Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

The meeting received and noted an apology for absence on behalf of Councillor Maureen O’Mara.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items or urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business for consideration at the meeting.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ Membership, as Council appointed representatives, on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 21 February 2018.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 21 February 2018, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Designation of two new conservation areas and seventeen locally listed buildings in Charlton Riverside pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Cabinet is requested to note the comments received in response to the public consultation and the Royal Borough’s responses, set out in Appendix 1.  Note the view of the Woolwich and Thamesmead and Greenwich Area Planning Committees, set out in paragraph 6.9 and Appendix 2.  Agree to designate two new conservation areas in Charlton Riverside, whose finalised boundaries are shown in the maps at Appendices 3 and 4.  Agree to add 17 buildings in Charlton Riverside to the Royal Borough’s Local Heritage List, listed at Appendix 5.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.   Noted the comments received in response to the public consultation and the Royal Borough’s responses, set out in Appendix 1 of the report

2.   Noted the view of the Woolwich and Thamesmead and Greenwich Area Planning Committees, set out in paragraph 6.9 and Appendix 2.

3.   Agreed to designate two new conservation areas in Charlton Riverside, whose finalised boundaries are shown in the maps at Appendices 3 and 4.

4.   Agreed to add 17 buildings in Charlton Riverside to the Royal Borough’s Local Heritage List, listed at Appendix 5.

Minutes:

Members received and noted the report.  On behalf of the Cabinet, the Chair, Councillor Denise Hyland, invited representations from members of the public to address the meeting on the proposal.

 

A representative on behalf of the Derrick and Atlas Gardens Residents’ Association addressed the meeting.   It was stated that the Association was supportive of the proposal to designate two conservation area and locally listed buildings.  However, it was suggesting that Members should ensure that arrangements were in place to integrate the new development with existing buildings, in order to perverse the conservation area surrounds.

 

Members also noted an objection to the proposed application but not the conservation area or locally listed buildings on behalf of the Charlton Society.  The representative stated that the Society was of the view that the new development would not conserve or enhance the environment.  Thus, it was unlikely that the proposal would create economic and social benefits for residents in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough) as outlined in the report.

 

An individual who also addressed the meeting echoed views expressed on behalf of the Charlton Society to highlight her objection to the proposal.  The resident suggested that Members should reject the proposal.

 

Another resident to address the meeting highlighted aspects of the Council’s core strategy on planning matters to suggest that should Members decide to agree the proposal, they should request the construction of a harbour with suitable moorings in the area.  The resident was of the view that a harbour on the proposed site would enhance the environment and preserve the Royal Borough’s heritage characteristics, and would likely attract opportunities for tourism, leisure, and educational interests for people of all ages in the community.

 

In response to a question, the Assistant Director (Planning and Building Control) confirmed to Members that the relevant requirements within the Council’s core strategy on planning matters had to be taken into account when assessing the merits of applications.  Thus, in the circumstance, where the conservation areas were designated, officers would assess the development proposals on whether they preserve and conserve the environment prior to them making a recommendation on the application.

 

The Assistant Director also clarified to Members that applications on planning regeneration matters within the Royal Borough were assessed on merits within the scope of each submission.  It was stated that the application in view had no requirement for the development of a harbour along the waterfront boundary to the proposed site, and the recommendation was a reflection of that.  Notwithstanding that, there should be no reason why construction of a harbour would not be considered when an appropriate scheme becomes available.

 

The Cabinet considered submissions made at the meeting and

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That the comments received in response to the public consultation and the Royal Borough’s responses, set out in Appendix 1 of the report, be noted.

 

2.               That the view of the Woolwich and Thamesmead and Greenwich Area Planning Committees, set out in paragraph 6.9 and Appendix 2, be noted.

 

3.               That it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Greenwich's Social Mobility Strategy: a fair chance for everyone in Greenwich pdf icon PDF 396 KB

Cabinet is requested to agree the vision and broad objectives of the Council’s Social Mobility Strategy 2018 – 2022.  To agree that a further report and detailed delivery plan, including financial considerations, are considered at a future meeting.  To agree that officers review the effectiveness of the expenditure and interventions associated with the previous draft Anti-Poverty Strategy, and make proposals for any remaining resources to be utilised within the Social Mobility Strategy delivery plan.

