Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Boardrooms 3-5 - Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ

Contact: Thomas Cattermole, Head of Executive and Member Services  020 8937 5446 Email: thomas.cattermole@brent.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Decision:

There were no apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

Decision:

None declared.

Minutes:

None declared.

3.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 9 September 2019 as a correct record.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the previous meeting be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the previous meeting be approved as an accurate record of the meeting

4.

Matters Arising (if any)

To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Decision:

There were no matters arising.

5.

Petitions (if any)

To discuss any petitions from members of the public, in accordance with Standing Order 66.

Decision:

None.

6.

Reference of item considered by Scrutiny Committees (if any)

6a

Outcome of Call-in - Future School Organisation Arrangements of Roe Green Infant School pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To consider a report detailing the outcome of a call-in considered by the Community & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee on 2 Octoberr 2019.  The call-in related to the decision taken by Cabinet on 9 September 2019 in respect of the Formal Consultation on School Organisation Arrangements of Roe Green Infant School.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having considered the report from the Head of Executive and Member Services and the supplementary report from the Strategic Director, Children and Young People, alongside representations from stakeholders and Councillor Ketan Sheth, on behalf of the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, the Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

     i)        To confirm the original decision taken by Cabinet on 9 September 2019, enabling the decision to take immediate effect.

 

     ii)        That officers develop alternative options to meet the demand for education places for young people 16-25 with SEND at the Strathcona Site from September 2022 in conjunction with the Cabinet Members for Schools, Employment and Skills, Children's Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care and Regeneration, Property & Planning.      

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, stated that at its meeting on9 September 2019,Cabinet had considered thereport fromtheStrategicDirectorofChildren and Young People on The Future School Organisation Arrangements of Roe Green Infant School”.

 

That Cabinet decision was subsequently called-in by 8 Members and the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee met on Wednesday 2 October to consider the call-in.

 

The Committee heard from the Cabinet Member for Schools, Employment and Skills and received representations from representatives of the councillors who had called-in the decision, ward members and a number of stakeholders.

 

In introducing the report, Councillor Ketan Sheth, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, stated that the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee had agreed to refer the decision back to Cabinet for reconsideration. Councillor Ketan Sheth thanked the Chief Executive, Strategic Director of Children and Young People and Cabinet Members for Schools, Employment and Skills for attending the call in meeting.

 

Councillor Ketan Sheth asked that Cabinet now reconsider its original decision, taking into account the reasons why the Scrutiny Committee decided to refer the matter back, and the recommendations made by the committee as an outcome of the call-in.

 

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, informed the meeting that he had agreed a number of requests to speak on this item.

 

Jag Sidhu, Associate Head, outlined proposals to establish an ARP which would have as its ethos that children with ASD would spend as much time as they can manage on a day to day basis in the mainstream classes. Two rooms would be set up, one for Reception/KS1 and the other a KS2 room. This would provide the base for all the children coming daily into school and would be their home base for bus collection etc. The provision rooms are, by their very nature, vertically streamed rooms and therefore by going into mainstream rooms that are vertically streamed this would not pose any issues. 

 

Hema Dahale, a teacher at Roe Green Strathcona, stated that to say that due to the low number of pupils with an EHCP plan at RGI/Strathcona means ‘other Brent schools have more experience with SEND’ is utterly ludicrous and insulting.

 

Nicky Lobo, Headteacher, stated that Roe Green Strathcona has one DfE number and it is impossible to locate the Strathcona site on Brent’s website. She questioned the local authority’s consultation process about the planned closure saying that she had only been kept informed about the closure via a public blog.

 

Liz McLaren, Deputy Headteacher, questioned the financial implications mentioned in the reports. She said that educational benefits cannot be measured financially. She stated that the financial comments provided were inaccurate.

 

Sreedevi Manoj stated that teachers play a crucial role in transforming mental health provision. Teachers play a key role in identifying mental health issues early on.

 

Andrew Miller, Assistant Headteacher, stated that a lack of knowledge and understanding dating back to 2014 is why the council and school find themselves  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6a

6b

Knife Crime Scrutiny Task Group Report pdf icon PDF 81 KB

The report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Knife Crime Scrutiny Task Group, as recommended to Cabinet by the Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the recommendations set out in the report of the Knife Crime Task Group be agreed.

