Report of the meeting held on 26th September
1. ADOPTION OF THE STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FOR
THE PREPARATION AND REVISION OF FORTHCOMING MINERALS AND
WASTE DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENTS AND THE CONSIDERATION OF
COUNTY PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Cabinet has received a report providing details of the County Council‟s
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).
A key objective of the new planning system is to strengthen community
involvement in the land use planning decisions that affect their areas. The
aim of the SCI is to develop a consensus about what are the best methods
and techniques of community involvement to apply to in respect of:
o The preparation and revision of Minerals and Waste Development Plan
Documents (M&WDPDs), and
o County Planning Applications (i.e. minerals and waste, County Council
The statement sets out the methods and techniques of community
involvement associated with the preparation and revision of forthcoming
Minerals and Waste Development Plan Documents and the consideration of
County Planning Applications.
The key stages in the preparation of the County Council‟s SCI have been:
Pre-production” community involvement - June 2005
Consultation on “draft” SCI - Nov/Dec 2005
“Submission” SCI submitted for examination - 31 March 2006
Public consultation on “submission” SCI - April/May 2006
Publication of Inspector‟s Report - Sept 2006
The final stage following the report to Cabinet is for the formal adoption of SCI
at Full Council.
Following the completion of the earlier stages, the “submission” SCI was
submitted to the Government for formal examination on 31 March 2006. A
copy of the document can be viewed on the County Council‟s website at:
Concurrent with the submission of the SCI for examination, a further round of
formal public consultation was undertaken that ended on 12 May 2006. The
County Council received representations from 24 bodies/individuals including
5 raising objections. All the other representations either supported the SCI or
made comments. In order to assist the Planning Inspector at the examination
stage, officers prepared a written statement summarising all the responses
received at the post submission stage and, where appropriate, making
suggested changes to the text. None of the responses received raise
fundamental points that are incapable of being satisfactorily resolved through
modest changes to the text of the SCI. The statement of post submission
consultation can be viewed on the County Council website at:
The Cabinet noted that many of the objections received reflected general
concerns over the arrangements for the recent Minerals and Waste
Development Plan Document “Issues & Options” consultation and it has been
acknowledged in the statement that there were shortcomings with the
consultation arrangements for the early informal stages of that document.
Examination of the “Submission” SCI, including consideration of the written
representations and the Council‟s suggested changes, was completed at the
end of August. The Planning Inspector‟s Report had not been formally
published at the time of the Cabinet meeting and it was therefore agreed that
minor changes should be agreed via a delegation to the Cabinet member for
Environment and Community Services and the Deputy Chief Executive.
However, the Inspector‟s draft report has concluded that the County Council‟s
SCI is “sound” based on the various tests set out in planning guidance,
subject to a few minor changes to the text. None of the recommended
changes, which are binding, are considered to be significant. A copy of the
final report is available from Richard Wilkinson, The Development Strategy
Manager who can be contacted on 01223 712716 or e-mail:
Once adopted, the County Council will need to ensure that all Minerals and
Waste Development Planning Documents are prepared in accordance with its
requirements in terms of community involvement (i.e. the Core Strategy, Site
Specific Proposals and Earith/Mepal Area Action Plan). Failure to comply with
the SCI may mean that an inspector may recommend that a document should
be withdrawn if they consider that its „soundness‟ has been undermined. Once
the SCI is adopted, prospective developers for those categories of major
planning applications requiring enhanced consultation, including major County
service proposals, will need to provide a statement of the pre-submission
consultation which they have undertaken alongside their application. This will
also need to identify any changes to the proposals made as a result of public
consultation. Failure to comply with the SCI by a developer in itself will not
allow a local authority to refuse to accept a valid application. However, it will
increase the risk of objections being raised, which could be material to the
outcome of the determination of the application or cause delay.
The risk management implications of the SCI are considered to be
manageable ; the overall financial implications will be accommodated within
Environment, Waste & Business Service Development Group considered the
“Submission” SCI at the meeting on the 8 September 2006 and agreed to
recommend that Cabinet and Council approve the document as amended in
line with the Inspector‟s binding recommendations.
That the Council approves the “Submission” SCI, as amended in
line with the Inspector‟s recommendations.
2. THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH MINERALS AND
WASTE PLAN – PREFERRED OPTIONS
Cabinet has agreed to approve the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Minerals and Waste Plan (Preferred Options) as set out in the report to
Cabinet for the purposes of public consultation and has delegated to the
Cabinet member for Environment and Community Services, in consultation
with the Deputy Chief Executive of Environment and Community Services, the
authority to approve the final Plan for public consultation, including any
amendments required (that do not materially affect the content of the Plan).
In January 2005 the County Council adopted the Cambridgeshire Minerals
and Waste Development Scheme. This is, in effect, a project plan for minerals
and waste policy work that will be undertaken in the next 3 years. The
Scheme includes details of the documents to be prepared, including their
status, timetable for preparation, and resources required.
A key element of the work to be undertaken in the next 3 years is the
preparation of the new Minerals and Waste Development Plan, which is being
prepared jointly with Peterborough City Council, under the new planning
system i.e. the Local Development Framework System. The Minerals and
Waste Development Plan will be vital in ensuring that construction materials
are available to support the growth agenda in this area, and that sustainable
waste management is available for new and existing communities. The Plan
period is 2003 to 2021.
The new Plan will comprise 3 elements:
Core Strategy: a document setting out the strategic vision and objectives,
and including a suite of development control policies to guide minerals and
Earith / Mepal Area Action Plan: this is an area where there are
interrelated minerals and waste issues, and other issues such as
transport, flood protection, and opportunities to make sustainable use of
land and water resources together with a significant contribution to the
achievement of bio-diversity targets through quarry restoration.
Site Specific Policies: a document setting out site specific proposals for
mineral and waste development and supporting site specific policies
The main stages of the timetable for the preparation of the Plan have so far
been as follows:
Informal Issues and Options Consultations June - July 2005 (completed)
Stakeholder Consultation Jan – April 2006 (completed)
The next stage will be the Preferred Options Consultation to be undertaken
between November – December 2006. Following the consultation on the
Preferred Options Plan, there will be another opportunity for both
Peterborough City Council and the County Council to reconsider the Plan
before submitting it to the Secretary of State for his consideration in Autumn
2007; and undertaking a second formal stage of public consultation. After this
point, there will also a public examination of the Plan, to be held by an
independent Planning Inspector. The Plan process will not be completed until
February 2009. (i.e. this is when the Plan will be adopted)
The now completed informal Issues and Options consultations stage had
sought views on the direction of future mineral and waste policy, and valuable
feedback was received on matters that relate to the Core Strategy. The
aspirations of stakeholders, including the minerals and waste industry, were
also shared in the Issues and Options consultations, and some suggestions
provoked a strong response (opposing the suggestions) at certain sites. In
The relocation of the Milton Waste Water Treatment Works To Honey Hill,
Horningsea - Further to this, four petitions representing the views from the
villages of Horningsea, Fen Ditton, Stow cum Quy and Teversham Parish
Council were received at the September Cabinet meeting opposing the
relocation. Support to this opposition to the preferred option proposal was
also expressed by the local member for Fulbourn and the Member of
Parliament for South East Cambridgeshire, James Paice.
The location of a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Glebe
Farm, Trumpington. A petition against this proposed location had
previously been received at the May 2006 Cabinet meeting. This location
for the HWRC has now been superseded, following further investigation
into other alternative sites by officers, who put forward as the preferred
option the reuse of a former water treatment works off the A10 near
Hauxton to serve the Cambridge Southern fringe development area. This
new proposal received strong opposition from Hauxton Parish Council who
submitted a petition at the Cabinet meeting suggesting that a number of
sites should be put forward with no preferred site being expressed. This
view also received support for from one of the local members for Sawston.
Large scale mineral extraction and a new kiln at Barrington Cement
Works, Barrington (these aspirations for Barrington have now been
In total over 1,600 representations were received. All responses have been
acknowledged and respondents are on the mailing list for the next stage of
the Plan. Representations have been taken into account in the site selection
Following consultation at the Issues and Options stage, work has progressed
with all of the sites proposed have been evaluated against pre-determined
criteria in a process overseen by a cross party Member Group. The results
were presented as the Council‟s Preferred Options Plan. The Plan has been
drafted for Members consideration. A Members‟ Seminar was held on 1
September, with the Development Control Committee considering the Plan on
4 September, and the Environment, Waste and Business Service
Development Group (SDG) considering it on 8 September. An appendix to the
Cabinet report provided details of their views.