Decision:

1.      Agreed the vision and broad objectives of the Council’s Social Mobility Strategy 2018 – 2022.

2.      Agreed that a further report and detailed delivery plan, including financial considerations, are considered at a future meeting

3.      Agreed that officers review the effectiveness of the expenditure and interventions associated with the previous draft Anti-Poverty Strategy, and make proposals for any remaining resources to be utilised to greatest effectiveness within the Social Mobility Strategy delivery plan.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the vision and broad objectives of the Council’s Social Mobility Strategy 2018 – 2022, be agreed.

 

2.            That it be agreed that a further report and detailed delivery plan, including financial considerations, are considered at a future meeting

 

3.            That it be agreed that officers review the effectiveness of the expenditure and interventions associated with the previous draft Anti-Poverty Strategy, and make proposals for any remaining resources to be utilised to greatest effectiveness within the Social Mobility Strategy delivery plan.

7.

Contract Standing Order Exemptions & Variations pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Cabinet is requested to note the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 September 2017 to 1 December 2017.  To note the summary of Variations reported for the period 2 September 2017 to 1 December 2017.  To note the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.   Noted the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 September 2017 to 1 December 2017, detailed in Appendix 1.

2.   Noted the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 September 2017 to 1 December 2017, detailed in Appendix II.

3.   Noted the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 in the report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 September 2017 to 1 December 2017, detailed in Appendix 1, be noted.

 

2.         That the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 September 2017 to 1 December 2017, detailed in Appendix II, be noted.

 

3.         That the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2, be noted.

8.

Greater London Authority Good Growth Fund: Plumstead 'Embrace the Change' Funding Agreement pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Cabinet is requested to agree that the Royal Borough of Greenwich enter into Agreement for the Provision of Funding with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to secure £2,510,000 for the delivery of key regeneration schemes in Plumstead.  To note that the scope of the projects, funding milestones and outputs identified are based on an original funding bid, and will be amended, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability.  To note exemption to Call-in is proposed to meet the GLA mandated deadline of signing the Agreement for the Provision of Funding before the end of March 2018.  To agree to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (DRES) the signing of Agreement with the GLA for the implementation of the above proposals.  To agree to delegate to the Director of DRES, approval of the detailed proposals relating to the Plumstead Regeneration Scheme.  To note the funding agreement with the GLA requires the Royal Borough of Greenwich to provide a minimum 50% match-funding contribution totalling £2,510,000.  To agree to allocate resources of £2,510,000 to meet the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s match fund obligations under the terms of the Funding Agreement with the GLA.  To note that the scheme and estimate, along with the outcome of negotiations and / or a business case to develop managed workspace at the White Hart Road Depot will, if appropriate, be reported to Cabinet for approval.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.   Agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich enter into an Agreement for the Provision of Funding with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to secure £2,510,000 for the delivery of key regeneration schemes in Plumstead (as set out in appendix 1).

2.   Noted that the scope of the projects, funding milestones and outputs identified within appendices 1, 2 and 3 are based on an original funding bid of £3,010,000. As the Royal Borough of Greenwich has been awarded £2,510,000 the scope, funding milestones and outputs will be amended accordingly, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, in the final Funding Agreement to be signed by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.

3.   Noted exemption to Call-in is proposed to meet the GLA mandated
deadline of signing the Agreement for the Provision of Funding before the end of March 2018.

4.   Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills the signing of the Agreement for the Provision of Funding with the GLA for the implementation of the above proposals.

5.   Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, approval of the detailed proposals relating to the Plumstead Regeneration Scheme, which currently proposes high street improvement works and the creation of new workspace at the White Hart Road Depot (as set out in appendix 1).

6.   Noted the funding agreement with the GLA requires the Royal Borough of Greenwich to provide a minimum 50% match-funding contribution totalling £2,510,000. 

7.   Agreed to allocate resources of £2,510,000 to meet the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s match fund obligations under the terms of the Funding Agreement with the GLA. 

8.    Noted that the scheme and estimate report, along with the outcome of negotiations and / or a business case to develop managed workspace at the White Hart Road Depot will, if appropriate, be reported to Cabinet for approval.

Minutes:

Members received and noted the report.  On behalf of the Cabinet, the Chair, Councillor Denise Hyland, invited a representative on behalf of Positive Plumstead Project (PPP) to address the meeting.

 

In addressing the meeting, the representative of PPP stated that the PPP was suggesting that the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough) should match, or consider a higher amount to the original funding bid of £3.01m as stated in the report.  In response to questions on the suggestion, the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (DRES) stated that the decision being considered by Cabinet at the meeting was to commit to match funding equivalent to the funds secured from the Greater London Authority (GLA).  In the event Members were minded to consider additional funding, that would need to be subject to a separate decision.

