23/02/2021 - 21/00033 - Review of Kent County Council and Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group Integrated Commissioning Framework, covering health services, social care and community support for people with a learning disability and autistic people (LD&A)

Proposed decision

 

To enter into such agreements that are necessary with the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other local NHS organisations to create a new strategic planning and delivery framework for Kent’s residents with a learning disability and autistic people and delegate authority to Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health to finalise and approve the formal agreements to establish the new framework.

 

Reason for the decision

 

In 2015/16 Kent County Council and the seven NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) covering Kent and Medway, agreed to establish an integrated and partner strategic planning, commissioning and delivery framework covering healthcare, council social care and other support for Kent’s residents with a learning disability, and autistic residents. This framework is governed by an agreement between Kent County Council and Kent and Medway CCG, agreed in accordance with the provisions of section 75 of the NHS Act 2006. This framework includes an Alliance Partnership comprising the council’s adults social care service and the two NHS provider trusts that deliver specialist community health care for people with a learning disability and autistic people. This includes Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) and Kent and Medway NHSand Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT).

 

The framework covers community delivered services for people living in nursing and residential care; residents living with carers and their families and people living in their own homes or who live in specialist housing with support. The arrangement also covers specialist healthcare and support for residents with a learning disability and autistic people with highly complex needs, including Kent residents admitted to specialist hospitals located both in and outside Kent. 

 

A review of the arrangements summarised above, commissioned by Kent County Council but jointly agreed with Kent and Medway CCG identified challenges with how the council and NHS plan together to design and deliver effective solutions that can achieve strong and improving health and well being outcomes for Kent’s residents with a learning disability and autistic people.

 

The challenges identified:

 

·       Kent’s current Learning Disability and Autism (LD&A) governance and programme management framework is:

-     Confusing with several bodies duplicating effort and decision making and ineffectual structural relationships between each body

-     Not competent to develop and implement a whole system strategy and strategic commissioning programme

-     Not fully sighted or driven by the priorities, challenges and resource pressures of all partners and is largely reactive to short term issues and targets

-     Less than clear about how the voices of learning disabled and autistic people impact or affect key decisions, with a deficient approach to coproduction and system codesign 

·       Improvement is required in the effectiveness of whole system commissioning and programme management

·       Significant improvement is needed in whole system accountability and performance reporting, as investment decisions lack clarity on why and how they were determined and there is a lack of effective data and narrative to demonstrate the outcomes that are being achieved

·       Improvement is also needed in the alignment, commissioning and coordination of service delivery across adults, children and young people and complex needs to ensure:

-     Effective and seamless care pathways;

-     Person centred and codesigned support;

-     Outcome driven delivery;

-     Stronger market management and micro-commissioning, to address service deficits and to support innovation to address changing needs and expectations.

 

Through extensive engagement and coproduction of the solutions to address the challenges above, the proposals summarised below emerged through a clear consensus of council and NHS leaders, frontline professionals and health clinicians and critically through face to face engagement and workshops with people with a learning disability, autistic people and carers supported by advocates and advocate organisations.

 

Summary proposals

 

The establishment of:

 

§  A single senior level strategic leadership body of equal partners across the local authority, CCG, user and carer voice and system provider

§  A joint LD&A strategic commissioning and programme management unit, supporting whole system planning, development and change management and the function of the strategic leadership body 

§  A trusted system provider based on an effective NHS and council partnership, delegated to deliver and micro commission all LDA health and social care support.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision due date: Not before 24/03/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Clare Maynard

Notice of decision: 23/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/02/2021 - 21/00014 - Chilmington Green Secondary Provision - Ashford (updated)

Proposed decision:

(a)  Transfer of £22,500,000 s106 contributions in regard to Chilmington Green Secondary School to the DfE if the School is delivered via the DfE ‘Wave’ programme;

(b)  Approve up to £3.1m from the Children, Young People and Education capital budget to provide the access and service infrastructure required to provide a serviced school site; and

(c)  Delegate authority to the Director for Education to take necessary actions, including but not limited to entering into necessary contracts or taking other legal actions as required, to implement the decision.

 

 

Reason for the decision

Chilmington Green is a development with consent for 5,750 new homes.  A s106 agreement provides a site for a new secondary school and, over time, £22.5m of contributions.  The Secretary of State for Education has agreed, in principle, that United Learning Trust can open a new 6FE secondary school in Ashford, on the Chilmington Green site. This is in Wave 13 of the free schools programme.  The Department for Education expects Kent County Council to commit to pass over the £22.5m of developer contributions as and when it receives these from the housing developer.  This arrangement supports the early delivery of the school and KCC’s cash flow.  A formal decision is needed to provide the DfE with surety.

 

KCC will take transfer of the site for the secondary school from the developer.  This will be transferred freehold to the DfE if the wave school proceeds.  The site needs to meet the transfer requirements of the DfE, including having utilities provided to the curtilage of the site, access, and a safe walking route from the housing development.  The requirements sit with the developer to provide these as part of the transfer requirements in the s106.  However, the developer has not yet discharged these obligations.  In order to support the delivery of the school, which is needed to secure KCC’s duty to ensure every child can access a high-quality school place, and ensure the Wave funding is not forfeit, KCC is negotiating with the developer for it to deliver these obligations, with the developer refunding the council, with interest.  The necessary works have been costed at £3.1m.   

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

KCC delivers the school itself – KCC does not have the capital funding to deliver the school itself prior to receipt of the s106 contributions which would delay delivery of the school be several years.  KCC will be unable to provide the local school places needed to meet the demand in Ashford.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021 To comply with legal requirements for minimum 28 day FED period.

Division affected: Ashford Rural West;

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021


16/02/2021 - 21/00032 - Danley Road - disposal of land

Proposed decision:

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to approve  to transfer the land at Danley Road, Sheppey to MHCLG and delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to take necessary actions, included but not limited to entering into relevant contracts or other legal agreements, as required to implement this decision.

 

Whilst the transfer of sites to the Minister for Communities Housing and Local Government (MHCLG) for Free Schools is a delegated and established practice, in view of the land matters for this particular site a decision is sought from the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services.

 

The County Council will need to transfer the land to allow the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver a new special school.

 

Background

 

KCC own the site at Danley Road Sheerness which was the site of the former Danley Middle School.

 

Part of the former KCC school site was transferred to the Governing Body of Halfway Houses Primary School in 2016. The land now being considered for transfer to MCHLG will be developed for a SEND School by the Department for Education (DfE). Upon transfer of the land by KCC and development of the site by DfE, DfE will grant a 125-year lease to the SABDEN Multi-Academy Trust. The School is proposed to open September 2022.

 

The new school will be delivered by the DfE Free Schools team to meet an increasing demand for special school places on the Isle of Sheppey. A bid was submitted by KCC in 2018 for Wave 2 of the Special and Alternative Provision Free Schools Programme. Notification was received in March 2019 that the bid had been successful, and discussions have been held with DfE over the site area to be transferred. The DfE undertook feasibility studies and consulted with KCC over the proposed site layout.

 

The proposal is that KCC will initially retain the area of land shown hatched green which includes the access road to the site, shown brown. It has been agreed that KCC will not dispose of any of the hatched green land, until after the development of the new free school.

The proposed terms of the transfer of the land at Danley Road (red land) from KCC to MHCLG include a right of access over the access road, with a covenant for MHCLG to pay a reasonable proportion of the total costs incurred of the repair, maintenance, and/or replacement of the access road on a user basis to be agreed between the parties. This clause will mirror the obligations and rights agreed with the Governing Body of the Halfway Houses Primary School in their 2016 Transfer Agreement.

 

The land would be transferred to MHCLG subject to a restrictive covenant which would restrict the use of the site for educational purposes only.

 

If the development of the site for the SEND school by DfE has not commenced within 7 years of completion of the transfer from KCC to MHCLG, the land would be transferred back to KCC for £1.

 

Terms are currently being finalised with the DFE in respect of the land arrangements should the site not be required for educational use within 30 years.

 

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

KCC to retain the freehold of the land and grant the DfE a Free School model 125-year lease of the site. As with other recent land transactions for school sites between KCC with MHCLG and DfE, the DfE will not accept anything other than the terms of their standard model lease when taking sites for schools. The DfE Model form of lease leaves KCC with ongoing risk and liabilities and thus is not acceptable to KCC.

 

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services

Decision due date: Not before 24/02/2021 Significant but non-key

Division affected: Sheppey;

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021


16/02/2021 - 21/00030 - Inland Border Facility - White Cliffs

Proposed decision:

 

To delegate to the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment and Transport, in consultation with the Leader of KCC and the Cabinet Member for Highways, and Transport, authority to spend grant funding from the Secretary of State to deliver the construction works necessary to facilitate an Inland Border Facility at White Cliffs (subject to approval of the Special Development Order being promoted by the DFT and to be submitted for approval to MHCLG.).

 

Specifically approval is sought: 

 

To approve the acceptance of the Section 31 Grant monies award from the Department for Transport (DfT) to procure and manage works to deliver necessary construction works  at the White Cliffs site to be secured by DfT to support Government Transition arrangements.

