Decisions

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Decisions published

03/08/2022 - PaddingtonNow BID renewal proposal - 2023 - 2028 ref: 1693    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development

Decision published: 03/08/2022

Effective from: 03/08/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has endorsed the Paddington Business Improvement District Limited’s(trading as PaddingtonNowBID) renewalproposal for 2023 - 2028.  

 

Reasons for Decision:

BIDs can continue for an unlimited number of terms, providing they are successful in their ballots. Paddington BID Ltd have submitted their renewal proposal to the City Council for its consideration to enter into its fifth term. The City Council is statutorily bound to consider the BID’s proposal and subject to its approval, to hold a ballot on the BID’s behalf of Paddington BID Ltd. 

Wards affected: Hyde Park;

Lead officer: Rachel Thevanesan


03/08/2022 - Baker Street Quarter Partnership BID Renewal & Alteration Proposal - 2023 - 2028 ref: 1692    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval from the Cabinet Member on the Baker Street Quarter Partnership BID renewal and alteration proposal 2023 – 2028.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development

Decision published: 03/08/2022

Effective from: 03/08/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has endorsed the Baker Street Quarter Partnership BID renewal and alteration proposal.

 

Reason for Decision:

BIDs can continue for an unlimited number of terms, providing they are successful in their ballots. BSQP have submitted their renewal and alteration proposal to the City Council for its consideration to enter into its third term. The City Council is statutorily bound to consider the proposal and, subject to its approval, to hold a ballot on behalf of BSQP.

 

 

Wards affected: Marylebone; Regent's Park; West End;

Lead officer: Rachel Thevanesan


01/08/2022 - Neighbourhood CIL Allocations (Summer 2022) ref: 1691    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development

Decision published: 01/08/2022

Effective from: 09/08/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the recommendations in respect of the Neighbourhood CIL applications set out in the report.

 

Reason for Decision:

To ensure robust and effective expenditure and reporting in line with the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) and in accordance with the council’s strategic priorities, CIL spending policy statement and its framework for resource allocation and management.  

 

Lead officer: Amit Mistry


29/07/2022 - Re-designation of the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum ref: 1688    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development

Decision published: 29/07/2022

Effective from: 29/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has agreed to re-designate the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum for a further period of 5 years.  

 

Reasons for Decision:

Legislation states that a local planning authority may designate an organisation or body as a neighbourhood forum if the authority is satisfied that a number of conditions (in the table below) have been met. The existing Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum meets all of these conditions, and there has been no change in this since the original designation. 

 

Consultation on the re-designation of the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum highlighted support for the application, with no objections or competing applications.

 

Wards affected: Hyde Park;

Lead officer: Aidan Marshall


29/07/2022 - Approval of recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Review Panel 14 June 2022 ref: 1689    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 29/07/2022

Effective from: 29/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 14 June 2022.

 

Reasons for Decision:

The Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in the exempt Appendix A.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gwyn Thomas


29/07/2022 - Approval of recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Review Panel 05 July 2022 ref: 1690    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 29/07/2022

Effective from: 29/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 05 July 2022.

 

Reasons for Decision:

The Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in the exempt Appendix A.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gwyn Thomas


27/07/2022 - Funding for Purchases Under the Right to Buy, Buy Back Programme ref: 1677    Recommendations Approved

The Decision seeks agreement for the Council to enter into a funding agreement to secure grant funding towards to costs of affordable homes being delivered by Westminster as part of the GLA’s Right to Buy, By Back Programme.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Decision:

1.        Recommendations

 

That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform:

 

1.1      Approves the Council entering a grant funding agreement with the GLA to secure capital grant funding of £1.7m towards the delivery of 17 social rented homes under the Right to Buy Back (RTBB) programme.

 

1.2    The availability of capital funding for this programme including the   council’s own funding of £7.1m as set out in this report is noted

 

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1      Funding from the GLA supports WCC’s strategic approach to deliver additional affordable homes in the city, including social rented homes.

 

2.2      The homes delivered under this programme will be provided as social rent tenancies and will be made available to either existing council tenants who have priority for a transfer or to homeless households.

 

2.3      Capital funding provided will increase the number of homes that can be purchased for those households in social housing need.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


27/07/2022 - Changes to the Ward Budget Programme 2022 - 2026 ref: 1678    Recommendations Approved

For the Cabinet Member to approve recommended changes to the Ward Budget Programme 2022 – 2026.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Protection

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Decision:

Recommendations

2.1      The Cabinet Member approved the following changes with an implementation date as soon as possible.

a)    Updated guidance for the overall programme.

b)    Change in delegation for sign off of release of funds over £10,000; from Cabinet Member to the Head of Governance and Councillor Liaison Team.

c)     Applicants to the Programme will be able to ask for a pre-award of funding, of up to 50% of the total project costs.

d)    Applicants will be asked to promote their funding award on their social media accounts as part of the funding agreement.

 

 

3.       Reasons for Decision 

 

3.1     The Programme is expected to continue to address local ward priorities. The minor changes to the process will ensure that applicants are better accommodated by the Programme, the process is more efficient, and it is better promoted.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Janis Best


25/07/2022 - Disposal - 1, St Mary’s Terrace, W2 1SU ref: 1676    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 25/07/2022

Effective from: 02/08/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the disposal of 1, St Mary’s Terrace to Mouskos LLP, for the sum not less than £3,600,000 to the preferred bidder as set out in the exempt Appendix 1.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

Following recommendation by Strategic Property Board in July 2021 and a Cabinet Member briefing on 21 March 2022, the Council’s Head of Capital Programmes appointed an agent (Knight Frank LLP) to promote a disposal on the open market.

 

A guide price of offers above £3 million was stipulated with initial offers received on the 1 June 2022.  Following further review and briefing to the Cabinet Member on the 29 June 2022, BAFOs were received on the 4 July 2022.  This decision will generate a capital receipt which was not foreseen in the Council Capital Strategy at the time of the March 2022 Full Council report.

 

 

 

Wards affected: Little Venice;

Lead officer: Beth McNeil


22/07/2022 - Award of Contract for Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Residents ref: 1675    Recommendations Approved

Award of contract to Siemens for the provision, maintenance and management of approximately 1,000 shared power supply electric vehicle charging points for resident use on the public highway.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality

Decision published: 22/07/2022

Effective from: 30/07/2022

Decision:

   1       Recommendations

1.1      That this report be confidential pursuant to paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 because it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of particular person (including the authority holding that information) under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972  which is the subject of this report.

 

1.2      That the Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality approve the recommendation to award the Call-Off Concession Contract for the Provision of Electric Vehicle (EV) shared supply charging points to Siemens Plc for a period of three years from the commencement date in 2022 with the option to extend by up to two further years.

 

1.3      The call-off contract award sum for the goods and services is £ (redacted) million  which incorporates match funding in the sum of (redacted)  from the contractor.

 

 

   2      Reasons for Decision 

2.1      The decision was taken to proceed with a direct award of a call-off concession contract under the Go-ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS)/TfL EV Charging Infrastructure Framework Agreement (tfl_scp_001560, ‘the GULCS Framework’, on the basis of Siemens Plc offering some match funding and continuity of services given that they have provided and installed a high number of charge points within the Council.  For this round of charge point installations, the Council is looking for the in-column charge point to make up the bulk of the order.  This unit sits inside the lamp column and has minimal impact on the streetscape as a result.  Siemens are the only supplier on the GULCS Framework to offer the in-column charge point solution (as set out  in the GULCS Framework rate card listing the products on offer and with these forming the majority share of the requested services, they therefore offer the lowest overall cost to the Council.  The direct award of the call-off contract is permitted in accordance with paragraph 3.16 of the GULCS Framework terms..

 

2.2      Siemens Plc is currently the only operator on the GULCS Framework to offer an in-column lamp column charge point, which is both the option preferred by the Council’s lighting engineers and is consistent with the Council’s  approach to de-cluttering the streets wherever possible.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Damon Budds


13/07/2022 - Seymour Centre – Appointment of a Contractor under a Pre-Construction Services Agreement ref: 1674    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 13/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision

The Cabinet Member has agreed to the contract award appointment of Wilmott Dixon Construction Ltd as the preferred contractor for the Seymour Centre project to deliver pre-contract services in respect of the first stage of a two stage design and build construction works. 

 

Reason for Decision

A compliant and comprehensive tender process has been completed to test the market and to identify the contractor best suited to deliver the services required.  To take a different approach or not appoint would mean the scheme stalling.  The completion date would be seriously impacted and the cost would increase.  This appointment is therefore critical for maintaining the programme and delivering the project to quality and cost.

 

 

Wards affected: Marylebone;


08/07/2022 - Exercise of an option to acquire the freehold interest in a WCC leased site at Mandela Way, London, SE1 5SS for £1 ref: 1673    Recommendations Approved

WCC own a long leasehold interest in a circa 5.5 acre distribution warehouse site on Mandela Way in the London Borough of Southwark.  The lease contains an option for WCC to acquire the freehold interest in the site for £1.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 08/07/2022

Effective from: 08/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of decision

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform has approved the option to acquire the freehold interest in the WCC leased site at Mandela Way for £1. 

 

Reasons for decision

Under the WCC constitution, Cabinet Member approval is required to acquire a freehold interest in land. 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Rupert Grass


04/07/2022 - Approval of Recommendations from the Rating Advisory Panel - 19/04/22 ref: 1671    Recommendations Approved

Approval of recommendations from the Rating Advisory Panel of 19 April 2022.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 04/07/2022

Effective from: 04/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 19th April 2022 and determined the applications for NNDR Discretionary and Hardship relief set out in Appendix A.

