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07/04/2021 - 20/3149 - Willesden Green Garage, St Pauls Avenue, London, NW2 5TG ref: 5505    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 09/04/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

Refused planning permission contrary to officers’ recommendation for the following reasons; insufficient provision of external amenity space, lack of London Affordable Rented homes and insufficient provision of family sized homes.


07/04/2021 - 20/4197 - Wembley National Stadium, Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0WS ref: 5504    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 09/04/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

Granted planning permission subject to the completion of a satisfactory deed of variation to the existing Section 106 legal agreement, particularly in relation to the Wembley Stadium Employment and Skills Plan and a consecutive event cap (maximum of 4 non sporting events), and conditions and informatives as set out in the report.


06/04/2021 - Debt Write-Off Procedure ref: 5494    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note the revised arrangements for the write-off of bad debts, as set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

(2)      To note the debt write-offs over £3,000 listed in Appendix 3 of the report and that these largely related to old debts from 1994 to 2010.

 

(3)      To note that while there was a requirement to report write-offs over £3,000 to Cabinet this was the first report of this kind since the recommendation in the Council’s Internal Audit report of June 2019 as set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

(4)      To note the revised debt policy referred to as Ethical Debt Policy that had been updated and approved by the Strategic Director for Customer and Digital Services to include reference to the new Breathing Space requirements as set out in Appendix 4 of the report.


06/04/2021 - Roe Green Infant School Kitchen & Improvement Works - Approval of Capital Funding ref: 5493    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to approve £538,280.36 from the Council’s Basic Need Allocation to deliver the kitchen and £189,300.64 s106 funding, as detailed within sections 4.5 and 4.6 of the report.


06/04/2021 - South Kilburn Regeneration Programme: Approval of Procurement Processes for Future Phases and Associated Matters ref: 5492    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the procurement of a delivery partner for the NWCC site including,  1-8 Neville House, 1-64 Winterleys, 113-128 Carlton House and Carlton Hall; through inviting tenders using a Competitive Procedure with Negotiation under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

 

(2)      To approve the procurement of delivery partners/contractors for the remaining Phases (3b-8) of the South Kilburn Programme sites.

 

(3)      To delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment in consultation with the Lead Member of Regeneration, Property and Planning, to select the appropriate procurement route and pre-tender considerations for those remaining sites within Phases 3b-8 and to evaluate such tenders.

 

(4)      To delegate to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment in consultation with the Lead Member Regeneration, Property and Planning authority to award the contract for Delivery Partners to progress the comprehensive redevelopment of the remaining sites from Phase 3b-8 within the South Kilburn Programme.

 

(5)      To delegate to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment in consultation with the Lead Member Regeneration, Property and Planning the decision on alternative development routes if procurement was unsuccessful in relation to the remaining sites from Phase 3b-8 within the South Kilburn Programme.

 

(6)      To approve the setting of rent levels for the affordable homes at all remaining sites within the Programme (Phases 3b-8) at the South Kilburn Social rent levels.

 

(7)      To approve capital funding (strategic community infrastructure levy) of £4.9m to deliver the infrastructure and public realm works within the NWCC Project.


06/04/2021 - Authority to Commission Community Equipment Provider ref: 5491    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note officers involvement in the procurement of a framework for Community Equipment let by the London Borough of Barnet.

 

(2)     To approve the award of a call-off contract from the framework referred to in (1) above for Community Equipment to Milbrook Healthcare Limited for a period of 5 years from the 1st July 2021 until 30 June 2026 with optional break clauses exercisable at the ends of years 3 and 4 of the contract.


06/04/2021 - Water Charges and Brent Council Tenants ref: 5490    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to note the content of the report and approve the following approach regarding the payment of refunds in respect of water charges:

 

(1)      Refunds for both current and former tenants being calculated from the contractual start dates i.e. Thames Water Utilities 2003 and Affinity Water from 2005.

 

(2)      Refunds for current tenants being issued to their rent accounts with those in credit able to apply for the amount to be debited to their bank accounts, and if in arrears, the refund being used to offset the arrears owed.

 

(3)      Refunds for former tenants being:

 

(i)        issued to their rent accounts where former tenants have rent arrears to offset any arrears owed to the Council;

(ii)       paid into leaseholders accounts (who were tenants at the time) if they are currently in occupation; and

(iii)      to establish a process for former tenants (with no current relationship with Brent Housing Management) to apply for a refund and ensure this was publicised with a cut-off date of two years from the point of launching the application process.


06/04/2021 - Corporate Performance - Q3 2020/21 Performance ref: 5489    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note the performance information contained in the report.

 

(2)      To note the challenge process along with current and future strategic risks associated with the information provided and approve actions being undertaken on strategic risks, as appropriate.

 

(3)      To note the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the organisation. During Quarter 3 the Council continued to work intensively to respond to Covid-19.  Members recognised, however, the impact of the pandemic on all services throughout the organisation, including on a number of performance indicators across priority areas with 34% currently rated red compared with 24% at the same point last year.


06/04/2021 - Streamlining of the Brent Black Community Action Plan ref: 5487    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED

 

(1)      To note the content of the report.

 

(2)     To note and endorse the following appendices within the report:

 

·                Appendix 2: Streamlined Brent Black Community Action Plan; and

 

·                Appendix 3: Year One Delivery Plan


06/04/2021 - Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme - Energy Efficiency - Works in Brent Corporate Buildings ref: 5488    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the project to improve the energy efficiency of selected Brent Council retained buildings with the highest energy consumption as detailed in Table 1 within section 3.8 of the report.

