Decisions

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Decisions published

25/11/2021 - Adoption of the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan ref: 1549    Recommendations Approved

Approval sought to formally adopt the Neighbourhood Plan for Queen's Park following successful referendum.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 25/11/2021

Decision:

1.0      Recommendations

1.1      That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning agrees to formally ‘make’ (i.e., adopt) the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan as part of Westminster’s Statutory Development Plan, following the referendum held on 21st October 2021.


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, the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). 

 

Wards affected: Queen's Park;

Lead officer: Aidan Marshall


25/11/2021 - Westminster Local Development Scheme 2021 - 2024 ref: 1548    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for updated Local Development Scheme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 03/12/2021

Decision:

1.0      Recommendation

1.1      That the Cabinet Member approves the publication of the attached Local Development Scheme 2021 – 2024 (Appendix 1).

 

2.0      Reason for Decision

2.1      To ensure that the City Council acts in accordance with the requirements of the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).

 


25/11/2021 - Article 4 Direction ref: 1512    Recommendations Approved

Introduction of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights for change of use from Class E (commercial, business and service uses) to C3 (dwelling houses) in town centres outside of the Central Activities Zone (CAZ).

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 03/12/2021

Decision:

1.0      Recommendations

1.1      That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning approves the making of a non-immediate Direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended) to remove permitted development rights granted for the change of use from Class E (commercial, business and service uses) to Class C3 (dwellinghouses) within the areas shown in Appendix 2.

 

2.0      Reasons for Decision

2.1      The making of the proposed Article 4 Direction will help enable the City Council to use its planning powers to secure an appropriate balance of uses in designated town centres that fall outside of the CAZ, to ensure they continue to offer a range of shops and services to local residents and provide employment opportunities. Securing the vitality and viability of these town centres is in accordance with the objectives of City for All, and the policies in the Westminster City Plan, particularly Policy 14 ‘Town Centres, High Streets and the CAZ’. It will also help ensure new developments meet a wide range of policy objectives including responding to the climate emergency, contributing towards the delivery of affordable housing, and supporting enhanced infrastructure provision.

 


25/11/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Bayswater and Lancaster Gate ref: 1545    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 25/11/2021

Decision:

Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £17,410.31 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Bayswater and Lancaster Gate wards, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Bayswater; Lancaster Gate;

Lead officer: Clare O'Keefe


25/11/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Bayswater, Church Street, Harrow Road, Lancaster Gate, Maida Vale, Queen's Park and Westbourne ref: 1547    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 25/11/2021

Decision:

Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £19,400.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Bayswater, Church Street, Harrow Road, Lancaster Gate, Maida Vale, Queen's Park and Westbourne wards, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Bayswater; Church Street; Harrow Road; Lancaster Gate; Maida Vale; Queen's Park; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Clare O'Keefe


25/11/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Knightsbridge and Belgravia ref: 1546    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 25/11/2021

Decision:

Recommendation

 

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £50,000.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Knightsbridge and Belgravia, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Knightsbridge and Belgravia;

Lead officer: Naimah Khatun


24/11/2021 - Appointment of Contractor for the Coroner's Court project ref: 1544    Recommendations Approved

The appointment of a contractor for the refurbishment and new build extension to the Coroner’s Court on Horseferry Road.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 24/11/2021

Effective from: 02/12/2021

Decision:

1.        Recommendations

1.1      Restricted

 

1.2      Restricted

 

1.3      Restricted

 

 

2.        Reasons for Decision

 

2.1      The refurbishment and extension will provide modern and much needed court and expanded office facilities for the Coroner’s office and visitors.

 

2.2      The project will provide an improved environment and experience for staff and visitors in line with the “City for All” vision.

 

2.3      The project will enable staff currently located at Tachbrook Street to move back to Horseferry Road enabling an integrated and more efficient Service.

The reason for the recommendation must be included here.  It is a legal requirement that this be published as part of the formal decision notice.

 

 

Wards affected: St James's; Vincent Square;

Lead officer: Rebecca Clark


24/11/2021 - Household Support Fund ref: 1543    Recommendations Approved

To approve a process for the distribution of the government’s new Household Support Fund to the Council’s most vulnerable residents.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 24/11/2021

Effective from: 02/12/2021

Decision:

1.         Recommendations

 

1.1       That approval is given to utilise 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.

                                                                                

1.2       That delegated authority is given to the Director of Finance & Resources to flex the level of funding allocated to each process, including voucher amounts,  in order that the council’s funding allocations is fully utilised before the government’s deadline of 31 March 2022 and to respond to any changing circumstances.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


24/11/2021 - Council Tax, NNDR, Housing Benefit Overpayments, Former Client Rent Arrears and Sundry Irrecoverable Debt, Quarter 1 2021/22 ref: 1542    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 24/11/2021

Effective from: 02/12/2021

Decision:

1.          Recommendations

1.1    That the report be declared exempt from publication as, the business to be transacted involves the disclosure of information as prescribed by paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12a of the Act relating to information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority).

 

1.2    That the amounts shown in paragraph 6.1 as written-off under officer delegated authority be noted.

 

2.          Reasons for Decision 

2.1       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);


22/11/2021 - Ebury Bridge Estate Renewal -Phase 2 Appointments ref: 1540    Recommendations Approved

The report seeks approval to enter into a range of contracts for professional services for Phases 2A and 2B of the Ebury scheme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 22/11/2021

Effective from: 30/11/2021

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

That Appendix B of this report is exempt from disclosure as it involves the disclosure of information as prescribed by paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule12A to the Local Government Act 1972, (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding the information).

2.     Reasons for Decisions

2.1 The overarching objective of regenerating Ebury Bridge Estate is to create a comprehensive renewal that brings about physical, economic and sustainable change that creates additional homes and improves the lives of residents, businesses and visitors alike.

2.2 Decisions around the delivery route for Phase 2 are to be taken in due course through an Outline Business Case and subsequent Cabinet Member Report that is currently being developed and due to be presented and formalised in December 2021.

2.3 The development of the Ebury estate will also help the Council deliver on its target of delivering more affordable homes across the borough. The scheme will deliver a minimum of 50% affordable housing across the masterplan. 

2.4The approvals set out in this report are important to maintain a continuation of activity on the Ebury delivery programme because Phase 2 requires a design team to be appointed in order to work up detailed designs of the outline application and submit subsequent Reserved Matters applications which have to be cleared prior to start on site of the remaining phases.

 

Wards affected: Churchill;

Lead officer: Emily Myers


22/11/2021 - Covent Garden Neighbourhood Traffic Management Scheme Experimental Traffic Order. ref: 1541    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Director City Management and Communities

Decision published: 22/11/2021

Effective from: 22/11/2021

Decision:

PROJECT SUMMARY

 

The Covent Garden Neighbourhood Traffic Management Scheme (NTM) involves the

implementation of a series of measures with the objective of reducing through traffic

across the whole Covent Garden district (the district by area is located approx. 70% in City of Westminster (WCC) and 30% in London Borough of Camden (LBC)). These

measures include the introduction of pedestrian and cycle zones, traffic directional

changes and banned turns.

 

It is intended the scheme is implemented on a trial basis using an experimental traffic

order (ETO) with a maximum duration of 18 months. Impacts would be monitored during this trial period and minor changes made where necessary and if a problem is identified.

 

A final public consultation will be held towards the end of the ETO period together with a review of the scheme monitoring data. A further decision will then be sought on whether the scheme should be made permanent.

 

The scheme proposals have undergone extensive stakeholder and public engagement and the level of support is positive across both authorities.

 

WCC have obtained funding from Transport for London to cover the full estimated cost of the scheme following the approval of our funding application in December 2020. This is a WCC led project and has been developed jointly and in close collaboration with LBC.

 

Recommendation

 

This report seeks approval from the Executive Director Environment & City Management to:

 

1.     Proceed to the detailed design and implement the proposals identified in this report, together with capital expenditure set out in the report necessary to implement the proposals.

2.     Further decision making, such as detailed design and minor amendments to the ETO, that do not require further public consultation, are delegated to the Director of City Highways.

 

The scheme covers areas within the City of Westminster as well as within Camden and as such approval to proceed is also being sought in parallel by Camden officers with their respective decision makers. Camden members and officers have been supportive of these proposals from the outset.

Lead officer: Adnan Rahim


09/11/2021 - Award of Royal Mail Postal Discount contract ref: 1532    Recommendations Approved

This seeks an approval to continue with our pan-London agreement with Royal Mail to receive discounts on our mailing costs.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 09/11/2021

Effective from: 09/11/2021

Decision:

1.              Recommendation

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 approval is given to the Council to call down on a new Royal Mail Pan-London Postal Board’s Framework contract with Royal Mail Services. The contract length will be 3 years, plus an option of a 2-year extension.

 

 

2.              Reasons for Decision 

2.1          The LBPB procurement process enables each London local authority that signs up to the Royal Mail service to maximise their postal discounts.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley


08/11/2021 - Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (14.09.21) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Application ref: 1522    Recommendations Approved

To approve the recommendations from the Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting on 14 September 2021 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: 08/11/2021

Effective from: 08/11/2021

Decision:

 

1.        Recommendations

 

1.1       That Appendix A to this report be 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.

           

1.2       That the Cabinet Member approves the recommendations of the Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 14 September 2021

 

2.        Reasons for Decision 

2.1      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


27/10/2021 - Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy ref: 1509    Recommendations Approved

Updated policy on Private Sector Housing and Letting Agent standards, requirements and compliance

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 27/10/2021

Effective from: 04/11/2021

Decision:

            Recommendations

 

(i)     That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the Private Housing and Lettings Policy 2021 and the accompanying Civil Penalties Matrix (Appendix A)

 

(ii)   That delegated authority is given to the Director of Public Protection and Licensing to approve minor modifications and updates to the policy, such as changes to legislation, in collaboration with the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration.

 

(iii)  That delegated authority to carry out enforcement and issue penalty notices is given to an officer authorised by the Executive Director of Environment and City Management.

 

(iv)  That these recommendations, if approved, will be implemented from 4st November 2021

 

            Reason for Decision

 

            The Council requires approval to publish a refreshed and expanded Private Housing and Lettings Enforcement Policy, following the introduction of the Council’s additional licensing scheme for HMOs, the national expectation for localised policies that outlines the level of penalty fines related to non-compliance, as well as broader changes to legislation relating to Private Housing Enforcement.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kirsty Munro


26/10/2021 - Highways Buildouts for Trees ref: 1508    Recommendations Approved

A Cabinet Member decision is needed for approval to proceed with the Highways Buildouts for Trees programme, including detailed design and implementation.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 26/10/2021

Effective from: 03/11/2021

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

1.1. That approval is given to proceed with detailed design and implementation of the proposed tree buildouts at the proposed locations – as set out in Section 5.6 of this report;

1.2. That approval is given to commit capital expenditure of £2.459m, necessary to carry out the detailed design and implementation of the proposals;

1.3. That delegated authority is given to the Director of City Highways to approve minor modifications, as necessary to the approved scheme, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for City Management.

1.4. The approval is given to modify and make traffic regulation orders in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, as necessary to accommodate the highways improvements of this scheme.


2.     Reasons for Decision

To allow completion of the Highways Buildouts for Trees scheme. The improvements, as part of this scheme, will help to increase the number of trees across the borough, whilst also improving the public realm.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Rianne Taylor


20/10/2021 - Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme - Tranche 3 Proposal (Casino) ref: 1506    For Determination

The addition of Casinos onto the already approved list of eligible businesses for the third round of the ARG scheme.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 20/10/2021

Effective from: 20/10/2021

Decision:

2.        Recommendation

2.1           The proposal to support businesses most impacted by the government’s four-week extended lockdown restrictions (from 21st June – 19th July 2021), as outlined in Section 5 of this report, is approved.The amendment to this report involved the inclusion of Casinos as an eligible business category of round 3 of the ARG scheme which is currently being administered.

 

3.        Reasons for Decision 

3.1       The proposal outlined in section 5 of this report seeks to provide crucial support to those business groups who are considered to be most impacted within the borough by the four-week extension to lockdown restrictions for the period between 21st June – 19th July 2021. This is in line with the government’s request that local authorities support these businesses within the third tranche of funding that they have been allocated.

