Agenda

Cabinet - Wednesday, 28th September, 2022 6.00 pm, MOVED

Venue: Conference Room 1 - Fred Perry House. View directions

Contact: Damian Eaton  (0161 474 3207)

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 263 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 July 2022.

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2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Cabinet.

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4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair and Cabinet Members on any matters within the powers and duties of the Cabinet, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.  (Questions must be submitted no later than 3 hours prior to the commencement of the meeting via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions)

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5.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public to exclude the public during consideration of the following agenda items which contain information “not for publication” and to consider any representations received to the notice of the intention to consider exempt information at this meeting.

 

Item

Title

Reason

 

 

 

21

Outline Business Case - Review of the Future Redevelopment of Central Library

Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

 

 

22

MDC Stockport 8 Procurement

Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

 

 

23

Stockport Exchange – Demolition of Wellington Road South Properties

Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

At the time of publication no representations have been received.

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Scrutiny Review Final Reports

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6.

Scrutiny Review Panel: Pupil Place Planning pdf icon PDF 256 KB

To consider a report of the Children & Families Scrutiny Committee.

 

The report details the Children & Families Scrutiny Review Panel's review of pupil place planning, and sets out the panel's key findings and recommendations to Cabinet. 

 

The Cabinet is recommended to consider the report and consider how it might respond to the report’s findings and recommendations. 

 

Officer contact: Chris Harland on 0161 521 1707 or email: chris.harland@stockport.gov.uk

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7.

Scrutiny Review Panel: The Council’s Property Portfolio - The Next 5-10 years pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To consider a report of Corporate, Resource Management & governance Scrutiny Committee.

 

The report details the work undertaken by the Scrutiny Review Panel of the Corporate, Resource Management & Governance Scrutiny Committee in respect to ‘The Council’s Property Portfolio – the Next 5/10 years’ and the proposed recommendations.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to consider the report and consider how it might respond to the report’s findings and recommendations.

 

Officer contact: James Kington at, james.kington@stockport.gov.uk

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Performance and Budget Monitoring

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8.

Medium Term Financial Plan Update (General Exception) pdf icon PDF 244 KB

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8.(i)

Part A - Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) Update pdf icon PDF 489 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Corporate Director for Corporate and Support Services.

 

The purpose of the report is to outline the outcomes of the review of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2022/23 to 2024/25. The review has considered the underpinning MTFP forecasts and assumptions approved at the Council Budget Meeting on 24 February 2022 and determined whether these forecasts and assumptions are still appropriate in light of the context of the financial landscape.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:

 

(1) Note the outcomes of the MTFP Update including the continuing financial scarring impacts of the pandemic, the increased Energy costs, inflationary pressures, increased demand in Children’s services and the highlighted changes to the MTFP forecasts and assumptions approved in February;

 

(2) Approve the forecast and assumption adjustments as a result of the MTFP Update outlined in the report;

 

(3) Note that the Council’s savings requirement has increased to £16.953m in 2023/24 rising to £33.329m in 2024/25 as a result of the adjustment highlighted and subject to further review and updates during the financial year;

 

(4) Note that due to the significant uncertainty, volatility, and risk of the financial landscape the assessment of the MTFP forecasts and assumptions will continue to be iterative with further updates to the MTFP reported to Cabinet as part of the 2023/24 budget setting process; and

 

(5) Approve the recommended use of one-off resources identified during the financial year to support the Council’s 2023/24 Budget and MTFP.

 

Officer contact: Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email:  jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

 

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8.(ii)

Part B - Cabinet Response: Responding to Our Medium-Term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 860 KB

To consider a joint report of the Leader of the of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources.

 

Within this report we outline our strategic approach in responding to the review of the medium-term financial plan. Whilst Stockport Borough continues to present opportunities for further enhancing the lives of our residents, we are also in a period of unprecedented uncertainty, linked to volatility in things like energy prices, and additional risk created by national and global issues which are totally unpredictable. Our collective focus is on actions which deliver outcomes to support and enhance our communities and businesses across Stockport. In this context it is even more important to have a resilient and robust budget.

