Decisions

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Decisions published

06/10/2020 - Children, Young People and Families' Plan 2020 - 2023 ref: 438    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Portfolio Holder for Children, Education, Skills and Early Help presented a report seeking Cabinet support to recommend the Children, Young People and Families’ Plan 2020-23 to Council for adoption.

 

Recommended to Full Council

 

That the Children, Young People and Families Plan 2020-23 be adopted.

 

Decision

 

To agreed to receive an Annual Report of the Children, Young People and Families’ Plan 2020-23.

 

 

 

Lead officer: Claire Shiels


06/10/2020 - Provision of Dorset Children ref: 437    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

That authority be delegated to the Leader of the Council to engage with the appropriate Executive and Corporate Directors to carry out the recommendations set out with the in urgent exempt report to Cabinet of 6 October 2020.

 


06/10/2020 - Urgent items ref: 434    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The following items of business were considered by the Chairman as urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972. The item was considered to be urgent to allow enable the Council to act quickly for the Provision for Dorset Children.

 

The report was considered in exempt business under paragraph 3 of part 2 schedule 12A of the 1972 Act.

 

 


06/10/2020 - Exempt Business ref: 432    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

The press and the public were excluded for the following item(s) in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 and 4 of schedule 12 A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


06/10/2020 - Declarations of Interest ref: 428    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

There were no declarations of interest to report.


06/10/2020 - Dorset Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) ref: 433    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Lead officer: Deborah Gill, Tom Smith


06/10/2020 - Weymouth Harbour and Esplanade flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy ref: 427    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

(a)       That the flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy for the next 100 years for Weymouth, be agreed;

 

(b)       That officers be authorised to develop the business case towards deliverable schemes for inclusion in Dorset Council’s future capital programme.

 

(c)        That authority be delegated to the two relevant portfolio holders, in consultation with the Director for Place, to agree the governance structures to oversee the project.

 

Reason for Decision

Weymouth floods and is impacted by coastal erosion.  With a prediction of an acceleration in sea level rise and more intense weather events as a result of climate change, the problems facing Weymouth will increase significantly.

 

Without investment in managing this flood and erosion risk, Weymouth faces increasing direct losses through flooded assets and infrastructure and indirect impacts such as a failing property market due to blight and increasing social deprivation.

 

Lead officer: Matthew Penny


06/10/2020 - Approach to Value for Money ref: 425    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

That Cabinet develop a value for money framework and timeline setting out how it will implement value for money benchmarking of all services to feed into a prioritisation exercise for conducting fundamental value for money reviews of the all the council’s services.

Reason for Decision

To ensure that the council is delivering value for money in all its services.

Lead officer: Bridget Downton


06/10/2020 - 'Planning for the Future' White Paper: consultation response ref: 436    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

That a response be sent to Government, setting out the following as the views of Dorset Council on the White Paper, as well as the more detailed points made in section 9 of this report:

 

(a)       That delays in house building nationally are not all due to the planning system – local planning authorities do not build houses - but to other factors including market absorption, the homogenous nature of large developments, and reliance on the private sector for infrastructure provision, as identified in the Letwin review. In the last decade, 2.5 million homes were granted planning permission but only 1.5 million were delivered; similarly in 2019, 371,000 homes were given permission but only 241,000 were delivered;

 

(b)       That binding national housing targets and removal of the opportunity for people to comment at outline planning application stage on sites allocated for growth in plans will reduce the ability of communities to have input into proposals affecting their local areas, and reduce local democracy;

 

(c)       That greater detail is required on how the national housing targets would be derived, including how environmental constraints will be taken into account, and that this must include an element of national planning strategy setting out the aims for how places will grow and the infrastructure needed to support them;

 

(d)       That the proposed timescale for the adoption of new style plans is very ambitious bearing in mind the need for the introduction of new primary legislation, the proposed ‘front loading’ of community engagement and the greater level of technical work necessary if growth areas will receive automatic outline planning permission;

 

(e)       That there is significant risk to the progress of currently emerging local plans due to the uncertainty around, and scale of, these changes;

 

(f)        That if national policies are not to be repeated in local plans, they need to carry the same weight in decision making as development plan policies. Some local ‘development management policies’ will still be necessary to set out local mechanisms and approaches to addressing national policy issues – for example local solutions to addressing indirect effects of development on protected habitats;

 

(g)       That there is no reference to what if any effect these changes are intended to have on minerals and waste local plans, how policies and site allocations for minerals and waste would be applied under the zoning system and how minerals safeguarding can be achieved;

 

(h)       That while the support for good design and the publication of a national design code are welcomed, it is important that these focus not only on what places look like, but how they work for those living and working in them. Masterplanning also needs to consider infrastructure provision and mitigation of impacts on habitats, flood risk, heritage and landscape.