3.2       The business groups listed within section 5 of the previously approved and published Cabinet Member Report, were a directly extracted list from the guidance issued by BEIS to all local authorities in England. As this list was not exhaustive, it did not explicitly name “casinos” as a recommended business group to be prioritised for support through tranche 3 of the ARG. As such, this report seeks the approval for casinos to be included as part of this list under section 5 of this report.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


20/10/2021 - Rating Advisory Panel - 21.09.2021 ref: 1505    Recommendations Approved

Business Rates Discretionary & Hardship Relief

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 20/10/2021

Effective from: 20/10/2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gemma Williams


19/10/2021 - West End Gate Transfer of 37 Intermediate Rent Units to Westminster Builds and Management Case. ref: 1503    Recommendations Approved

1.     Recommendations

1.1. That Appendix [1] and [2] of this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that they contain 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 Communities and Regeneration:

1.2.1.  Approves the disposal of 37 intermediate rent homes at West End Gate by the Council to Westminster Housing Investments Limited (“WHIL”) for £9.1m on the terms set out in Appendix 1 of this report;

1.2.2.  Delegates authority to the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing to approve and authorise any and all legal documentation that may be required to facilitate the recommendation in 2.2.1, in one or more transactions;

1.2.3.  Delegates authority to the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing to approve and to authorise the Housing Management Services Agreement, subject to agreed terms, between the Council and WHIL as set out in section 7 of this report and to approve the necessary legal documentation to be executed on the Council’s behalf thereto; and

1.2.4.  Delegates authority to Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing to approve and to authorise entry into a deed of variation (or any future deeds of variation in relation to the site) by the Council as a landowner to the planning agreement to enable the intermediate housing units to be transferred to WHIL.

1.3. That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart Cities:

1.3.1.  Approves for the general fund to invest £9.1M into WHIL consisting of £5.915M of debt and £3.185M of shareholder loans to fund the purchase and associated costs; and

1.3.2.  Delegates authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Resources to agree final detailed terms with WHIL in respect of the investment and entering into all related legal agreements including loan documentation.

2.     Reasons for Decision 

2.1. Intermediate rent housing once built, cannot be held efficiently in the HRA. This is because the Council is unable to grant assured shorthold tenancies and the Council tenancy agreement always includes a right to buy. Therefore, an option is for the Council to dispose of intermediate units to a party who can arrange for appropriate intermediate tenure tenancies, such as a registered provider. It is considered preferable for the Council to consider disposing of these types of units to WB, ensuring the long term value of the homes is retained within the Council’s group. This is why the disposal to WHIL is proposed.

2.2. To enable the acquisition by WHIL to proceed, it is proposed the Council provides loans to WHIL covering the acquisition price and capitalised costs associated with the acquisition.

2.3.  As the intermediate rent housing is already owned by the Council under leases, this means there is an additional requirement to seek freeholder consent. The Council and WHIL as the proposed purchaser also need to consider the section 106 requirements around disposal.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 19/10/2021

Effective from: 27/10/2021

Wards affected: Little Venice;

Lead officer: James Green


13/10/2021 - Luxborough Street Development, London, W1U ref: 1501    Recommendations Approved

1.     Recommendations

1.1.That Appendix A of the report be exempt from disclosure as it involves the disclosure of information as prescribed by paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule12a to the Local Government Act 1972, (as amended), in that they contain information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority).

1.2. That the Cabinet Member approves the following:

1.2.1.     The preferred way forward as set out in the Full Business Case, namely;

o   A development of 14 affordable Homes for Intermediate Rent together with commercial space at the ground floor,together with Landscaping works to Luxborough Tower

 

o   The direct development of the site by the council

 

o   The appointment of Wates Construction Ltd (Wates) as Main Contractor to deliver the construction works

1.2.2.     To approve the balance of capital expenditure totalling £10.038m       required to deliver the project as set out in paragraph 9.4.

1.2.3.     The execution of the Building Contract between the Council and Wates as Main Contractor to deliver the construction works as referred to in the Legal Implications in Appendix A.

1.2.4.     To pay £311k into the Security for Expenses Escrow Account as required under the Party Wall Act, as referred to in Appendix A and that any draw down against this sum is allocated to central contingency

 

2.     Reasons for the Decision

2.1.         The Council is satisfied that the scheme will contribute towards meeting the City for All objectives, in particular Greener and Cleaner, Vibrant Communities and Civic Leadership and Responsibility.

2.2.         The Council’s City For All objectives set a commitment to deliver 1,850 Affordable homes by 2023.

2.3.         The proposed development, redevelopment or improvement is likely to contribute to achieving the promotion or improvement of the economic, social or environmental well-being of the whole, or any part, of their area (section 226(1)(a) and (1A), TCPA 1990).

2.4.         The Full Business Case represents the final business case stage in the project and reconfirms that project remains the most suitable option for the Council to deliver

2.5.         The Full Business Case has shown that there is still a strong strategic, economic, commercial, financial and management case for the project to progress to the delivery phase.

2.6.         Wates have now completed the detailed design and a rigorous open book tendering exercise has been undertaken and overseen by the Council’s appointed Cost Consultant (Aurora Cost Consultancy). Aurora have confirmed that the Contract Sum for the main works represents reasonable value for money.

2.7.         Having previously recommended the approval of Wates for the pre-construction services agreement in October 2020 following an OJEU compliant tender process, the Commercial Gate Review Panel also recommended on 14 September 2021 the award of the main construction works contract to Wates, subject to Cabinet Member approval

2.8.         The main construction works are scheduled to commence in October 2021

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 19/10/2021

Effective from: 21/10/2021

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;


19/10/2021 - Marble Arch Mound - project and financial update ref: 1504    For Determination

This report provides an update on the budget envelope required to enable delivery of all the activities associated with the delivery of the Marble Arch Mound (‘the Mound’) visitor attraction. The Mound is temporary 24m-high hill structure located at Marble Archwith a viewing platform at the summit. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 19/10/2021

Effective from: 27/10/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning and Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City:

a)     Noted the operational update and reported increase in costs; and

b)     Approved the forecast expenditure as detailed in paragraph 5.2 to cover all aspects of the delivery of the Mound.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Since the initial CMR in May 2021 costs for the Mound have increased and therefore further Cabinet Member approval was required to draw down from the overall provision of £150m Oxford Street District investment budget.

Wards affected: Knightsbridge and Belgravia;


18/10/2021 - Supply and Allocation of Social Housing 2021/22 ref: 1500    For Determination

Recommendations

 

1.1      That the Cabinet Member for Housing agrees:

 

1.1.1    The approach to social lettings set out in table 1 and Appendix B 

 

1.1.2    Any necessary changes to the Allocation Scheme and any other council policies in order to implement the requirements of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (see 6.1–6.2)

 

 

1.1.3 Changes to the Allocations Scheme and to information on the council’s website relating to when Local Lettings Plans are agreed and the principles that are followed when they are implemented (see 6.7).

 

1.1.4    That a 6th priority is added to the priorities for letting intermediate housing in Westminster for ‘London Residents and Workers’, which will apply after 3 months of properties being marketed locally, or earlier if there is no local demand (see 6.6).

 

1.1.5    The updated Homelessness Strategy 2019–2024 Action Plan in Appendix D

 

1.1.6    The updated Accommodation Procurement Policy Action Plan 2021/22 in Appendix E

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1      The council’s Housing Allocation Scheme is read alongside the annual Supply and Allocation of Social Housing Report, which sets out the proportion of social housing the council expects to let to the different groups in need. These lettings projections are needed to guide the approach to lettings during the year. 

 

2.2      This Report is also needed in order to consider and update wider policies relating to the allocation of social and private housing for households on the council’s housing register and to update any policy changes in relation to intermediate housing.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing

Decision published: 18/10/2021

Effective from: 26/10/2021

Lead officer: Cecily Herdman


13/10/2021 - Luxborough Street Development ref: 1499    Recommendations Approved

This paper recommends the approval of the full business case and the appointment of Wates to undertake the works.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 15/10/2021

Effective from: 21/10/2021

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

1.1.That Appendix A of the report be exempt from disclosure as it involves the disclosure of information as prescribed by paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule12a to the Local Government Act 1972, (as amended), in that they contain information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority).

1.2. That the Cabinet Member approves the following:

1.2.1.     The preferred way forward as set out in the Full Business Case, namely;

o   A development of 14 affordable Homes for Intermediate Rent together with commercial space at the ground floor,together with Landscaping works to Luxborough Tower

 

o   The direct development of the site by the council

 

o   The appointment of Wates Construction Ltd (Wates) as Main Contractor to deliver the construction works

1.2.2.     To approve the balance of capital expenditure totalling £10.038m       required to deliver the project as set out in paragraph 9.4.

1.2.3.     The execution of the Building Contract between the Council and Wates as Main Contractor to deliver the construction works as referred to in the Legal Implications in Appendix A.

1.2.4.     To pay £311k into the Security for Expenses Escrow Account as required under the Party Wall Act, as referred to in Appendix A and that any draw down against this sum is allocated to central contingency

 

2.     Reasons for the Decision

2.1.         The Council is satisfied that the scheme will contribute towards meeting the City for All objectives, in particular Greener and Cleaner, Vibrant Communities and Civic Leadership and Responsibility.

2.2.         The Council’s City For All objectives set a commitment to deliver 1,850 Affordable homes by 2023.

2.3.         The proposed development, redevelopment or improvement is likely to contribute to achieving the promotion or improvement of the economic, social or environmental well-being of the whole, or any part, of their area (section 226(1)(a) and (1A), TCPA 1990).

2.4.         The Full Business Case represents the final business case stage in the project and reconfirms that project remains the most suitable option for the Council to deliver

2.5.         The Full Business Case has shown that there is still a strong strategic, economic, commercial, financial and management case for the project to progress to the delivery phase.

2.6.         Wates have now completed the detailed design and a rigorous open book tendering exercise has been undertaken and overseen by the Council’s appointed Cost Consultant (Aurora Cost Consultancy). Aurora have confirmed that the Contract Sum for the main works represents reasonable value for money.

2.7.         Having previously recommended the approval of Wates for the pre-construction services agreement in October 2020 following an OJEU compliant tender process, the Commercial Gate Review Panel also recommended on 14 September 2021 the award of the main construction works contract to Wates, subject to Cabinet Member approval

2.8.         The main construction works are scheduled to commence in October 2021

 

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;


13/10/2021 - Community Play Provision for Children during School Holidays 2021-22 ref: 1497    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 13/10/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £18,620.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Abbey Road, Harrow Road, Maida Vale, Marylebone High Street, Queen's Park, Regent's Park and Westbourne wards, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Abbey Road; Harrow Road; Maida Vale; Marylebone High Street; Queen's Park; Regent's Park; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Clare O'Keefe


13/10/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Marylebone High Street ref: 1472    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 13/10/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the release of funds in the amount of £20,000.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Marylebone High Street ward, as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;

Lead officer: Clare O'Keefe


15/11/2021 - NNDR Hardship scheme for 2021/22 applications ref: 1537    For Determination

This report will seek approval for a new NNDR Hardship scheme for applications received in 2021/22.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 23/11/2021

Decision:

The Cabinet Member approved the Council’s Guidelines for applications for NNDR Discretionary Relief policy document be amended as shown at Appendix A to reflect a change of policy and process for NNDR Hardship Relief applications received in respect of the 2021/22 financial year.

 

3.        Reasons for Decision 

The pre-pandemic arrangements for the processing of NNDR Hardship Relief applications involved limited delegated authority and the majority of cases being considered by the Rating Advisory Panel. This process has been successful over many years and during 2020/21 remained in place for applications relating to 2019/20 or earlier financial years.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley


12/10/2021 - Acquisition of 291 Harrow Road ref: 1496    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member report outlining the recommendation for the acquisition of the 291 Harrow Road Site currently owned by the NHS.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 19/10/2021

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

 

1.1. That Appendix 1 and 2 are 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 Member for Finance and Smart City approves:

 

1.2.1.  the Council proceed with the acquisition of the parcels of land known as 291 Harrow Road, 1-2 Elmfield Way and the DHSC owned N3 site (“the Site”) for the value set out in Appendix 1.

 

1.2.2.  delegates approval to agree final commercial terms of the acquisition as set out in Appendix 2 to the Executive Director of Finance & Resources.

 

1.2.3.  a virement from the General Fund’s central contingency to fund the acquisition and feasibility costs falling in this financial year and notes that a separate budget request for future years will be submitted as part of the Council ’s annual budget setting process.

 

1.3. Subject to approval of recommendation 2.2 above and the legal completion of the acquisition of the Site by the Council, the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves:

 

1.3.1.  That further options analysis is undertaken in relation to various proposals as set out in the OBC Part. 1 (Appendix 2) including further consultation and engagement as required.

 

1.3.2.  A feasibility budget of up to £1.5m to appoint a multi-disciplined project team, to undertake the work set out in 2.3.1. 

 

 

2.     Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1. The Council commissions Learning Disabilities care from Yarrow Housing and Westminster Society on the proposed site. The units are now nearing the end of their useful lifecycle and without intervention would become uninhabitable in the near future, after which the provision would likely move out of Borough.

 

2.2. Acquiring the Site potentially enables the Council to re-provide new, high quality learning disabilities homes alongside a mix of affordable and market sales homes, increasing the provision of affordable housing in the Borough.