 

Reason for Decision:

The Rating Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A. 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


04/07/2022 - Appointment of Reactive Repairs Contractor ref: 1672    Recommendations Approved

The appointment of a reactive repairs contractor.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 04/07/2022

Effective from: 12/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the award the contract for Reactive Repairs and Maintenance to Galliford Try Facilities Management Ltd for a period of three years with the ability to extend for a further two years. 

 

Reasons for Decision: 

The management of the Leisure and Schools estate recently transferred to Corporate Property as part of the move to a centralised Corporate Landlord model.  A procurement exercise has been conducted via the Direct Award provision through the Fusion21 Framework.  This Cabinet Member Report sets out the procurement process undertaken and rationale for recommending Galliford Try Facilities Management Ltd to be awarded the contract for reactive repairs. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Claire Nangle


01/07/2022 - NNDR Localism Relief Extension for Meanwhile Use Activations (Phase 2) ref: 1670    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 01/07/2022

Effective from: 01/07/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision

The Cabinet Member has approved the extension of the Business Rate NNDR “Localism” allowance of a 100% of the net business rate liability under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, as amended by the Localism Act 2011 to the ratepayers of meanwhile use activations as listed in the report.

 

Reason for Decision

The previous NNDR Localism relief enabled the council to deliver 12 activations, however the fact the previous relief ended on the 31st March 2022 presents challenges for current activations that are operational and which have received authorisation from the council and property owners.

From the 1st April 2022, the project partnership fee contributions increased due to the Central Government’s rates holiday period ending on 31st March 2022; meaning from 1st April 2022 properties will be eligible for a 50% retail discount, capped at £110,000 per business.  Property owners are aware that these factors will reduce the level of localism discount which is currently covered by the project partnership fee, thus increasing the project partnership fee.

Wards affected: St James's; West End;

Lead officer: Haylea Asadi


01/07/2022 - Alternative Provision and Behaviour Outreach Contract Extension ref: 1660    Recommendations Approved

The key decision is seeking approval to invoke the permissible three-year extension for Alternative Education provision with Ormiston Academy Trust (OAT) from August 2022 to August 2025, and a one-year extension for Behaviour Outreach service with OAT from August 2022 to August 2023.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure

Decision published: 01/07/2022

Effective from: 09/07/2022

Decision:

2.        Recommendations

To approve the three-year permissible contract extension for the delivery of AP education from Beachcroft AP academy by OAT. The extension period runs from September 2022 through to August 2025.

To approve the one-year permissible contract extension for the delivery of behaviour outreach services by OAT. Behaviour outreach services include the delivery of in-school interventions for Primary Schools, and offsite interventions for Secondary pupils, delivered from the Westminster Education Centre. The extension period runs from September 2022 to August 2023.

As previously explored, the options available to us for the Alternative Provision contract are limited, due to the way that education provision is funded. Alternate options for both areas of provision have been explored and are outlined further below.

Option 1: Do nothing. Allow the contracts to expire and have no formalised commissioning arrangements from September 2022 – not recommended

Prior to the current contract with OAT, our former AP and behaviour outreach service provider had SLA with the local authority. The SLA did not facilitate the level of oversight and scrutiny that the current contract provides. Allowing the contract to expire would create unnecessary risk and any alternate arrangement would be less formal and less favourable than extending the current contracts.

The local authority would still be required by the DfE to provide top-up funding; however, we would have no contractual mechanism to oversee this spend.

Option 2: Undertake a competitive procurement exercise to award new contracts - not recommended

As explored earlier, competitive procurement is not appropriate for the AP contract, given the way schools are funded and precedents set elsewhere.

The timelines for a competitive procurement exercise for the behaviour outreach contract, without utilising the entirety of the extension, do not align with the start of the school year. As such, there would be a risk of change in provider part-way through a school year. This would likely cause disruption to both learners and schools.

We are currently undertaking a comprehensive review of our behaviour outreach offer, to inform our commissioning strategy moving forwards. Extending the contract for another year will allow us to complete this work and develop a robust approach to the delivery of these services from September 2023 onwards.

Option 3: Extend the contract with OAT for three-years for AP top-up funding and a one-year extension for the delivery of behaviour outreach - recommended

This approach is being recommended as it is in line with DfE guidance from a procurement perspective as well as supporting the SEND Green paper recommendations on ensuring sustainability for AP institutions.

This approach will ensure the ongoing delivery of a highly valued local resource, ensuring that vulnerable young people have access to established local provision.

The extension of the behaviour outreach contract for a full year will provide time for officers to complete a thorough review of behaviour outreach models in order to make recommendations on a long-term commissioning strategy.

Reasons for Decision 

 

The Alternative Provision top up funding

The local authority has a statutory duty to arrange and fund full-time education provision for children and young people who are permanently excluded from school and to fund education provision for children and young people who receive a fixed term exclusion (from the sixth day). This contract will enable us to fulfil this statutory duty ensuring that sufficient top-up funding is available to meet the needs of young people with complex needs who are unable to attend their mainstream setting.

Given the way in which AP is funded, we have limited discretion on how we allocate funding. Whilst we could theoretically divert top-up funding to a different institution, this would likely be an expensive way of funding statutory places, would require pupils to travel to schools outside their borough and would financially destabilise local provision.

The DfE guidance states that ‘the commissioning by local authorities of SEN and AP placements, funded from the high needs block of the DSG, is not regarded as a public service contract for the purposes of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.’ It is therefore their position that we are not required to competitively tender provision of this type.[1]

Over the initial 12-month period OAT have demonstrated a commitment to partnership working. During this time, they have improved the timeliness and detail in termly monitoring returns and continued to work with us to explore new funding models with schools to reduce local authority spend on non-statutory provision. Beachcroft Academy is rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted and both the on-site and outreach offer is highly regarded by schools. 

The SEND Green paper (2022) sets out the importance of creating stability within AP settings to ensure providers can develop their AP offer to meet local need. Extending the contract for a three-year period supports this objective, enabling us to work in partnership with OAT and schools on the development of a high quality, sustainable AP offer.

Behaviour outreach

Whilst the majority of the behaviour outreach contract is not statutory, it is an essential component of our local offer, supporting us to fulfil our ambition to improve outcomes for children and young people who are excluded, reduce exclusions further through early intervention and support and improve reintegration rates from alternative provision back into mainstream education. The offer has reached over 400 pupils this school year across Bi-borough, through a combination of individual interventions, group interventions and managed intervention centre placements. All of these interventions are highly valued by schools across the Borough

The behaviour outreach contract does not receive place funding in the same way and therefore we have more freedom to appraise different delivery and funding models. However, we recommend that the current provision is extended for another academic year to allow officers time to complete work that is already underway to explore the most appropriate approach for the delivery of behaviour outreach in the future. This will include recommendations on the best commissioning strategy and will be completed within the next six months.

 



[1] High needs funding: 2022 to 2023 operational guidance High needs funding: 2022 to 2023 operational guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Annabel Saunders


24/06/2022 - Writing off of irrecoverable debt (quarterly report) - Quarter 4 2021/22 ref: 1658    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 24/06/2022

Effective from: 24/06/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision

 

The Cabinet Member has approved the write off of debts over £100k as set out in section 5, having taken all appropriate action.

 

Reason for Decision

The recommendation to write-off the amounts detailed in this report is proposed as all other avenues available to the Council for the recovery of these debts have been exhausted, including, where appropriate, the issue of court and distress proceedings. 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley


23/06/2022 - Nomination and Appointment of Local Authority School Governors ref: 1657    Recommendations Approved

arrangements for the appointment of school Governors

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure

Decision published: 23/06/2022

Effective from: 01/07/2022

Decision:

2.        Recommendations

2.1      That the arrangements for the appointment of school Governors including       Academies, as set out in Appendix A, be approved.

 

2.2       That the Senior School Governance Adviser will make a recommendation to the Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning relating to the appointment of LA governors in nominated Schools, and Academy governors.  The Cabinet Member will then make the final and formal decision relating to the nomination or appointment, as appropriate.

 

2.3      That the delegation to the Local Authority Governor Nomination Panel in

respect of making recommendations to the Cabinet Member in respect of the appointment of LA Governors be formally withdrawn.

 

3.        Reasons for Decision

 

3.1      The recommendations in this report arise from a review of the arrangements for the nomination and appointment of governors to LA maintained schools and Academies.

 

3.2      It is becoming more difficult to recruit governors and there is a need to

           streamline the process to ensure potential governors are appointed to   

           Westminster schools as quickly as possible once a vacancy arises.

 

3.3      As the panel currently only meets twice a year as very few vacancies arise each year, this means there is a delay in replacing governors who resign or whose term of office expires.

 

3.4      The number of vacancies considered by the panel has been reducing and removing delegation from Local Authority Governor Nomination Panel, which consists of three Cllrs, and making approval by the Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure, will ensure the process is more efficient and also allow for a more productive use of Cllrs time.   