The proposals in the Preferred Options plan will meet all anticipated needs for
minerals and waste management facilities up to 2021. The proposals seek to
achieve the best balance of environmental, social and economic factors in the
interests of sustainable development. In the interests of sustainable transport
the plan suggests that wider use should be made of existing freight transport
infrastructure (railheads and port) for the movement of minerals and waste in
the future. The Cabinet report set out the proposals in relation to:
Mineral Extraction Proposals
Block Fen, Mepal
Minerals – Barrington
Minerals – Other specialist requirements
Minerals – Phasing out of extraction in Earith/Somersham area
Waste Management Proposals
Apportionment of London‟s Waste
Household Waste Recycling Centres
Waste Management in Cambridge Southern Fringe/ Glebe Farm and other
Cabinet noted that in respect of the relocation of the Cambridge Waste Water
Treatment Works from its current site in Milton, the approval of the Cambridge
City Local Plan means that a new location will be required for the Cambridge
Waste Water Treatment Works if the planned redevelopment of the
Cambridge Northern Fringe is to proceed. While officers have in drawing up
their proposals taken into account the very high level of local concern it was
not possible to find a more favourable Area of Search than Honey Hill. The
detailed location identified within the Area of Search now proposed a site at
the eastern edge, the most distant from either Fen Ditton or Horningsea
villages. This however has not currently persuaded the surrounding villages
that there was a need for Anglian Water to move from the current site and the
various petitions objected to the on the grounds of:
Failures in Pre-planning Public Consultation
The lack of convincing evidence of the need to move and adverse cost of
Misuse of protected Green Belt
Could create a precedent and lead to further unacceptable development
The adverse affect on Wicken Fen Project National Trust) and that the
development was contrary to the County Structure Plan
Inadequate support for the project
Fen Ditton is a Conservation Area and that many other proposed
developments affected the village and therefore they should be considered
as a whole, not in isolation.
Inconsistent assessment of alternatives sites.
Impact on water resources and the environment
Introduction of heavy goods vehicles to local roads
Odours expected from the site
Impact on property values.
The main proposals were that officers should either reject the proposal
entirely or in some submissions suggesting inclusion of the two sites which
had not previously consulted on, together with a full examination of reasons
for not relocating and consulting on all options, without listing Honey Hill as
the preferred site. It was explained that for procedural reasons the County
Council was required to identify a preferred site.
In respect of any new waste water treatment works, Cabinet has noted that
this would require to be a modern, high quality facility, integrated into the
landscape and with full environmental mitigation, including substantially
improved odour control which would be far superior to the current works which
have been on the present site for a hundred years. One major difference
would be that it would be a closed, rather than an open to the air treatment
facility, which in itself would provide substantially improved odour control.
Cabinet has agreed that the preferred option as set out in the report should
proceed to consultation, with a recognition that further work was required in
respect of illustrative material on potential proposals for a new Works and to
answer the detailed objections set out in the various petitions received. The
expectation would be that any final solution would be affordable within an
agreed funding package and would also be compatible in respect of
environmental concerns. The point was made that current site was required
for housing in order to help provide much needed affordable housing to
enable people to live close to their place of work and also to provide the
opportunity for local people to be able to purchase their own homes.
In coming to its decision on the whole report, Cabinet has been reminded that
this Preferred Options stage is only the first formal stage of the process of the
Plan and that there is a need to ensure that the whole community and other
interested groups are provided with the opportunity to submit their views on
the proposals set out in the consultation document.
3. WASTE PRIVATE FINANCE INITIATIVE (PFI) PROJECT
Cabinet has noted the details of the outcome of the exclusive negotiations
with Donarbon Ltd and has agreed to approve them as the Preferred Bidder
for the Waste PFI Project, subject to the condition that a Preferred Bidder
Letter can be agreed. A further report on progress on concluding the
Preferred Bidder Letter will be received at the Cabinet meeting on 31st
A key objective of the Waste PFI Project is to achieve greater financial
certainty in waste management over the medium to long term. The Waste PFI
Project should deliver the means to meet the Council‟s Landfill Allowance
Trading Scheme (LATS) obligations by 2010. If the Council were without an
operational residual waste treatment facility by that date, we would be reliant
on purchasing additional allowances from other authorities, with no certainty
as to the financial burden that this will impose.