 

The representative from PPP advised Members that they were keen to work with the Council.  The representative stated that the PPP would continue to engage in projects in the Plumstead area, and apply for funding for the benefit of residents that could otherwise not be available to the Council.

 

In response to questions raised on the latter submission, the Director of DRES advised Members that the Council was committed to engaging with residents, and a dedicated resource would be assigned to lead the proposed work.  Thus, there would be a clear timetable for engaging in a meaningful ways with the community.

 

Members were advised by the representative that the PPP was also seeking clarification about the proposed site for one of the development briefs.  The Director of DRES stated that the development brief for one of the sites had not been disclosed because discussions were underway with the landowner. 

 

The Cabinet considered submissions made and

 

Resolved –

 

1.          That it be agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich enter into an Agreement for the Provision of Funding with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to secure £2,510,000 for the delivery of key regeneration schemes in Plumstead (as set out in appendix 1)

 

2.          That the scope of the projects, funding milestones and outputs identified within appendices 1, 2 and 3 are based on an original funding bid of £3,010,000. As the Royal Borough of Greenwich has been awarded £2,510,000 the scope, funding milestones and outputs will be amended accordingly, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, in the final Funding Agreement to be signed by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, be noted.

 

3.          That it be noted that exemption to Call-in is proposed to meet the GLA mandated deadline of signing the Agreement for the Provision of Funding before the end of March 2018.

 

4.          That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills the signing of the Agreement for the Provision of Funding with the GLA for the implementation of the above proposals

 

5.          That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

A Proposed Transport Strategy for the Royal Borough of Greenwich pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Cabinet is requested to note the contents of a draft transport strategy for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  To agree to commence public consultation on the draft strategy.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      Noted the contents of a draft transport strategy for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

2.      Agreed to commence public consultation on the draft strategy.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That the contents of a draft transport strategy for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, be noted.

 

2.         That it be agreed to commence public consultation on the draft strategy.

10.

Cabinet Performance Report - High-Level Objectives pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Cabinet is requested to note the Appendices to this report which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives.  To request any additional information to be included in the next quarterly report; and request any specific performance information to be circulated to Cabinet, following a consideration of the performance information attached.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the appendices to the report, which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

That the appendices to the report, which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives, be noted.

11.

Scheme and Estimate Report for the Planned Maintenance Programme 2017/2018 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Cabinet is requested to agree the implementation of the Children’s Services Planned Maintenance Programme (PMP) for 2018/19 at a total estimated value of £2.14m.  To note that in October 2017 the Department for Education (DFE) confirmed the methodology for the calculation of School Condition Allocations (SCA) for 2018/19 as being unchanged from the period 2015-18.  To note that the estimated SCA for Royal Greenwich for the 2018/19 financial year is £2.3m.  To note that a building contracts for the schemes have not been tendered and the detailed design work is to be finalised. To note that the report represents the Scheme and Estimate (S&E) approval for each of the outlined schemes in Section 6.  To note that a total of £50,622 from the prior year’s programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works at Kidbrooke Park Primary School.  To note that a total of £91,079 from the prior year’s programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works across the Early Years estate.  To note that £90,000 will be reimbursed to the 2017/18 programme for costs incurred to support pre survey & tender specification works by consultants for the 2018/19 programme. To agree that the decision to amend the programme according to the value of RBG’s SCA allocation.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.   Agreed the implementation of the Children’s Services Planned Maintenance Programme (PMP) for 2018/19 as set out in paragraph 6.1 of the report at a total estimated value of £2.14m.

2.   Noted that in October 2017 the Department for Education (DFE) confirmed the methodology for the calculation of School Condition Allocations (SCA) for 2018/19 as being unchanged from the period 2015-18.

3.   Noted that the estimated SCA for Royal Greenwich for the 2018/19 financial year is £2.3m, with the reduction from 2017/18 arising from changes in responsible body status following in-year Academy conversions.

4.   Noted that a building contracts for the schemes have not yet been tendered and the detailed design work is to be finalised. Whilst there is a risk allowance built into the budget to cater for this, due to the stage the programme is at it is difficult to accurately predict the project costs.

5.   Note that the report represents the Scheme and Estimate (S&E) approval for each of the outlined schemes in Section 6, such that each project can be commenced immediately but on the condition that no works contract is awarded until the DFE have confirmed the Council’s funding amount for 2018/19 SCA.

6.   Noted that a total of £50,622 from the prior year’s programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works at Kidbrooke Park Primary School.

