Agenda and decisions

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Contact: James Kinsella, Governance Manager  Tel: 020 8937 2063; Email:  james.kinsella@brent.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

3.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th October 2020 as a correct record.

4.

Matters Arising (if any)

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

5.

Petitions (if any)

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

6.

Reference of item considered by Scrutiny Committees (if any)

There are no items to be considered.

7.

Draft Brent Climate Emergency Strategy (2021-2030) pdf icon PDF 151 KB

This report seeks approval to issue the draft Brent Climate Emergency Strategy 2021-2030 for public consultation. The strategy outlines the key objectives, themes and areas of focus that will progress the Council’s objective to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.  

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the Draft Brent Climate Emergency Strategy (as detailed in Appendix A of the report) to be issued for public consultation.

 

(2)      To note that, following comments received during public consultation, a revised final Brent Climate Emergency Strategy would be presented back to Cabinet in spring 2021 for adoption.

8.

School Place Planning Strategy 2019-23 Refresh pdf icon PDF 140 KB

This report provides an update on the refresh of the School Place Planning Strategy 2019-2023, which was approved by Cabinet in November 2019. The refresh of the Strategy provides an updated assessment of school place demand across the borough based on the latest pupil projections from the Greater London Authority (GLA).  

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note the refresh of the School Place Planning Strategy 2019-2023 detailed within Appendix 1 of the report.

 

(2)     To note that the forecasts for primary places would remain fairly steady over the next five years.

 

(3)     To note that the indicative programme timeline for the proposed secondary school expansion programme, presented to Cabinet on 14 October 2020, had been amended to allow time to review refreshed forecast demand information in Spring 2021.

 

(4)     To note that there remained significant and increasing demand for places that meet the needs of children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 and the planned strategies for addressing this need.

 

(5)     To note the concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on Early Years provision and the strategies to support the sector.

9.

Commercial Trading Company pdf icon PDF 150 KB

This report seeks approval for the establishment of a general trading company, and outlines recommended governance and membership arrangements.

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Decision:

Having considered the options identified within the report, Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To agree the making of arrangements by the Director of Legal, HR Audit & Investigations, in consultation with the Lead Member for Environment and the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment, for the establishment of a general trading company, including any additional legal or constitutional issues to be reserved to the Council as shareholder and any necessary agreements between the company and the Council.

 

(2)      To note and agree the recommendations regarding the governance arrangements for the trading company and board members, as detailed within the report.

10.

Variation of long stop date in respect of Community Asset Transfer at Tenterden Pavilion & Sports Ground, Preston Road HA3 0QQ pdf icon PDF 101 KB

This report seeks approval for the variation of the longstop date at Tenterden Pavillion and Sports Ground.

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Decision:

Cabinet noted:

1.         The comments made by Mr Scott Wade (representing Forest United Youth FC) who had requested to speak on the item.  Whilst not objecting to principle of the Community Asset Transfer in respect of Tenterden Pavilion and Sports Ground concerns were highlighted in relation to the delay in progressing the following issues, which the Club felt still made the feasibility of the proposal from their perspective uncertain:

·                Provision of commensurate car parking capacity;

·                Certainty and security of access to outdoor playing facilities.

2.         The progress made in terms of planning approval having been obtained for the scheme and proactive way forward identified by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning in terms of resolution of the outstanding issues highlighted by Forest United Youth Football Club.  These included the lease arrangements, car parking and use of the outdoor facilities, with the drainage issues identified now also having been addressed with Sports England.

 

Having noted the comments raised, Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment to agree the terms and vary the longstop date to 3 years from the Wembley Education Charitable Trust (WECT) obtaining planning approval.  The condition being that the WECT would be required to obtain planning approval by September 2021, commence works, and secure funding shortly thereafter, therefore the longstop date for completion of the development would be September 2024.

 

(2)      To note that the WECT had met the 27 June 2016 community use caveat, with provisional terms agreed with Forest United Youth FC, allowing them to occupy an area within the new sports facility and to provide wider community access to the new sports facility when not operationally required by the WECT.

11.

South Kilburn Regeneration Programme – making of compulsory purchase order pdf icon PDF 169 KB

This report seeks approval for the use of Compulsory Purchase Order powers as necessary in order to progress the South Kilburn Regeneration Programme. Such powers would be used in the event of a failure to reach the preferred option of a negotiated settlement.