The process of procuring a long-term PFI contract for new facilities to treat
household waste in Cambridgeshire began in January 2005. In April 2006
Cabinet authorised an additional delegation to the Waste PFI Procurement
Board to agree a period of exclusive negotiation with a single bidder prior to
the appointment of a Preferred Bidder or to invite Best and Final Offers as
Cabinet has noted that following a detailed evaluation of the bids received
from Donarbon Ltd (Donarbon), Shanks Group plc (Shanks) and the Waste
Recycling Group Ltd (WRG), the Waste PFI Procurement Board (26 April
2006) decided to enter into a period of exclusive negotiation with Donarbon,
the highest scoring bidder for price and quality after the Invitation to Negotiate
The objectives of the exclusive negotiations with Donarbon were to:
explore issues identified in the evaluation of Donarbon‟s bid in more detail
resolve material outstanding issues associated with the proposed
technology, Payment Mechanism and Contract terms
decide whether sufficient progress had been made in respect of these
issues to recommend appointing Donarbon as Preferred Bidder.
Donarbon‟s solution includes expanded composting facilities for the recycling
of garden and kitchen waste and a new Mechanical Biological Treatment
(MBT) facility to treat residual waste that is not, or cannot be recycled. The
outputs from the MBT facility include metals (for recycling), plastics (for use as
a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) or landfill) and a stabilised compost-like output
(for use as a soil enhancer or landfill). Shanks‟ proposals for the treatment of
residual waste include a MBT facility configured to maximise RDF production,
while WRG proposals include an incinerator to recover energy from waste.
The exclusive negotiations took place during May, June and July 2006. As a
result of the progress made during these discussions, the Procurement Board
(25 July 2006) agreed to recommend to Cabinet that Donarbon should be
appointed as the Preferred Bidder for the Waste PFI Project. At the outset of
the exclusive negotiation phase, the Procurement Board defined a series of
tests by which progress during the exclusive negotiations would be measured.
These tests included the extent to which key elements of the Payment
Mechanism, Contract and bid price were agreed and acceptable from the
Council‟s point of view. Of the 16 „Success Tests‟ defined by the Board:
10 have been achieved
2 have not been achieved
4 cannot be assessed definitively at this stage
54 Priority Issues were also identified to address during the exclusive
negotiations with Donarbon. Of these:
37 are considered to be resolvable satisfactorily from the Council‟s point of
9 are considered to be resolvable on the fringes of what is acceptable to
3 are considered to be unresolvable without significant compromise by the
Council or Donarbon or both
3 cannot be assessed definitively at this stage
2 are no longer issues in their own right.
The Success Tests which have not been achieved and the issues on which
compromise is required relate, in the main, to the financial aspects of
Donarbon‟s bid. However, none of these are considered to be „showstoppers‟
at this point. The principal conclusions drawn from the exclusive negotiations
with Donarbon are:
i. The base Unitary Charge of Donarbon‟s bid has increased by
ii. Despite this increase, it remains cheaper than both of the other bids. This
is true even when comparing Donarbon‟s „worst case‟ position with the
„best case‟ position of the next cheapest bid
iii. The original evaluation conclusion that Donarbon‟s bid is the highest
scoring for price and quality remains valid and there is now a greater
degree of confidence in Donarbon and the robustness of their technical
solution and price
Once the evaluation process has identified a leading bid, it is usual practice to
recognise this formally by appointing a „Preferred Bidder‟. This does not
mean that the other bidders have been ruled out altogether, but it does mean
that the Council intends to work explicitly with the Preferred Bidder over the
coming months to try to conclude a satisfactory contract.
The Waste PFI Procurement Board were of the opinion that the positive
progress made during the exclusive negotiations with Donarbon justified their
appointment as Preferred Bidder at this point in the procurement process. In
particular, Donarbon‟s bid offers:
A value-for-money solution
A deliverable solution
-A timely solution
A flexible solution
A sustainable solution
Following agreement by Cabinet the remainder of the timetable for the
procurement process will be as follows:
Preferred Bidder Letter approved by Cabinet 31 October 06
Final negotiations Oct-06 to Feb-07
Contract Award considered by Cabinet 27 February 07
Contract Award approved by Council 27 March 07
Contract start April 07
Existing contracts expire and interim services July 07
New MBT facility operational Late 2009
4. VOICE AND DATA CONVERGENCE (VOIP) PROJECT – ALTERATION TO
CAPITAL PROPOSAL APPROVED IN THE 2006/07 BUDGET
At present Cambridgeshire‟s telephony is provided as a managed service
from NTL. It is based on the Centrex system, which relies on obsolete
technology due to be decommissioned from 2007 onwards and therefore
requiring alternative provision to be made. Recent technological advances
mean it is now possible to run telephony and data services across a single
network (CCN - Cambridgeshire Community Network) instead of the current
two in order to realise significant efficiency gains through the reduction of
telephony costs for the authority.