 

This approval includes agreement to;

 

a) AGREE to accept the Grants under the terms and conditions required by Government; and

 

b) APPROVE the management and delivery of the necessary site works, including on site facilities)  as detailed in this report;

 

c)  CONFIRM that the projects will be delivered via KCC contractual arrangements that allow for the delivery of Highway Improvement Schemes in support of traffic management plans; and

 

d) DELEGATE authority to the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport to, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport and the Leader, take any necessary actions to implement this decision, including but not limited to entering into relevant legal agreements and authorising spend from Grant monies.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

Inland Border Facilities and Border Control Posts are needed to support new trading arrangements with the EU arising from the UK’s departure from the EU.

 

Background:

 

Post transition, there is a need for Inland Border Facilities and Border Control Posts. The Department for Transport (DfT) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have identified White Cliffs as a potential site for an Inland Border Facility to help facilitate the flow of trade to assist with freight movements across the Short Straits. The proposal includes the provision of security measures and facilities to enable the checking of vehicles and goods entering and exiting the site along with local road mitigations arising from the project.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded):

The sites and infrastructure required have been identified by the DfT and HMRC

 

How the proposed decision meets the challenges in the Interim Strategic Plan

 

The Interim Strategic Plan recognises that Kent is the gateway to the UK and as such Transition will have a greater impact on Kent than other parts of the UK. A key element of our preparations is to work with local partners and National Government to ensure that appropriate infrastructure is in place to support new trading arrangements whilst also ensuring there is minimal disruption to local communities and businesses and impacts on existing infrastructure including the local road network is mitigated.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021

Division affected: Dover North; Dover Town; Dover West;

Lead officer: Simon Jones

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/02/2021 - 21/00029 - Statement of Community Involvement 2021

Proposed decision:

 

The adoption of a revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for planning applications determined by the County Council and Local Plan projects.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a legal requirement arising from the Council’s town and country planning responsibilities.  It sets out the Council’s approach to

involving the community in plan making and its consideration of planning applications

within Kent. The County Council's first SCI was adopted in 2006 and separate

Addendum were published in April 2013 and January 2014. 

 

As the Town and Country Planning Regulations require a council’s SCI to be reviewed every five years, the current SCI requires review.  

 

Background:

 

Following a review, revisions are proposed to the adopted SCI document, mainly to take into account changes in legislation and national planning policies and some minor factual updates. Key proposed changes will result in a streamlining of the plan making process and a shift towards increasing engagement via digital means. The document is formatted in a new way that is intended to make its contents clearer and includes a new section on how the County Council will support neighbourhood planning.  It is of note that the opportunities for engagement during plan making and consideration of planning applications have not changed.

 

A draft SCI document was considered by the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee in November 2020, where Members endorsed the document for public consultation in line with best practice.

 

The public consultation was undertaken from December 2020 – January 2021. As a result of the consultation, several minor amendments have been made to improve clarity throughout the document The document however remains materially unchanged in terms of its policies and objectives from the public consultation version.

 

Following public consultation and the consideration of responses, the revised SCI should be adopted by the County Council as the basis for engagement on planning application and the Council’s plan making responsibilities. 

 

 

 

How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, 

Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’ and the objectives of ‘Setting the Course’: Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Statement (December 2020)

 

 

The revised SCI will be used to deliver the Council’s adopted Mineral and Waste Local Plan strategy and policies in the Borough and District Council’s local plans.   These are in accordance with national planning policies and support the County Council’s corporate policies contained within the Council’s Strategic Statement ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes – Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement 2015-2020 and the recently approved Setting the Course – Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Plan 2020, which sets the Council’s priorities for the next 2 years.  

 

Kent’s mineral and waste planning policies and the Council’s infrastructure projects support and facilitate sustainable growth in Kent’s economy.  In addition, they support the creation of a high-quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs and support its health, social and cultural well-being.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Sharon Thompson

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/02/2021 - 21/00028 - Adoption of Highways Asset Management Plan 2021/22-2025/26

Proposed decision:

 

Adoption of Highways Asset Management Plan 2021/22-2025/26 – An Investment Strategy and Action Plan for the next 5 Years.

 

To adopt and publish a single document that sets out our approach to highways asset management over the next five years.

 

Background and reasons:

 

Over the past years we have significantly developed our approach to highways asset management enabling KCC to maximise Department for Transport (DfT) funding. As part of this work, KCC has formally adopted various key documents - Our Approach to Asset Management in Highways, Implementing Our Approach to Asset Management in Highways and Developing Our Approach to Asset Management in Highways. We have also introduced various measures to implement the Well-managed Highway Infrastructure (WMHI) code of practice, again resulting in the adoption and publication of a range of documents – Applying the code of practice in Kent, Implementing the code of practice in Kent and A Risk Based Approach –

Service Level Risk Assessments. As a result we have been able to demonstrate consistently that we are a Band 3 DfT Incentive Fund authority, make the case for additional funding, and optimise our ability to defend claims. Collectively, these published documents form our existing Highways Asset Management Plan (HAMP).

 

Despite making significant progress in recent years, we, as other highways authorities, are in an increasingly challenging environment, with deteriorating assets, increasing traffic volumes, uncertainty around future funding and, more recently, facing the impacts of the global pandemic.  It is therefore timely to develop a new single and updated HAMP document, to identify a clear investment strategy and associated action plan for the future that is fit for purpose and recognises the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The new document is a forward-looking document covering the next five years which:

         includes a vision statement

         sets out how highways asset management, as a key enabling service, contributes to achieving strategic outcomes and delivering Kent’s interim strategic plan

         describes how we go about asset management and risk-based decision-making

         explains what we know about the condition of our assets both now and going forward based on various investment levels

         sets out what our service levels are in terms of what we do and what we do not, alongside an assessment of associated risks

         outlines our asset management and WMHI improvements and achievements in recent years

         includes a five-year forward works programme (for specific asset groups), and

         lists the actions we will take forward in the coming years to further improve our approach to asset management, maximise asset lifespans, reduce lifecycle cost and improve future maintainability. 

In addition to being an asset management plan for highways, the document essentially amounts to an Investment Strategy and Action Plan for the next five years. It seeks to move towards treating the management and maintenance of our highway assets as a multi-year plan, rather than an annual one. In that respect, the document highlights the importance of consistency of (broad levels of) funding and approach over that longer period, to enable us to deliver a more efficient service with better condition outcomes.

 

At the time of writing, the Department for Transport has not confirmed the levels of capital grant to be provided for highway maintenance in 2021/22. There is considerable uncertainty about DfT funding in 2021/22 and beyond.  In the event that available resource over the next five years is considerably different to the broad levels of funding assumed in our analyses, (based on current funding levels continuing), the new strategy  provides detailed information to enable informed decision-making around how we  prioritise investment going forward.

The main document also proposes new maintenance hierarchies for our road and footway  assets, following detailed work during the last year in which we examined a number of options. The preferred hierarchies are based on those recommended in WMHI, as these provide sufficient granularity for our use given the scale and make-up of Kent’s network. For roads, we have adjusted the WMHI hierarchy to include our Resilient Highway Network as a new top category. The proposed hierarchies also enable us to adjust our future inspection and maintenance approach, for example to move resource away from little used or impassable country tracks, so that higher risks can be targetted.

The new HAMP document also sets out in detail the asset management and related services we provide (and equally those we do not), and an assessment of risk associated with that balance.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021

Lead officer: Alan Casson

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/02/2021 - 21/00027 - Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan (2020-2025)

Proposed decision:

 

To request the formal adoption of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan (2020-2025).

 

Reason for the decision:

 

Formal adoption of the reviewed and revised Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan 2020-2025. 

 

Background:

 

The Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000 requires local authorities within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to act collaboratively to prepare and publish an up-to-date plan, which ‘formulates their policy for the management of the area and for the carrying out of their functions in relation to it’.

 

The Kent Downs AONB Management Plan has been prepared by the Kent Downs AONB Unit and the Kent Downs AONB Joint Advisory Committee for, and on behalf of, the twelve local authorities that have land within the Kent Downs AONB. Council member Matthew Balfour and Stephanie Holt-Castle, Interim Director for Environment, Planning and Enforcement, represent KCC on the Kent Downs AONB Joint Advisory Committee.

 

The Kent Downs AONB Management Plan sets out the vision for the future of the landscape. It seeks to address key issues and threats and sets out aims, policies and actions for the positive management of the Kent Downs for a five-year period, overseen by a 20-year vision. The vision seeks that by 2034, the qualities and distinctive features of the landscape will be valued and strengthened. Responses to climate change and development pressures are to have enhanced the landscape character of the area and allowed the landscape to be enjoyed and cherished, securing its future conservation and enhancement.  Positive partnerships will have acted together to conserve, enhance and promote the nationally and internationally recognised and valued landscape.

 

The Kent Downs AONB Management Plan was originally adopted by the County Council and all other relevant local authorities in April 2004 and set out a 20 year vision for the AONB. Revisions to the Management Plan were adopted in 2009 and 2014. This is the third revision.

