17/01/2020 - 19/00079 - Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2020-24

Background –

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent (KCP) is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out how Kent discharges its statutory responsibility, as the Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision, to provide sufficient Early Years, SEND, Primary and Secondary places and to ensure that there are appropriate learning pathways for pupils at Post 16.  It is also our responsibility to ensure that we have enough places in the right locations, to meet the demands of increased pupil numbers and parental preferences.  It reflects the fact that the Local Authority’s role has changed to being the commissioner, as well as continuing to be a provider, of education provision.

 

Proposed decision –

To agree the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2020-24.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: Not before 27/01/2020 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: Keith Abbott

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


17/01/2020 - 19/00085 - Thanet Parkway Railway Station - Scheme Delivery

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet to agree to the progression and delivery of the Thanet Parkway Railway Station project, which will entail, among other processes, the following key activities;

 

a)         undertaking detailed design; and subject to planning approval;

b)         completing acquisition of the land; and

c)         entering into contracts as necessary for construction.

 

And;

 

agree to delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, to take appropriate actions necessary to implement this decision, including but not limited to, deciding the preferred procurement route and entering in relevant contracts or other legal agreements.

 

 

Background

A previous Key Decision was taken by the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport on 1 August 2014 (14/00056) which approved the delivery of Thanet Parkway Station in the location to the west of Cliffsend, involving:

 

a)    Commencing land acquisition work;

b)    Undertaking public consultations to support the project development process; and

c)    Undertaking project development work to enable the submission of a planning application and design work for the scheme.

 

The feasibility design for the scheme received Approval in Principle (equivalent to Network Rail’s ‘Governance in Railway Investment Projects Stage 3’ [GRIP 3] status) in August 2017. Following that milestone, the scheme was progressed through outline design (GRIP 4) and planning application was submitted in May 2018.

 

Comments received during the planning process regarding the visual impact of the scheme led to changes in the scheme design. As a result, the design work and planning application documents have been amended and are being readied for a resubmission of the planning application in November 2019.

 

Negotiations for land acquisition have been ongoing with the intention to enter into a contract following this decision approval.

 

A decision is required to proceed with the delivery of the scheme in order to meet the project delivery programme.

 

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

 

A full options analysis has been carried out as part of the scheme business case (Appendix 1). Below is a summary of the options considered as alternatives to delivering Thanet Parkway.

 

Option

Outcome

1

Do nothing

rejected as it would fail to accommodate increasing demand for rail travel, accelerate the delivery of housing and fail to improve access to jobs and employment space.

2

Increase car parking provision at Ramsgate Station

shortlisted for further investigation but rejected due to the lack of land in the residential area around the station.

3

Increase car parking provision at Minster Station

rejected due to unsuitable local highway network, impact on Minster village and poorer rail service at Minster.

4

Shuttle bus from the Birchington-On-Sea Station

rejected due to unattractive journey times and lack of rail access to Ashford, Canterbury and Maidstone.

5

Direct coach service from London

rejected due to long journey times and low impact on economic growth.

6

Shuttle bus from Ramsgate Station

rejected due to lack of suitable terminus at Ramsgate and low impact on economic growth.

 

 

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

 

Since 2010, Thanet Parkway has been a key strategic transport priority for Kent County Council, with the ambition to deliver the station first mentioned in Growth without Gridlock (December 2010), the third Local Transport Plan (2011-2016), the Rail Action Plan for Kent (April 2011) and most recently in Local Transport Plan 4: Delivering Growth without Gridlock (2016 – 2031) (LTP4). The delivery of the station continues to be of significant importance to the County Council and is a strategic priority in LTP4 because of its ability to improve rail connectivity between East Kent, other Kent towns and London; to improve the attractiveness of the area to employers and thereby address the historic economic disadvantage of East Kent.

 

The delivery of the station will help meet the overarching objective of LTP4:

To deliver safe and effective transport, ensuring that all Kent’s communities and businesses benefit, the environment is enhanced, and economic growth is supported.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

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: Birchington & Rural; Ramsgate;

Lead officer: Stewart Fowler

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/01/2020 - 20/00011 - HTW Professional Services Framework Contract

Proposed decision

 

To provide the Director of Highways, Transportation & Waste the delegated authority to enter into appropriate contractual arrangements for the provision of technical andenvironmental professional services Framework contract to the preferred bidders including possible future extensions.