Minutes:

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, welcomed Councillor Sandra Kabir to the meeting in her role as Chair of the Knife Crime Task Group.

 

Councillor Kabir stated that, through its work, the task group sought to gain a better understanding of knife crime in Brent, how interventions could reduce it, and which interventions might work locally.

 

She stated that the group looked at partnership working arrangements and reviewed what could be done to complement the wider public health approach. The task group held a series of evidence-gathering sessions with internal and external partners and experts.

 

Councillor Kabir stated that the task group has made 13 recommendations which it puts to Brent Cabinet and the Safer Brent Partnership to affect change.

 

Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, thanked Councillor Kabir and Members of the Task Group. He welcomed the first twelve recommendations but expressed some reservation about recommendation 13.

 

Councillor Mili Patel, Cabinet Member for Children's Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care, thanked Councillor Kabir and members of the task group for the report. She stated that she would incorporate elements of the recommendations in her work developing the family hub model across the borough.

 

RESOLVED: that the recommendations set out in the report of the Knife Crime Task Group be agreed.

6c

Affordable Housing Task Group report pdf icon PDF 88 KB

This report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Affordable Housing Task Group, as recommended to Cabinet by the Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

      i)        Cabinet noted the recommendations set out in the report of the Affordable Housing in New Developments Task Group.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted the additional proposal of the Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee: that plans for new housing developments take into account the known needs of people with disabilities awaiting housing provision.

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, welcomed Councillor Neil Nerva, to the meeting in her role as Chair of the Affordable Housing Scrutiny Task Group.

 

Councillor Nerva introduced the report by stating that this report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Affordable Housing Task Group, which was presented to Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee.

 

CoucnillorNerva stated that the task group sought to gain an understanding of the barriers and solutions to affordable housing delivery during an acute housing crisis, following decades of declining delivery of genuinely affordable housing in the borough, across London and nationwide.

 

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, welcomed the report and thanked Councillor Nerva for his work.  Councillor Tom Miller agreed with Councillor Tatler and paid tribute to the Task Group Vice Chair, Councillor Robert Johnson.

 

Councillor Ellie Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing & Welfare Reform, welcomed the report and the extensive work carried out by the Affordable Housing Task Group. Councillor Southwood informed Councillor Nerva that she would welcome the opportunity to report back to an upcoming Scrutiny meeting on progress. Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive, stated that the Council would establish formal progress to enable Cabinet Members to report routinely back to the relevant Scrutiny Committee.

 

RESOLVED:

 

     i)        Cabinet noted the recommendations set out in the report of the Affordable Housing in New Developments Task Group.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted the additional proposal of the Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee: that plans for new housing developments take into account the known needs of people with disabilities awaiting housing provision.

7.

Quarter 2 Financial Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 203 KB

This report sets out the current forecasts of income and expenditure against the budget for 2019/20 and other key financial data.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the overall financial position and the actions being taken to manage the issues arising be noted.

Minutes:

Councillor Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of the Council, stated that this report sets out the current forecasts of income and expenditure against the    budget for 2019/20 and other key financial data.

 

Councillor McLennan stated that overall the Council is expecting to underspend against the main general fund revenue budget by £1.1m.

 

She stated that this primarily relates to a net underspend of £1.8m in Regeneration and Environment pertaining to several areas of underspend in Environmental services.

 

RESOLVED: that the overall financial position and the actions being taken to manage the issues arising be noted.

8.

Brent Together- Draft Volunteering Strategy for 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

This report presents the draft Brent Together Volunteering Strategy for 2019- 2023 for approval. The strategy sets out our ambitions for a vibrant volunteering culture across the borough. It also details options for taking this workstream forward.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the draft Volunteering Strategy for 2019-2023, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report from the Assistant Chief Executive be agreed.

Minutes:

Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, introduced the report presenting the draft Brent Together Volunteering Strategy for 2019- 2023 for Cabinet approval.

