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With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

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43.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Paul Blackwell, Paul Jones, Rondo Roberts and Derek Wright.

44.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting

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Minutes:

Members were reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any of the business to be transacted at this Meeting.  The following declarations were made:

 

Agenda Item 3 – Wrexham Local Development Plan (2013  2028)

Councillor Michael Dixon – Personal - Land adjacent to the A525 and east of Heol Offa cited in response.  The Councillor remained in the Meeting taking part in the discussion thereon.

Councillor David Kelly – Personal and Prejudicial – Member of Wrexham Church Parochial Foundation – The Councillor remained in the Meeting and claimed an exemption under Paragraph 12(2) of the Members’ Code of Conduct taking part in the discussion and voting thereon.

Councillor Joan Lowe – Personal and Prejudicial – land owner.  The Councillor left the room taking no part in the discussion or voting thereon.

Councillor Rob Walsh - Personal – Member of Alyn Waters Country Park Group.  The Councillor remained in the Meeting taking part in the discussion thereon.

 

45.

Wrexham Local Development Plan (2013 -2028) pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation - Planning and Corporate Services

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Decision:

RESOLVED - That the Council:

 

a)    Note the representations received during the Deposit Local Development Plan consultation (Appendix 1 to report HEP/63/18) and that they will be forwarded to the Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate for consideration as part of the Examination in Public.  

 

b)   Resolve that the Wrexham Local Development Plan (2013 - 2028), as amended by the schedule of Focussed Changes attached as Appendix 6 to report HEP/63/18, be Submitted to the Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate for Examination in Public.

 

c)    Resolve that the schedule of Focussed Changes attached as Appendix 6 to report HEP/63/18 be consulted on in tandem with the Submission.

 

d)   Approve the scheme of delegation set out in Table 4 in Section 4f) of report HEP/63/18 as a means of dealing with changes to the  Local Development Plan proposed by the Inspector during the Examination in Public.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

(i)        To ensure that the Council submits the LDP to the Welsh Government and Planning Inspectorate in accordance with the timescales set out in the Delivery Agreement.

 

(ii)       To enable any changes proposed by the Inspector as part of the Examination in Public to be dealt with in a timely manner, to ensure that there are no further delays to the adoption of the plan, but also to ensure appropriate Member oversight of any proposed changes.

Minutes:

(Members declarations of interest in relation to this item are set out in Minute 44 above)

 

The Lead Member for Organisation - Planning and Corporate Services

submitted a report (HEP/63/18) presenting the findings of the Deposit Local

Development Plan consultation, seeking agreement to Focussed Changes (including Minor Editing Changes) to the Plan, and to the submission of the Plan to the Welsh Government and Planning Inspectorate Wales for independent Examination in Public and to seek approval of a scheme of delegation for dealing with changes to the Plan proposed by the Inspector during the Examination in Public.

 

During the ensuing debate a number of Members advised that they would not be supporting the recommendations within the report.  Those Members made particular reference to the following:

 

·         The proposed sites for housing development could potentially have a negative impact on the local infrastructure i.e. hospitals, schools and the highway network.  Particular concern was expressed around how the transport issues which were likely to arise as a result of the Plan, would be addressed.

·         The proposals within the plan to develop 3 and 4 bedroom houses did not address local housing needs. 

·         The Plan to develop on high quality agricultural land went against advice previously given by the Planning Department to protect this type of land from development.

·         Concern that some of the gypsy and traveller sites identified within the Plan had already failed the site selection criteria during the previous selection process. 

·         The Plan ignored Policy Wales guidance and elements of the Well-being and Future Generations Act.

 

Those Members speaking in support of the Plan commented that the recommendations within the report allowed the Local Authority to retain a level of control and would provide protection against prospective developments.  They also stressed the importance of allowing members of the public an opportunity to express their views and advised that the recommendations within this report would enable that process to take place.  It was further noted that the Plan established the principle for development and that the detail of developments would be determined during the planning application process.   