 

Background

 

In order to deliver its duties to the community, HTW requires a professional engineering services contract. Kent needs a flexible, resilient mechanism to seamlessly access a source of multidisciplinary technical expertise to guarantee the timely delivery of projects and schemes for the fulfilment of HTW’s statutory duties as the Highway Authority.

 

A report is to be presented to the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee to detail the commissioning project for the provision of these services through a new multi supplier framework contract.

 

This framework is a multi-supplier (four), multi-disciplinary contract for professional services of zero guaranteed value, although it is estimated that circa £4m of professional services will be commissioned through these arrangements per annum over a maximum period of 4-year period (3 years +1). 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 11/02/2020 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: Tim Read

Notice of decision: 13/01/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Due to the stage of the tendering process the information presented is considered Commercially confidential


13/01/2020 - 20/00012 - Temporary arrangements for Transfer Station Services for Folkestone & Hythe municipal waste

Proposed Decision

 

To provide authority to the Head of Waste Services to agree a new supply of temporary arrangements for Transfer Station services for Folkestone & Hythe’s municipal waste.

 

Background

 

Kent County Council is the Statutory Waste Disposal Authority for the County managing the disposal of Waste Collection Authority’s kerbside collected waste, delivered to Transfer Station facilities throughout Kent.

 

Due to the completion of the East Kent Waste Partnership, this transfers the title of recyclable waste to KCC in January 2021. KCC needs to plan for the receipt, bulking and haulage services for kerbside waste collected within Folkestone & Hythe District Council as the limited existing facility is no longer available within the District.

 

The waste categories and tonnages involved, require extensive permitting arrangements at sensitively located facilities in the east of the County to mitigate the need for Waste Collection vehicles to exceed administrative areas.

 

The Contract will be for temporary services whilst KCC considers a bid for capital funding for a Transfer Station to be constructed within the District. The Transfer Station services will facilitate segregation and management of the waste to avoid the use of landfill as a disposal option and maximise recycling levels.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 11/03/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: David Beaver

Notice of decision: 13/01/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Due to commercial confidentiality and sensitivity the successful bidder’s prices will be protected in any future reports.


13/01/2020 - 20/00015 - Highway Term Services Commissioning Programme

Proposed decision:

 

Provide the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport delegated authority to procure and enter into appropriate contractual arrangements for the provision of highway term services in accordance with the expectations set out in the report.

 

Provide the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport delegated authority to procure and enter into appropriate contractual arrangements for the provision of capital drainage works including any potential extension periods in accordance with the expectations set out in the report.

 

In consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport to award contract extensions of the contracts in accordance with appropriate extension clauses within the contract.

 

Background:

 

The Highway Term Maintenance Contract (HTMC) is currently delivered by Amey and expires on the 31st August 2020.

 

Highways, Transportation and Waste (HTW) will evaluate the current services delivered by the HTMC and consider options for a future delivery model.

 

Under the Highways Act 1980, as the local Highway Authority, the Council has a legal duty to maintain its respective sections of the highway network under section 41. This includes responsibility for maintaining, managing and, where necessary, improving their section of the network. These services will need to be commissioned externally to ensure the Council meets is statutory obligations and that service continuity is required.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 11/02/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Andrew Loosemore

Notice of decision: 13/01/2020

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Due to the commercia sensitivity


13/01/2020 - 20/00006 - Payment increase for in house Emergency Bed Foster Carers

Background:

 

The Emergency Bed Scheme is a valuable resource provided by the Kent Fostering Service.  It provides children and young people with a time limited home during a period of crisis which can include; a child/young person being placed on remand, family breakdown or a placement break down.  The scheme has been in place for several years without any recent revision.  The Policy aims to provide a clear and up to date framework on the roles and responsibilities within the service to ensure that the needs of a child/young person are responded to in a timely manner to achieve identification of the most appropriate home for their needs.  There is a current fostering recruitment strategy which includes increasing the number of Emergency Bed carers; the revised policy and proposed payment structure will enhance our ability to attract more carers to the scheme. 