 

The overall vision for the AONB remains unchanged. This revision seeks to respond to the changing context in which the 20 year vision operates – including the level of housing growth expected in Kent and climate and biodiversity challenges and opportunities - by refocusing elements of the Plan.

 

KCC submitted a range of technical comments during the formal consultation in September 2020 and further comments were recently provided in January 2021.  KCC is satisfied that matters it has raised have been adequately addressed. Following stakeholder engagement and formal consultation, the Management Plan is now at its finalised stage, ready for adoption by the relevant local authorities.

 

The review is supported by an Environment Report, a Sustainability Appraisal and an Equality Impact Assessment.

 

It is considered that the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan 2020-2025, as amended, can be adopted by KCC. It is not anticipated that the revised Management Plan will place any additional obligations on the County Council in terms of resources. Relevant areas of the County Council will need to consider the revised Management Plan in relation to their operations, as they are already bound to do.

 

How the proposed decision meets the priority actions of Setting the Course: Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Plan (December 2020)

 

Priority actions to help address the economic challenge – Champion the rural and green economy.

 

Priority actions to help address the environmental challenge – build sustainable, liveable homes and communities.

 

The Management Plan supports the County Council’s priority actions by supporting the economic and social wellbeing of local communities in ways which contribute to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty. The Management Plan also promotes the enjoyment of the AONB landscapes and the health and wellbeing opportunities it offers.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Sarah Platts

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/02/2021 - 21/00026 - Updated Kent Minerals and Waste Safeguarding Supplementary Planning Document

Proposed decision:

 

The adoption of an updated Kent Minerals and Waste Safeguarding Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) 2021.

 

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 2019 (NPPF) and the National Planning Policy for Waste 2014 (NPPW). In addition, the County Council has a responsibility to ensure that sustainable waste management and supply of primary aggregates within the county is not compromised by other forms of development. This is achieved through minerals and waste safeguarding.

 

The Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (KMWLP) was adopted by Full Council in July 2016. The KMWLP contains a number of policies relating to the safeguarding of minerals and waste resources, which other local planning authorities (Borough and District Councils) across Kent must refer to when considering development in the proximity of minerals and waste infrastructure or primary mineral resources. In April 2017 the County Council adopted a Minerals and Waste Safeguarding Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that set out in detail the process that should be followed by the County Council, the Borough and District Councils and applicants when dealing with applications and local plan allocations that have implications for minerals and waste safeguarding.

 

In 2017, an Early Partial Review (EPR) of the adopted KMWLP was undertaken.  This included a number of amendments to the safeguarding policies within the Plan which improved their clarity and ease of application in practice. During the preparation of the EPR, the County Council made a commitment to update the Supplementary Planning Document to reflect the amendments to the policies and address representations made during the Examination in Public for the EPR in 2019.

 

Members of the County Council resolved to adopt the KMWLP as amended by the EPR in September 2020 and a subsequent public consultation was undertaken on the updated SPD. Following this consultation, a number of changes have been made to the SPD to provide clarity in implementing the adopted planning policies.  Importantly, the guidance in the SPD does not change the policy as this can only be achieved through a further formal review of the local plan.  To give full weight to the guidance in the SPD, the final stage of the process is adoption by the County Council. The 2021 version of the SPD it is now considered ready for adoption.

 

How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, 

Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’ and the objectives of ‘Setting the Course’: Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Statement (December 2020)

 

The revised SPD will be used to deliver the Council’s adopted Mineral and Waste Local Plan strategy and policies in the Borough and District Council’s local plans. These are in accordance with national planning policies and support the County Council’s corporate policies contained within the Council’s Strategic Statement ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes – Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement 2015-2020 and the recently approved Setting the Course – Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Plan 2020, which sets the Council’s priorities for the next 2 years.

 

Kent’s mineral and waste planning policies support and facilitate sustainable growth in Kent’s economy. In addition, they support the creation of a high-quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Sharon Thompson

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/02/2021 - 21/00025 - Proposed Expansion of Invicta Grammar School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DS

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to:

 

a)       authorise the allocation of £2,438,095 from the Children Young People and Education Services Basic Need Capital Budget to fund the permanent expansion of Invicta Grammar School, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 192 places to 240 places from September 2022.

 

b)       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 with the Valley Invicta Academies Trust.

 

c)       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 Decision:

 

Kent County Council (KCC), as the Local Authority (LA), has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available.  The County Council’s Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2020-24 is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out KCC’s future plans as Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision across all types and phases of education in Kent.  A copy of the plan can be viewed from this link:

http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/education-skills-and-employment-policies/education-provision

 

The Commissioning Plan forecasts for the Maidstone and Malling Selective planning group indicate that there will be a deficit of Year 7 places throughout the Plan period.  The deficit builds during the early years of the Plan period and peaks at -106 places in 2023-24, before settling into around a 90 places shortfall for the last 3 years of the forecast period.

 

Within this planning group, some schools have admitted over PAN in recent years, creating temporary additional selective capacity.  It is anticipated that this pattern will continue and will accommodate the immediate forecast deficit of 28 places in 2021-22.  However, from 2022-23 there is a need to commission up to 3FE of additional permanent provision and a further 1FE (or 30 temporary places) will be needed to meet the 2023-24 demand.

 

Background:

 

In recent years Invicta Grammar School has accepted bulges up to 240 pupils, which is 48 places above its PAN.  These additional places have provided provision that ensured there were sufficient girls grammar places available in the Maidstone and Malling planning group.  The latest KCP forecasts indicate a continued and growing demand for grammar places and in particular girls’ provision. 

 

However, Invicta Grammar School no longer has the physical capacity to accept pupils over their PAN beyond September 2021.  Therefore, KCC intends to commission a Basic Need expansion of Invicta Grammar School to enable the school to continue to offer 240 places on a permanent basis from September 2022.

 

It is agreed with Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) that this would be a school managed scheme, with KCC providing the Basic Need funding and the Trust procuring and managing all capital works.

 

Options:

 

There are only 2 girls’ grammar schools within the planning group and therefore the options for expanding girls’ grammar provision are limited to these schools.  KCC is currently working with both schools to assess the possibility of expansion, as it is likely it will be necessary for both schools to expand to meet the forecast deficit. 

 

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

 

The provision of sufficient school places is a statutory duty and contributes to the Strategic Business Plan Priorities to ensure that “Children and Young People in Kent get the best start in life”.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021

Division affected: Maidstone North East;

Lead officer: Nick Abrahams

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


08/02/2021 - 21/00023 - Extension of the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) Service Level Agreement (SLA)

      Reason for the decision

 

The Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) is a specialist provision for Children and Young People (CYP) with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The service is co-ordinated via 12 Special Schools (one per district) and two countywide provisions for Sensory and Physical Disability.  The expectations and quality assurance of the delivery of the service are outlined in a Service Level Agreement (SLA), which is annually renewed and due to expire at the end of March 2021.

 

The decision is required to enable the extension of the SLA for one year, within the existing annual financial envelop of £7.8M.

 

      Background

 

STLS was devolved to 12 Special Schools across Kent in September 2012. In January 2016, Kent’s Special Schools aligned the use of their outreach funding with the STLS to further develop the district outreach and training offer. 

 

STLS was set up to champion inclusive education, to fully harness and develop the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) knowledge, skills and expertise present in all Kent early years settings and schools in order to create a coordinated, equitable, and effective provision of additional support for children and young people with SEND.

 

KCC maintain an activity tracker which records the specific activities undertaken by the STLS, including referrals into the service, frequency of Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meetings and number of school visits. Strategic oversight of the service is provided via the County-wide LIFT Executive Group.

 

 

A review of LIFT was undertaken in 2019 and found that whilst the STLS has been effective, there seemed to be a disconnect between the activity of the service and improved attainment outcomes for SEN pupils.

 

Furthermore, the OfSTED and CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspection of services in early 2019 highlighted that too many children and young people with SEND do not get the support they need in Kent.  The Written Statement of Action (WSoA) has identified the areas against which improvements need to be made, and the ambition is to develop this service alongside the delivery of the WSoA in a more joined up and effective inclusive practice for CYP with SEND in mainstream schools and settings in Kent.

 

An extension of the STLS SLA will allow a phased approach to the redesign of the service, whilst introducing a new set of KPIs, developed collaboratively with representative members of the Special Schools, Kent Special Educational Needs Trust (KSENT) , Kent Association of Head Teachers (KAH), Head of SEN and Commissioning, to measure progress against the Children and Young People’s Outcomes Framework, which has been developed with families and reflects what children and young people and their families have told us is important to them. It will also ensure future development of STLS will be aligned to the wider planned commissioning activity of inclusive practice, as identified in the WSoA.

 

Aside from commissioning activity, the extended period will be used to identify opportunities within the wider system, gain a better understanding of roles, responsibilities and interdependencies across the wider health, education and social care systems to achieve better outcomes with the investment and available resources.

 

      Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

The outcomes and KPIs are currently being revised in line with the Children and Young People’s Outcomes Framework. The performance of the service will be analysed as part of the new service from April 2022, including a detailed options appraisal.