 

3.5      The Members of the Local Authority Governor Nomination Panel support the proposal.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jackie Saddington


22/06/2022 - SEND Passenger Transport (Taxis), Travel Care Services Framework for vulnerable Children, Young People & Adults ref: 1654    Recommendations Approved

To procure a Passenger Transport (Taxis) & Travel Care Framework for Vulnerable Children, Young People & Adults for Westminster City Council and The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Decision Maker: Bi-Borough Executive Director of Childrens Services

Decision published: 22/06/2022

Effective from: 30/06/2022

Decision:

RECOMMENDATIONS 

It is recommended that the Executive Director of Children’s Services: 

1.     Approves the establishment of a Passenger Transport Taxi Framework, to be used by both WCC and RBKC via an Inter-Authority agreement. 

2.     Admit the following providers onto the Framework, for the delivery of Passenger Transport (Taxi) and Travel Care Services, for the period 1st August 2022, until the 31st July 2026.  

Lot 1- recommended providers:  

·    Abbey Wood Station Minicabs Limited (Abbey Wood) 

·    Airport Transfer Cars Ltd  

·    Cascade Cars Service Ltd  

·    GETT (UK) 

·    Green Tomato Cars Limited 

·    Kush Cars Limited  

·    London Hire Community Services Limited  

·    London VIP Cars Services Limited 

·    Ollimpicars Ltd  

·    HATS group Limited 

·    PG Passenger Services Limited  

 

Lot 2 – recommended providers  

·    Abbey Wood Station Minicabs Limited 

·    Cascade Cars Services Ltd  

·    GETT (UK) 

·    Green Tomato Cars Limited 

·    London VIP Cars Limited  

·    Ollimpicars Ltd  

·    HATs group Limited  

 

REASONS FOR DECISION 

1.     The current Passenger Transport Framework (Taxis) is due to expire on the 31st July 2022. There is a need to put in place the new Framework to ensure continuity of service. 

2.     Local Authorities have a statutory duty to provide travel assistance for Children and Young People with special educational needs & disabilities assessed as eligible, as per the Education Act 1996. The Councils Travel Assistance Policies set out these duties. 

3.     For Adults, the Care Act 2014 stipulates a duty to Local Authorities to meet assessed needs, and while transport is not a prescribed provision, it may be one way of meeting people’s assessed needs and preferences relating to their personal outcomes towards independence and engagement with the community. 

4.     The service will provide transport for eligible residents in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council, and a Collaboration Agreement between the two Councils will enable them to operate effectively under the Framework. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Annabel Saunders


20/06/2022 - Pimlico Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement ref: 1653    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development

Decision published: 20/06/2022

Effective from: 28/06/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision:

The Cabinet Member has agreed:

A)    That the recommendations of the Examiner as set out in the council’s Decision Statement (see Appendix 1) and Examiner’s Report (see Appendices 3 and 4) be accepted.

B)    That in accordance with the Examiner’s recommendation, the Pimlico Neighbourhood Plan (submission version, see Appendix 2), as modified within the Examiner’s Report proceed to local referendum.

C)   That in accordance with the Examiner’s recommendation, the referendum area be restricted to the neighbourhood area designated by the council on 4th September 2013 as the Pimlico Neighbourhood Area.

D)   That in the event of a positive referendum result, the Executive Director of Innovation and Change be authorised to publish an Adoption Statement and formally ‘make’ the plan.

Reasons for Decision

The Examiner’s recommendations will ensure the Pimlico Neighbourhood Plan is clear and effective as a framework for making decisions on planning applications in the Pimlico Neighbourhood Area. The recommendations address the concerns raised by the council during consultation and examination, and other stakeholders during consultation, and ensure the draft plan meets the ‘basic conditions’ prescribed by legislation.

 

Before a neighbourhood plan can be made, it is a statutory requirement that it is first subject to local referendum within the Neighbourhood Area, and any additional areas as considered appropriate by the Examiner. Before this happens, the council must publish a Decision Statement setting out the actions it proposes to take in response to the Examiner’s Report. Where the council decides to proceed to referendum, in the case of a successful majority vote in favour of the plan, the council must formally ‘make’ the plan.

 

Wards affected: Pimlico North; Pimlico South;

Lead officer: Marina Molla Bolta


08/06/2022 - Lease Renewal - Public Open Space at Kensal Wharf, opposite 598-606 Harrow Road, London W10 ref: 1651    Recommendations Approved

This decision supports the City for All objectives, in securing a key landholding that facilitates pedestrian and wheelchair access to a Grand Union Canal bridge, linking the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 08/06/2022

Effective from: 16/06/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision

The report recommends renewing the Council’s lease of the subject land for a term of 125 years and otherwise based on the terms detailed in the exempt background paper. 

 

Reason for Decision

Under the WCC constitution Cabinet Member approval is required to enter into a lease of more than 25 years (the proposed lease term in this case is 125 years). 

Wards affected: Queen's Park;

Lead officer: Claire Barrett


07/06/2022 - 9 Woodfield Road London W9 2BA ref: 1650    Recommendations Approved

The decision to proceed with the recommendation will allow Westminster City Council (WCC) to benefit from the construction of new modern depot facility to be utilised by the Council’s Street Cleansing Unit together with the provision of a hotel, office and leisure facilities thus supporting the delivery of the Councils ‘City for All’ objectives through this development and land swap. This development will provide employment and will go some way to regenerate the immediate area.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 07/06/2022

Effective from: 07/06/2022

Decision:

Summary of Decision 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform has approved the terms of the Deed of Variation to the S.106 Agreement and authorised that the Council, as freehold owner of the depot site, enter into this agreement. 

 

Reasons for Decision   

TheS.106 Agreement had been entered into by both WCC as landowner and WCC as theLocal Planning Authority. The Local Planning Authority’s authority to enter into the agreement derives from the Planning Applications Sub-Committee resolving to approve the planning permission. WCC as landowner,requires a separate Cabinet Member approval to amend the terms of this S.106 Agreement.  

 

Wards affected: Westbourne;

Lead officer: Claire Barrett


01/06/2022 - Council Tax Rebate scheme - to provide £150 Energy Support to eligible residents ref: 1649    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Council’s Discretionary scheme under the government’s Council tax Rebate scheme

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 01/06/2022

Effective from: 11/06/2022

Decision:

Recommendation:

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform has approved the proposed discretionary scheme as outlined in Section 5 of the report.

 

Reason for decision:

 

The government has requested local authorities to administer a payment scheme to assist eligible residents with increasing energy costs.  The scheme requires local authorities to make payments of £150 to eligible residents under the Council Tax Rebate scheme.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley


31/05/2022 - Household Support Fund Extension ref: 1648    Recommendations Approved

To set out the council’s spend of the Household Support Fund Extension April – September 2022

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 31/05/2022

Effective from: 10/06/2022

Decision:

Recommendation

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform has approved the utilisation each of the processes outlined in Section 4 of this report to allocate the council’s funding allocation (£1,951,507) to the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

 

Reason for the decision

The Government has provided local authorities with a broad discretion as to how to allocate their funding within the ‘Household Support Fund (1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022): final guidance for county councils and unitary authorities in England’.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley


23/09/2020 - Westminster's Housing Performance Performance 2020 ref: 1239    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit and Performance Committee

Made at meeting: 23/09/2020 - Audit and Performance Committee

Decision published: 05/05/2022

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

7.1      The Committee received an overview of the standards and delivery of improvements in the housing service, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, from Neil Wightman, (Director of Housing).

 

7.2      The Committee discussed issues including significant reductions in repairs during the pandemic, communications with tenant residents, dealing with anti-social behaviour; and engagement relating to tenancy fraud. The Committee heard that major works had had to stop as residents were on site due to Covid-19 restrictions and that a larger number of people were claiming Universal Credit Benefit.

 

7.3      The Committee further discussed the work of a scrutiny task group committee in 2018 which had examined City West Homes (CWH), the corporate culture and staff turnover at CWH and resourcing within the Council to deal with tenancy fraud. Neil Wightman advised the Committee that the City Council was sufficiently resourced and David Hughes observed that the Fraud Team worked closely with the Housing team.

 


05/04/2022 - 2 Ashbridge Street London NW8 8DS ref: 1638    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (2)

Made at meeting: 05/04/2022 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (2)

Decision published: 03/05/2022

Effective from: 05/04/2022

Decision:

Erection of an electrical substation to rear of new building and associated works including protective fencing.

 

Charles Winch addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the Application.

 

RESOLVED: (For Councillors Robert Rigby, Tony Devenish, Councillor Mark Shearer: Against Councillor Tim Roca)

 

1.     That conditional permission under Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 be granted.

 

2.     That an Informative be included which encourages the use of greening on the External Treatment.

Wards affected: Church Street;


29/04/2022 - NNDR Hardship Relief Awards (2020/21 - Third Tranche) ref: 1646    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 29/04/2022

Effective from: 29/04/2022

Decision:

Recommendations

The Cabinet Member has approved the award of NNDR Hardship relief to the businesses shown at Appendix B and the arrangements for hardship applications to revert to pre-pandemic arrangements for all applications received since 31st March 2022.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The proposed awards have each met the mandatory requirements of the NNDR Hardship Relief scheme specific to 2020/21 financial year and have been given an evaluation score sufficient to qualify for an award.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley


26/04/2022 - Approval of Recommendations from the Rating Advisory Panel - 08/03/22 ref: 1645    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 26/04/2022

Effective from: 26/04/2022

Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 8th March 2022 and determined the applications for NNDR Discretionary and Hardship relief set out in Appendix A.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The Rating Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A.

