|Councillor Nelson declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 4 - Regional Spatial Strategy as he served on Tristar Homes Limited Management Board. |
Councillor Cunningham declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 4 - Regional Spatial Strategy as he was a member of the Regional Development Agency.
Councillor Nelson declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 6 - Tees valley Growth Point Status as he served on Tristar Homes Limited Management Board.
Councillor Cunningham declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 6 - Tees Valley Growth Point Status as he was a member of the Regional Development Agency.
Councillor Mrs Beaumont declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 12 - Local Development Framework: Planning the Future of Rural Villages in the Stockton on Tees Borough as she was a member of Kirklevington and Castle Leavington Parish Council.
Councillor Mrs McCoy declared a personal, prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 13 - Civic Chains as she was a member of Billingham Town Council and she left the meeting room during consideration of the matter.
Councillor Eddy declared a personal, prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 13 - Civic Chains as he was a member of Thornaby Town Council and he left the meeting room during consideration of the matter.
Councillor Walmsley declared a personal, prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 13 - Civic Chains as he was a member of Thornaby Town Council and he left the meeting room during consideration of the matter.
|Members considered the nominations to school Governing Bodies in accordance with the procedure for the appointment of school governors, approved as Minute 84 of the Cabinet (11th May 2000).|
|Consideration was given to a report on the North East Regional Spatial Strategy. On the 15th July 2008, the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) published the final version of the North East Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS). The report provided a summary of the policies contained within the RSS and gave a broad overview of how the policies impacted on Stockton-on-Tees.|
The enactment of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase act (2004) created a statutory requirement for the Regional Planning Body (North East Assembly) to develop a Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS).
Following a number of consultation drafts, The North East of England Plan - Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) had been adopted. The RSS was the planning framework for North East England, which set out the long-term strategy as to where, when and how development would be encouraged in the region over the next 15-20 years providing a vision up to 2021. All subsequent Local Development Framework (LDF) Documents, produced by the Council, must be in general accordance with the RSS and when considering major planning applications, the Council would take account of the RSS policies.
The Strategy covered Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Tees Valley and addressed matters such as the scale and distribution of provision for new housing, priorities for the environment such as countryside and biodiversity protection, transport, infrastructure, economic development, agriculture, mineral extraction and waste treatment and disposal. The policies in the Strategy set out how the Council would improve built and natural environments and create sustainable rural and urban communities, how the Council would meet housing needs, where transport improvements had to be made and where developments should take place to create jobs.
|Consideration was given to a report that outlined the delivery plan and the mechanism for the allocation of the balance of Stockton's Communities Fund beyond the transitional year of NRF interventions as previously agreed by Cabinet on 24th April 2008.|
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) was created by Government to simplify and refocus local level funding to tackle worklessness and low levels of skills and enterprise within some of the most disadvantaged communities. This new fund, part of the non ringfenced Area Based Grant (ABG) replaced Communities and Local Government's Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and concentrated the focus of neighbourhood renewal on these core areas of regeneration.
Government intended that the fund would provide the basis for a new approach, recognising the need to tackle worklessness on a local community wide basis to provide maximum flexibility to local authorities to design local worklessness programmes to meet local needs.
Stockton had been allocated £13,511,065 over a three-year period. As a result of the late announcement of the WNF, Cabinet had agreed a transitional year for the remaining 40 NRF projects, which amounted to an expected expenditure of £2,785,027 during 2008/09. A further allocation for the Area Partnerships of £516,705 over the three years had also been agreed. Consequently, there was £10,209,333 available for activities to tackle worklessness and increase the levels of skills and enterprise in the Borough.
In Stockton, Cabinet had agreed to refer to the Working Neighbourhoods Fund as the Communities Fund. This was in recognition of the emphasis placed on budget setting and commissioning in the recently published Unlocking the talent of our communities' and the consultation paper on the Statutory Guidance on Strong and Prosperous Communities about working with and within local communities. This guidance, in addition to the DWP's Green Papers, A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work, and No one Written off, focused on tackling poverty and social exclusion. This devolved responsibility to local authorities offered the unique opportunity to use WNF to have more control over the delivery of accountable services that best suited the needs of the locality. It offered the opportunity to give the community the tools to get involved and leads to neighbourhood empowerment.
The value of provision reflected the training and support that was needed for a person to achieve sustainable employment, as this would vary depending on the complex and individual needs of that person.
In line with Government guidance for the Working Neighbourhoods Fund to tackle worklessness and the low levels of skills and enterprise consideration had been given to allocate the Communities Fund to three distinct elements in recognition of the work that would be required to improve the status quo.
|Consideration was given to a report on the Tees Valley Growth Point status. At the 24th April 2008 Cabinet (min CAB 14/08 refers) Members endorsed a bid by the Tees Valley Local Authorities for round 2 Growth Point status to the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG). On 24th July 2008 CLG announced that the Tees Valley had been successful. The report provided an update to Members and sought approval for the Programme of Delivery'.|
Growth Point status required the Tees Valley to increase its housing growth by 20% above the approved Regional Spatial Strategy target up to the period 2016/17. It was described as an accelerated development programme, which identified key infrastructure investment necessary to speed up the development of the city region. Growth Point status brought with it 2 separate sources of funding, the Community Infrastructure Fund and the Growth Fund.