 

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

 

This supports Outcome One of the Strategic Statement “Children and young people in

Kent get the best start in life”

 

The Kent SEND Strategy 2021 – 2024 (currently in consultation) has been developed alongside the delivery of the Written Statement of Action and sets out how Kent will continue to improve the outcomes for children and young people into the future.

 

The Mainstream Core Standards is an operational document that sets out the expectations of all schools, according to the needs of the CYP, with or without any formal diagnosis. It also sets out the additional support required by some CYP with SEND across four broad areas of need are:

 

           Communication and interaction

           Cognition and learning

           Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

           Sensory and/or physical needs.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Decision due date: Not before 09/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Lead officer: Christy Holden

Notice of decision: 08/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00022 - Disposal of the former Ladesfield Care Home site, Vulcan Close, Whitstable, CT5 3LZ

Proposed decision:

 

The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to authorise the disposal of Ladesfield Care Home site, Vulcan Close, Whitstable, CT5 3LZ and to delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure to finalise and enter into any necessary legal agreements.

 

Background and Options:

 

The site was a former operational Care Home, which has been closed and demolished. The site has been declared surplus, as KCC has no ongoing operational requirement for the site and the disposal process has been progressing, with the site marketed following the grant of Outline Planning consent for residential development.

 

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021

Division affected: Whitstable West;

Lead officer: Roderick Lemerle

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


04/02/2021 - 21/00021 - Whitehall Road - Disposal of former playing field

Proposed decision –

 

The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to  approve the disposal of the Former Remote Playing Field at Whitehill Road, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5PJ and to delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure to finalise and enter into any necessary legal agreements.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

Proposed property disposal

 

Background:

 

Former remote playing field which has not been used for educational purposes for over 14 years with the site being declared surplus to KCC requirements. Following local plan promotion, the site has been openly marketed to secure best value and we now need to enter into contracts with the selected purchaser.  

 

 

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021

Division affected: Gravesend East;

Lead officer: Simon Dodd

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


04/02/2021 - 21/00020 - The Towers School - additional Year 7 places

Proposed decision:

 

Release £1,550,000 from the Children, Young People and Education Capital budget secure additional Year 7 places at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre, Ashford.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

The pressure for non-selective places in the Ashford North non-selective planning group is particularly acute with additional places being required for several years. 

The addition of science classrooms at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre will enable the School to accommodate an additional classes of Year 7 pupils as and when required and will support the need for additional secondary places in the Borough.

Background

In Ashford Borough, Year 7 rolls have risen from 1,290 pupils in 2010-11 (the last low point) to 1,651 in 2020-21, an increase of 361 places or 12FE.  For the last three years we have managed to ensure every child was offered a local school places because schools have supported KCC by offering places above their published admissions numbers.

 

The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre has a PAN of 243.  For the last two years (2019-20 and 2020-21) they have agreed to offer 270 places as of National Offer Day.  To continue to be able to offer 270 places as and when required by KCC, the school will require additional specialist science facilities.  These additional science facilities can be achieved via the reconfiguration of their present science facilities in addition to the conversion of adjacent classrooms.

 

In addition to being able to support KCC by admitting additional Year 7 pupils, this scheme will enable the School to permanently release to KCC two existing classrooms in a standalone block to create a special school satellite).    These will used to provide facilities for 24 Wyvern School sixth form students, increasing the number of special school places in Ashford.  The satellite will give Wyvern students the opportunity to join mainstream lessons with the support of Wyvern staff and take further steps towards an independent adulthood.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

All secondary schools in Ashford Borough have been admitting additional pupils on a temporary or permanent basis.  The option of expanding each of the non-selective schools in the Borough has been explored and further proposals may need to be brought forward.  This proposal is considered the best option as not only do the additional places offer good value for money, but they also offer the opportunity for additional special school places.

 

Allocating places outside of Ashford Borough where surplus places for 2021-22 and onwards may be available has been considered but discounted as all districts will be under pressure.

 

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

The decision will help to secure the additional high quality secondary school places and special school places that are required.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021

Division affected: Ashford Rural East; Ashford Rural West;

Lead officer: Lee Round

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00019 - SEND Strategy 2021-2024

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services is asked to agree to approve the SEND strategy 2021 – 2024 and assign delegated decisions relating to the commissioning of county wide solutions to deliver against the strategy to the Corporate Director for Children, Young People and Education.

 

When OFSTED and CQC undertook their inspection of services in early 2019, they highlighted that too many children and young people with SEND do not get the support they need in Kent. A Written Statement of Action was developed and an improvement programme initiated to respond to the inspection and improve the outcomes for children and young people with SEND in Kent.

 

A SEND strategy has been drafted, building on the previous strategy which was published in 2017. The new strategy has been jointly developed by Kent County Council and the NHS in conjunction with children and young people, parents and carers, Kent PACT and other key stakeholders.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

The SEND strategy is a county wide strategy effecting all electoral divisions. It will shape the delivery of SEND services across the county, and is a key deliverable for the Written Statement of Action.

 

Background:

 

The SEND strategy 2021 – 2024 builds on the work of the previous SEND strategy which was published in 2017. It has been jointly developed by KCC and the NHS, in conjunction with children, young people, carers, parents and key stakeholders throughout the SEND programme.

 

Views were gathered through a number of co-production events in February 2020, parental surveys, working jointly with Kent PACT as well as through all workstream activities which have informed the development of the strategy.

 

The SEND strategy has been developed alongside the activities within the Written Statement of Action, but goes beyond the inspection (from Ofsted and CQC) and sets out the priorities for the next 3 years.

 

Once approved, this strategy will support the inclusion of all children and young people in Kent.

 

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

None. The previous Kent strategy has expired.

 

 

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

 

Approval of this strategy cements Kent’s intent and ambition to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND in Kent. It will set the strategic framework for the delivery plan, and will be measured through a number of indicators that are monitored through the SEND Improvement Programme as well as new joint governance with the NHS.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00018 - Proposed Revision of Rates Payable and Charges Levied by Kent County Council for Children's Social Care Services in 2021-22

Proposed decision:

 

(i)       APPROVE the proposed changes to the rates payable and charges levied for Children’s Services in 2021-22.

(ii)       NOTE both the changes to the rates that are set by the Government/external agencies: Inter-agency charges and Essential Living Allowance and; any charges to other Local Authorities for use of in-house respite residential beds are to be calculated on a full cost recovery basis.

(iii)      DELEGATE authority to the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education, or other nominated officer, to undertake the necessary actions to implement the decision.

 

Reasons:

 

         This decision revises the rates payable and charges levied by this Council for Children’s Social Care Services from 1 April 2021

 

         The recommendation report will distinguish between those rates and charges over which Members can exercise their discretion, and those which are laid down by Parliament.

 

         The rates payable and charges levied for Children’s Services are reviewed annually, with any revisions normally introduced from the start of the new financial year.

 

         Some of the increases are directly linked to the published Department for Education fostering rates, which are reviewed by the Department annually.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Karen Stone

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00017- Proposal to establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for ASD at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2021

Proposed decision:

 

(i)       Issue a public notice to establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2021.

 

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

 

(ii)       Establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2021.

 

This decision is conditional upon planning permission being granted where required.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

The Children, Young People and Education Committee report for Garlinge SRP will inform the committee of a decision that will need to be taken by the Member for Education and Skills after the March CYPE committee but before the next CYPE committee date in June. The decision cannot wait until the June committee date because May is the latest point at which the decision can be made and allow sufficient time for the statutory process to be completed for a September 2021 opening.

The decision is required as part of the statutory process to publish the public notice enabling the establishment of the 16 place SRP at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery for September 2021.

 

Background:

 

The Local Authority is responsible for maintaining Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for children and young people between the ages of 0-25 years.  As of January 2020, this totalled 13,499 children and young people with an EHCP.  This is an increase of 1,736 since January 2019, an increase of 14.8% compared to 10% nationally.

 

The number of pupils in the Thanet District with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in January 2020 was 16,000. This was an increase of 16% from 2019. 2% of Kent’s EHCP cohort live in Thanet district and as at January 2020, 5.5% of the pupils aged 5-19 years in Thanet (maintained and independent) were subject to an EHCP. Pupils with an EHCP in Kent are less likely to be educated in a maintained mainstream school than would be expected nationally. A number of students with an EHCP require a higher level of support than can be provided in mainstream schools, but their needs are not so complex that a special school placement is appropriate. For these students a range of Specialist Resourced Provisions (SRPs) which are based in mainstream schools with places reserved for students with an EHCP are established. The establishment of SRPs attached to mainstream schools is part of the continuum of provision to enable pupils to be included within mainstream settings.

 

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains the most common primary need type with 41.2% of children and young people aged 0-25 years having an EHCP with this primary need identified in Kent.  This is an increase from 40.3% in January 2019. Nationally ASD is also the most common primary need, but Kent’s percentage is significantly higher than the national figure of 30%

 

Currently we are establishing an SRP for ASD for 16 pupils at Holy Trinity and St Johns Primary School. This proposal will complement the provision at Holy Trinity and St. John’s Primary School and provide additional capacity and choice for parents in the Thanet district. A 20 place Secondary SRP for ASD is also planned for the new secondary school in Thanet which will work closely with the two primary SRPs

 

Options:

 

Options regarding the establishment of SRPs have been fully investigated with the SEN team and Garlinge Primary School and Nursery was considered to be the best option (in addition to the approved SRP at Holy Trinity and St. John’s primary School) for the establishment of an SRP for ASD for 16 children  The school’s governing body is fully  supportive of the proposals. This additional provision will enable choice for parents in Thanet with a child who requires additional support from an SRP provision.