7.   Noted that a total of £91,079 from the prior year’s programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works across the Early Years estate.

8.   Noted that £90,000 will be reimbursed to the 2017/18 programme for costs incurred to support pre survey & tender specification works by consultants for the 2018/19 programme. This is to ensure that the main works will be implemented during the 2018/19 school summer holiday period.

9.   Agreed that the decision to amend the programme according to the value of RBG’s SCA allocation when announced by the DFE and based on identified priorities within the agreed level of resources be delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That the implementation of the Children’s Services Planned Maintenance Programme (PMP) for 2018/19 as set out in paragraph 6.1 of the report at a total estimated value of £2.14m, be agreed.

 

2.         That it be noted that in October 2017 the Department for Education (DFE) confirmed the methodology for the calculation of School Condition Allocations (SCA) for 2018/19 as being unchanged from the period 2015-18.

 

3.         That the estimated SCA for Royal Greenwich for the 2018/19 financial year is £2.3m, with the reduction from 2017/18 arising from changes in responsible body status following in-year Academy conversions, be noted.

 

4.         That it be noted that a building contracts for the schemes have not yet been tendered and the detailed design work is to be finalised. Whilst there is a risk allowance built into the budget to cater for this, due to the stage the programme is at it is difficult to accurately predict the project costs.

 

5.         That it be noted that the report represents the Scheme and Estimate (S&E) approval for each of the outlined schemes in Section 6, such that each project can be commenced immediately but on the condition that no works contract is awarded until the DFE have confirmed the Council’s funding amount for 2018/19 SCA.

 

6.         That it be noted that a total of £50,622 from the prior year’s programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works at Kidbrooke Park Primary School.

 

7.         That it be noted that a total of £91,079 from the prior year’s programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works across the Early Years estate.

 

8.         That it be noted that £90,000 will be reimbursed to the 2017/18 programme for costs incurred to support pre survey & tender specification works by consultants for the 2018/19 programme. This is to ensure that the main works will be implemented during the 2018/19 school summer holiday period.

 

9.         That it be agreed that the decision to amend the programme according to the value of RBG’s SCA allocation when announced by the DFE and based on identified priorities within the agreed level of resources be delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services.

12.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Housing Strategy - 2018-2023 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Cabinet is required to agree in principle the five priorities for the Housing Strategy (the Strategy).  To agree that a consultation exercise is commenced on five priorities, high level objectives and broad priority areas for the Strategy ‘Homes for All: Royal Borough of Greenwich Housing Strategy 2018 – 2023’.  To note that following the consultation exercise and Cabinet agreement of the Strategy, officers will develop a detailed delivery plan by Autumn 2018.

Decision:

1.   Agreed in principle the five priorities for the Housing Strategy (the Strategy) as set out in the report.

2.   Agreed that a consultation exercise is commenced on five priorities, high level objectives and broad priority areas for the Strategy ‘Homes for All: Royal Borough of Greenwich Housing Strategy 2018 – 2023’; as set out in section 4 of the report.

3.   Noted that following the consultation exercise and Cabinet agreement of the Strategy, officers will develop a detailed delivery plan by Autumn 2018.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That in principle the five priorities for the Housing Strategy (the Strategy) as set out in the report, be agreed.

 

2.         That it be agreed that a consultation exercise is commenced on five priorities, high level objectives and broad priority areas for the Strategy ‘Homes for All: Royal Borough of Greenwich Housing Strategy 2018 – 2023’; as set out in section 4 of the report.

 

3.         That it be noted that following the consultation exercise and Cabinet agreement of the Strategy, officers will develop a detailed delivery plan by Autumn 2018.

13.

Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund Round 1 projects pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Cabinet is required to note the proposals that were received in the first round of Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund, the shortlisted proposals and the outcome of the public vote.  To agree the proposals that have been recommended for funding.  To note the range of community benefits.  To delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to finalise funding documents and monitoring arrangements.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      Noted the proposals that were received in the first round of Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund, the shortlisted proposals and the outcome of the public vote.

2.      Agreed the proposals that have been recommended for funding.

3.      Noted the range of community benefits as set out in section 4.4 of the report.

4.      Agreed to delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to finalise funding documents and monitoring arrangements.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.     That the proposals that were received in the first round of Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund, the shortlisted proposals and the outcome of the public vote, be noted.

 

2.     That the proposals that have been recommended for funding, be agreed.

 

3.     That the range of community benefits as set out in section 4.4 of the report, be noted

 

4.     That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to finalise funding documents and monitoring arrangements.