 

Councillor Miller stated that the strategy sets out our ambitions for a vibrant volunteering culture across the borough. Councillor Miller urged Cabinet to agree the Strategy favouring Option B- Standard volunteering platform.

 

RESOLVED: that the draft Volunteering Strategy for 2019-2023, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report from the Assistant Chief Executive be agreed.

9.

Financing Purchase of Residential Block by i4B or First Wave Housing pdf icon PDF 99 KB

This report requests Cabinet approval of equity investment in i4B’s existing street purchases programme, as agreed in principle by Cabinet when approving i4B’s business plan in February 2019.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

     i)        Cabinet approved an equity investment in the existing i4B street purchases programme by purchasing i4B shares up to a maximum of £21.8m for the first 300 properties, as agreed in principle by Cabinet in February 2019.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed for new loan facilities of up to £110.5m be made available to i4B and First Wave Housing for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme, including the potential Quintain block purchase.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed that drawdowns on the loan facility to finance the potential Quintain block E01 02 purchase would be conditional on the negotiation of points as described in paragraphs 3.15 and 3.16 below.

 

   iv)        Cabinet delegated to the Director of Finance, in consultation with the Deputy Leader, authority to determine whether the conditions set out in paragraphs 3.15 and 3.16 below have been discharged.

 

    v)        Cabinet agreed for equity investment of up to £22.1m for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme, including by purchasing i4B shares up to a maximum of £22.1m.

 

   vi)        Cabinet agreed to delegate the precise terms and mix of loan and equity funding for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme to the Director of Finance, such that the total funding for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme does not exceed £110.5m.

 

  vii)        Cabinet noted the new details of the potential block purchase from Quintain, together with the financial and legal implications.

Minutes:

Councillor Margaret McLennnan, Deputy Leader of the Council, introduced the report requesting Cabinet approval of equity investment in i4B’s existing street purchases programme, as agreed in principle by Cabinet when approving i4B’s business plan in February 2019.

 

Councillor Margaret McLennnan stated that i4B or First Wave Housing is intending to purchase a block of 153 key worker accommodation apartments in Wembley Park from Quintain. She stated that this paper is seeking approval of the Council to fund this transaction by a mix of loan and equity, subject to the negotiation of some outstanding points as detailed in paragraphs 3.15 and 3.16.

 

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, welcomed the report stating that it was important for key workers to be part of the Wembley Park regeneration.  Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, welcomed the report and the Council’s innovative approach to addressing the housing crisis.

 

Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive, stated that Cabinet would soon consider a report on the definition of key worker.

 

RESOLVED:

 

     i)        Cabinet approved an equity investment in the existing i4B street purchases programme by purchasing i4B shares up to a maximum of £21.8m for the first 300 properties, as agreed in principle by Cabinet in February 2019.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed for new loan facilities of up to £110.5m be made available to i4B and First Wave Housing for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme, including the potential Quintain block purchase.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed that drawdowns on the loan facility to finance the potential Quintain block E01 02 purchase would be conditional on the negotiation of points as described in paragraphs 3.15 and 3.16 below.

 

   iv)        Cabinet delegated to the Director of Finance, in consultation with the Deputy Leader, the authority to determine whether the conditions set out in paragraphs 3.15 and 3.16 below have been discharged.

 

    v)        Cabinet agreed for equity investment of up to £22.1m for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme, including by purchasing i4B shares up to a maximum of £22.1m.

 

   vi)        Cabinet agreed to delegate the precise terms and mix of loan and equity funding for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme to the Director of Finance, such that the total funding for phase 2 of the PRS purchase programme does not exceed £110.5m.

 

  vii)        Cabinet noted the new details of the potential block purchase from Quintain, together with the financial and legal implications.

 

10.

Preparing Brent for the UK leaving the EU with or without a deal update pdf icon PDF 106 KB

The purpose of this report is to update the Cabinet with the council’s preparations for the UK leaving the EU including identified risks.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

     i)        Cabinet noted the contents of the report.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted that the Strategic Director, Customer and Digital Services has been appointed Brent’s Brexit Lead and that the Brexit Co-ordination Group will continue to monitor risks and escalate as necessary.