 

In accordance with Standing Order 18(2), a recorded vote was then taken on

the recommendations within the report, voting being as follows:

 

For the Amendment – Councillors Andrew Atkinson, William Baldwin, Trevor

Bates, Sonia Tyger Benbow-Jones, David A Bithell, I David Bithell, Brian

Cameron, Krista Childs, Mrs Dana Davies, Michael Dixon, Terry Evans,

Russell Gilmartin, D J Griffiths, Frank Hemmings, Kevin Hughes, Adrienne

Jeorrett,  R Alun Jenkins, David Kelly, M C King, OBE , Geoff Lowe, John

McCusker, Mike Morris, Paul Pemberton, John Phillips, John Pritchard, Mark

Pritchard, Paul Roberts, Graham Rogers, Andy Williams, Phil Wynn. (30)

 

Against the Amendment – Councillors Bryan Apsley, Mike Davies, T Alan

Edwards, Carrie Harper, Gwenfair Lloyd Jones, Hugh Jones, Marc

Jones, David Maddocks, Tina Mannering, Beverley Parry-Jones, Ronnie

Prince, Paul Rogers, Rodney Skelland, Debbie Wallice, Robert Walsh, Barrie

Warburton, Nigel Williams. (17).

 

RESOLVED - That the Council:

 

a)    Note the representations received during the Deposit Local  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.

46.

Exclusion of Press and Public

In considering whether to exclude the press and public from the next part of the meeting Members are asked to consider the following factors when determining the public interest test.

 

Agenda Items 5 and 6 - Not for publication by virtue of Paragraphs 14 and 15 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended). 

The Proper Officer has determined in considering this report that paragraphs 14 and 15 should apply. Her view on the public interest test was that while she was mindful of the need to ensure the transparency and accountability of public authorities for decisions taken by them in relation to the spending of public money, the right of a third party to the privacy of their financial/ business affairs outweighed the need for that information to be made public. She was satisfied that in this case disclosure of the information would prejudice the discussion in relation to labour relations to the disadvantage of the authority and inhabitants of its area. This information is not affected by any other statutory provision which requires the information to be publicly registered. On that basis she felt that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

It is, therefore, recommended that the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following item as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 14 and 15 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

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Decision:

RESOLVED - That the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following item as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 14 and 15 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following item as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 14 and 15 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

 

47.

Senior Management Structure

To consider the report of the Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service.

Decision:

RESOLVED – That Council approve recommendations 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 as noted in the report CE/09/18.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

(i)           To enable the Chief Executive to plan a transition and implement the new Senior Management structure during the period to April 2019.

 

(ii)          To mitigate against potential employment risks, by achieving a consensual approach.

 

(iii)             To ensure the constitution, policy and processes reflect the new senior management structure.

Minutes:

The Head of Paid Service submitted a report which sought Council approval for the Senior Management structure and its implementation, following a period of consultation as detailed in the report CE/09/18.

 

RESOLVED – That Council approve recommendations 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 as noted in the report CE/09/18.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

(i)           To enable the Chief Executive to plan a transition and implement the new Senior Management structure during the period to April 2019.

 

(ii)          To mitigate against potential employment risks, by achieving a consensual approach.

 

(iii)             To ensure the constitution, policy and processes reflect the new senior management structure.

48.

Review of Senior Manager Pay 2019/2020

To consider the report of the Chair of Pay and Reward Panel

Decision:

RESOLVED – That Council approve recommendations 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 as noted in the report HCCS /58/18.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

(i)         To apply the decisions of the Pay and Reward Panel, within the context of the Employee Pay and Reward Policy to ensure an appropriate pay structure exists for Senior Manager pay, and that this reflects the revised Senior Management structure.

 

(ii)        To comply with the remit of the Pay and Reward Panel to undertake a full review of Senior Management pay every two years.

 

(iii)       To ensure the terms of reference comply with changing legislation.

 

Minutes:

The Chair of Pay and Reward Panel submitted a report which sought Council

approval to the Pay and Reward Panel’s recommendations in relation to the

review of Senior Manager’s pay for 2019/2020 which includes a new salary

range for the new Chief Officer post as outlined the report HCCS /58/18.

 

 

RESOLVED – That Council approve recommendations 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 as noted in the report HCCS /58/18.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

(i)         To apply the decisions of the Pay and Reward Panel, within the context of the Employee Pay and Reward Policy to ensure an appropriate pay structure exists for Senior Manager pay, and that this reflects the revised Senior Management structure.

 

(ii)        To comply with the remit of the Pay and Reward Panel to undertake a full review of Senior Management pay every two years.

 

(iii)       To ensure the terms of reference comply with changing legislation.