 

Lead officer: Gemma Williams


27/09/2021 - Minutes ref: 1459    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Public Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 27/09/2021 - Adults and Public Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 25/04/2022

Effective from: 27/09/2021

Decision:

3.1.      The minutes of the meeting on 15th July 2021 were approved after requests for corrections.

 

3.2.      The first correction was in section 4.8 of the minutes to clarify which ‘Harris School’ was referred too. It was agreed that the minutes would be updated to include ‘Harris School Westminster Sixth Form.’

 

3.3.      The second correction was in section 6.1 of the minutes in reference to the discussion on the Healthwatch report. The Chairman wanted it reflected in the minutes that the Committee wanted more quantitative data from Healthwatch. It was discussed that Healthwatch has limited resources and might not be able to provide aggregated data, but they do provide qualitative analysis.

 

3.4.      The third correction was in section 7.8 of the minutes in reference to the use of the word ‘unanimous’, this word will be removed. The Chairman also asked that, when referencing the closure of the Gordon Hospital, the word, “temporary” be inserted in, so that the minutes read, “the temporary closure of the Gordon Hospital”.


27/09/2021 - Obesity and Metabolic Diseases Report ref: 1461    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Public Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 27/09/2021 - Adults and Public Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 25/04/2022

Effective from: 27/09/2021

Decision:

6.1.      The Committee received a report from Anna Raleigh, Director of Public Health, on obesity in Westminster. It was noted that the Council had launched the “Tackling Childhood Obesity Together” programme which demonstrated that a place-based approach was required and formed the basis of the current Change4Life Programme.

 

6.2.      The Committee reflected that tackling obesity was complex and multifaceted. Members discussed what levers the Council had to involve businesses.

 

6.3.      The Committee discussed the importance of joint working between Council directorates. Officers provided an example of effective cross-council working such as ensuring streets are well-lit so that residents felt safer to walk around the City.

 

6.4.      The Committee reflected on the Council’s physical health offer. Concerns were raised by Members regarding the lack of free indoor leisure activities during the winter and whether more after school clubs could be encouraged.

 

6.5.      Members further raised concerns that the report focused too much on encouraging physical activity and not enough on educating residents about healthy diets. Officers informed the Committee that the Change4Life programme was a whole-family approach and focused on supporting children, young people, families and carers to lead healthier and happier lives.

 

6.6.      The Committee also discussed the difficulty of reducing obesity rates. Senior Officers reflected that the Council needed to change its approach to tackling obesity and that a whole-systems approach would be required, with multi-agency working across the CCG and Northwest London.

 

Actions

1.         Scrutiny Officers to begin scoping for a Task Group on obesity in Westminster.


25/04/2022 - Membership ref: 1644    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Appointments Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 25/04/2022 - Appointments Sub-Committee

Decision published: 25/04/2022

Effective from: 28/04/2022


25/04/2022 - Award of New Parking Technology Contract ref: 1642    Recommendations Approved

Following a full procurement process, the report is to enable the award of the new Parking Technology contract to the preferred bidder.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 25/04/2022

Effective from: 03/05/2022

Decision:

1.        Recommendations

1.1      Part B of this report be confidential pursuant to paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 because it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of tenderers for the contract which is the subject of this report.

 

1.2      That the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approves the recommendation to award a contract for the provision of Parking Technology Systems to EST Solutions Ltd, trading as E Street, company registration number 07587280 for an initial period of six years with and estimated contract value of £7,167,017.  The initial six years contract period includes a period of one year for implementation and mobilisation from 1st April 2022.  In addition, the option to extend the contract by way of up to two five year extension periods to continue to deliver the services for up to a further ten years for an estimated additional contract sum of £10,176,450.

 

1.3      That the capital expenditure of £1,963,592 for the 12 month Mobilisation phase of the contract for 2022/23 be approved.

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

2.1       The tender submitted by EST Solutions Ltd for providing the Parking Technology Systems was the winning bid. The supporting information provided in the submission gave the Council the necessary assurances that the required attention to detail would go into the setup of each of the solutions. EST Solutions Ltd’s bid accordingly achieved the highest quality score.

 

 

2.2      The current parking contracts are due to expire, and in order for the Council to provide continuation of services it was necessary to reprocure this service. The award of the Parking Technology Systems Contract is the first phase of the wider re-procurement of Parking Services contracts to commence over the next 12 months in order to maintain the high level of services required by the Council.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


25/04/2022 - Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (22.03.22) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Application ref: 1643    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 25/04/2022

Effective from: 25/04/2022

Decision:

Recommendation:

The Cabinet Member has approved the recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 22 March 2022.

 

Reason for the Decision:

The Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in the restricted Appendix A.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gwyn Thomas


13/04/2022 - Commercial letting of 11/21 Bravington Road, London, W9 ref: 1640    Recommendations Approved

The proposal is to enter into a new 25-year lease with the preferred bidder. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 13/04/2022

Effective from: 13/04/2022

Decision:

Recommendation

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved the grant of a 25-year lease to N Family Club on the Heads of Terms within the restricted appendix.

 

Reason for the decision

Under the WCC Constitution Cabinet Member approval is required where the initial rent under a lease is in excess of £125,000 per annum which applies in this case.

Wards affected: Queen's Park;

Lead officer: Philip Owen


12/04/2022 - Lease of land to London Power Networks for an electricity substation at Tachbrook Mews, Queen Mother Sports Centre ref: 1639    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 12/04/2022

Effective from: 12/04/2022

Decision:

Recommendation 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved the grant of a lease to London Power Networks PLC for a period of 99 years.

 

Reason for the decision 

Under the WCC Constitution Cabinet Member approval is required to enter into a lease of more than 25 years.

 

Wards affected: Vincent Square;

Lead officer: Lloyd Runham-Cuenca


04/04/2022 - Award of the Parking Business Processing & Technology Contract ref: 1637    Recommendations Approved

In line with the strategy of re-procuring the suite of parking contracts to commence in 2023, it is necessary to continue with the current contract arrangements until the new contracts are in place. The report is to enable the award of the Business Processing & Technology Contract up to the commencement of the new suite of contracts.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 04/04/2022

Effective from: 12/04/2022

Decision:

1.           Recommendations

1.1        That Part B of this report be confidential pursuant to paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 because it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of tenderers for the contract which is the subject of this report.

 

1.2    That the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approves the recommendation to award the Parking Business Processing and Technology Contract for the provision of parking technology software, back-office permit issuance, PCN management for the period from 1 May 2022 to 31 March 2023 to NSL Limited. The full contract term is 11 months at an estimated total contract cost of £5.678m (variable transaction volumes affecting final value).

 

1.3    That the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approves the Waiver of the Procurement Code to allow a direct award of a contract to NSL Ltd.

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

2.1      The COVID 19 crisis has played a major impact on service delivery, with the Council’s initial response being to focus on critical and essential services. As a result, staff were diverted to deal with urgent and business critical matters. Furthermore, a number of companies had to make their employees furloughed as they tackled the economic impact of the pandemic upon their businesses. As a result, issuing re-procurements at this time may have limited supplier participation. Uncertainty brought about by the COVID 19 crisis, most notably the changes to the amount of journeys into Westminster also meant that the Council spent additional time assessing the future requirements of parking contracts that the Council would need to have in place and how this would impact on new service  models and specifications.

2.2       Following on from the strategy to remove the technology services elements  from the Business Processing and Technology Services Contract for future services, this direct award will allow time for the implementation of a new parking technology software solution to be delivered under a separate contract. The Council wants to be in a position where it is able to provide details of the software solution that underpins both the Business Processing Parking Services Contract and the People and Resources Services Contract to potential providers for new contracts which will be procured to commence in 2023.

2.3       The design of the future operating model for Parking Services has now been finalised and the project team are now at the latter stages of developing relevant procurement strategies. This is pending internal governance approval with the re-procurement to be issued shortly there afterwards once governance approvals have been obtained. Re-procured new service contracts are planned to commence from 1 April 2023, and it is necessary to have the current services provided in the interim until 1 April 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


08/03/2022 - Membership ref: 1631    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 08/03/2022 - Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Decision published: 04/04/2022

Effective from: 08/03/2022

Decision:

1.1       There were no changes to the membership.


08/03/2022 - Minutes ref: 1632    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 08/03/2022 - Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Decision published: 04/04/2022

Effective from: 08/03/2022

Decision:

3.1      RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 January 2022 be signed by the Chair as a correct record of proceedings.

 


08/03/2022 - Travis And Perkins Building 149 Harrow Road London W2 6NA ref: 1633    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 08/03/2022 - Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Decision published: 04/04/2022

Effective from: 08/03/2022

Decision:

 

 

Demolition of existing Travis Perkins building(s) on the Site at 149 Harrow Road, erection of a new building (plus basement) comprising reprovision of builder’s merchant (Sui Generis) and student accommodation (Sui Generis), ancillary community space (Sui Generis) and student amenity terraces above, together with public realm works to Harrow Road and the creation of a canal side path with landscaping. Provision of cycle parking and car parking for the builder’s merchant. Relocation of bus shelter on Harrow Road. Works associated with the creation of new public walkway under Bishops Bridge Road bridge. Installation of plant equipment photo voltaic panels and other associated works. [The development is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment].

