Agenda and minutes

South Hams Executive
Thursday, 13th December, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Cary Room - Follaton House. View directions

Contact: Email: Member.Services@swdevon.gov.uk 

Items
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E.50/18

Minutes pdf icon PDF 190 KB

to approve as a correct record and authorise the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting of the Executive held on 22 November 2018

Minutes:

E.50/18

The minutes of the Executive meeting held on 22 November 2018 were confirmed as a true and correct record and signed off by the Chairman.

 

E.51/18

Urgent Business

brought forward at the discretion of the Chairman;

Minutes:

 

 

E.51/18           

The Leader advised that there were two items of urgent business to be considered.  The first was an additional item that had been circulated entitled Dartmouth Health and Wellbeing Hub and this would be taken with Agenda Item 14:  Commercial Development Opportunities. 

The second urgent item was the resolution following the decision to Call In Executive Minute E.46/18 ‘Public Toilets Review’ that had been considered at the special meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel on 12 December 2018. 

 

Members briefly discussed the Panel resolution and it was confirmed that only those areas highlighted at the meeting were included in the amendment. 

 

It was then:

 

RESOLVED

 

That an addition be made to Minute E.46/18 to amend that resolution, such that proposals for public conveniences as listed at resolution 1d (Totnes Civic Hall, Coronation Road and Steamer Quay), be finally considered following a further consultation exercise, with the results being reported to the Executive at its meeting on 7 February 2019. 

 

E.52/18

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting;

Minutes:

E.52/18           

Members and officers were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered during the course of this meeting but none were made.

 

 

E.53/18

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 6 KB

a period of up to 15 minutes is available to deal with questions submitted to the Council in accordance with the Executive Procedure Rules;

Minutes:

E.53/18           

It was noted that the following public questions had been received in accordance with the Executive Procedure Rules, for consideration at this meeting:

 

1.    Question received from Mrs Lesley Hughes:

 

‘Ivybridge Neighbourhood Plan policy INP2 sought protections for development to the east of the river.

 

Glanvilles Mill owners are alarmed by this proposal so how does it meet the adopted Neighbourhood Plan policy without detrimental impact, and with no car parking strategy agreed what will be the longest stay?’

 

In response, Cllr Tucker asked that specific retailers were not referred to as that information was not in the public domain.  He then responded that INP2 stated no loss of capacity.  No capacity loss was planned as part of the proposal, only more intensive and more appropriate use – with a redesign of tariffs and use of other locations for long stay.  Tariff design/fee structures had yet to be agreed, as these would need to be in consultation with community. 

 

The principle of development only would need to be agreed here – parking changes will be determined at a later date if the proposal proceeds.

 

Mrs Hughes then asked a supplementary question in that if a discount foodstore looked at the situation in Ivybridge and saw that the car park was full, they may see that the proposal could jeopardise the town.  How did Members think the proposal could work?

 

Cllr Tucker responded that more detail would come out when Agenda Item 14:  ‘Commercial Development Opportunities’ was discussed (Minute E.62/18 below refers).     

 

 

2.    Question received from Cllr Elizabeth Silsbury:

 

‘How are you able to justify building on a valuable town centre car parking area, which was already too small for the town’s requirements, and wouldn’t the proposal be detrimental and counterproductive to the investments that South Hams District Council has recently made to the Leisure Centre and Watermark facilities?

 

       In response, Cllr Tucker advised that the report set out the justification clearly.  There was no intention to affect the sustainability of any Ivybridge facility.  Footfall created by any proposed supermarket would provide potential users of the existing town centre facilities.

 

 

E.54/18

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

E.54/18          

A report was considered in line with the annual requirement for Councils to revisit their existing council tax support scheme and make a decision as to whether to replace or revise it.

 

The Lead Member for Customer First and Support Services introduced the report.

 

It was then:

 

RESOLVED

 

(a)   That the results to date of the Public Consultation for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme in section 4 of the report be noted; and

 

(b)   That the proposed approach (to adopt a 4 band scheme ranging from 85% to 25%) for the allocation and management of the new Council Tax Reduction Strategy be endorsed.

 

 

 

E.55/18

Business Rates - Section 47 Discretionary Rates Relief Policy pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

E.55/18

The Executive considered a report that sought consideration and approval of a policy covering the ability of a Panel to consider and make Discretionary Awards of Relief against Non Domestic Rates demands, under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

 

The Deputy Leader introduced the report and, during the ensuing discussion, Members asked that a letter be written to the local MPs expressing disappointment that Rural Rate Relief was still only a mandatory 50% reduction.

