Agenda and draft minutes

Executive - Thursday, 15th October 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Graham Watts, Democratic and Elections Manager  (01522 873439)

Items
No. Item

24.

Confirmation of Minutes - 21 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 268 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2020 be confirmed.

25.

Declarations of Interest

Please note that, in accordance with the Members' Code of Conduct, when declaring interests members must disclose the existence and nature of the interest, and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) or personal and/or pecuniary.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

26.

Planning White Paper pdf icon PDF 442 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Purpose of Report

 

To update the Executive on the content of the recent White Paper consultation from central government on reforming the planning system.

 

Decision

 

That the conclusions of the report and the suggested response to each question of the White Paper consultation document in relation to planning reform be endorsed.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

None.

 

Reason for Decision

 

The focus of the White paper centred on increasing the availability of new homes. It was widely accepted that there was a shortage of available housing in the United Kingdom and there had been a number of attempts in recent years to firstly cite the planning system as the main reason for this shortage, and then to make numerous alterations to both the policy framework and development management procedures in an attempt to address the perceived problem. Despite this context of almost perpetual alteration to the system, authorities across the country approved the overwhelming majority of planning applications and in most cases could do little more to assist in the delivery of more housing.

 

It was reported that there are currently between 800,000 and one million houses that had been granted planning permission across the country but had not been built out, yet the White Paper consultation proposed radical change to the land use planning system as the means to address what was largely an economic problem.

 

The White Paper outlined that, broadly speaking, the planning system should move to one of zoning as happens in some other countries. To this end it proposed the following three categories would apply to all land within a district boundary as part of the local plan allocation process:

 

·         Growth –applications for new homes, hospitals, schools, shops and offices in areas “suitable for substantial development” in growth zones would be given automatic outline planning permission. Developers would, however, still need to secure reserved matters permission in accordance with locally developed design codes and “site-specific technical issues”;

·         Renewal – proposals in urban areas, such as densification and infill, on brownfield sites and relating to “small sites within or on the edge of villages” would be given “permission in principle”;

·         Protection - development would not be permitted in protected areas such as the Green Belt and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The report outlined the implications of proposed changes to the planning system in respect of the Local Plan, the role of councillors and development management, public engagement, Section 106 Agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy, housing targets, design, enforcement and delivering change.

 

A summary of the questions posed as part of the consultation, together with suggested responses to each question, was appended to the report.

 

The consultation was open until 29 October 2020 and, subject to the outcome of the consultation, the government would seek to bring legislation and policy changes to implement its reforms, acknowledging that not all aspects of the system would be comprehensively covered, with the detail of some proposals still requiring further development. Proposals would require primary legislation followed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 7 KB

You are asked to resolve that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following items because it is likely that if members of the press or public were present, there would be disclosure to them of 'exempt information'.

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given of items which will be considered in private, for which either 28 days' notice has been given or approval has been granted by the appropriate person specified in the Regulations. For further details please visit our website at http://www.lincoln.gov.uk or contact Democratic Services at City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln.

 

These items are being considered in private as they are likely to disclose exempt information, as defined in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. No representations have been received in relation to the proposal to consider these items in private.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business because it was likely that if members of the public were present there would be a disclosure to them of ‘exempt information’ as defined by Section 100I and Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

These items were considered in private as they were likely to disclose exempt information, as defined in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. No representations had been received in relation to the proposal to consider these items in private.

28.

Usher Gallery and Associated Collections

Minutes:

Purpose of Report

 

To provide the Executive with progress made in negotiations over the last twelve months with Lincolnshire County Council and a range of stakeholders in an endeavour to ensure the future operation of the Usher Gallery as an art gallery.

 

Decision

 

That the recommendation contained within the report be approved.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

Alternative options considered and rejected were set out in the report.

 

Reason for Decision

 

Reasons for the decision were set out in the report.

29.

Update on Position of Lincoln Arts Trust Ltd

Minutes:

Purpose of Report

 

To provide the Executive with an opportunity to consider in more detail the financial position of the Lincoln Arts Trust Ltd further to its previous decision on 26 August 2020 not to renew the service level agreement, which was due to expire on 31 March 2020.

 

Decision

 

That the recommendations contained within the report, and the additional recommendation published as a supplement to the agenda, be approved.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

Alternative options considered and rejected were set out in the report.

 

Reason for Decision

 

Reasons for the decision were set out in the report.

 

30.

Investment Property: Options for Alternative Lease Arrangements

Minutes:

Purpose of Report

 

To inform the Executive of investigations made to secure improved investment value and income.

 

Decision

 

That the recommendation contained within the report be approved.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

Alternative options considered and rejected were set out in the report.

 

Reason for Decision

 

Reasons for the decision were set out in the report.