Decisions

Details of officer decisions relating to planning applications.

Decisions published

27/10/2020 - Report to seek approval to commence a mini competition under the Councils Yorkshire & Humber Discovery and Development Services Framework (DN411258) to procure professional services to support the decommissioning of non-compliant corporate CRM system ref: 52352    For consultation

To incur additional spend to that approved as a Significant Operational Decision (D50618) with the specialist external resources secured from the Yorkshire & Humber Discovery and Development Services Framework (DN411258).  This is to continue to work alongside the internal project team to complete delivery of the replacement solution which will allow the council to complete decommissioning of the end of life and non-compliant Contact 360 CRM solution.  Additional spend of £212k to take total spend to £662k.

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 19/10/2020

Effective from: 04/11/2020

Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing gave approval to for the additional spend of £300k from the Digital Development Capital Scheme.  This will allow the council to continue working with the external supplier contracted in February 2020 via the Y&H Development & Support Framework to complete work on the decommissioning of a non-compliant corporate CRM system. This will take the total contract spend to £745k.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Claire Grundy


16/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52393    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 16/10/2020

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Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £221,607.14
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


16/10/2020 - Review of and continuation of Direction Notification to restrict specified activities at the premises of La La’s Restaurant and Mumtaz Restaurant for a period ending on 14th December 2020 due to the risk to the public’s health of COVID-19 ref: 52392    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:


The Director of Public Health has given –

1. Leeds City Council (“the Authority”), in exercise of the powers conferred by regulation 4(1) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (“the No. 3 Regulations”), gives the following direction.

2. The Authority considers that the following conditions are met—

a. this direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health;

b. this direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area; and

c. the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

3. Before giving this Direction, the Authority has had regard to—

a. any advice given to it by its Acting Director of Public Health; and

b. the need to ensure that members of the public have access to essential public services and goods (including whether the individual premises forms part of essential infrastructure).

c. The Authority’s Public Sector Equality Duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010

4. The Authority has taken reasonable steps to give advance notice of this direction to the owner or any occupier of the premises or a person carrying on/managing a business from the premises to which the direction relates.

Authorisation was given on the 9th October to issue a direction to prohibit both venues hosting wedding ceremonies/receptions or other celebratory gatherings, meaning that the restaurants would only be able to take bookings and accept parties of up to 6 persons or single household groups. This direction was issued in order to protect the Leeds population and the populations of surrounding Local Authorities from the significant Public health risk of COVID-19 and the spread of this highly infectious disease.

In accordance with the Regulations this decision has been reviewed and the decision taken that the direction notification issued on 9th October 2020 shall remain in place and be subject to further review in accordance with the Regulations.

A brief statement of the reasons for the decision

Legal -
The Regulations give the power to the local authority to issue a Direction if the authority considers that the following conditions are met -

a) that giving such a direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health,

b) that the direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority's area, and

c) that the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

Authorisation was given on the 9th October to issue a direction to prohibit both venues hosting wedding ceremonies/receptions or other celebratory gatherings, meaning that the restaurants would only be able to take bookings and accept parties of up to 6 persons or single household groups.

La La’s restaurant, 501 Leeds and Bradford Road, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 8EE and Mumtaz restaurant, 1 & 2 Mackenzie House, Chadwick Street, Leeds, LS10 1PJ must implement restricted entry to the Premises of any persons who enter for the purpose of a wedding ceremony/reception or celebratory gathering in order to protect the Leeds population and populations of surrounding Local Authorities from the significant Public Health risk of COVID-19 and the spread of this highly infectious disease
This direction was issued in order to protect the Leeds population and the populations of surrounding Local Authorities from the significant Public health risk of COVID-19 and the spread of this highly infectious disease.

In accordance with the Regulations this decision has been reviewed and the decision taken that the direction notification issued on 9th October 2020 shall remain in place and be subject to further review in accordance with the Regulations.

The Authority considers that the following conditions required under the Regulations are met—

1: This direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health;

The infection rate of COVID-19 across Leeds has continued to rise over the last few weeks, our 7 day infection rate is now 387 per 100,000, in addition Leeds is now in tier 2 (High) of the Governments 3 tier COVID-19 restrictions therefore it is essential ensure all measures are in place to protect the public’s health.

Furthermore there continues to be an upward trend across Leeds and the whole of Yorkshire and Humber. We continue to see widespread community transmission across Leeds.

Events of this nature are likely to lead to more people congregating within a specific area. This will increase the likelihood of people from different households coming into closer proximity with each other, increasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and worsening the local situation.

2: This direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area;

The data demonstrates clear evidence of ongoing and heightened transmission of COVID-19 across Leeds. Allowing premises to host wedding ceremonies/receptions or any other celebratory events with parties above 6 or from a single household to take place that would lead to large numbers of people congregating together and represents a threat to ongoing measures to contain the virus and limit its transmission. Such a threat is mitigated by the premises adhering strictly to the restrictions set out in Regulations and Guidance. Information received from West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council enforcement officers indicate these premises are not adhering strictly enough to the restrictions and so not mitigating the threat.

There are a high number of situations across different settings affecting schools, workplaces and care homes. All wards now have a rate of over a 100 per 100 000. Leeds is currently in tier 2 (high) restrictions to minimise spread and harm.

3: The prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose;

Holding the weddings or similar events poses an additional, unnecessary risk to the local spread of infection in a context of rising infection rates across Leeds and the prevention of the event is the only and proportionate response to the current situation. The restrictions on these two premises may have a disproportionate affect on the Asian community but this has been mitigated by the availability of other premises who are not restricted in this way and that these two premises can still operate in a limited way.

The Public Sector Equality duty means we have to consider how decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act. Decisions can be made that may be seen as having a negative impact as long as mitigation has been considered. In this case the mitigation is that the Health Protection Regulations have been put in place to protect lives. If this decision was challenged the mitigation in this case is that the protection of lives would be seen as a priority over any potential challenges of discrimination or disadvantage.

Wards affected: Calverley and Farsley; Hunslet and Riverside;

Lead officer: Lynne Hellewell


16/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52391    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £189,800.00.
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


16/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52390    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £203,096.43.
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


16/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52389    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £198,142.86.
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


16/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52388    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £169,977.37.
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


16/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52387    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £193,971.43.
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


16/10/2020 - Little Owls Childcare Fees ref: 52386    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 16/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

Non charging of childcare fees during Covid- 19 pandemic.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andrea Richardson


15/10/2020 - Shire View, Headingley Lane, Headingley Leeds ref: 52385    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 15/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Officer of Asset Management and Regeneration has agreed to selling the subject site on one to one basis and agreed to the terms as set out in the attached confidential appendix.

Wards affected: Headingley and Hyde Park;

Lead officer: Nigel Robinson


15/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52384    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 15/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £177,390.00.
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


15/10/2020 - Approval of a care plan to the value of up to £250,000 per annum ref: 52383    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 15/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Deputy Director, Children & Families agreed the recommendation of a report relating to the placement of a child/young person. The individual costs of the place are £236,207.14.
It is considered in the public interest that information contained in the report is exempt from publication as it relates to a vulnerable child or young person of the City and the actions being taken to enable that person to live in a safe environment.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Stephen Maw


15/10/2020 - Record of Decisions – Child Performance Licences, Child Chaperone Licences and Children’s Work Permits ref: 52382    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 15/10/2020

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Decision:

The Head of Early Help Services agreed to publish the record of decisions made as detailed in the attached report.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Alison Foster


14/10/2020 - Direction notification to restrict specified activities at the licensed premises of Taag - Leeds - for a period ending on 12th November 2020 ref: 52381    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision published: 14/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:


The Director of Public Health has given –

1. Leeds City Council (“the Authority”), in exercise of the powers conferred by regulation 4(1) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (“the No. 3 Regulations”), gives the following direction.

2. The Authority considers that the following conditions are met -

a. this direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health;

b. this direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area; and

c. the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

3. Before giving this Direction, the Authority has had regard to -

a. any advice given to it by its Acting Director of Public Health; and

b. the need to ensure that members of the public have access to essential public services and goods (including whether the individual premises forms part of essential infrastructure).

c. The Authority’s Public Sector Equality Duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010

4. The Authority has taken reasonable steps to give advance notice of this direction to the owner or any occupier of the premises or a person carrying on/managing a business from the premises to which the direction relates.

Authorisation is given to issue a Direction to restrict the opening hours of Taag Leeds to prohibit the premises opening to the public between the hours of 18.00 hours and 07.00 hours except for staff members,(including Arian Taaghobi, Azam Omidvari) and any persons employed to carry out any emergency work in the premises as well as any members of the emergency services and to restrict entry to the Premises of any persons who enter for the purpose of a celebratory gathering, meaning that the tapas bar/restaurant would only be able to take bookings and accept parties from single household groups (including support bubbles) in accordance with current Coronavirus legislation.