 

Additional representations were received from:

 

Mr Mark Brown - Email (18/02/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Letter 08/03/2021)

Mr Mark Brown - Email (24/03/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Letter (06/04/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – email (24/04/2021)

Mr Mark Brown – Email (26/04/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Email (08/05/2021)

Mr Mark Brown – Email (10/05/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Email (10/05/2021)

Mr Mark Brown – email (26/05/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Email (01/06/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Email (07/06/2021)

Mr Mark Brown – Email (08/06/2021)

Mr Mark Brown – Email (26/11/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Email (30/11/2021)

Mr Mark Brown – (22/12/2021)

Mr Bruce Blair – Letter (05/01/2022)

Mr Joe McNally (29/07/2021)

Mariam Ali-Puttergill (29/07/2021)

Ms Kiko Thiel (14/09/21)

Dr Sumon Halder (30/09/2021)

Mr Vincent Yariv (27/10/2021)

Ms Cath Griffith (21/10/2021)

Mr James Robertson (21/10/2021)

Mr Richard Alford (25/10/2021)

Miss Alison Ross (25/10/2021)

Mr Peter Cross (26/10/2021)

Miss Rebecca Osborne (28/10/2021)

Mrs Nicky Hessenberg (29/11/2021)

Miss Karen Eaton (30/11/2021)

Mr Roger Lynn (30/11/2021)

Miss Jemma Japhet (01/12/2021)

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Ms Judith Southern and Md Chowdhury (03/12/2021)

Mr Harry Aitken (03/12/2021)

Mrs Tatiana von der Pahlen (03/12/2021)

Mr Nawaz Haukim (04/12/2021)

Councillor Matthew Green (05/12/2022)

Mr Ian Bates (05/12/2022)

Mr Iain Kennedy (06/12/2021)

Ms Michelle Kathryn Essomé (07/12/2021)

Mr James Cooper (25/02/2022)

Councillor Matthew Green, Councillor Melvyn Caplan and Councillor Lorraine Dean (28/02/2022)

Ms Jan Radisic (01/03/2022)

Ms Heidi Kingstone (02/03/2022)

Miss Alex Webb (02/03/2022)

Miss Elizabeth Kynoch (03/03/2022)

Mr Jim McKinley (03/03/2022)

Ms Amelia Ali (03/03/2022)

Mr Luke Johnson (03/03/2022)

Mr John Walton (SEBRA) (03/03/2022)

Councillor Antonia Cox (04/03/2022)

 

Late representations were received from:

 

Travis Perkins and Unite Students (04/03/2022)

Ms Louise Carter (04/03/2022)

Ms Maureen Stockwell (04/03/2022)

Ms Jenny Rick-Harris (04/03/2022)

Mr Michael Will (04/03/2022)

R W Living (04/03/2022)

Mr Sebastian Nicholas Rosin (04/03/2022)

Miss Beatrice Freedman (05/03/2022)

Ms Dina Lamberton (05/03/2022)

Mr Michael McKay (05/03/2022)

Mrs Mina Bonakdar (05/03/2022)

Mr Jonathan Lass (06/03/2022)

Mr Mike Mannering (06/03/2022)

Mr Anup Karia & Mrs Shriti Karia (07/03/2022)

Mr Paul Hayes (07/03/2022)

Ms Rongchen Tang (07/03/2022)

Ms Rosalind Graham (07/03/2022)

Ms Johanna Orzechowski (07/03/2022)

Ms Kay Buxton – Paddington Partnership (07/03/2022)

Ms Ann Williams (07/03/2022)

Mr Turpin Senou (07/03/22)

Ms Alexandra Juliet Kirsta (08/03/2022)

Ms Anne Von Bennigsen 08/03/2022)

Mr John Zeiger (08/03/2022)

 

Mr Will White addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the application.

Mr Nick Pinney addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the application.

 

Mr Bruce Blair addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

Ms Usha Sarma addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

Mr John Zealley addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

Councillor Heather Acton addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

Councillor Matthew Green addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

Councillor Melvyn Caplan addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

Councillor Lorraine Dean addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

Councillor Susie Burbridge addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

 

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY 

 

Councillor Boothroyd removed himself from voting on this application.

 

Subject to referral to the Mayor of London, that permission be refused on the following grounds:

 

1.                                                                                                    Highways and Servicing

2.   Loss of light and increased sense of enclosure

 

It was also agreed that the development would be refused for a third reason, namely:

 

3.  Negative impact on the setting of adjacent heritage assets due to its height and mass.

 

Wards affected: Hyde Park;


08/03/2022 - South West Wing Bush House Strand London WC2B 4RD ref: 1634    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 08/03/2022 - Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Decision published: 04/04/2022

Effective from: 08/03/2022

Decision:

 

Refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing Bush House South West Wing including an extension at roof level, rear extension; minor demolition works associated with internal and external alterations to provide class E at ground floor and dual alternative use for either Class E (office) or Class F1 (educational) at basement, part ground floor and first to tenth floor, outdoor terraces, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

Late representations were received from:

 

Blythe Dunk (08/03/2022)

Hannah Willcock (08/03/2022)

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY 

 

1. Grant conditional permission, subject to a s106 legal agreement to secure the following:

 

a) A financial contribution of £281,580 (index linked) towards the City Council's Carbon Off Set fund (payable prior to the commencement of the development);

b) Monitoring and reporting on the actual operational energy performance of the building, including as built and in-use stage data;

c) In the event the office use is implemented, a financial contribution of £132,000 (index linked) towards initiatives that provide local employment, training opportunities and skills development and supporting the Westminster Employment Service (payable prior to the commencement of the development);

d) Measures to protect the trees adjacent to the site during the works; and e) The costs of monitoring the S106 agreement.

 

2. If the legal agreement has not been completed within six weeks of the date of the Committee resolution, then:

 

a) The Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning shall consider whether the permission can be issued with additional conditions attached to secure the benefits listed above. If this is possible and appropriate, the Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning is authorised to determine and issue such a decision under Delegated Powers; however, if not

b) The Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning shall consider whether permission should be refused on the grounds that it has not proved possible to complete an agreement within the appropriate timescale, and that the proposals are unacceptable in the absence of the benefits that would have been secured; if so, the Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning is authorised to determine the application and agree appropriate reasons for refusal under Delegated Powers.

 

1.   Amend draft condition 11 to restrict the use of roof terrace to 08:00 - 20:00hrs.

 

Wards affected: St James's;


08/03/2022 - 581 - 587 Harrow Road London W10 4RH ref: 1635    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 08/03/2022 - Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee

Decision published: 04/04/2022

Effective from: 08/03/2022

Decision:

 

Demolition of the existing buildings, construction of part 4, part 5 and part 6 storey building to create ground floor commercial space and twenty five, 1-bedroom flats with private balconies, bicycle storage, refuse storage and communal roof terrace.

 

Late representations were received from:

 

Councillor Dimoldenberg 06.03.2022

Councillor McAllister 07.03.2022

Parish of St John the Evangelist at Kensal Green 07.03.2022

WCC Affordable Housing Manager 07.03.2022

WCC Tree Memo 07.03.2022

WCC Officer Memo 08.03.2022

 

RESOLVED

 

(FOR Councillors Robert Rigby, Jim Glen, Louise Hyams and Mark Shearer: AGAINST Councillor David Boothroyd: ABSTAINED Councillor Geoff Barraclough)

 

1. Grant conditional permission, subject to the completion of a S106 legal agreement to secure:-

 

a) Provision of 25, one bedroom intermediate homes for rent, let at London Living Rents, with tenancies for a maximum period of five years.

b) A financial contribution of £7,500.00 towards the Westminster Employment Service (index linked and payable on commencement of development.

c) A financial contribution of £27,520 towards Carbon Offset Fund (index linked and payable on commencement of development).

d) All highway works immediately surrounding the site required for the development to occur prior to occupation of the development, including reinstatement of the existing vehicle crossovers (Harrow Road and St John’s Terrace) as footway and creation of on-street parking bays and electric vehicle charging point (subject to detail design and the approval of the Highway Authority). Threshold level checks prior to commencement of development. All of the above to the Council’s specification, at full cost (administrative, legal, and physical) of the developer.

e) Lifetime Car Club Membership for Residential Occupiers from first occupation of the development. (Car Club operator must be a CarPlus member).

f) Monitoring costs

 

2.If the s106 agreement has not been completed within 3 months from the date of the Committee's resolution then:

 

a) the Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning shall consider whether the permission can be issued with additional conditions attached to secure the benefits listed above. If this is possible and appropriate, the Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning is authorised to determine and issue such a decision under Delegated Powers; however, if not

b) the Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning shall consider whether permission should be refused on the grounds that is has not proved possible to complete an agreement within an appropriate timescale, and that the proposals are unacceptable in the absence of benefits that would have been secured; if so the Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning is authorised to determine the application and agree appropriate reasons for refusal under Delegated Powers.

 

3. An informative requesting that terraces be kept free from clutter.

 

Wards affected: Queen's Park;


04/04/2022 - Award of the Parking People & Resources Contract ref: 1636    Recommendations Approved

In line with the strategy of re-procuring the suite of parking contracts to commence in 2023, it is necessary to continue with the current contract arrangements until the new contracts are in place. The report is to enable the award of the Parking People & Resources Contract up to the commencement of the new suite of contracts.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 04/04/2022

Effective from: 12/04/2022

Decision:

1.          Recommendations

1.1        That Part B of this report be confidential pursuant to paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 because it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of tenderers for the contract which is the subject of this report.