|Consideration was given to a report on the development of outdoor play in the Stockton Borough. In April 2008 Stockton Council secured £1.1 million capital funding through the Department for Children, Schools and Families' (DCSF) Playbuilder' programme.|
The report set out initial proposals for the development of play areas and play spaces utilising the Playbuilder funding, focusing on the delivery of six play areas and play spaces schemes during 2008/09 at:
Carlton Avenue, Billingham
Romano Park, Ingleby Barwick
Village Park, Thornaby
Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park
Willey Flatts, Yarm
It also outlined the process for developing further projects during 2009/10 and 2010/11 and sought approval for Officers to develop a second submission for funding from DCSF in the second wave of the programme.
|Consideration was given to a report on the new Joint Waste Management Strategy 2008-2020. The existing Joint Waste Management Strategy was developed between the four former Cleveland County Authorities and was intended for the period 1 October 2001 - 30 June 2020. However to reflect the greater joint working across the Tees Valley Area the new Joint Waste Management Strategy had also been expanded to include Darlington Borough Council.|
In addition to Darlington joining the other Tees Valley Councils as part of the Waste Management Group, much had changed in waste management terms since the current Joint Waste Management Strategy was adopted. In 2007 following extensive consultation the government published a new Waste Strategy for England. The targets of the new national strategy were reflected in the new Joint Waste Management Strategy and Implementation Plan.
|Consideration was given to a report on the Equality Standard for Local Government Level 3 Peer Review: Self Assessment. In order to assess its progress against the Equality Standard for Local Government, the Council had been encouraged to undertake an IDeA Peer Review to verify its claim to be a level 3 authority. This review had been scheduled for December this year and as part of the review, the Council was required to submit a self-assessment document outlining its position against the Equality Standard.|
|Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting of the Western Area Partnership Boards.|
|Consideration was given to a report on the revised Constitution. The report asked Cabinet to agree the updated Executive Functions delegations in the Constitution; recommend for approval to Council the revised Local Choice and Council Functions delegations and to note and/or agree the remaining revisions to the Constitution as a whole.|
The Executive, Local Choice and Council Functions delegations had been updated since the Constitution was last republished (7 November 2007).
The changes had been highlighted in the current version of the Constitution and brought specifically to Members and Officers attention. They were necessary due to the need to correct existing delegations; cover functional areas which were not presently referred to; reflect new legislative provisions and to respond to changes approved by Cabinet/Council (eg revised planning and licensing delegations; delegations regarding Stockton Renaissance post Neighbourhood Renewal).
Members were asked to agree the updated Executive Functions delegations and to recommend for Council approval the revised Local Choice and Council Functions.
Amendments had also been made to other parts of the Constitution to reflect changes agreed by Council, as follows:-
* new Cabinet Member portfolios and changed composition of Cabinet
* changes to the select committee structure
* new local assessment (misconduct allegations) arrangements
* members allowances
* adding in the agreed Communication, Consultation and Engagement Strategic Framework
|Consideration was given to a report on Local Development Framework - Planning the Future of Rural Villages in Stockton on Tees Borough. The report informed Members of the completion of the Planning the Future of Rural Villages'. The study would form part of the evidence base for the Local Development Framework (LDF).|
A study of the rural villages within Stockton-on-Tees Borough had been undertaken, to underpin and support policy development within the Local Development Framework (LDF) and to give clarity in the implementation of Core Strategy Policy 1 (CS1) point 5; In catering for rural housing needs, priority will be given to the provision of affordable housing in sustainable locations, to meet identified need. This will be provided through a rural exception site policy'.
In order to establish the levels of facilities available within the Borough's rural villages, an audit was carried out followed by extensive consultation in all villages included in the study and included an LDF training event for Ward Members and Parish Councillors and Clerks.
Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development (2005) stated that "planning authorities should seek to provide improved access for all to jobs, health, education, shops, leisure and facilities on foot, bicycle or public transport rather than having to rely on access by car, whilst recognising that this may be more difficult in rural areas".
A traffic light scoring system was used to rank each village in terms of their sustainability under the following categories:
From the results of the traffic light scoring system a village hierarchy was established. The purpose of the assessment was to spark debate about the villages and obtain information regarding services and facilities available to villages which had not been yet been recorded. Through the response questionnaire residents were also asked a number of questions regarding future policy considerations, such as the limits of development.
The findings of the village's facilities audit and the sustainability study had been compiled into one report in order to give a clear representation of the villages within the borough. An Executive Summary of the report and a copy the full report was attached to the report.
The facilities audit for each village had been updated to reflect the current position and the traffic light scoring system used within the consultation session had been replaced by a points based scoring system. This had provided a clear hierarchy of sustainability amongst the villages.
|The Council had received a letter from the Chairman of Thornaby Town Council, formally requesting that the former Thornaby Borough Chains be given to Thornaby Town Council. |
Following receipt of the request the matter was considered by the Members' Advisory Panel (MAP). The Panel was asked to consider the request and the related wider implications for the Civic Chains currently held by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Further to the meetings of MAP held on 28th August and 24th September 2008, where there was a preference expressed to transfer the former Thornaby Borough chains to Thornaby Town Council, the report detailed the necessary arrangements to fulfil this transfer.