Agenda and minutes

Monday, 23rd November, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting

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Mayor's Announcements


The Mayor received apologies for absence from Councillor Elliot Colburn.


The Mayor announced that the motion Formulating a Public Consultation Policy and Framework in the London Borough of Sutton had been withdrawn by the proposer prior to the meeting.


The Mayor announced that, although some events had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she and the Deputy Mayor had visited many voluntary organisations and businesses across the borough in order to thank them for their efforts in supporting their communities. The Mayor invited councillors to suggest other organisations deserving of a visit.


The Mayor thanked council staff for their hard work in continuing to deliver services to residents.


The Mayor noted that it had been challenging to raise money for her chosen charities but that the Mayor’s 1001 Summer Challenge, where people participated in 1001 minutes of activity, raised a total amount of over £5,000 for Sutton Mental health Foundation and Home-Start Sutton. The Mayor highlighted the efforts of members of Home-Start Sutton, who raised over £1,300 by completing various challenges, and Councillor Nali Patel, who raised over £3,500 by completing 1001 minutes on her mobility scooter around Carshalton’s parks during August.


The Mayor confirmed that the Mayor’s Charity Fundraising Committee had been developing innovative ways to fundraise and that a Mayor’s Christmas Party, hosted virtually, featuring a quiz and raffle would be organised by the Manor Park Friends Group for 5 December 2020 to raise money for her chosen charities.


The Mayor noted that, along with other local dignitaries, she had attended a socially distanced Civic Act of Remembrance at the Carshalton Ponds war memorial.


The Mayor noted the death of Gunny Lenz-Mulligan, a member of staff from the Sutton Information, Advice and Support Service who passed away on 19 October 2020, and expressed that her thoughts were with Gunny’s family.


The Mayor paid tribute to Councillor Tim Crowley, former Leader of the Opposition, and offered her best wishes to Councillor Tom Drummond who had recently been elected to the role. The Mayor invited Councillor Crowley to address the meeting. Councillor Crowley commended the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and their predecessors for their efforts to raise funds for local charities. The Mayor then invited Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of the Council, to address the meeting. Councillor Dombey praised Councillor Crowley’s many years of public service as a councillor and Leader of the Opposition and congratulated Councillor Drummond on his election to the role.


Declarations of Interest

Councillors to declare any personal or prejudicial interests that they have on matters to be discussed at this evening’s Council meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 18 May 2020.

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The minutes of the annual meeting of Council held on 18 May 2020 were agreed as a correct record.


Answers to Questions pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 58 KB


There were six questions from five members of the public. The supplementary questions and answers are set out in the appendices to the minutes.


Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 68 KB


There were nine questions from eight Councillors. The supplementary questions and answers are set out in the appendices to the minutes.



The meeting was adjourned from 20:25 until 20:35.



To receive any petitions which will either be dealt with at this Council meeting or stand referred for consideration by appropriate Committees of the Council.


There were no petitions.


Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion

To receive and consider the following notices of motion and recommendations of Committees.


Motion - Response to Planning Reform Government White Paper pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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Councillor David Bartolucci moved the motion, which was seconded by Councillor Jayne McCoy.


Councillor Catherine Gray moved an amendment to the motion, which was seconded by Councillor Holly Ramsey.


Following debate, the amendment was put to the vote and lost. The substantive motion was then put to the vote and carried.




Council notes:


1.    The Government’s extension of Permitted Development Rights and the recent publication of a white paper, Planning for the Future, on 6 August 2020, which set out proposals to reform the planning process.

2.    That the vast majority of planning applications are given the go-ahead by local authority planning committees, with Sutton granting on average 79% of applications.

3.    That research by the Local Government Association has said that there are existing planning permissions for more than one million homes that have not yet been started.


Council further notes:


4.    The Royal Institute for British Architects called the proposals ‘shameful and which will do almost nothing to guarantee delivery of affordable, well-designed and sustainable

5.    homes’. RIBA also said that proposals could lead to the next generation of slum housing.

6.    The reforms are opposed by the all-party Local Government Association.


Council is concerned that the proposals seek to:


7.    Reduce or remove the right of Sutton residents to object to applications near them.

8.    Grant automatic rights for developers to build on land areas allocated as ‘for growth’.

9.    Remove section 106 payments for infrastructure in Sutton and their replacement with a national levy.

10.Override our current resident-supported Local Plan that seeks to protect the local suburban character and green space in Sutton whilst directing additional growth to town and district centres.

11.Impose top-down housing targets calculated by an arbitrary algorithm requiring a 263% increase on Sutton’s Local Plan annual housing delivery targets

12.Raise the threshold for affordable housing resulting in fewer affordable homes being delivered.

13.Diminish the role of Local Planning Authorities, planning committee members and ward councillors.


Council believes:


14.We need housing for local people, especially affordable housing.

15.That existing planning procedures allow for local democratic control over future development and give local people a say in planning proposals that affect them.

16.That proposals for automatic rights to build in ‘growth’ areas and increased permitted development rights risk unregulated growth and unsustainable communities.

17.That local communities must be in the driving seat on shaping the future of their communities and local determination of the planning framework, and that planning applications play an important part in this process.

18.In the principles behind the 2011 Localism Act and the importance of Neighbourhood Plans.

19.Top-down imposed housing targets will fail to address local need, take no account of the supporting infrastructure requirements and will require concreting over the majority of our borough resulting in the character of individual neighbourhoods - which is the reason many residents live in Sutton - being lost forever.


Council calls on the Government to reform its current rules on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12a


Motion - Formulating a Public Consultation Policy and Framework in the London Borough of Sutton pdf icon PDF 51 KB


The motion was withdrawn prior to the meeting.


Requisition of Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

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Councillor Manuel Abellan moved the draft resolution for adoption.


Following debate, the draft resolution was put to the vote and carried.



1.    To agree the Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 (STS) for public consultation.



Requisition of Delivery Arrangements for Education Services pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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Councillor Marian James moved the draft resolution for adoption.


The draft resolution was put to the vote and carried.



1.    To approve the council continuing to commission education support services from Cognus, with a revised service specification, for a further period of three (3) years from November 2021 - October 2024.


Draft South London Waste Plan pdf icon PDF 170 KB

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The item was put to the vote and carried.


Updates on Committee Membership and Councillor Roles pdf icon PDF 142 KB


The item was put to the vote and carried.