Agenda and minutes

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom and streamed live. The link for this can be found by clicking on the meeting date., Policy Development Panel - Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: This will be a meeting held in line with The Local Authorities & Police & Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority & Police & Crime Panel Meetings) (England & Wales) Regulations 202g

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Items
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42.

Policy Development Panel pdf icon PDF 168 KB

4 November 2020 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the Policy Development Panel meeting held on 4 November 2020.

 

AGREED:

 

That the minutes be signed as a correct record.

43.

Joint Performance Monitoring Panel and Policy Development Panel pdf icon PDF 256 KB

17 November 2020 (copy enclosed)

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the Joint Performance Monitoring Panel and Policy Development Panel meeting held on 17 November 2020.

 

AGREED:

 

That the minutes be signed as a correct record.

44.

Joint Performance Monitoring Panel and Policy Development Panel pdf icon PDF 115 KB

21 January 2021 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the Joint Performance Monitoring Panel and Policy Development Panel meeting held on 21 January 2021.

 

AGREED:

 

That the minutes be signed as a correct record.

45.

Joint Performance Monitoring Panel and Policy Development Panel pdf icon PDF 191 KB

9 February 2021 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the Joint Performance Monitoring Panel and Policy Development Panel meeting held on 9 February 2021.

 

AGREED:

 

That the minutes be signed as a correct record.

46.

Declaration of Interests.

Where a Councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest the Councillor must declare the interest and leave the meeting without participating in any discussion or making a statement on the item, except where a councillor is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of dispensation.

Minutes:

There were none.

47.

Questions asked under Standing Order 6

Minutes:

There were none.

48.

Tracking of recommendations

To consider responses of the Cabinet reports of the Panel. 

Minutes:

There were none.

49.

Items referred from the Performance Monitoring Panel

Minutes:

There were none.

50.

Key Decision Plan pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To note the current Key Decision Plan (copy enclosed).  

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the Key Decision Plan dated 22 February 2021.

 

AGREED:

That the Key Decision Plan be noted.

51.

Policy Register pdf icon PDF 249 KB

To note the current Policy Register.

Minutes:

The Panel gave consideration to the Policy Register.

 

AGREED:

That the Policy Register be noted.

52.

Review of Housing Allocations and Lettings Policy pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To seek approval of the revised Housing Allocations and Lettings Policy and to advise Members of the consultation process required to implement a new policy (report of the Portfolio Holder for HRA and Private Sector Housing and the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) and the Portfolio Holder for HRA and Private Sector Housing, which advised of the consultation process required to implement the new Housing Allocations and Lettings Policy, and sought input from the Panel, prior to its consideration by the Cabinet.

 

Councils were legally required to have a policy on how they allocated social housing within their district, and it was essential that the Allocations Policy was reviewed regularly to ensure that it met current legislation and case law, and reflected the latest Council priorities.

 

The aim of the policy was to:

 

·         Provide an accessible, fair and transparent service;

·         Meet local housing needs;

·         Meet the housing needs of the most vulnerable;

·         Prioritise those with the greatest/most urgent housing needs;

·         Make the best use of existing social housing stock; and

·         Support safe and sustainable communities.

 

The report detailed the key changes to the proposed new policy.

 

The Panel thanked officers for the report, and the clarity of the information included within it.

 

AGREED:

 

a)    That the recommendation to Cabinet, to adopt the revised Housing Allocations and Lettings Policy, subject to formal consultation with partner Registered Providers, be supported; and

 

b)      That the recommendation to Cabinet, that amendments to the appendices of the Policy and minor operational amendments following consultation with partner Registered Providers be delegated to the Housing Landlord Services Manager in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for HRA and Private Sector Housing, be supported.

53.

Policy Development Panel Work Programme pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To set out the Work Programme of the Policy Development Panel (report of the Executive Manager Governance (Deputy Monitoring Officer) enclosed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Executive Manager Governance, which set out the work programme of the Panel.  The work programme consisted of two sections, the first setting out the dates of future panel meetings along with proposed items for consideration, and the second setting out Task Groups that had been identified by the Panel.

 

Members noted that at its meeting on 23 June 2020, the Panel had requested that the Planning Design Task Group undertake further work, as a result of more time becoming available to investigate the issues within its scope.  However, this had not yet occurred, due to potential implications as a result of the Government White Paper on Planning Reform, and a change in the Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Strategic Planning.  Clarity was being sought as to the way forward, and to clarify timelines for the work of the Task Group.

 

AGREED:

That the Work Programme be noted.

54.

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent.

 

 

NOTE:            No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the Chairman is of the opinion that the item(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency. 

Minutes:

There were none.