Cabinet Member decisions

Decisions published

06/10/2021 - 21/00067 - Supporting Parents to Build Resilience and Self-Help Strategies ref: 2523    Recommendations Approved

·    Proposed Decision: To commission a dedicated service that offers robust and consistent support to parents whose child has either received a diagnosis, awaiting diagnosis, or considering a referral to the Neurodevelopmental (ND) Pathway.  The scope of the new service aims to address the issues raised by parents by offering a range of options that can be delivered in addition to services currently on offer across the County. The Key Decision is to allow Commissioners to commence formal procurement activity to tender for a service, award a contract and develop internal provision for ownership and oversight of the activity.

 

Background:

 

·       This proposal is to develop a new dedicated service that offers robust and consistent support to parents who are concerned their child may require some additional support, linked to Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

 

·    The Service will be facilitated jointly by parents, utilising lived experience, building resilience and developing self-help strategies amongst fellow parents.  The overarching aim of the service is to reduce the emphasis on needing to wait for diagnosis before being able to access support, in turn it is hoped that this will have a positive impact on the diagnosis backlog and waiting lists.

 

·    In January 2021 a working group was set up with multi-agency partners and parent representatives to co-produce key components required of the new Model.  This group captured good practice, issues, and current gaps in the provision. 

 

·    In addition to the development of the ‘Supporting Parents Service’, this work will be used to further support future SEND inspections.

 

·    Partners included, but not limited to, Kent PACT, Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Information Advice and Support Kent, Specialist Teaching and Learning Service, Voluntary and Community Sector, Public Health, Disabled Children and Young People Services, SEN Early Years, Early Help, Adolescent and Open Access.

 

·    The scope of the proposed new service aims to address the issues raised by parents and carers by offering a range of options that can be delivered in addition to services currently on offer across the County.

 

·    The SEND inspection of 2019 highlighted issues regarding the following:

o   The widely held concern of parents that the local area is not able, or in some cases not willing, to meet their children’s need.

o   The limited role parents and carers have in reviewing and designing services for children and young people with SEND.

 

·     Key to delivery will be facilitators with lived experience.  Parents as service users have robustly reported that it is lived experience that is key to the success of their engagement with the programmes.  In addition, having parents at the heart of delivery will ensure continuous improvement of the Offer. 

 

·    Following discussions with Kent & Medway CCG, they support the proposed Model and have agreed to add £100,000 to the funding pot for each year of the contract/Service Level Agreement, to support a Countywide multi-disciplinary ND resource.

 

·     Year One of this provision will focus on children and young people currently in receipt of an Integrated Children’s Service intervention. The new service will increase the total Countywide Offer to parents by 42%.

 

·     Whilst it is not anticipated to reduce demand, the overarching aim is to reduce levels of anxiety and reduce those parents reaching crisis point whilst on the waiting list.  This work will also join up with the Parent and Place Workshops that will bring together a range of professionals that parents can access as part of their ND journey.  The Model will include provision for a KCC Countywide Co-Ordinator post, whose primary objective will be to develop, join up and expand the parenting offer.

 

Options          

 

1. Do Nothing:

Support and advice to parents relating to the ND Pathway will continue to be fragmented, inconsistent across the County and difficult to find, resulting in a postcode lottery and additional stress for parents and families.

 

2. Create the new service In-House:

This option may impact on the capacity within teams, with the risk of staff being pulled back to their ‘day job.’  Also, parents have told us they are nervous/not likely to approach KCC regarding initial worries and support delivered with lived experience is more meaningful.

 

3. Externally commission the new service via Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS):

VCS are already set up to deliver the whole range of support to parents/families and benefit from long-standing relationships with parents as well as being very experienced in managing volunteers.  Robust contract management will be in place.

 

4. Hybrid Model - Externally commission the new service via VCS – with additional oversight via KCC Co-ordinator post:

As above in Option 3, with additional dedicated KCC Service Co-ordinator post for robust oversight of whole County Offer.  Service provision will be in addition to current in-house delivery.

 

Risks

 

·   The main risk is to do nothing. The numbers awaiting diagnosis have doubled during COVID with a wait time between two and a half and three years. The overarching aim of the new service is to support parents to build resilience and robust strategies that help to reduce levels of anxiety and reduce those parents reaching crisis point whilst on the waiting list.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 14/10/2021

Decision:

As Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services, I agree to:

 

A) Allow Commissioners to commence formal procurement activity to tender for a service, award a contract and develop internal provision for ownership and oversight of the activity.

