Decisions

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Alternatively you can visit the officer decisions page for information on officer delegated decisions that have been taken by council officers.

Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

27/07/2021 - Asset Transfer Policy ref: 657    For Determination

To review the policy for the transfer of assets to towns, parish and community groups.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

Decision of the Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property

 

(a)  That the Asset Transfer Policy relating to the transfer of Council owned property assets of both Low and High Value to Town & Parish Councils together with Voluntary and Community based (third sector) organisations, be agreed

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property and the Portfolio Holder for Customer Services & Communities when acting in agreement with each other the authority to determine and approve all such transfers including those decisions that amount to key decisions.

 

Prior notice will be given in the forward plan for any proposal relating to a transfer amounting to a key decision albeit that the two portfolio holders are identified as the decision makers instead of Cabinet.

 

Decision - Asset Transfer Policy - Dorset Council (wdwp.local)

 

Reason for the decision:

Dorset Council recognises that the devolution of assets to local communities, particularly to town and parish councils and voluntary and community based organisations (third sector) can make a significant contribution to enabling them to be stronger, more resilient and sustainable in order to support services within their local areas.

Lead officer: Dave Thompson


29/07/2021 - Land Sales and Future Process at Dorset Innovation Park ref: 668    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision

 

That the recommendations as set out in the exempt report to Cabinet of 27 July 2021 be approved. 

 

Reason for the decision

 

To facilitate land sales on Dorset Innovation Park

 

Reference documents

 

Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, 10.00 am - Dorset Council (wdwp.local)

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

That the recommendations as set out in the exempt report to Cabinet of 27 July 2021 be approved. 

 

 

Lead officer: Dave Thompson


29/07/2021 - North Dorset Business \Park Land Disposal ref: 669    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision

 

That the conditional sale of 1.67 acres of employment land at North Dorset Business Park, Sturminster Newton be approved, in accordance with the details set out in the exempt report.

 

Reason for the decision

 

The sale will bring forward the development of a currently constrained brownfield site with the creation of c 40 new permanent jobs for the area. 

 

Document Reference

 

Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, 10.00 am - Dorset Council (wdwp.local)

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

That the conditional sale of 1.67 acres of employment land at North Dorset Business Park, Sturminster Newton be approved, in accordance with the details set out in the exempt report.

Lead officer: Dave Thompson


29/07/2021 - SEND Capital Strategy: Expansion of Beaucroft School ref: 667    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision

 

(a)  Support the use of the former Wimborne First School site, in School Lane Wimborne, to increase the capacity of Beaucroft School to create additional specialist provision for Dorset children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

 

(b)  That the budget allocation as set out in Appendix 3 to enable the project to be delivered, be approved and authority be delegated to the Executive Director for People – Children to enter into a construction contract at the appropriate time, in line with an existing delegation, subject to the outcome of the formal consultation process and provided the project is within the set budget level.

 

(c)  That the commencement of the required 4 week formal consultation period, in consultation with the Governors of Beaucroft School to formally expand the capacity of the Beaucroft Foundation School by more than 10% or 20 places, at the appropriate time, be agreed.

 

(d)  That a report will be brought back to Cabinet for a decision on the formal expansion of the school following the consultation process.

 

(e)  To lease the former Wimborne First School site to the Governors of Beaucroft School for use as post 16 provision on terms to be agreed by the Executive Director of Place, noting that further legal advice is being sought on this matter.

 

 

Reason for decision

 

To support the delivery of this project as part of the Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Capital Strategy 2020 – 2025 which was approved by Dorset Council Cabinet at its meeting on 8th December 2020.

 

Budget Implications

 

At their meeting on 6th April 2021 Cabinet agreed a funding commitment of between £35m and £40m to support the implementation of the SEND Capital Strategy, subject to feasibility studies and further planning and individual projects such as this would be brought forward for approval. Noting the funding already agreed for the project at St Mary’s which is known as the Dorset Centre of Excellence (Shaftesbury), this is the first project being brought forward to seek funding from this capital allocation. The estimated cost of works, and therefore budget allocation required to undertake the proposed works at the School Lane premises to make them suitable for use as Beaucroft College is set out in Appendix 3.

