Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Wednesday, 13th July, 2022 4.30 pm

Venue: Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. LE13 1GH

Contact: Democratic Services  01664 502579

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16 June 2022.

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members to declare any interest as appropriate in respect of items to be considered at this meeting.

4.

MATTERS REFERRED FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SCRUTINY PROCEDURE RULES pdf icon PDF 100 KB

·       Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan 2022-2052

·       Affordable Housing Development Plan 2022-2026

·       Draft UKSPF Investment Plan Development

Additional documents:

Decision:

·       Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan 2022-2052

 

Cabinet AGREED to have regard to Scrutiny Committee’s feedback.

 

·       Affordable Housing Development Plan 2022-2026

 

Cabinet AGREED to have regard to Scrutiny Committee’s feedback.

 

·       Draft UKSPF Investment Plan Development

 

Cabinet AGREED to have regard to Scrutiny Committee’s feedback.

5.

EXTENSION OF THE PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDER (PSPO) pdf icon PDF 217 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Climate, Access and Engagement to submit a report seeking approval to go to formal consultation on the extension of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), relating to dogs (following initial consultation with the Police), in accordance with the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the Act).

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

(1)  APPROVED formal consultation for the extension of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

6.

HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT (HRA) BUSINESS PLAN 2022-52 pdf icon PDF 340 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Housing and Landlord Services to submit a report introducing the Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan 2022-52.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

(1)  ENDORSED the HRA Business Plan 2022 to 2052;

 

(2)  RECOMMENDED to Council that:

 

(a)  The Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan 2022 – 2052 and associated policy recommendations be approved;

(b)  Delegated authority be given to the Director for Housing and Communities in consultation with the Director for Corporate services and the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Landlord Services to review           and update the financial modelling within the HRA Business Plan on an annual basis to reflect the most up to date stock condition data;

(c)   Delegated authority is given to the Director for Housing and Communities in consultation with the Director for Corporate services and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Landlord Services to access the HRA Development and Regeneration Reserve to progress projects and activities in support of the HRA up to a limit of £100k per project and up to a maximum of £500k in any one year subject to the financial viability of the HRA Business plan not being undermined;

(d)  The target working balance of the HRA be revised to £1m with effect from 1 April 2023;

(e)  That the affordability of new borrowing be measured using industry standard indicators, and these be tracked alongside the HRA business plan;

(f)    That the current policy of not providing for the repayment of debt within the HRA be continued in respect of existing and any new borrowing;

(g)  The rent for re-let properties is set to the 5% upward

           tolerance allowed on formula rent;

(h)  That the Director for Housing and Communities is designated as the nominated person with responsibility for compliance with landlord health and safety on behalf of the Council;

(i)    That the Assistant Director for Housing Management is designated as

the nominated person with responsibility for ensuring that the consumer

           standards, as set out by the Social Housing Regulator are met;

(j)    That the following finance principles set out at Section 9.8 are agreed

·       that overhead recharges remain as is with annual uplift for inflation

·       that any growth in management and maintenance costs is met by reductions elsewhere within the HRA

·       that actual rent increases are in line with Government policy to maximise income to the HRA.

7.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2022-26 pdf icon PDF 229 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Housing and Landlord Services to submit a report introducing the Affordable Housing Development Plan.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

(1)  APPROVED the Affordable Housing Development Plan 2022-26, which would confirm the Council’s approach for the delivery of additional homes to add to its housing stock.

8.

TREASURY MANAGEMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 226 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Corporate Governance, Finance and Resources to submit a report providing a summary of the treasury activities in 2020-21.  The report also covers the actual position on the Prudential Indicators in accordance with the Prudential Code.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RECOMMENDED to Council that

 

(1)  The Treasury Management Annual Report for 2021-22 be approved;

 

(2)  The actual position on Prudential Indicators for 2021-22 be noted.

9.

CORPORATE PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS REPORT FOR QUARTER 4 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 400 KB

The Leader of the Council to submit a report updating Cabinet on progress for delivering the aspirations set out in the Council's Corporate Strategy 2020-24.

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Decision:

Cabinet

 

(1)  NOTED the contents of the report and PROVIDED any observations or actions to the relevant officers accordingly.

10.

HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT (HRA) 2021-22 PROVISIONAL YEAR END POSITION pdf icon PDF 250 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Corporate Governance, Finance and Resources to submit a report setting out the provisional year end position for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA), subject to External Audit approval, for 2021-22 and providing information on the Council’s balances and reserves.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

(1)  NOTED the provisional year end position variations to the 2021-22 approved year end position and the resultant effect on the Council’s balances and reserves for the HRA for both revenue and capital.

11.

COST OF LIVING - SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY pdf icon PDF 236 KB

The Portfolio Holder for People and Communities to submit a report on the cost of living and the Council’s approach to supporting our communities.

Decision:

Cabinet

 

(1)  NOTED the contents of the report and ENDORSED the proposed areas of focus and associated programme of work to mitigate the impacts of cost-of-living increases;

 

(2)  NOTED and ENDORSED the work the Council would do with partners to secure additional external funding and deliver appropriate community support, for example through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

12.

5 YEAR'S HOUSING LAND SUPPLY AND HOUSING TRAJECTORY pdf icon PDF 286 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity to submit a report providing information in relation to the current housing delivery and housing supply situation in the Borough and exploring different scenarios to respond to changes in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and associated guidance.

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Decision:

That Cabinet

 

(1)  APPROVED the publication of the report in accordance with the requirements established in paragraph 74 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2021);

 

(2)  NOTED that the minimum required in terms of housing delivery is not only met, but widely surpassed;

 

(3)  NOTED that the number of years’ worth of housing supply identified in future annual reports is likely to decrease in the next years;

 

(4)  NOTED that the short-term impact as consequence of Covid-19/Brexit and other external factors were negligible for this exercise.

13.

LEICESTER AND LEICESTERSHIRE STATEMENT OF COMMON GROUND ON HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT NEED pdf icon PDF 307 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity to submit a report outlining the Leicester and Leicestershire Statement of Common Ground on Housing and Employment Need.

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Decision:

Cabinet

 

(1)  APPROVED the signing of the Leicester & Leicestershire Statement of Common Ground relating to Housing and Employment Land Needs, June 2022.

14.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND CAPITAL OUTTURN 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 355 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Corporate Governance, Finance and Resources to submit a report providing Members with information on the provisional year end for General Fund services and the subsequent implications on the Council’s balances and reserves.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

(1)  NOTED the provisional year end position variations to the 2021-22 approved budget and the resultant effect on the Council’s balances and reserves for the General Fund and Special Expenses for both revenue and capital;

 

(2)  APPROVED the transfer of £116k in 2022-23 from the Corporate Priorities Reserve to the General Fund Working Balance to bring the level to £850k.

15.

DRAFT UKSPF INVESTMENT PLAN DEVELOPMENT pdf icon PDF 224 KB

The Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity to submit a report on the draft UKSPF Investment Plan Development.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

(1)  NOTED and ACKNOWLEDGED the significant ongoing progress to develop the UKSPF Investment Plan;

 

(2)  SUPPORTED in principle the proposals set out in the latest version of the plan but recognised that development and refinement of the plan would continue prior to the submission deadline of 1 August 2022;

 

(3)  APPROVED submission of the UKSPF Investment Plan and DELEGATED authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity, to finalise the plan prior to submission.