Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Guildhall, St Peter's Place, Canterbury

Contact: Josie Newman  01227 862 009 Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

442.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Councillor Todd had given his for absence.

443.

Substitute Councillors

Minutes:

Councillor R Jones was present as a substitute for Councillor Todd.

444.

Declaration of any interests

TO RECEIVE any declarations for the following in so far as they relate to the business for the meeting:-

 

  1. Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
  2. Other Significant Interests (what were previously thought of as non-pecuniary Prejudicial interests)
  3. Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests

 

Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests not required to be disclosed as DPI’s or OSI’s, ie announcements made for transparency reasons alone, such as:

·        Membership of outside bodies that have made representations on agenda items, or

·        Where a Councillor knows a person involved, but does not have a close association with that person, or

·        Where an item would affect the well-being of a Member, relative, close associate, employer, etc but not his/her financial position.

 

[Note: an effect on the financial position of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc; OR an application made by a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc, would both probably constitute either an OSI or in some cases a DPI].

 

 

Minutes:

The Chief Executive advised councillors that if any councillors had been involved in the planning decision related to the Riverside development they would not be considered to have predetermined themselves since the matters before the Committee were different to matters relating to planning considerations.

 

Councillor Williams made a declaration that he owned a house near to the development site, he left the meeting shortly after the debate began.

445.

Public participation

Members of the public may speak on any item on the agenda, for a maximum of three minutes, provided that notification has been given to Democratic Services by 12.30pm on the working day before the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no public speakers for the meeting.

446.

Any other urgent business to be dealt with in public

Minutes:

There was no urgent business considered at the meeting.

447.

Exclusion of the press and public

TO RESOLVE – That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act or the Freedom of Information Act or both.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act or the Freedom of Information Act or both.

448.

Any other urgent business which falls under the exempt provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both

Minutes:

There was no urgent business considered at the meeting.

449.

Canterbury Riverside Development

(The information contained in this report it exempt from publication as it contains commercially sensitive information the disclosure of which would be harmful to the council or other persons. Therefore, section 43 Freedom of Information Act 2000 and paragraph 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 applies. The Council considers that at present the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.)

 

TO CONSIDER the report of the Director of Development

Minutes:

(Consultant appointed by the council, Jon Pinkerton of GL Hearn, was present for the item.)

 

(The matters were exempt from publication since they related to commercially sensitive information the disclosure of which would be harmful to the council or other persons. Therefore, section 43 Freedom of Information Act 2000 and paragraphs 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 applies. The Council considers that at present the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.)

 

(All Councillors had been invited to attend the meeting to inform the debate, only members of the Committee were entitled to vote on the matter.)

 

(Councillor Williams left during the debate, following a declaration of an interest).

                                                                                                                    
The Committee was advised that as Full Council would immediately follow the Committee meeting, it was being asked to recommend some matters it would ordinarily be able to resolve. This was in order to avoid any confusion in regards to the decision review procedures.

 

The Chief Executive set out the background to the report and explained the timetable for the project. The Committee was being asked to recommend to Full Council a number of delegations which would allow the progression of the Canterbury Riverside scheme.

 

The Chief Executive advised the meeting that one of the recommendations in the report had been amended and he set out the revised wording.

 

The Councillors debated the matters set out in the report. Where necessary the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Development, Head of Legal, Head of Property and Regeneration, Regeneration Programme Manager, and the consultant gave points of clarification.

 

The amended recommendations were proposed, seconded and when put to a vote agreed.

 

Recommended to Full Council: That the delegations and authorisations set out in the report and revised on the night be granted. (These will be set out in full in an appendix which is exempt from publication since they relate to commercially sensitive information the disclosure of which would be harmful to the council.)

 

Reason for the decisions: To provide the opportunity for the scheme to progress and for the Council to deliver against its regeneration objectives for Kingsmead.  

 

Record of the voting

For the proposal: Councillors Bartley, A Cook, S Cook, Glover, L Jones, Samper, A Taylor and Walker (8)                                                        

Against the proposal: Councillors Baldock, Dixey and Hirst (3)

Abstaining from the proposal: None

Not present for the voting: Councillor Williams (1)