A brief statement of the reasons for the decision -

Legal -
The Regulations give the power to the local authority to issue a Direction if the authority considers that the following conditions are met -

a) that giving such a direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health,
b) that the direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority's area, and
c) that the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

Information received from West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council enforcement officers indicate this premises is not adhering to the legislative restrictions to prevent and control transmission of Coronavirus.

The premises operator has allowed large and unmanaged gatherings/parties to take place within the premises.

In order to protect the Leeds population and populations of surrounding Local Authorities from the significant Public Health risk of COVID-19 and the spread of this highly infectious disease authorisation is given to issue a direction to restrict entry of any persons between the hours of 18:00 hours and 07:00 hours to the Premises except for staff members,(including Arian Taaghobi, Azam Omidvari) and any persons employed to carry out any emergency work in the premises as well as any members of the emergency services.

Authorisation is also given to restrict entry to the premises of any persons who enter for the purpose of a celebratory gathering, meaning that the premises would only be able to take bookings during the daytime when operating as a tapas bar and allow entry to single household groups (including support bubbles) in accordance with current Coronavirus legislation.

The Authority considers that the following conditions required under the Regulations are met -

1: This direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health;

The infection rate of COVID-19 across Leeds has continued to rise over the last few weeks, our 7 day infection rate is now 421.1 per 100,000 (as reported on 13th October 2020), therefore it is essential ensure all measures are in place to protect the public’s health.

Furthermore there continues to be an upward trend of increasing infections across the whole of Yorkshire and Humber. We continue to see widespread community transmission across Leeds, particularly in younger age groups, 20 – 29 year olds.

Large and unmanaged parties in indoor settings will increase the likelihood of people from different households coming into closer proximity with each other, increasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and worsening the local situation.

2: This direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area;

The data demonstrates clear evidence of ongoing and heightened transmission of COVID-19 across Leeds. Allowing premises to host large gatherings/parties would lead to large numbers of people congregating together and represents a threat to ongoing measures to contain the virus and limit its transmission. Such a threat is mitigated by the premises adhering strictly to the restrictions set out in Regulations and Guidance. Information received from West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council enforcement officers indicate these premises are not adhering to the restrictions and so not mitigating the threat.

Leeds is currently in Tier 2 (High) of the enhanced restrictions to minimise spread and harm.

3: The prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose;

The holding of large gatherings/parties or similar events poses an additional, unnecessary risk to the local spread of infection in a context of current infection rates and characteristics across Leeds and the prevention of the event is the only and proportionate response to the current situation. The restrictions contained within the Direction prevent the premise operating as bar during the evening and night. The premises will be able to remain open during the day and continue to trade as a tapas bar up until 18.00 hours.

The Public Sector Equality duty means we have to consider how decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act. Decisions can be made that may be seen as having a negative impact as long as mitigation has been considered. In this case the mitigation is that the Health Protection Regulations have been put in place to protect lives. If this decision was challenged the mitigation in this case is that the protection of lives would be seen as a priority over any potential challenges of discrimination or disadvantage.

Wards affected: Little London and Woodhouse;

Lead officer: Lynne Hellewell


14/10/2020 - Council Housing Growth Programme – Property Buybacks ref: 52380    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 14/10/2020

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Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing:
1. Authorised the required expenditure to enable the programme to progress the property acquisitions detailed in Confidential Appendix A. These acquisitions to be funded from the Council Housing Growth Programme budget, via a combination of Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing and Right to Buy receipts.
2. Noted that Executive Board granted Authority to Spend for the programme on 24th July 2019.
3. Noted that a report is being submitted in parallel to the Director of City Development to request approval to acquire the properties for Housing & Resources so that they can be returned to Council Housing Stock.

Wards affected: Ardsley and Robin Hood; Kippax and Methley; Morley North; Rothwell;

Lead officer: Mark Denton


14/10/2020 - Request to approve a variation of the contract for Street Outreach Service awarded to Change, Grow, Live (CGL) for additional funding of £215,000 for 12 months through the modification of contracts during their term under Regulation 72 (1c) of the Pu ref: 52378    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 14/10/2020

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Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing approved the modification of contracts during their term under Regulation 72 (1c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to vary the existing contract with Change, Grow, Live (CGL) for Street Outreach Service to commence on 1st April 2021 at a cost of £215,000 for the period of 12 months.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Eleanor Clark


14/10/2020 - Lincoln Green & Mabgate – Walking & Cycling Improvements ref: 52377    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 14/10/2020

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Decision:

The Chief Officer, Highways & Transportation:
i) noted the contents of the report;

ii) noted and approved the final layout of the Lincoln Green/Mabgate scheme as shown on the attached Drawing Nos TM/07/352/GEN/P1 to P3, TM/07/352/SLO, TM/07/352/TRO & TM/07/352/TRO/MO;

iii) gave authority to issue the works to contractor and to construct the scheme as shown;

iv) noted the required expenditure of £2,614,500, comprising £2,176,500 works costs, £100,000 Statutory Undertakers works costs, £336,000 staff fees and £2,000 legal fees, all being funded from the Connecting Leeds programme as previously approved by the City Council’s Executive Board;

v) authorised the City Solicitor to advertise and introduce a Traffic Regulation Speed Limit and Movement Orders to introduce waiting restrictions a 20mph speed limit and one-way traffic flows as shown on the attached drawing no. TM/07/352/SLO, TM/07/352/TRO & TM/07/352/TRO/MO and to advertise notices under the provision of Section 23 and 90c of the Highways Act 1980 associated with provision of a pedestrian crossing and traffic calming and if no valid objections are received, to make, seal and implement the Traffic Regulation Order and implement the traffic calming as advertised; and

vi) approved with reference to the powers contained in Section 66(4) of the Highways Act 1980, that the relevant lengths of footway shown on attached Drawing No TM/07/352/GEN/P1 to P3 as proposed cycle tracks are removed and that following the removal of the footways, cycle tracks are constructed under the powers contained under the provisions of section 65(1) of the Highways Act 1980 for segregated or shared joint use by pedal cyclists and pedestrians.

Wards affected: Burmantofts and Richmond Hill; Gipton and Harehills; Little London and Woodhouse;

Lead officer: Nick Borras


14/10/2020 - Council Housing Growth Programme – Property Buybacks ref: 52376    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 14/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing:
1. Authorised the required expenditure to enable the programme to progress the property acquisitions detailed in Confidential Appendix A. These acquisitions to be funded from the Council Housing Growth Programme budget, via a combination of Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing and Right to Buy receipts.
2. Noted that Executive Board granted Authority to Spend for the programme on 24th July 2019.
3. Noted that a report is being submitted in parallel to the Director of City Development to request approval to acquire the properties for Housing & Resources so that they can be returned to Council Housing Stock.

Wards affected: Chapel Allerton; Farnley and Wortley; Temple Newsam;

Lead officer: Mark Denton


22/10/2020 - To accept grant funding to continue to deliver a refugee integration programme in the Yorkshire and Humber region ref: 52379    

To accept grant funding to deliver a refugee integration programme in the Yorkshire and Humber region under two grant-funded projects. Grant funding would be received from the ‘Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund’, and re-distributed to partner organisations to deliver services to increase refugee integration in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Decision Maker: Director of Communities and Environment

Decision published: 14/10/2020

Effective from: 30/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Communities and Environment approved the request to:

a)  Accept grant agreements from the Home Office to manage the Refugee Integration programme.

b)  Enter into partnership agreements for delivery of the Refugee Integration programme with the following organisations:

  Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

  Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

  Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford

  City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

  Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

  Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

  Kingston upon Hull City Council

  Kirklees Metropolitan District Council

  Leeds Beckett University

  Migrant English Support Hub (MESH)

  North East Lincolnshire Council

  Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

  Sheffield City Council

  Sheffield Hallam University

  Solidaritech CIC

  University of Huddersfield

  Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

c)  Enter into agreements with other organisations that the Head of Migration Yorkshire believes are required to deliver the Refugee Integration programme.

d)  Enter into such other documents that the Head of Migration Yorkshire believes are needed to enable Leeds City Council to deliver the Refugee Integration programme.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: David Brown


13/10/2020 - Proposal to amend the schedule of sites governed by the Council’s Byelaws for Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces ref: 52375    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 13/10/2020

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Decision:

The Director of City Development has approved officers undertaking a consultation, a regulatory assessment and seeking of the approval of the Secretary of State to the proposed amendments to the Byelaws in order that a report can be taken to the General Purposes Committee and subsequently to Full Council.