 

(2)      To delegate authority to the Assistant Chief Executive, in consultation with the Lead Member for the Environment, to make further adjustments to the building and technology selection for the project referred to in (1) above to ensure best value for the reasons detailed in section 3.7 of the report.

 

(3)      To approve the Council entering into a grant agreement with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to fund the project referred to in (1) above in the sum of £3,234,000.

 

(4)      To note that officers will undertake procurements to appoint a range of consultants and contractors using powers delegated under Part 3 of the Constitution to achieve the aims of the project referred to in (1) above.


06/04/2021 - Brent Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy 2021-30 ref: 5486    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED

 

(1)      To approve the final Brent Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (2021-2030) following a further period of public consultation and following further officer consideration (updated strategy document provided as Appendix A of the report).

 

(2)     To note that a more detailed breakdown of the consultation process, a short illustrative version and an easy-read version for people with disabilities would be made available on the Climate Emergency section of the council’s website (www.brent.gov.uk/climateemergency).


06/04/2021 - Any other urgent business ref: 5496    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

None.


06/04/2021 - Exclusion of Press and Public ref: 5495    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

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


06/04/2021 - Reference of item considered by Scrutiny Committees (if any) ref: 5498    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

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


06/04/2021 - Petitions (if any) ref: 5499    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet received a petition submitted by Brent Divest, which members noted contained nearly 1,400 signatures.  The petition called on Brent Council to make a public divestment statement committing the Brent Pension Fund to fully divest from fossil fuel companies and shift these funds to lower risk ethical investments.

 

The petition was presented by Councillor Kelcher, on behalf of Simon Erskine (Brent Divest) who highlighted what he felt to be the strong policy, democratic and economic case supporting an immediate commitment and move towards divestment.

 

The Leader of the Council advised that he had also agreed to accept an additional request to speak at the meeting on this issue.  The request was from Councillor Choudhary, as Chair of the Brent Pension Fund Sub Committee, who highlighted the strategy already established by the Pension Fund to diversify their investment portfolio away from fossil fuel companies and towards more sustainable and low carbon funds.  The approach taken was designed to balance the legal and fiduciary duties on the Fund against the need to manage the overall level of risk whilst also taking account of the size of the Fund and resources available.  The strategy, he pointed out, was also linked to the approach being led through the London CIV on behalf of London Councils.

 

In response to the petition, Councillor McLennan (as Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources) felt there was a need to recognise the progress being made by the Pension Fund in relation to their divestment strategy, linked to the approach being co-ordinated through the London CIV.  Whilst recognising this was on a longer term basis than the action being sought by the petitioners, members were advised of the Council’s commitment towards progressing the divestment strategy, with a clear roadmap being developed as part of the work on delivery of the Climate Emergency Strategy balanced against the mitigation of risk to the Pension Fund.

 

Having noted the progress made to date, Councillor Krupa Sheth (as Lead Member for Environment) supported by the Leader of the Council closed the discussion by re-emphasising the Council’s commitment towards delivery of a responsible divestment strategy closely linked to the overall approach being co-ordinated through the London CIV and Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy.  It was felt this would provide the necessary transparency whilst also mitigating risk to deliver the best outcome for all.


06/04/2021 - Matters Arising (if any) ref: 5502    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

None.


06/04/2021 - Minutes of the Previous Meeting ref: 5497    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 8 March 2021 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.


06/04/2021 - Declarations of Interest ref: 5501    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

None.


06/04/2021 - Apologies for Absence ref: 5500    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

None.


01/04/2021 - Authority to award a contract for set up and management of COVID-19 lateral flow testing (Key Decision taken under Emergency Decision Making Powers) ref: 5503    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval to award a contract for the set up and management of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care as required by Contract Standing Order 88.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 01/04/2021

Decision:

That the Chief Executive, exercising urgency powers pursuant to paragraph 9.3.2 of Part 3 of the Constitution:

 

i)             Approves the direct award of the contract for the set up and management of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 to Number 8 Events Ltd.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Thomas Cattermole


29/03/2021 - 20/2257 - Willesden Green Garage, St Pauls Avenue, London, NW2 5TG ref: 5485    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 30/03/2021

Effective from: 29/03/2021

Decision:

Granted planning permission subject to conditions and informatives as set out in the main report, including an additional condition and revisions to the conditions as set out in the supplementary report and a planning obligation for the applicant to carry out a traffic safety assessment for on-street servicing and to fund the provision of an on-street loading bay if subsequently deemed necessary.


29/03/2021 - 20/0700 - Land adjacent to Northwick Park Hospital, Nightingale Avenue, London, HA1 ref: 5484    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 30/03/2021

Effective from: 29/03/2021

Decision:

Granted planning permission subject to Stage 2 referral to the Mayor of London, s106 agreement and conditions and informatives as set out in the report.


29/03/2021 - Minutes of the previous meeting ref: 5483    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 30/03/2021

Effective from: 29/03/2021

Decision:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 March 2021 were approved as an accurate record.


26/03/2021 - Consideration of application for designation of Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area ref: 5482    Recommendations Approved

To consider the representations received in relation to the re-designation of a Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum, and their associated Neighbourhood Area.

Decision Maker: Strategic Director - Regeneration and Environment

Decision published: 26/03/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

Having considered the representations received and responses as set out in Appendix C of the accompanying report, the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment (in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning) approve the re-designation of the Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum and their Neighbourhood Area.

Wards affected: Harlesden; Kensal Green; Willesden Green;

Lead officer: Alice Lester