 

The scheme has been reviewed, with a recommendation to update the current policy and implement the following changes:

 

·         Increase the current 7-day placement limit to 10 working days

·         Clarify the roles within the Integrated Children Services teams to ensure accountability and ensure appropriate support for children, young people and foster carers

·         Clarify processes, timescales and authorisations for specific actions

·         Introduce the ability to pay an enhanced payment to emergency bed carers for our most complex children. 

·         Provide an updated agreement/contract to emergency bed foster carers.

·         Support and enhance recruitment of foster carers to the scheme

 

Proposed decision – To agree that Kent County Council will introduce an enhanced payment structure for emergency bed placements with in-house foster carers. This is to strengthen the placement provision for children and young people at times of crisis and avoid young people going into residential placements.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

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: (All Division);

Lead officer: Caroline Smith

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/01/2020 - 20/00005 - Payment of Council Tax for Kent Care Leavers

Background

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) implemented on 1st April 2018, places corporate parenting responsibilities on district councils for the first time, requiring them to have regard to children in care and care leavers when carrying out their functions. Councils have the power to introduce exemptions for council tax for certain groups under section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

Corporate Parenting is a statutory function of the Council with the underlying principle that every local authority will seek the same outcomes for children and young people in care that every good parent would want for their own children; for example, successful transition to young adulthood and financial independence.

The children’s social care inspectorate, Ofsted, has the ‘Experience of Looked After Children and Care Leavers’ as a key judgement area in its evaluation of local performance, and expects Councils and children’s services to provide clear evidence that it supports its young people leaving care up to the age of 25, in a way that optimises their outcomes.

The Government’s care leavers’ strategy, Keep on Caring, published in July 2016, encouraged councils to consider the role of a corporate parent, ‘through the lens of what any reasonable parent does to give their child the best start in life’.  As a further development of this local authorities were encouraged to consider exempting care leavers from council tax using the powers already at their disposal, to be aspirational for care leavers in achieving financial independence.

 

How we got to the decision:

Kent has 1,718 young people who they have corporate parenting responsibility for as Care Leavers aged 18 -25 years. The vast majority are living in Kent, with 155 in Medway and 408 placed outside of the county. The original proposal was to work with the 12 Local District Borough Councils to request an exemption for council tax for all Kent Care Leavers living within the county. After extensive work on the logistics involved in this, the request is to implement a simplified proposal, in which Kent County Council in their role as a Corporate Parent would fund council tax payments where young people who are care leavers are eligible to pay. This would be for young people who are Kent Care Leavers aged 18-21 years, wherever they are living. The reasons for this are:

  • Young people are not equally accommodated across the district, meaning some boroughs such as Canterbury and Gravesham would have significantly more young people compared to other boroughs such as Dartford and Tonbridge & Malling.
  • The cost and coordination of administration across 12 districts was not a cost-effective model.
  • Alongside district councils there would need to have been agreement from the police, fire services and parish councils in each of the 12 district boroughs.
  • Kent young people living outside of Kent would have been at a significant disadvantage, as would not have been able to access the exemption.
  • Personal Advisors can assist young people to claim all eligible benefits and discounts, as two thirds of our young people aged 18-21 years do not currently pay council tax due to their status as a student, being on a low income or residing in certain accommodation types. There are many different ways of reducing council tax liability. The young person can claim, amongst many others, discounts as a single person, if they are severely mentally impaired, as an apprentice and as a student. All these discounts can be applied for online.

The proposal meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’ through:

·      The Strategic Statement underpins the proposal for the payment of council tax in our aim to improve the lives of children and young people by giving them the best start in life. It meets our responsibility of being the best Corporate Parent we can be and being aspirational for our Care Leavers as they transition into adult hood.

·      Agreement to the funding would improve the outcomes of Care Leavers by ensuring that they are financially supported and give them the best possible opportunities for their futures as adults.