Wards affected: Burmantofts and Richmond Hill; Chapel Allerton; Cross Gates and Whinmoor; Gipton and Harehills; Killingbeck and Seacroft; Middleton Park; Otley and Yeadon; Temple Newsam;

Lead officer: Sarah Blenkin


21/10/2020 - Approval to waive CPR's 9.1 & 9.2 for DN34515 - Disrepair additional capacity ref: 52374    

Waive CPRs 9.1 & 9.2 in relation to DN34515 – Disrepair additional capacity for 5 ½ months from 15th October 2020 to 31st March 2021. This will allow the project team to review and procure a new contract starting in April 2021 for the whole of Leeds.

The estimated value is £600,000.

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 29/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Resources & Housing approved the request to waive Contract Procedure Rules 9.1 and 9.2 to permit the Council to enter into a direct contract with Engie Regeneration Ltd for the period 15th October 2020 to 30th September 2021 to deliver disrepair works in the East of the City. The estimated contract expenditure is up to £2,400,000.00

Lead officer: Nahim Ruhi-Khan


21/10/2020 - Approval for Authority to procure - New Disrepair citywide contract ref: 52373    

Authority to procure a new Citywide Disrepair contract starting April 2021.

It is anticipated the contract will be split into two lots

Lot 1 – East

Lot 2 – South & West

The contract will be for 3 years with an option to extend 2 x 12 month periods.

The anticipated cost will be around £3.5million pounds.

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 29/10/2020

Decision:

a)  The Director of Resources and Housing approved the Open OJEU compliant procurement activity in line with CPR 3.1.6 to establish the proposed contract as follows:

 

b)  Citywide Disrepair Provision:

Lot 1 – East Area – 1 supplier for a period of 3 years with the option to extend for a further 2 x 12 months. Value £2,900,000 per annum.

Lot 2 – South & West - 1 supplier for a period of 3 years with the option to extend for a further 2 x 12 months. Value £2,000,000 per annum.

c)  The potential contract value for both lots is approximately £24,500,000 over the duration of the contract

Lead officer: Rob Goor


21/10/2020 - Request to award a cooperation agreement to Leeds Community Healthcare Trust for the provision of a multi-disciplinary model of adoption assessment and support across West Yorkshire ref: 52371    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

One Adoption West Yorkshire (OAWY) and Leeds Community Healthcare Trust (LCHT) shall enter into a cooperation agreement with the objective to work co-operatively to provide an integrated clinical psychology service to some of the region’s most vulnerable young people.

As part of the cooperation agreement LCHT shall provide Clinical Psychologists who will be integrated within the OAWY team.

The cooperation agreement will provide structural integration within LCHT to ensure interfaces with LCHT services under contracts held by LCHT with NHS commissioners. These interfaces are underpinned by well-developed pathways, shared IT/information systems, shared infrastructure and consistent clinical supervision and continued professional development.

Structural and functional integration ensures a seamless service for OAWY accessing a range of health and social services.

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 13/10/2020

Effective from: 29/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Children and Families approved the award of a cooperation agreement to Leeds Community Healthcare Trust for the delivery of a multi-disciplinary model of assessment and support across West Yorkshire for children with a plan for adoption and adoptive families. The cooperation agreement will run from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 at a value of £719,234, with the option to extend by up to three years.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Whippey


12/10/2020 - Costs associated with Cockburn John Charles Academy using John Charles Sports Centre. ref: 52370    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 12/10/2020

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Decision:

The Head of Learning Systems has given approval to incur £77,500 of revenue expenditure, associated with Cockburn John Charles Academy using John Charles Sports Centre as a result of needing to use the school’s Sports Hall for overspill dining whilst the main dining hall is being extended (as part of the permanent expansion of the school), and £26,500 from capital scheme number 33176/CJC/000 for the provision of additional equipment to support the academy expansion.

Wards affected: Middleton Park;

Lead officer: Adele Robinson


12/10/2020 - Extension of contract for the Collection and recycling of textiles (DN208342) ref: 52365    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Communities and Environment

Decision published: 12/10/2020

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Decision:

The Chief Officer for Environmental services has noted the content of this report and approves the second 12 month extension of the contract (DN208342) which deals with textile collection and recycling from council and bring sites in Leeds. Securing arrangements until 5th October 2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ed Walton


20/10/2020 - Direct contract award to Freud Communications to deliver a national strategy for the recruitment of adopters ref: 52367    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

One Adoption West Yorkshire (OAWY) and Freuds Communications shall enter into a contract with the objective to further develop the National Adoption Marketing and Recruitment Strategy.

 

OAWY would like to extend the existing partnership working arrangement with Freud Communications up to 31 March 2023.

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 12/10/2020

Effective from: 28/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Children and Families agreed to award a contract direct to Freud Communications to deliver a national strategy for the recruitment of adopters.  The contract will commence 8 December 2020 to 31 March 2021, with the option to extend for 2 x 12 months.  Extensions are subject to additional DfE funding being secured. 

 

The value of this service for the period 8 Dec 2020 – 31 March 2021 is £40,000.  The maximum value for each extension period will be £465,000, therefore the total value of the service is estimated at £970,000.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah Johal


12/10/2020 - Approval of the Director of Children and Families Sub-delegation Scheme ref: 52369    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 12/10/2020

Effective from: 12/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Children & Families approved the sub-delegation scheme set out as Appendix 1 to the attached report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lindsay Dewar


20/10/2020 - Approval to extend the White Rose Framework Agreement for the supply of provision to children and young people in Fostering and Supported Lodgings placements on behalf of the Yorkshire and Humber regional partners and to award to new providers follow ref: 52368    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The White Rose Framework Agreement for external Fostering and Supported Lodgings provision is a regional framework utilised by authorities across the Yorkshire and Humber region.  Leeds City Council is the lead authority for the contract.

The framework agreement includes an annual refresh process to invite new service providers to a framework agreement and to enable existing providers to vary their prices following assessment of a business case to do so.

The decision will also include approval to utilise an existing extension available from 01/04/2021 to 31/03/2022.  The extension is a direct consequence of decision D44985.

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 12/10/2020

Effective from: 28/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Children and Families agreed to:

 

  • Utilise the available extension to the White Rose Regional Framework Agreement for Fostering and Supported Lodgings;

 

  • Award the framework agreement for the supply of Fostering and Supported Lodgings to new providers on completion of the refresh process; and

 

  • Vary the framework to include the new prices for existing providers on completion of the refresh process

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lottie Pinder


12/10/2020 - Permission to Procure and set up a bespoke Framework Agreement for the supply of Veterinary Services ref: 52366    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Communities and Environment

Decision published: 12/10/2020

Effective from: 12/10/2020

Decision:

a) The Chief Officers of Parks & Countryside and the Chief Officer of Elections & Regulatory Services approved the development of a bespoke procurement framework agreement to put in place future contractual arrangements for suitably qualified and experienced organisations to deliver veterinary services for a range of animals.
b) The Chief Officers of Parks & Countryside and the Chief Officer of Elections & Regulatory Services approved the acceptance onto the bespoke framework of all suppliers who successfully pass the Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ) and method statement.
c) The Chief Officer Parks & Countryside gave authority to spend and the potential expenditure of £288,000 over a call off period of 6 years through the framework.
d) The Chief Officer of Elections & Regulatory Services gave authority to spend and potential expenditure of £72,000 over a call off period of 6 years through the framework.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Spandler


09/10/2020 - Directions notification to restrict specified activities at the premises of La La’s Restaurant and Mumtaz Restaurant for a period ending on 14th December 2020 due to the risk to the public’s health of COVID-19 ref: 52363    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

What decision has been taken:-

The Director of Public Health has given –
1. Leeds City Council (“the Authority”), in exercise of the powers conferred by regulation 4(1) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (“the No. 3 Regulations”), gives the following direction.

2. The Authority considers that the following conditions are met:-

a. this direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health;

b. this direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area; and

c. the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

3. Before giving this Direction, the Authority has had regard to-

a. any advice given to it by its Acting Director of Public Health; and

b. the need to ensure that members of the public have access to essential public services and goods (including whether the individual premises forms part of essential infrastructure).

c. The Authority’s Public Sector Equality Duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010

4. The Authority has taken reasonable steps to give advance notice of this direction to the owner or any occupier of the premises or a person carrying on/managing a business from the premises to which the direction relates.

Authorisation is given to issue a direction to prohibit both venues hosting wedding ceremonies/receptions or other celebratory gatherings, meaning that the restaurants would only be able to take bookings and accept parties of up to 6 persons or single household groups.

A brief statement of the reasons for the decision:-

Legal -

The Regulations give the power to the local authority to issue a Direction if the authority considers that the following conditions are met -
a) that giving such a direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health,

b) that the direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority's area, and

c) that the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

Authorisation is given to issue a direction to prohibit both venues hosting wedding ceremonies/receptions or other celebratory gatherings, meaning that the restaurants would only be able to take bookings and accept parties of up to 6 persons or single household groups.

