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Decisions

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Decisions published

23/01/2023 - Crescent - Site Business Plan and Development Agreement for Salford Rise ref: 2257    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property / Regeneration Briefing

Made at meeting: 23/01/2023 - Property / Regeneration Briefing

Decision published: 23/01/2023

Effective from: 31/01/2023

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I Councillor Tracy Kelly, Deputy City Mayor, in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

 

1.    Note and endorse the Site Business Plan and Development Agreement for Salford Rise.

2.    Give delegated authority to the Strategic Director, Place, and the Assistant Director, Regeneration, to approve the Site Business Plan for Salford Rise, and agree the relevant conditions associated with the approval with the English Cities Fund and the University of Salford to enable the project to be brought forward for delivery.

3.    Give delegated authority for the Strategic Director, Place, City Solicitor, Chief Finance Officer and the Assistant Director, Regeneration, to enter into a Development Agreement with ECF and negotiate all financial, commercial and contractual documents and arrangements with ECF associated with the delivery of the Salford Rise project.

4.    Authorise the City Solicitor to enter into and complete all necessary agreements or documents to give effect to the above recommendations.

 

The Reasons are this will allow for Salford City Council to enter into a development agreement with ECF (English Cities Fund) as Salford Rise related to the delivery of a key piece of infrastructure on Council owned land, rather than development on a site which would be drawn down by ECF. In this instance, ECF would be appointed as Development Manager for Salford Rise, with the development agreement setting out the terms of this arrangement.

 

 

Assessment of Risk: Low

 

The source of funding: The council have successfully secured a levelling up grant £13.170m, which must be spent by March 2025. The fund is being administered via a Memorandum and Understanding (MOU) which was signed on the 8th February. Approval to enter into a grant funding agreement with ECF for the provision of onward funding to a maximum sum of £13,710,933 was secured at Property and Regeneration Briefing on 28th March 2022. 

 

Legal Advice obtained: Lauren Armstrong, Shared Legal Service

 

Financial Advice obtained: Natalie Birchall, Finance Manager

 

Procurement Advice obtained: Deborah Derbyshire, Category Manager Level 2, Procurement.

 

HR Advice: n/a

 

Climate Change advice: Dan Welsh, Principal Programme manager, Development Team

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

 

·         Report of the Strategic Director, Place, to Property and Regeneration Briefing (Approval of the Crescent Development Framework 2021), 25th January 2021.

·         Report of the Strategic Director, Place, to Property and Regeneration Briefing (Approval of the Crescent Strategic Master Programme and Delivery Plan), 26th April 2021.

·         Report of the Strategic Director, Place, to Property and Regeneration Briefing (Salford Rise - Approval to enter into a Grant Funding Agreement with English Cities Fund), 28th March 2022

·         Report to Property/Regeneration Briefing 23rd January 2023

Contact Officers:     

 

Kurt Partington, Head of Development

Kurt.Partington@salford.gov.uk

Daniel Welsh, Principal Programme manager, Development Team

Daniel.welsh@salford.gov.uk

 

*           This decision is not subject to consideration by another Executive             Lead Member /Director

*           The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the             Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.

 

Signed: Councillor Tracy Kelly

Deputy City Mayor

Dated: 23 January 2023

 

 

*           This decision was published on 23 January 2023                                         

*           This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 30 January 2023                                               unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules

 

 


23/01/2023 - Pothole Action Fund 2022/23 and 2023/24 ref: 2256    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property / Regeneration Briefing

Made at meeting: 23/01/2023 - Property / Regeneration Briefing

Decision published: 23/01/2023

Effective from: 31/01/2023

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I Councillor Tracy Kelly, Deputy City Mayor, in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby approve the proposed programmes of work for the Pothole Action Fund 2022/23.

 

The Reasons are to facilitate continuous improvement of the highway infrastructure.

 

Options considered and rejected were: No other options were considered for this report.

 

Assessment of Risk: Low - The targeted spend of available funding will ensure that the City Council’s statutory obligations are met while at the same time facilitating continuous improvement of the highway infrastructure.

 

The source of funding is CRSTS Highways Core Maintenance capital grant funding allocation.

 

Legal Advice obtained: Tony Hatton Principal Solicitor and Azra Furheen Solicitor

 

Financial Advice obtained: Alison Woods Finance Manager Commercial

 

Procurement Advice obtained Heather Stanton Category Manager

 

HR Advice: n/a

 

Climate Change advice: Mike Hemingway, Principal Officer, Climate Change

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

Report to the Property/Regeneration Briefing on 23 January 2023.

