Agenda and minutes

Executive Board
Tuesday, 18th July, 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG

Contact: James Welbourn, Constitutional Services, Tel: 0115 8763288  Email: james.welbourn@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Note: Unless stated otherwise, all decisions are subject to call-in and cannot be implemented until 27 July. 

Items
No. Item

24.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Councillor Alan Clark  -  personal reasons

Councillor Jon Collins  -  other Council business

Councillor Nick McDonald  -  work commitments

 

25.

Declarations of interests

Minutes:

None.

26.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Last meeting held on 20 June 2017 (for confirmation).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 June were agreed as a true record.

27.

Proposed expansion of Glade Hill Primary School, Bestwood - Key Decision pdf icon PDF 318 KB

Report of Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills introduced the report on the proposed expansion of Glade Hill Primary School.

 

Glade Hill Primary School is an OFSTED rated ‘Good’ school.  A six week consultation took place with parents/carers. staff, governors, Councillors, local residents and citizens in March and April to expand the capacity of the school from 210 to 420 places.

 

RESOLVED to approve the expansion of Glade Hill Primary School from a 210 place school to a 420 place school, from 1 September 2017.

 

Reasons for decision

 

Although the city-wide picture for primary place provision is greatly improved, place pressures were still apparent in some areas, Bestwood being one of them. There has been an upward trend of pupil growth in this area and the number of children requiring a school place in the area will exceed the number of places available, if additional provision is not secured.

 

There will be 60 pupils in each year group instead of 30 and the school will grow by one class per year (30 pupils) over a seven year period, until the school is full.

 

Glade Hill Primary admitted an additional ‘bulge’ class of children in September 2016, over and above their normal Published Admission Number (PAN) and the school are helpfully admitting a further bulge year this September 2017. For the previous two years, another local school in the area (Westglade Primary) also admitted temporary bulge years. There is a sustained need for additional places in the area, therefore, a longer term solution was needed.

 

One of the 5 key objectives of the Council Plan 2015-19 is to ensure that every child in Nottingham is taught in a school that is judged good or outstanding by Ofsted. The proposal to expand Glade Hill Primary School also supports the priority of access to a good school close to home for every young person in Nottingham, and to meet parental preferences of places for every child at a local primary school.

 

Parents/carers quite rightly expect their children to be offered a local school place and the case for expanding a school which delivers a quality provision in an area where there are insufficient school places is a strong one.

 

Glade Hill Primary is located on a large site and the required building work can be easily accommodated. Nine years ago, the school was at the higher capacity, therefore with some alterations, some internal space can be reconfigured back into classrooms. From September 2017, additional teaching and learning space will be required to accommodate the growth in pupil numbers. The initial estimated date of completion for Key Stage One is September 2018 and for Key Stage Two, is August 2019, but this is subject to the completion of full feasibility and design works. The build will be funded by Basic Need funding allocated to the LA by Central Government, for expanding primary place provision. At this stage, it is estimated that the expansion of Glade Hill Primary School will cost £1.8m.

 

The school  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Regulation 7 Direction Controlling Letting Boards - Key Decision pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Report of Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage introduced the report on Regulation 7 Direction Controlling Letting Boards.

 

The current Regulation 7 Direction approved by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) will expire on 16 October 2017.  The key benefits of the control of letting boards for citizens are the visual and environmental enhancement, improvements to community safety in mainly residential neighbourhoods, together with the further protection of the special character of the conservation areas contained within it.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

(1)  authorise the Chief Planner to make an application to the Secretary of State for a further direction under Regulation 7 Town and Country (Control of Advertisement) Regulations 2007, which withdraws deemed consent’ rights for Class 3A of Schedule 3 for the display of residential letting boards in the Letting Board Control Area (Appendix One of the report);

 

(2)  authorise that the area to form the subject of the ‘renewal’ Direction be that outlined on the plan included as Appendix One of the report;

 

(3)  note that the successful delivery of the Direction’s current enforcement regime and implementation procedures, involving the coordination of enforcement resources would continue upon ‘renewal’ of the Direction by the Secretary of State;

 

(4)  delegate the authorisation to the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage, in consultation with the Chief Planner to make further applications to the Secretary of State for all future directions under Regulation 7 Town and Country (Control of Advertisement) Regulations 2007 for letting boards.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

The large number of letting boards previously on display in the Area

(Appendix1 of the report) visually detracted from the character and appearance of these predominantly residential neighbourhoods and the special character of the conservation areas contained within it. They were seen by the Police to contribute towards community safety by earmarking the nature and transient character of the population to those who would target the area for criminal purposes and have a negative impact on maintaining sustainable balanced community in the area.