 

(i)        That the replacement of the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 planning agreements with a single levy is not likely to generate sufficient funding for the infrastructure and affordable housing that is needed, particularly bearing in mind the exemptions proposed. We would support the ring fencing of funding for affordable housing to ensure that this is not reduced;

 

(j)         That while an increased reliance on digital methods of engagement and involvement may well attract a wider audience to comment on planning proposals, it will potentially disadvantage older people and those in more deprived areas who may have less access to digital means of communication.

 

Reason for Decision

The White Paper proposes radical changes to the current planning system of England, which will have significant impacts on Dorset, its communities and the council. It is important therefore to respond to the consultation in order to influence the outcome and ensure that the proposals do not adversely affect our area, in particular as a consequence of the binding housing targets and reduction in democratic and community involvement in decisions.

 

Lead officer: Hilary Jordan


06/10/2020 - Dorset Council Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy Delivery plan ref: 429    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

(a)       That the scale of additional resource requirements to deliver the climate emergency strategy 2040 and 2050 targets be noted, and that affordability should be considered as part of the 2021/22 budget setting process and MTFP.

 

(b)       That the Summary Climate Action Plan (set out at appendix A) be approved for public consultation along with the Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy

 

(c)        That the Portfolio Holder in conjunction with the Executive Director of Place to agree the final wording of the final document.

 

 

Lead officer: Antony Littlechild


06/10/2020 - Initial, high-level, draft budget information for 2021/22 and MTFP for 2023-2026 ref: 423    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

(a)       That the updated cost pressures set out in the paper of 6 October 2020 and the validation work that has been carried out on these, be noted;

(b)       That the amendments to the planning assumptions used in the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP), be noted;

(c)        That the financial gap arising from (i) and (ii) above, be noted;

(d)       Cabinet notes the tactical and transformation savings set out in the paper to start to close the financial gap, recognising that these are work in progress;

(f)        That the Portfolio Holders work with officers to continue to identify and develop savings opportunities through tactical or transformational means;

(h)       Cabinet continues to make the case to Government for additional funding given the unprecedented financial consequences of Covid-19;

(i)         That Cabinet agrees the next steps leading up to the 2021/22 Budget being presented to full Council in February 2021.

Reason for Decision

Councils are required to set a balanced budget.  Essentially this means that expenditure is balanced by income without unsustainable use of one-off, or short-term sources of finance. 

This paper is coming to Cabinet to provide an update on the budget gap for 2021-22 and subsequent years and progress on action/savings to date. The paper proposes an approach to close the remaining gap.

 

Lead officer: Jim McManus


06/10/2020 - The Dorset Workplace ref: 424    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

(a)       That the implementation of the Dorset Workplace be approved;

 

(b)       That a budget of £1,060,000 be allocated to support this.

 

Reason for the Decision

The objective of the Dorset Workplace is to establish a set of principles that will allow employees to work from the place or more likely the places where they can best serve residents, customers and clients in the most effective way.

 

Lead officer: Deborah Smart


06/10/2020 - Leisure Services Review ref: 435    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Lead officer: Paul Rutter


06/10/2020 - Dinah's Hollow, Slope Stabilisation ref: 426    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

(a)     That the acquisition of the land and the drainage works on the east side of Dinah's Hollow, Melbury Abbas be progressed immediately at a total cost of £130k.

 

(b)     That Cabinet notes the scale of additional resource required to stabilise slopes throughout the hollow and that the affordability of the scheme should be considered alongside other priorities as part of the 2021/22 budget setting process and MTFP.

 

Reason for Decision

The impact of a major slope failure would be high in respect of health and safety and financial implications. Possible consequences are loss of life or major injury and legal action. There would also be reputational damage, impact on service delivery and disruption to the highway network affecting a key north-south route.

 

Lead officer: Kate Tunks


06/10/2020 - Financial provision to the voluntary and community sector ref: 431    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

Cabinet agreed:-

(a)       The continued provision of the ‘information, advice and guidance’ service for residents at the current financial rate for a 5-year term to offer stability.. Extension of the current grant for a further 6 months 1st April – 30th September 2021 to enable a procurement exercise to be undertaken. The new contract to begin on 1st October 2021

(b)       The continued provision of an arts and culture support service at the current financial rate for a 5-year term. Extension of the current grant for a further 6 months 1st April – 30th September 2021 to enable a procurement exercise to be undertaken. The new contract to begin on 1st October 2021.