·     For those young people currently paying council tax, it would open up the opportunity to use their own income for more social and leisure activities, promoting and improving their mental health and well-being. 

 

Proposed decision:

To agree that Kent County Council will fund the council tax payments for Kent young people who are Care Leavers from the age of 18 years, up to the age of 21 years. All young people will be expected to claim any council tax benefit/discount entitlement and no backdated payments will be made. For implementation from 1st April 2020. This will be published as part of the Kent Care Leavers Local Offer.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

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: (All Division);

Lead officer: Caroline Smith

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/01/2020 - 20/00003 - Admission Arrangements and Scheme for 2021-22 Academic Year

Background:

Admission authorities are legally required to determine admissions arrangements for their schools by 28 February each year. It is intended that admissions arrangements for schools where KCC is the admissions authority are to remain broadly unchanged. It is proposed, however, that there are reductions to the Published Admissions Number for Four Elms Primary School, Herne Bay Infants School and West Kingsdown CE Primary Schools, which are detailed in the consultation documentation available through the link detailed below. The consultation is due to run until 16th December 2019. Local Authorities are also required to consult with all schools within their geographical boundaries on an Admissions Scheme, which details how the co-ordinated and in year admissions processes will operate for the forthcoming year. Following the completion of both consultations, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills requested to approve the proposed admission arrangements and scheme.

 

Proposed decision:

To determine the primary and secondary school co-ordinated admissions schemes for 2021 and the admission arrangements for Kent community and voluntary controlled primary schools and the admission arrangements for Kent community and voluntary controlled secondary schools 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: (All Division);

Lead officer: Scott Bagshaw

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/01/2020 - 20/00010 - Transport for South East (TfSE) - Proposal to Govt

Proposed decision

 

As Leader of the Council, in accordance with Section 19.2 of the Council’s Constitution, I agree to:

 

1. Consent to Transport for the South East’s Proposal to Government for powers in addition to the general powers of a Sub-national Transport Body.

2. Participate in, and cooperate with, Transport for the South East in accordance with the powers requested from Government and those powers operating concurrently with Kent County Council as Highway Authority and Local Transport Authority.

 

And delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment and Transport, in consultation with the Leader and Monitoring Officer, to enter into relevant legal agreements and take other appropriate actions as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Background

 

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 amended the Local Transport Act 2008 to allow the creation of Sub-national Transport Bodies (STBs). There are now several shadow STBs in England, with Transport for the North becoming the only statutory STB in April 2018.

 

The South East 7 (SE7 – Kent, Medway, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire, Brighton and Hove) councils proposed the establishment of an STB for the South East. From this, Transport for the South East (TfSE) emerged, which is now a partnership of 16 Local Transport Authorities and five Local Enterprise Partnerships. In addition to the SE7, TfSE includes Southampton, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, and the Berkshire unitary authorities represented by the Berkshire Local Transport Body (West Berkshire, Wokingham, Windsor & Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough).

 

TfSE has sought to formalise its role as the South East’s voice for strategic transport issues by becoming a statutory body. To do this, TfSE has worked with its members to develop a Proposal to Government. This draft proposal was consulted on from May to July 2019. KCC provided a response to the consultation, supporting the powers TfSE proposed. Some of these were supported only conditionally provided that the principle of subsidiarity is applied (i.e. powers are used at the most local level). This was in relation to highways and transport functions that constituent members already hold but TfSE wants to enact concurrently.

 

Transport for the South East have since revised their Proposal to Government taking account of the comments they received in the consultation. The revised Proposal includes the application of the principle of subsidiarity.

 

TfSE has also consulted on its draft Transport Strategy for the South East (October 2019 – January 2020). KCC responded positively to this consultation to support the overall aims and aspirations of TfSE. The development of a Transport Strategy is one of the central functions of a STB, and the Department for Transport awarded TfSE funding (in addition to funding from the constituent authorities) to produce one.

 

TfSE plan to submit the revised Proposal to Government and the Transport Strategy for the South East to the Department for Transport concurrently. This is to present a unified vision for the region alongside the request for powers to achieve it, with the consent of constituent bodies.