 

Contact Officer:  Steve Mangan, Group Engineer Highway Asset Management

                           Tel No: 0161 603 4034

 

*           This decision is not subject to consideration by another Executive             Lead Member/Director

*           The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the             Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.

 

Signed: Councillor Tracy Kelly

Deputy City Mayor

Dated: 23 January 2023

 

 

 

 

*           This decision was published on 23 January 2023                                         

*           This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 30 January 2023 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules

 

 


17/01/2023 - Review of Street Naming and Numbering Charges. ref: 2254    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development

Made at meeting: 17/01/2023 - Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development

Decision published: 19/01/2023

Effective from: 27/01/2023

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Mike McCusker, Lead Member for Planning, Transport & Sustainable Development, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do hereby approve:

 

The proposed Street Naming and Numbering charges to cover the costs of the investigations, consultations, and notification to internal and external organisations, and officer time and resources as detailed in the report.

 

The Reasons are:

The current SNN charges have not been reviewed for more than 10 years and are no longer cost effective, covering the officer time and work to carry out the street naming and numbering service.   The purpose of the report is to request that the Lead Member for Planning, Transport & Sustainable Development review and agree the introduction of new charges for the service of carrying out the SNN service.

 

Options considered and rejected were:

Not to increase the charges – this was rejected as those charges are no longer cost effective.

 

Assessment of Risk: N/A

 

The source of funding is: N/A

 

Legal Advice obtained:

If the decision is made to implement the proposals in the report, these should not give rise to any legal implications.

 

Financial Advice obtained: N/A

 

Procurement Advice obtained: N/A

 

HR Advice obtained: N/A

 

Climate Change Advice: N/A

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

Lead Member Report

 

Contact Officer: Robert Owen                    Email: robert.owen@salford.gov.uk

 

 

This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

 

The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Growth & Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.

 

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor Mike McCusker                                        Dated: 17th January 2023

Lead Member for Planning, Transport & Sustainable Development

 

For Democratic Services use only

 

This decision was published on 19th January 2023.

 

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 26th January 2023, unless it is called-in, in accordance with the decision-making process rules.

 

 

 


17/01/2023 - Consideration of the potential addition of Cleveland House, 224 Eccles Old Road, to the Local List of Heritage Assets. ref: 2253    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development

Made at meeting: 17/01/2023 - Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development

Decision published: 19/01/2023

Effective from: 27/01/2023

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Mike McCusker, Lead Member for Planning, Transport & Sustainable Development, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do hereby approve:

 

The addition of the property Cleveland House, 224 Eccles Old Road to the local list of heritage assets.

 

The Reasons are:

The property is considered to be a good example of a Victorian villa built for the wealthy merchants of the city and also has an unusual tower/turret feature to the rear.  Former residents William Hinmers and James Higson were both Justices of the Peace with James Higson also being a Salford Councillor.  When its use as a residential dwelling ceased Cleveland House became a nursing home for the residents of the city.  The property is therefore considered to have good architectural value and strong historical associations to the city and as such is worthy of inclusion on the local list of heritage assets.     

 

Options considered and rejected were:

That the property was not added to the local list of heritage assets. This was rejected as the property was considered to have both architectural and historic local value. 

 

Assessment of Risk:

Low – inclusion on the local list does not affect the requirement for planning permission but rather becomes a material consideration for any proposal requiring planning permission.  This does not necessarily mean that planning permission will be refused; it may simply require additional consideration of the design of the proposal.

 

The source of funding is: n/a

 

Legal Advice obtained:  Comments from Justin Hobson.

Legal issues have been considered within the body of the report.  A local list is a non-statutory discretionary function of the Council.  Any decision to add/remove a heritage asset to/from the local list would have the potential to be subject to judicial review on the normal grounds.

 

Financial Advice obtained: Martin Anglesey, Finance Officer, 2 December 2022

There are no implications to existing budgets regarding this proposal.

 

Procurement Advice obtained: n/a

 

HR Advice obtained: n/a

 

Climate Change Advice: obtained: n/a

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

Lead Member Report

 

Contact Officer: Amelia Lucas        Tel: 0161 793 3287   

Email:amelia.lucas@salford.gov.uk

 

This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

 

The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Growth & Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.

 

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor Mike McCusker                                        Dated: 17th January 2023

Lead Member for Planning, Transport & Sustainable Development

 

 

 

For Democratic Services use only

 

This decision was published on 19th January 2023.

 

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 26th January 2023, unless it is called-in, in accordance with the decision-making process rules.

