Decisions

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Decisions published

07/08/2022 - P/VOC/2021/05510 ref: 994    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Delegated Decision

Decision published: 09/08/2022

Effective from: 07/08/2022

Decision:

To grant planning permission for application P/VOC/2021/05510, relating to Marchesi House, Poplar Close, Weymouth, DT4 9UN.

 

Application P/VOC/2021/05510 was considered by the Western and Southern Area Planning Committee on 7 April 2022. The committee resolution was as follows:

 

Decision: that authority be delegated to the Head of Planning or Service Manager for Development Management and Enforcement to grant planning permission subject to: • completion of a Deed of Variation to secure the planning obligations agreed under the Section 106 Agreement (dated 26 May 2020) related to planning permission WP/18/00914/FUL; and • the planning conditions detailed in Section 17 of the Committee Report subject to minor procedural amendments to conditions as considered necessary by the Head of Planning or Service Manager for Development Management and Enforcement in consultation and agreement with the Chair of the Western and Southern Area Planning Committee, so long as these changes relate to procedural matters only and do not alter the objectives and purposes of the planning conditions. (B) that authority be delegated to the Head of Planning or Service Manager for Development Management and Enforcement to REFUSE planning permission for the reason set out below if the Deed of Variation is not completed within 6 months of the committee resolution or such extended timeframe as agreed by the Head of Planning and recommends that the Head of Planning determines the application accordingly: 1. In the absence of a satisfactory completed Deed of Variation the scheme fails to ensure provision of the affordable housing on site. Hence the scheme is contrary to Policy HOUS 1 of the West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan 2015.

 

The Deed of Variation referred to above has now been prepared, and minor procedural amendments to the conditions have been agreed with the Chairman of the Western and Southern Area Planning Committee. As such, this planning permission can be issued under delegated powers.

 

Wards affected: Rodwell and Wyke;

Lead officer: Anna Lee


01/08/2022 - EN/2021/00248- Land to the south of Yew Tree Cottage, west of Downs Lane, Brister End, Sherborne, DT9 6NH ref: 993    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Delegated Decision

Decision published: 03/08/2022

Effective from: 01/08/2022

Decision:

This decision is taken under delegated powers set out in Paragraph 145 of the Officer Scheme of Delegation in the Council’s constitution, which grants delegated authority to undertake all action in order to regulate any actual, perceived or potential breach of any of the Town and Country Planning Legislation including:

 

 

(f) to determine whether or not to take and/or to cease action whether because in his/her opinion the breach is trivial, there is insufficient demonstrable harm and/or, it is not expedient to take / continue to take action

 

This authority has been delegated to me through the Local Scheme of Nomination for the Executive Director for Place.

 

Wards affected: Yetminster;


26/07/2022 - 22a Bath Street Weymouth DT4 7DS ref: 992    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Delegated Decision

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

The decision (in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety and the s.151officer) to purchase the freehold to the property known as 22 and 22a Bath Street Weymouth DT4 7DS to provide a one bed bungalow for temporary accommodation, the power to make such decisions having been delegated to the Corporate Director for Housing in accordance with paragraph 13(b) of the decisions of the Cabinet on 8 September 2020.

 

Wards affected: Rodwell and Wyke;

Lead officer: Andrew Billany


26/07/2022 - Council Plan Refresh 2022-24 ref: 986    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 26/07/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

The Portfolio Holder for Corporate Development and Transformation presented the refreshed Council Plan for 2022 – 2024 and proposed the report’s recommendations. Members were advised that the draft plan had been considered and supported by both the council’s Overview Committee’s.

 

The Portfolio Holder further advised that the delivery plan was still a work in progress and Key Performance Indicators were also being reviewed to ensure they were outcome focused. Cllr L Beddow seconded the motion.

 

Recommendation to Full Council

 

That the refreshed Council Plan 2022 – 2024 and the new strategic delivery plan be approved.

 

Reason for the Recommendation:    

The review and refresh of the Dorset Council Plan should be approved by all Dorset Councillors at a full council meeting.


26/07/2022 - Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman - Investigation into a complaint in connection with Special Education Needs Provision ref: 988    Recommendations Approved

To consider a report of the Director for Legal and Democratic Services and the Monitoring Officer.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 26/07/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

(a)  That the eight recommendations of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, as set out below in Section 3.1 of the report to Cabinet of 26 July 2022, be accepted.

 

(b)  Adopt as actions to be taken by the Council the further recommendations made by the Ombudsman, as set out and commented upon in Section 3.3 of the report.

 

(c)  The action taken since receipt of the Ombudsman’s report be noted, and agree that the Children’s Services Strengthening Services Board (Chaired by the Chief Executive) should:

(i)       Oversee implementation of the actions referred to in the second recommendation; and,

(ii)      Review the Ombudsman’s focus report “Out of school, out of sight” and implement any necessary learning from that report.

 

(d)  That People and Health Scrutiny Committee be invited to:

 

(i)     add the Council’s ongoing performance in addressing the

Ombudsman’s criticisms and concerns to the Committee’s forward work programme, and

(ii)    commission the South West Audit Partnership to undertake focused work to provide assurance that the actions being taken in response to the Ombudsman’s report are embedded in procedure and in practice.

 

(e)  Send the minutes of this meeting to all Councillors as the Cabinet’s response to the Monitoring Officer’s report.