The convergence of voice and data services brings opportunities for new
functionality, which supports the authority‟s aim of a 20% reduction in office
accommodation costs, as set out in the Office Accommodation Strategy.
Specifically it allows for:
(a) Moves, additions and changes that can be done at the click of a button.
(b) Integrated messaging, telephony, video-conferencing and web-based
(c) Breaks the link between the telephone extension and the physical device,
which facilitates genuinely flexible working.
Cabinet has therefore agreed to approve the increase in the total capital costs
of the project from £750,000 to £1,569,000 and authorised:
An advance of spend of £650,000 into this financial year from 2007/08.
An advance of spend of £100,000 from the 2008/09 financial year to
An additional call on capital of £819,000 in 2008/09.
In making its decision, Cabinet has noted that the project offers:
full payback over seven years.
The project reduces recurrent annual revenue costs from £1,384,000 to
£940,000 within four years on a cash basis.
The proposal has taken a prudent view of costs and savings.
The proposal should facilitate further significant productive time savings
that should lead to further administrative savings.
The proposal is not sensitive to significant inflation or volume risks.
5. ST IVES MARKET TOWN TRANSPORT STRATEGY
Cabinet has approved the St Ives Market Town Transport Strategy which will
form an important part of the Local Transport Plan (LTP). Its key objective is
to identify an integrated package of measures that combined, will address the
six LTP objectives and contribute towards improving the environment of the
The strategy is the result of a significant amount of work that has identified the
key transport problems facing St. Ives and the most appropriate transport
schemes to address the problems. These have been prioritised to give an
indication of the likely timescale for delivery of individual measures.
A significant consultation exercise had been undertaken as set out in the
report to Cabinet and of those who replied in respect of the key proposals;
79% favoured Cycling and Walking, 66% Public Transport and 70% Road
Safety. Analysis of the questionnaires showed that respondents gave highest
priority to safety schemes on key routes and junctions, improvements to
pedestrian and cyclist crossing facilities, safety schemes on residential roads,
and provision of a comprehensive cycle network. The lowest priority was
given to additional cycle parking in the town.
In agreeing the report Cabinet has asked officers to look at specific issues
raised at the meeting in relation to a request to consider the use of hoppa
buses in outlying villages, looking into concerns regarding the need to
improve the pavements in North Road, St Ives to improve the safety of elderly
people and wheelchair users, and to also look into issues of light pollution.
6. BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE
Cabinet has agreed that arrangements should be established to enter wave 4
of the Government‟s “Building Schools for the Future”
Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is a national programme for the
refurbishment or rebuild of all secondary schools over the next 10-15 years
with the programme featuring significant levels of capital investment in the
school infrastructure. For Fenland, the Department for Education and Skills
(DfES) has supplied the Funding Allocation Model for BSF and in respect of
the five Fenland schools participating, could potentially provide £94.75m of
resources, based on 50% new build, 35% refurbishment and remodelling of
the school and 15% minor refurbishment.
At the heart of BSF is a new approach to the delivery of the capital investment
in the school estate, the Local Education Partnership (LEP). The LEP is
designed to be a vehicle that allows the local authority to meet all the
requirements of the delivery of the local BSF programme through a single
long-term partnership with a private sector partner. BSF will be funded
primarily through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) funding. The contracts
will be on a design, build, finance, operate and maintain basis for a 25-30 year
period and will be between the Local Authority and the LEP.
Local authorities are participating in BSF through 15 waves of projects, based
on a DfES assessment of the suitability and sufficiency of school buildings
and local deprivation. Local authorities in waves 1-3 have started work on
BSF and DfES has recently invited authorities in waves 4-6 to begin their
preparations. Larger authorities will participate in a number of BSF waves
reflecting DfES concerns over the capacity of local authorities and the private
sector to deliver programmes if they are too big. Fenland schools are in
waves 4-6 of BSF, Cambridge City and Hunts in 10-12 and South and East
Cambs in 13-15.
