Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet Advisory Panel B - Monday 24 October 2022 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

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Burrell,  Currans, Oakley-Dow and Oguntope.

2.

Items Drawn Down for Debate

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that no items had been drawn down for debate from Parts B and C of the agenda.

 

Accordingly, Members endorsed the Officer recommendations in respect of the following items from those parts of the agenda.

 

8

Unparished Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Programme

9

Revenue Budget Monitoring 2022-23

10

Capital Budget Monitoring Report 2022/23

11

Treasury Management Mid-Year Report

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or the Chief Officer & Director of Corporate Services.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

4.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

5.

References from Committees

None at this stage.

Minutes:

There were no references from other committees.

6.

Lower Darent Riverside Strategy pdf icon PDF 141 KB

Summary:

 

The consider developing a Riverside Strategy for the lower River Darent that fulfils both the Council’s ambition to shape an attractive and more sustainable space along the riverside and to manage increasing flood risk as a result of climate change. The Strategy will leverage the potential environmental, social, cultural, and economic benefits of third party works in the river corridor. The Strategy’s approach is promoted within the Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) Plan and this project is supported by the Environment Agency, who will also provide technical advice on matters within their remit. It is proposed to include the tidal Darent (extending into Dartford Marshes) and the fluvial section through Dartford town centre, thereby offering an integrated approach to managing flood risk across different sources. It is here where development and river control works are most likely to take place in the next 5-10 years, providing an opportunity to implement the strategy. A Local Levy grant of up to £50,000 has been recommended by the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for this project.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That the proposal to develop and produce a Lower Darenth Riverside Strategy, in accordance with the ‘Towards a Riverside Strategy’ at Appendix A to the report, be endorsed;

2. That the monies accrued in the Dartford Flood Risk Management Project Fund held by the Environment Agency, be utilised to fund:

(a)  50% of the cost of producing the Lower Darenth Riverside Strategy, up to £50,000;

(b)  project management of the Strategy by a Council officer, up to £6,000, until 31 December 2023;

 

3. That the aims, and expected delivery approach broadly set out at paragraphs 3.7 and 3.8 of the report, be agreed; and

4. That the draft Lower Darenth Riverside Strategy be reported to Cabinet (anticipated to be in autumn 2023), for approval.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Strategy Manager introduced Dorothee Hübsch-Wigginton, the Council’s Urban Designer, who presented a report which proposed the development of a Riverside Strategy for the lower River Darent. The Strategy was designed to deliver the Council’s ambition to shape an attractive and more sustainable space along the riverside and to manage increasing flood risk as a result of climate change.

 

Whilst the current system of fixed and active tidal flood defences provided a high level of protection from tidal flooding, major interventions were likely to be needed once these assets reached their end-of-life forecast for 2070 onward and if rising sea levels became a reality. The present-day risk of fluvial flooding to Dartford Town Centre was low but modelling showed that climate change could increase the frequency of flooding in the town centre and that new flood risk management works in the river corridor were likely to be required to manage flood increase as a result of climate change.

Some improvements to both flood defences and the river corridor environment had already been delivered through previous development, but this had been piecemeal and inconsistent. The challenge was to integrate a continuous line of defence and a cohesive attractive public realm across multiple developments. The proposed riverside strategy would provide a framework for this integration.

The Strategy would leverage the potential environmental, social, cultural, and economic benefits of third party works in the river corridor, an approach which was promoted in the Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) Plan. This project was supported by the Environment Agency, which would provide technical advice on matters within their remit. It was proposed to include the tidal Darent (extending into Dartford Marshes) and the fluvial section through Dartford town centre, thereby offering an integrated approach to managing flood risk across different sources. This was where development and river control works were most likely to take place in the next 5-10 years, providing an opportunity to implement the strategy. A Local Levy grant of up to £50,000 had been recommended by the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for this project. The Strategy would be produced by consultants, who would work closely with Council officers, and would be reported to Cabinet for endorsement once completed.

 

The Chairman asked whether the Strategy would form part of the Local Plan and the Planning Strategy Manager advised that the Strategy would not form part of the Local Plan but, once completed, might form a Supplementary Planning Document. It was also noted that the plans contained in the Appendices to the report were illustrative as to the type of development that could take place rather than definitive. The Chairman also suggested that the Strategy should consider ways of deterring anti-social motor bike riding along both banks of Dartford Creek which was a current problem.

 

A Member raised concerns about development along the riverside as she believed that this land should remain open and be protected for the benefit of wildlife. The Planning Strategy Manager stressed that the Strategy sought to deliver  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Unparished Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Programme pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Summary:

 

To consider a pilot delivery programme of projects for the unparished areas of the Borough.  The programme of projects outlined will help gather views of the local community within the unparished areas, as required by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) legislation, and a further report will be submitted to Cabinet on the response to this consultation and, subject to this response, confirming an allocation of funding from the CIL receipts retained by the Council to enable the delivery of projects.  This pilot delivery programme will inform proposals for future unparished CIL arrangements.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That the pilot programme of projects, shown in Appendix A to the report, be approved for the purposes of consulting the local community in the unparished areas of the Borough;

2. That the form of consultation, as set out in paras. 5.1 to 5.4 of the report, be agreed; and

3. That a further report be submitted in early 2023, on the response to the consultation, with the view to approving a final programme of projects and the allocation of CIL funding for the delivery of these projects.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.

 

8.

Revenue Monitoring 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Summary:

 

To update Members on financial performance against the 2022/23 budget to date for the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That the monitoring update, for the General Fund and Housing Revenue   Account, at Appendix A to the report, be noted; and

 

2. That key general fund income streams, at Appendix B to the report, be noted.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.

 

9.

Capital Monitoring 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 211 KB

Summary:

 

To inform Cabinet of the progress to date on the schemes in the approved Capital Programme, and to report the latest position on capital resources.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That the progress made to date on the 2022/23 Capital Programme, and the budget and resources detailed in Appendices A and B to the report, be noted; and

 

2. That the current position on the Capital Prudential Indicators, as shown in Appendix C to the report, be noted.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.

 

10.

Treasury Management Mid-Year report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 352 KB

Summary:

 

To inform Cabinet of the investment performance of the Council’s internally and externally managed funds, to 30 September 2022 and to update the Treasury Indicators for the six months, to 30 September 2022.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That the investment performance of the Council’s funds, be noted; and

 

2. That the half-year position of the Council’s Treasury Indicators, as detailed in the report, be noted.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.