 

This report outlines the budget options being considered by the Cabinet to address financial and demand challenges, enable longer term transformation, and ensure the delivery of shared strategic partnership ambitions

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

(1) Note the approach and endorse the next steps, including agreeing to share with scrutiny, for comment, the proposals which support a resilient and sustainable MTFP; and

 

(2) Support the ongoing development of our council vision, MTFP response and transformation programme.

 

Officer contact: Holly Rae on 07800 617 550 or email: holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

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9.

2022/23 Q1+ Budget Monitoring Update (Non-Key) pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources.

 

The purpose of the report is to provide an update on the revenue budget forecast outturn for the period to the end of July 2022 (Quarter 1+). The report also provides an update on the Dedicated Schools Grant, Housing Revenue Account (HRA) and updates to the Capital Programme.

 

Mid-year Portfolio and Performance Resource Reports (PPRRs) will be presented to scrutiny committees in November. These reports will provide further updates to the in-year budget monitoring position for each portfolio and take account of budget adjustments approved in this report.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:

 

a)    approve the virements to the Revenue Budget;

b)   note the Cash Limit and Non-Cash Limit forecast positions for 2022/23 as at Quarter 1+;

c)    note the HRA and DSG forecast positions for 2022/23 as at Quarter 1+;

d)   note the forecast position for the 2022/23 Capital Programme; and

e)    note the changes to the Capital Programme and re-phasing of schemes during Quarter 1+.

 

Officer contact: Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email: jonathan.davies@stockport.

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10.

2022-23 Reserves Policy (Non-Key) pdf icon PDF 405 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

 

The report provides the outcome of the annual review of the Council’s Reserves Policy following the reporting of the Council’s 2021/22 outturn position.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:

 

a)    Note the annual review of Council’s 2022/23 Reserves Policy including the level and rationale for the reserves held;

b)   Approve the adjustments and reclassification of earmarked reserves held in line with the recommended amounts; and

c)    Approve the proposed 2022/23 Reserves Policy.

 

Officer Contact: Jonathan Davies, 0161 218 1025 or by email on jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

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11.

Annual Treasury Management Report 2021/22 (F&R2) pdf icon PDF 247 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources.

 

The purpose of this report is to inform the Cabinet on the operation and effectiveness of the Council's Treasury Management function for 2021/22. 

 

Throughout 2021/22 the Council complied with its legislative and regulatory requirements.  The key actual prudential and treasury indicators detailing the impact of capital expenditure activities during the year, with comparators are found in the main body of the report. 

 

The Deputy Chief Executive (Section 151 Officer) confirms that borrowing was only undertaken for a capital purpose and the statutory borrowing limit (the authorised limit) was not breached.

 

The investment activity during the year conformed to the approved strategy and the Council had no liquidity issues.

 

The Cabinet is requested to recommend that the Council Meeting:

 

·         Approve the actual 2021/22 prudential and treasury indicators in this report.

·         Note the Annual Treasury Management Report for 2021/22.

 

Officer Contact: Lorna Soufian on 0161 474 4026 or email: lorna.soufian@stockport.gov.uk.

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12.

Portfolio Performance and Resource Agreements 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To consider a report of the Leader of the Council.

 

Draft Portfolio Agreements for 2022/23 have been considered by the September cycle of Scrutiny Committees. These reflect the priorities set out in the 2022/23 Council Plan and 2022/23 budgets within the Medium Term Financial Plan, along with the new Cabinet Portfolio responsibilities.

 

The final versions of the seven Portfolio Agreements are now presented to Cabinet for approval. These will form the basis for reporting on delivery of priorities and spending plans to Scrutiny Committees during 2022/23.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to note and give approval to the Portfolio Agreements.

 

Officer contact: Kathryn Rees on 0161 474 3174 or email: Kathryn.rees@stockport.gov.uk

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Key Decisions

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13.

Stockport Housing Plan (SS20) pdf icon PDF 476 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing.