 

   iii)        Cabinet noted that the Brexit Co-ordination Group will continue to act as stewards for the funds allocated from government for Brexit preparations.

Minutes:

Councillor Margaret McLennnan, Deputy Leader of the Council, introduced the report updating the Cabinet on the council’s preparations for the UK leaving the EU.

 

Members of Cabinet paid tribute to the work by many Brent staff in helping EU residents prepare for the UK leaving the EU, in particular in helping people apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

 

RESOLVED:

 

     i)        Cabinet noted the contents of the report.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted that the Strategic Director, Customer and Digital Services has been appointed Brent’s Brexit Lead and that the Brexit Co-ordination Group will continue to monitor risks and escalate as necessary.

 

   iii)        Cabinet noted that the Brexit Co-ordination Group will continue to act as stewards for the funds allocated from the government for Brexit preparations.

11.

Selective and Additional Licensing in the Private Rented Sector in Brent pdf icon PDF 2 MB

In April 2014 the Executive approved the introduction of an Additional Licensing scheme, covering all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the borough and in August 2014 approved the introduction of a Selective Licensing scheme, covering all private rented housing in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green.  Both schemes came into effect in January 2015 and run to 31st December 2019. In June 2018 the selective licensing scheme was extended to the electoral wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park. This latter designation will run until May 2023.

 

This report makes recommendations in relation to the operation of Additional & Selective Licensing Schemes within the Borough beyond 31 December 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

     i)        Cabinet noted the outcome of the consultation process detailed in the Consultation Findings Report of September 2019 as set out in Appendix 1, in particular the representations received and the Council’s consideration thereof, and the response to these representations as set out in Appendix 2.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted the consultation evidence set out in Appendix 3 relating to the problems being caused by poorly managed HMOs, and also that the report has considered that additional licensing will assist the Council in achieving wider objectives, as well as alternatives to additional licensing.

 

   iii)        Cabinet noted the content of the Equality Impact Assessment as set out in Appendix 10.

 

   iv)        Cabinet agreed, subject to recommendations 1 – 3 above, that the legal requirements for introducing additional licensing for the whole of the Borough of Brent as set out in paragraphs 10.1 to 10.6 of the report have been met.

 

    v)        Cabinet agreed, subject to recommendations 1 – 3 above, that the Council using its powers under section 56 of the Housing Act 2004, to renew and authorise the designation of the entire Borough of Brent as an area subject to additional licensing to last for five years from 1st February 2020 or on a later date to be set by the Strategic Director of Community Wellbeing as delineated and edged red on the map at Appendix 5.

 

   vi)        Cabinet agreed that the evidence report set out in Appendix 3, highlights that the legal requirements as set out in the report, paragraphs 10.11 to 10.21, for introducing Selective Licensing on the grounds of anti-social behaviour (ASB); and/or poor property conditions; and/or high levels of deprivation have been met with regard to the proposed selective licensing designation areas as summarised in table 2 in section 5.0 of the report.

 

  vii)        Cabinet agreed, subject to recommendations 1 – 3 above, to authorise the designation of four areas for selective licensing to last for five years from the date of designations coming into force, and which cover the following Council wards as delineated and edged red on the map(s) in appendices 4A to 4D:

                      i.        Designation 1: A selective licensing scheme designation in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green wards under Part 3, s.80 Housing Act 2004 on the grounds of poor housing (property) conditions and ASB with effect from 1st April 2020, or at a later date in accordance with the statutory time required for the scheme to come into force.

                    ii.        A selective licensing scheme under Part 3, s.80 Housing Act 2004 to the following designated areas of the borough with effect from 1st April 2020, or at a later date in accordance with the statutory time required for the scheme to come into force,

for the reasons as follows:

 

Designation 2: Queensbury, Fryent and Brondesbury Park – this is along the A5 corridor and on the Grounds; Poor Housing (Property) Conditions and ASB


Designation 3: Barnhill and Welsh Harp – Grounds; Poor Housing (Property Conditions), Deprivation and  ...  view the full decision text for item 11.

