Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet CIL Committee - Wednesday 9th October, 2019 5.30 pm

Venue: Room 18.1, 18th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Contact: Kisi Smith-Charlemagne, Senior Committee and Governance Officer  Tel: 020 7641 2783; Email:  kscharlemagne@westminster.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To report any changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1       There were no changes to the membership.

2.

Declarations of Interests

To receive and record declarations of interest.

Minutes:

2.1       Councillor Richard Beddoe declared that some of the projects listed in item 4 of the agenda were in his ward.

 

2.2       Councillor Timothy Barnes also declared that some of the projects listed in item 4 of the agenda were in his ward.

 

2.3       Councillor Tim Mitchell declared that some of the projects listed in item 4 of the agenda were in his ward and that he was a Councillor Observer for The Northbank Improvement District in relation to their Low Emission Neighbourhood Street Greening proposal.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting 1 July 2019.

Minutes:

3.1       RESOLVED:

 

            That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2019 be approved for signature by the Chairman as a true and correct record of proceedings.

4.

WESTMINSTER CIL AND POOLED SECTION 106 FUNDING PROJECT ALLOCATIONS (Q4) pdf icon PDF 447 KB

The report seeks to allocate funding of CIL to infrastructure projects to support growth in Westminster following receipt of monies from development. CIL governance and spending procedures continue to be developed and implemented using existing resources. A report from the Director of Policy, Performance and Communications.

Minutes:

4.1       The Committee considered the proposed expenditure for the Community Infrastructure Levy’s (CIL) strategic portion. Members sought confirmation that Network Rail was not subject to any liability in respect of the Charing Cross Station Gate Replacement project, which had been confirmed with the Director of City Highways. It was also queried why the Restoration of the ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ project in Knightsbridge was listed both under the CIL’s strategic portion and under the Neighbourhood CIL portion.

 

4.2       In reply to issues raised by Members, Michael Clarkson (Principal Policy Officer) confirmed that Network Rail was not subject to any liability in respect of the Charing Cross Station Gate Replacement project. With regard to Restoration of the ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ project, he advised that it was listed under both the CIL’s strategic portion and the Neighbourhood CIL portion because the project had applied for activities that qualified for both streams of funding.

 

4.3       On behalf of the Committee, the Chairman indicated his approval for all projects listed under the CIL’s strategic portion.

 

4.4       The Committee then considered proposals for expenditure under the pooled Section 106 contributions. Councillor Tim Mitchell referred to the Carbon Offset funds mentioned in the report and commented that it was anticipated that more projects of this type would be proposed as the fund had built up over time and this would provide an opportunity to use funds for a wide range of programmes and projects. In turn, he commented that paying into the carbon offset funds would likely become a more expensive option for developers and they would be encouraged to include offsetting measures on their sites.

 

4.5       The Committee then considered proposals for expenditure under the Neighbourhood CIL portion. Members commented that for projects recommended for in principle allocations, that it would be useful in future to specify what area the funds were coming from. Members commented on the increasing number of Neighbourhood Plan projects that were coming forward. In relation to the Belgravia Neighbourhood Plan, it was suggested that areas like these may not require funding from this source as they would have access to other potential funding sources. Consideration as to what the formula is for allocating funds would need to be looked at more closely as more projects of this type were proposed and it was important that consistency was applied across the board. The Chairman advised that such matters would be considered under the CIL review. Councillor Mitchell advised that Councillor Heather Acton had indicated her support for The Bays London Street / South Wharf Road Public Realm, Burwood Place Greening, Connaught Village Green and Sussex Gardens / Edgware Road Junction Improvements projects in addition to the other Hyde Park Ward Members.

 

4.6       Members also welcomed the explanations given for Neighbourhood CIL proposals that were not recommended for approval.

 

4.7       RESOLVED:

 

That the Cabinet CIL Committee:

 

1.            Approved the expenditure of £11.089m from Westminster’s City CIL Strategic Portion as set out in Section 5.5 of this report and noted that this included the allocation of funding for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Any Other Business Which the Chairman Considers Urgent

Minutes:

5.1       There was no other business.