 

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To authorise the use of CPO powers for the Scheme and delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment, in consultation with the Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to proceed with the making and implementation of a CPO for each phase of the Scheme as necessary.  The proposed order lands were indicatively shown in the plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

(2)      To delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment, in consultation with the Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to agree the terms and enter into contract for the leasehold interest at Blue Box Storage, Exeter Court, Granville Road, London NW6 5AJ.  The estimated compensation settlement had been detailed in Appendix 2 of the report (containing exempt information).

 

(3)      To authorise the purchase of leasehold interests required for the Scheme by private treaty and delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment, in consultation with the Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to agree the terms and enter into contracts.

 

(4)      To note that the Council would remain sensitive to the needs of leaseholders affected by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and would engage in early dialogue and provide support for relocation to mitigate the impact.

 

(5)         To authorise officers to take all necessary steps to commence the process for the making, confirmation and implementation of a CPO for each phase, including securing the appointment of suitable external advisors and preparing all necessary CPO documentation under delegated authority as set out in (2) above.  Cabinet noted the key steps to make a CPO had been set out in paragraph 3.13 of the report.  Cabinet also noted that Appendix 3 of the report set out the policy in relation to displaced tenants and leaseholders in regeneration schemes, which aimed to maximise choice and secure a better match with individual circumstances, such as shared ownership and shared equity options and reversion to tenancy for vulnerable leaseholders.

 

(6)      To agree the detail of the following two additional measures to aid leaseholder acquisitions.  Both measures would allow officers to further assist resident leaseholders who met the criteria:

 

(a)      Shared Equity/Ownership:  The Council would seek to acquire a number of properties from the local market and offer these as shared equity or shared ownership homes to eligible resident leaseholders.  The way the shared equity product would work would be as follows.  The Council would purchase a property from the local market that met the needs of the resident leaseholder.  At the same time, the Council would purchase the resident leaseholder’s property in a back-to-back transaction.  The resident leaseholder would use funds made available from the buyback to purchase a percentage of the equity in the replacement property.  Any value gap (typically 25% to 50%), would be met by the Council, and the Council’s stake in the property was entered as a charge against the property.  The resident leaseholder would not pay a rent on the equity they  ...  view the full decision text for item 11.

12.

Northwick Park, One Public Estate – Update, Infrastructure Collaboration Agreement and Spine Road Construction pdf icon PDF 128 KB

This report seeks approval to enter into an infrastructure collaboration agreement with London Northwest NHS Health Authority, The University of Westminster and Network Homes Ltd. In relation to the Northwick Park One Public Estate initiative. It also seeks approval for the tendering and procurement of the construction works for the completion of a new spine road.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve entering into an infrastructure collaboration agreement with London Northwest NHS Health Authority, The University of Westminster and Network Homes Ltd. on the basis of the Heads of Terms set out in Appendix 3 of the report (containing exempt information)

 

(2)      To delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment in consultation with the Lead Member for Environment, the Lead Member for Planning, Property and Regeneration and the Director of Finance to finalise all terms consistent with the Heads of Terms set out within Appendix 3 of the report and enter into the infrastructure collaboration agreement.

 

(3)      To approve the procurement of the construction works (and all other associated works and services) required for the completion of the new spine / access road.

 

(4)      To delegate to the Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment in consultation with the Lead Member for Environment authority to agree relevant pre-tender considerations for the procurement of a suitable contractor for the works referred to in (3) above and thereafter evaluate tenders on the basis of such pre-tender considerations.

 

(5)      To delegate to the Strategic Director for Regeneration & Environment, in consultation with the Lead Member for Environment authority to select contractor(s) and enter into a contract with the contractor for the works referred to in (3) above.

 

(6)      To delegate to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment to agree terms and enter into agreements pursuant to section 38 for the adoption of the new spine/access road and section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 in respect of works to the existing highway.

13.

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

 

Item 9: Commercial Trading Company – Appendices 1 and 2

 

Item 11: South Kilburn Regeneration Programme – making of compulsory

purchase order - Appendix 2

 

Item 12: Northwick Park, One Public Estate – Update, Infrastructure

Collaboration Agreement and Spine Road Construction - Appendices

1,2,3 and 5

 

 

14.

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.