 

Reason for the decision

The purpose of a section 5A Monitoring Officer report was to ensure that the findings of the Ombudsman were brought to the attention of Cabinet and acted upon. There were also legal requirements that the report be sent to all other Dorset Council councillors and that notices of the Ombudsman’s findings be published in a local newspaper.

These transparency requirements reflect the seriousness of a formal finding of maladministration and injustice and are to ensure that the Cabinet and the


Council as whole is satisfied that an appropriate action plan is put in place so that:

·       Wider systemic issues identified by the Ombudsman are addressed and

·       There is no repetition of the failings identified by the Ombudsman.

 

Lead officer: Vik Verma


26/07/2022 - Establishment of a Shareholder Committee for Care Dorset ref: 987    For Determination

To establish a committee of the Executive for the Council’s shareholder function for Care Dorset and to agree the terms of reference for the committee.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 26/07/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

(a)  That an Executive Committee be established, to be known as ‘The Shareholder Committee for Care Dorset Holdings Limited’.

 

(b)  That 5 members of the Executive be appointed to the Shareholder Committee.

 

(c)  That the Terms of Reference for the Shareholder Committee be approved.

 

(d)  That delegated authority be given to the Shareholder Committee within the scope of its terms of reference, including strategic oversight and Reserved Matter decisions. 

 

Reason for the decision

 

To establish formal governance arrangements for the performance of the Council’s shareholder function for Care Dorset Holdings Limited.

 

 

Lead officer: Grace Evans


26/07/2022 - Modern Slavery Transparency Statement ref: 989    For Determination

Currently local authorities are not required to provide a statement under S54 of the Modern Slavery Act (not in-scope). Government and LGA have advised that there will be legislative change which will bring local authorities in scope of S54 therefore ahead of any change, local authorities have been asked to ensure that they have a transparency statement and register it on the Governments Modern Slavery Statement Register before 30 September 2022.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 26/07/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

Decision

 

That the Modern Slavery Transparency Statement for the financial year 2021-22 be published.

 

Reason for the decision

 

A forthcoming legislative change to the Modern Slavery Act, section 54, will result in a mandatory requirement for any local authority with a budget of £36m, and above, to publish a Modern Slavery Transparency Statement on an annual basis.

Lead officer: Dawn Adams


26/07/2022 - Dorset Council School Transport Policies 2022-2023 ref: 990    For Determination

This is statutory requirement to consult on the Home to School and Post Transport policies. These are the policies for 2022-2023 academic year.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 26/07/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

(a)  The Home to School Transport Assistance Eligibility Policy for Children and Young People attending School 2022-2023 be approved and adopted, which includes a rise in the surplus seat price from £800 to £825.

 

(b)  The Dorset Post 16 Transport Support Policy for 2022-2023 which includes a rise in the surplus seat price from £800 to £825 be approved and adopted.

 

(c)  A schedule of increase of the Surplus Seat Cost in line with the prevailing Retail Price Index is implemented each year without the need to reconsult.

 

(d)  The Home to School Transport Assistance Eligibility Policy for Children and Young People attending School and Post 16 Transport Support Policy are re-consulted on only either when there is a significant change to the eligibility criteria; or where there are changes to the statutory guidance that would require significant change to either policy; or in October 2026 for the 2027-2028 policy – whichever is the earliest.

 

(e)  The Home to School and Post 16 Transport Policies be rewritten in plain English.

 

 

Reason for the decision

 

Dorset Council has a duty to provide Home to School Transport services to eligible pupils and to assist in supporting pupils attending Post 16 provision.

Lead officer: Ed Denham


26/07/2022 - Quarter 1 2022/23 Financial Monitoring Report ref: 985    Recommendations Approved

To consider the Quarter 2 Financial Monitoring Report 2022/23.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 26/07/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

(a)  That the Senior Leadership Team’s forecast of the full year’s outturn for the Council, made at the end of Quarter 1, including progress of the transformational and tactical savings incorporated into the budget, be noted.

 

(b)  That the capital programme for 2022/23 including the slippage from previous years, and the work taking place to review this before the capital strategy for 2023/24 is developed, be noted.

 

(c)  That the opening position for the Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP) refresh and the budget timetable headlines be noted.

 

(d)  That the budget movements (virements) set out in the report to Cabinet of 26 July 2022, be agreed.

 

Reason for the decision

The Council has responsibilities to deliver within its corporate plan and it must do this within the resources made available through the revenue and capital budgets for 2022/23. The report summarised the Council’s forecast financial performance for the year at the end of the first quarter.

Lead officer: Jim McManus


26/07/2022 - Adult Social Care - Future Services ref: 991    For Determination

Options for future Adult Social Care Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 26/07/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Lead officer: Jonathan Price


15/07/2022 - Footpaths 79 and 92 ref: 984    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Delegated Decision

Decision published: 26/07/2022

Effective from: 15/07/2022

Decision:

(a)   The application to divert parts of Footpaths 79 and 92, Weymouth be accepted and an order made;

 

(b)   The Order include provisions to modify the definitive map and statement to record the changes made as a consequence of the diversion; and

 

(c)    If the Order is unopposed, it be confirmed by the Council.

 

(d)    The order should not be confirmed until an agreement under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 has been signed between Betterment Properties and Dorset Council undertaking that additional footpaths become adopted highways within the Local Greenspace adjacent the development.


(Decision taken is detailed within the Scheme of Delegation in the Council’s Constitution.)

 

Wards affected: Rodwell and Wyke;

Lead officer: Vanessa Read