 

Wards affected: Westbourne;

Lead officer: James Green


08/10/2021 - Soho Neighbourhood Plan adoption ref: 1493    Recommendations Approved

Approval sought to formally adopt the Neighbourhood Plan for Soho following successful referendum.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 08/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Decision:

           RECOMMENDATIONS

That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning agrees to formally ‘make’ (i.e. adopt) the Soho Neighbourhood Plan as part of Westminster’s Statutory Development Plan, following the referendum held on 2 September 2021.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION 

           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, the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). 

 

 

Wards affected: West End;

Lead officer: Michela Leoni


08/10/2021 - Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan adoption ref: 1494    Recommendations Approved

Approval sought to formally adopt the Neighbourhood Plan for Fitzrovia West following successful referendum.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 08/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Decision:

 

WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL

 

STATEMENT OF DECISION

 

SUBJECT: 

FITZROVIA WEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN ADOPTION

 

 

Notice is hereby given that Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

RECOMMENDATIONS

That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning  agrees to formally ‘make’ (i.e. adopt) the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan as part of Westminster’s Statutory Development Plan, following the referendum held on 2 September 2021.

REASONS FOR DECISION 

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, the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). 

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON  SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

08 October 2021

Implementation Date:

 

08 October 2021, 17.00

Reference:

 

CMBLP/21/MG1

 

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street; West End;

Lead officer: Michela Leoni


01/10/2021 - Infill Development Programme ref: 1473    For Determination

This paper recommends actively progressing 15 infill sites that are at different stages of development including five developments in construction, nine developments pre-construction and one development at feasibility stage and the deferment of 3 sites to enable further due diligence to be undertaken and additional sources of funding to be explored to support the potential progression at a later date. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 01/10/2021

Effective from: 09/10/2021

Decision:

2.     Recommendations

2.1.         That confidential Appendix A is 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).

 

2.2.         The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration and Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved the following:

 

2.1.1     An increase in the net capital expenditure budget required for the infills programme from £15.503m to £15.583m, noting that this assumes the approval of the contingency drawdown in 2.1.2 below.

 

2.1.2     AHF drawdown of £38.298m against the schemes as set out in Appendix A Table 2.

 

2.1.3     A £2.4m drawdown against the central contingency for the exceptional issues and a proportion of the cost increases incurred on the Melrose & Keith, Helmsdale House and Ordnance Mews infill sites.

 

2.1.4     Defer Abbots Manor Playground, Maida Vale Infill and Glastonbury House schemes to enable further due diligence to be undertaken on these projects and to seek additional grant funding opportunities to support these schemes.

 

2.1.5     Adopt a 60% social rent 40% intermediate rent mix (at LLR) to Lydford Community Hall. This meets both Westminster and GLA planning policy and is important given the additional GLA grant funding that is being sought to support this scheme. The proposed changes to mix require further consultation.     

 

2.1.6     The introduction of additional intermediate rental homes for Lydford Community Hall and the acqusition by Westminster Builds was agreed in principle by the Westminster Builds Board on the 22nd June 2021.

 

2.1.7     Noted that more detailed recommendations to approve investment in Westminster Builds to acquire the infill intermediate units will be provided at a later date.

 

 

3.              Reasons for the Decision

3.1.         The Council is satisfied that the Infill Programme will contribute towards meeting the City for All objectives, in particular Greener and Cleaner, Vibrant Communities and Civic Leadership and Responsibility.

3.2.         The Infill Programme contributes 133 affordable homes towards the Council’s affordable housing targets.

 

Wards affected: Abbey Road; Harrow Road; Maida Vale; Tachbrook; Vincent Square; Warwick;


03/12/2021 - Healthy Child Programme (0-5) ref: 1553    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Approval to award a new health visiting contract and align and integrate it with children’s Early Help services to jointly deliver the 0-5 Healthy Child Programme. This workstream is part of the 0-5 Transformation Programme and is integral to achieve the ambitions of ensuring all children have the best start in life. 

The contract is planned to commence on or around 1st April 2022 for a period of five years, with an option to extend for a further two-year period. The total value of the proposed contract (including the extension options) is estimated to be up to £21,600,000 for WCC. 

We anticipate that moving to a single delivery model and integrated workforce will enable us to deliver a more efficient service across the pathway.

The strategy supports the development of a City for All, including our vision for vibrant communities and a smart city; using technology to support a smart service that is responsive to levels of need as well as ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and be healthy no matter their background.

 

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

Decision published: 27/09/2021

Effective from: 11/12/2021

Decision:

2.0      RECOMMENDATION

2.1      The Cabinet Members approved the contract award for delivering the 0-5 Healthy Child Programme to Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust for a period of five years with the option to extend for a further two years as set out in the table below:

Supplier

First Year

Five Year Term

Optional Extension Period (2 years)

Total

Central London Community Healthcare NHS (CLCH)

£2,702,928

£13,961,490

£5,971,154

£19,932,644

 

2.2      The Cabinet Members delegated approval to exercise the option to extend the contract to the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Health in consultation with the Executive Director of Children’s Services.

 

3.0      REASONS FOR DECISION

3.1      The local authority has had commissioning responsibility for the current contract delivered by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust since 2015. During this time direct awards were requested in order to align with the pre-birth to five transformation programme. The current two-year direct award comes to an end in April 2022.

3.2      The implementation of the integrated delivery model will allow the local authority to achieve our local vision to deliver an improved 0-5 pathway, which provides a core, high quality universal offer whilst providing a more intensive offer proportional to need.

3.3      Local authorities are mandated to secure provision of the five universal contacts within the Healthy Child Programme. These include the antenatal health promoting visit, the new baby review, the 6- week assessment, the one-year assessment and the two-year review.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


23/09/2021 - HMO Licensing Policy ref: 1471    Recommendations Approved

Supporting the HMO Licensing Scheme this policy sets out the licensing requirements, regulations and compliance

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 23/09/2021

Effective from: 01/10/2021

Decision:

2.0       Recommendations

 

(i)    The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration, having consulted the Cabinet Member for Housing, approved the partial revocation of the additional licensing designation made on 21st April 2021 to remove from the designation HMOs to which  section 257 of the Housing Act 2004 applies (certain converted blocks of flats).

 

(ii)   That the above revocation takes effect from 1 October 2021.

 

(iii) That the draft HMO Licensing Policy 2021 is approved.        

 

(iv) That delegated authority is given to the Director of Public Protection and Licensing to make minor modifications and updates to the HMO Licensing Policy, in consultation  with the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration.

 

(v)   That authority to carry out HMO enforcement is delegated to an Officer authorised by the Executive Director of Environment and City Management.

 

3.0       Reason for Decision for Removal of s.257 HMO’s from the Designation

 

3.1       The Council has a duty to undertake a review of any discretionary licensing scheme it has implemented to determine whether it is achieving the scheme’s objectives. With the Covid19 pandemic impacting the rental market since the adoption of the scheme, and the way people are living and working changing, it is necessary for the Council to undertake a review to inform a decision on whether the scheme will continue to achieve its objectives in its current framework.

 

3.2       A review of Westminster’s additional Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing scheme designation was conducted in September 2021 and is attached as Appendix A. 

 

3.3       HMOs subject to additional licensing are divided into two categories; HMOs that share basic amenities (s.254) and converted blocks of flats, which are less than two thirds owner-occupied and the conversion works did not comply with the appropriate building standards (s.257).

 

3.4       We know that people living in s.254 HMOs (and not subject to mandatory licensing) are more likely to be living in substandard living conditions and are often exposed to cold rooms, damp and severe overcrowding.  Of the estimated c4,800 shared amenities HMOs (s.254) across the borough, over 80% are expected to have at least one Category One hazard defined under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)[1]. Those residing in s.254 HMOs are also more likely to make service requests and complaints to the Council about their housing standards and conditions, and require enforcement action taken under housing and public Health legislation (Source Metastreet 2019).

 

3.5       Comparison of the overall indices of deprivation for Westminster, location of s.254 HMOs, and predicted Category One hazards for wards in Westminster show a marked correlation particularly to the north west of the city with Church Street, Harrow Road, Queens Park and Westbourne Wards most affected (Source Metastreet 2019).

 


Text Box: Figure 2: No. of statutory notices served on HMOs 2019                Figure 1:  Indices of Deprivation 2019

           

 

3.6       S.254 HMOs are the lowest cost accommodation type in the centre of the City, and as a result, these HMOs are more likely to accommodate the most vulnerable and harder to reach communities, meaning there is a greater risk of exploitation by landlords.  In particular, some of our worst observed properties have been amongst migrant groups.   25% to 30% of Westminster’s population fluctuates every year due to the transient nature of some migrants and the PRS accommodates c.75% of this churn[2]. This cohort are often low-income midterm visitors that stay for several months, and then move on only to be  replaced by new and increasing demand for the spaces they occupied.  Research and our officer experiences evidence that the living arrangements and conditions of these migrants are often poor-quality, and for those with irregular or unresolved legal status, living conditions are observably worse. Some of our worst cases in Westminster have uncovered up to 30 people residing together in just a 3-bedroom room flat. However, requests for intervention within these communities are disproportionately under-represented because language or cultural barriers means that they are often unaware that support services exist, they are unwilling to report concerns for fear of retaliatory eviction, intervention from authorities, or disinclined to report concerns due to their intended short stays. Resource efforts are therefore required to pro-actively identify and target our worst properties and their landlords, who are unlikely to comply with the additional licensing scheme and operate under the radar.

 

            Impact of Covid19

 

3.7       Since the policy was first developed, the City and its economy has changed, with the Covid19 pandemic fundamentally changing the way people are choosing to live and work. 

 

3.9       Officers are concerned that falling rents may result in rented accommodation falling into further disrepair and living conditions worsening, placing our most vulnerable tenants at further risk. Officers consider that efforts should be focused on the pro-active identification and inspections of s.254 HMOs, to ensure we are doing all we can to improve living conditions within people’s homes at this time. 

 

3.10     Officers therefore recommend revoking the designation of s.257 HMOs whilst maintaining the designation of s.254 HMOs so that the Council’s efforts can be focused on protecting the most vulnerable, namely residents in s.254 HMOs, which are not required to be licensed under mandatory licensing. A draft notice of partial revocation of designation is attached as Appendix B.

 

3.11     Improving standards and conditions of the communal parts within s.257 HMOs will continue to be targeted through the Council’s existing housing and environmental health regulatory frameworks.  

 



[1] Category One Hazards are the extreme harm outcome including death from any cause; Lung cancer; Mesothelioma and other malignant lung tumours; Permanent paralysis below the neck; Regular severe pneumonia; Permanent loss of consciousness; 80% burn injuries

[2] ESRO 2007, Behind the Numbers, Migrant Patterns in Westminster

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kirsty Munro


09/11/2021 - Temporary Body Storage ref: 1533    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 22/09/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for City Management Cllr James Spencer approved the contract award for the delivery of Temporary Body Storage.

 

The Cabinet Member for City Management Cllr James Spencer approved the total sum for the full contract term of 4 years.

 

The contract will ensure that London has the necessary tools to respond proactively in the event of future excess death situations (pandemics and emergency scenarios).

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Councillor Anthony Devenish


26/11/2021 - Extra Care Housing Contract Award ref: 1551    Recommendations Approved

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

Decision published: 22/09/2021

Effective from: 27/11/2021

Decision:

1.              Recommendations

2.1.          Further to the approval of the Commercial Gateway Review Board, theDeputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health gave approval to:

2.1.1       Direct award an Extra Care Housing, Care and Support contract to Octavia for an initial term of up to 36 months, with the option to extend for terms of 36 months, subject to ongoing endorsement of the Commercial Gateway Review Board and the necessary extension approvals in due course.

 

2.1.2     Grants a waiver to the tendering requirements of the Procurement Code following a recommendation from the appropriate Executive Leadership Team Member and Director of Commercial Partnerships, to directly award the above WCC listed contracts for the reasons described in the report.

 

2.2.          The Legal Comments in section 9 of the report be noted, and that a balanced approach to risk management be taken as set out in section 6 of the report.

 

2.               Reasons for Decision

3.1.            The Health and Social Care Act 2012 sets out the public health duties conferred to Local Authorities which includes a duty to improve the health of the people that live in the area.

3.2.            The Care Act 2014 places a duty upon Local Authorities to ensure older people receive services that prevent their care needs from becoming more serious or delay the impact of their needs.

3.3.            The Care Act 2014 also stipulates a duty to Local Authorities to meet residents assessed needs.  

3.4.            Extra care housing services supports people assessed as needing access to 24/7 care and support in a highly effective and popular way that facilitates individual preferences relating to personal outcomes and wellbeing.

