Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

54.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Rowbotham.

55.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 174 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 21st September 2021.

Minutes:

Resolved:
That the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held 21st September 2021 be approved as a correct record, subject to an amendment to minute 51 (Towns Fund – Award of Grant and Update) in that ‘the Cabinet agrees to accept the funding offer from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’ on the condition that the funds will not be for used for demolishing any residential properties.

56.

Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

57.

Urgent Items of Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

The Chair indicated that he had accepted a late item onto the Agenda: Upperbanks – Contract Modifications, to be considered as Agenda Item 8.

58.

Lower Falinge Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) pdf icon PDF 223 KB

Report of the Portfolio for Economy and Communications/Director of Economy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications/Director of Economy which summarised the outcome of a public consultation exercise on the draft Lower Falinge Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and the Council’s response to these. The report recommended that the Cabinet adopts the amended SPD in response to the outcomes of the consultation. In considering the report, Members were advised that the report had previously been submitted to Rochdale North Township Committee, on 13th September 2021 and to the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, on 28th September 2021 and the recommendations in the report had been supported by Members at these two meetings.

 

Alternatives considered:

If the SPD was not adopted it could undermine a co-ordinated place making strategy for Rochdale’s Lower Falinge area - instead any proposed re-development would have to be dealt with through stand-alone planning applications. Proposals for investment and development would also have to be considered on a piecemeal basis. Rehousing residents within the local area, close to their existing home and the Town Centre, would become challenging, and housing market failure would not be addressed. There was a risk that the opportunity for a significant number of new homes to be built within this area, adjacent to the Town Centre, if the SPD was not delivered.

 

Resolved:

1.     That Cabinet notes the representations received in response to the consultation on the draft SPD and agree to the Council’s amendments to these, as set out in the Schedule of Comments included within the Statement of Consultation.

2.     That Cabinet formally adopts the Lower Falinge Supplementary Planning Document SPD.

3.     That Cabinet agrees to delegate authority to the Head of Planning (subject to discussion with the Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications) to make typographical corrections and any other necessary non-material amendments to the Lower Falinge SPD prior to the formal publication of the SPD in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

 

Reasons for the resolution:

The report’s recommendations were presented to allow Cabinet to formally approve and adopt the Supplementary Planning Document under regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 and section 23 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, which will be afforded weight as a material planning consideration.

Eligible for call-in: No – this matter has already been considered by the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

59.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider that the press and public be excluded from the remaining part of the meeting pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that discussions may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

 

Reason for the resolution

Should the press and public remain during debate on this item there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Part 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

60.

Upperbanks - Contract modification

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications / Director of Economy

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a confidential report of the Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications/Director of Economy regarding Upperbanks (Rochdale Riverside Phase 2), Build Contract Modifications.

 

Alternatives considered:

Alternative options were detailed in the submitted report.

 

Resolved:

That the recommendation, detailed at paragraph 2.1 of the submitted report, be approved.

 

Reasons for the resolution:

To support the necessary appointment of a Development Manager.

Eligible for call-in:

No – this matter has been exempted from Call-in by the Chairs of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.