Agenda and minutes

Executive Board - Tuesday, 24th November, 2020 12.00 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting

Contact: Governance Services 

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Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information within the meaning of Section 100I of the Local Government Act 1972, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3  If the recommendation is accepted, to formally pass the following resolution:-


RESOLVED –  That, in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of those parts of the agenda designated as exempt  on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information.





There was no information designated as being exempt from publication considered at the meeting.


Late Items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)


Agenda Item 5 – Devolution Deal for West Yorkshire: Consent to Draft Order


Prior to the meeting, Board Members were in receipt of supplementary information to the submitted report in the form of a substantive covering report and its appendices. These documents were submitted for the Board’s consideration as part of agenda item 5 (Devolution Deal for West Yorkshire: Consent to Draft Order).  (Minute No. 91 refers).




Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.



There were no Disclosable Pecuniary Interests declared at the meeting.



Devolution Deal for West Yorkshire - Consent to Draft Order pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Executive which seeks the Executive Board’s consideration and consent to the Order required to establish a mayoral combined authority for West Yorkshire.


An initial covering report is provided to the Board which presents an update regarding the next stage of the process to implement the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal, as agreed between the region and Government in March 2020.

The substantive report and appendices on such matters will follow at the earliest opportunity.



Additional documents:


Further to Minute No. 31, 1st September 2020, the Chief Executive submitted an initial report supplemented with a substantive report and appendices which provided an update on the latest stage of the process to implement the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal as agreed between the region and Government in March 2020. Also, the reports provided details on the final stages of the process and sought the Board’s in principle consent to the draft Order, as submitted, which would establish a Mayoral Combined Authority for West Yorkshire together with other associated changes. The reports also noted that the four other West Yorkshire Councils together with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) were also being asked to provide their respective consent through their own decision making processes.


As referenced above, prior to the meeting Board Members were in receipt of supplementary information to the submitted report in the form of a substantive covering report and appendices for their consideration as part of this item.


As part of the introduction to this item, the Chair outlined the next steps in the process, highlighting that should all constituent Councils and the Combined Authority consent to the draft Order, the Secretary of State was scheduled to lay the Order before Parliament in December 2020. 


Board Members’ attention was drawn to the two areas where the draft Order differed from the ‘minded to’ devolution deal previously considered. Specifically this was regarding the Strategic Infrastructure Tariff and the Spatial Development Strategy, with it being highlighted that the Council had made additional representations to the Secretary of State in relation to the latter, following a resolution of full Council at its Special Meeting on 1st September 2020. Members discussed and noted that both of these had been removed from the draft Order, with specific reference being made to the ongoing national planning reforms that were underway through the Planning White Paper. The second area to change was in respect of Highways powers, specifically regarding the roads that constitute the Key Roads Network (KRN) and the greater flexibility that the draft Order afforded in terms of agreeing the KRN.


Also, the Chief Executive explained that the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments was currently considering the draft Order, and may make minor technical amendments, with the Board being assured that such amendments would not change the content or substance of the Order. However, it was noted that this was why the Board was being asked to provide in principle consent to the Order today and delegate final approval, as detailed within the submitted report.


In noting that a special meeting of full Council had been scheduled for 26th November 2020 to consider the resolutions made by Executive Board today, Members discussed the ordering of these special meetings, and how such matters were being considered by the other West Yorkshire Authorities.


The Board welcomed the initial gain share funding arrangements for the financial year 2020/21.


Members briefly considered the overall arrangements for devolution and the relationship between Government and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.