 

The report details the refreshed Housing Plan for Stockport which is a statutory requirement for the Council to have a strategy for housing in the borough which is informed by the Housing Needs Assessment and sets out clear priorities. The supporting delivery plan to the One Stockport Borough Plan, the Stockport Housing Plan will play a vital role in setting out how the priorities of the Borough Plan will be achieved and will also inform the development of the Local Plan by identifying the key housing priorities for the borough.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to endorse and adopt the Plan. 

 

Officer contact: Mark Glynn on 0161 474 3700 or email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk

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14.

Stockport Economic Plan 2022 - Final Draft Version (E&R84) pdf icon PDF 265 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration.

 

The Stockport Economic Plan has been developed as a partnership plan in support of, and alignment with, the One Stockport Borough Plan. In order to take forward Stockport’s ambition, reflecting the potential for the local economy around the key priorities of:

 

·         An Enterprising & Productive Stockport

·         A Skilled and Confident Stockport

 

A brief was developed, to commission consultants to provide the expertise, capacity, and experience required, to work with the Council and local stakeholders to co-design a Stockport Economic Plan through to 2030.

 

This Plan is crucial to driving forward the local economy to address the challenges of an economic recovery following the impact of Covid, as well as the current rising costs facing businesses. The brief highlighted that the Plan to be developed should be co-designed by a range of local stakeholders, including Stockport Economic Alliance, employers, jobseekers, young people, and partner organisations with strong local engagement in the process as important as the final plan to be produced.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to note and endorse the Stockport Economic Plan 2022-2030 and initial actions.

 

Officer contact: Paul Richards on 0161-474-2940 or email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk

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Stcokport Transport Plan (E&R86) pdf icon PDF 256 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration.

 

The report and appendices set out an initial stage Plan which has been developed to articulate a set of priorities and potential interventions to address both the transport challenges but also the opportunities identified for Stockport.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to review, comment on and endorse the draft Plan.

 

Officer contact: Sue Stevenson on 0161 474 4351 or email: sue.stevenson@stockport.gov.uk

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General Items

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16.

Stockport Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2021-22 (Non-Key) pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing.

 

This report outlines the progress taken by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Steering Group in delivering the priorities of the covenant from April 2021 to March 2022. The report also sets out the actions that are being prioritised for the year 2022-2023. 

 

Cabinet is asked to note and endorse the contents of the report.

 

Officer contact: Kirsteen Roe on 0161 474 3376 or email: kirsteen.roe@stockport.gov.uk

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Transfer of Application Process of Right to Buy Service (Non-Key) pdf icon PDF 244 KB

To consider a joint report of the Cabinet Members for Communities & Housing and Finance & Resources.

 

The report details a proposal to transfer certain responsibilities within the Right to Buy (RTB) service from the Council to Stockport Homes Limited.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to agree:

 

(1) That the responsibility for the Application element of the RTB service be transferred from the Council to SHL.

 

(2) That a variation to the Management Agreement be entered into to document the reallocation of responsibilities; and

 

(3) That the Director of Place Management and the Strategic Head of Service (Legal and Democratic Governance) be authorised to do such things as are necessary or incidental to ensure the implementation of the above recommendations.

 

Officer contact: Vicki Bates on 0161 474 3219 or email: vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

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18.

The Second Annual Flood Resilience and Highway Drainage Asset Management Update Report (Non-Key) pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Highways, Parks and Leisure Services.

 

The report sets out the proposals for the Stockport Council Annual Flood Resilience Plan and describes the various roles and responsibilities of the Council with regard to flooding and flood resilience including its roles as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Highway Authority and landowner both of greenspace and working with Stockport Homes its significant housing assets.

 

This report is the second annual report providing an update on activities since April 2021 and also provides a response to the Council Motion in July 2022 on highway blocked drains, grids and gullies.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

·         Note the progress and the proposed future works in the report.

·         Give further consideration to the attached highways drainage plan as approved at the Council meeting in July 2022.

·         Comment on the proposed future approach to the provision of a flood grant if residents’ properties are affected by a future flooding episode including the revised criteria.

 

Officer contact: Mark Glynn on 0161 474 3700 or email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk

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19.

GMCA Decisions pdf icon PDF 357 KB

To consider a report of the Leader of the Council

 

The Cabinet is invited to note the decisions of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) held on 24 June and 29 July 2022.