Minutes:

Councillor Ellie Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing & Welfare Reform, reminded Cabinet Members that in April 2014 the Executive approved the introduction of an Additional Licensing scheme, covering all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the borough and in August 2014 approved the introduction of a Selective Licensing scheme, covering all private rented housing in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green. 

 

Cabinet noted that both schemes came into effect in January 2015 and run to 31st December 2019. In June 2018 the selective licensing scheme was extended to the electoral wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park. This latter designation will run until May 2023.

 

Councillor Southwood stated that, under the licensing schemes, landlords of privately rented homes within the designations are required to apply to the Council for licences for which fees must be paid. Where licences are granted, the Licence Holder and Manager, if different, are required to comply with property management licence conditions.

 

Councillor Southwood stated that it had been agreed to consult on proposals to renew the 2014 additional and selective licensing and on extending selective licensing to other areas of the borough.

 

RESOLVED:

 

     i)        Cabinet noted the outcome of the consultation process detailed in the Consultation Findings Report of September 2019 as set out in Appendix 1, in particular, the representations received and the Council’s consideration thereof, and the response to these representations as set out in Appendix 2.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted the consultation evidence set out in Appendix 3 relating to the problems being caused by poorly managed HMOs, and also that the report has considered that additional licensing will assist the Council in achieving wider objectives, as well as alternatives to additional licensing.

 

   iii)        Cabinet noted the content of the Equality Impact Assessment as set out in Appendix 10.

 

   iv)        Cabinet agreed, subject to recommendations 1 – 3 above, that the legal requirements for introducing additional licensing for the whole of the Borough of Brent as set out in paragraphs 10.1 to 10.6 of the report have been met.

 

    v)        Cabinet agreed, subject to recommendations 1 – 3 above, that the Council using its powers under section 56 of the Housing Act 2004, to renew and authorise the designation of the entire Borough of Brent as an area subject to additional licensing to last for five years from 1st February 2020 or on a later date to be set by the Strategic Director of Community Wellbeing as delineated and edged red on the map at Appendix 5.

 

   vi)        Cabinet agreed that the evidence report set out in Appendix 3, highlights that the legal requirements as set out in the report, paragraphs 10.11 to 10.21, for introducing Selective Licensing on the grounds of anti-social behaviour (ASB); and/or poor property conditions; and/or high levels of deprivation have been met with regard to the proposed selective licensing designation areas as summarised in table 2 in section 5.0 of the report.

 

  vii)        Cabinet agreed, subject to recommendations 1 – 3  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Continued Use of Retained Right to Buy Receipts pdf icon PDF 128 KB

In 2015, Cabinet decided how Right to Buy (RTB) receipts were to be distributed in order to deliver affordable housing for Brent residents. This report recommends the Council continues to retain RTB receipts in line with the Brent Retention Agreement (2012) in accordance with the strategy identified and to the update ofdelegated authorities permitted under the strategy.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed the continuing retention of Right to Buy receipts (subject to government legislation), as part of the Brent Retention Agreement (2012) with the Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government until 31 March 2024.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed to continue to acquire existing properties until 31 March 2024 subject to financial viability including the flexibility to part-fund the cost of advance purchases within the South Kilburn regeneration area through retained Right to Buy receipts.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed to continue to grant retained Right to Buy receipts to external partners for the provision of affordable homes for rent in line with the agreed procedure and delegate authority to the Strategic Director for Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Director of Finance and Operational Director for Housing to approve the criteria for grant funding, to approve criteria for evaluation of bids and to approve the allocation of such grants on acceptable terms.

 

   iv)        Cabinet agreed to continue to contribute retained RTB receipts to support residential development of council-owned sites and for a commensurate proportion of the homes to be provided as affordable rented accommodation, subject to financial viability and to delegate authority to the Strategic Director for Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Director of Legal, HR, Audit and Investigations, the Director of Finance and the Operational Director, Housing to approve the contribution of such receipts.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed the continuing retention of Right to Buy receipts (subject to government legislation), as part of the Brent Retention Agreement (2012) with the Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government until 31 March 2024.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed to continue to acquire existing properties until 31 March 2024 subject to financial viability including the flexibility to part-fund the cost of advance purchases within the South Kilburn regeneration area through retained Right to Buy receipts.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed to continue to grant retained Right to Buy receipts to external partners for the provision of affordable homes for rent in line with the agreed procedure and delegate authority to the Strategic Director for Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Director of Finance and Operational Director for Housing to approve the criteria for grant funding, to approve criteria for evaluation of bids and to approve the allocation of such grants on acceptable terms.