3.5.            Extra care housing services also play a vital role in supporting vulnerable people to maintain their independence, remain in the borough, prevent and reduce the need for emergency and more costly health and social care services.

3.6.            With the existing service contract reaching expiry it is essential that a good quality service is in place in order to achieve the service outcomes being sought and maintain the health and wellbeing in a time of unprecedented challenges.

3.7.            The contract award enables service continuity with an effective, local, third sector, highly experienced, highly responsive, provider as well as delivering value for money.

 

Wards affected: Maida Vale;

Lead officer: Elizabeth Gallou


17/11/2021 - Contact Centre Operating Model Review ref: 1538    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 21/09/2021

Effective from: 25/11/2021

Decision:

1.               Recommendations

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved the recommendation to bring the daytime corporate contact centre in-house for delivery alongside the housing management contact centre.

 

2.               Reasons for Decision

 

        The current contract with Agilisys to manage the daytime corporate contact centre expires in November 2022. Following two contract extensions no further extensions can be granted.

        A decision was required on the future operating model for the daytime corporate contact centre which needed to be agreed, planned and in place by November 2022 to ensure continuity of service.

        Insourcing the daytime corporate contact centre will provide the Council with greater control of performance, resourcing and quality and opportunities to transform the way our customers interact with us.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Parmeen Sarda


17/09/2021 - Extension of the Waste Collection and Street Cleansing Contract and Food Waste/Recycling Processing Contracts with Veolia ES (UK) Ltd. ref: 1469    Recommendations Approved

The council has a statutory duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to keep highways clean (to prescribed levels), collect household waste and collect commercial or industrial waste if requested. The current waste collection and cleansing contract commenced 16th September 2010 and was initially for a seven-year term to September 2017.? However, in 2017 the Council enacted a three-year extension to the contract extending the term to September 2020. At which point a further one-year extension was enacted taking the current contract term to 15th September 2021.?

There is provision in the current contract for it to be extended for up to a further three years to September 2024 without the council having to undertake a formal competitive tendering process.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 17/09/2021

Effective from: 25/09/2021

Decision:

Notice is hereby given that Councillor James Spencer, Cabinet Member for City Management,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

SUMMARY OF THE DECISIONS

 

That the 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).

 

That the extension of the Waste and Recycling Collection, Street Cleansing and Ancillary Services Contract be approved as set out in the report.

That the extension of the Recycling processing contract be approved as set out in the report.

 

That the extension of the Food waste processing contract be approved as set out in the report.

 

That a request for additional capital requirements be submitted in the CPSR process to fund the one-off capital spend required in the food waste roll-out.

 

That a request for additional revenue budget be submitted as a pressure in the MTFS process to fund the growth required for the food waste programme.

 

 

Reasons for Decision 

The scale of change to both how waste services operate and are funded from 2023 requires a new strategic approach to future waste management in Westminster. The social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Westminster and its implications for waste and cleansing services will also need to be fully assessed. This requires an investment of time and external challenge to ensure that the services we procure in future not only meet the changing legislative requirements such as the soon to be introduce new Environment Bill and National Waste Strategy but also future proof the services for the longer term.

 

An extension of the three contracts in question provides the time to develop the strategy to prepare for future challenges.

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON 

SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

17.09. 2021

Implementation Date:

 

24.09 2021 at 5pm

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Raj Mistry


13/09/2021 - Revision of the Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 ref: 1468    Recommendations Approved

Following public consultation on the proposed revisions to the Councils Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 a Cabinet Member Decision is required for the approval of the final revisions of the Licensing Policy, specifically the inclusion of three new policies for ancillary deliveries, delivery centres and shops, the removal of the off licence conditions and other minor amendments to other policies to reference the new policies or enable their implementation and refer it to Full Council for adoption.  

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 13/09/2021

Effective from: 13/09/2021

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning is asked to consider the revisions to the Statement of Licensing Policy as attached at Appendix 2 and recommend to Full Council that the Policy is approved and adopted in accordance with section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act).

Reasons for Decision 

 

1)    The Council has published its five-year Statement of Licensing Policy (SLP) with respect to the exercise of its licensing functions.  The current SLP has been effective from the 7th January 2021 and the end of the current policy period will be on the 6th January 2026 and is used to determine licensing applications under the framework of the Act.  However, the Council as the Licensing Authority is required to keep that policy under review and make such revisions to it as it considers appropriate.

 

2)    The increase in the number of premises in Westminster offering delivery services is a development that the Licensing Authority considers justifies a revision to the SLP.  This increase has been particularly noticeable since the onset of COVID-19, especially as restrictions ease.  Westminster’s Licensing Policy does not currently have specific policies for deliveries. These proposals address this specific issue in order to support licensed businesses within Westminster to grow and diversify in a safe, responsible and positive way whilst also addressing residents’ concerns and ultimately promote the four licensing objectives.

 

3)    Before revising its SLP the Licensing Authority must consult on those proposed revisions.  The duty to consult is mandatory and the proposals are to be advertised externally.  The responses received are to be properly considered by the Licensing Authority with an explanation given to each of the responses that is fair and balanced.  The Licensing Authority has concluded its consultation on its proposed revisions to the SLP and is now required to present it to Full Council for review and consideration so that the revised SLP can be adopted.  The Licensing Act 2003 requires that the SLP is reviewed and approved by Full Council and therefore if the Cabinet Member considers the revisions to the SLP acceptable the Cabinet Member is asked to recommend the revised SLP to Full Council for approval. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kerry Simpkin


10/09/2021 - Westminster CIL and S106 - Project Allocations ref: 1467    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 10/09/2021

Effective from: 18/09/2021

Decision:

1.0.         Recommendations

 

1.1.         The Cabinet Member is asked to approve the following Neighbourhood CIL bids for allocation:

 

i)                Reconfiguration of St Johns Wood High Street

ii)               Green Roof Terrace for St Marylebone CE School

iii)             Metropolitan Police Service CCTV Installations for Westbourne (in principle)

iv)             Additional Catenary Infrastructure for the West End

 

1.2.         The Cabinet Member is asked to defer the following applications:

 

v)              The Pineapple Project at St Mary’s Bourne Street

vi)             Community Hire Space for the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes & St Vincent de Paul.

 

2.0.         Reasons for Decision 

 

2.1.         In order 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.

 


10/09/2021 - Victoria Business Library ref: 1466    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning

Decision published: 10/09/2021

Effective from: 10/09/2021

Decision:

 

Recommendations

This paper seeks agreement for the following desk hire rates:

Desk type

Hire rate

Fixed desk: single (per month)

£195.00

Fixed desk: group of four (per month)

£585.00

Hot-desking: monthly

£95.00

Hot-desking: weekly

£45.00

Hot-desking: daily

£20.00

 

In a previous conversation with the cabinet member these charges were discussed, and it was agreed that the charges may need to be flexible within a similar range, including offering promotional prices. This is due to this being an entirely new service and space which needs to be launched to understand demand.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

The recommendation is being made due to new charges being required for the new co-working space that will be introduced as part of the new business library. The business library will provide a number of free services (business resources, enquiries and events) as well as a secure co-working space with ‘for hire’ desk spaces.

 

Wards affected: Warwick;

Lead officer: Erin Caseley


09/09/2021 - Transfer of School Land ref: 1463    Recommendations Approved

The Council is required to transfer the title of land which it holds for the purposes of a school which falls within the remit of the School Standards & Framework Act 1998.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 09/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

2.        Recommendations

2.1       The Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved the transfer of freehold titles at St Augustine’s CE Primary School, St Mary of the Angels RC Primary School, and Westminster Cathedral RC Primary School, as set out in paragraph 4.4 below, in accordance with the provisions of the School Standards & Framework Act 1998.

 

3.         Reasons for Decision 

 

3.1       Under the School Standards & Framework Act 1998 (the Act) the City Council is required to transfer land (other than playing fields) which is held or used by a local authority for the purposes of the school to the governing body, the foundation body or the trustees of any school that falls within the remit of this legislation. The land is to be transferred for nil consideration, to be held by them for the purposes of the school. The City Council in accordance with the Act will be responsible for the legal costs of the Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church and the London Diocesan Board for Schools (Church of England) in respect of each transfer.

 

3.2     Schools which fall within the remit of the Act are usually, but not limited to, the following: foundation schools, voluntary controlled and voluntary aided schools and foundation special schools.

 

3.3       The Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church and the London Diocesan Board for Schools (Church of England) (Diocesan authorities) are entitled under the Act to the transfer to them of the land forming the various school sites listed in this report and the Diocesan Authorities have requested the City Council to carry out these transfers.

 

Wards affected: Maida Vale; Tachbrook; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Ian Heggs


06/09/2021 - Alternative Provision and Behaviour Outreach Contract ref: 1460    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning

Decision published: 06/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

1.1. A contract for the provision of full-time alternative provision (AP) education from Latimer and Beachcroft AP Academies to be directly awarded to Ormiston Academy Trust (OAT).

 

1.2. To waive the Contract Regulations’ requirement for competitive tendering prior to contract award to make this direct award for full-time AP to OAT for a period of twelve months from September 2021, with the option to extend the contract for a further period of three years, dependent on a successful negotiation between WCC and OAT. In WCC, the value of the initial twelve-month term for the AP contract is £603,500 and the estimated value of the three-year extension period is £1,906,288.

1.3. A contract for the provision of behaviour outreach (off-site managed intervention placements for secondary students from the Westminster Education Centre (WEC) and Golborne Education Centre (GEC) and on-site behaviour interventions for primary pupils) to be directly awarded to OAT.

 

1.4.To waive the Contract Regulations’ requirement for competitive tendering prior to contract award to make this direct award for behaviour outreach to OAT for a period of twelve months from September 2021, with the option to extend the contract for a further period up to one year, with a three-month break clause, dependent on a successful negotiation between WCC and OAT and on the outcome of a service review in line with the principles set out in the Bi-Borough Inclusion Strategy ahead of approaching the market with a competitive tender to deliver these services. The value of the initial twelve-month term for the behaviour outreach contract is £244,000 and the estimated value of the one-year extension period is £244,000[1].

 

2.     Reasons for Decision

 

2.1. It is recommended that arrangements are made for the provision of these services in order to meet the following duties:

 

·           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. We are also responsible for children who have had trouble getting a school place and who are placed via the Fair Access Panel (FAP).

 

·           Schools have a duty to arrange and fund education provision for children and young people who receive a fixed term exclusion (from the sixth day). Schools are also responsible for children and young people who are directed off-site for short term interventions to improve their behaviour.

 

2.2. The provision of these services is currently covered by a Service Level Agreement (SLA), which is set to expire in August 2021. Published guidance does not detail any expectations for whether a contract or SLA should be put in place for this type of service. Over the last few years other LAs have moved away from SLA arrangements for these services in favour of contracts that provide more robust legal assurances and protections[2]. Therefore, it is recommended that these arrangements are formalised under a contract.

 

2.3. The recommendation to waive the Procurement Code’s requirement for competitive tendering and to directly award the contracts to OAT is made because:

 

·           There is a risk that if this contract was to go out to the market with a September 2021 start it would not be attractive to smaller providers who do not already have the backing of the DfE. The current Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) responsible for the delivery of these services on behalf of WCC is in the process of being dissolved, and the transfer of the TBAP academies to OAT by September 2021 is being overseen and managed by the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC). The TBAP academies are currently loss-making and therefore OAT, as one of the largest MATs in the country, has been identified by the RSC as a provider that will be able to transform the service into one that is financially viable. This will help to provide some much-needed stability to the delivery to this statutory provision.

 

·           Market research has indicated that there are no other AP settings within the borough that would be in a position to deliver the volume of provision that is required to meet need in WCC. In addition to this, there are children and young people living in Westminster who are currently on roll at Latimer and Beachcroft AP Academies. Directly awarding the contract to OAT would ensure continuity for these placements and avoid destabilising children and young people who are already at risk of poorer educational and life outcomes than their peers.

 

2.4. The recommendation to include an option to extend the contract for AP education for a period of three years after the initial term is made because:

 

·           As part of their due diligence process, OAT is keen to establish the financial viability of the academies before committing to take them on as the new MAT sponsor. There is a risk that without a commitment from WCC to explore a longer-term arrangement with OAT, their Board of Trustees will not agree to take over the sponsorship of the academies and there will be no provider in place for the 2021/22 academic year.

 

·           There is an ongoing requirement for WCC to invest High Needs Block (HNB) funding into Beachcroft AP Academy, whether or not commissioning arrangements to use this provision are in place. As the academy was previously an in-house PRU it continues to be the duty of WCC to provide the place funding for this setting, at a rate of £10,000 per place.