 

Officer contact: Damian Eaton on 0161 474 3207 or email:  damian.eaton@stockport.gov.uk

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20.

To consider recommendations of Scrutiny Committees

On:-

 

(a)  Matters (if any) referred to the Cabinet Meeting

 

(b)  Any called-in Cabinet Executive Decisions

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Items containing information 'Not for Publication'

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21.

Outline Business Case - Review Of The Future Redevelopment Of Central Library (F&R3) pdf icon PDF 240 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources.

 

The report present the next steps for the redevelopment of Central Library following the opening of Stockroom in late 2023 and provides an update on the ongoing progress of the Stockroom Project.

 

(NOTE: The report contains a ‘not for publication’ appendix that has been circulated to the Cabinet only).

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

(1) Note the progress update on the Stockroom Project.

 

(2) Note the update on Central Library Redevelopment Strategy and recommend for approval the proposals.

 

(3) Give approval to the release of up to £400k in reserves to fund the development of the project through to planning and construction tender in line with the steps covered in section 11 of this report.

 

(4) Delegate authority for the Director of Development and Regeneration (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate and Support Services) in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance to enter into any required professional services and construction contracts and bring forth any necessary planning applications related to the refurbishment of Central Library.

 

(5) Delegate authority for the Director of Development and Regeneration (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate and Support Services) in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance and Head of Service (Legal & Democratic Governance) to take the necessary steps to implement the strategy set out in this report.

 

Officer contact: James Kington at james.kington@stockport.gov.uk

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MDC Stockport 8 Procurement (E&R87) pdf icon PDF 305 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration.

 

This report seeks Cabinet approval for the procurement of a Joint Venture Partner (a private sector development entity) to bring forward development on the sites in Stockport Town Centre West known as Stockport 8.

 

(NOTE: The report contains appendices that are ‘not for publication’ and have been circulated to the Cabinet only).

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:

 

(1) Approve the principle of the Council entering into a Joint Venture with a Joint Venture Partner as proposed within the report on terms to be agreed

 

(2) Approve commencement of the procurement of a Joint Venture Partner as set out in section 3 of the Report and approve the costs of up to £300,000 set out in section 4.4 of the Report which will be funded from the Capital Investment Reserve – Mayoral Development Corporation.

 

(3) Delegate authority to the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Economy and Regeneration, and Finance and Resources to:

 

·         appoint a Joint Venture Partner

·         agree the terms of the Corporate Joint Venture

·         enter into all appropriate legal agreements to establish the Corporate Joint Venture

·         enter into all legal documentation required to deliver the development of Stockport 8 and to take the necessary steps to implement the strategy set out in this report

 

(4) Delegate authority to the Strategic Head of Service (Legal & Democratic Governance) to do all things necessary or incidental to the implementation of the resolutions above.

 

Officer contact: Paul Richards on 0161 474 2940 or email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk

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Stockport Exchange – Demolition of Wellington Road South Properties (E&R88) pdf icon PDF 307 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration.

 

The report seeks Cabinet approval to progress with the demolition and subsequent landscaping of 76- 84 Wellington Road South and 2 Railway Road.

 

(NOTE: The report contains appendices that are ‘not for publication’ and have been circulated to the Cabinet only).

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

(1) Approve that the Council proceeds with the demolition of 76-84 Wellington Road South and 2 Railway Road (as shown as option 1 within Appendix 1) and landscaping works, on the basis outlined in this report and its appendices;

 

(2) Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Development and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources and the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration:

 

(a)       to appoint contractor(s) and professional team as required to deliver the demolition and landscaping works and enter into all appropriate agreements to fund and deliver such works;

(b)       to take such other steps as are appropriate and necessary to implement the strategy set out in this report;

 

(3) Delegate authority to the Strategic Head of Service (Legal & Democratic Governance) to do all things necessary or incidental to the implementation of the above-mentioned resolutions.

 

Contact officer: Robert Goulsbra 0161 218 1764 | robert.goulsbra@stockport.gov.uk

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