 

B) Delegate authority for the Corporate Director Children, Young People and Education to award a contract following a competitive tender process, in consultation with the Cabinet Member.

 

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Sarah Challiss


04/10/2021 - 21/00069 - Proposal to permanently expand Borden Grammar School, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DB from 120 places to 150 places for September 2022 ref: 2522    Recommendations Approved

Proposed decision.

i.               agree to provide £4,930,041 from the Children, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the permanent expansion of Highsted Grammar School by 1FE for September 2022.

ii.             Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services in consultation with the General Counsel and Director of Education to enter into any necessary contracts / agreements on behalf of the County Council.

iii.            Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services to be the nominated     Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts.

 

·     Reason for the decision

 

To allocate £4,930,041 from the Capital budget for the expansion of Borden Grammar school by 1FE from September 2022. The figure of £4,930,041 will be finalised following the planning process, in the report to the Children and Young People’s Cabinet Committee Report.

 

·     Background

 

The Kent Commissioning Plan 2021-2025 identified the need for additional selective places for the Sittingbourne and Sheppey Planning group. Forecasts indicted a deficit of up to 64 Year 7 places for 2022 and a continual need through the plan period of between 1.5FE and 2.5FE of additional selective school places. Discussions have been held with both grammar schools in Sittingbourne and each school has agreed to progress a 1FE expansion, delivering a total of 60 additional places from September 2022.

 

·     Options (other options considered but discarded)

There are two grammar schools in Sittingbourne, and they have both agreed to a 1FE expansion. Neighbouring planning groups, including Faversham and Canterbury Selective and Maidstone Selective planning group, have a deficit of year 7 places.

 

·     How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’

This proposal will help to secure our ambition “to ensure that Kent’s young people have access to the education, work and skills opportunities necessary to support Kent business to grow and be increasingly competitive in the national and international economy” as set out in ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2017 - 2022)’.

 

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2021-2 identified the need to commission additional capacity in Sittingbourne Selective Schools.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision published: 04/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

As Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, I agree to:

i.           Agree to provide £5.460m from the Children, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the permanent expansion of Borden Grammar School by 1FE for September 2022.

ii.          Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services in consultation with the General Counsel and Director of Education to enter into any necessary contracts / agreements on behalf of the County Council.

iii.        Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services to be the nominated Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts.

iv.         

This decision is subject to planning permission being granted.

 

Division affected: Sittingbourne North; Sittingbourne South; Swale East; Swale West;

Lead officer: Jackie Marks


04/10/2021 - 21/00070 - Proposal to expand Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School from 192 places to 240 places, increasing the published admission number (PAN) from 48 to 60 for Year three entry in September 2022 ref: 2521    Recommendations Approved

Proposed decision –

 

(i)             Issue a public notice to permanently expand Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School from 48 to 60 PAN from September 2022.

 

And, subject to no objections being received to the public notice

 

(ii)            Expand Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School from 48 to 60 PAN from September 2022.

(iii)          agree to provide £1.5 million from the Children’s, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the permanent expansion of Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School from 48 to 60 PAN from September 2022.

(iv)          Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services in consultation with the General Counsel and Director of Education to enter into any necessary contracts / agreements on behalf of the County Council.

(v)           Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services to be the nominated Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts.

 

This decision is conditional upon planning permission being granted.

 

·     Reason for the decision

To agree to provide £1.5m from the Children’s, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the permanent expansion of Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School from 48 to 60 PAN from September 2021. Decision is required to publish a public notice and to proceed with the project as the project costs have increased to £1.5m

 

·     Background – Provide brief additional context

Whistable has two junior schools and they historically have operated for many years with organisationally inoperable Published Admission Numbers (the number of pupils it can take in each year group). In December 2018 Whitstable Junior School ran a consultation to reduce its Published Admission Number from 75 to 60 with effect from September 2020 onwards. This reduction was agreed by the Schools Adjudicator but was conditional on Whitstable and Seasalter CE Endowed consulting on a proposal to increase its PAN from 48 to 60 to ensure that there were sufficient Junior places to match the number of places in the Whitstable Infant schools. This proposal will ensure the financial viability of both junior and infant schools in Whitstable and ensure that all children attending the infant schools can have the opportunity to move onto a Whitstable Junior school. Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School is a popular school judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

 

A report was taken to Children, Young people and education Cabinet Committee on 15 January 2021 as it was envisaged that planning was to be submitted in February. Due to a number of factors including Covid, method of construction, roofing and drainage issues have all contributed to the costs of the project increasing and planning permission not being submitted until 1 June 2021.

 

·     Options (other options considered but discarded)

There are only two junior schools in Whitstable and therefore there were no other options available.