 

         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 proposal also supports the ‘Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs 2017-19.The aim of the SEND strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all of Kent's children and young people with special educational needs and those who are disabled.

Kent’s Strategy set out an intention to provide additional places for pupils with the following need types: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Speech Language and Communication Needs (ASD), and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).

 

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2021-2025 sets out our commissioning intentions to meet the need for specialist provisions across Kent. A mixture of new schools, expansion of existing and the establishment of satellites and SRPs will be commissioned across Kent to meet the need.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Division affected: Margate;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00016 - Proposed temporary expansion of Mascalls Academy, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6LT

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to:

 

a)       Authorise the allocation of £1,242,960 from the Children Young People and Education Services Basic Need Capital Budget to fund a temporary expansion of Mascalls Academy, by increasing the number of Year 7 places offered in September 2022 and September 2023 from 240 to 300 places.

 

b)       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 with the Leigh Academies Trust.

 

c)       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 Decision:

 

Kent County Council (KCC), as the Local Authority (LA), has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available.  The County Council’s Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2020-24 is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out KCC’s future plans as Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision across all types and phases of education in Kent.  A copy of the plan can be viewed from this link:

http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/education-skills-and-employment-policies/education-provision

 

The Commissioning Plan forecasts for the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Non-Selective Planning Group indicate that there will be sufficient places at the start and end of the Plan period, but there will be a 50 place deficit in 2022-23 and 36 deficit in 2023-24.  These deficits will require up to 60 temporary places to be offered via existing secondary schools.

 

Background:

 

Mascalls is a co-educational comprehensive school for students of 11-18 years that converted to academy status in July 2011 and is now part of the Leigh Academies Trust.  The school was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted at its November 2016 short inspection.  Mascalls provides a broad range of educational opportunities for all students regardless of their ability or background and aims to help them develop their potential to the full.  The school has excellent ICT and sports facilities and in 2006 a brand-new building, providing state-of-the-art accommodation for Design and Technology, Art, Drama, Dance and Music was opened.

 

The school and Leigh Academies Trust are keen to expand the school and welcome the opportunity to temporarily expand for 2 years. Future housing development in the area is likely to necessitate a permanent expansion of the school in the longer-term future.

 

Following discussion regarding the accommodation needs of the school, KCC agreed with the Leigh Academies Trust that, should this proposal go ahead, it will be a school managed scheme, with KCC providing the Basic Need funding and the Trust undertaking the necessary capital works. The Trust regularly undertakes capital work relating to expansion and maintenance of its schools and has the organisational infrastructure to manage such schemes.

 

Options:

 

There are limited options for expansion of the schools within the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Non-Selective Planning Group; the majority of the schools have been expanded within the past few years and for other temporary expansions would not be cost effective.  On balance, the proposed temporary expansion of Mascalls Academy offers a relatively low-cost option in a location where there is demand generated by new housing developments.

 

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

The provision of sufficient school places is a statutory duty and contributes to the Strategic Business Plan Priorities to ensure that “Children and Young People in Kent get the best start in life”.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Lead officer: Nick Abrahams

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00015 - Lundsford and Birchington School Roofs

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to:

 

a)       authorise the allocation of £6.6m from the Children Young People and Education Services Capital Budget to deliver the roof replacement schemes at Birchington Church of England Primary School and Lunsford Primary School.

 

b)       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.

 

c)       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.  contract value to be no more than 10% above the capital funding agreed by the Cabinet Member without requiring a new Record of Decision.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

Kent County Council (KCC), as the Local Authority, is responsible for the maintenance of Community and Voluntary Controlled school buildings in Kent.  This responsibility is taken seriously, with continuous maintenance and modernisation programmes in place to ensure that the school estate is fit for purpose.  Included within these programmes are routine building checks that identify possible future maintenance issues with accommodation.

 

Through this maintenance programme the proactive replacement of the roofs of Birchington Church of England Primary School and Lunsford Primary School are recommended to remove the development of any future risks associated with the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). 

 

Background:

 

RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete used primarily for roofs from the mid-fifties to the mid-eighties, most often in schools and office buildings. RAAC roofs are known to typically have more limited long term durability compared to other forms of roofing structures.

 

The LGA and DfE advise that Local Authorities and responsible school bodies identify any RAAC buildings in their portfolio and ensure that they are subject to regular and rigorous inspection by a structural engineer.

 

The County Council has two schools within its estate with RAAC structures. Structural engineer inspections of the RAAC material used in both schools show that they are currently performing as expected and are in a safe state. The buildings are subject to regular inspection and the correct maintenance practices.

 

The Standing Committee on Structural Safety recommends that building owners consider the long-term plan for RAAC roofs and for replacement to be considered where there is doubt about their structural adequacy. There are currently no concerns held regarding the structural integrity of the roofs at the two schools. The Corporate Management Team has considered the long term options available for the RAAC roofs and recommended that they be proactively replaced to eliminate the potential for any risks to develop in the future.

 

The schemes will be considered by the Children’s, Young People and Education Services Cabinet Committee on the 9th March 2021, prior to the decision by the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills to release the required capital expenditure.

 

The work on both replacement schemes would commence during the 2021 school Summer Holiday, with completion scheduled during the 2021/22 academic year.  Both schemes will necessitate the use of temporary school accommodation whilst the works on the roof are completed.  However, it is anticipated that the disruption to pupils’ education will be minimal.

 

Options

The following options were considered by the Corporate Management Team: 

 

Option 1 – Do nothing

This would not mitigate the risk of RAAC failure in the future or increase the longevity of the panels.

 

Option 2 – Remedial works to stop water ingress (manage risk)

This would not mitigate the risk of RAAC failure in the future but would provide further longevity of RAAC planks.

 

Option 3 – Remedial works to stop water ingress and provide support bracing to RAAC plank (manage risk)

This would not mitigate the risk of RAAC failure in the future but would provide further longevity of RAAC planks.

 

Option 4 – Full roof replacement (remove risk)

This would remove the risk of RAAC plank failure by removing existing roof and replacing with a new roof.

 

After reviewing the estimated costs, potential risk elements and the key advantages/disadvantages of each option it was agreed that the replacement schemes were the most appropriate solutions. 

 

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

The provision of sufficient school places is a statutory duty and contributes to the Strategic Business Plan Priorities to ensure that “Children and Young People in Kent get the best start in life”.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Division affected: Birchington & Rural; Malling Central;

Lead officer: Nick Abrahams

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00014 - Chilmington Green Secondary School Provision (withdrawn as superseded)

Proposed decision:

 

Transfer of £22,500,000 s106 contributions in regard to Chilmington Green Secondary School to the DfE if the School is delivered via the DfE ‘Wave’ programme.

 

Delegate authority to the Director for Education to take necessary actions, including but not limited to entering into necessary contracts or taking other legal actions as required, to implement the decision.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

The Government ‘Wave’ programme can support the early delivery of education infrastructure through the provision of the capital funding required prior to the receipt of s106 contributions.  The Government will expect that s106 contributions are transferred to them once received by the Local Authority.

 

Background:

 

A new 6FE secondary school at Chilmington Green in Ashford has been approved via the Government ‘Wave’ programme.  This means that the DfE will deliver the school and will be responsible for the capital cost rather than KCC.  Given that a new secondary school can cost in the region of £28,000,000 this will be a substantial saving to KCC’s Capital budget.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

KCC does not have the capital funding to deliver the school itself prior to receipt of the s106 contributions which in essence would delay the school be several years.

 

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

 

The decision will help to secure the additional high quality secondary school places that are required to support both the indigenous secondary school population in addition to any further pressure for secondary school places from Chilmington Green other developments across the Borough. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Lead officer: Lee Round

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/01/2021 - 21/00013 - Marsh Million - Next Stage

Proposed decision –

 

Kent County Council is seeking to close the Marsh Million scheme on 31 March 2021 and then return the uncommitted and recovered loan funds of the Marsh Million scheme to the original co-funders of the scheme (Magnox/NDA, KCC, Ashford Borough Council and Folkestone & Hythe District Council) on a pro-rata basis.

 

Reason for the decision -

 

Kent County Council currently manages the Marsh Million scheme. New funding approvals have not been made under this scheme since 2018. KCC is now seeking to close the scheme and allocate all the uncommitted and recovered loan funds to the original co-funders (Magnox/NDA, KCC, Ashford Borough Council and Folkestone & Hythe District Council) on a pro-rata basis.