 

   iv)        Cabinet agreed to continue to contribute retained RTB receipts to support residential development of council-owned sites and for a commensurate proportion of the homes to be provided as affordable rented accommodation, subject to financial viability and to delegate authority to the Strategic Director for Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Director of Legal, HR, Audit and Investigations, the Director of Finance and the Operational Director, Housing to approve the contribution of such receipts.

 

 

13.

Digital Strategy and Business case 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 199 KB

The purpose of this report is to present Cabinet with the draft Digital Strategy and draft Cyber Security Strategy 2019-23 for agreement. The draft strategy builds on the 2017-20 strategy which was agreed in June 2017 and is aligned to the 2019-23 Borough Plan. The report also presents an Outline Business Case (OBC) for capital investment to deliver the strategy for Cabinet agreement. In addition, the report seeks Cabinet approval to procure a digital development partner.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed the Digital Strategy 2019-23 as set out in Schedule 1.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed the Outline Business Case as set out in Schedule 2 with the funding identified to deliver the programme.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed the Cyber Security Strategy 2019-23 as set out in Schedule 3.

 

   iv)        Cabinet delegated to the Strategic Director of Customer and Digital Services, in consultation with the Deputy Leader, authority to award a contract for a digital development partner.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed the Digital Strategy 2019-23 as set out in Schedule 1.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed the Outline Business Case as set out in Schedule 2 with the funding identified to deliver the programme.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed the Cyber Security Strategy 2019-23 as set out in Schedule 3.

 

   iv)        Cabinet delegated to the Strategic Director of Customer and Digital Services, in consultation with the Deputy Leader, authority to award a contract for a digital development partner.

 

14.

South Kilburn Queens Park (SKQP) LLP - Termination and the Option to Acquire Falcon Land pdf icon PDF 94 KB

This report provides an update on the South Kilburn Queens Park Limited Liability Partnership (SKQP LLP) and seeks Cabinet’s authority to terminate the SKQP LLP Project Agreement and Members Agreement should it not be possible for the parties to resolve matters by 30 October 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet noted the content of the report and appendices.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed to terminate the SKQP LLP Project Agreement and Members Agreement after 30 October 2019 should it not be possible for the parties to agree a solution with regard to outstanding conditions precedent.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed that, subject to termination of the SKQP LLP Project Agreement and Members Agreement pursuant to paragraph 2.2, Brent Council enter into the option agreement to acquire the Falcon Public House site.

 

   iv)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, to exercise its option and agree terms for the acquisition of the Falcon Public House site.

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet noted the content of the report and appendices.

 

    ii)        Cabinet agreed to terminate the SKQP LLP Project Agreement and Members Agreement after 30 October 2019 should it not be possible for the parties to agree a solution with regard to outstanding conditions precedent.

 

   iii)        Cabinet agreed that, subject to termination of the SKQP LLP Project Agreement and Members Agreement pursuant to paragraph 2.2, Brent Council enter into the option agreement to acquire the Falcon Public House site.

 

   iv)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, to exercise its option and agree terms for the acquisition of the Falcon Public House site.

 

 

 

15.

Brent Local Plan Publication and Submission for Examination pdf icon PDF 140 KB

This report seeks Cabinet approval for the draft Brent Local Plan to go through the next statutory stages required for its adoption. This includes publishing the Plan for consultation and subsequently after considering the consultation responses recommending to Full Council that the Local Plan is submitted for Examination by a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.  The report also seeks approval of an updated Local Development Scheme, the document that sets out a work programme for planning related documents for the next 3 years.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed that the Brent Local Plan set out in Appendix 1 is published for consultation.

