Regeneration Cabinet Member – Minutes – 5 November 2014

100   (15) COMMUNITY INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP – UPDATE REPORT – The Director of Places submitted a report which provided information on the activities and progress of the Community Investment Partnership (CIP) for the previous year.

Partners in the Community Investment Partnership had participated in a number of events aimed at reducing youth unemployment and raising aspirations.  Activities had taken place to achieve the Community Investment Partnership objectives, including the council’s apprenticeship and wage incentive programme, a speed networking event, Barton Employment Advice Fair, attending Ongo’s buzz events, Catzero project and consultation as part of the Westcliff regeneration project

The aims of the CIP were to:

Ø  Contribute to the sustainable growth of the economy of North Lincolnshire

Ø  Address barriers to economic growth including unemployment, aspirations and skills

Ø  Inform the priorities of the Regeneration Strategy

Ø  Deliver the key objectives within the Regeneration Strategy

A development day was held in February 2014 and was attended by 53 people.  They represented a number of different organisations and a number of key issues emerged.  These included a need to use intelligence to plan interventions; increased communication to share what was happening across North Lincolnshire to support people into training and employment; and, a need to take action.

Details of events and schemes that the CIP had been involved with were outlined within the report.

Resolved – That the information contained within the report be noted.

101   (16) GREATER LINCOLNSHIRE LEP INCORPORATION AS A COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE – The Director of Places submitted a report which sought approval for the council to become a partner in the incorporated company “The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership”.

The Government has made economic growth its highest priority.  In support of this work, government has through the issuing of guidance rather than through statute encouraged upper tier and unitary councils to come together with other public bodies and private sector representatives to form Local Enterprise Partnerships. 

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is the vehicle for business and civic leaders to work together across Greater Lincolnshire to drive sustainable economic growth.  It covers the administrative areas of, North Lincolnshire Council (NLC), North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) and the area of Lincolnshire County Council (LCC).  Each of these councils were constituent members of the LEP.

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP was an informal partnership of various bodies and individuals governed by a Memorandum of Understanding.

The LEP was unincorporated.  The arrangements were increasingly seen as too informal to support the role of the LEP in circumstances where they were not only becoming increasingly responsible for the strategic direction of economic regeneration activity, but also directly involved in decision-making around the expenditure of significant amounts of public money through the allocation of government and other grant funding.

The key points outlined within the report were to consider North Lincolnshire Council becoming a corporate member of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and approval was sought for an NLC councillor to be nominated as a director of the GLLEPCo Board of Directors and a NLC councillor or officer to be authorised to represent the Council as member of the company including at general meetings.

Further details were outlined within the report.

Resolved – (a) That the incorporation of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership as a Company Limited by Guarantee be supported; (b) that the proposal for North Lincolnshire Council to become a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Company be approved; (c) that the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council be appointed Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Company, and (d) that the Cabinet Member appoints a member to the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

102   (17) PLACES DIRECTORATE PLAN AND PERFORMANCE TARGETS 2014/15The Director of Places submitted a report which sought approval of the 2014/15 Places Directorate Plan and the key performance indicators and targets for the directorate.

An updated version of the Council Strategy was approved in June 2014.  It set out the council’s vision, priorities and aims to change outcomes for all people living and working in the area.

In order to contribute to the successful delivery of the council strategy, each directorate produced its own directorate plan.  This plan provided a profile of the directorate and set out how the directorate contributed to the overall vision and how it would help to deliver the council’s priorities.

The directorate plan was a key part of the council’s strategy and performance framework.  It ensured that directorate developments were in line with the strategic outcomes and aligned resources to them.  The plan included 35 key performance indicators that measured the delivery of the council strategy.  Alongside this were a number of operational performance measures that were monitored regularly to provide assurance of effective delivery of services.

Further details were outlined within the report and appendix to the report.

Resolved – That the Places Directorate Plan 2014/15 be approved. 

103   (18)  SAXBY ALL SAINTS NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA STATUS: DESIGNATION – The Director of Places submitted a report to inform the Cabinet Member about the outcome of the six week consultation on Saxby All Saints Parish Council’s application to have their area formally designated for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.  The report also sought approval to formally designate Saxby All Saints Parish Council’s area for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced new opportunities for local communities to get involved in the planning of their areas by preparing neighbourhood plans, neighbourhood development orders and community right to build orders.  Town and parish councils and neighbourhood forums were empowered to shape and encourage delivery of new development.

The council processed applications for the designation of a neighbourhood area and were required to advertise the application for a six week period.  This allowed comments to be made and be considered.

Full details of the proposal were outlined within the appendices to the report.

Resolved – That the Saxby All Saints Neighbourhood Area be formally designated and publicised.

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