La La’s restaurant, 501 Leeds and Bradford Road, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 8EE and Mumtaz restaurant, 1 & 2 Mackenzie House, Chadwick Street, Leeds, LS10 1PJ must implement restricted entry to the Premises of any persons who enter for the purpose of a wedding ceremony/reception or celebratory gathering in order to protect the Leeds population and populations of surrounding Local Authorities from the significant Public Health risk of COVID-19 and the spread of this highly infectious disease
The Authority considers that the following conditions required under the Regulations are met -

1: This direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health;

The infection rate of COVID-19 across Leeds has continued to rise over the last few weeks, our 7 day infection rate is now 367.6 per 100,000 (period 24th to 30th September), therefore it is essential ensure all measures are in place to protect the public’s health.

Furthermore there continues to be an upward trend across Leeds and the whole of Yorkshire and Humber. We continue to see widespread community transmission across Leeds.

Events of this nature are likely to lead to more people congregating within a specific area. This will increase the likelihood of people from different households coming into closer proximity with each other, increasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and worsening the local situation.

2: This direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area;

The data demonstrates clear evidence of ongoing and heightened transmission of COVID-19 across Leeds. Allowing premises to host wedding ceremonies/receptions or any other celebratory events with parties above 6 or from a single household to take place that would lead to large numbers of people congregating together and represents a threat to ongoing measures to contain the virus and limit its transmission. Such a threat is mitigated by the premises adhering strictly to the restrictions set out in Regulations and Guidance. Information received from West Yorshire Police and Leeds City Council enforcement officers indicate these premises are not adhering strictly enough to the restrictions and so not mitigating the threat.

There are a high number of situations across different settings affecting schools, workplaces and care homes. All wards now have a rate of over a 100 per 100 000 and 26 wards have shown significant increase in rates over the last 2 weeks. Leeds is currently in enhanced restrictions to minimise spread and harm.

3: The prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose;
Holding the weddings or similar events poses an additional, unnecessary risk to the local spread of infection in a context of rising infection rates across Leeds and the prevention of the event is the only and proportionate response to the current situation. The restrictions on these two premises may have a disproportionate affect on the Asian community but this has been mitigated by the availability of other premises who are not restricted in this way and that these two premises can still operate in a limited way.

The Public Sector Equality duty means we have to consider how decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act. Decisions can be made that may be seen as having a negative impact as long as mitigation has been considered. In this case the mitigation is that the Health Protection Regulations have been put in place to protect lives. If this decision was challenged the mitigation in this case is that the protection of lives would be seen as a priority over any potential challenges of discrimination or disadvantage.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lynne Hellewell


09/10/2020 - Approval of Director of Communities and Environment Sub-delegation scheme ref: 52362    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Communities and Environment

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Director of Communities and Environment has approved the sub-delegation scheme attached as Appendix 1 to the attached report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Simon Baker


09/10/2020 - Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP) A61(N) – A61/A659 Juntion Improvement, Harewood ref: 52361    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Officer (Highways and Transportation):
i) noted the Executive Board approval in April 2019 to progress the Harewood Junction Improvement scheme as part of A61(N) Bus Corridor Improvements to detailed design and construction;

ii) approved the detailed design of the proposed Harewood junction improvement scheme; and

iii) requested the City Solicitor to advertise draft Traffic Regulation Orders and if no valid objections are received, to make, seal and implement each Order as advertised.

Wards affected: Harewood;

Lead officer: Robert Mason


09/10/2020 - Write Off of Former Tenants Rent Arrears ref: 52360    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing approved the Write off irrecoverable Former Tenants Arrears in the sum of £99,998.80 represented by 135 accounts in relation to the citywide accounts.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jo-Anne Arnett


09/10/2020 - COVID-19 - Approval to secure care home beds as part of Discharge to Assess provision to reduce Covid-19 winter pressures in acute hospital settings ref: 52359    Recommendations Approved

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic this report seeks authorisation, utilising the Special Urgency Provisions under Paragraph 2.6 of the Executive and Decision Making Procedure Rules, to secure additional care home bed capacity for a period of 6 months with one extension period of a further six months at an approximate value of £1,880,996.00 for the initial six month period (£3,762,200 full year effect). The additional beds secured will support the health and care system’s Discharge to Assess (D2A) provisions to ensure timely discharge from acute settings for people that are medically fit for discharge but who might otherwise be delayed in hospital whilst  an assessment is completed to determine their longer term needs.  The provision will also help to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and seasonal winter pressures on the health and social care system. The full cost of this provision will be covered through NHS CCG COVID-19 funding.

 

On 19 March 2020, Central Government published the guidance on COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements. This places a duty on local authorities to assume lead commissioning and contracting responsibilities for “expanding the capacity in domiciliary care, care homes and reablement services in the local area”.

 

The guidance states that during the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals will not be able to wait in hospital until their choice of care home has a vacancy. People will be required to accept a care home placement on a short term basis until the care home of their choice is able to provide them with a bed.  Additionally, some people are likely to only require a short term placement in a care home as a ‘step down’ from hospital until they are well enough to go back to their own home.

 

In response to the national guidance, the Adults and Health Directorate’s Integrated Commissioning staff are required to secure additional care home bed capacity on a short term basis for people who are ready to be discharged from hospital and who are awaiting an assessment, a home care package or a care home placement at a home of their choice.  This capacity is to be sourced from a range of independent sector care homes and will include residential care and nursing care, including for people with dementia. 

 

The initial arrangement in response to Government guidance was set in place on the 27th March 2020 (D50719) for the purchase of 60 beds for a period of 12 weeks via delegated decision. A subsequent delegated decision (D50774) was approved on the 14th April 2020 covering both the expansion of the engagement by up to an additional 60 beds as well as the extension of the original arrangement for a further 3 months. These arrangements came to an end during the first half of September, between the dates of the 8th and the 17th of the month.

 

A further Admin Decision was approved on 17 September to make a direct award under CPR 9.5 for the purchase of 34 Discharge To Assess (D2A) beds for a period of 28 days from 1st October running up to and including 28th October for a total of 34 beds.  This has provided the time required to undertake a procurement to secure further bed capacity to cover the winter period.

 

Commissioning Officers are working with Procurement and Commercial Services to complete the procurement at the earliest possible date as the numbers of people awaiting discharge from hospital has started to rise. It is recognised that a prospective COVID-19 spike during the upcoming winter, in addition to existing winter pressures, could lead to insurmountable pressure on the local health and social care systems without an immediate response.

 

In accordance with the guidance on COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements issued by Central Government on 19 March 2020, this provision is to be paid for from the NHS COVID-19 budget which is held by NHS Leeds CCG. 

 

Previous reports relating to accessing care home beds for short term provision have noted that care homes are frequently reluctant to offer placements to people on a short term basis as this impacts on their income due to frequency of voids as a result of a high turnover of the residents. Under the proposals covered here care home providers will register the number of beds they are able to offer under each bed category, e.g residential, nursing or dementia. No payments will take place until the first admission to a bed, from which point the fee will be paid at the Council’s agreedfee rate for the duration of the bed occupation. A retainer fee of 50% of the Council’s fee will then be paid for the period of time in which the bed is unused.

 

Finance-

The estimated cost for this provision is based on securing 50 Nursing dementia beds and 50 Residential dementia beds at the highest fee that the Council pays (QPP fee).  However, the actual number of beds that will be required and be paid for will be determined by the level of demand during the winter period. At this time, it is anticipated that upto 100 beds may be required.

 

An annual cost could therefore be up to the sum of £3,762,200.

 

Risk-

Processes will be put in place to ensure that the services are provided in accordance with the specific requirements of supporting swift and prompt discharges from hospital.  Commissioning officers will monitor the usage of the D2A beds to ensure that providers are able to deliver the service in accordance with the stipulated requirements and to ensure that voids are kept to a minimum.  If any of the providers are unable to continue to deliver the provision, the arrangements will cease following due notice in accordance with the term of the agreement.

 

If this provision is not secured, there is a high risk that the Council fails to meet its legal obligations as set out in the national COVID-19 guidance in “expanding the capacity in domiciliary care, care homes and reablement services in the local area”.

 

A brief statement of the reasons for the decision:-

We are once again beginning to see a rise in the number of Covid 19 cases and the numbers of people being admitted to hospital and subsequently requiring a care home placement.  Any delay in sourcing this provision, including delays caused by completing the key decisions process and entering into a full procurement, will impact on the city’s ability to manage immediate pressures arising from the increase in the numbers of people awaiting a hospital discharge. 