By 15th September, authorities in waves 4-6 had to register whether they
wished to be in wave 4, 5 or 6 of BSF. An application to be in wave 4 of BSF
has therefore been made. Those authorities allocated to Wave 4 will be
announced in December 2006 and projects will begin in January 2007.
In agreeing the arrangements Cabinet has accepted:
the appropriateness of the Building Schools for the Future funding
arrangements, particularly the use of Private Finance Initiative funding
the default model of procurement for Building Schools for the Future
being the Local Education Partnership;
the procurement of an integrated schools‟ Information Communication
Technology (ICT) service through Building Schools for the Future.
There is a substantial cost to BSF that will require commitment through the
Medium Term Corporate Plan Process and will require priorities to be re-
(Note: Subsequent to the Cabinet meeting, a request was made by 15
members of Council that the Cabinet’s decision on this matter be called-in for
further consideration by the relevant Scrutiny Committee).
7. SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL PROVISION TO SERVE THE NORTH WEST
FRINGE OF CAMBRIDGE CITY
Cabinet has agreed to endorse the proposal that a secondary school be
located in the North West Fringe development area.
The Structure Plan, which was formally adopted on 22 October 2003, sets a
demanding challenge of around 60,000 new homes being created over the
next 15 years, of which 47,500 are planned for the Cambridge Sub-region. In
the north of the City, developments are planned on sites on Huntingdon
Road/Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road/Histon Road (known collectively
as the North West Fringe development area), Arbury Park and Chesterton
(Northern Fringe East).
There will be a requirement for additional secondary school places to serve
the urban fringe developments planned for the City as pupil numbers are
forecast to rise beyond current 11-15 capacity in the City after 2015.
Chesterton and Manor Community Colleges serve the secondary-aged pupil
population living north of the river. These school sites are only 0.87 of a mile
apart and neither school is ideally placed to serve the developments planned
in the North West Fringe. The officers‟ assessment is that a replacement
secondary school sited to the west of the existing schools would be better
placed to do so. Two desk-top searches for sites of a suitable size (around
8ha) have been carried out - the first in and around the north west of the City,
and the second across a wider area – but have not produced any potential
candidates. The only available option would therefore be for a site to be
reserved in the development area.
8. PRIMARY EDUCATIONAL PROVISION IN SAWSTON
Cabinet has approved a request for the publication of a Public Notice
proposing the closure of John Falkner Infant School and John Paxton
Junior School on 31 August 2007, and the establishment of a new 270-
place, 4-11 community primary school with effect from 1 September 2007,
to serve the catchment served by the current schools.
Sawston is served by three primary age-range schools, all of them
Community Schools: John Falkner Infant, its partner Junior School, John
Paxton and Icknield Primary School. The catchment area for the John
Falkner and John Paxton schools includes the village of Pamisford.
The fall in pupil numbers since 2000 has affected all three schools, although
the impact on Icknield Primary has been more recent. Surplus primary school
places have, therefore existed in Sawston for some time, the majority of which
are concentrated in John Falkner Infant and John Paxton Junior schools.
Based on recent trends, and the known and planned modest levels of house
building for the area, the latest forecasts indicate that total primary rolls in
Sawston will be around or slightly below the current figure of 460 or so for the
foreseeable future. Rolls at all three schools are likely to fluctuate in the short
term, but remain broadly stable in the longer term.
Another factor has been that John Paxton Junior School is housed in Vic
Hallam accommodation which is proving increasingly costly to maintain. The
most recent condition survey indicated that around £650,000 would need to
be spent on the school building to bring it up to a suitable standard.
The intention is to provide a purpose-built primary school on the present John
Paxton School site, to accommodate the new community primary school; and
therefore Cabinet has approved that the site of the John Falkner Infant
School, and part of the John Paxton Junior School should be declared surplus
to educational requirements and that the resulting capital receipts be used
towards the building costs associated with establishing the proposed new
9. PRIMARY EDUCATIONAL PROVISION IN BRAMPTON
Cabinet has approved the publication of a Public Notice proposing the closure
of Brampton Infant and Junior Schools on 31st August 2007, and the
establishment of a new 420-place, 4-11 Community Primary School with
effect from 1 September 2007, to serve primarily residents of the village of
Primary pupil numbers on roll in Brampton peaked around 560 in 2000/01.