 

It was then:

 

RECOMMENDED

 

That the Executive RECOMMEND to Council to approve the adoption of the Business Rates – Section 47 Discretionary Rates Relief Policy for the consideration and award of applications for Discretionary Rate Relief.

 

 

E.56/18

Consider the Clean Air Strategy following public consultation pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

E.56/18

Members considered a report that set out the Clean Air Strategy for South Hams and West Devon including proposed air quality action plans for Totnes, Ivybridge and Dean Prior. 

 

In February 2018, the Council resolved to undertake a public consultation.  The responses for Totnes area had highlighted that the community had additional ideas for improving air quality in the area that needed further exploration.  There were significant concerns raised by Ivybridge Town Council and residents to the proposals, but no substantial alternative suggestions were brought forward.

 

The Lead Member for Customer First and Support Services introduced the report.

 

Members raised questions regarding the situation at Dean Prior, and the Senior Specialist Environmental Health advised that officers were working with Highways England but any solutions may impact on the strategic network. 

 

In response to a question regarding the timeline for resolution of options regarding Totnes, the officer confirmed that it was hoped to have plans in place in time for the proposed adoption of the Joint Local Plan. 

 

Finally, a Member queried the effectiveness of green travel vouchers and how they were assessed.  In response, the officer advised that, under the Clean Air Strategy, it was proposed that the district council work with residents and any scheme coming forward would then be assessed by the district council.

 

It wasthen:

 

RECOMMENDED

 

That Council be RECOMMENDED that the Clean Air Strategy for South Hams and West Devon, including proposed air quality action plans for Ivybridge and Dean Prior, be adopted.

 

 

E.57/18

Revenue Budget Monitoring 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

E.57/18           

The Executive was presented with a report that enabled Members to monitor income and expenditure variations against the approved budget for 2018/19, and provided a forecast for the year end position. 

 

The Deputy Leader introduced the report and responded to a number of queries.

 

It was then:

 

RESOLVED

 

That the forecast income and expenditure variations for the 2018/19 financial year and the overall projected overspend of £66,000 (0.7% of the total Budget £8.983 million) be endorsed.

 

 

E.58/18

Capital Programme Monitoring pdf icon PDF 84 KB

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Minutes:

E.58/18

Members were presented with a report that advised them of progress on individual schemes within the approved capital programme, including an assessment of their financial position. 

 

It was noted that the monitoring of the Capital Programme at Month 6 (end of September 2018) had not highlighted any significant areas of concern to report to Members and the anticipated level of expenditure was within the existing capital budget for each individual project.

 

The Deputy Leader introduced the report.

 

It was then:

 

RESOLVED

 

1.     That the content of the report be noted; and

 

2.     That Council be RECOMMENDED that £56,601 of the remaining 2017/18 capital programme contingency budget of £155,000 be approved to be allocated to the two capital projects set out in section 3 of the report as shown below:

-        Café, Cliff house Gardens, Salcombe £41,601

-        Air Handling Unit, Council Chamber £15,000

 

 

 

E.59/18

Budget Proposals for 2019/20 onwards update report pdf icon PDF 589 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

E.59/18           

Members were presented with a report that updated them on the forecasted budget gap for 2019/20 and set out the current options and timescales for closing the budget gap to achieve long term financial sustainability.

 

The Leader introduced the report.  He expressed disappointment that only 15 Members had completed the online budget survey.  The s151 Officer advised that an updated budget report would be circulated to Members in time for the joint Development Management and Overview and Scrutiny Panel meeting on 17 January 2019, following publication of the local government Finance Settlement expected later today.

 

It was then:

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)    That the forecast budget gap for 2019/20 of £0.391 million and the position for future years be noted;

 

(ii)   That the current options identified and timescales for closing the budget gap in 2019/20 and future years, to achieve long term financial sustainability be noted; and

 

(iii)  That a further budget update report be presented to the meeting on 24 January 2019 of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Panel and the Development Management Committee for their views.  (NB. this will include details of the Draft Finance Settlement).

 

E.60/18

Release of s106 Funds for Open Space, Sport and Recreation and Ecological Projects pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Minutes:

E.60/18          

Members were presented with a report that anticipated expenditure of funds already held by South Hams District Council, and those committed in s106 agreements yet to be triggered by development. 

 

The report stated that approval would enable for a long term and comprehensive approach to be taken to projects and allow for Town and Parish Councils, community groups and other organisations to plan and phase projects and maximise chances to gain match funding from other sources.

 

The Lead Member for Customer First and Support Services presented the report and the Specialist Place Making responded to questions. 

