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Full Council - 23 October 2012

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House22nd October 2012

To: ALL MEMBERS OF THE THREE RIVERS DISTRICT COUNCIL

You are hereby summoned to attend an ordinary meeting of the Council to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 7.30pm for the purpose of transacting the under-mentioned business:-

A G E N D A

1.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.   MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 10 July 2012 (pages A1 to A12).

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3.   CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

4.   LEADER’S REPORT

5.   QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 16

       (None received).

6.   PETITIONS UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 19

        (None received.)

7.   DISCUSSION TOPIC UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 17

        (None received.)

8.    MOTIONS UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 11

(1)    Councillor Ann Shaw OBE, seconded by Councillors Martin Trevett and Chris Whately-Smith to move under Notice duly given as follows:

This Council wishes the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to note that TRDC believes that local people, through their democratically elected local representatives are the most suitable judges of what development is acceptable in an area.

TRDC considers the proposals to relax certain planning laws are against the spirit of the Localism Act 2011, ignore local democracy, will fail to protect local communities and will provoke neighbour disputes.

The Council strongly objects to the proposals to

  • allow home extensions up to 8 m to be permitted development
  • permit the waiving of rules and existing commitments on affordable housing,
  • undermine the existing S106 rules for the provision of facilities and services
  • make the Green Belt vulnerable

TRDC believes the failure to build new homes is the result of the stalled economy not the fault of the planning system – almost 400,000 homes have been given planning permission but building has yet to start on more than half of these permissions.

The Council resolves to write formally to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to convey this Council’s opposition to these proposals and request that they be withdrawn.

9.   RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

To consider the recommendations of the Executive Committee at its meeting held on 23 April 2012, 3 September 2012 and 15 October 2012.

EX114/11 – Proposed Procedures for Dealing with Applications for Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Areas

This report considered the procedures for processing applications for Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Areas and requested the Committee to consider delegating the power to designate Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Areas to the Director of Community and Environmental Services.

Members requested that they be informed of any application so that Members could advise residents if required.  They also wished for the decision to be made public as quickly as possible.

RECOMMENDED:-

(1)   that the regulations and procedures for the designation of Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Areas be noted; and

(2)   that, subject to Members being informed of applications and decisions being emailed to Members, the Council delegate the power to designate Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Areas to the Director of Community and Environmental Services.

EX30/12 – Budget Monitoring – Month 4 (July 2012)

EX39/12 – Budget Monitoring – Month 5 (August 2012)

EX44/12 – Local Plan Development Management Policies Submission

EX43/12 – Publication of Site Allocations Proposed Submission Document

10.  REPORTS AND QUESTIONS TO THE LEADER, CABINET AND CHAIRMEN OF THE POLICY AND SCRUTINY, AUDIT, PLANNING, LICENSING, SHARED SERVICES AND REGULATORY SERVICES COMMITTEES

LEADER OF THE COUNCIL

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

Reports from the Cabinet Member for Environment (Cllr Martin Trevett), Cabinet Member for Sustainability (Cllr Sara Bedford) and the Chairman of the Sustainable Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Alison Scarth) and questions.

LEISURE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY

Reports from the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community (Cllr Keith Williams), Cabinet Member for Community Safety (Cllr Roger Seabourne) and the Chairman of the Leisure and Community Safety Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Steve Drury) and questions.

PUBLIC SERVICES AND HEALTH

Reports from the Cabinet Member for Public Services and Health (Cllr Phil Brading) and the Chairman of the Public Services and Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst) and questions.

RESOURCES

Reports from the Cabinet Member for Resources (Cllr Matthew Bedford) and the Chairman of the Resources Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Sarah Nelmes) and questions.

SHARED SERVICES

Report from and questions to the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Shared Services Committee (Cllr Brian White)

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Report from and questions to the Chairman of the Audit Committee (Cllr Sarah Nelmes)

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Report from and questions to the Chairman of the Planning Committee (Cllr Chris Whately-Smith)

LICENSING

Report from and questions to the Vice-Chairman of the Licensing Committee (Cllr Les Mead)

REGULATORY SERVICES

Report from and questions to the Vice-Chairman of the Regulatory Services Committee (Cllr Les Mead)

11.  CHANGES TO COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

To note the following changes to the Committee Membership:

Licensing Committee - Cllr Roger Seabourne to replace Cllr Pam Hames.

12.    THRIVE HOMES

To note the resignations from the Thrive Homes Board of Councillors Pam Hames and Sarah Nelmes and Mr Richard Laval.

Due to a change in the Governance of Thrive Homes this Council now has four representatives on the Board of Thrive Homes not five as previously.

Therefore there are two vacancies to the filled.

13.   REPORTS OF MEETINGS

With the exception of the Executive, Regulatory, Licensing, and Audit Committees’ recommendations to Council, the following reports are submitted for information only:-

Audit Committee

27 September 2012

 

 

Executive Committee (Extraordinary)

16 August 2012

 

 

Executive Committee

3 September 2012

 

 

Executive Committee

15 October 2012

 

 

Joint Shared Services Committee (Watford)

24 September 2012

 

 

Leisure and Community Safety Policy and Scrutiny Committee

18 July 2012

 

 

Leisure and Community Safety Policy and Scrutiny Committee

19 September 2012

 

 

Planning Committee

19 July 2012

 

 

Planning Committee

16 August 2012

 

 

Planning Committee

13 September 2012

 

 

Public Services and Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee

12 July 2012

 

 

Public Services and Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee

6 September 2012

 

 

Resources Policy and Scrutiny Committee

27 September 2012

 

 

Sustainable Environmental Policy and Scrutiny Committee

17 July 2012

 

 

Sustainable Environmental Policy and Scrutiny Committee

18 September 2012

Chief Executive
15 October 2012

Three Rivers House
Northway
Rickmansworth
Herts WD3 1RL

NOTE AS TO PRAYERS: Prayers will be read at 7.25pm.  Members who are not already in their places are requested to refrain from entering the Chamber during the reading of prayers.  Sufficient time will be allowed for Members to do so after the close of prayers in order that the business of the meeting may begin at 7.30pm.