 

2.5. The recommendation to include an option to extend the contract for behaviour outreach for a period of up to one year is made because:

 

·           Although likely that the extension period will be asked for, commissioners want the flexibility to vary and extend the contract after the initial period to ensure the service is meeting need and is delivering value for money. Following the development of the Bi-borough Inclusion Strategy (due to be launched during the 2021 Summer term) there are several related areas of work to pilot targeted interventions for children and young people at risk of exclusion. These pilot programmes will commence in September 2021 and the impact of these interventions will not be seen for at least two terms which will not afford enough time to run a competitive procurement based on this learning.

 

2.6. The level of investment from the HNB into the AP contract reflects a reduction in the per place contributions for managed moves as the referring mainstream schools will be asked to contribute to the cost of delivering these places from September 2021. The onus will be on the new provider (OAT), with support from the Local Authority, to agree future contributions from schools to ensure there is no funding gap for non-statutory provision.  This change reflects the ambitions of the inclusion strategy as it is expected to increase accountability for the young people placed into AP. This change will help to ensure that the right placements are being arranged at the right time, that all avenues have been explored before a managed move into AP is considered and that opportunities for reintegration into a mainstream setting are proactively pursued.

 



[1] There are other targeted elements of the current SLA that would not be included in the proposed contract as they will continue to be purchased through micro-commissioning arrangements, for example children with an AP setting named on their EHC plan taking up special school places.

[2] A contract deals with provisions that the SLA does not including Information Governance and information sharing, insurance and indemnity, TUPE, termination provisions, confidentiality, payment provisions, default provisions, premises and property requirements, subcontracting and novation.

Wards affected: (All Wards);


03/09/2021 - Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme - Tranche 3 Proposal ref: 1449    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 03/09/2021

Effective from: 03/09/2021

Decision:

Recommendation

That the proposal to support businesses most impacted by the government’s four-week extended lockdown restrictions (from 21st June – 19th July 2021), as outlined in Section 5 of this report, are approved.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The proposal outlined in section 5 of this report seeks to provide crucial support to those business groups who are considered to be most impacted within the borough by the four-week extension to lockdown restrictions for the period between 21st June – 19th July 2021. This is in line with the government’s request that local authorities support these businesses within the third tranche of funding that they have been allocated.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


02/09/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Abbey Road, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Church Street, Hyde Park, Marylebone High Street, Regent’s Park and West End ref: 1448    For Determination

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 02/09/2021

Effective from: 02/09/2021

Decision:

That the Leader of the Council approves the release of funds in the amount of £10,232.28 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Abbey Road, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Church Street, Hyde Park, Marylebone High Street, Regent’s Park and West End as detailed in the report.

 

Wards affected: Abbey Road; Bryanston and Dorset Square; Church Street; Hyde Park; Marylebone High Street; Regent's Park; West End;

Lead officer: Clare O'Keefe


20/08/2021 - 10 Orange Street Lease Renewal ref: 1418    Recommendations Approved

Short length new lease with existing tenant of whole building on flexible terms for both parties and in line with current market conditions

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 20/08/2021

Effective from: 29/08/2021

Decision:

Recommendations

1.      The appendices to the Report is 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).

2.      The Cabinet Member approved to the grant of the proposed new lease and gave delegated authority to the Director of Property and Strategic Asset Management in conjunction with the Director of Law to enable the agreed final form of legal documentation to be executed and completed.

Reasons for Decision

The key reasons and rationale for supporting this decision are as follows: 

(1)  The grant of a new Lease will maintain an income stream form the subject investment property albeit the net receipts will be considerably less than that under the previous lease once the proposed rent free and adjustments are taken into account. 

(2)  The continued occupation of the Building will mean the Council will not be liable for any potential void costs nor the risks and costs associated with securing a new occupant

(3)  The relatively short term and flexibility proposed within the new Lease gives the Council a sufficient time-frame to consider and agree a longer term strategy for the Building in conjunction with its other neighbouring investment property interests.

(4)  An external rental valuation has been carried out and the agreed terms represent the best consideration obtainable by the Council in the current market conditions.

 

Wards affected: St James's;

Lead officer: Philip Owen


20/08/2021 - Support to flood-affected Westminster residents ref: 1417    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 20/08/2021

Effective from: 20/08/2021

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approved:

 

The proposed expenditure of £4,900.00 from the Harrow Road Ward Budget leaves £22,550.00 remaining for allocation in the current financial year.

 

The proposed expenditure of £9,100.00 from the Maida Vale Ward Budget leaves £28,600.03 remaining for allocation in the current financial year.

 

 

£14,000.00 will enable One Westminster to support residents of Harrow Road and Maida Vale affected by recent flooding. The organisation has launched a fundraising appeal as many residents in these wards are not insured due to living in poverty or on very low incomes. The funding will be used to contribute to running an emergency response grant scheme to which residents can apply for support. Approximately 130 Maida Vale and 70 Harrow Road households will benefit from this support.

 

 

 

Wards affected: Harrow Road; Maida Vale;

Lead officer: Naomi Ariama


16/08/2021 - Ebury Bridge Estate (Phase 1) Final Business Case ref: 1419    Recommendations Approved

This document summarises the final business case for proceeding with the phase 1 development at Ebury Bridge Estate, decisions required and award of contract to the building contractor.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 16/08/2021

Effective from: 24/08/2021

Decision:

2.              Recommendations

 

2.1          That Appendices 1, 2 and 4 of this report are exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that they contain information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.2          That Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City:

 

2.2.1     Approved the FBC for Phase 1 of the Ebury Bridge renewal scheme as set out above and in Appendix 1 and supported by Appendix 2 and 3 of this report.

2.2.2    Subject to 2.2.1 approved the appointment of Bouygues (U.K.) Limited (BYUK) as the Main Contractor to deliver the construction work on Phase 1 of the scheme, all associated spend in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract and the completion of all necessary contractual documentation associated with this appointment.

2.2.3    Subject to compliance with the minimum commercial assumptions in this report and the FBC with regards to the Phase 1 intermediate units, delegated authority to the Executive Director for Growth, Planning and Housing to approve the relevant documentation to give effect to the lawful disposal of the Phase 1 intermediate rent units to WHIL and thereafter for the Council to enter into those agreements.

2.2.4    Subject to the Commercial Gateway Review Board (CGRB) endorsement and recommendation to approve from the appropriate Executive Leadership Team member, approved the appointment of Cundall Johnston & Partners LLP (CJ&P LLP), the recommended contractor as the compliance monitoring team for Phase 1 delivery at a contract value of £5,888,842.

2.2.5    Approved expenditure for the compliance monitoring team for Phase 1 delivery of £1,709,918.

2.2.6    Noted the current position in relation to the scheme viability for all phases of delivery.  

2.2.7    Noted the intention to undertake soft market testing and eventual procurement of an external provider to deliver all housing and estate management services required for both Phase 1 and future phases for an initial delivery period.

2.2.8    Noted the intention to undertake soft market testing and eventual procurement of an external provider to deliver the energy maintenance and management services on the scheme. 

 

3.              Reasons for the Decision

 

3.1.         Identified in the 2010 Housing Investment Strategy, the regeneration of the Ebury Bridge estate is a key priority for the City Council.

 

3.2.         The Council is satisfied that the redevelopment of the estate will contribute towards meeting the City for All objectives, in particular the ‘Vibrant Communities’ and ‘Greener and Cleaner’ pillars.

 

3.3.         Following the City Council’s approval of Scenario 7, the full redevelopment of the existing estate, significant progress has been made in preparation for the delivery of the renewal scheme.

 

3.4.         Of the 336 households originally residing on the estate, 239 households have been successfully re-housed elsewhere in the City. This has been achieved without the use of compulsory purchase powers or legal enforcement action.

 

3.5.         140 households have indicated they wish to return to the redeveloped estate and remain in regular dialogue with the project team about their move back.

 

3.6.         The vacant possession of blocks across the estate has enabled land assembly work to progress at pace. This has included the demolition of 7 of the 13 existing residential blocks, ground investigations, utility diversions and initial groundworks that have prepared the Phase 1 site for redevelopment. The Phase 1 programme allows for the successful completion of all necessary Phase 1 site preparation works for the main works, piling activity, to commence in November 2021.

 

3.7.         The procurement of a design and build contractor was successfully undertaken and BYUK have been working with the team under a Pre-Construction Services Agreement (PCSA) and have offered a value for money fixed price works package for the delivery of Phase 1.  Construction activity, inflation, materials pricing and labour shortages are increasing the cost of construction within the market and it’s important to secure the Phase 1 fixed price offered to ensure no adverse movement in the Phase 1 and overall scheme viability.

 

3.8.         Following a thorough and detailed pre-planning consultation period, the scheme received unanimous planning approval in April 2021. The consent enables the construction of Phase 1 of the scheme pending completion of the unilateral undertaking and the discharge of pre-commencement conditions.  The team are well advanced in agreeing the unilateral undertaking and gaining GLA approval and preparations to discharge the pre-commencement conditions are underway to ensure a timely commencement of on-site activities and delivery of the reed programme.

 

3.9.         A Unilateral Undertaking has been agreed with the Local Planning Authority and has now been issued to the GLA with their approval expected in early August.  Full planning approval in early August will ensure a start on site date of Phase 1 in September 2021, with main works commencing in November 2021 with practical completion in March 2024.  This programme is reflected in the Phase 1 fixed price and contractual terms negotiated with BYUK.

 

3.10.     The required land appropriation for Phase 1 also needs to be undertaken for the purposes of planning and the successful delivery of Phase 1. A thorough assessment of the implications of the Phase 1 and entire development have been undertaken by the team, local consultation and negotiation is underway as we have been advised and approval is now required for us to complete the formal appropriation process from a legal and financial perspective.

 

3.11.     The required team is in place, to effectively client and successfully deliver the Phase 1 development, with the exception of the Compliance Monitoring Team (CMT), that will ensure that BYUK deliver the Phase 1 homes to the required design quality and safety requirements that have been specified.  Subject to Gate 3 approval, the procurement of the CMT has been concluded and a preferred contractor is recommended for appointment.  Further details of this procurement and the recommended award is provided in Appendix 4 of this report.  

 

3.12.     The FBC has been produced supporting the recommendation that the City Council takes the lead in the delivery of Phase 1 of the Ebury Bridge scheme, thereby evidencing:

 

·       A compelling case for change;

·       Maximising value for money, including wider social, environmental and economic benefits;

·       Successful delivery by the Council and its contractors.

 

3.13.     The approvals 30% of the total construction costs associated with the Ebury regeneration scheme.  Importantly, it also maintains momentum of delivery on site and the delivery of 226 new high quality homes, 142 of which are affordable, and the first of the new landscaped public open spaces by 2024; setting the standard for all future phases of the development.    

3.14.     Our proposed management approach assumes a comprehensive, single management provider to deliver all housing and estate services required across all tenures within Ebury.  The services that comprise the management solution on Ebury are detailed in Table 1 below. The operational cost assumptions include all required lifecycle, maintenance and management services to deliver a successful long term estate regeneration scheme on Ebury.  The scope of the services will include the following and will be subject to further market engagement and a suitable procurement approach to engage a suitably qualified partner for Phase 1 and potentially future phases of the development.  A breakdown of the assumed operational costs are included within the FBC attached at Appendix 1.

Table 1: Scope of Housing and Estate Management Services

Housing and Estate Service Scope

Management & concierge

Security

Cleaning

Mechanical & Electrical servicing

Landscaping

Management of planned repairs and maintenance

Cyclical works to communal areas

Community engagement

Tenancy management – all tenures

Income collection – all tenures

Void management

Marketing & re-letting

 

3.15.     Ebury performs well from a sustainability perspective due to the adoption of a ground source and air source heat pump solution to deliver all required heating and cooling requirements for the new homes.  It is recognised that the energy infrastructure and energy provision across the new estate will require specialist support and this is subject to further work and recommendations in due course.  The maintenance and lifecycle costs of the energy infrastructure does form part of the operational cost assumptions contained within the Phase 1 and overall scheme viability position.

 

Wards affected: Churchill;

Lead officer: Vikki Everett


12/08/2021 - Huguenot House - Delivery Route ref: 1385    Recommendations Approved

The report reviews the advantages and disadvantages of a number of options to deliver the full-scale redevelopment of Huguenot House. The documentation also includes the Outline Business Case.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 13/08/2021

Effective from: 21/08/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City:

 

Approved the Outline Business Case (Part 1) on the basis that there is an opportunity to deliver a mixed-use leisure led scheme in line with the Council’s strategic objectives.

 

Approved reclassification of £0.2m of spend to carry out soft market testing and to take the scheme to Outline Business Case Part 2 stage.

 

Noted that the soft market testing exercise will be undertaken to assess potential delivery routes and gauge the interest of the market in working with the Council to deliver the scheme, the result of which will be presented in an Outline Business Case Part 2.