 

The mandatory control of letting boards, over the last 5 years, together with

the implementation of an effective enforcement strategy, including the

production of the Lettings Board Design Guidance resulted in the immediate

transformation in the environmental quality of these areas. The successful

prosecution of repeat offenders in the final year of the Direction has also

helped maintain control over its enforcement. A further Direction (“the

renewal”) enables the Local Authority to continue with its enforcement

policy which serves as a significant deterrent to others when deployed.

 

A further Regulation 7 Direction is considered to be crucial to both regulating

and maintaining the current environmental quality of these areas, and generates a high turnover of tenants and therefore demand for letting boards.

 

The Area is considered to correspond with the main concentration of private

rented property in the city which predominantly caters for the student markets.

 

The intention is to apply for a permanent Regulation 7 Direction for the Area.

In the event that the Secretary  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.

29.

East Midlands Gateways Connectivity Plan - Key Decision pdf icon PDF 264 KB

Report of Portfolio Holder for Strategic Infrastructure and Communications

Minutes:

With the Leader/Portfolio Holder for Strategic Infrastructure and Communications giving apologies, the Deputy Leader/Portfolio Holder for Resources and Neighbourhood Regeneration introduced the East Midlands Gateways Connectivity Study, which is the next stage in increasing connectivity in the Nottingham to Derby corridor.  The output of the Study will be to develop the case and quantify the outputs and benefits from the proposals identified in the HS2 Growth Strategy.

 

Members added the following:

 

·  This money enables the linking up of the tram, major roads and the airport to HS2;

 

·  It is important for Nottingham that links to other cities in Midlands and North are better than they are now;

 

·  Businesses need to take advantage of HS2 investment to drive jobs growth;

 

·  There are still issues on the main line Nottingham to London railway route with electrification and extra traffic on route to Luton.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

(1)  approve the City Council acting as the lead authority for the preparation of the East Midlands Gateways Connectivity Study under the guidance of the HS2 Strategic Board and Midlands Connect;

 

(2)  approve expenditure of up to £1.2m on the development of a combined and updated transport model primarily covering the Nottingham conurbation and Derby built up areas and quantification of outputs and benefits of East Midlands Gateways Connectivity Plan for strategic transport options in the A52 corridor, including infrastructure in readiness for the proposed HS2 Station at Toton as set out in the HS2 Growth Strategy, and for a fixed public transport link to East Midlands Airport;

 

(3)  accept contributions of £0.5m from Midlands Connect, and £0.1m from each of the HS2 Strategic Board, Highways England, HS2 Ltd, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils, and Derby City Council;

 

(4)  approve the City Council’s contribution of £0.1m to be funded from the Transport Strategy reserve;

 

(5)  approve the transport modelling and assessment work be procured by the City Council on behalf of the project partners through a compliant procurement process;

 

(6)  approve variations to budget allocations and the decision on the award of contract be delegated to the Corporate Director of Development and Growth.

 

 

Reasons for decisions

 

To put in place the necessary management arrangements and resources to enable transport modelling and the East Midlands Gateways Connectivity Study to be progressed on behalf of the HS2 Strategic Board, Midlands Connect, and project partners.

 

The Study will develop the case and quantify the outputs and benefits

from the proposals identified in the HS2 Growth Strategy, including:

 

·  public transport and highway improvements in the A52 Nottingham-Derby corridor;

·  transport infrastructure in readiness for proposed HS2 East Midlands Hub Station at Toton;

·  a fixed public transport link to East Midlands Airport.

 

These will be assessed to maximise economic opportunities in the area and inform future national transport infrastructure investment plans.

 

Other options considered

 

Doing nothing risks that economic benefits will not be maximised, particularly

as benefits from the HS2 Station Hub are dependent on achieving high levels

of connectivity to key population and employment centres.

 

The option of partner organisations (such as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29.

30.

Proposal for a Scheme of Selective Licensing for Privately Rented Houses - Key Decision pdf icon PDF 270 KB

Report of Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage introduced the Proposal for a Scheme of Selective Licensing for Privately Rented Houses, informing the Executive Board of the results of the consultation that has been completed.