 

1.2    That the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approves the recommendation to award the Parking People & Resources Contract for the provision of parking marshal services, issuing of PCNs, on street parking suspensions services, management, uniforms and stationery for the period from 1 May 2022 to 31 March 2023 to NSL Limited. The full contract term is 11 months at an estimated total contract cost of £6.471m (variable marshal hours affecting final value).

 

1.3    That the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approves the Waiver of the Procurement Code to allow a direct award to NSL Limited.

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

2.1      The COVID 19 crisis has played a major impact on service delivery, with the Council’s initial response being to focus on critical and essential services. As a result, staff were diverted to deal with urgent and business critical matters. Furthermore, a number of companies had to make their employees furloughed as they tackled the economic impact of the pandemic upon their businesses. As a result, issuing re-procurements at this time may have limited supplier participation. Uncertainty brought about by the COVID 19 crisis, most notably the changes to amount of journeys into Westminster, also meant that The Council spent additional time assessing what the future requirements of parking contracts in Westminster would need to be and how this would impact on service specifications and models.

2.2       Following on from the strategy to remove the Technology element from the Business Processing and Technology Contract, this direct award will allow time for the implementation of the Parking Technology Systems Software Solution Contract to be awarded. The Council want to be able to provide details of the software solution that underpins both the Business Processing Parking Services Contract and the People and Resources Contract to suppliers for these contracts that will commence in 2023.

2.3       The design of the future operating model for Parking Services has now been finalised and the project team are now at the latter stages of developing the tender strategy. This is pending internal governance approval with the re-procurement of relevant services to be issued shortly there afterwards. New re-procured contracts are planned to commence from 1 April 2023, and it is necessary to have continuity of these services in the interim until 1 April 2023.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


21/05/2015 - Review of Private Sector Housing Renewal Assistance 2015 ref: 332    Recommendations Approved

Decision regarding the level of charges to be levied in respect of the handyperson service and agreement to the changes to the Council's policy for financial assistance in respect of housing repairs and improvements.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health

Decision published: 31/03/2022

Effective from: 21/05/2015

Decision:

That the amendments to the full RRO policy outlined below in section 4 be approved: such changes to be brought into effect by the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing under delegated authority on a date of his choosing.

 

The decision is necessary in order to provide the Cabinet Member with a means of approving the changes to the RRO policy referred to in section 4 in in an area of responsibility delegated to the Executive Director.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jake Mathias


25/03/2022 - Lease to enable minor flood prevention works in WC2H ref: 1626    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 25/03/2022

Effective from: 25/03/2022

Decision:

Recommendations

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved the grant of a supplemental lease for a small parcel of land in WC2H 7NA to UKPN for circa 967 years at a peppercorn rent.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

Due to the important nature of the substation, it is recommended that this lease is created to improve the protection of supply of power to the West End economy.

Wards affected: St James's;

Lead officer: Ian McAuley


22/03/2022 - 90-104 Berwick Street – Surrender and Re-Grant of Headlease ref: 1625    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 22/03/2022

Effective from: 30/03/2022

Decision:

Recommendations 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved: 

1.              the surrender of the existinghead-lease of 90-104 Berwick Street and the payment of monies up to £10.888million (net of VAT and insurance premium tax);  

2.              the simultaneous grant of the Retail Lease to BSS;and  

3.              the subsequent assignment of the Retail Lease by BSS to SSL and the entry by the Council into a necessary deed of covenant.  

 

Reasons for Decision 

Under the existing head-leasethe Council receives a net rent equivalent to 54.5% of the commercial income derived from the Property,which includes 11 vacant retail units.  The total income currently received totals £1 million per annum.   

 

Following the proposed surrender and grant of a new head-lease, the Council’s income will be solely derived from the letting of a new hotel within the re-development to Whitbread/Premier Inn.  This is currently the sum of £2 million with uplifts linked to the consumer price index in 2026 and every 5 years thereafter. 

 

Wards affected: West End;

Lead officer: Philip Owen


21/03/2022 - Greater London Authority (GLA) Care and Specialist Supported Housing (CASSH) Funding Contract ref: 1624    Recommendations Approved

To enter into a CASSH Contract with the GLA, following a successful funding bid application.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 21/03/2022

Effective from: 29/03/2022

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

 

1.1. That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration:

 

1.1.1.    Approves the Council to enter into the Care and Specialist Supported Housing (CASSH) grant agreement with the GLA, covering the Lisson Arches development scheme.

 

1.1.2.     Delegates to the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing to agree the terms of and authority to enter into the second CASSH grant agreement, when it is brought forward by the GLA.

 

 

2.     Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1.  Following a successful funding bid application, the Council is required to enter into a Care and Specialist Supported Housing (CASSH) grant agreement with the GLA to receive the funding.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


17/03/2022 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Marylebone High Street, St James's, Vincent Square and West End ref: 1623    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 17/03/2022

Effective from: 17/03/2022

Decision:

1.     Summary

 

1.1     This report seeks approval for the expenditure of £11,681.61 from the Marylebone High Street, St James's, Vincent Square and West End Ward Budget in order to commission:

 

(a)        Counselling and Psychotherapy 1:1 Sessions.

 

2.    Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £11,681.61 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Marylebone High Street, St James's, Vincent Square and West End wards, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Marylebone; St James's; Vincent Square; West End;

Lead officer: Clare O'Keefe


17/03/2022 - Westminster Builds Business Plan 2022/23 ref: 1617    For Determination

Decision Maker: Shareholder Committee

Made at meeting: 17/03/2022 - Shareholder Committee

Decision published: 17/03/2022

Effective from: 17/03/2022

Decision:

To approve the business plan for 2022/23 for Westminster Housing Investments Ltd and Westminster Housing Developments Ltd, also known as ‘Westminster Builds’


17/03/2022 - Public Health Investment ref: 1622    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision published: 17/03/2022

Effective from: 25/03/2022

Decision:

Recommendations 

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care has approved investment in 23 projects to address the impact of Covid-19, costing £3,748,124. 

 

Reasons for Decision   

The Council made the commitment to invest from public health reserves in cross-council initiatives which address the impact of Covid-19.  

 


15/03/2022 - Acquisition of Office Building on Vauxhall Bridge Road ref: 1621    Recommendations Approved

Purchase of strategically located office building from current owner/occupier with short term leaseback to Vendor

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 15/03/2022

Effective from: 23/03/2022

Decision:

Recommendations 

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved a gross spend of up to £16.5m for the acquisition of the freehold known as 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road.

 

Reasons for Decision     

 

The Council intends to refurbish and redevelop the Queen Mother Sports Centre in the future and this purchase will enable greater value to be derived.

 

An inspection of the plans shows that incorporating this property into the wider site of the QMSC would not only enable better access for potential works, it would also significantly improve main road frontage on Vauxhall Bridge Road making development potential greater.

Wards affected: Warwick;

Lead officer: Philip Owen


14/03/2022 - Petition Response: Noise Nuisance Effecting Residents ref: 1620    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 14/03/2022

Effective from: 14/03/2022

Decision:

 

1.     Recommendations

1.1   That you note the action taken by the City Council to resolve the breaches of planning control identified to date.

1.2  That you note the Director of Law’s decision that condition 9 was not imposed to control activities nor noise generated in the service yard and as such cannot be relied upon as a mechanism by which the planning enforcement team may seek to control noise and disturbance from activities occurring in the Service Yard.

1.3   That you note the City Council’s attempts to resolve and mitigate noise from the service yard by seeking compliance with the terms of the approved Service Management Plan, the subject of condition 12.

1.4   That you agree that the investigation into the breach of condition 25 was reasonable and proportionate and note that this condition is now being complied with and the breach of planning control resolved. 

1.5  That you note and support the action taken by the Noise Service to investigate complaints of noise nuisance and that you agree no evidence has been witnessed to date to substantiate a Statutory Nuisance being caused.

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1    The City Council has dealt with the alleged breaches of planning control in a reasonable, proportionate, and transparent manner having regard to development plan policies and all other material considerations. Regard has also been had to the published ministerial statements and the fact that the breaches were occurring at an unprecedented time, during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

2.2    The Noise Service have responded to complaints from local residents.  Where complaints have been made anonymously monitoring has been conducted from external areas and where a named complainant has been identified monitoring has been carried out from within affected properties.  To date no evidence has been witnessed to substantiate a Statutory Nuisance.

 

Wards affected: Bayswater;


10/03/2022 - NNDR Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) Scheme ref: 1618    Recommendations Approved

The report seeks approval of a NNDR discretionary scheme of NNDR allowances under the government’s new CARF scheme.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 10/03/2022

Effective from: 18/03/2022

Decision:

Recommendations 

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved the scheme as outlined in Section 5 of the report. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved the revised version of the Council’s “Guidelines for applications for NNDR discretionary Relief”. 

 

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

The proposed scheme seeks to support the main categories of business that have not previously received any local authority COVID-19 financial support.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley


17/03/2022 - Westco - Business Plan 2022-23 ref: 1614    For Determination

Decision Maker: Shareholder Committee

Made at meeting: 17/03/2022 - Shareholder Committee

Decision published: 09/03/2022

Effective from: 17/03/2022

Decision:

To approve the business plan for 2022-23 for Westco Trading Ltd


17/03/2022 - Westco - Appointment of Director ref: 1615    For Determination

Decision Maker: Shareholder Committee

Made at meeting: 17/03/2022 - Shareholder Committee

Decision published: 09/03/2022

Effective from: 17/03/2022

Decision:

To approve the appointment of a Finance Director to the Board of Westco Trading Ltd.