 

Background

 

The Marsh Million scheme was established in 2013 as a £1 million economic growth fund for the Romney Marsh. The eligible area was designated parts of Ashford (Parishes of: Aldington, Appledore,  Bilsington,  Bonnington,  Kenardington,  Newenden, Orlestone,  Ruckinge,  Stone-Cum-Ebony,  Warehorne, Wittersham) and Folkstone & Hythe (Parishes of: Brenzett; Brookland; Burmarsh; Dymchurch; Ivychurch; Lydd, Newchurch; New Romney; Old Romney; Snargate; St Mary in the Marsh). The scheme was co-funded by the Magnox Socio?economic programme, a joint initiative between Magnox and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (£500,000), Kent County Council (£400,000), Ashford Borough Council (£50,000) and Folkestone & Hythe District Council (£50,000).

 

Eligible applicants included businesses, social enterprises, charities and public bodies. Funding was allocated equally (£500,000 grants and £500,000 loans) between two sub-programmes. 

 

         Marsh Million Economic Projects Scheme (EPS) which offered grants ranging between £10,000-£100,000 for projects seeking to help start-ups, small businesses and social enterprises in the Romney Marsh area to grow and diversify. Examples of such projects included training provision, environmental improvements (with an economic benefit) and tourism.

         Marsh Business Boost which offered 0% interest loans of up to £50,000 to help start-ups, small businesses and social enterprises in the Romney Marsh area who were seeking to develop new or expand existing products or services, where these would lead to sustained employment.

 

All applicants attended an Approval Board. This Board consisted of representatives of the co-funders, private and voluntary sectors and this Board will be stood down with the closure of the scheme. This Board made funding recommendations and KCC as the financially responsible authority endorsed these recommendations. KCC is responsible for receiving co-funder contributions, processing and appraising applications, entering funding agreements, making payments and ultimately collecting loan repayments and monitoring outcomes.

 

A final report on the impact of scheme was commissioned and completed in 2019 and was fully discussed by the Marsh Board. At the January 2021 Board meeting of the original co-funders (Magnox/NDA, KCC, Ashford Borough Council and Folkestone & Hythe District Council) agreed to close the existing scheme and return all uncommitted and recovered loan funds to the original co-funders on a pro-rata basis.

 

Options

 

KCC has looked at the option to maintain the Marsh Business Boost loan scheme. However, with a significantly diminished budget and with the ready availability of alternative loan funding from the Kent and Medway Business Fund and the No Use Empty scheme, the justification for maintaining a separate scheme is limited.

 

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

 

The decision supports the outcome “All Kent’s communities benefit from economic growth and lower levels of deprivation” as it will allow KCC to focus resources to deliver the Kent and Medway Business Fund and the No Use Empty scheme, which are seeking to deliver business investment, create new jobs and safeguard existing jobs on the Romney Marsh and other areas of Kent.

 

Financial Implications-

 

The scheme is closed to new applications and the funds currently available for redistribution to the co-funders is indicated below:-

 

Marsh Million Economic Projects Scheme (grant) and Marsh Business Boost (loan): Update January 2021

 

Loan £

Grant £

Budget

500,000

500,000

Committed

480,174

484,770

Not Committed

19,826

15,230

Loan Repayments

193,830

0

Outstanding Loan Repayments

238,420

0

Current Uncommitted Funding Available (Not Committed loans/grants + Repayments)

213,656

15,230

 

Based on KCC’s pro-rata investment (40%), £89,554.40 will be returned to KCC immediately (£2,000 will be retained by KCC to cover on-going recovery costs). Returned KCC funds will be allocated: a) as a contribution to the funding of the Romney Marsh Partnership post (£6,092); b) the balance to KCC’s general funds.  Future recovered loan repayments collected by KCC and will be returned to the co-funders every six months.

 

KCC is responsible for the recovery of outstanding investments, if these funds cannot be recovered by legal means, KCC is not responsible for any subsequent bad debts.

 

KCC Budget Book, the capital entry for the Marsh Million, Appendix B, Row Ref 27.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Decision due date: Not before 24/02/2021 To enable to decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Division affected: Ashford Rural East; Ashford Rural South; Hythe West; Romney Marsh; Tenterden;

Lead officer: Martyn Riley

Notice of decision: 26/01/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/01/2021 - 21/00012 - Post 16 Transport Policy 2021-22

Proposed Decision:

 

The Cabinet Member is asked to agree the Post 16 Transport Policy Statement for 2021/22.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

There is a legal requirement for post 16 learners to stay in education, training or work-based learning until they reach 18 years of age, and as young adults there is an expectation they will contribute to the cost of their travel in most circumstances. Whilst there is no statutory duty to provide transport for Post 16 Learners there is a duty to consider applications for assistance with transport and to enable access to education. There are no planned changes to the Post 16 Transport Policy Statement or this commitment for the 2021/22 academic year.  KCCs primary method of meeting its obligation in regard to Post 16 Transport will be through the continued subsidy of the 16+ Travel Saver pass.

 

Further information:

 

The post 16 Transport policy for Kent County Council enables access to education for Kent Learners. To assist Kent’s young adults in accessing their education in schools, colleges and through apprenticeships or work-based training provision.

 

Kent County Council has provided students with the opportunity to apply for a Kent 16+ Travel Saver pass which is subsidised by the Authority and can be purchased online through Kent County Council’s website. The 16+ Travel Saver pass gives unlimited access to the public bus network and learning providers can choose to further subsidise this charge to their students or trainees if they wish in cases of financial hardship.

 

With the participation age raised to 18 years, the 16+ Travel Saver pass will widen the opportunity for Kent’s young adults to access the education provision of their choice at a subsidised cost. This may be at schools, academies, colleges or in the workplace though an apprenticeship or other work-based training provision. Support for accessing education is not prescribed and Kent use the 16+ Travel Saver pass to meet its duty to enable users access to education.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 24/02/2021 To enable to decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Craig Chapman

Notice of decision: 26/01/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/01/2021 - 20/00132 - Commissioning of a Specialist Bereavement Service

Reason for the decision
A key decision is required as it affects more than 2 electoral divisions and expenditure if over a million.

Kent and Medway CCG and Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Team have identified funding to provide specialist bereavement support services across Kent and Medway. There are currently limited support services available for those bereaved and as such the funding will ensure a comprehensive and consistent service is put in place. This is seen as critical given the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bereavement is a natural part of human experience but can be intensely painful and negatively impact on physical and mental health (Selman et al 2020). As part of NHS England’s national Suicide Prevention Transformation Funding and through NHS Kent and Medway CCG, it is identified that there are two particular groups in which bereavement can have an increased risk of depression, self-harm and other mental illness. These include children, young people and young adults and people bereaved by suicide. There is likely to be an increase in people needing these services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KCC, in collaboration with the Kent and Medway CCG and Medway Council will procure two services to support Kent and Medway residents through a competitive procurement exercise with a maximum value of £1,493,750 over the period of five years.


Strategic outcome
The commissioned services support KCC’s outcomes:

• Every Child has the best start in life;
• Kent communities feel the benefits of economic growth by being in-work, healthy and enjoying a good quality of life; and
• Older and vulnerable residents are safe and supported with choices to live independently.
The services will also align to the following outcomes set out in the draft KCC Strategic Delivery Plan (2020-2023):
• Stronger and safer Kent communities
• Opportunities for children and young people
• Quality health, care and support

The outcomes of the service are to:

• Improve service user’s resilience and their capacity to cope in their surroundings
• Improve service users physical and mental health (measured by evidence-based tools)
• Personal goals and outcomes achieved
• Reduction in stigma and discrimination


Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision due date: Not before 10/02/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Vicky Tovey

Notice of decision: 12/01/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/01/2021 - 21/00010 -Digital Autopsy

Proposed Decision:

In relation to the delivery of the Digital Autopsy facility, to delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment and Transport to:

Enter into and or vary significant legal agreements including, but not limited to, a Service Level Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding and Collaboration Agreement with Medway Council and any other stakeholders as required.

Enter into and or vary contracts for the delivery of the Digital Autopsy service including, but not limited to, body scanning and body transport.

Consult with the Director of Infrastructure and enter into all necessary legal agreements for the delivery and the construction of the project, including purchase of the site if necessary.

Reasons for Decision:

KCC has a statutory responsibility for funding all the costs of the Coroners Service for Kent and Medway with Medway Council contributing 15.3% (based on Medway population) to the running costs of the service. Included in this is the provision of a mortuary service which is currently delivered through NHS hospitals on a contract basis.

 

There are several issues putting the continuation of the current service levels at risk:

 

1.    NHS mortuaries are struggling to store the Coroner Services bodies as they do not have sufficient capacity to deal with the normal throughput of Coroner cases during the winter period, as well as their own hospital deaths. To do so they must hire in temporary storage for which KCC must pay for, and which is a growing pressure on the service. 

 

2.    Pathologist costs have and are continuing to rise sharply due to a national lack of staff which has created significant unfunded pressures for the service. This cost has been rising year on year due to a shortage of pathologists available in the Kent area and or who are willing to commit their time to Coroner work. The number of Pathologists working on Coroner cases has reduced in recent times and therefore agency pathologists with much higher costs have had to be commissioned.

 

3.    The uncontrollable nature of both the lack of mortuary capacity and pathologist staff builds in risk to the Coroner Service budgets, which have as a result, increased year on year.

