Agenda for Cabinet on Wednesday 8th July 2020, 6.00 p.m.

Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 8th July 2020 6.00 p.m.

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To receive apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence.




Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.


There were no declarations of interest.



To confirm the accuracy of the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 3rd June 2020 pdf icon PDF 228 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 3rd June 2020 be approved as a true and correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 2nd June 2020 pdf icon PDF 242 KB

(a)       To receive and note the minutes

(b)       To consider any recommendations contained within the minutes


Officers confirmed that there were no outstanding recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Board for the Cabinet’s consideration on this occasion.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 2nd June 2020 be noted.



Wyre Forest Local Plan Statement of Common Ground pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Additional documents:



The Strategic Planning and Conservation Manager presented the Wyre Forest Local Plan Statement of Common Ground for the Cabinet’s consideration.  Members were advised that Bromsgrove District Council had been consulted in 3 different stages over a number of years regarding the content of Wyre Forest District Council’s Local Plan. 


Despite this consultation process, there remained a number of areas where Bromsgrove District Council was not in agreement with Wyre Forest District Council.  In particular, there were concerns about the evidence basis for the transport plan as well as the assessment of the potential impact that the development could have in Bromsgrove District.  The report detailed the different views that the Councils had in respect of the Wyre Forest Local Plan as well as Wyre Forest District Council’s responses to issues that had previously been raised by Bromsgrove District Council.


The Wyre Forest Local Plan would be the subject of examination by an external inspector.  During this examination Officers from Bromsgrove District Council would clarify that the Council did not disagree with the location of the development sites identified by Wyre Forest District Council, however, there was disagreement about the evidence basis in terms of the potential impact that those developments could have which made it difficult to plan for action that could be taken in mitigation.  There was some uncertainty about when the examination would take place as enquiries in respect of Council Local Plans were unlikely to take place during the lockdown, particularly in cases where there were elements of disagreement.


Members discussed the report in detail and in so doing raised concerns about the potential impact of developments on Hagley, should the Wyre Forest Local Plan be approved in its current form.  Reference was made to Bromsgrove District Council’s Transport Plan and the potential for the evidence gathered in this assessment to inform work on the Wyre Forest Local Plan.  Officers explained that modelling was being undertaken in respect of Bromsgrove District Council’s Transport Plan and this would take into account issues such as the potential impact of actions proposed in planning policies.  The evidence gathered for the Bromsgrove Transport Plan would be shared with Wyre Forest District Council.




1)        The Statement of Common Ground at Appendix A, is signed by the Leader of the Council and submitted to Wyre Forest District Council for consideration by the Local Plan Inspector; and




2)        Delegated Authority be given to the Head of Planning, Leisure and Regeneration to ensure that Bromsgrove District Council is represented at the Examination in Public element of the Wyre Forest Local Plan review.






Financial Impact - Covid-19 Pandemic pdf icon PDF 232 KB


The Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Resources presented a report which detailed the financial implications for the Council of the Covid-19 pandemic.  In considering the report Members were asked to note that the situation was rapidly changing which meant that some of the figures that had been reported would also change.  For example, on the day of the meeting the Government had announced that VAT for the hospitality sector would be reduced from 20% to 5% and this would have implications for some of the Council’s fees and charges. There was also some uncertainty about the financial position moving forward, including about the arrangements that the Government would be putting in place in respect of business rates. 


The report detailed the estimated impact that the lockdown during Covid-19 had had on the Council’s income in April to July 2020.  Estimates had also been provided for the likely impact in August to October 2020 and an assumption had been incorporated into the report that income levels would be close to normal by December 2020.  Officers had estimated that £2 million in income would be lost and in fact approximately £2.3 million in income had not been forthcoming, though this remained based on assumptions.


Specific challenges during the lockdown included an estimated loss of £500,000 income from car parking charges, which included a period after the new proposed app payment system had been introduced, as a recovery in the number of customers parking to visit the town centre was likely to take some time.  There had also been a decline of approximately £200,000 in income from trade waste services, which was likely to be due to the fact that many local businesses’ employees would have been working from home during the lockdown.  Officers agreed to provide further information in respect of the reasons for the decline in income from Trade Waste outside the meeting


There had been a decrease in Council Tax payments during the lockdown, though a lot of payments had been deferred from April and May to July 2020, so the actual impact remained to be determined. Officers explained that the proportion of residents who chose to pay their Council Tax through direct debit payments had declined during the lockdown by 0.3%, from 66% to 65% of residents.


Concerns had been raised by local authorities with the Government in respect of the potential impact that a loss of income would have on the sustainability of Council services.  The Government had offered to reimburse some income, though Councils had to cover the first 5% of any lost income; in the funding formula the Government would supply 75% of 95% of anticipated income that was lost and the Council would have to cover the remaining financial loss.


All Councils had been lobbying the Government in respect of the position of providers of Leisure Services.  There had been recent legislative changes which had implications for liabilities relating to leisure services.  Once Leisure Services could start to be delivered it was likely that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13/20