 

Strategic Statement

 

Transport for the South East is emerging as an important advocate of improved transport in the region, and its own aims closely match the objectives of the Strategic Statement. The vision for the Transport Strategy for the South East is:

 

By 2050, the South East of England will be a leading global region for net-zero carbon, sustainable economic growth where integrated transport, digital and energy networks have delivered a step-change in connectivity and environmental quality.

 

A high-quality. reliable, safe and accessible transport network will offer seamless door-to-door journeys enabling our businesses to compete and trade more effectively in the global marketplace and giving our residents and visitors the highest quality of life.

 

Thus, TfSE is fundamentally focused on improving lives, sustainable economic growth, and supporting all people to make informed transport decisions and have a range of transport choices so that they can benefit from improved quality of life. Consequently, TfSE has the potential to positively contribute towards all of the supporting outcomes identified in the Strategic Statement.

 

 

Options

 

Kent County Council is one of the founding bodies of Transport for the South East. As such, the only other option would be to decline to endorse the Proposal to Government and rescind support for TfSE. This would restrict KCC’s opportunities to progress transport schemes for investment and isolate the county from wider regional discussions about transport in the future. It could potentially see the Council’s influence in lobbying for schemes on the Strategic Road Network and railway network diluted because KCC would be a small area alone, hence not in alignment with the move to regional prioritisation that the Government has promoted to date.

 

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision due date: Not before 04/02/2020 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: Katie Pettitt

Notice of decision: 06/01/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/01/2020 - 20/00002 - Proposal to change the age range at Goldwyn School, Ashford from 11-16 years to 11-18 years

Background Goldwyn School is a maintained special school designated to support pupils aged 11-16 years with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH).  It is judged as Outstanding by OFSTED.  Presently the school is designated to take 115 pupils aged 11-16 years of age.  However, due to the increased need for specialist SEMH places the School has been commissioned to provide up to 150 places for the last few years. This proposal would formalise the current situation, while at the same time increasing the age range to 18 years in order to add a sixth form, adding a further 45 post-16 places, taking the final designated number to 195 places.

 

Options - No other option were considered as this is the only SEMH specialist School in the District

 

Proposed decisions – The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills proposes to:

(i)            Change the age range at Goldwyn School, Ashford from 11-16 years to 11-18 years in order to add sixth form provision, adding 45 post-16 places, and

(ii)          increase the designated number at key stage 3/4 by 35 places. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 04/02/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Ashford Rural West; Ashford South; Folkestone East;

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 06/01/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/01/2020 - 20/00001 - Proposal to open satellite provision of The Beacon Folkestone at the former Walmer Science College and increase the designated number of the School to 548 places

Background – Across Kent, the number of pupils with an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) has increased significantly.  Between January 2015 and January 2019, the number of pupils aged between 0 -25 years of age with an EHCP increased from 7,374 to 11,763 an increase of 60%. The increase in the overall number of pupils with an ECHP is having an impact on the need for places within our special schools and the specialist resourced provisions (SRPs) within mainstream schools. Dover District is one of only two Kent Districts without a PSCN special school (the other being Dartford). In order to address this, The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2019-23 identified the need for a new 168 place PSCN provision from September 2020. The County Council retained the Walmer Science College site for future educational needs.  A feasibility study has shown that, once refurbished, the buildings and site would be suitable for more ambulant PSCN pupils across the 3-19 year old age range.  Having a building such as this available will allow us to open the provision quicker than would have otherwise been expected and possibly with an initial phase as early as September 2020.

 

Options – The need for a new provision for either PSCN or ASD within Dover was set out in the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2019-23.  The Area Education Officer has been open about the need for this provision with Kent’s special schools. Officers have decided that The Beacon School Folkestone, as an outstanding special school, is in the best position to successfully open the satellite provision.

 

Proposed decision – To release £4,000,000 from the Children’s, Young People and Education Capital Budget to enable The Beacon Folkestone to open of a satellite provision at the former Walmer Science College and increase the designated number of the School to 548 places. 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 04/02/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Deal & Walmer; Folkestone East;

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 06/01/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/12/2019 - 20/00009 - Proposal to expand Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 210 places to 300 places from September 2021

Background:

 

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.

