To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the update report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance that provided an update to Members on progress with S106 delivery at Appendix A.
The Chairman introduced the report and asked the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance to present the report.
He advised the committee that this update was in response to a request at the last meeting of the Performance, Governance and Audit Committee (PGA) on 27 February 2020. An update report was due at the April PGA but given the pandemic, a briefing report had been placed on the Modern.Gov document library in March 2020, in lieu of that report.
The report today outlined the current work underway and highlighted the introduction of a new s106 reporting requirement to HM Government on Developer Contributions required for 31 December 2020. The Infrastructure Funding Statement would cover the first return period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and this process will be repeated annually thereafter. As outlined in the report, the s106 Officer had undertaken reconciliation work and following this was organising an All Member Seminar for August/September 2020 to go through the detail of the agreement and the status of s106 projects. It was noted that some site visits had been impacted by Covid.
Following that seminar, a report would be brought back to this Committee towards year end to present the funding statement prior to the submission deadline to HM Government on 31 December 2020.
In response to questions raised he reported the following:-
Ø That a CIL Working Group had been established to discuss the Infrastructure Financial Statement and viability. The Council would not normally take s106 through the working group. All Members to be updated on s106 projects through the Seminar. The CIL Working Group will report to Council.
Ø That the Infrastructure Delivery Plan outlined the delivery elements of the s106 funding and was subject to review to determine what had changed. To reassure Members he clarified that s106 funding directly delivered projects that address the impact of development. The CIL funding will be able to bring forward wider projects as the funding criteria was more flexible.
Ø That CIL would not impact on the Infrastructure Delivery Plan items for s106 and all projects would be delivered. The detail to be covered at the all Member Seminar.
Ø That the Infrastructure Funding Statement, as previously advised, would be reported to PGA given it was reporting on the performance of the delivery of s106 projects.
The Chairman moved the recommendations in the report, seconded by Councillor Mrs
Channer. The Chairman then put the recommendations to the Committee and they were agreed by assent.
(i) Members note the Briefing Report attached at Appendix A.
(ii) In light of the possibility of continuing issues relating to site visits, it is
suggested that the S106 officer time be given to the preparation of an All Member Seminar for August/September, when the “nuts and bolts “ of the process can be explored and the most up to date site information offered based on the project as it stands at that time. This would include details of the amended spreadsheet following the monitoring site visits for an up to the minute indication of progress.
(iii) The means of agreeing the final content of the Infrastructure Financial Statement
submission for December 2020 should be agreed with Members.