 

 


17/01/2023 - City of Salford (Allotment Road, Kenmore Grove, Poplar Grove, Moss Side Road And Prospect Road, Cadishead And Lower Irlam) (Prohibition of Waiting, No Stopping on School Entrance Markings and Amendment) Order 2023. ref: 2252    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development

Made at meeting: 17/01/2023 - Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development

Decision published: 19/01/2023

Effective from: 27/01/2023

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Mike McCusker, Lead Member for Planning, Transport and Sustainable Development, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do hereby:

 

Authorise the making of the Traffic Regulation Order below, in the modified form, as set out in the report:

 

City Of Salford Allotment Road, Kenmore Grove, Poplar Grove, Moss Side Road And Prospect Road, Cadishead And Lower Irlam) (Prohibition Of Waiting, No Stopping On School Entrance Markings And Amendment) Order 2023

 

The Reasons are:

That the necessary action be taken under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to advertise the intention to make the Traffic Orders to introduce ‘City Of Salford Allotment Road, Kenmore Grove, Poplar Grove, Moss Side Road And Prospect Road, Cadishead And Lower Irlam) (Prohibition Of Waiting, No Stopping On School Entrance Markings And Amendment) Order 2023’ to create safer environment for all road users.

 

Options considered and rejected were:

To take forward the original scheme as set out in the report.  This was rejected and the amended scheme proposed which reflects a compromise between the demand for on-street parking in this residential area, whilst still maintaining visibility for all road users.

 

Assessment of Risk:

The restrictions will be signed in accordance with the Traffic Signs Manual and Traffic Sign Regulations and General Directions. (TSRGD 2016).

 

The source of funding is:

The scheme is funded from Highways Devolved Capital Budget for Irlam & Cadishead in 2022-2023 financial year.

 

Legal Advice obtained:

The Council, by virtue of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 can introduce orders to manage traffic. Where Traffic Regulation Orders are required, they should not give rise to any particular legal implications provided the works and procedures are carried out in accordance with the relevant statutory requirements, which would include the consideration of any objections to a proposed TRO.

 

Financial Advice obtained:

The proposed scheme will be funded from Highways Devolved Capital Budget for Irlam & Cadishead in 2022-2023 financial year.

 

Procurement Advice obtained:

There are no procurement implications.

 

HR Advice obtained:

N/A

 

Climate Change Advice obtained:

N/A

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process: Lead Member Report.

 

Contact Officer: Judyta Hands           Email: judyta.hands@salford.gov.uk 

 

This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

 

The scrutiny panel to call in the decision is the Growth & Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.

 

 

Signed: Councillor Mike McCusker                            Dated: 17th January 2023

Lead Member for Planning, Transport & Sustainable Development

 

For Democratic Services use only:

 

This decision was published on 19th January 2023.

                                             

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 26th January 2023, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.

 


17/01/2023 - Business Rates - Collection Fund Estimated Fund Balance Calculation 31 March 2023. ref: 2251    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Made at meeting: 17/01/2023 - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 26/01/2023

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Jack Youd, Lead member for Finance and Support Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution, do hereby:

 

Note the £6.424m third (and final) year allocation of the phased 2020/21 estimated deficit to preceptors’ general funds in 2023/24.

 

Approve that a £2.035m surplus be declared as the estimated Collection Fund balance as at 31st March 2023 in respect of the business rates retention scheme.

 

Grant delegated approval to the Chief Finance Officer to approve the business rates estimate for 2023/24 and to notify the respective amounts to be distributed to the council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) (in relation to its fire and rescue functions).

 

The Reasons are: that the Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) regulations 2013 provide for the operation of the rates retention system through the council’s Collection Fund. They require a local authority to estimate the balance on its Collection Fund for the scheme as at 31st March each year and to notify the government and each relevant precepting authority of the amounts that have been calculated by 31st January in the preceding year. As part of the 100% rates retention pilot any balance is to be distributed to/borne by the council and GMCA (fire element) in the following year based on the prescribed share for each.

 

Options considered and rejected were: n/a the calculation is a statutory requirement.

 

Assessment of Risk: Medium – it is the tenth year of the BRRS and sixth of the 100% rates retention pilot. The potential cost of outstanding appeals is still an extremely volatile area and could continue to have a substantial impact on the ultimate balance. However, some detailed historical evidence has been gathered which does provide some reassurance as to the accuracy of certain assumptions made in the estimate. The Collection Fund will continue to be closely monitored during the year and will be reviewed at outturn 2022/23. The difference between the actual surplus or deficit at that stage will be factored into future estimated balance calculations.