 

4.    There remains a potential risk of a Judicial Review if the current arrangements adversely affect service delivery to the statutory standards set by government.

 

This project enables KCC to deliver a Digital Autopsy and body storage facility. The digital solution will deliver a body image scanning facility that will seek to provide efficiencies for the service, by significantly reducing the number of invasive post-mortems required and making the process quicker and more efficient. This in turn will deliver an improved level of service to the communities in Kent, from having their loved ones returned sooner and avoiding the need for invasive procedures which is not supported by some faith groups and can be distressing for some families.

 

This digital approach is supported by the Kent Senior Coroners, while also future proofing the resilience of the service and mitigating future unfunded costs. It could also strengthen KCC’s ability to respond to Mass Fatalities and mitigates against significant financial outlays that would come with such an event.

 

Options

 

Other options considered included:

 

1.    Do nothing – (continue with outsourcing model)

2.    Digital Autopsy all the way through to construction 

3.    Digital Autopsy all the way through to construction and Public Mortuary to planning – preferred option

4.    Digital Autopsy and Public Mortuary all the way through to construction

 

KCC has a statutory responsibility to support the Coroner Service and meet all service costs.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 10/02/2021

Lead officer: Jonathan White

Notice of decision: 12/01/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


18/11/2020 - 20/00108 - Residential Care Home Services Contract For People With Learning Disability, Physical Disability And Mental Health Needs - Opening Of The Dynamic Purchasing System

Proposed decision:

To approve the use of the Dynamic Purchasing System to enable new services to join the Residential Care Home Services Contract and delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health to take other relevant actions, including, but not limited to, entering into and finalising the terms of relevant contracts or other legal agreements, as necessary, to implement the decision.

 

Reason for the decision:

The Dynamic Purchasing System is a procurement method designed to be opened periodically to enable new entrants to join, to meet our needs and demand and forms part of the process for the commissioning of Residential Care Home Services for People with a Learning Disability, People with a Physical Disability and People with Mental Health Needs.  Contracts for these services were awarded under decision number 18/00030, however, provision was not made in that decision to allow new services to join the contract. This decision seeks authority to use the Dynamic Purchasing System on a regular basis to ensure the appropriate mechanism is in place to award contracts to new services joining the Residential Care Home Services Contract.

 

Care homes form part of the services to meet statutory requirement for provision of services across Kent for People with a Learning Disability, People with a Physical Disability and People with Mental Health Needs. This provision relates to Strategic Outcome 2 and 3.

 

        Focus on improving lives by ensuring that every penny spent in Kent is delivering better outcomes for Kent’s residents, communities and businesses

        Older and vulnerable residents are safe and supported with choices to live independently

        Those with long term conditions are supported to manage their conditions through access to good quality care and support

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision due date: Not before 17/12/2020 in order that the proposed decision can be publish for a minimum of 28 days, to meet statutoiy requirement

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Clare Maynard

Notice of decision: 18/11/2020


12/10/2020 - 20/00102 - Community Support Services for Disabled Children & Young People

Proposed decision

The Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services is asked to agree that community support services for disabled children and young people (currently spot purchased) be included in the procurement exercise for the upcoming extension to the Adults Care and Support in the Home contract with future buying taking place through this provision for the duration of this contract.

 

Further Information –

 

There is currently a mixed economy of home care/community support services for disabled children, young people, and their families across Kent, secured via externally sourced providers under spot-purchase arrangements.

 

These arrangements do not facilitate a holistic approach to the market across the county. They generate a wide range of locally agreed rates and costs which are difficult to manage and administer. Information and intervention regarding effectiveness and performance is difficult within disparate working arrangements and inconsistent contractual arrangements.

 

It is our ambition to find a better commissioning solution to the provision of home care/community support services for the support for disabled children and young people.

 

Adults Social Care faced similar challenges and have recently procured a Care and Support in the Home Framework which contains a common set of terms and conditions, performance and reporting criteria as well as the opportunity to make more informed decisions about provision requirements as identified by Social Workers.

 

Opportunities now exist to align support to disabled children, young people and their families with this framework. Analysis suggests strong alignment of at least 80% between providers of spot purchased for support to children & young people and those included in the Adult’s Care and Support in the Home Framework.

 

Options -

 

1.  Do Nothing – this option would allow the continuance of local spot purchasing of community support for disabled children and all of the current risks (financial and otherwise) that are inherent in this approach. This option has been discounted for this reason.

 

2.      Procure new Framework ringfenced to Disabled Children (0-25) – this option is viable and would provide commonality of terms and conditions alongside the opportunity to manage performance, costs and provision in a more holistic fashion.

 

Our proposal is to utilise the Care and Support in the Home Framework recently let by the Adult’s Commissioning Unit to include provision for children and young people (0-25). The Framework already provides support to individuals 18+ and given the high correlation of suppliers to current arrangements there should be minimal disruption to the market in taking this approach.

 

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

 

This service is purchased to meet the KCC Strategic Outcome of

‘Children and young individuals in Kent get the best start to life’.

 

The main supporting outcomes of the above are:

·           Kent communities are resilient and provide strong and safe environments to successfully raise children & young individuals

·           We keep vulnerable families out of crisis and more children and young individuals out of KCC care

·           Children and young individuals have better physical and mental health

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Decision due date: Not before 10/11/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Christy Holden

Notice of decision: 12/10/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/03/2020 - 20/00027 - Clean Up Kent and Public Realm Improvements

Proposed Decision:

 

a)            Approve a programme of works to deliver a range of projects to ‘clean up’ Kent and to improve the public realm  across Kent

 

b)            Approve the proposed funding allocations and project development arrangements required to support and deliver the programme; and

 

c)            Delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Growth Environment and Transport to take relevant actions, including but not limited to, entering into relevant contracts, legal arrangements or other arrangements, as necessary to implement this decision.

 

 

Background:

 

Kent’s Future, Our Priority’ will become Kent County Council’s new 5 Year Plan, to replace the previous strategic statement ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes (2015-2020)’. The Plan is structured around seven outcomes which reflect the key things that residents and businesses said were essential to a good quality of life in Kent. One of the seven outcomes is, A cleaner and greener Kent.’  

 

A key message from the recent public consultation was that residents care about the places they live in, they are proud of where they live, and want to protect these places by looking after the quality, maintenance and cleanliness of our physical environment, especially town centres, local streets, beaches, public rights of way and green spaces.

 

Options:

 

It was also clear from the public consultation that residents wantedthe County to be clear how it will deliver the plan. This detail is contained within the 5-Year Plan objectives including working with partners to improve the quality of Kent’s public realm.  It is intended that a range of physical improvements will be developed, in conjunction with local stakeholders to reflect different priorities  but will be targeted at cleaning up and improving the quality and appearance of the public realm.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: Not before 14/04/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to statutory requirements

Lead officer: Simon Jones

Notice of decision: 16/03/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/12/2019 - 20/00007 - Proposal to permanently increase the capacity at Pilgrims Way Primary School, Pilgrims Way Canterbury CT1 1XU

Background –

 

The Kent Commissioning Plan for Education 2019-2023 identifies a need for additional places in the Canterbury City Planning Area from 2021 this is due to pressures from new housing developments in Canterbury City and specifically the private development on the former Howe Barracks Site. This development will produce a total of 500 new homes. In addition to this, the refurbishment of former army houses by Redbridge Council is resulting in 38 new families moving in from November 2019.  To mitigate the need for places, it is proposed that Pilgrims Way will expand by 0.5 forms of entry (FE) to become a 2FE Primary school. Pilgrims Way is the nearest primary school to these developments and was named for any developer contributions linked to the development of private housing on the former barracks site. Canterbury City Council Local Plan identifies 16,000 new homes over the plan period to 2031. 8,737 are planned for the Canterbury area, with 6,533 in the Canterbury City Primary planning area where Pilgrims Way Primary School is located. Pilgrims' Way Primary School was registered as a new school on 1st May 2018 and is part of the Veritas Academy Trust. They are awaiting their first Ofsted inspection. Currently Pilgrims Way has 261 on the school roll with 31 on the nursery roll totalling 292 (May school census 2019)

 

Proposed decision –

 

To expand Pilgrims Way Primary School by increasing the Published Admissions Number (PAN) from 45 places to 60 places from September 2021.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 21/01/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Canterbury City South;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/11/2019 - 19/00095 - Discovery Park: Growing Places Fund

Proposed Decision:

 

·         Kent County Council be the administration and funding decision authority for the £5.3m allocation from SELEP’s Growing Places Fund;

 

·         KCC draws down capital funds of £5.3m from the Growing Places Fund;

 

·         KCC makes available loan finance of up to £5.3m from the Growing Places Fund to support works at Discovery Park to build a spine road and associated infrastructure to enable the building of 500 new residential homes;

 

·         Authority be delegated to the Director of Economic Development to take appropriate actions, including but not limited to, entering into legal agreements as necessary to implement this decision.