 

Reference documents

 

Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, 10.00 am - Dorset Council (wdwp.local)

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Children, Education, Skills and Early Help

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

(a)  Support the use of the former Wimborne First School site, in School Lane Wimborne, to increase the capacity of Beaucroft School to create additional specialist provision for Dorset children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

 

(b)  That the budget allocation as set out in Appendix 3 to enable the project to be delivered, be approved and authority be delegated to the Executive Director for People – Children to enter into a construction contract at the appropriate time, in line with an existing delegation, subject to the outcome of the formal consultation process and provided the project is within the set budget level.

 

(c)  That the commencement of the required 4 week formal consultation period, in consultation with the Governors of Beaucroft School to formally expand the capacity of the Beaucroft Foundation School by more than 10% or 20 places, at the appropriate time, be agreed.

 

(d)  That a report will be brought back to Cabinet for a decision on the formal expansion of the school following the consultation process.

 

(e)  To lease the former Wimborne First School site to the Governors of Beaucroft School for use as post 16 provision on terms to be agreed by the Executive Director of Place, noting that further legal advice is being sought on this matter.

Lead officer: Vik Verma


29/07/2021 - Officer delegated decision for procurement of Gigabit Hub Connectivity in Rural Dorset (GHCiRD ref: 666    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision

 

(a)  That the decision for contract award, following conclusion of the procurement process, be delegated to Cllr Peter Wharf as Portfolio Holder, after consultation with Aidan Dunn, Executive Director – Corporate Development.

 

(b)  That the decision to enter into the necessary subsequent grant agreements with Building Digital UK (BDUK), which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sports (DCMS) to delivery this programme of activity, be agreed and delegated to Cllr Peter Wharf as Portfolio Holder, after consultation with Aidan Dunn, Executive Director – Corporate Development.

 

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable the GHCiRD (BDUK) project to complete due diligence, grant agreement, contract award and finalisation which will facilitate the quickest possible deployment by December 2022.

 

Budget Implications

 

Capital cost infrastructure budget implications being up to £2.5M grant funding, covered by formal grant agreement between BDUK and Dorset Council. Revenue costs to deliver the project will be managed within the Digital Place team, utilising existing transformation funding to March 2023. The ongoing revenue costs of the upgraded broadband will be met by Dorset Council for council sites and is expected to be cost neutral as IT Services will look to take advantage of the infrastructure to adopt a new approach which will be more cost effective than the current connectivity charges. Each school or other non-Dorset Council site is expected to meet the revenue costs for their site.

 

Reference Documents

 

Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, 10.00 am - Dorset Council (wdwp.local)

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader - Corporate Development and Change

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

Decision

 

(a)  That the decision for contract award, following conclusion of the procurement process, be delegated to Cllr Peter Wharf as Portfolio Holder, after consultation with Aidan Dunn, Executive Director – Corporate Development.

 

(b)  That the decision to enter into the necessary subsequent grant agreements with Building Digital UK (BDUK), which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sports (DCMS) to delivery this programme of activity, be agreed and delegated to Cllr Peter Wharf as Portfolio Holder, after consultation with Aidan Dunn, Executive Director – Corporate Development.

Lead officer: Dugald Lockhart


29/07/2021 - Low Carbon Dorset Grant payments Over £500,000 ref: 665    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision

 

(a)  That Low Carbon Dorset can issue a grant award letter for £1,500,000 to the Canford Renewable Energy project that has been approved by the Low Carbon Dorset Grants Panel and Board, given that the value is over the £500,000 threshold for Executive Director decision, be agreed

 

(b)  That, following any future decision by the Low Carbon Dorset grants panel and board to award grants over the key decision threshold of £500k, agreement to make any such award be delegated to the Executive Director for Place after consultation with the relevant portfolio holders. Any use of this proposed recommendation would be exercised transparently, being publicised in advance in the forward plan and afterwards in decision notices published on the Council’s website

 

Reason for decision

 

The Low Carbon Dorset grant fund and the method by which grants are paid out by Dorset Council and claimed back from the European Regional Development Fund has already been agreed by the predecessor Dorset County Council Cabinet.