 

Brief details of any alternative options considered and rejected by the officer at the time of making the decision:-

 

The precedent for the decision set out here was created during the first period of the pandemic, whereby additional capacity at care homes was sought to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the health and social care system. This decision is looking to build upon that existing solution.

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Director of Adults and Health

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic this report has been approved by the Director of Adults and Health, utilising the Special Urgency Provisions under Paragraph 2.6 of the Executive and Decision Making Procedure Rules, to secure additional care home bed capacity for a period of 6 months with one extension period of a further six months at an approximate value of £1,880,996.00 for the initial six month period (£3,762,200 full year effect). The additional beds secured will support the health and care system’s Discharge to Assess (D2A) provisions to ensure timely discharge from acute settings for people that are medically fit for discharge but who might otherwise be delayed in hospital whilst  an assessment is completed to determine their longer term needs.  The provision will also help to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and seasonal winter pressures on the health and social care system. The full cost of this provision will be covered through NHS CCG COVID-19 funding.

 

On 19 March 2020, Central Government published the guidance on COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements. This places a duty on local authorities to assume lead commissioning and contracting responsibilities for “expanding the capacity in domiciliary care, care homes and reablement services in the local area”.

 

The guidance states that during the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals will not be able to wait in hospital until their choice of care home has a vacancy. People will be required to accept a care home placement on a short term basis until the care home of their choice is able to provide them with a bed.  Additionally, some people are likely to only require a short term placement in a care home as a ‘step down’ from hospital until they are well enough to go back to their own home.

 

In response to the national guidance, the Adults and Health Directorate’s Integrated Commissioning staff are required to secure additional care home bed capacity on a short term basis for people who are ready to be discharged from hospital and who are awaiting an assessment, a home care package or a care home placement at a home of their choice.  This capacity is to be sourced from a range of independent sector care homes and will include residential care and nursing care, including for people with dementia. 

 

The initial arrangement in response to Government guidance was set in place on the 27th March 2020 (D50719) for the purchase of 60 beds for a period of 12 weeks via delegated decision. A subsequent delegated decision (D50774) was approved on the 14th April 2020 covering both the expansion of the engagement by up to an additional 60 beds as well as the extension of the original arrangement for a further 3 months. These arrangements came to an end during the first half of September, between the dates of the 8th and the 17th of the month.

 

A further Admin Decision was approved on 17 September to make a direct award under CPR 9.5 for the purchase of 34 Discharge To Assess (D2A) beds for a period of 28 days from 1st October running up to and including 28th October for a total of 34 beds.  This has provided the time required to undertake a procurement to secure further bed capacity to cover the winter period.

 

Commissioning Officers are working with Procurement and Commercial Services to complete the procurement at the earliest possible date as the numbers of people awaiting discharge from hospital has started to rise. It is recognised that a prospective COVID-19 spike during the upcoming winter, in addition to existing winter pressures, could lead to insurmountable pressure on the local health and social care systems without an immediate response.

 

In accordance with the guidance on COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements issued by Central Government on 19 March 2020, this provision is to be paid for from the NHS COVID-19 budget which is held by NHS Leeds CCG. 

 

Previous reports relating to accessing care home beds for short term provision have noted that care homes are frequently reluctant to offer placements to people on a short term basis as this impacts on their income due to frequency of voids as a result of a high turnover of the residents. Under the proposals covered here care home providers will register the number of beds they are able to offer under each bed category, e.g residential, nursing or dementia. No payments will take place until the first admission to a bed, from which point the fee will be paid at the Council’s agreedfee rate for the duration of the bed occupation. A retainer fee of 50% of the Council’s fee will then be paid for the period of time in which the bed is unused.

 

Finance-

The estimated cost for this provision is based on securing 50 Nursing dementia beds and 50 Residential dementia beds at the highest fee that the Council pays (QPP fee).  However, the actual number of beds that will be required and be paid for will be determined by the level of demand during the winter period. At this time, it is anticipated that upto 100 beds may be required.

 

An annual cost could therefore be up to the sum of £3,762,200.

 

Risk-

Processes will be put in place to ensure that the services are provided in accordance with the specific requirements of supporting swift and prompt discharges from hospital.  Commissioning officers will monitor the usage of the D2A beds to ensure that providers are able to deliver the service in accordance with the stipulated requirements and to ensure that voids are kept to a minimum.  If any of the providers are unable to continue to deliver the provision, the arrangements will cease following due notice in accordance with the term of the agreement.

 

If this provision is not secured, there is a high risk that the Council fails to meet its legal obligations as set out in the national COVID-19 guidance in “expanding the capacity in domiciliary care, care homes and reablement services in the local area”.

 

 

A brief statement of the reasons for the decision:-

We are once again beginning to see a rise in the number of Covid 19 cases and the numbers of people being admitted to hospital and subsequently requiring a care home placement.  Any delay in sourcing this provision, including delays caused by completing the key decisions process and entering into a full procurement, will impact on the city’s ability to manage immediate pressures arising from the increase in the numbers of people awaiting a hospital discharge. 

 

Brief details of any alternative options considered and rejected by the officer at the time of making the decision:-

 

The precedent for the decision set out here was created during the first period of the pandemic, whereby additional capacity at care homes was sought to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the health and social care system. This decision is looking to build upon that existing solution.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Atkinson


19/10/2020 - Approval to procure Street sweepings and Highways construction waste contract ref: 52364    

The Deputy Chief Officer for Waste Management is recommended to approve the start of a procurement exercise to award a contract to deal with the councils street arisings and gully emptyings. The Decision is a key decision as the expenditure is above £500k

Decision Maker: Director of Communities and Environment

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 27/10/2020

Decision:

The Chief Officer for Environmental services and the acting Head of Highways infrastructure has noted the content of this report and approves the commencement of a competitive tender process which will subsequently lead to the award of a contract to deal with street sweepings and arisings from Leeds.

The Chief Officer for Environmental services and the acting Head of Highways infrastructure has noted the content of this report and approves the evaluation criteria and methodology that will be used to identify successful tenderers.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ed Walton


08/10/2020 - Refresh of a series of out dated technical landscape guidance documents ref: 52358    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 08/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Planning Officer has agreed to the attached documents to be taken forward as the official guidance for Planning Officers, developers and the general public.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Seamus Corr


08/10/2020 - Requests for Temporary Pavement Licence ref: 52357    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 08/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Officer ( Highways and Transportation):
i) noted the contents of the report; and
ii) approved the application for a temporary pavement licences from premises listed in the Appendix 2, to operate a street café on the highway, as shown on the attached unnumbered drawings, which will expire when current restrictions, which are due to Government guidelines for COVID -19 are lifted.

Wards affected: Little London and Woodhouse;

Lead officer: Andrew Smith


08/10/2020 - Waiver of CPR 8.2 to award two intermediate value contracts each with two separate Lots to deliver BAME services on behalf of the National Adoption Campaign. Services will be delivered between August 20 and March 2021. The maximum value over both co ref: 52356    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 08/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Head of One Adoption West Yorkshire agreed to waive CPR 8.2 to award two intermediate value contracts each with two separate Lots to and to deliver specific support for targetted work with Black and Minority Ethnic communities and faith groups on behalf of the National Adoption Campaign. Services will be delivered between August 20 and March 2021.

The maximum values are
- My Adoption Family - £42,800
- Homes for Good - £100,000

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Michelle Whippey


08/10/2020 - Write Off of Former Tenants Rent Arrears ref: 52355    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 08/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing approved the Write off irrecoverable Former Tenants Arrears in the sum of £99,985.43 represented by 143 accounts in relation to the citywide accounts.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jo-Anne Arnett


15/07/2020 - Write Off of Former Tenants Rent Arrears ref: 52354    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 08/10/2020

Effective from: 15/07/2020

Decision:

Write Off of Former Tenants Rent Arrears

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jo-Anne Arnett


15/07/2020 - Write Off of Former Tenants Rent Arrears ref: 52353    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 08/10/2020

Effective from: 15/07/2020

Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing approved the Write off irrecoverable Former Tenants Arrears in the sum of £99,601.14 represented by 99 accounts in relation to the citywide accounts.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jo-Anne Arnett


07/10/2020 - Leeds Building Services - Brickwork Sub Contractor Framework Agreement Extension ref: 52350    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 07/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Officer Civic Enterprise Leeds noted the content of this report and approved the recommendation to retrospectively extend the Brickwork framework agreement with Beacon Construction & Joinery Limited, John Rodriguez Plastering LTD, and Palm (Yorkshire) Limited for a period of 12 months commencing from the 1st August 2020 until the 31st July 2021 with a total extension value of up to £200,000

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Craig Simpson


07/10/2020 - Approval to award a contract for £127,560 to SCTS Ltd commencing 3rd October 2020 ref: 52349    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 07/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Digital and Information Officer approved the award of the contract to STCS Ltd for the supply of software development professional services to develop the replacement SEND funding solution and spend of £127,560.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Claire Grundy


07/10/2020 - Ex-council property to be acquired by the Council and returned to council housing stock. Capital Scheme number 33103 ref: 52351    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 07/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Head of Land and Property has approved the purchase of a property on the terms detailed in the confidential appendix for Resources and Housing to return to Council stock.

