To set out the Work Programme of the Policy Development Panel (report of the Executive Manager – Governance (Deputy Monitoring Officer) enclosed).
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 considered the report, and the following issues were raised:
· In response to a question asking whether the Data Protection Task Group should remain on the Work Programme, the Chairman clarified that although it had finished its initial work, it had been decided to leave the Task Group as pending, in order to look at any issues that could arise in the future. Where Task Group members were no longer members or part of the Panel, replacements would be appointed where necessary.
· The Chairman of the Planning Design Task Group provided an update on its progress, following information that he had received from the Planning and Building Control Manager. The Task Group had produced a report to the Policy Development Panel at its meeting on 23 June 2020, where it had been agreed that further work be carried out due to an extended timeline resulting from the cancellation of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It was important that the Task Group’s work continue and that work undertaken to date not be lost however, there could be implications as a result of the Government White Paper on Planning Reform. The Principal Planning Officer would be the new Lead Officer to the Task Group.
o The Chairman of the Panel commented that the White Paper may be published later in the year, with some direction possible after Christmas. He felt it would therefore be better to wait until the new year before continuing the work of the Planning Design Task Group and starting the work of the CIL Task Group. Membership of both Task Groups should remain the same.
o It was requested that an update on Planning reform be provided to the Panel at its meeting on 19 January 2021, to be removed if no information was available.
· The Chairman stated that the Health and Safety Policy was to be considered at the next Panel meeting on 4 November 2020 and was to be added to the Work Programme.
· The Chairman introduced the Senior Policy Advisor to the Panel. He would be attending all future meetings to assist the Panel in looking forward at Government level policy items that could have an effect on the authority.
a) That the Work Programme be noted;
b) That an update on Planning reform be added to the Panel’s Work Programme on 19 January 2021;
c) That work on the Planning Design Task Group recommence, and the CIL Task Group commence in the new year, once the implications of the Government White Paper on Planning Reform were known; and
d) That the Health and Safety Policy be added to the Panel’s Work Programme on 4 November 2020;