 

Note that Appendix 1 and 2 of this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that these documents contain information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Reasons for Decision and Justification

 

The Preferred Way Forward report was approved in March 2021 with development being approved.  This report set out the next stage of the project, namely to start the work to consider the best delivery route.  This report also presented the Outline Business Case Part 1 for approval.

 

Wards affected: St James's;


05/08/2021 - Harley Street Area Partnership BID Ballot ref: 1383    Recommendations Approved

A new BID for the Harley Street Area proposed for a 5 year term.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 05/08/2021

Effective from: 05/08/2021

Decision:

Summary of Decision

 

That the Harley Street Area Partnership’s Ltd BID proposal be endorsed.

 

That the Chief Executive be requested as the City Council’s Returning Officer and “ballot holder” to hold a ballot for the Harley Street Area Partnership Ltd in respect of their BID Proposal be approved.

 

That the Director of Law be authorised on behalf of the City Council to enter into the necessary legal agreements for collection of the BID Levy. In addition, deal with related service specifications for all other connected services which the City Council is required to deliver throughout the BID’s term and any other necessary legal matters in respect of the Harley Street Area Partnership Ltd BID Proposal as instructed and in consultation with the appropriate officers.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The proposed Harley Street Area Partnership Ltd BID will be the fifth Westminster BID under Chief Executive Ruth Duston. Primera Ltd’s other BIDs have well established successful collaborative relationships with the City Council and has been instrumental in delivering significant changes within south Westminster in particular, over the last two years.

The added challenge of Covid-19 and recovery of the City have catalysed the need for areas within London to reassess its offer and future vision. The establishment of the Harley Street Area Partnership Ltd BID will unlock tangible enhancements for the area and the businesses within it.

The Harley Street Area Partnership Ltd BID would raise just over £5m over five years to invest across public realm and wayfinding, national and international marketing, business sustainability and connectivity and safety and business resilience.

The establishment of the Harley Street Area Partnership Ltd BID will bring about collectiveaction and collaboration which will enable the district to continueto grow into a sustainable, attractive, secure and globallyrecognised destination, able to meet the changing needs of businesses across the whole community

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON  SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

5 August 2021

Implementation Date:

5 August 2021

 

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;

Lead officer: Haylea Asadi


26/11/2021 - Rating Advisory Panel 26.10.2021 ref: 1550    Recommendations Approved

Business Rates Discretionary & Hardship Relief

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 05/08/2021

Effective from: 26/11/2021

Decision:

2.        Recommendations

 

2.1      That this report and appendices are 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 an individual.

 

2.2     The Cabinet Member approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 26th October 2021 and determined the applications for NNDR Discretionary and Hardship relief set out in Appendix A.

 

3.         Reasons for Decision

 

3.1      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);

Lead officer: Gemma Williams


03/08/2021 - Rating Advisory Panel - 13.07.2021 ref: 1382    Recommendations Approved

Business Rates Discretionary and Hardship Relief

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 03/08/2021

Effective from: 03/08/2021

Decision:

That this report and appendices are 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 an individual. 

 

That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 13th July 2021 and determines 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. 

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gemma Williams


03/08/2021 - Review of the Local List of Information Requirements for Planning and Associated Applications: Agreement to Consult ref: 1381    Recommendations Approved

Agreement to undertake public consultation on amendments to information required with planning and associated applications.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 03/08/2021

Effective from: 03/08/2021

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning has approved the revised draft local lists of information requirements for planning and related applications set out in Appendix 1 (Full List of Requirements) and Appendix 2 (Individual checklists by development types), for consultation purposes.

Reasons for Decision

To provide an up-to-date local list of validation requirements for planning and related applications, as required by national policy and guidance.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jane Hamilton


02/08/2021 - Reverend Dr John Clifford Green Plaque ref: 1379    Recommendations Approved

Proposal for a commemorative Green Plaque to Rev Dr John Clifford, world renowned Baptist minister and social reformer at Westbourne Park Baptist Church.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 02/08/2021

Effective from: 02/08/2021

Decision:

That the nomination for a commemorative Green Plaque to Rev Dr John Clifford at Westbourne Park Baptist Church, Porchester Road, W2 5DX, be approved.

 

Reasons for decision

 

Rev Dr John Clifford was a social reformer ahead of his time and has strong links with the local area as Minister of Praed Street Baptist Church and Westbourne Park. This strong local connection aligns with the aims of the Green Plaque scheme to create a sense of local pride and highlight local history.

 

           As a Westminster resident, preacher, writer, propagandist and ardent Liberal and socialist politician, he became a powerful voice in the Nonconformist movement. He was an eloquent speaker, social reformer and opponent of sectarian bias in schooling.

 

Wards affected: Bayswater;

Lead officer: Claire Appleby


21/07/2021 - Westminster Community Homes – Funding requirements for revised development programme ref: 1374    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision regarding the approval of AHF funding and council loan financing to support the delivery of 50 additional affordable homes for use by City Council nominees.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 21/07/2021

Effective from: 21/07/2021

Decision:

Recommendations

 

That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved:

 

1)              A funding allocation of £3.773m be provided to Westminster Community Homes from the Council’s Affordable Housing Fund.

 

2)              The provision of a Development loan financing of £2.7m to Westminster     Community Homes over a 25 year period.

 

3)              Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Resources to approve final terms and enter into the loan and funding agreements together with any other associated legal agreements.

 

Reasons for Decision  

1)       The provision of funding by the Council to Westminster Community Homes assisted in the delivery of additional affordable homes in the city. These units contributed towards the ‘City for All’ housing target and provided rehousing opportunities for City Council nominees.

2)       It was a permitted use of the Affordable Housing Fund to finance the delivery of new affordable housing in Westminster.  The Council had the ability to provide loan financing into WCH to also support this provision.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lyndsey Gamble


06/08/2021 - Balmoral Castle and Darwin House Project Development Proposals ref: 1384    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 21/07/2021

Effective from: 14/08/2021

Decision:

1.     Recommendations

 

1.1   Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration & Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City:

 

·        Approved the Outline Business Case on the basis that there is an opportunity to deliver a housing led scheme in line with the Council’s strategic objectives

 

·        Agreed that Option 4C is the Preferred Way forward for this development site:

o   100% Affordable residential scheme- CSH at social rent and general needs block at intermediate rent (75% London Living Rent and 25% Lower quartile rent)

 

·        Agreed the number and tenure of affordable housing as set out below:

o   34 Community Supportive Homes and 18 General Needs Intermediate Rental Homes

 

·        Approved direct development as the delivery option for the scheme

 

·        Noted the expenditure to date

 

·        Approved additional expenditure to progress the scheme to Final Business Case (FBC) stage

 

·        Authorised the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing, the Bi-Borough Director of Law, to deal with all legal arrangements to affect the recommendations set out in this report, including entering into S106 agreement.

 

·        Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Growth Planning and Housing to enter into contracts as necessary for the completion of the scheme, including contracts for enabling works.

 

 

2.     Reasons for Decision 

2.1   The Council is satisfied that the redevelopment will contribute towards meeting the City for All objectives, in particular; Greener and Cleaner City, Vibrant Communities and Civic Leadership and Responsibility.

 

2.2   The development will contribute 52 new affordable homes towards the councils affordable housing targets.

 

2.3   The outline business case has shown there is a strong Strategic, Economic, Commercial, Financial and Management case to progress to RIBA 4 and delivery phase.

 

 

Wards affected: Churchill;

Lead officer: Joe Smith


19/07/2021 - Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (06.07.21) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Applications ref: 1373    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

1)              That Appendix A to the report be 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.

          

2)              That the Cabinet Member approved the recommendations of the Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 6 July 2021

 

Reasons for Decision 

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

 

Lead officer: Gwyn Thomas


13/08/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Bayswater, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Churchill, Church Street, Harrow Road, Maida Vale, Queen's Park, St James's and Westbourne ref: 1395    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 13/07/2021

Effective from: 13/08/2021

Decision:

WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL

 

STATEMENT OF DECISION

 

SUBJECT: 

Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget of Bayswater, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Churchill, Church Street, Harrow Road, Maida Vale, Queen's Park, St James's and Westbourne

 

 

Notice is hereby given that Councillor Heather Acton,Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration, has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

 

Summary of Decision

 

 

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approved the release of funds in the amount of £29,700.00 in respect of the above proposal, from the ward members of Bayswater, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Churchill, Church Street, Harrow Road, Maida Vale, Queen's Park, St James's and Westbourne wards, as detailed in the report.

 

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Holistic Advice and Advocacy in Westminster by Z2K (Zacchaeus 2000 Trust). Funding will contribute towards Z2K’s casework to support individuals in Westminster with their complex benefits and housing issues.

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON 

SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

13 August 2021

Implementation Date:

 

20 August 2021

Reference:

 

CMfPP&L/25 2020-21

 

Wards affected: Bayswater; Bryanston and Dorset Square; Church Street; Churchill; Harrow Road; Maida Vale; Queen's Park; St James's; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Richard Cressey


12/07/2021 - Queen's Park Neighbourhood Plan ref: 1371    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 12/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member agreed:

A)    That the recommendations of the examiner as set out in the council’s decision statement (see Appendix 1) be accepted.

 

B)    That the examiner’s recommendation that the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan, as modified in Appendix 2, proceed to referendum be accepted.

C)   That in accordance with the examiner’s recommendation, the referendum area be restricted the neighbourhood area designated by the council on 10th January 2014 as the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Area.

 

D)   That if the result of the referendum is in support of the approval of the plan, the council proceeds to formally make the plan.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION 

1)    The examiner’s recommendations will ensure the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan is clear and effective as a framework for making decisions on planning applications in the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Area. They address the concerns raised by the council and other stakeholders, and ensure the plan meets the basic conditions prescribed by legislation.

 

2)    Before a neighbourhood plan can be made, it is a statutory requirement that it is first subject to a referendum (and two for areas that are designated as business neighbourhood areas). 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.

 

Wards affected: Queen's Park;

Lead officer: Michela Leoni


06/07/2021 - Rating Advisory Panel - 08.06.2021 ref: 1370    Recommendations Approved

Business Rates Discretionary & Hardship Relief

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 06/07/2021

Effective from: 06/07/2021

Decision:

1)              That this report and appendices 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 an individual.

 

2)              That the Cabinet Member approves the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 8th June 2021 and determines the applications for NNDR Discretionary and Hardship relief set out in Appendix A of the report.

Reasons for Decision

 

1)              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);

Lead officer: Gemma Williams


02/07/2021 - Brompton Road BID Ballot ref: 1369    Recommendations Approved

A new BID for Brompton Road proposed for a 5 year term, cross-border with RBKC for which WCC is the Lead Authority.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 02/07/2021

Effective from: 02/07/2021

Decision:

Summary of Decision

 

That the Brompton Road Partnership’s BID proposal be endorsed

 

That the Chief Executive be requested as the City Council’s Returning Officer and “ballot holder” to hold a ballot for the Brompton Road Partnership BID Proposal be approved

 

That the Director of Law be authorised on behalf of the City Council to enter into the necessary legal agreements for collection of the BID Levy. In addition, deal with related service specifications for all other connected services which the City Council is required to deliver throughout the BID’s term and any other necessary legal matters in respect of the Brompton Road Partnership BID Proposal as instructed and in consultation with the appropriate officers.

 

 

Reasons for Decision 

The added challenge of Covid-19 and its disproportionate impact on the hospitality and retail sectors within Brompton Road and Knightsbridge, has reinforced the need for strategic and coordinated action.

The key aim of the proposed BID is to help businesses to overcome the damage caused by Covid-19 and to secure a long-term future by creating a district that will benefit residents, visitors, businesses and investors. Through partnership working with partners and the local communities, the objective is to ensure that Knightsbridge and the Brompton Road remains a vibrant, viable and sustainable area which works for businesses and residents and of which we can all be proud.

It will provide a voice for Knightsbridge businesses to encourage closer working with the two local authorities Westminster City Council and RBKC and Transport for London to identify, secure and deliver investment to enhance the district.  A BID will help businesses to engage with local residents to create together improvements that benefit the whole local community

The establishment of the BID will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and businesses to work collaboratively to achieve a potential £6m investment into recovery over the next 5 years.

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON  SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

2 July 2021

Implementation Date:

2 July 2021

 

Lead officer: Haylea Asadi


02/07/2021 - Making of Westminster's Article 4 Direction for changes of use from Class E (commercial, business and service uses) to C3 (dwelling houses). ref: 1368    Recommendations Approved

Introduction of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights for change of use from Class E (commercial, business and service uses) to C3 (dwelling houses).