(c)        The continued provision of support services to the social voluntary community sector at the current financial rate for a 5-year term. This will be tendered as one contract for bidding organisations to work in partnership to deliver the support for the rest of the social voluntary community sector. Extension of the current grant recipients for a further 6 months 1st April – 30th September 2021 to enable a procurement exercise to be undertaken. The new contract to begin on 1st October 2021.

(d)       The continued commissioned support of the museums and community centres in which Dorset Council have a reversionary interest at the current financial rate for a period of 1 year from 1st April 2021 to be considered within the wider council buildings and assets review.

(f)        A discretionary outcome-based fund to be introduced to replace all historical grant programmes offered by Dorset Council. Criteria to be modified in accordance to the comments made in the consultation and agreed with the Cabinet Portfolio Holder.

Reason for Decision

1. The consultation has evidenced the value and very strong level of support for the information, advice and guidance service for residents. Due to the value of the contract, there is a requirement to procure the service.  The timescales involved in undertaking an open and transparent procurement exercise will necessitate the need to extend the existing contract to allow sufficient time for this to be completed.

2. The consultation has evidenced the value and very strong level of support for the arts support service. Due to the value of the contract, there is a requirement to procure the service.  The timescales involved in undertaking an open and transparent procurement exercise will necessitate the need to extend the existing contract to allow sufficient time for this to be completed.

3. The consultation has evidenced the value and very strong level of support for the social VCS support service. Due to the value of the contract, there is a requirement to procure the service.  The timescales involved in undertaking an open and transparent procurement exercise will necessitate the need to extend the existing contract to allow sufficient time for this to be completed.  It is acknowledged that the current organisations worked incredibly effectively together before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving joint outcomes.

4. The consultation has evidenced a strong level of support for the museums and community centres in which the council has a reversionary interest. However, given that the council is currently undertaking a full review of its assets and buildings, it would be prudent to agree an initial 1-year extension to allow for these to form part of the wider review.

5. The consultation has evidenced a strong level of support for flexible funding to enable community organisations to identify and resolve local community needs. The discretionary outcome-based grants will continue to provide vital support to organisations that provide outcome-based evidence for delivery of Council Plan priorities. These will be made available by 31st December to give current grant recipients the opportunity to secure funding before the financial year end.

 

 

Lead officer: Laura Cornette


06/10/2020 - Dog-related Public Space Protection Order ref: 430    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Dorset Council - Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/10/2020 - Dorset Council - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

(a)       That the Dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order 2020, be approved;

 

(b)        That West Beach, Charmouth be included  as an exclusion area between 1 May and 30 September with dog’s exercised off-lead at other times. East Beach at Charmouth to have no restrictions.

 

Reason for Decision

To protect public health, safety and animal welfare.

To consolidate existing Dog-related Public Spaces Protection Orders and provisions into a single Order to give greater consistency and clarity for residents and visitors to Dorset.

To assist with the efficient use of enforcement resources.

 

Lead officer: Graham Duggan


05/10/2020 - Modify Definitive Map and Statement; Upgrade part of FP11 Batcombe and Bridleway 59 Leigh ref: 422    Recommendations Approved

Reasons for Decision

a)    The available evidence shows on balance that the application route (Bailey Drove) between points C – D – D1 – E on Drawing 18/07 was dedicated as a public carriageway in the Leigh Inclosure Award 1804. That part of Bailey Drove between points A – B – C was a pre-existing highway of carriageway status.  As the application was submitted before 20 January 2005. The public vehicular rights remain unaffected by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

b)    The evidence shows on balance, that the whole application route between points A – B – C – D – D1 – E on Drawing 18/07 should be recorded as a byway open to all traffic.  Accordingly, in the absence of objections the Council can itself confirm the Order without submission to the Planning Inspectorate.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected

None.

Decision Maker: Officer Delegated Decision

Decision published: 06/10/2020

Effective from: 05/10/2020

Decision:

Decision

a)    An order be made to modify the definitive map and statement of rights of way by recording Bailey Drove as shown between points A – B – C – D – D1 – E on Drawing 18/07 (appendix 1) as a byway open to all traffic.

b)    If the order is unopposed, or if all objections are withdrawn, it be confirmed by the Council.

Wards affected: Yetminster;

Lead officer: Vanessa Penny