   

Provided that:

 

1.    Kent County Council is able to agree a satisfactory loan agreement from Essex County Council as the accountable body for SELEP’s Growing Places Fund; and

 

2.    The receipt of a satisfactory application for loan finance for the works at Discovery Park subject to the rules of the Growing places Fund and the findings of an independent financial appraisal.

 

 

Background:

 

KCC shall invite applications for loan finance of up to £5.3m for infrastructure at Discovery Park. This £5.3m will be obtained from the Growing Places Fund (GPF), which is administered by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). Applications will then be appraised and considered through the same process as that which is currently used to determine applications for loans from the Kent and Medway Business Fund (KMBF). This means that any application will be required to submit a full business plan, be subject to independent appraisal and be considered by the KMBF Investment Advisory board before a decision is made by KCC. The owners of the Discovery Park site are aware of this proposed process and we anticipate that an application will be forthcoming when the process is launched. In parallel with this process, KCC shall seek to enter into a loan agreement with Essex County Council (the Accountable Body for GPF). These terms have been discussed with Essex County Council and have received an in-principle agreement. However, they will need to be formalised when an agreement to lend to a borrower have been reached.  

 

Options (it is a legal requirement (2012 Executive Arrangements regulations) to outline other options considered)

 

The alternative would be for Kent County Council not to act as an agent for SELEP for the £5.3m Growing Places Fund loan. There is no evidence that this would be a more effective way of achieving the outcome of securing investment in Discovery Park, and there is a risk if the funding allocation is returned to SELEP that it is no longer ring-fenced for investment in Discovery Park or the wider Kent area.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Decision due date: Not before 18/12/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance to statutory requirements

Lead officer: Martyn Riley

Notice of decision: 19/11/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


29/10/2019 - 19/00084 - Proposal to Expand West Hill Primary Academy from 72 places to 90 places in September 2020

Background Information:

 

Kent County Council (KCC) as the Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available. The County Council’s Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2019-23 is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out our future plans as Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision across all types and phases of education in Kent. A copy of the plan can be viewed from this link: http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/education-skills-and-employment-policies/education-provision.

 

It is anticipated that there will be significant short and medium-term pressure for additional Year R places in the West Dartford Planning Group which indicates that additional capacity will be needed for 2019/20, continuing for later years.

 

As part of the measures being taken to address the capacity issues illustrated above, KCC is proposing that West Hill PAN to 90 for 2020.

 

Proposed Decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills proposes to expand West Hill Primary Academy, Church Walk, Dartford, Kent, DA12 2PR Dartford Road, Dartford, DA1 3DZ increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 72 places to 90 places from September 2020.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 27/11/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Dartford West;

Lead officer: Ian Watts

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/07/2019 - 19/00052 - Gypsy and Traveller Pitch Allocation Policy

Proposed Decision:

 

To revise and update Kent County Council’s (KCC) Gypsy and Traveller Service Allocations Policy for managed sites.

 

 

Background:

 

This review work is part of ongoing, council-wide activity to update and improve our processes, policies and practices.

 

The priorities for the Gypsy and Traveller service are to:

 

·         Improve current service efficiency whilst also planning for future demographic pressures within the Gypsy and Traveller community through better planning and countywide coordination on the provision of good quality sites.

 

·         Manage the growing financial challenge by ensuring that pitch allocations are made in a clear and transparent manner and that rent affordability is confirmed prior to pitches being allocated.

 

·         Improve licensee vetting, licence agreements and enforcement policies to ensure our sites’ residents understand accepted levels of behaviour, including requirements for rent payments, both prior to being allocated a pitch and for the duration of their tenancy.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 30/07/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be publsihed for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Palminder Sandher

Notice of decision: 01/07/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/04/2019 - 19/00031 - Increase in the designated number at The Elms School, Dover

Background:

 

The Elms School is a good school designated for 96 pupils with behaviour and learning needs. Currently the school has 130 pupils on roll. This number is expected to increase to 158 from September 2019. It is necessary therefore, to regularise this situation and increase the designated number of the school via a statutory process.

 

Legislation requires that statutory proposals are undertaken where the number of pupils on roll of a special school exceeds its designated number by more than 10%. Therefore, we are proposing to increase the designated number to 158, to regularise the current position and to increase the number of places available. 

 

Proposed decision:

 

Increase the designated number of The Elms School, Dover from 96 to 158 places

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Decision due date: Not before 30/04/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Dover Town;

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 01/04/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/03/2019 - 19/00028 - Expansion of Palmarsh Primary School

Background Information:

 

In January 2017 permission was agreed to release £2,200,000 from the Education and Young People’s Services Capital budget to enable Palmarsh Primary School to expand to 1FE. It was understood that this would be the first phase of a gradual expansion to 2FE.

 

The first phase of the expansion would provide 3 new classrooms, a new entrance off Jubilee Close, offices and car parking with further classrooms being added in later phases.

 

Planning permission for the first phase of the expansion has been achieved. However, in order to secure the said planning permission significant adaptations needed to be made increasing the capital costs to £2,600,000.

 

Options:

 

Consideration has been given as to how we can scale back the first phase of the expansion plans, ensuring there is: is sufficient high quality classroom space for the school to expand to 1FE; provision of a new entrance off Jubilee Close; increased car parking and the completion of agreed s278 works.

 

Sufficient classroom space could be achieved via the removal of an old mobile classroom and replacing this with a new two classroom mobile unit. The new offices and permanent classrooms could be delivered in a later phases as an when there is a need for second FE of provision. The total costs for the mobile classrooms, new entrance off Jubilee Close, car parking and s278 works would be in the region of £700,000.

 

A variation to the present planning permission will be required if this was to proceed.

 

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education is asked to release £625,000 of the £2,200,000 already agreed from the Children, Young People and Education Capital budget to expand Palmarsh Primary School to 1FE.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Decision due date: Not before 16/04/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Hythe West;

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 19/03/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/12/2017 - 17/00125 - Healthwatch Kent interim contract

Proposed decision: To agree:-

 

a)    the implementation of an interim contract for the provision of a Local Healthwatch for Kent for the period April 1st 2018 to March 31st 2020, with sufficient break clauses to end earlier where appropriate; and

 

b)    To incorporate the Service User Forum and Mental health Action Groups into the Healthwatch Kent contract

 

How the decision relates to Corporate Objectives

 

·         Commissioning Framework Principle 7:  Customers at the heart of our commissioning approach

·         KCC’s commissioning of a Healthwatch for Kent is required by duties under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which built upon the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

 

The matter is referred to in the Business Plan/Medium Term Capital Programme.

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Traded Services

Decision due date: Not before 17/01/2018 in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Emma Hanson

Notice of decision: 20/12/2017

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/09/2017 - 17/00094 - Disposal of Land East of Great Chart Primary School, Singleton

Approval to the Director of Infrastructure to progress with and enter into the necessary documentation to complete the disposal of the aforementioned property in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services. The Decision will seek legal agreements to be actioned to complete the sale of the relevant properties.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Not before 18/10/2017 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Roderick Lemerle

Notice of decision: 20/09/2017

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


06/10/2016 - 16/00101 - Proposal to expand Marden Primary School

The Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education will be asked to agree to:

 

      i.        Expand Marden Primary School, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9JX, from 280 places to 420 places, increasing the published admission number (PAN) from 40 to 60 for Year R entry in September 2018

     ii.        Allocate the budget from the Basic Needs budget (full details to be provided within the Education and Young People’s Services Cabinet Committee Report)


In accordance with Appendix 4 Part 2 16 (a) of the Council’s constitution, the Council’s Executive Scheme of Officer Delegation provides that “Once a Member-level decision has been taken……the implementation of that decision should be delegated to officers…”  In this instance it is envisaged that the
Director of Infrastructure will inherit the authority to act and will enter into any necessary contracts/ agreements on behalf of the County Council or further delegate responsibilities in accordance with 16 (c) of the same scheme “Senior Managers exercising delegated powers will…be able to sub-delegate…functions to more junior officers”

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Decision due date: Not before 01/01/2018 In order to ensure that the council conforms to statutory and local governance requirements.

Division affected: Maidstone Rural West;

Lead officer: Jared Nehra

Notice of decision: 03/10/2016

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/02/2015 - Lawn Primary School, Gravesend - New Playing Field

Update 01 February 2017:  Officers have confirmed that the decision is still ‘live’ and that KCC continue to work with the landowner regarding use of the land and any consequential s106 arrangements.  The process is expected to be lengthy and is likely to be ongoing for the duration of 2017.

 

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The Cabinet Member will be asked to agree that KCC take a long lease of 99 years at a nominal rent from Lafarge to facilitate expansion of school roll.

Lafarge to create new playing field and to maintain subsoil thereafter.

The Playing Field is being delivered as part of a s106 Agreement being a contribution to mitigate the impact of adjacent development of 510 homes upon Lawn Primary School and free up space on the existing Lawn PS site to enable expansion of the existing school buildings from 1FE to 2FE.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Before 01/01/2018 In order that the decision can be considered by the relevant Cabinet Committee before being taken by the Cabinet Member

Division affected: Northfleet & Gravesend West;

Notice of decision: 23/02/2015

Anticipated restriction: Open