 

  • How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’

This proposal will help to secure our ambition “to ensure that Kent’s young people have access to the education, work and skills opportunities necessary to support Kent business to grow and be increasingly competitive in the national and international economy”

 

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2020-2024 sets out the need for commissioning additional school places.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision published: 04/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

As Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, I agree to:

 

(i)       Expand Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School from 48 to 60 PAN from September 2022.

(ii)       agree to provide £1.8 million from the Children’s, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the permanent expansion of Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed CE Junior School from 48 to 60 PAN from September 2022.

(iii)      Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services in consultation with the General Counsel and Director of Education to enter into any necessary contracts / agreements on behalf of the County Council.

(iv)      Authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services to be the nominated Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts.

 

This decision is conditional upon planning permission being granted.

 

Division affected: Whitstable West;

Lead officer: Jackie Marks


24/09/2021 - 21/00073 - Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 - 5 Year Review of 2016 adopted Plan ref: 2520    Recommendations Approved

Proposed decision

 

To agree the 5 year Review of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30, as adopted July 2016.

 

Background

The County Council has a statutory responsibility to plan for future minerals supply and waste management within Kent as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (NPPF) and the National Planning Policy for Waste 2014 (NPPW). This responsibility is realised through the preparation of a Local Plan, in line with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (The Regulations).

 

The Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (KMWLP) was adopted by Full Council in July 2016 and subject to an early partial review of a limited number of policies in 2020 represents the planning policy framework for minerals and waste development in Kent. The Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan contains a number of policies relating to strategic planning for minerals supply and waste management capacity, as well as Development Management policies against which planning applications for these types of development should be assessed. The Plan also includes a number of policies related to the safeguarding of mineral resources and waste management facilities. 

 

The Regulations require Local Planning Authorities to review their Local Plans every 5 years.  This is to ensure that the policies remain relevant, conform to national policy and guidance and satisfactorily address the needs of the local community. Policies must be both legally compliant and sound, and in order to be considered sound they should meet the tests of being positively prepared, justified, effective and compliant with national policy. The Plan was partially reviewed in 2020 in the KMWLP Early Partial Review 2020.  As a minimum, the 5 year Review requires an assessment of the 2016 policies that were not revised as a result of the 2020 Early Partial Review work.

 

The current Review process has been undertaken with an assessment of all policies.  As a result, a  number of policies have been identified as outdated or no longer meeting the tests of soundness. This assessment is set out in detail in the Review of the Kent Minerals & Waste Local Plan 2021. To satisfy the Regulations regarding the 5 year Review, the Council is required to agree the assessment.  This 5 year Review effectively completes the current local plan cycle.

 

The changes needed to the 2016 Kent Mineral and Waste Local Plan identified as a result of the review work form the basis for the next plan making cycle.  This starts with a public consultation on the proposed changes, in line with Regulation 18 of The Regulations.

 

Revisions are proposed to the adopted Local Plan to principally reflect changes in national policy and guidance since 2016.  These include amongst others, changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, government policy and guidance on the achievement of a circular economy and those concerned with climate change and protection and enhancement of the natural environment. Revised draft policy and supporting text have been prepared.  To satisfy the requirements of the Plan Making Regulations, consultation is now required on the proposed revisions to the adopted Plan so as to inform and influence future local plan work and the version that the Council will ultimately submit for examination  to the Planning Inspectorate.

 

This Executive Decision addresses the need to agree the 5 year Review of the 2016 adopted Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan  2013-30 and approves for public consultation (Regulation 18) proposed changes to the Kent Mineral and Waste Local Plan 2013-30. 

 

 

How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Setting the Course’: Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Statement (December 2020)

The KMWLP delivers the Council’s adopted Mineral and Waste Local Plan strategy and policies and is important in the determination of planning applications in Kent. A local plan is in accordance with national planning policy and guidance and provides a local perspective.  It supports the County Council’s corporate policies contained within the Council’s Setting the Course – Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Plan 2020, which sets the Council’s priorities for the next 18 months. .

 

Kent’s mineral and waste planning policies support and facilitate sustainable growth in Kent’s economy. In addition, they support the protection and creation of a high-quality environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs. The proposed revised policy will reflect recent changes to the environmental agenda including mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change and Kent’s Climate Change Statement and measures to support covid recovery.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision published: 27/09/2021

Effective from: 05/10/2021

Decision:

As Cabinet Member responsible for the Minerals and Waste Local Plan, I agree the five-year review of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (as set out in Appendix 1) for publication.

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Sharon Thompson