 14/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: Cabinet;

1.     Noted the contents of the report.

 

REASONS: Update paper for information only, no decisions required

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: None

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DECLARED AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED: None


09/09/2021 - Land west of Whitfield Road, Radstone, NN13 5PZ ref: 182    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 09/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

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

Wards affected: Silverstone;


09/09/2021 - Thorpe Barn, Thenford Road, Thorpe Mandeville, OX17 2FG ref: 181    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 09/09/2021 - South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 09/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

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

Wards affected: Silverstone;


01/06/2021 - N/2021/0258 - Change of Use from Dwellinghouse (Use Class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4) for 4 occupants. 103 Delapre Crescent Road ref: 124    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Northampton Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 01/06/2021 - Northampton Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 02/09/2021

Effective from: 01/06/2021

Decision:

The Senior Planning Officer submitted a report to the Committee which sought approval for a change of use from dwellinghouse to HMO for 4 occupants. There were no statutory objections to the application and should it be approved, the concentration of HMOs in a 50m radius would be 7.15%. No parking was proposed as part of the application, however the property sat within a sustainable location close to public transport links and shopping facilities.

 

Councillor Emma Roberts spoke against the application and commented that there were a number of properties within the 50m radius that were not residential properties; this was skewing the data and she felt that the Committee were being misled.

 

Councillor Davenport spoke against the application and commented that the university and One Angel Square had been built with no parking provision; users were therefore forced to use Far Cotton as a car park.

 

Mark Evans, the applicant, spoke in favour of the application and commented that the application was compliant and that there had been no statutory objections. He advised that he used local lettings agents which carried out monthly visits to ensure the smooth running of his properties.

 

Members discussed the report.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be APPROVED subject to the conditions and reasons as set out in the report.


01/06/2021 - N/2021/0096 - Change of Use from dwelling (Use Class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation for 6 occupants (Use Class C4) and new rear door. 17 Holly Road ref: 123    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Northampton Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 01/06/2021 - Northampton Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 02/09/2021

Effective from: 01/06/2021

Decision:

The Interim Development Manager submitted a report to the Committee which sought approval for a change of use from dwellinghouse to HMO for 6 occupants and new rear door. Since the property had extant planning permission for use as an HMO, the concentration of existing HMOs in the area was not a material consideration. The property sat within a sustainable location close to public transport links and shopping facilities and conditions were included to restrict the number of occupants, and to secure details of waste and cycle storage.

 

Councillor Bob Purser spoke against the application and voiced concerns around parking; he advised that people living in the town centre did not necessarily use public transport. He asked that the Committee refuse the application and the house be retained as a 5-person HMO.

 

Pat Dooley, the agent on behalf of the applicant, spoke in favour of the application and commented that all room sizes exceed requirements and the applicant was the same as the previously approved application.  He noted that his client interviewed potential occupants himself and undertook regular visits, and that there had been no complaints regarding any of his properties to date.

 

Members discussed the report.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be APPROVED subject to the conditions and reasons as set out in the report.


01/06/2021 - N/2020/1621 - Change of Use from Dwellinghouse (Use Class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4) for 6 occupants. 4 Forfar St ref: 122    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Northampton Local Area Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 01/06/2021 - Northampton Local Area Planning Committee

Decision published: 02/09/2021

Effective from: 01/06/2021

Decision:

The Interim Development Manager submitted a report to the Committee which sought approval for a change of use from dwellinghouse to HMO for 6 occupants. Conditions were included to ensure that the basement would not be used as habitable accommodation, to secure cycle and waste storage provision and to ensure that the number of occupants was a maximum of 6. Minor external alterations were proposed. It was advised that the Highways Department were not accepting parking beat surveys during the pandemic. Whilst no parking was proposed, the property sat within a sustainable location close to public transport links and shopping facilities. It was confirmed that Private Sector Housing had raised no objections to the application. Should the application be approved, the concentration of HMOs in a 50m radius would be 9.3%. The Police had been consulted regarding neighbour concerns and confirmed that the area was not a crime and disorder hotspot.

 

Jo Parish, a local resident, spoke against the application and commented that there were a number of unlicensed HMOs in the area that would bring the concentration over 10%. She further stated that highway safety was compromised due to the number of vehicles on the street and voiced further concerns around waste and other antisocial behaviour issues.

 

Irene Heller, a local resident, spoke against the application and commented that existing residents should have a certain level of amenity; this lessened with each addition of an HMO. Ms Heller also stated that the HMO register was erroneous and asked that the Committee had all of the available information before making a decision.

 

Councillor Brian Sargeant spoke against the application and commented that HMOs were a detriment to St James; the mess they created was left to the community to deal with.

 

Pat Dooley, the agent on behalf of the applicant, spoke in favour of the application and commented that claims of antisocial behaviour were not substantiated and noted the comments from the Crime Prevention Officer within the report. Mr Dooley’s client regularly inspected his properties and there had been no complaints about any of his properties to date.

 

Members discussed the report.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be APPROVED subject to the conditions and reasons as set out in the report.