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31.

Mayor's Announcements

    Minutes:

    The Mayor advised of the recent deaths of former Councillor Ted Flynn who represented the Castleton Ward from May 1998 through to May 2011 and who had served as Cabinet member for Community Safety and Leisure and as Chair of Rochdale Planning Sub-Committee for several years; of Mr. Barrie Bernstein who was admitted as a Freeman of the Borough on 26th November 2006 in acknowledgement of his services to the community of the Borough, which included promotion of the establishment of the Rochdale Development Agency; of Mr. Alan Fenton, a former Treasurer of the Council; of Insp. Gary Hall, formerly of the Heywood and Middleton Division of Greater Manchester Police; and of the Rt Hon Michael Meacher, MP for the adjoining constituency of Oldham West and Royton who had died that day.

     

    The Council observed a period of silence in their memory.

32.

Additional Item of Business

33.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 26 KB

    Members are requested to indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they intend to declare an interest.  Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any personal or discloseable pecuniary interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

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    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interests.

34.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 78 KB

35.

Public Questions and Petitions

36.

Consideration of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 64 KB

    To consider a Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.

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    Minutes:

    The following Motion, of which Notice had been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, was moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Duckworth:-

     

    “In light of recent high profile and controversial planning applications and difficult planning committee meetings, we would urge that the Planning Department adopt consistency in all reports to Planning Committees and Sub-Committees which relate to proposed housing developments, clearly demonstrating the housing supply required to ensure greater transparency for both Councillors and the public of the Borough”.

     

    An amendment to the Motion was moved by Councillor Williams and seconded by Councillor Neil Emmott such that the Motion be approved subject to the deletion of all the words after “planning committee meetings” and the insertion of

     

    “Council notes with concern:

    1.    The continued erosion of local planning powers by Central Government and the ability of local people to determine important planning applications which have a major impact on the future of local communities.

    2.    The threat to our open green spaces and greenbelt by Government decisions which give priority to developers at the expense of the views and needs of the borough’s residents. 

     

    Council also notes the need to:-

    3.    Ensure the maximum transparency and consistency of information provided to councillors and members of the public.

    4.    The need for improved efficiency and consistency in dealing with planning applications throughout the borough and to minimise the Council’s risk, both legally and financially, in adhering to the Government’s centralised planning controls.

     

    To this end, Council instructs the Chief Executive to review the way in which the Council determines planning applications to ensure a more efficient and improved planning process, but also ensuring local residents and Councillors are given every opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process”.

     

    Upon being put to the vote the amendment was declared to be carried

     

    Upon being put to the vote the Motion was declared to be carried.  It was therefore

     

    DECIDED – That in light of recent high profile and controversial planning applications and difficult planning committee meetings, Council notes with concern:

    1.         The continued erosion of local planning powers by Central Government and the ability of local people to determine important planning applications which have a major impact on the future of local communities.

    2.         The threat to our open green spaces and greenbelt by Government decisions which give priority to developers at the expense of the views and needs of the borough’s residents. 

     

    Council also notes the need to:-

    3.         Ensure the maximum transparency and consistency of information provided to councillors and members of the public.

    4.         The need for improved efficiency and consistency in dealing with planning applications throughout the borough and to minimise the Council’s risk, both legally and financially, in adhering to the Government’s centralised planning controls.

     

    To this end, Council instructs the Chief Executive to review the way in which the Council determines planning applications to ensure a more efficient and improved planning process, but also ensuring local residents and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

Review of Political Balance on Committees 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

38.

Appointments Update pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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    Minutes:

    The Council considered amendments to the appointments made at the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 19th May 2015 and at the Council meeting held on 15th July 2015 and a number of further appointments that were required.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the following appointments made under delegated powers and effective from 27th August 2015 be noted:-

    (a)   Corporate and Overview Scrutiny Committee – Councillor Rush appointed to the vacant position;

    (b)   Joint Consultative Committee – Councillor Rush appointed in place of Councillor Farnell;

    (c)   Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Representative Body – Councillor Rush appointed in place of Councillor Mir;

    (d)   Employment and Equalities Committee – Councillor Rush appointed by substitute member in place of Councillor Sultan Ali;

    (2) it be noted that Councillor Rush’s position on the Planning and Licensing Committee results from a Labour Group, rather than Liberal Democrat Group, nomination

    (3) Councillor Dearnley be appointed in place of Councillor Holly on the Borough Regeneration Steering Group;

    (4) Councillor Rowbotham to be appointed to act as the Council’s AGMA Scrutiny Link.

39.

Association of Greater Manchester Authorities - Membership pdf icon PDF 130 KB

40.

Council Constitution pdf icon PDF 133 KB

41.

Safer Communities Plan 2015-18 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

42.

Overview and Scrutiny Committees Work Programmes 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

43.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 78 KB

    To receive quarterly reports from Members of the Cabinet, Chairs of Township Committees and Chairs of Overview and Scrutiny Committees and to permit questions from Members of the Council.

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    Minutes:

    Members presented their Quarterly Reports and received questions from Members of the Council as follows:-

     

    (a)          The Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Regeneration

    (b)          The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services

    (c)          The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    (d)          The Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing

    (e)          The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    (f)           The Cabinet Member for Corporate and Regulation

    (g)          The Cabinet Member for Finance

    (h)          The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities

    (i)            The Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment

    (j)            The Chair of Heywood Township Committee

    (k)          The Chair of Middleton Township Committee

    (l)            The Chair of Pennines Township Committee

    (m)         The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee

    (n)          The Chair of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (o)          The Chair of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (p)          The Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (q)          The Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester

    (r)           The Representative to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

    (s)           The Representative to the Armed/Reserve Forces

    (t)            The Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

     

    DECIDED – That the reports be noted.

     

44.

Attendance at Meetings

    Minutes:

    The Head of Legal Governance Reform invited the Council to consider authorising an absence from attendance at meetings in accordance with S85(1) of the Local Government Act 1972.

     

    DECIDED – That, pursuant to s85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Council authorises the absence from meeting of the authority of Councillor Murphy on the grounds of ill health beyond the six months specified under the above Act.

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Attendance at meetings pdf icon PDF 132 KB