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Diane McPhee, Kevin Johnson


06/10/2020 - Yorkshire Highway Alliance – Highway Fencing Maintenance – Approval to Extend ref: 52348    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 06/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Officer (Highways and Transportation) approved the extension of the Yorkshire Highway Alliance Highway Fencing Maintenance Contract with Protek Fencing Ltd to 31st October 2021 at the schedule of rates submitted.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: James Hirst


06/10/2020 - Report seeking approval to award a framework agreement to ONI Ltd for the provision of Data Network Hardware and Maintenance for a period of 4 years commencing on 1st January 2021. The anticipated value of the framework is £3m ref: 52347    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 06/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

In line with Contract Procedure Rule (CPR) 18, the Chief Digital and Information Officer approved the award of a Framework Agreement to ONI PLC for a period of four (4) years for the provision of Data Network Hardware and Maintenance for the period 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2024.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Gager


06/10/2020 - Approval to award a call off contract to Ricoh UK Ltd for the provision of high volume digital devices and provision of associated print management, transactional printing and hybrid-mail software and associated support, maintenance and training for ref: 52346    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 06/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Officer Strategy and Policy gave approval to award a call off contract to Ricoh UK Ltd for the provision of high volume digital devices and provision of associated print management, transactional printing and hybrid-mail software and associated support, maintenance and training. The contract value is £298,434.46 over a period of 3 years.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Claudine Dawson


06/10/2020 - Record of Decisions – Housing Advisory Panels – 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020 ref: 52345    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Decision published: 06/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Chief Officer - Housing, approved the 61 tenant led environmental and community related funding recommendations of the HAPs from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ian Montgomery


06/10/2020 - Constitutional Amendments – Members Allowance Scheme Annual Uplift ref: 52344    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: City Solicitor

Decision published: 06/10/2020

Effective from:

Decision:

The Legal Services Head of Service approved amendments to the Members Allowances Scheme as shown at Appendix 1 attached with effect from 1st October 2020.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Simpson


24/09/2020 - Core Business Transformation: Technology Refresh ref: 52342    Recommendations Approved

The Core Business Transformation Programme seeks to bring about fundamental changes in the way Finance, Procurement, HR and Payroll activities are undertaken across the Council.

Extensive colleague engagement paints a picture of over bureaucratic labour intensive processes combined with inflexible technology. Key business processes are often hindered by technology which is unintuitive and difficult to extract data from whilst at the same time lacking key functionality. The technology is out of date and nearing ‘end of life’, representing an increased risk to business continuity.

As a first step in transforming service delivery and securing the long term viability of the Council’s business ICT systems, the Council’s Best Council Design Team (BCDT) approved the Full Business Case for the replacement of existing Finance, HR and Payroll IT systems.

Procurement of a new solution for people and finance is a crucial first step in achieving the improvement aims of the Council whilst giving the best possible opportunity of realising savings in terms of digitising services and streamlining processes. The new technology will enable services to standardise and simplify how they work,  freeing up capacity by removing manual processes and ‘off-line’ manipulation and processing of data. It will provide timely, consistent and standard management information in relation to people and finances.

The Executive Board of the Council is requested to approve that the Core Business Transformation programme proceed to the next stage, which is the procurement phase, and in doing so give authority to spend the required funds on the procurement activity.

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing submitted a report which sought approval to proceed with the Core Business Transformation programme to the next stage, which would be the procurement phase, and in doing so the report also sought approval to provide the necessary ‘authority to spend’ in order to enable the required procurement activity.

 

In considering the proposals detailed within the submitted report, it was suggested that the Chief Digital and Information Officer be included in this process, in order to maximise the benefit of the initiative.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That approval be given for the Core Business Transformation programme to proceed to the next stage, which is the procurement phase, and in doing so, approval also be given to the authority to spend £1.01M on the required procurement activity;

 

(b)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer (Financial Services) is responsible for this matter (such as supporting the programme to the next stage and steering the £1.01m spend), together with adhering to any timescales involved;

 

(c)  That a report be brought back to Executive Board in 12 months’ time (September 2021), prior to the awarding of a contract to the successful bidder.

 

 

Lead officer: Victoria Bradshaw


24/09/2020 - Estate Realisation and Accelerated Capital Receipts ref: 52341    Recommendations Approved

To gain support for the rationalisation of the Council’s operational estate and to accelerate the disposal of properties, including the use of auctions as a disposal mechanism.

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of City Development submitted a report which sought support for the estate rationalisation and remodel approach, as detailed, in addition to the accelerated capital receipt programme through a series of targeted auction disposals. By way of background, the report also provided details around the Council’s home working approach, given that this underpinned the Council’s core office estate rationalisation.

 

In considering the submitted report, a Member highlighted the need to ensure that local Ward Members were kept informed and included in dialogue as part of any proposals relating to this programme which affected their respective Wards.

 

Also, a Member highlighted the importance of maintaining the city’s heritage assets.

 

Following consideration of Appendix 2 to the submitted report designated as being exempt from publication under the provisions of Access to Information Procedure Rule 10.4(3), which was considered in private at the conclusion of the public part of the meeting, it was

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That the approach proposed within the submitted report to rationalise and remodel the estate, be supported;

 

(b)  That the acceleration of the Capital Receipt Programme through a targeted number of disposals by auction and through one to one negotiations, be agreed, with agreement also being given for the first tranche of properties, as set out in exempt Appendix 2 to the submitted report, being taken to auction in October 2020; with it being noted that a further report detailing additional properties to be included in the Capital Receipt Programme will be brought back to Executive Board for consideration;

 

(c)  That the work ongoing to explore opportunities to extract additional value from the Council’s estate, as set out within exempt Appendix 2 to the submitted report, be noted;

 

(d)  That it be noted that the draft Estate Management Strategy will be brought to Executive Board at a later date;

 

(e)  That it be noted that the rationalising workstream is ongoing and that further reports will be presented throughout the course of the workstream;

 

(f)  That it be noted that the disposal of properties and bringing forward an updated Estate Management Strategy which reflects the Council’s future operational requirements is the responsibility of the Director for City Development;

 

(g)  That the engagement work undertaken so far with staff on both current and future working from home, which is being overseen by the Director for Resources and Housing, be noted.

 

Lead officer: Mark Mills


24/09/2020 - Revenue Budget Update 2021/22 and Budget Savings Proposals ref: 52338    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Chief Officer (Financial Services) submitted a report detailing the actions underway and proposed to address the financial gap for 2021/22, currently estimated at £118.76m.  The report presented a series of savings proposals to contribute towards the Council achieving a balanced budget for 2021/22 Budget and where appropriate, sought agreement to begin meaningful consultation with staff, trade unions, service users and the public as required.  The report also outlined the budget savings proposals that will contribute towards the Housing Revenue Account delivering a balanced budget position for 2021/22. 

 

In introducing the report, the Executive Member for Resources highlighted that the proposals in the submitted report were the first step in a process towards the submission of the initial budget proposals later in the year.

 

In response to a Member’s enquiries, the Board was provided with further information on the anticipated reduction in the workforce as part of the proposals in terms of the number of full time equivalent posts, received an update on the Early Leavers initiative ahead of the deadline for employees to reaffirm their expression of interest, and in response to an enquiry regarding the provision of funding for the ‘Year of Culture 2023’ initiative, it was noted that such matters would be taken into consideration as part of the budget setting process moving forward.

 

Members also discussed the approach being taken across directorates towards meeting the financial challenges being faced in each respective area and how that formed part of the budget setting process.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That the financial position for 2021/22, as outlined within the submitted report, be noted, with it also being noted that further savings are required to deliver a balanced budget position;

 

(b)  That it be noted that the ‘Business as Usual’ savings and decisions to give effect to them shall be taken by the relevant Director or Chief Officer in accordance with the Officer delegation scheme (Executive functions); 

 

(c)  That agreement be given that consultation is commenced with regard to the ‘Service Review’ proposals, and that it be noted that the decisions to give effect to them shall be taken by the relevant Chief Officer, following the consultation period, in accordance with the Officer delegation scheme (Executive functions);

 

(d)  That the savings proposals in respect of the Housing Revenue Account, be noted.