 

It is forecast that there will be significant short and medium-term pressure for additional Year 7 places in the West Kent Selective Planning Group which indicates that additional capacity will be needed for 2019/20 and in later years.  The planning group includes all Grammar schools in the districts of Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tonbridge Wells.

 

In 2012, Kent County Council agreed to identify and pursue options to increase Grammar provision in that area.

 

Therefore, KCC has asked Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys to provide additional places for local children by expanding the school onto a satellite in Sevenoaks district.

 

Proposed Decision:

 

Proposal to expand Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 210 places to 300 places, facilitated by the establishment of a satellite of the school on the Wildernesse site in Sevenoaks, from September 2021.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 03/02/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Sevenoaks Town;

Lead officer: Ian Watts

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/12/2019 - 20/00008 - Proposal to permanently increase the capacity at Water Meadows (Hersden Village) Primary School, Hersden, Canterbury, CT3 4HS by 0.5FE

Background –

 

The Kent Commissioning Plan for Education 2019 -2023 identifies a need for additional places in the Marshside Primary Planning Area from 2020. This is due to pressure from new housing in Sturry and Hersden which has already commenced build-out. This proposal to expand Water Meadows Primary school by 0.5FE will provide the additional places needed to accommodate pupils from the new housing developments coming forward in the planning area. An additional 800 houses (currently submitted for planning) will be built adjacent to Water Meadows Primary School (Persimmon development) and land will be provided by the developer to expand the school by a further form of entry to become a 2FE primary school in the future as the need arises. Canterbury Local Plan proposes a total of 2055 new homes for the Marshside primary planning area for the period 2018 to 2031. Water Meadows Primary school is part of Stour Academy Trust and is a 0.5FE school with a current capacity of 120 with 82 on roll, 37.1% of whom are eligible for free school meals. (May 2018 School census) Water Meadows obtained an Ofsted judgement of good in March 2019 with outstanding in Leadership and Early Years. The popularity of the school is growing year on year and for September 2019 there were 15 pupils on roll in reception.

 

Proposed decision –

To agree to fund the permanent expansion of Water Meadows (Hersden Village) Primary School by 0.5FE to a 1FE Primary School from KCC Capital Budget.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 03/02/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Herne Village & Sturry;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

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


12/12/2019 - 19/00096 - KCC's Civil Society Strategy

The Civil Society strategy (working title) will replace KCC’s existing VCS policy and set out the future relationship with civil society and the ‘social sector’, voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE), as a core part of that. The strategy will also set out the objectives and intentions for KCC’s future offer of support to the VCSE. How this will be delivered will be set out in a subsequent action plan, which will include the financial implications and commitments.

The strategy will include the grant framework for the council, which was developed in 2015 and has been updated based on feedback from the past 4 years of operation. This is intended to create consistency and clarity in the way we award grants to the VCSE across the Council.

The strategy will also replace the Kent Partners Compact, which was last revised in 2012 and will set out the principles of how we will engage and work with the VCSE in the future.

This will be a supporting strategy to the new Strategic Statement for the Council, to be agreed in early 2020 and will support a number of key objectives.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 01/05/2020 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: Lydia Jackson

Notice of decision: 12/12/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/11/2019 - 19/00094 - Proposal to expand Meopham School, Wrotham Road, Meopham, Gravesend, Kent, DA13 0AH, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 140 places to 210 places from September 2021

Background:

 

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 7 places in the Gravesham and Longfield Non-Selective Planning Group which indicates that additional capacity will be needed for 2021 and in later years.

 

Therefore, KCC has asked Meopham School to provide additional places for local children by expanding the school.

 

KCC propose increasing the accommodation and the amount of school social space including, dining, recreational and circulation space over the expansion period.   This work would be completed before the September 2021 intake.  This build would enable the school to offer 210 Year 7 places for September 2021.

 

Options:

 

Meopham School is a popular school that was judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in February 2019.