 

The source of funding is: a £2.035m surplus declared as the fund balance means that distributions will be made to the council’s General Fund and GMCA (fire) in 2023/24.

 

Legal Advice obtained:Nicky Smith, Senior Solicitor

The Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by the Local Government Finance Act 2012) provides for the operation of the non-domestic rates retention system through the Council's Collection Fund.  In that regard, the Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 provide for the calculation of the surplus or deficit. The amount is to be estimated by 31st January in the preceding year and is to be apportioned in accordance with the provisions of the relevant legislation and, in the Council's case, the 100% non-domestic rates retention pilot.

 

As explained in the main body of the report, the Local Authorities (Collection Fund: Surplus and Deficits) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020 implemented an announcement by the Secretary of State in July 2020 that the repayment of collection fund deficits arising in 2020-21 would be spread over the next 3 years rather than the usual period of a year, giving councils breathing space in setting budgets. The Regulations therefore allow authorities to spread the estimated deficit on the 2020-21 collection fund over the 3 years 2021-22 to 2023-24. The regulations set out in detail how calculations are to be made in each of the 3 years. There is no provision in the regulations to allow authorities to opt out of the deficit phasing, or to adopt a different payment profile, so it is important that the Council complies with the requirements of the regulations.

 

Financial Advice obtained: the report is produced by the corporate accountancy team.

 

Procurement Advice obtained: n/a

 

 

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

Various reports and papers including business rates system reports, the Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) regulations 2013, the Local Authorities (Collection Fund: Surplus and Deficits) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020 and appeals information from the valuation office agency.

 

Contact Officer: David Eden            Tel No. 793 3228

 

This decision is not subject consideration by another Lead Member.

 

The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

 

Signed: Councillor Jack Youd                                    Dated: 17th January 2023

Lead Member for Finance & Support Services

 

FOR DEMOCRATIC SERVICES USE ONLY

 

This decision was published on 18th January 2023.

 

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 25th January 2023, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.

 

 


17/01/2023 - Council Tax - Calculation of Tax Base for Tax Setting Purposes 2023/24. ref: 2250    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Made at meeting: 17/01/2023 - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 26/01/2023

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Jack Youd, Lead member for Finance and Support Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution, do hereby:

 

Approve, in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount 73,859 calculated by Salford City Council as its council tax base for the financial year 2023/24.

 

The reason is: that the council is required to calculate the council tax base for 2023/24. This "base" figure, expressed as the number of band D equivalent properties in the city, is, for council tax purposes, a fundamental element in the tax-setting process.

 

Options considered and rejected were: other estimates to reflect changes in the next financial year.

 

Assessment of Risk: The Tax Base figure is fundamental to the setting of the council tax levy and hence to the whole budget process. Setting a tax base that is too low would prevent the council from drawing the full amount of tax collected from the collection fund in 2023/24, while setting a tax base that is too high would create a deficit in the collection fund. However, in normal years the exercise is regarded as low risk because: -

·         the starting figures are provided by the Valuation Office and a year-on-year comparison of figures is undertaken by the DLUHC and attention drawn to possible anomalies (if any);

·         the method of calculation is well-established and familiar, and figures are checked for "reasonableness" and their fit with expectations. While an element of judgement needs to be made on future anticipated dwelling changes, these are based on research and information from other council sources.

 

The source of funding is: n/a

 

Legal Advice obtained:Nicky Smith, Senior Solicitor

The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax base) (England) Regulations 2012 set out the rules for calculation of the Council Tax base, which is an amount required to be used in the calculation of Council Tax by billing authorities and major precepting authorities and in the calculation of the amount of a precept payable by each billing authority to a major precepting authority. Under the rules, the council tax base is, in essence, the number of dwellings in an area belonging to each valuation band, modified to take account of the proportion applying to dwellings in each band, discounts, reductions under a Council Tax reductions scheme and the proportion of the Council Tax for the year which the billing authority expects to be able to collect.

 

Financial Advice obtained: the report is produced by the corporate accountancy team.

 

Procurement Advice obtained: n/a

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

·         Local Government Finance Act 1992

·         The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012

·         LGA Finance circulars.

·         Various Working Papers in Corporate Services, Finance Division.

 

Contact Officer: David Eden            Tel No. 793 3228

 

This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

 

The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor Jack Youd                                    Dated: 17th January 2023

Lead Member for Finance & Support Services

 

FOR DEMOCRATIC SERVICES USE ONLY

 

This decision was published on 18th January 2023.

 

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 25th January 2023, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.