 

(Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 16.5, Councillor A Carter required it to be recorded that he abstained from voting on the decisions referred to within this minute)

 


24/09/2020 - Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22-2025/26 ref: 52337    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Chief Officer (Financial Services) submitted a report which presented an updated Medium Term Financial Strategy for the period 2021/22 to 2025/26, together with the budget assumptions underlying that Strategy.

 

Members discussed the uncertainty around the funding basis for Local Authorities moving forward, and highlighted the importance of a Spending Review announcement by the Government in order to provide the Council with as much certainty as possible.

 

A Member highlighted the need for the Council to approach the financial challenges which it continued to face in an agile way, so that it could adapt as required.

 

RESOLVED – That the updated Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2021/22 to 2025/26, as detailed within the submitted report, be noted.

 

(Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 16.5, Councillor A Carter required it to be recorded that he abstained from voting on the decisions referred to within this minute)


24/09/2020 - Financial Health Monitoring 2020/21 - Month 4 ref: 52336    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Chief Officer (Financial Services) submitted a report providing the projected financial health position of the Authority for 2020/21, as at month 4 of the financial year.

 

As part of the introduction to the report, the Board received an update on the ongoing discussions which continued with Government regarding the provision of further financial support for the current financial year, with it being noted that the Government’s response was expected in mid-October, and it would be at this point when it would be known whether or not the Council would need to consider an emergency budget.

 

Responding to a Member’s enquiry, the Board was provided with further information regarding the proportion of the current year’s deficit which related to the Minimum Revenue Provision and the proportion which could be attributable to the impact of Covid-19. 

 

Members discussed a number of issues relating to the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy and also regarding the approaches being made to Government for further support.  Members also discussed whether the Government could potentially be approached in relation to support for the Council’s loss of income, whilst emphasis was placed upon the key ‘ask’ of spreading the unprecedented costs associated with the pandemic over a longer term, an approach which it was noted, would be consistent with much of the public sector.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That the projected financial position of the Authority, as at Month 4 of the financial year, be noted, together with the projected impact of COVID-19 on that position;

 

(b)  That it be noted that the remaining gap will still require significant savings and further support from Central Government; 

 

(c)  That it be noted that the Authority is awaiting confirmation of further Government financial support this year, which will inform the action the Council will need to take in terms of how a balanced budget position can be delivered.


24/09/2020 - Annual Performance Management Report ref: 52340    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Resources and Housing submitted a report presenting a year-end review, both looking back on how the Council has performed during 2019/20 in delivering the Best Council Plan, but also signposting to future performance challenges. The report also considers how the Council’s performance has, and will continue to be, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That the annual performance report, as submitted, be noted, together with the progress made during 2019/20 in delivering the ambitions and priorities set out in the Best Council Plan;

 

(b)  That the details in the submitted annual performance report indicating how performance has, and will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, be noted.


24/09/2020 - Capital Programme Review ref: 52339    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Chief Officer (Financial Services) submitted a report providing the outcome of the review of the Capital Programme which had been undertaken during the summer. The aim of the review was to reduce the level of borrowing undertaken by the Council in the short term in order to enable a revenue saving to be achieved which would help to address the financial impact of Covid-19.

 

Responding to a Member’s enquiry regarding details in the submitted report which noted that since 2010/11 significant capital investment, funded by borrowing, had occurred which had led to an increase in the quantum of debt and the cost of maintaining that debt, officers undertook to provide the Member in question with details of the quantum of that debt and the cost of the related interest payments per year.

 

In addition, the Board noted a Member’s comments highlighting the importance of continuing to invest in local town and district centres during the current time.

 

Also, by way of a correction to the submitted report, it was noted that section 57 within Appendix A should read, ‘Section106 Schemes’ rather than ‘Climate Emergency.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That subject to the correction as detailed above, the contents of the submitted report, together with the following be noted:- 

 

(i)  That the Capital Programme review has identified a number of schemes which are proposed to be stopped £81.989m; allow alternative funding £30.021m; or can be re-phased into future years of £19.511m. Totalling £131.5m of proposed changes, which are detailed within Appendix A to the submitted report;

 

(ii)  That the aspiration is to limit the increase in debt.

 

(b)  That the following injections into the Capital Programme be approved:-

 

(i)  £7.7m of CIL funding split £5.0m for Basic Need and £2.7m of CIL for flood alleviation; and

 

(ii)  £8.58m of capital receipts to fund the Core Systems Review; 

 

(c)  That the above resolution to inject funding of £16.28m will be implemented by the Chief Officer (Financial Services).

 

(Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 16.5, Councillor A Carter required it to be recorded that he abstained from voting on the decisions referred to within this minute)

 


24/09/2020 - Asset Based Community Development and Asset Based Approaches ref: 52332    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Adults and Health submitted a report which provided an update on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) activity in Leeds, highlighting achievements and challenges experienced to date. The report also detailed the importance of ABCD in supporting the city’s response to Covid-19 and community resilience and which presented an outline plan for the further proliferation of ABCD, with details also being provided on the potential for this way of working to further deliver the Council’s ambitions.

 

As part of the introduction to the report, the Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults introduced the newly appointed Chief Officer for Transformation and Innovation.

 

Responding to a Member’s enquiries, it was noted that a further report to the Board presenting the outcomes from the evaluation work being undertaken by Leeds Beckett University would be submitted either in December 2020 or early in 2021.

 

A Member highlighted the importance of the approach being further embraced by other services within the Council, such as the Communities team, in order to maximise the benefits from the initiative. In response to this, the Board was provided with further detail on the actions being taken to develop the ABCD approach in the short to medium term, specifically with regard to greater partnership working both internally and with external organisations.

 

In conclusion, Members highlighted how this work was crucially important in helping to address the issues being faced across the city during the current time.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That the positive impact that Asset Based Community Development and asset based approaches have made across the city, be noted together with the important role that they have played in the Covid-19 response;

 

(b)  That the outline plan for the development of Asset Based Community Development in Leeds, be noted;

 

(c)  That agreement be given to work with key partners across the city in order to develop Asset Based Community Development and asset based approaches as a key vehicle for meeting the city’s priority outcomes;

 

(d)  That it be noted that the officer responsible for the development of ABCD is the Chief Officer for Transformation and Innovation in Adults and Health, working with key partners within the Council and externally.


24/09/2020 - Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic - Response and Recovery Plan ref: 52335    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 21, 20th July 2020, the Chief Executive submitted a report which provided an update on the continued Coronavirus (COVID-19) work being undertaken across the city including the recovery approach, outbreak management, and current issues and risks. The report also noted that the city’s multi-agency command and control arrangements continued to be used alongside the Response and Recovery plan with the aim of mitigating the effects of the outbreak on those in the city, especially the most vulnerable, and to help prepare for the longer term stages of recovery planning.

 

With the agreement of the Chair, the submitted report had been circulated to Board Members as a late item of business prior to the meeting for the reasons as set out in section 9 of the submitted report, and as detailed in Minute No. 33.

 

By way of introduction to the report, the Chair paid tribute on behalf of the Board to Council officers, all partners, the community and Councillors for the continued work being undertaken right across the city to address the challenges continuing to be faced as a result of the pandemic.

 

Members were provided with an update on the latest developments, both locally and nationally which had occurred since the publication of the submitted report, which included the introduction of new national restrictions, the launch of the NHS Covid-19 App and the current position regarding testing provision. The Board also received an update regarding the latest infection rates in Leeds, with it being noted that Members and relevant parties would continue to be kept informed of any developments or announcements from Government which impacted upon the city.

 

Emphasis was also placed upon the unprecedented challenges that the Council and the city continued to face and the ‘asks’such as funding, improved testing and more local contact tracing, which were being made to Government to help address such challenges.  Members also reiterated the crucial role played by local government and partners in such circumstances and the benefits that a localised approach could often provide. Regarding the approach being taken in Leeds, emphasis was placed upon the need to ensure that the correct balance was struck between preventing infection whilst at the same time also looking to maintain people’s broader health and wellbeing needs.

 

In addition, it was noted that communication continued with neighbouring Local Authorities in order to ensure that a partnership approach was being taken, whilst Members also received information on the work being undertaken across a range of sectors, including care homes, schools and work places to address the specific challenges within those settings.

 

In conclusion, the Chair reiterated the unprecedented financial challenges that the Council continued to face and the importance of a cross-party approach being taken when making representations to Government for further support. Also, emphasis was placed upon the key importance of ensuring that clear communications and messaging on the current regulations to all communities in Leeds was consistently delivered.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That the updated context, progress and issues as we move into a new phase of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic,  as detailed within the submitted report, be noted;

 

(b)  That the emerging issues for consideration during the next phase of recovery, including the new school and university term, winter pressures, and the concurrent pressure of EU exit, be noted;

 

(c)  That the need for new levels of engagement with the public, and everybody taking ownership of the need to be safe and responsible in order to reduce levels of transmission and avoid further restrictions, be recognised;

 

(d)  That in respect of the financial implications for the Council arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, the contents of the submitted report be used as context when the Board considers the more detailed financial health monitoring report, as detailed at Minute No. 41.