 

    ii)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to make proposed modifications to the Brent Local Plan prior to submission and if required through the Examination process.

 

   iii)        Cabinet recommended that Full Council approve the submission of the draft Brent Local Plan with any proposed modifications, plus associated documents as set out in regulation 22 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012), to the Secretary of State for Examination.

 

   iv)        Cabinet approved the Brent Local Development Scheme 2019-22 as set out in Appendix 2.

 

    v)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to approve future Brent Local Development Schemes.

 

   vi)        Cabinet revoked the Alperton Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document July 2011.

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed that the Brent Local Plan set out in Appendix 1 is published for consultation.

 

    ii)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to make proposed modifications to the Brent Local Plan prior to submission and if required through the Examination process.

 

   iii)        Cabinet recommended that Full Council approve the submission of the draft Brent Local Plan with any proposed modifications, plus associated documents as set out in regulation 22 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012), to the Secretary of State for Examination.

 

   iv)        Cabinet approved the Brent Local Development Scheme 2019-22 as set out in Appendix 2.

 

    v)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to approve future Brent Local Development Schemes.

 

   vi)        Cabinet revoked the Alperton Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document July 2011.

 

 

 

16.

Article 4 Directions to Remove Permitted Development Rights for Changes of Use from Office and Light Industrial to Residential and also from Residential to Houses in Multiple Occupation pdf icon PDF 148 KB

The purpose of the report is to seek Cabinet approval to proceed with non-immediate Article 4 Directions.  Once set, this will seek to remove permitted development rights for change of use from offices and light industrial to residential.  This will apply to areas not already covered by Article 4s the Council previously introduced, which became effective on 10th August 2018.  The other will also seek to remove the permitted development rights between residential dwellings and houses in multiple occupation.  This will apply to the whole borough where the Council is local planning authority.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet approved the issuing of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for change of use from Office (B1(a)) and Light Industrial (B1(c)) to residential (C3) for the remainder of the borough not covered by existing Article 4 Directions to remove these permitted development rights.

 

    ii)        Cabinet approved the issuing of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for change of use from Residential (C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (C4).

 

   iii)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to consider consultation responses and the decision on whether to confirm the Article 4 Directions.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet approved the issuing of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for change of use from Office (B1(a)) and Light Industrial (B1(c)) to residential (C3) for the remainder of the borough not covered by existing Article 4 Directions to remove these permitted development rights.

 

    ii)        Cabinet approved the issuing of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for change of use from Residential (C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (C4).

 

   iii)        Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to consider consultation responses and the decision on whether to confirm the Article 4 Directions.

 

17.

Secondary School Expansion Programme - Update and Approval of Capital Funding pdf icon PDF 159 KB

This report proposes and seeks approval to move forward with plans to meet the projected demand for secondary school places as set out in the School Place Planning Strategy 2019-2023.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet approved the secondary school expansion programme as described in paragraph 3.15 of the report.

 

    ii)        Cabinet allocated £35.1m of capital funding to deliver a phased secondary school expansion programme.

 

   iii)        Cabinet noted that further reports will be brought to Cabinet seeking approval of capital allocations to individual projects from the overall programme funding based on detailed project business cases.

 

   iv)        Cabinet noted that the Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment will make decision/s to award one or more low/medium value services contracts for the consultant team required to deliver the secondary school expansion programme.

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet approved the secondary school expansion programme as described in paragraph 3.15 of the report.

 

    ii)        Cabinet allocated £35.1m of capital funding to deliver a phased secondary school expansion programme.

 

   iii)        Cabinet noted that further reports will be brought to Cabinet seeking approval of capital allocations to individual projects from the overall programme funding based on detailed project business cases.

 

   iv)        Cabinet noted that the Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment will make decision/s to award one or more low/medium value services contracts for the consultant team required to deliver the secondary school expansion programme.

 

 

 

18.