 

There are seven secondary schools in the Gravesend and Longfield Non-Selective Planning Group.  These are: Longfield Academy, Meopham School, Northfleet School for Girls, Northfleet Technology College, Saint George's CE School (Gravesend), St. John's Catholic Comprehensive School and Thamesview School.

 

Of these, Thamesview School, St George’s CE School, Northfleet School for Girls are either being expanded, or are the subject of a future proposal to expand.  Northfleet Technology College is under feasibility for an expansion and Longfield School has been offering additional places under local arrangements for several years.  Meopham School is the only remaining candidate for expansion.

 

Meopham School is a popular and successful school and the proposal to increase the number of secondary places at the school is therefore, in line with the expectation of expanding popular & successful schools.  The proposal is to add an additional 70 places taking the school PAN up to 210 for September 2021.  It will be achieved through building additional accommodation and service space on the Meopham School site.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 25/12/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Gravesham Rural;

Lead officer: Ian Watts

Notice of decision: 26/11/2019

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


29/10/2019 - 19/00083 - Proposal to Expand Gravesend Grammar School from 174 places to 210 places in September 2021

Background:

 

Kent 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 the 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

 

KCC forecasts indicate a growing demand for Year 7 places in Gravesham from the start of the 2019-20 academic year.  The Gravesend and Longfield Selective Planning Group is forecast to have a deficit of 36 Year 7 places (1FE) from 2019-20 that increases to a deficit of 62 places (2FE) for the 2021-22 intake and increases again to 99 places (3.3FE) by 2023/24.

 

Gravesend Grammar School has a Published Admission Number of 174, but has in the past, offered extra places through appeals.

 

KCC proposed an expansion of the school to take the PAN to 210 (7FE).  The school currently has a permanent infrastructure that can accommodate a PAN of 150.  There is a temporary two storey block on site that offers additional accommodation, facilitating the extra 24 places.  To expand Gravesend Grammar School, KCC are proposing the removal of the temporary block and building a new block at the school, together with other infill and enhancement work to social spaces.  This work would be completed before the September 2021 intake.  This build would enable the school to offer 210 Year 7 places for September 2021.

 

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills proposes to expand Gravesend Grammar School, Church Walk, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2PR increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 174 places to 210 places from September 2021.

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: Gravesend East;

Lead officer: Ian Watts

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


03/09/2019 - 19/00058 - Strategic Acquisition & Disposal, Maidstone East

Proposed decision:

 

To consider the Maidstone East redevelopment and the next steps in the delivery of the comprehensive development of the site and delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services, the Corporate Director for Finance and the Cabinet Member for Finance to finalise terms and enter into the necessary documentation to complete the transactions in line with the Councils Decision.

 

Background:

 

In July 2016 KCC and MBC entered into a Collaboration Agreement and jointly acquired a strategically located site at Maidstone East with the long term objective to assemble adjacent land and facilitate the viable delivery of a high quality “Gateway” development in line with pre-agreed objectives to primarily improve this part of the County Town.

 

The proposed Decision will consider the next steps in the delivery of a comprehensive development on the site. Following the completion of the due diligence the decision report will set out the options in relation to the next steps for consideration by the Leader, the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services and the Cabinet Member for Finance following which a decision will be taken.

 

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Not before 02/10/2019 In order for the proposed decision to be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Simon Dodd

Notice of decision: 03/09/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The purchase/sale consideration and other financial information of a commercially sensitive nature will be contained in a separate report, exempt from publication under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972


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


20/09/2017 - 17/00084 - (Phase 2) A274 Sutton Road, Maidstone at its junction with Willington Street

The Willington Street Junction Improvement Scheme is to help reduce congestion on the Sutton Road corridor on the A274 strategic route. Public engagement on the revised scheme layout will be carried out during August 2017, a report will be presented to advise the feedback and potential amendments including any related mitigation measures.

 

The scheme supports policy objectives of supporting existing businesses and encouraging economic activity with housing growth and job creation by reducing congestion and improving infrastructure and accessibility.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste

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

Division affected: Maidstone Rural North; Maidstone South; Maidstone South East;

Lead officer: Russell Boorman

Notice of decision: 20/09/2017

Anticipated restriction: Open


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