Agenda and draft minutes

Remote Video Conference, Full Council
Tuesday, 29th September, 2020 6.00 pm

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Note: In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this meeting is to be held as a remote video conference facilitated by the ZOOM video conferencing platform. 

Media

Items
No. Item

13.

Calling to Order of the Meeting

The meeting of the Council will be called to order to receive Her Worship The Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Minutes:

The meeting of the Council was called to order to receive Her Worship The Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

14.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members to determine the quorum of the meeting in accordance with Rule 7 of Part 4 of the Constitution.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillors Mrs S Z Haq and Mrs S B Morris.

15.

Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded that any declaration of interest should be made having regard to the Members’ Code of Conduct. In particular, Members must make clear the nature of the interest and whether it is 'pecuniary' or ‘non-pecuniary'.

Minutes:

Councillor M H Charlesworth declared a personal interest with regard to item 10 of the agenda, insofar as he operates a mobile food business within the Borough. It was confirmed by the Monitoring Officer that this did not preclude Cllr Charlesworth’s participation in the debate or voting thereon.

 

16.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To read, confirm and sign the minutes of the previous meeting in accordance with Rule 19 of Part 4 of the Constitution.

Minutes:

By affirmation of the meeting, it was

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT:

 

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 07 July 2020 be taken as read, confirmed and signed.

17.

Action List Arising from the Previous Meeting

There was no Action List arising from the previous meeting.

Minutes:

It was noted by Members that there was no action list arising from the previous meeting.

18.

Motions on Notice

To consider any Motions on Notice in accordance with Rule 14 of Part 4 of the Constitution.

18a.

Planning White Paper pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Minutes:

The Council gave consideration to the Motion on Notice as set out on pages 9-10 of the agenda, with reference to the Government White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’ and its proposals for reform to the planning process.

 

It was moved by K W Loydall JP, seconded by L A Bentley and

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT:

 

(i)       The Council will take part in the consultation on the planning proposals, and make representations against the proposals as outlined in the motion;

(ii)     The Council will write to and lobby our Member of Parliament, urging him to oppose these proposals and to circulate his reply to Members; and

(iii)   The Council will highlight its concerns over these proposals with the public and local residents.

19.

Petitions, Deputations and Questions

To receive any Petitions, Deputations and, or, to answer any Questions by Members or the Public in accordance with Rule(s) 11, 12, 13 and 10 of Part 4 of the Constitution and the Petitions Procedure Rules respectively.

Minutes:

None.

20.

Mayor's Announcements

To receive any announcements from the Mayor in accordance with Rule 2 of Part 4 of the Constitution.

20a.

List of Official Mayoral / Deputy Mayoral Engagements

All civic engagements undertaken by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been suspended during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Minutes:

By affirmation of the meeting, it was

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT:

 

The suspension of all civic engagements undertaken by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic be noted.

21.

Leader's Statement

To receive any statement from the Leader of the Council in accordance with Article 2.9.2(ii) of Part 2 of the Constitution.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented a Statement outlining his recent work, the administration’s plans and an overview of recent decisions taken since the previous meeting of the Council.

 

The Leader also reminded Members that they have the opportunity to put questions to him during his Leader’s Statement, and suggested that this right could be formalised when the next review of the Council’s Constitution takes place.

22.

Identified Employment Land Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) pdf icon PDF 231 KB

Report of the Planning Policy Manager

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council gave consideration to the report as set out on pages 11-59 of the agenda, which asked it to approve and adopt the Identified Employment Land Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

 

During the course of the debate K J Loydall JP requested that his dissatisfaction with the current planning process be placed on record, citing concerns over the lack of flexibility within adopted Council policies, as well as the undemocratic role of planning inspectors in overturning decisions which Members take in order to represent the voice of local residents.

 

It was moved by the Leader of the Council, seconded by L A Bentley and

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

The Identified Employment Land Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) be adopted.

 

Votes For:                 18

Votes Against:         0

Abstentions:                        6

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