Development of Family Hubs pdf icon PDF 388 KB

To provide information regarding ongoing work to develop the existing 17 Children’s Centres into eight integrated Family Hubs for Brent families with children aged 0-18 years, and to 25 years for those with children with disabilities. The new Family Hubs will build on existing children’s centre services and the local authority statutory responsibilities regarding the provision of children’s centres.  Services for young children and their families will continue to be met. This Cabinet paper details the potential delivery opportunities and sets out the recommended option.  

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

       i)          Cabinet agrees to the development into Family Hubs of those sites listed in Table 1 below for the reasons detailed in the report and particular in paragraph 6.10 of the report.

 

Table 1

Current Children’s Centre sites proposed to become Family Hubs

 

 

      ii)          Cabinet agrees that the sites detailed in Table 2 below will cease Children’s Centre provision, and seek alternative usage options for the reasons detailed in the report and in particular in paragraph 6.10 of the report.

 

Table 2

Current sites proposed to end existing Children’s Centre provision from,

seeking alternative usage options:

 

 

    iii)          Cabinet approved an approach to manage Family Hubs as set out in the report and in particular in paragraph 6.21 of the report, with health services being commissioned and the majority of other services being brought in-house.

 

   iv)          Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director, Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Lead Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure to tender and award a contract(s) to deliver health services from Family Hubs as detailed in appendix 4.

 

     v)          Cabinet delegated authority to approve requests to the Strategic Director, Children and Young People to Tender and Award some specific services to be delivered from Family Hubs as detailed in appendix 4.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

       i)          Cabinet agrees to the development into Family Hubs of those sites listed in Table 1 below for the reasons detailed in the report and particular in paragraph 6.10 of the report.

 

Table 1

Current Children’s Centre sites proposed to become Family Hubs

 

 

      ii)          Cabinet agrees that the sites detailed in Table 2 below will cease Children’s Centre provision, and seek alternative usage options for the reasons detailed in the report and in particular in paragraph 6.10 of the report.

 

Table 2

Current sites proposed to end existing Children’s Centre provision from,

seeking alternative usage options:

 

 

    iii)          Cabinet approved an approach to manage Family Hubs as set out in the report and in particular in paragraph 6.21 of the report, with health services being commissioned and the majority of other services being brought in-house.

 

   iv)          Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director, Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Lead Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure to tender and award a contract(s) to deliver health services from Family Hubs as detailed in appendix 4.

 

     v)          Cabinet delegated authority to approve requests to the Strategic Director, Children and Young People to Tender and Award some specific services to be delivered from Family Hubs as detailed in appendix 4.

 

 

19.

Consultation on Admissions Arrangements for Community Schools for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

This reports seeks Cabinet approval to consult on proposed changes to the Admission Arrangements for Brent Community Schools for 2021/22.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed to carry out statutory consultation on the proposed changes to Community Schools Oversubscription Criteria as set out in section 4.0 of the report, to take effect for the academic year 2021/22. The consultation is as required by the School Admissions Code, revised in December 2014.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted that the results of the consultation will be reported back to Cabinet for a final decision on the proposals by February 2020.

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

     i)        Cabinet agreed to carry out statutory consultation on the proposed changes to Community Schools Oversubscription Criteria as set out in section 4.0 of the report, to take effect for the academic year 2021/22. The consultation is as required by the School Admissions Code, revised in December 2014.

 

    ii)        Cabinet noted that the results of the consultation will be reported back to Cabinet for a final decision on the proposals by February 2020.

 

 

 

20.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The following items are not for publication as they relate to the following category of exempt information as specified under Part 1, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, namely: : paragraph 3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

-       Item 13, Digital Strategy and Business Case 2017-23, Appendix 2a and 2b (appendices to Appendix 2, the Outline Business Case).

 

-       Item 14, Appendix 2, Financial Implications.

Decision:

None

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of agenda item X on the grounds that this involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph X, Part 1 of Schedule 12A, as amended, of the Act: Insert category of exempt information

 

1. Information relating to any individual.

2. Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.

3. Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

4. Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.

5. Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

6. Information which reveals that the authority proposes –

(a) to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements

are imposed on a person; or

(b) to make an order or direction under any enactment

7. Information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.

 

21.

Any other urgent business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Head of Executive and Member Services or his representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 60.

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

None.