 

Following the consultation, it was proposed that a reduced area be subject to selective licensing.  In addition, the Portfolio Holder informed those present of the following:

 

·  There would be a differential between the price for a licence for those landlords that gain accreditation and those that don’t;

 

·  The consultation received a large number of responses, mainly from landlords but also from residents.  The outcome showed that residents were broadly in favour of the scheme, whereas landlords were broadly against it.  Suggestions arising from the consultation were to change the borders of the scheme, and to look at the accreditation element;

 

·  A number of arrangements are in place for social housing already.  This selective licensing scheme would enable a degree of control over privately rented properties.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

(1)  approve the Designation contained in Appendix 1 of the report as being subject to selective licensing and confirm that Board is satisfied:-

· that the statutory grounds for making a designation outlined in paragraph 2.6 of this report and all other statutory requirements have been met;

· that it has considered the other courses of action available to it that might provide an effective method of achieving the objective(s) that the designation would be intended to achieve, and;

·  that  it considers that making the designation will significantly assist it to achieve that/those objective(s);

 

(2)  approve in principle the revised operational detail of the scheme of selective licensing outlined in the report;

 

(3)  agree that a submission be made to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government requesting confirmation of the Designation;

 

(4)  delegate to the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage the power:-

· to finalise and approve the submission documentation and operational scheme to be submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation, and

· to liaise with Officers and the Department for Communities and Local Government in relation to the Confirmation of the Scheme and make any subsequent determinations that may be necessary in relation to it arising from that process;

 

(5)  note the requirement to establish a ring fenced reserve, as detailed in paragraph 4.4 of the report, for this scheme;

 

(6)  approve spend of £0.139m for set up costs and note in paragraph 4.1of the report how this will be funded;

 

(7)  approve the financial application of the set up costs if the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) do not approve the scheme;

 

(8)  note the use of the Council’s Firmstep system as the on line portal for the operational delivery of the scheme.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

Having given full consideration to the consultation responses there is still

believed to be a case for selective licensing in Nottingham. It is however no

longer recommended that a Citywide scheme is pursued, but that the focus of

the scheme should be on those areas  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.

31.

Ultra Low Emission Vehicles Charging Point Infrastructure Network - Key Decision pdf icon PDF 398 KB

Report of Portfolio Holder for Strategic Infrastructure and Communications

Additional documents:

Minutes:

With the Leader/Portfolio Holder for Strategic Infrastructure and Communications giving apologies, the Deputy Leader/Portfolio Holder for Resources and Neighbourhood Regeneration introduced the report on Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) Charging Point Infrastructure Network.

 

Nottingham has been identified as one of the UK’s major cities to put in interventions that help to deliver air quality compliance as soon as possible. The Go Ultra Low Nottingham programme initiatives will encourage the use of cleaner private and commercial road transport, complemented by existing measures to promote the use of walking, cycling and public transport.

 

Electric vehicle uptake is highest in areas where there is a good publically accessible network. Fleet managers and the public cite the lack of a local charge point network as a major barrier to investing in electric vehicles. Furthermore motorists without off street parking who cannot charge

at home will rely on a public network.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

(1)  approve theupdated procurement strategyfor the project and delegate authorityto the DeputyChiefExecutive/CorporateDirectorof Development andGrowthto enter intoall necessarycontractualdocumentation with the successful concession operatorfollowinga compliantprocurementexercise;

 

(2)  approve the partnering arrangements with Nottinghamshire County Council and Derby City Council and delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive/Corporate Director of Development and Growth to enter into legal agreements with the respective Local Authorities to support the delivery of the charging infrastructure network post contract award;

 

(3)  approve the investment and revenue share principles set out in the updated procurement strategy and delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive/Corporate Director of Development and Growth to approve, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder :

i) any additional investment from the concessionaire to further enhance the charging infrastructure network; and

ii) any revenue share arrangements from the scheme which shall be secured to support transport related measures of the Go Ultra Low Nottingham programme.

 

(4)  approve the land ownership principles set out in the report and delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Development and Growth to enter into all necessary legal agreements and documentation with the Concessionaire, third party land owners and electricity utility companies to ensure the necessary land rights and permits are in place to enable the installation of the charging points, secure the ownership rights of the infrastructure below ground and enable electricity supply for operation of the network.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

An  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Exclusion of the public

To consider excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining item(s) in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs in the public interest in disclosing the information

Minutes:

RESOLVED to exclude the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining item(s) in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs in the public interest in disclosing the information.

33.

Ultra Low Emission Vehicles Charging Point Infrastructure Network - Exempt Appendices

Minutes:

The Board considered the exempt appendices to the Leader/Portfolio Holder for Strategic Infrastructure and Communication’s report.

 

RESOLVED to note the information contained within the exempt appendices.

 

Reasons for decision

As detailed in minute 31.

 

Other options considered

As detailed in minute 31.

 

34.

Proposal for a Scheme of Selective Licensing for Privately Rented Houses - Exempt Appendix

Minutes:

The Board considered the exempt appendix to the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage’s report.

 

RESOLVED to note the information contained within the exempt appendix.

 

Reasons for decision

As detailed in minute 30.

 

Other options considered

As detailed in minute 30.