Agenda and draft minutes
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To agree the Minutes of the meeting of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Spending Board held on 10 March 2021.
Resolved: That the Minutes of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Spending Board meeting held on 10 March 2021 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
Declarations of interest or Predetermination
Including any interests not already registered
Councillor Esler declared for Application B – Refurbishment of Playground of King George’s Field, Westerham that she was the Ward Councillor and remained open minded.
Councillor P. Darrington declared that for Application C – Swanley New Rugby Pitch and Associated Facilities that he had signed as the supporting Member on the Statement, but it was not in his Ward and remained open minded.
Councillor Eyre declared that for Application G – Stag Theatre Solar Panels fell within his Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. Following advice from the Council’s solicitor, Cllr Eyre left the meeting and did not take part in debate or voting thereon.
Councillor Collins declared that for Application F – Bradbourne Lakes Landscape Improvement that she was the Ward Councillor and remained open minded.
Councillor McGregor declared that for Application A – Edenbridge Integrated Health and Wellbeing Centre that he was the Ward Councillor and would be speaking on the application and would not take part in debate or voting thereon.
Councillor Barnett declared that for Application A – Edenbridge Integrated Health and Wellbeing Centre that he was the Ward Councillor and remained open minded.
Declarations of Lobbying
There were none.
The Planning Policy Team Leader (Infrastructure) presented the report which updated Members on some key changes since the last CIL board meeting. An invitation for bids had been sent out to all statutory infrastructure providers and interested parties. The process for assessing applications was a two-stage process as set out in the Council’s Constitution and all the bids had been judged on merit. Once the closing date for bids had been reached no further information was accepted.
There were proposed legislative changes to the CIL which would seek to replace the current system of securing developer contributions of section 106 and CIL with a new levy which would be locally set, and focus more on infrastructure for supporting schools, and roads that new development creates the need for, among other proposals. This was currently all indicative and did not change the process for the CIL Spending Board currently.
Following the Governance review of CIL, Net Zero had been added as a priority to bring inline the Council’s Net Zero 2030 approach.
Application A - Edenbridge Integrated Health and Wellbeing Centre
The application sought £600,000 to
provide an integrated health care facility at Four Elms Road,
Edenbridge. The Kent Community Health
NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) was currently constructing an
integrated care facility for the local population of Edenbridge, which would comprise of general
practice and community health facilities. The proposal had
previously been considered by the CIL Spending Board in December
2019, where £600,000 was agreed to be spent towards the
project. The Applicant had stated that the current economic climate
had resulted in re-negotiating the contract sums to reflect
increases in prices of materials, labour and inflation and the
additional sum would go towards the cost
KHCFT had identified a number of additional funding sources and grants to support their application to the Board, had worked in partnership, and was supported by a number of local representatives and organisations. Officers recommended approval to support the delivery of the project. It had clearly demonstrated that the scheme provided clear public benefits and approving the bid would provide good value for CIL Money applied for, compared to the overall project. The proposals also demonstrated strong economic, social and environmental benefits to the Community; would help to achieve net zero targets, formed part of a planned strategy and presented strong public benefit. Evidence had been submitted to show that the scheme would be delivered. It was also recommended that a legal agreement be signed.
The Board was addressed by the following speakers:
Company/person/body responsible for the bid: Afzal Khan (with another representative present for any technical questions).
For the bid: -
Against the bid: -
Parish Representative: Town Cllr Layland
Local Member: Cllr McGregor
Members asked questions of the speakers which focused on the costs associated with the build.
(Cllr McGregor left the meeting and did not take part in debate or voting thereon).
Application B – Refurbishment of Playground on King George’s Field, Westerham
The application sought £15,000 ... view the full minutes text for item 4.