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Agenda

Cabinet Advisory Panel A
Monday 21 January 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest on Items Reserved for Debate Only

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

3.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

4.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION IN PUBLIC

5.

To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet Advisory Panel held on 21 January 2019

To follow

6.

References from Committees

None at this stage.

A - Strategies, Policies, Key Decisions, Consultations

7.

Award of Refuse Collection and Street Cleansing Contract 2019 to 2024 pdf icon PDF 823 KB

This item is ‘to follow’.

8.

Consultation on Sevenoaks' Proposed Submission Local Plan pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Summary:

 

Sevenoaks District Council has consulted the Council on the proposed submission version of the Sevenoaks Local Plan. An earlier consultation included potential proposals for large scale residential development at Fawkham/Hartley and at Pedham Place, Swanley. The results of the earlier consultation have been taken into account and parts of the Plan have been amended by Sevenoaks District Council. The Council’s proposed response to the consultation is set out in Appendix C to the report.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Council’s response to the Sevenoaks Proposed Submission Local Plan, set out in Appendix C to the report, be endorsed.

Additional documents:

B - Non-Key Decisions, Monitoring Reports

9.

National Non-Domestic Discretionary Rate Relief 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Summary:

 

To consider granting discretionary rate relief to ratepayers who have made applications, or who are expected to make an application, before 1 March 2019 in respect of 2019/20.

 

To receive an update on the local discretionary business rate relief scheme and to approve the proposed approach for implementation of the Retail Discount for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.  That the maximum level of discretionary rate relief for 2019/20 for the organisations listed in Appendix A to the report be determined in accordance with the detailed recommendations set out in Appendix A to the report;

 

2.  That the estimated level of discretionary Business Rates Relief to be awarded in 2019/20 set out in paragraph 3.26 of the report be noted; and

 

3.  That the Business Rates Retail Discount Guidelines contained in Appendix E to the report be approved.

Additional documents:

10.

Write-Off of National Non-Domestic Rates pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Summary:

 

To consider writing-off National Non-Domestic Rate debts where it has not been possible to obtain payment because of insolvency, because the ratepayer cannot be traced or where the debt is otherwise irrecoverable.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the sums shown in exempt Appendix A to the report amounting to £160,261.30 be written off as uncollectable.

11.

Council Tax Discounts for Empty and Uninhabitable Dwellings and Empty Premium pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Summary:

 

To consider the level of Council Tax discount for unoccupied and unfurnished dwellings, and dwellings undergoing or requiring major structural repair, and increasing the premium on dwellings that are long term empty (unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 2 years).

 

Recommendations:

 

1.  That the Council Tax discount for unoccupied and unfurnished dwellings be reduced from 100% for three months to 100% for two months;

 

2.  That the Council Tax discount for unoccupied dwellings undergoing or requiring major structural repair be reduced from 100% for 12 months to 0% for 12 months; and

 

3.  That the additional charge for dwellings that are unoccupied and unfurnished for 2 years or more be increased from 50% to 100%.  

12.

Street Naming and Numbering - Lowfield Street pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Summary:

 

To consider and approve five new road names for the development at Lowfield Street.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Cabinet approve Brewers, Carnegie, Festival, Imperial and Truman as the five new road names for the Lowfield Street development.

 

 

Additional documents:

C - Items for Information, noting, endorsing

13.

Housing Annual Report for Tenants and Leaseholders 2018 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Summary:

 

To consider and approve the seventh Housing Annual Report for Tenants and Leaseholders for 2018 that has been developed in consultation with the Dartford Borough Resident’s Forum (DBRF).

 

Recommendation:

 

That the draft Housing Annual Report for Tenants and Leaseholders 2018, attached at Appendix A to the report, be approved.

Additional documents:

14.

Calendar of Meetings of the General Assembly of the Council, Cabinet, Committees and Boards pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Summary:

 

To seek Members’ views on the proposed calendar of meetings for 2019/20 and the provisional calendar for 2020/21.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the proposed calendar of meetings for 2019/20 and the provisional calendar of meetings for 2020/21 be submitted to the Annual Meeting of the Council for approval.

Additional documents:

15.

Minutes of the Policy Overview Committee meeting on 11 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Summary:

 

To receive the minutes of the Policy Overview Committee held on 11 December 2018.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the minutes of the Policy Overview Committee held on 11 December 2018 be noted.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

TO RESOLVE: That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information.

D - Items for Consideration in Private

Confidential Appendix

A

Award of Refuse Collection and Street Cleansing Contract 2019 to 2024 - Exempt Appendix A
(Exempt Category SO46(1)(b)

This item is ‘to follow’.

B

Write-off of National Non-Domestic Rates - Exempt Appendix A
(Exempt Category SO46(1)(b)