Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 29th September, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Crematorium Meeting Room - North Devon Crematorium. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Community Services  01271 388253

Note: From the 7 May 2021, the law requires all councils to hold formal meetings in person. The Council is also ensuring that all venues used are Covid secure and that all appropriate measures are put in place. This meeting will be webcast on https://watch.obitus.com/. The username is dehi5848 and password is 186519. A recording will be available for 28 days following the meeting. There are limited available for members of the public to attend in person, therefore if you would like to book a place, please contact Corporate and Community Services by 12noon on Monday 27 September 2021 by telephoning 01271 388253 or emailing member.services@northdevon.gov.uk. For track and trace purposes you will be required to provide your name, address and contact telephone number. This data will be held by the Council for 21 days. 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

To approve as correct records the minutes of the meetings held on 21 July and 26 July 2021 (attached) pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Additional documents:

3.

Chair's announcements

4.

Business brought forward by or with the consent of the Chair

5.

Replies to any questions submitted by the Public and/or to receive Petitions under Part 4, Council Procedures Rules, Paragraphs 8 and 9 of the Constitution

6.

To consider motions of which notice has been submitted by Members in accordance with Part 4, Council Procedure Rules, Paragraph 11 of the Constitution

(a) To consider the following notice of motion from Councillor Walker

 

“This council will appoint suitable people to be able to enforce on the spot penalties for littering, including dog fouling. These people will be required to be trained to fulfil this role. They will be people who work in other roles in the North Devon Council or Parish and Town councils or other identified suitable organisations. This will support the incredible work currently done by our environment wardens.”

 

(b) To consider the following notice of motion from Councillor Patrinos

 

“The NDC planning department has recently been the subject of unjustified criticism and unsubstantiated allegations. Council wishes to express its support for the planning department as well as all the Council’s other officers in the way they carry out their duty in trying circumstances.”

 

(c) To consider the following notice of motion from Councillor Tucker

 

“I note that our M.P. and the Leader of the Council have praised in the press our housing team for doing a fantastic job under very demanding circumstances in helping local people get housed or remain in housing during the pandemic.

 

However, the current national planning policies are broken and the planning system is being dismantled step by step by a Government that instead relies on the economics of the market place and its distrust of public sector intervention.


This has resulted in the present inequitable and unbalanced housing market which relies on volume housebuilders' excessive and undeserved profit margins to drive housing supply which only benefit open market, second homes and airBnB and which leads to an increasingly unfair and unbalanced market. Affordable and social housing, however described, do not produce the inflated profit margins that underpin this broken system.

 

Furthermore, this private developers' market further benefits from the politically driven 5 Year Housing Supply contrivance that further skews the market to increase volume housebuilder assets with permission granted, more often than not on appeal, for housing on unplanned sites that are not plan-led, are unacceptable to local communities and do little to meet housing need.

 

This situation is causing great distress and action needs to be taken to rebalance the current state of affairs where many people are struggling to find suitable accommodation. The present situation is not because of a planning system which, contrary to the prevailing government view, works hard to allocate sufficient land for building but is due to landowners and developers' expectations of high profits whilst treating permissions as assets to be traded on the market rather than being built out and delivering housing, including affordable housing. 


Even more ridiculous, developers are rewarded for their unwillingness to implement their permissions as the Planning Inspectorate then penalise Council's (not the landowners or the developers) for not meeting their 'housing target' as the number of homes that have actually been built fall below the housing trajectory published in Councils' Local Plan. Witness the Torrington Appeal decision (Burwood Homes) which so soon after adoption of the North Devon and Torridge  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

7.

Declarations of Interest

(NB. Members only need to re-declare any interests previously declared at Committee and Sub-Committee meetings if the item is discussed at Council).

 

8.

Chair's replies to any questions to Council by Members submitted under Part 4, Council Procedures Rules, Paragraph 10 of the Constitution

9.

To agree the agenda between Part 'A' and Part 'B' (Confidential Restricted Information).

Part A

10.

North West Devon Police Commander Update

Superintendent Toby Davies, LPA Commander North and West Devon to report.

11.

Report of the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 404 KB

Report by Leader of the Council (attached).

12.

Questions by Members

Questions to the Leader or the Chair of a Committee submitted under Part 4, Council Procedure Rules, paragraph 10.4 of the Constitution.

13.

Ilfracombe Harbour Cove Fendering and Fisherman's Stores Enhancements pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Report by Ilfracombe Harbour Master (attached).

14.

Statement of Accounts 2020/21

14a

Report by Chief Financial Officer (attached) pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Chair of the Governance Committee to report the recommendations of the Governance Committee held on 27 September 2021 (to follow).

Additional documents:

14b

Annual Governance Statement 2020/21 (attached) pdf icon PDF 721 KB

To consider the recommendations of the Governance Committee held on 27 September 2021 (to follow).

Additional documents:

14c

Letter of Representation on behalf of the Council (attached) pdf icon PDF 2 MB

It is RECOMMENDED “that the letter of representation on behalf of the Council be approved and signed by the Chief Financial Officer”.  To consider the recommendation of the Governance Committee held on 27 September 2021 (to follow). 

15.

Performance and Financial Management Quarter 1 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 499 KB

(NOTE: A copy of the report that was considered by the Strategy and Resources Committee on 6 September 2021 is attached).

Additional documents:

15a

Report of the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 34 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 9 September 2021 (attached).

15b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 34 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 6 September 2021 (attached).

16.

Update to Constitution pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Report by Solicitor and Data Protection Officer (attached)

Additional documents:

17.

Report of Lead Member for Climate Change pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Report by Lead Member for Climate Change (attached)

18.

Appointment to the Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 303 KB

Joint report by Senior Solicitor/Monitoring Officer and Senior Corporate and Community Services Officer (attached).

19.

Report of Chair of Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 625 KB

Report by Chair of Governance Committee (attached).

20.

Minutes of Committees

Council is recommended to note the schedule of Committee minutes and approve recommendations as listed below:

 

20a

Building Control Joint Committee pdf icon PDF 217 KB

(i)             8 July 2021

20b

Governance Committee

(i)             27 September 2021 (to follow)

20c

Harbour Board pdf icon PDF 243 KB

(i)             10 August 2021

20d

Licensing and Community Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 230 KB

(i)             10 August 2021

20e

Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 315 KB

(i)             11 August 2021

(ii)            1 September 2021

(iii)          8 September 2021

Additional documents:

20f

Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 277 KB

(i)             9 September 2021

20g

Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 258 KB

(i)             2 August 2021

(ii)            6 September 2021

Additional documents:

Part B (Confidential Restricted Information)

Nil.