 

 

Budget Implications

 

As set out within the committee report

 

Background documents

 

Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, 10.00 am - Dorset Council (wdwp.local)

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

(a)  That Low Carbon Dorset can issue a grant award letter for £1,500,000 to the Canford Renewable Energy project that has been approved by the Low Carbon Dorset Grants Panel and Board, given that the value is over the £500,000 threshold for Executive Director decision, be agreed

 

(b)  That, following any future decision by the Low Carbon Dorset grants panel and board to award grants over the key decision threshold of £500k, agreement to make any such award be delegated to the Executive Director for Place after consultation with the relevant portfolio holders. Any use of this proposed recommendation would be exercised transparently, being publicised in advance in the forward plan and afterwards in decision notices published on the Council’s website

Lead officer: Heather Kiel


29/07/2021 - Dorset Council Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 - 2026 ref: 664    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision

 

(a)  That the adoption of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 - 2026, be approved.

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Portfolio holder for Housing and Community Safety to make minor amendments to the strategy and action plan and any amendments necessary to reflect legislative change.

 

 

Reason for the decision

 

To ensure Dorset Council has a legally compliant Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy that meets our responsibility for tackling and preventing homelessness

 

Consultees

 

People and Health Overview Committee of 6 July 2021 and other additional councillors. e group were supported by external consultants Neil Morland & Co. commissioned by the service and housing service staff.

 

Budget Implications

 

The resources required to deliver the housing service strategy are expected to be affected. A service wide restructure will be completed in 2021 which is intended to reprioritise council resources to deliver the strategy and action plan

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

 

(a)  That the adoption of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 - 2026 , be approved.

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Portfolio holder for Housing and Community Safety to make minor amendments to the strategy and action plan and any amendments necessary to reflect legislative change.

 

Lead officer: Sharon Attwater


28/07/2021 - Asset Transfer Policy ref: 663    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision

 

(a)  That the Asset Transfer Policy relating to the transfer of Council owned property assets of both Low and High Value to Town & Parish Councils together with Voluntary and Community based (third sector) organisations, be agreed

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property and the Portfolio Holder for Customer Services & Communities when acting in agreement with each other the authority to determine and approve all such transfers including those decisions that amount to key decisions.

 

Prior notice will be given in the forward plan for any proposal relating to a transfer amounting to a key decision albeit that the two portfolio holders are identified as the decision makers instead of Cabinet.

 

 

Reason for the decision

 

Dorset Council recognises that the devolution of assets to local communities, particularly to town and parish councils and voluntary and community based organisations (third sector) can make a significant contribution to enabling them to be stronger, more resilient and sustainable in order to support services within their local areas.

 

Consultees

 

Place & Resources Overview Committee – 1 June 2021

 

Budget Implications

 

As a result of transferring assets to Town & Parish Councils and or to Voluntary and Community groups the Council may decide to forego fully or partially the benefit of rental income or a potential capital receipt in ‘lieu’ of the social benefits that a transfer may provide.

 

Reference documents:

 

Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, 10.00 am - Dorset Council

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

Decision

 

(a)  That the Asset Transfer Policy relating to the transfer of Council owned property assets of both Low and High Value to Town & Parish Councils together with Voluntary and Community based (third sector) organisations, be agreed

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property and the Portfolio Holder for Customer Services & Communities when acting in agreement with each other the authority to determine and approve all such transfers including those decisions that amount to key decisions.

 

Prior notice will be given in the forward plan for any proposal relating to a transfer amounting to a key decision albeit that the two portfolio holders are identified as the decision makers instead of Cabinet.

 

Lead officer: Dave Thompson