Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Alan Lunt (Strategic Director Regeneration & Environment – represented by Chris Whyte as Operational Director Environmental Services) and Shazia Hussain (Assistant Chief Executive– represented by Katie Smith as Head of Executive & Members Services).

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.

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Decision:

There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.

3.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 244 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 11 October 2021 as a correct record.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED that the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 11 October 2021 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.

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Decision:

None.

5.

Petitions (if any)

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

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Decision:

None.

6.

Reference of item considered by Scrutiny Committees (if any)

To consider any reference reports from the Council’s two Scrutiny Committees.

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Decision:

There were no references from Scrutiny submitted for consideration at the meeting.

7.

School Place Planning Strategy 2019-23 Refresh pdf icon PDF 435 KB

This report provides Cabinet with a refresh of the School Place Planning Strategy 2019-2023 that was approved by Cabinet in November 2018.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To approve the refresh of the School Place Planning Strategy 2019-2023 provided as Appendix 1 of the report.

 

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

 

(3)     To accept the recommendation that the Secondary School Expansion Programme, presented to Cabinet on 14 October 2020, does not proceed as the latest forecasts indicated that additional secondary places were not required.

 

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

 

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

8.

Purchase of a S.106 block of apartments at the Telford Homes Alperton Bus Garage Development pdf icon PDF 728 KB

This report seeks permission to purchase the long leasehold interest in 155 affordable rented homes (flats) at the Alperton Bus Garage site located in 330 Ealing Road, Alperton. The scheme is currently in development with an estimated practical completion date of Q3 2024 for the affordable rented homes.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to delegate authority to the Director of Finance in consultation with the Lead Member for Finance and the Operational Director of Property and Assets to negotiate and agree the terms and thereafter enter into a 50 year under lease (to be made between L.B. Brent and Asset SPV) in respect of the 155 affordable homes within the Alperton Bus Garage Development subject to:

 

(a)     clean and marketable title;

 

(b)     financial and legal due diligence;

 

(c)     all commercial terms having been agreed between the parties; and

 

(d)     vacant possession, with a target completion date as soon as possible after the grant of the long lease of 999 years (the headlease).

9.

Annual Procurement Strategy Report 2021 pdf icon PDF 249 KB

This report sets out the Annual Procurement Strategy 2020-21 and updates Cabinet on the progress made across the five pillars of the Procurement Strategy 2020-2023, aligned with the Borough Plan 2019–2023.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to note and approve the Annual Procurement Strategy report 2020-2021 as set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

10.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The following items are not for publication as they relate to the following category of exempt information set out below as specified under Part 1, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:

 

Agenda Item 8:       Purchase of a S.106 block of apartments at the Telford Homes Alperton Bus Garage Development - Appendix 3 (Head of Terms and deal sheet), Appendix 4 (Draft 999 year lease), Appendix 5 (Draft 50 year lease summary), Appendix 6 (Draft Development agreement DA) & Appendix 7 (Lease Financing)

 

All of the above appendices are classified as exempt under Para 3 of Schedule 12A: “Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)”.

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Decision:

There were no items that required the exclusion of the press or public.

11.

Any other urgent business pdf icon PDF 407 KB

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Head of Executive and Member Services or her representative before the meeting.

 

In accordance with the provisions outlined in paragraphs 12 and 36 of the Council’s Access to Information Rules (Part 2 – Constitution), the Leader of the Council has agreed to receive the following as an urgent item at this meeting:

 

11.1  Proposed renewal of the Council’s current Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles (Policy Statement)

 

This report seeks approval to recommend to Council renewal of the council’s existing gambling policy in its current form for a maximum of a further 24 months until 31st January 2024.

 

The reasons for urgency are as detailed within section 1.3 of the attached report.

 

(Agenda republished to include this item on 4 November 2021)

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Decision:

In accordance with Paragraphs 12 and 36 of the Council’s Access to Information Rules, Cabinet noted that the Leader of the Council had agreed to deal with the following as an urgent item on the grounds that there was a statutory requirement for the Council to have in place a Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005 and there was therefore a need to consider renewal of the policy in advance of it expiring on 30 January 2022.

 

11.1  Proposed renewal of the Council’s current Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles (Policy Statement)

 

Cabinet RESOLVED to recommend to Council that, having agreed the reasons for urgency, the current gambling policy and statement of principles be renewed until 31st January 2024.