08/03/2022 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Bayswater and Knightsbridge and Belgravia ref: 1610    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for the total expenditure of £49,530 from the Bayswater

and Knightsbridge and Belgravia Ward Budgets in order to commission:

 

(a)             Deep Cleansing – Bayswater - £23,660

(b)             Deep Cleansing – Knightsbridge and Belgravia - £25,870

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 08/03/2022

Effective from: 08/03/2022

Decision:

1.     Summary

 

1.1     This report seeks approval for the total expenditure of £42,120.00 from the Bayswater and Knightsbridge and Belgravia Ward Budgets in order to commission:

 

(a)             Deep Cleansing – Bayswater - £16,250.00

(b)             Deep Cleansing – Knightsbridge and Belgravia - £25,870.00

 

2.    Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £42,120.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Bayswater and Knightsbridge and Belgravia wards, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Bayswater; Knightsbridge and Belgravia;


08/03/2022 - Sexual Health Promotion, Prevention and Support Service (Contract Award) ref: 1611    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision published: 08/03/2022

Effective from: 16/03/2022

Decision:

RECOMMENDATION

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health has approved the contract award for delivering the Sexual Health Promotion, Prevention and Support Service to Turning Point Service Ltd for a period of three years with the option to extend for a further two years.

 

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health has delegated approval to exercise the option to extend the contract to the Executive Director of Adult Social Care.  

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

The local authority has had commissioning responsibility for the current contract which ends in March 2022.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


08/03/2022 - Fees for Seymour Leisure Centre Project ref: 1612    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 08/03/2022

Effective from: 16/03/2022

Decision:

    Recommendation

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved expenditure on further professional services of up to £2.195m to obtain the professional services support required for the project up until the end of RIBA Stage 4.

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved a contract with Pell Frischmann Consultants Limited (Company Reg no. 1777946) in the sum of £892,652 for engineering services.

 

 

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has approved the strategy to appoint a suitably qualified contractor initially based on a Pre-Construction Services Agreement to provide expert advice on the deliverability of the project. 

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Renovation of the Seymour Leisure Centre has been considered for a number of years.  The council have committed to the relocation of Marylebone Library from its current leasehold base to a permanent new home within the Seymour Centre.  The creation of a new Seymour Centre provides further opportunity for combining other council services into a single council space and will be a flagship project to benefit local communities.

In order to progress the project now it is necessary to appoint engineers and other professional services in order to progress the analysis of options currently being worked up for the Centre.

 

Wards affected: Bryanston and Dorset Square;


02/03/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Churchill, Tachbrook and Warwick ref: 1307    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for the expenditure of £14,175.00 from the Churchill, Tachbrook and Warwick Ward Budget in order to commission:

(a) Upperdeckers Programme 2021

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 04/03/2022

Effective from: 02/03/2021

Decision:

Summary of Decision

 

That the expenditure of £14,000 to commission the Pimlico Neighbourhood Forum be approved.

 

Reason for Decision

 

The proposal in this report will support the Council’s wider equalities and diversity agenda by focusing on addressing local issues with enhanced local engagement. 

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

2 March 2021

Implementation Date:

2 March 2021

Reference:

 

CMfC&R/4/020/21

 

Wards affected: Churchill; Tachbrook; Warwick;

Lead officer: Richard Cressey


04/03/2022 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Little Venice ref: 1608    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 04/03/2022

Effective from: 04/03/2022

Decision:

1.     Summary

 

1.1     This report seeks approval for the expenditure of £60,600.00 from the Little Venice Ward Budget in order to commission:

 

(a)             Bike Hanger Sites - £12,600.00

(b)             Fleming Court – Road Works £33,000.00

(c)             Crompton Street Doctor Bays £15,000.00

 

2.    Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £60,000.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Little Venice ward, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Little Venice;

Lead officer: Mariame Lelenta


04/03/2022 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Bryanston and Dorset Square ref: 1606    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 04/03/2022

Effective from: 04/03/2022

Decision:

1.     Summary

 

1.1     This report seeks approval for the expenditure of £81,562.95 from the Bryanston and Dorset Square Ward Budget in order to commission:

 

(a)             x10 planters in ward

(b)             Air Filter System

(c)             Air Quality Monitoring 

(d)             Forest Area in Playground

 

2.    Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £81,562.95 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Bryanston and Dorset Square ward, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Bryanston and Dorset Square;

Lead officer: Clare O'Keefe


04/03/2022 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Lancaster Gate ref: 1607    Recommendations Approved

Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Lancaster Gate

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 04/03/2022

Effective from: 04/03/2022

Decision:

1.     Summary

 

1.1     This report seeks approval for the expenditure of £20,070.00 from the Lancaster Gate Ward Budget in order to commission:

 

(a)   The planters from Windowflowers in Bishops Bridge Road.

 

2.   Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £20,070.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Lancaster Gate ward as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Lancaster Gate;


01/03/2022 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Lancaster Gate ref: 1604    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 01/03/2022

Effective from: 01/03/2022

Decision:

Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £49,508.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Lancaster Gate ward(s), as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Lancaster Gate;

Lead officer: Mariame Lelenta


01/03/2022 - Huguenot House SMT ref: 1605    For Determination

Notes the outcome of the soft market testing

exercise and the updated feasibility work which will

be undertaken in advance of a recommendation on

the preferred delivery route.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 01/03/2022

Effective from: 01/03/2022

Decision:

Recommendations

 

That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has:

 

Noted the outcome of the soft market testing exercise and the updated feasibility work which will be undertaken in advance of a recommendation on the preferred delivery route.

 

Noted that soft market testing corroborated the view raised by the Cabinet Member in Autumn of 2021 that ‘the Casino should be withdrawn from future proposals’. Consequently, a casino offering has been removed from future feasibility appraisals.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The soft market testing exercise was approved in July 2021 to inform the preferred delivery route.  This report notes the outcome of that exercise and the next stage of the project, namely, to update the work to consider the best delivery route taking account of market feedback.

 

Wards affected: St James's;


28/02/2022 - Changes to Planning pre-application advice fees ref: 1601    Recommendations Approved

Reduced fees for certain categories of planning pre-application fees.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 28/02/2022

Effective from: 28/02/2022

Decision:

1.         Recommendations

 

1.1       That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning agrees the amendments to the scheme of charges for pre-application advice as set out in the report below and in the Table at Appendix 1

 

2.         Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1.      To enable householders to access planning pre-application advice on retrofitting to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of their homes, supporting delivery of the Climate Emergency Action Plan and City Plan targets.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Deirdra Armsby


28/02/2022 - Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Application (08.02.22) ref: 1603    Recommendations Approved

           This report contains recommendations from the Virtual Discretionary Housing  Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting on 8 February 2022 relating to the review of decisions made in respect of claims for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 28/02/2022

Effective from: 28/02/2022

Decision:

The Cabinet Member has approved the recommendations of the Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 8 February 2022.

 

Appendix A to this report is exempt from public disclosure by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 because the applications involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to an individual.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A, which are more fully set out in the case papers submitted to the Panel.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gwyn Thomas


28/02/2022 - Adoption of the Environmental Supplementary Planning Document ref: 1600    Recommendations Approved

The report seeks to adopt the supplementary planning document providing further detail on the environmental policies in the City Plan. The policies are design to support the council's commitment to tackle the climate emergency.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 28/02/2022

Effective from: 28/02/2022

Decision:

1.0      RECOMMENDATIONS

1.1      That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning agrees to formally adopt the Environmental Supplementary Planning Document as a Local Development Document.

 

2.0      REASONS FOR DECISION 

2.1      To meet the requirements of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Localism Act 2011, and The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. 

 

2.2      Adopting the ESPD will give it full weight as a material consideration in decisions on planning applications.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michael Clarkson


22/02/2022 - Purchase of Properties by the Council for Use as Accommodation for Former Rough Sleepers ref: 1598    Recommendations Approved

Purchase of properties by the council for use as accommodation for former rough sleepers.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing

Decision published: 22/02/2022

Effective from: 02/03/2022

Decision:

1.        Recommendations

 

1.1      That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

1.2     That the Cabinet Member for Housing and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

 

 

1.3      Approves the Council entering a grant and revenue funding agreement with the GLA in order to secure capital grant funding of £1.310m towards the delivery of 10 self- contained interim homes for former Westminster rough sleepers and revenue funding of £112k to provide floating support towards clients accommodated in these homes.

 

1.4     The availability of capital funding for this programme including the council’s own funding of £874k as set out within the Council’s capital programme is noted

 

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1      Funding from the GLA supports WCC strategic approach to the               

           resettlement offer for rough sleepers and a route away from the

           streets. For many rough sleepers resettlement has typically been

           achieved in stages, with clients moving from hostels to supported

           housing before being given the opportunity to live independently.  

           This provision of accommodation allows WCC to start the process of

           reconfiguring the expansion of accommodation available and ensure

           that an appropriate and timely range of move on options is available.

 

2.2      This programme will ensure former rough sleepers are provided with settled accommodation that is owned by WCC with the necessary wrap around support needed to develop the life skills of clients in readiness for move on into private sector accommodation.

 

2.3      Capital funding provided will increase the number of homes that can be purchased for former rough sleepers that will provide interim move accommodation for rough sleepers preventing their return to the streets and at rents that are affordable to this client group.