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 02/07/2021

Effective from: 02/07/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member approved the making of a non-immediate direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended) to remove permitted development rights granted for the changes of use from Class E (commercial, business and service uses) to Class C3 (dwellinghouses) within the area of the Central Activities Zone (CAZ) shown in Appendix 2, to come into effect on 1 August 2022.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

The making of the proposed Article 4 Direction would help enable the City Council to use its planning powers to secure an appropriate balance of uses in the CAZ and facilitate economic recovery. In particular it would help ensure the availability of a range of commercial space to support the delivery of good growth in Westminster – which brings the maximum benefits for residents, workers, visitors and businesses in accordance with the objectives of City for All, and the policies in the Westminster City Plan. It would also help ensure new developments meet a wide range of policy objectives including responding to the climate emergency, contributing towards the delivery of affordable housing, and supporting enhanced infrastructure provision.

 

Wards affected: Bayswater; Bryanston and Dorset Square; Church Street; Churchill; Hyde Park; Knightsbridge and Belgravia; Little Venice; Marylebone High Street; Regent's Park; St James's; Tachbrook; Vincent Square; Warwick; West End; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Sean Walsh


29/06/2021 - St John's Wood Neighbourhood Forum re-designation ref: 1366    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 29/06/2021

Effective from: 29/06/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning agreed to re-designate the St John’s Wood Neighbourhood Forum for a further period of 5 years and a formal designation notice was published under delegated authority of the Director of Policy and Projects.

 

 

Section 61F (7) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as inserted into the Act by the Localism Act, Schedule 9) sets out the conditions that a neighbourhood forum must meet, as well as the considerations that a local planning authority must take into account when determining an application for the designation of a neighbourhood forum. These legislative aspects are set out in greater detail in Section 6 of this report.

 

The 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 St John’s Wood Neighbourhood Forum meets all of these conditions, and there has been no change in this since the original designation.

 

Condition

Met?

Established for the express purpose of promoting or improving the social, economic or environmental well-being of an area?

Yes

Membership open to individuals who live or work in the area (or are elected members of the City Council);

Yes

Membership includes a minimum of 21 individuals each of whom lives or works (or is an elected member) in the area?

Yes

The neighbourhood forum has a written constitution?

Yes

 

The City Council is also required to have regard to whether membership is drawn from different places in the neighbourhood area concerned and from different sections of the community in that area. The application submitted by the Forum indicates that membership of the St John’s Wood Neighbourhood Forum is at least 40 members, and that the Forum represents the interests of local residents and businesses. The list of members has also been provided by the Forum.

 

             The City Council is also required to assess whether the purpose of the neighbourhood forum reflects (in general terms) the character of the area. The application submitted by the Forum for re-designation states that the Forum was established to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the area. The statement of purpose also outlines that the forum will work on the production of local design codes and pattern books.

 

           Consultation on the re-designation of the St John’s Wood Neighbourhood Forum highlighted support for the application, with no objections or competing applications. Further details are provided in section 9 of this report.

 

Wards affected: Abbey Road; Regent's Park;


27/06/2021 - Approval of Expenditure from the Ward Budget for Maida Vale ref: 1365    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 27/06/2021

Effective from: 27/06/2021

Decision:

Summary of Decision

 

That the expenditure of £15,000 to commission Catch-up Funding for Essendine Primary School 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:

27 June 2021

Implementation Date:

27 June 2021

Reference:

 

CMfC&R/22/20/21

 

Wards affected: Maida Vale;

Lead officer: Janis Best


24/06/2021 - Renewal of Borough-wide Street Drinking and Dog Control Public Space Protection Orders - 3 Year Period ref: 1364    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 24/06/2021

Effective from: 24/06/2021

Decision:

Recommendations

The Cabinet Member was asked to:

 

1.          Approve a new borough wide PSPO for the control of street drinking until 29 June 2024.

 

2.         Approve a new borough wide PSPO for dog control until 29 June 2024.

 

3.         Agree to keep the consultation open for a further 6-weeks to capture more feedback on the current orders and proposed variation to the dog control order

Reasons for decision

1.     Powers to create PSPOs came into force in October 2014. The PSPO’s replace Designated Public Place Orders (also known as Controlled Drinking Zones) and Dog Control Orders. The existing Designated Public Place Orders and Dog Control Orders automatically became PSPOs by automatic operation of law on 20 October 2017. The PSPOs remained in place for three years unless extended by the making of a new PSPO by the Council.  The existing PSPOs expired on 20 October 2020 and new orders created on 12 April 2021.

 

2)      The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 stated that a local authority may establish a PSPO if satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activity or behaviour concerned, carried out, or likely to be carried out, in a public space:

 

a)        has had, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

b)        is, or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature.

c)        is, or is likely to be, unreasonable; and

d)        justifies the restrictions imposed.

 

3)          On 9 April 2021, the Cabinet Member agreed to make new PSPOs commencing on 12 April and expiring on 21 June unless extended, varied or discharged.  A public consultation process continued during that period with a consultation survey on the council website.

 

4)          As the previous orders had expired, the Cabinet Member must consider the outcome of the consultation and EQIA and agree to create a new order.

 


20/04/2021 - Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme ref: 1363    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 22/06/2021

Effective from: 20/04/2021

Decision:

1.              That the proposed strategy to exhaust the remaining ARG funding outlined in Section 5 of this report be approved.

 

2.              That Delegated Authority be granted to the Director of Revenues & Benefits to approve and process payments for businesses under the ARG scheme, where eligible businesses were not able to receive their mandatory grant scheme grant payments before the government’s national payment deadlines as set out in Section 5 of this report.

 

Reasons for Decision 

1.         The proposed strategy to ensure the existing ARG funding envelope is exhausted by the 30th June is articulated below. The proposed approach seeks to provide the most appropriate method of administration and support for the types of business that the government has requested local authorities assist.  At the same time, there is a need to ensure the that City Council can demonstrate spend of the existing funding envelope by 30th June.  This is a prerequisite to qualify for the next £9.1m top-up allocation.

 

2.         The proposed delegated authority for paying mandatory grant payments outside of the Government’s payment deadline under the ARG scheme, is in line with BEIS recommendations to Local Authorities and will ensure that businesses are not unfairly disadvantaged.


22/06/2021 - Neighbourhood CIL: Allocation ref: 1362    Recommendations Approved

Redevelopment of Science Department at the St Marylebone CE School: This application is for £100,000 from the Marylebone CIL portion to fund the complete redevelopment of the school’s science department (consisting of six laboratories). The current facilities are outdated, cramped and no longer fit for teaching the contemporary science curriculum. The redevelopment will cost a total of £300,000; £25,000 has come from the Parent-Teacher Association, £75,000 from WCC Department Budget and a further £100,000 from the Wolfson Foundation. The project is eligible for Neighbourhood CIL funding as Education Facilities are recognised as fundable infrastructure. The project is supported by the Ward Members of Marylebone High Street, the Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum, the Marylebone Association, and council officers. It is recommended that this project is approved for allocation

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision published: 22/06/2021

Effective from: 23/06/2021

Decision:

The Cabinet Member was asked to approve the following Neighbourhood CIL bids for allocation:

i)            Redevelopment of the Science Department at St Marylebone CE School.

 

Reasons for Decision 

In order 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.

 

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;

Lead officer: Amit Mistry


22/06/2021 - Nomination and Appointment of Local Authority School Governors ref: 1361    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning

Decision published: 22/06/2021

Effective from: 22/06/2021

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning approved the recommendations of the Local Authority School Governor’s Advisory Panel set out in Appendix A.

 

Reason for Decision 

 

Every maintained school governing body must contain at least one Local Authority nominated school governor.

 


21/06/2021 - Grant a direct award of a care contract and a lease extension to GCH (Alan Morkill) Ltd in relation to the Beachcroft House Care Home until June 2022 ref: 1360    Recommendations Approved

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

Decision published: 21/06/2021

Effective from: 29/06/2021

Decision:

1)              This report requests the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health gives approval to waive the procurement code and for the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Health to make a direct award of a contract to GCH (Alan Morkill House) Ltd, for the provision of Beachcroft Care Home from 17th June 2021 to 17th June 2022 for the value of £4.732m, to allow time to conduct a new procurement of a long term care provider.

 

1.1   The contract would include a provision for two 3 month extensions to provide assurance in case of any unforeseen delays in the new procurement exercise. The total value of the award if both 3 month extensions are used is £7,098m.

 

1.2   That the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health delegates approval to exercise each option to extend each contract to the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health.

 

2)              That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City gives approval to grant a lease to GCH (Alan Morkill House) Ltd for a period of 12 months from 17th June 2021 to 17th June 2022 including two 3-month renewals if necessary, to coincide with the contract extensions set out in recommendation 2.1.1 above. The lease would be on the same terms and rent as the existing lease which is due to expire on 17th June 2021.

 

Rason for Decision

 

1)     The reason for granting an extension to the lease to occupy Beachcroft and offer a 12 month direct award of a care contract  to GCH (Alan Morkill House) Limited is to ensure and secure immediate continuity of essential services to vulnerable residents.  The Care Quality Commission also requires the care provider to evidence that it holds a lease that allows it to provide care on the premises. The direct award of a contract also allows time to procure a longer-term care provider.

2)     The Council has a clear duty around service provision under the Care Act 2014:

·         The Council has a duty to carry out an assessment of anyone who appears to require care and provide or organise support as required.

 

3)              There are also several key national and local drivers informing the need for ongoing service provision, including:

 

·         Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020.

·         England’s National Dementia Strategy.

·         Bi Borough Health and Well Being Board Dementia Plan.

·         The Council’s future plans for the commissioning and provision of high-quality and excellent residential care for our residents.

·         City for All

 

4)    The 12-month contract  to 17th June 2022 will enable the Council the time required to prepare a new procurement of a long-term provider at a time when the market is less affected by COVID.  The contract would include a provision for two 3 month extensions to provide assurance in case of any unforeseen delays in the new procurement exercise.


18/06/2021 - Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Strategy ref: 1358    Recommendations Approved

A five-year strategy that sets out our partnership objectives and action plan which aim to increase awareness and reporting, support victims, and disrupt and tackle offenders of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 21/06/2021

Effective from: 18/06/2021

Decision:

Summary of Decision

 

That the bi-borough Modern Slavery and Exploitation Strategy attached at Appendix A of the report be approved.

 

That the Director of Public Protection and Licensing be given delegated authority to approve minor modifications and updates to the Strategy.

 

That the Strategy be implemented from the 21 June 2021.

 

Reason for Decision

 

Modern slavery is happening in our borough and it is vital that everyone knows the signs and how to respond. This strategy sets out our commitment to involving as many agencies and individuals as possible in our coordinated community response to ending modern slavery. Whilst it provides a strategic overview, it also includes practical guidance for individuals, communities, professionals and wider society on how they can contribute to reaching each of our shared objectives on an operational level. By engaging a wider audience in this conversation, we can move towards achieving our vision of ending modern slavery.

 

The Council is considered one of the leading London boroughs in responding to modern slavery. The theory of change on which this strategy is built was developed by our strong multi-agency partnership. There are many projects focused on improving our response to modern slavery in the borough, from procurement practices to welfare visits, and the strategy is required to coalesce the work being undertaken in this area into one strategic document that sets out our shared position and is accessible to all.

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

21 June 2021

Implementation Date:

21 June 2021

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kirsty Munro


21/06/2021 - Ebury Bridge Estate Renewal Unilateral Undertaking and Rights of Light ref: 1359    For Determination

Approval to enter into the Unilateral Undertaking and start negotiations on Rights of Light

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 21/06/2021

Effective from: 30/06/2021

Decision:

2.1 The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approved Appendix A of the report exempt from disclosure as it involved the disclosure of information as prescribed by paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule12A to the Local Government Act 1972, (as amended), in that it contained information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding the information).

2.2 The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration delegated authority to the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing to enter into the relevant planning agreement as landowner for the Ebury Bridge Scheme.

2.3 The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approved spend of the costs associated with complying with the relevant planning agreement in respect of Phase 1 of the Ebury Bridge Scheme.

2.4 The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approved that the Council begins and concludes negotiations with affected third parties in relation to interference with rights of light as set out in Appendix A.

2.5 The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approved the spend of any necessary compensation and associated costs to affected third parties in respect of rights of light as set out in Appendix A.

Planning agreement

The overarching objective of regenerating Ebury Bridge Estate is to create a comprehensive renewal that brings about physical, economic and sustainable change that creates additional homes and improves the lives of residents, businesses and visitors alike.

