The Cabinet had before it a * report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration setting out additional recommendations for governance of s106 contributions.
The Cabinet Member for Planning, and Economic Regeneration outlined the contents of the report stating that the Council currently collected financial contributions from new development through legal agreements signed under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). It was considered that the governance of the s106 contributions set out in the Councils adopted SPD could be further refined to enhance the transparency of this process. He highlighted the proposed new governance arrangements: the project specific requirement, the proposed delegated authority to the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration, the formation of the S106 Board and that views of the Parish and Town Council and Ward Members would be sought. He emphasised that the proposed governance arrangements were for consultation with the Town and Parish Councils and that a further report (following the consultation process) would be brought before the Cabinet at a future meeting.
Consideration was given to:
· The process looked heavy and complicated
· The Government requirements
· The need to clearly explain to the Town and Parish Councils how the proposals would work
· The fact that there would no longer be an open pot
· The need to consider the views of the Town, Parish and Ward Members when identifying projects
· The need for each Town and Parish Council Clerk to be provided with a list of the proposed projects for their catchment areas
RESOLVED that the governance arrangements as set out in the report be agreed for consultation purposes with Parish and Town Councils.
(Proposed by Cllr R J Chesterton and seconded by Cllr R L Stanley)
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.