 

Members were advised of a minor correction in that Great Court Farm was showing as within Littlehempston and Marldon Ward when in fact it was situated in Berry Pomeroy parish but Totnes Ward.  In addition, in relation to the restriction on pooling planning obligations, information had been received that government intended to lift this restriction, but changes to CIL regulations were awaited before the change could be applied.

 

It was then

 

RESOLVED

 

1.     That the release or allocation of s106 funds for Open Space, Sport and Recreation projects (as set out in the presented agenda report) be approved;

2.     That, where a project is identified, agreement of specific details be delegated to the relevant Specialist in consultation with the local Ward Member(s) and the Portfolio Holder for Customer First;

3.     That, where an Open Space, Sport and Recreation Plan is proposed, agreement of details of specific projects within the plan be delegated to the relevant Specialist in consultation with the local Ward Members(s) and the Portfolio Holder for Customer First; and

4.     That any substitution of alternative projects to those identified in Table 1 of the presented agenda report be delegated to the relevant Specialist in consultation with the local Ward Member(s) and Portfolio Holder for Customer First, subject to the alternative being in accordance with the s106 agreement and meeting pooling restrictions.

 

 

E.61/18

Write off Report pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Minutes:

E.61/18  

TheDeputy Leader introduceda reportthat informed Members of thedebtwrittenoff forrevenuestreamswithinthe Revenueand Benefitsservice.  Debtsupto thevalueof £5,000werewrittenoffby the s151Officerunderdelegatedauthority.  Permissionwassoughtto writeoff individualdebts witha valueof morethan £5,000.  

 

During discussion, a Member requested that future reports include details of sums previously written off but subsequently collected.

 

 

It wasthen:

 

RESOLVED

 

1.     That it be noted that, in accordancewithFinancialRegulations,the s151Officerhasauthorisedthe write-offofindividualSouth Hams DistrictCouncildebtstotalling£50,042.41as detailedinTables1 and2 of the presented agenda report; and

2.     That the write off of individual debts in excess of £5,000 totalling £53,579.00, as detailed in Table 3 of the presented report, be approved.

 

 

 

E.62/18

Commercial Development Opportunities pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Minutes:

E.62/18          

Members were presented with a report that sought approval of eight projects that met the objectives of the Commercial Property Strategy as approved by full Council in September 2018 (Minute 30/18 refers). 

 

Members had a full discussion on this report, and each of the development proposal areas was discussed in turn.

 

During discussion, the following points were raised:

 

(a)   The Leader advised that the proposals were designed to support the economy in the South Hams, and all but one of the proposals would need planning permission;

 

(b)   Some Members, whilst supportive of the projects in principle, raised concerns over the figures and projections contained within the presented agenda report and stated that the proposals should be subject to thorough scrutiny, and an exit strategy should be in place for each proposal.  In response, the Head of Paid Service confirmed that Commercial Development was one of the areas that the Internal Auditors had been asked to include on their Audit workplan for the following year;

 

(c)    Members were generally supportive of the proposal in Kingsbridge;

 

(d)   Members were supportive of the proposal in Totnes;

 

(e)   Members supported the proposal for Sherford, and accepted that this was a longer term proposal;

 

(f)     Members discussed the proposal for Beesands, and were advised that the local parish council had withdrawn support for the scheme once it had been made clear that responsibility for the public conveniences would fall with the parish council. 

 

The importance of public conveniences in a beach location was noted, and Members were supportive of the scheme, whilst accepting that further negotiation would need to take place with the parish council;

 

(g)   Members supported the proposal at Shadycombe Car Park in Salcombe;

 

(h)   Members had a lengthy debate on the proposal for Ivybridge.  Local Ward Members had raised concerns over the potential loss of car parking, and these concerns had been echoed by the Town Council.  Other Members accepted these concerns, but felt that the proposal would bring footfall into the town, which would be of benefit to the economy of the town as a whole.  The Leader advised that he would propose deferral of this proposal pending further information.  Members supported deferral, but in doing so noted that, if the proposal did not progress quickly, then there was a chance that the opportunity would be lost and the risk that an alternative location, away from the town centre, would be found.  This would have an even more detrimental effect on the economy of Ivybridge.  Finally, there was discussion around revisiting the car parking strategy to ensure that it supported Ivybridge effectively;

 

(i)     Members supported the proposal for the Salcombe Harbour Workshop at Batson, although the Chairman of the Harbour Board raised concerns over the annual rental cots;

 

(j)     Members supported the proposal for the employment units at Batson, Salcombe and a local Ward Member confirmed that there was significant interest locally in this proposal;

 

(k)    Members discussed the urgent item, Dartmouth Health and Wellbeing Hub, and were  ...  view the full minutes text for item E.62/18