 

Right of light negotiations, appropriation implications

The Council’s rights of light assessment work indicates that there are a number of interests whose rights of light may potentially be impacted by the Ebury Bridge Estate development

Wards affected: Churchill;

Lead officer: Emily Myers


12/04/2021 - Westminster Section 106 - Project Allocation ref: 1357    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet CIL Committee

Made at meeting: 12/04/2021 - Cabinet CIL Committee

Decision published: 18/06/2021

Effective from: 12/04/2021

Decision:

4a.       WESTMINSTER SECTION 106 - PROJECT ALLOCATIONS (Q1)

 

4a.1     Low Carbon Streets: Councillor Caplan reminded the Committee that the Council had declared a climate emergency and the desire to reduce its carbon footprint.  He felt that this was a project that should be fully supported, as it allowed the Council to move forward from concepts to actually delivering significant carbon reductions. The Chairman and Councillor Swaddle agreed that this was an extraordinary piece of work and wholeheartedly supported the project.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

Westminster Section 106 – Project Allocations (Q1)

 

The Cabinet CIL Committee:

 

Approved the following Section 106 bids:

i)                Low Carbon Streets

 

 


28/05/2021 - Rating Advisory Panel - 20.04.2021 ref: 1352    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Membe approval sought for recommendatkions of the Rating Advisory Panel.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 16/06/2021

Effective from: 28/05/2021

Decision:

1.     That this report and appendices 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 an individual.

 

2.    That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 20th April 2021 and determined the applications for National Non-Domestic Ratings Discretionary and Hardship relief as set out in Appendix A of the report.

 


15/06/2021 - Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (01.06.21) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Applications ref: 1356    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for DHP recommendations.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 15/06/2021

Effective from: 16/06/2021

Decision:

1.        That Appendix A to this report be 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.

          

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved the recommendations of the Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 1 June 2021 as set out in the report.

 

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 of the report, which are more fully set out in the case papers submitted to the Panel.


09/11/2021 - Learning Difficulties, Housing Care & Support Services Direct Award ref: 1534    For Determination

To directly award a number of contracts delivering housing care and support in the Adult Social Care Integrated Commission Division.

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

Decision published: 10/06/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

2.        Recommendations

2.1          Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health approved the direct award of two contracts on new terms and conditions as listed in the table below for 18 months. The 18-month period will be from 1st October 2021 until 31 March 2023.

Contract Title

Contract Description

Supplier

Annual Contract Value*

(Interim contract) 18 month value

Supported Housing - Learning Disabilities

Block purchased (and some spot purchased) supported Housing / Living

LDN London

£4,148,000

£6,222,000

Residential Care – Learning Disabilities

Residential Care for People with Learning Disabilities at Barnard Lodge and Florey Lodge

LDN London

£1,352,000

£2,028,000

 

2.2          The Director of Commercial Partnerships and the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health, approved the recommendation to the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, who approved a waiver of the Westminster Procurement Code from the requirement to undertake a competitive tendering exercise, to permit to directly award the above contracts for 18 months, commencing from 1 October 2021. 

 

3.        Reasons for Decision 

 

3.1.         We recommend a direct award to the incumbent providers of the Learning Disability Housing Care and Support provision to allow for service continuity to a vulnerable client group, to allow time to develop a new framework to rationalise the market to transfer a range of placements ranging from larger group homes to individual spot placements and floating support.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


08/06/2021 - Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (12.01.21 and 19.01.21) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Applications ref: 1354    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 08/06/2021

Effective from: 08/06/2021

Decision:

1.         That Appendix A to this report be exempt from public disclosure by virtue of paragraph 7 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.

           

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City approved the recommendations of the Virtual Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meetings of 12 and 19 January 2021 respectivley..

 

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 as set out in Appendix A of the report, which are more fully set out in the case papers submitted to the Panel.


17/11/2021 - Church Street Renewal Voids ref: 1539    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision published: 14/05/2021

Effective from: 25/11/2021

Decision:

2         Recommendations

 

2.1      That the Cabinet Member approved: -

 

(a)  That voids arising on the Church Street, Site A (namely in the blocks known as Blackwater, Cray, Ingrebourne, Lambourne and Pool House) remain void to enable redevelopment works to commence when required,

 

 

(b)  That voids arising on the Church Street, Sites B (namely in the blocks known as Eden, Lea, Medway, Ravensbourne, Roding and Wandle House) and C (Colne, Darent, Derry, Isis, Mole and Windrush House) are no longer let as permanent secure tenancies from the date that this report is approved, except at the discretion of the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing,

 

 

(c)   That voids arising in Sites B and Care used as temporary accommodation or otherwise at the discretion of the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing to facilitate the achievement of vacant possession of the estate, and

 

(d)  That voids in Sites B and C, can be used to place homeless households under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996.

 

 

2.2          That the Cabinet Member delegates authority to the Executive Director of    Growth, Planning and Housing to review the rent levels for lettings and decide how these are split between the Housing Revenue Account and General Fund (“GF”).

 

2.3          That the Cabinet Member delegates authority to officers to explore the option for using the registered provider, Residential Management Group, to manage the voids so the City Council can retain rental income under the GF and that the Cabinet Member delegates authority to the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing to make decisions to facilitate and enter into such arrangements on behalf of the City Council.

 

2.4          As Appendices 1 and 3 both contain confidential business information it is recommended these are exempt from publication.

 

3           Reasons for Decision 

3.1          The approvals and delegated authorities sought in this report are required to:

a)                       protect the City Council’s void assets,

b)                       enable a flexible and interim use of the properties, and

c)                        to provide rental income for such uses. 

This will ensure, during the lifespan of the programme that Westminster City Council makes best use of its properties and acts in the best interests of the scheme and its remaining residents.

 

Wards affected: Church Street;

Lead officer: Sarah Crampton


23/07/2021 - Intermediate Rent Homes at Farm Street ref: 1375    Recommendations Approved

Transfer of the intermediate rent homes being built at the Farm Street Development to Westminster Builds

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City

Decision published: 25/03/2021

Effective from: 31/07/2021

Decision:

2.     Recommendations

2.1.     This report is 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).’

2.2.     The Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration gave:

2.2.1.  Approval as Shareholder of the Company to enter into the legal and financial documents required to acquire the 14 Intermediate Rent homes at Farm Street and to rent them to qualifying tenants under the terms of the S106 unilateral undertaking (and any subsequent variations), as set out in Westminster Build’s Board decision on 3rd December 2020

2.3.     That the Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart Cities gave:

2.3.1.       Approval for the Council to dispose of the 14 Intermediate Rent homes at Farm Street to the Company for a value no less than best consideration reasonably obtainable as per RICS Red Book valuation on a 125-year term leasehold interest at a peppercorn rent.

2.3.2.       Approval to enter into a variation of the s.106 unilateral undertaking dated 14th April 2016 to enable the Council to transfer the 14 Intermediate Rent Homes at Farm Street to the Company and for the Director of Law to enter into any further unilateral undertaking and legal documentation to enable this variation or any future variation that may be required in order to implement the recommendations in this report.

2.3.3.       Approval to the Director of Law to enter into any legal documentation ancillary to or required to facilitate the recommendation in 2.2.1.

2.3.4.       Approval for the general fund to invest sufficient debt and equity into the Company to fund the purchase, as set out in appendix 1.

2.3.5.       Delegation of the approval of the final negotiation of detailed terms of the financial documents to Executive Director of Finance and Resources and approval to the Director of Law to enter into any legal or financial documents required.

2.3.6.       Delegation to the Executive Director of Growth Planning and Housing to approve the terms of any Management Agreement on behalf of the Council’s Housing Management to provide management services to the Company and approval to the Director of Law to facilitate and enter into any legal documentation thereto.

3.     Reasons for Decision

3.1.Westminster Builds (WB) is the trading name for the Council’s subsidiary Westminster Housing Investments Limited (WHIL) and WHIL’s subsidiary Westminster Housing Developments Limited (WHDL). The transaction proposed is between the Council and WHIL, and therefore WB and WHIL are used interchangeably in this report.

 

3.2.Intermediate Rent housing cannot be efficiently held in the HRA and would normally be sold to a registered provider such as Westminster Community Homes. As WB’s business plan sets out it is preferable for the Council to instead sell Intermediate homes to Westminster Housing Investments Limited.

 

3.3.Normally a decision to dispose of homes built in a development would have been included in its Full Business Case, however Farm Street development pre-dates the creation of WB and therefore requires a separate decision under the Council’s Financial Regulations.

 

3.4.As the drafted S106 for the development was completed in 2016 it did not envisage the existence of WB and therefore amendments are required to enable it to own and operate the homes.  Officers have had informal discussions with the local planning authority as to suitable amendments to the s.106 agreement and an application will be made to the local planning authority to make a variation to s.106 if the recommendation within this report is approved.

3.5.                In addition to the approval for the Council to sell its dispose of its assets, authority is required from the Council, acting as WHIL’s shareholder, to authorise the Company to acquire the homes. This acquisition is funded by debt and shareholder loans from the Council.

 

 

Wards affected: West End;

Lead officer: Timothy Hampton


30/06/2021 - Extension of the contracts with Zipcar (UK) Ltd for Fixed Point and Flexible car sharing services ref: 1367    Recommendations Approved

To extend the contracts for 1 year from the current expiry of 30th June 2021.  Car Sharing provides an alternative to private vehicle ownership and the fixed point and flexible car sharing contracts provide 185 and 90 vehicles respectively on street for members to

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 24/02/2021

Effective from: 30/06/2021

Decision:

Recommendations

 

1             The Cabinet Member for City Management approved the extension of the contract for Fixed Point car sharing starting from 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022. 

2             The Cabinet Member for City Management approved the extension of the contract for Flexible car sharing from 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

1.     The proposed extension of the contracts by one year is due to the resilience and good performance that Zipcar has demonstrated especially considering the impact that Covid-19 has had on the service. It will also allow sufficient time to procure a broad service incorporating three models of car sharing to increase the number of available vehicles to residents, introduce competition to the market and meet the financial shortfall generated by the departure of Drive Now from the UK market. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Raj Mistry


18/06/2021 - Footway Parking for Rental e-scooters ref: 1298    Recommendations Approved

A Cabinet Member decision is needed to make exemptions for DfT type-approved rental e-scooters to be allowed to be parked on the footway.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 04/02/2021

Effective from: 18/06/2021

Decision:

2.1      The Cabinet Member for City Management approved the list of proposed ten unused footway locations set out in (Appendix C) for rental e-scooter parking.

 

3.        Reasons for Decision

 

3.1      The rider and/ or operator of any mechanically propelled vehicles parked with one or more wheels on the footway is currently guilty of an offence under the Greater London Councils (General Powers) Act 1974. Agreement to the above recommendations in this report will provide exemption for the City Council to permit rental e-scooters to park on strictly designated highway locations in Westminster for the trial period.

 

3.2      This approach will enable the City Council to monitor and assess the impacts of both footway and carriageway designated parking bays for rental e-scooters and better understand how micromobility vehicles can be safely accommodated on Westminster’s Streets.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steve Tse


03/08/2021 - Villiers Street Public Realm - TMO, Detailed design and Implementation ref: 1380    For Determination

To undertake Traffic Order consultation, detailed design and implementation of public realm improvements and security measures on Villiers Street

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision published: 07/12/2020

Effective from: 11/08/2021

Decision:

Recommendations

Approval has been given by the Cabinet Member for City Management for the following matters:

 

2.1     The carrying out of a Traffic Management Order (TMO) consultation.

 

2.2     To proceed with detailed design and implementation of the proposed scheme as outlined in General Arrangement drawings in Appendix C and to make traffic orders to facilitate this implementation.

 

2.3     For the Director of City Highways to enter into a management agreement with JLL to operate the bollards.

 

2.4     For the Director of City Highways to enter into a Section 8 agreement with Transport for London (TfL) to install bollards on their land to protect the Embankment tube station and Villiers Street.

 

2.5     For capital expenditure of £4.640 million necessary to implement the scheme.

 

2.6     That authority be delegated to the Director of City Highways, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for City Management, to approve minor modifications to the scheme should they become necessary and as a result of the TMO consultation.    

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

3.1      Villiers Street is in a poor state of repair and requires urgent maintenance. As a highway authority, it is our duty to maintain a safe pedestrian environment.

 

3.2   Including security improvements within the public realm scheme, will reduce the vulnerability of Villiers St to a terrorist attack utilising certain attack methodologies.

 

3.3      A public consultation has been undertaken and the results show that more than 50% respondents are in favour of the public realm improvements, pedestrianisation and timed closure of the road. A TMO consultation will be undertaken later in the year on the specific changes to parking and loading restrictions and on the timed closure.

 

3.4      Various concerns raised during this consultation have either been addressed by making changes to the proposed scheme or responses provided. Most concerns raised were regarding the timed closure and its impact on deliveries to businesses and residents on the street. This is being addressed by changing the proposed opening hours to 5am to 11am Mon-Sun, although the exact hours are still subject to further consultation with local residents, as well as providing extra loading bays on Embankment Place. These proposed changes will be part of the Traffic Order consultation to be undertaken later this year. Stakeholders will have another opportunity to respond then and any decision on timed closure will be taken after this consultation.

 

Wards affected: St James's;

Lead officer: Anju Banga