Agenda and minutes

Housing, Economy and Business Committee
Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA

Contact: Fiona Bywaters, Committee Services Team Leader  Tel: 020 8770 5122 | Email:  fiona.bywaters@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

13.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and announced a revised order of items as follows:

 

·         Item 8: The London Cancer Hub Development Framework

·         Item 7: Business Improvement Districts

·         Item 5: Economy Watch

·         Item 6: Housing Economy and Business Performance Report

 

14.

Apologies and substitutes

Minutes:

Apologies were given by Mary Morrissey, Strategic Direction of Environment, Housing and Regeneration with Simon Latham, Executive Head of Housing and Regeneration acting in her place.

 

15.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

6. Housing Economy and Business Performance Report.

Councillor Joyce Melican, Non Pecuniary, is a Board Member of Sutton Housing Partnership.

 

Councillor Nick Emmerson, Non Pecuniary, is a Board Member of Sutton Housing Partnership.

 

7. Business Improvement Districts.

Councillor Trish Fivey, Non Pecuniary, rents a desk at Successful Sutton’s MidTown hub.

 

16.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2016.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2016 be agreed as an accurate record.

 

17.

The London Cancer Hub Development Framework pdf icon PDF 173 KB

The London Cancer Hub (LCH) is a major, long-term programme to transform the Sutton site into a world-leading life-science campus working with a unique set of partners specialising in cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise.

 

Appendix A contained in supplemental agenda

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Amanda Cherrington, Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration, introduced the item and a presentation by the programme director Jamie Ounan followed.

 

The Chair invited Councillor Ruth Dombey to speak to the Committee as Lead Member for the London Cancer Hub project. Councillor Dombey highlighted the international significance of the project, the business and employment opportunities for the Borough and the support of the Greater London Authority, on whose behalf she read out a statement. Richard Hoey, Director of Communications for The Institute of Cancer Research, also provided a brief intervention of support.

 

Members of the Committee discussed the history and development of the site, with Councillor David Hicks underlining his support as Ward Councillor on behalf of local residents.

 

Members also queried the commissioning costs involved to which the Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration responded that these were approximately £19,000, paid for by a combination of partners and that a specific breakdown could be distributed following Committee.

 

With regards to transport and infrastructure, Members asked questions of the Programme Director in relation to parking, site access, extension of the London Overground and the permeability of the site. It was responded that all these issues were under current consideration with an aim of turning transport from a weakness to a strength in the area.

 

Members queried the future of the allotment sites to which the Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration responded that Officers were working closely with allotment holders to make sure any impact would be positive.

 

The Chair pointed to the benefit for local residents and chose to address a statement submitted by Peter Mattey, Chairman of the Belmont & South Cheam Residents' Association, which highlighted his general support and picked up outstanding points following debate. It was clarified that a Local Authority does not have the power to determine the location of General Practices within the Borough.

 

Finally Members queried the review mentioned in Paragraph 5.1 of the report. The Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration responded that this concerned a Council review of its investment and use of public funds as well as testing the commercial case.

 

At the conclusion of the item, Councillor David Hicks wished to have his ongoing reservations with regards to the proposed school on site to be recorded in the minutes.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    That the Development Framework, as set out in Appendix A, be endorsed as a document to attract inward investment to the London Cancer Hub, as part of the evidence base to support the Local Plan and as Council guidance and a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

2.    That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration in consultation with the Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee to make minor material amendments to the Development Framework, if required, enabling the document to be formally endorsed by partners.

3.    That progress of the programme to date be noted.

18.

Business Improvement Districts pdf icon PDF 133 KB

A key element of the Opportunity Sutton programme focuses on ‘Business and Enterprise’, specifically attracting new businesses and investment to the Borough whilst supporting and retaining our existing business base.

 

This report groups together the Successful Sutton BID renewal ballot in June 2017, the Worcester Park BID ‘test phase’ initial feasibility study, the introduction of a levy charged by the local authority to BIDs to recover the costs of the financial administration with regard to the collection of the BID levy within the local authority, and outline opportunities to develop future collaborative working between the local authority and BIDs.

 

Minutes:

Amanda Cherrington, Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration, presented the report. Ross Feeney, Chief Executive of Successful Sutton, was then invited to speak on the town centre Business Improvement District (BID). Following Member questions, further explanation was provided on engagement with local businesses, the challenging geography of the high street and opportunities at the northern end.

 

Members queried the administration of the levy as mentioned under Paragraph 10.3 of the report and it was underlined by Officers that this was a cost recovery, not income generation, exercise.

 

The Chair also invited contributions to the discussion from Colin Newton, Chairman of KIPPA BID Ltd and Councillor Marston, as a Ward Councillor in respect of the proposed Worcester Park BID, who both spoke in support of the proposals.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, in consultation with the Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, to authorise the Successful Sutton BID renewal strategy, the boundary, business plan, operating and baseline service agreements, once finalised in January 2017.

2.    That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, in consultation with the Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, to vote ‘yes’ on behalf of the Council as the landlord levy payer to the Successful Sutton BID for the Civic Centre, Gibson Road and Lenham Road car parks.

3.    That the Strategic Director for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, be authorised, in consultation with the Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, to decide to proceed with a BID ballot in Worcester Park depending on the outcome of the feasibility study.

4.    That the introduction of a cost recovery fee be approved based on 3% of annual levy income charged to Sutton’s current and any future BIDs by the local authority for the administration of levy collection.

 

19.

Economy Watch pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The purpose of this Economy Watch report is to provide a six monthly overview of the Borough’s economic health and its impacts on residents, businesses and the council, as demonstrated by a range of performance indicators. The report draws together contributions from a wide range of council departments, Sutton Housing partnership, Sutton Citizens Advice Bureau and other data sources.

 

Minutes:

Joanne Cavey, Senior Project Manager Economic Renewal and Regeneration, presented the Economy Watch report of 2015/16, Quarter 4: January – March 2016.

 

Members chose to examine further the impact of delays to the Times Square development, the statistics on emergency accommodation, JSA figures and number of planning applications.

 

20.

Housing Economy and Business Performance Report pdf icon PDF 99 KB

A covering report to present performance data to committees: each committee will be presented with a score card report generated in ‘real time’ from the Council’s performance management system (Covalent).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ian Callaghan, Commissioning and Business Insight Manager, presented the report, beginning with a brief explanation of Covalent, a performance management software.

 

Members discussed indicators in relation to the remit of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, as included in Appendix A.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    That the Housing Economy and Business performance dashboard be considered.

21.

Task and finish groups

Minutes:

The Chair commented that the Task and Finish group in relation to the Local Plan continues to meet and that the Task and Finish Group in relation to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme would be reconvened to discuss the results of consultation.

 

22.

any urgent business brought forward at the direction of the chair

Minutes:

No urgent business was raised.

23.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting will take place on 06 December 2016.

Minutes:

The next meeting was confirmed to take place on 06 December 2016.