 

2.4      The revenue support provided will ensure wrap around support can be provided to clients while accommodated in these homes and to prepare them for an onward move into the private sector.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Neil Wightman


22/02/2022 - Annual Review of Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Rent and Associated HRA Charges 2022/2023 ref: 1599    Recommendations Approved

The proposed average rent increase in 2022/23 is 4.1% which would equate to £5.19 per week. The Rents for Social Housing policy for 2022/23 permits annual rent increases of up to consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% (CPI is based on the CPI in September 2021).

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 22/02/2022

Effective from: 02/03/2022

Decision:

1.                 Recommendations

 

1.1            That in order to comply with the provisions of The Rents for Social Housing policy for 2022/23, the Cabinet Member for Housing Services approves an increase of that HRA rents by 4.1% from the 4April 2022. This is the maximum permitted under the Rent Cap 2022/2023.

1.2            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services notes that the Council continues to exercise its discretion under the rent restructuring policy to set rents for new tenants and transfers on all re-lets at formula target rent from Monday 4 April2022.

1.3            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services gives approval for tenant service charges to be varied in line with estimated actual costs for 2022/2023 from Monday 4April 2022.

1.4            That the Cabinet Member for City Management gives approval to stay any changes for charges for car parking and parking spaces pending a further review in 2022/2023.

1.5            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services gives approval for charges for sheds and garages to be increased by 4.9% (RPI as at September 2021) from Monday 4April 2022 with a review to follow in 2022/2023.

1.6            The previously agreed approach for the calculation of the Block Cleaning (BCCN) and Estate Contract Cleaning (ECCN) element of service charge is maintained with the costs being pooled. This approach will be reviewed annually and also when the contract is re-let.

 

2.                 rEASONS FOR DECISION

 

2.1            To set the HRA tenant rents and other charges for the financial year 2022/23. The City Council is required by law to give tenants at least 28 days’ notice of any variation to the rentcharged.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


21/02/2022 - Rating Advisory Panel 25th January 2022: Determination of National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications ref: 1597    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 21/02/2022

Effective from: 21/02/2022

Decision:

WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL 

 

STATEMENT OF DECISION 

 

SUBJECT:   

RATING ADVISORY PANEL 25TH JANUARY 2022: DETERMINATION OF NATIONAL NON-DOMESTIC RATES DISCRETIONARY AND HARDSHIP RELIEF APPLICATIONS 

 

 

Notice is hereby given that the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City has made the following executive decision on the above-mentioned subject for the reasons set out below. 

 

 

Summary of Decision 

 

That the Cabinet Member approved the recommendations of the Rating    Advisory Panel held on 25th January 2022 and determined the applications for NNDR Discretionary and Hardship relief set out in Appendix A of the report.? 

 

This report and appendices are exempted from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3, as amended, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of an individual.? 

 

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

This report contains recommendations from the Rating Advisory Panel in respect of applications for Hardship and Discretionary relief from National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR).? 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive, 

Westminster City Hall, 

64 Victoria Street 

LONDON  SW1E 6QP 

 

Publication Date: 

 

21 February 2022 

Implementation Date: 

 

21 February 2022 

Reference: 

FSC22-06 

 

 


18/02/2022 - The Potential Integration of Air Source Heat Pumps at the Ashbridge, Ashmill and Cosway Sites ref: 1595    Recommendations Approved

A variation to the scope of works to bring about an improvement to the sustainability of the schemes.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 18/02/2022

Effective from: 26/02/2022

Decision:

1.        Recommendations

1.1     That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

1.2    That the Cabinet Members:

·      Confirm that Officers should proceed with Option C.

 

·      Authorise the change from traditional gas heating systems to a more sustainable air source heat pump heating solution regarding the 28 homes at the Ashbridge and Ashmill sites as recommended by Option C.

 

·      Approve £1.052m of additional budget at the Ashbridge and Ashmill sites to include and cover:

·               Design, Planning and Legal fees, Re-Works (where necessary), Structural Works, Extension of Time including Expense and Contingency

·               Completion of any Legal agreements or variations to permit this change in heating system

·               Consultant fees

 

·      Authorise £1.052m to be applied for from HRA central capital contingency to cover the additional budget request.

 

·      Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Growth Planning and Housing working with the Director of Law to:

·               Approve all necessary legal documentation and variations as required for the project. This is including but not limited to, making variations required to the construction contract in order to enable this change

 

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1      Approval of the recommendations contained within this report will help support the Council’s climate emergency (declared in September 2019) and commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions from Council operations by 2030 and across the City by 2040.  As highlighted in the Council’s climate action plan (2021-2040), baseline emissions need to reduce by 8.3% pa (3,700 tonnes CO2e) to achieve this 2030 net zero target.

 

2.2   This climate action plan states that Westminster has some of the highest

      carbon emissions in the UK, with 15% coming from residential buildings. Therefore, new Council led developments coming forward need to look to reduce carbon emissions where possible.

 

2.3  Cabinet Member approval is now required across the Ashbridge and Ashmill sites to prevent further abortive works from happening, which unless acted upon imminently will add to further delays to the construction programme and increase scheme costs. These sites will be required to seek necessary planning applications/variations, complete any legal agreements or variations with contractor/suppliers and carry out works to implement the more sustainable air source heat pump heating systems.

 

3.4 Cabinet Member approval is now required to enable officers to instruct for this change to a more sustainable heating solution to take place. Cabinet Member authority is also required to seek funds from HRA central capital contingency to finance these changes.

 

Wards affected: Church Street;

Lead officer: Dominic Wilde


17/02/2022 - Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) programme for 2022/23 in respect of Highways, Public Lighting & Bridges and Structures ref: 1594    Recommendations Approved

Annual report seeking approval to implement schemes funded from the annual Highways Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) budget

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 17/02/2022

Effective from: 25/02/2022

Decision:

1.        Recommendations

1.1      That the Cabinet Member for City Management approves the following recommendations.

1.2      That the detailed proposals for the Highways PPM programme for 2022/23 at an estimated gross cost of £8,730,000 as detailed in Section 5.1 and Appendix A be approved.

 

1.3      That the detailed proposals for Public Lighting PPM programme for 2022/23 at an estimated gross cost of £ 6,648,000, as detailed in Section 5.3 and Appendix D, be approved.

 

1.4      That the detailed proposals for the Bridges and Structures PPM programme for 2022/23 at an estimated gross cost of £1,485,000, as detailed in Section 5.2 be approved.

 

1.5      That the gross capital expenditure of £16,863,000 (net capital expenditure of £16,163,000) for 2022/23.

 

1.6      That the Cabinet Member for City Management delegates to the Director for City Highways the authority to make changes to the programmes agreed in recommendations 2.1 to 2.4, subject to the proviso that the overall budget is not exceeded and that the Cabinet Member is consulted on any significant changes.

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1      All assets deteriorate over time and any work aimed at maintaining the durability of the asset is classed as programmed maintenance. Such work prolongs the life of the asset and/or maintains structural capacity and is therefore considered as capital expenditure.

 

2.2      Each year the City Council’s regular inspection and testing programmes determine the current condition of the various highway assets (Carriageways, Footways, Lighting and Bridges & Structures) and identifies the forward investment needs that will keep the highway network in a safe and reliable condition.

 

2.3      Provision has been made in the capital programme for this expenditure to enable these programmes of work to be implemented together with preparation of forward programmes of work for 2022/23.

 

2.4      The proposed Planned Preventative Maintenance programme set out in this report will ensure that the City Council’s highway assets remain safe and effective and support the City for All agenda.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andy Foster


17/02/2022 - Amendment to Appendix 2 of December 2021 Fees and Charges Cabinet Report ref: 1593    Recommendations Approved

The report sets out amendments to Appendix 2, Long list of fees and charges, of the Fees and Charges report approved by Cabinet in December 2021.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 17/02/2022

Effective from: 17/02/2022

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

1.1. That the Cabinet Member for City Management:

1.1.1.  Approves the revisions to the original Appendix 2: Long list of fees, as detailed at Appendix 1 to this report.

2.     Reasons for Decision 

2.1. The Fees and Charges report, including an appendix containing the schedule of proposed changes to Council fees and charges, was agreed by Cabinet in December 2021.

2.2. Subsequent to Cabinet decision, errors have been identified within a data set of charges set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

2.3. The affected charges have now been corrected (see Appendix 1 to this report) and corrections have been made to the original Appendix 2: Long List of Fees, approved by Cabinet in December 2021.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lyndsey Gamble


13/12/2021 - 2021/22 Capital Budget Re-Profiling Report ref: 1591    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 13/12/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/02/2022

Effective from: 13/12/2021

Decision:

Councillor Swaddle introduced this budget report and explained that as part of the Council’s annual capital budget cycle, the capital budgets are reprofiled to align with project delivery timeframes and baselines in preparation for setting the following year’s capital strategy.

 

The report seeks Cabinet’s approval of net changes amounting to £17.148m for individual projects as part of the 2021/22 general fund capital budget as well as the re-profiling of £31.858m for individual projects as part of the 2021/22 HRA capital budget. 

 

Councillor Barnes sought assurance that no projects were at risk of having funding dropped and it was explained that there would be minor delays only.

 

Resolved: Cabinet agree to approve net changes of £17.148m for individual projects as part of the 2021/22 general fund capital budget and the re-profiling of £31.858m for individual projects as part of the 2021/22 HRA capital budget