24/09/2020 - Proposals for Road Safety Park, Family Cycle Trails, Children's Play Area, Cafe, Remodelled Golf Provision and Landscape Improvements at Temple Newsam ref: 52334    Recommendations Approved

To consider proposals to develop a road safety park, family cycle trails, children’s play area, café with remodelled golf provision at Temple Newsam

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 86, 16th October 2019, the Director of Communities and Environment submitted a report outlining the findings of the recent public consultation exercise undertaken in respect of proposals for the land currently occupying the golf course at Temple Newsam Estate, with the report making proposals for the future of this area of land based upon the consultation findings.

 

Responding to a Member’s enquiries, officers provided an update on the liaison which had taken place to date with Temple Newsam Golf Club regarding the golf course layout proposals, and with a view to progressing such matters and provide the club with any further clarification as necessary, it was requested that dialogue between the Council and the club continued. Also, officers undertook to provide Board Members with the associated plans which had been shared with the club for their consideration.

 

As part of the discussion on such matters, the Board was provided with further details of the consultation exercise which had taken place.

 

A Member highlighted the vital role played by community parks throughout the city, especially during the current pandemic, with it being noted that the work in the community parks across Leeds would continue.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That the following changes to the area of Temple Newsam that is currently a golf course be approved:-

 

(i)  A reduction in the size of Temple Newsam golf course from 27 to 18 holes;

(ii)  The re-development of the building which currently serves as the golf clubhouse to include an attractive and accessible café, toilets and other supporting recreational facilities alongside golf provision; 

(iii)  The development of a road-safety park, children’s play area, walking and cycling trails and other historical, educational and environmental landscape improvements;

 

(b)  That approval be given to inject £1.2m into the Capital Programme for the delivery of the scheme;

 

(c)  That the necessary ‘authority to spend’ approvals for the full scheme be delegated to the Director of Communities and Environment, subject to consultation with the Executive Member for Environment and Active Lifestyles;

 

(d)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer Parks and Countryside will be responsible for the implementation of the scheme.

 

(Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 16.5, Councillor A Carter required it to be recorded that he abstained from voting on the decisions referred to within this minute)

 

Wards affected: Temple Newsam;

Lead officer: Sean Flesher


24/09/2020 - Temple Newsam Indoor Play Barn ref: 52333    Recommendations Approved

To consider proposals to develop an indoor play barn with associated retail facilities and café at Home Farm, Temple Newsam

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of Communities and Environment submitted a report highlighting an opportunity to conserve and transform heritage buildings to develop an all year round visitor attraction at Home Farm, Temple Newsam, which would be achieved by creating an indoor play barn, café and retail facility within the heart of the existing farm attraction. The report also set out the business case to achieve a financially sustainable future for the buildings, improve the visitor experience as well as continue to conserve rare breeds.

 

A Member raised concerns regarding the timing of the proposal given the current financial challenges being faced by the Council, the potential impact on such a scheme by restrictions introduced in response to the pandemic and whether the matter would be further considered by the Board. In response, Members received further detail regarding the business case for the proposals and also an undertaking that the proposals would be reviewed in February 2021, to ensure that it remained financially viable before an award of tender was progressed.

 

During the discussion it was emphasised that local Ward Councillors were supportive of the proposals.

 

Responding to a specific enquiry, officers undertook to provide the Member in question with information regarding the interest that would be charged on the proposed £3.68m prudential borrowing.

 

RESOLVED -

(a)  That approval be given to implementing the proposals as contained within the submitted report, subject to a review being conducted before the award of tender (anticipated in February 2021) in order to assess the potential impact of COVID-19;

 

(b)  That agreement in principle be given to inject £3.68 million investment into the Capital Programme, with approval also being given to delegate the authority to spend approvals for the full scheme to the Director of Communities and Environment following the associated review in February 2021;

 

(c)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer Parks and Countryside will be responsible for implementation of this scheme.

 

(Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 16.5, Councillor A Carter required it to be recorded that he voted against the decisions referred to within this minute)

 

Wards affected: Temple Newsam;

Lead officer: Sean Flesher


24/09/2020 - Design and Cost Report for the Allerton Grange School Permanent Expansion of 60 Places for September 2021 ref: 52331    Recommendations Approved

Request for authority to spend to extend the former CLC building and undertake remodelling within the main school building at Allerton Grange School to facilitate permanent expansion of secondary provision from a capacity of 1200 pupils to 1500 pupils in years 7 to 11 with an increase in the admission number from 240 to 300 with effect from September 2021.

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Made at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Executive Board

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 06/10/2020

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 11, 24th June 2020, the Director of Children and Families and the Director of City Development submitted a joint report which set out the context regarding the proposed permanent expansion of Allerton Grange School and which sought approval for the necessary authority to spend and to incur related expenditure to facilitate the delivery of works for the permanent expansion of Allerton Grange School from September 2021.

 

In response to a Member’s enquiries, the Board received further information regarding the extent of the PFI and other associated fees which would be incurred as a result of the proposals and also in respect of the level of costs for the project.

 

With regard to the highways considerations associated with the scheme and the finalised details regarding fees incurred, officers respectively undertook to provide the Member in question with further information on these matters.

 

In addition, Members also discussed the approach nationally towards the provision of schools and school places.

 

RESOLVED –

(a)  That authority to spend and incurring expenditure of £5,051,606 from Capital Scheme number 33177/AGR/000 for the redevelopment and expansion of Allerton Grange School for September 2021, be approved; 

 

(b)  That the overall scheme costs of £7,202,806, which incorporates the existing approval of £2,151,200.80 for the bulge expansion for September 2020, be noted;

 

(c)  That it be noted that the expenditure for the construction of the permanent expansion works are subject to planning approval;

 

(d)  That it be noted that the former CLC building is in the ownership of Leeds City Council and not part of the PFI; with it also being noted that the extension to the former CLC building will be subject to a deed of variation to remove this section of the site from the PFI agreement such that the extended building remains wholly in Leeds City Council ownership. Finally, it be noted that a further deed of variation will be required for PFI approval to undertake remodelling works within the main school building; 

 

(e)  That the implementation of a City Council Change under the PFI contract, be approved, and that approval also be given to the entering in to of any associated documentation, including without limitation a deed of variation (as required), with the Head of Service, Learning Systems being authorised to review and approve any such documentation;

 

(f)  That the programme dates, as identified in section 3.2 of the submitted report, in relation to the implementation of this decision, be noted, with it also being noted that this represents the critical path for project success and must be adhered to where possible; 

 

(g)  That it be noted that the officer responsible for the implementation of such matters is the Head of Service Learning Systems in Children’s and Families Directorate.

Wards affected: Roundhay;

Lead officer: Jacqueline Robertson


05/10/2020 - Diversion of Otley Public Footpath No. 5 ref: 52343    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Communities and Environment

Decision published: 05/10/2020

Effective from: 05/10/2020

Decision:

The Natural Environment Manager authorised the City Solicitor:
(a) to make and advertise a Public Path Diversion Order in accordance with Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, in respect of part of Otley Footpath No. 5 shown on the maps attached at Background Document A
and
(b) to confirm the Order, subject to there being no objections or in the event of objections which cannot be withdrawn, for the order to be referred to the Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for determination.

Wards affected: Otley and Yeadon;

Lead officer: Claire Tregembo


08/10/2020 - Technical Design Services for the Transforming Cities Fund ref: 52326    Recommendations Approved

Approval for Balfour Beatty to undertake technical design (plus the development of the construction costs) of the Transforming Cities Fund Active and Sustainable Travel in Leeds City Centre project. 

Decision Maker: Director of City Development

Decision published: 30/09/2020

Effective from: 16/10/2020

Decision:

The Director of City Development:

a) Gave authority to spend £3,681,036 fees associated with the completion of RIBA Stage 4, noting that this includes fees for Balfour Beatty, Steers, Network Rail and Corderoy.

b) Approved the injection of Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) development funding of £1,984,932 into the capital programme and a further £3,104,572 once approved by Investment Committee on the 7th October 2020.

c) Approved the council entering into the Pre-Construction Order, ensuring the project progresses to the next phase in the Scape process.

d) Authorised Balfour Beatty to provide detailed design services (subject to the terms set out in this report) to develop the project to construction.

e) Approved the extension of the Basic Asset Protection Agreement to cover RIBA 4 design activities

Wards affected: Beeston and Holbeck; Hunslet and Riverside;

Lead officer: Tracey Piper