They have since fallen substantially, down to 431 by January 2006. Infant rolls
have fallen from a peak around 240 to 172 and Junior rolls from around 330 to
259. Pupil forecasts show future rolls at the two Brampton schools falling
further from the current 431 to around 350 by January 2011, with forecast
reception intake around 55.
In January 2006, the Authority was notified of the two schools‟ governing
bodies‟ interest in considering the potential for amalgamation following the
Junior School‟s Headteacher‟s appointment to a new post, with effect from
September 2006. Cabinet has noted in making its decision that following a
consultation exercise, the overwhelming majority of those who had expressed
views were in favour of the amalgamation. The governing bodies of both
Brampton Infants and Brampton Junior Schools voted on 14 September to
recommend to the Local Authority that the two schools should be
10. THE QUEEN’S SECONDARY SCHOOL WISBECH
The Queen‟s School is the only secondary school in Wisbech. Following an
inspection by OfSTED in May 2006, it was placed in special measures. The
Authority has acted decisively and quickly in response to this judgement. An
Interim Executive Board (IEB) has replaced the school‟s governing body and
a highly experienced Cambridgeshire headteacher has been appointed as
Executive headteacher for the 2006/07 academic year. Given that this
arrangement is for one year only, urgent action needs to be taken to ensure
that suitable and robust leadership and management and administrative
arrangements are in place by September 2007 at the latest, to secure strong
secondary educational provision in Wisbech. In addition, Section 19 of the
Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998, as amended by Section 56(2) of
the Education Act 2002, gives the Secretary of State the power to direct a
Local Authority to close a school requiring special measures or with serious
Cabinet has therefore approved that an application is made to join the
national Fresh Start Programme and for officers to start a consultation
process on the future nature of secondary school provision in Wisbech.
Fresh Start proposals are designed to replace an existing school in special
measures or with serious weaknesses with a new school. Cabinet has
therefore approved that an application is made for the Queen‟s Secondary
School to join the National Fresh Start programme. This involves closing a
school and opening a new, replacement school on the same site.
Where it is proposed to establish a Fresh Start School there must be:
a clear commitment from the Local Authority and senior management to
taking the necessary steps to provide all pupils with the right learning
environment to enable them to achieve their full educational potential;
a substantial review of staffing and governance to ensure that the school
has the right people in post to put in place and maintain that learning
clear, well-planned and financially secure strategies in place for tackling
the weaknesses and building on the strengths of the closing school,
especially in relation to teaching and learning, curriculum and staff
development, behaviour and attendance, leadership and management,
staff appointments, and responsiveness to the needs of the local
community and other schools; and
a Raising Achievement Plan in place for implementing these strategies,
agreed with the Local Authority, OfSTED and DfES, including an explicit
commitment that both the school and the Local Authority will work closely
with OfSTED and DfES in doing so.
All of the actions required of Fresh Start can be considered essential to
improving secondary education in Wisbech.
Cabinet has also been provided with details of a new statutory framework that
applies with effect from 1 September 2006, for the establishment of new
secondary schools – whether they are brand new schools or to replace
existing schools. Under the new regulations, authorities are required to
proceed with a competition for the establishment of any proposed new
secondary school and this would currently apply with regard to the proposals
for the Queen‟s School. As the resultant delay would make it impossible to
appoint a headteacher in time for a September 2007 opening date, it has
been agreed to seek exemption from the Secretary of State from these new
11. LONGSTANTON BYPASS SIDE ROADS ORDER
The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (February 2004) states that 21
hectares of land north of Over Road in Longstanton has been allocated for
residential development for up to 500 dwellings, and 6.3 hectares of land
north of Hatton‟s Road for employment and development use. To facilitate
these developments, the existing B1050 through Longstanton requires to be
re-routed to bypass the village and an Interim Access Road constructed to
provide access to the developments.
Cabinet has therefore agreed to approve the making of the Side Roads Order
for the Longstanton Bypass. The proposed Order for the Longstanton Bypass
provides for the stopping up of Over Road from its junction with Ramper Road
for a distance of 275 metres in a south-easterly direction. A new highway will
be constructed to connect into Over Road/Ramper Road from the new bypass
roundabout. Four private means of access will also be stopped up. New
accesses have been agreed with the landowners. The existing highway will be
improved at Hatton‟s Road, School Lane, Over Road, Ramper Road and
12. A605/B671 ELTON SAFETY SCHEME
Cabinet has received a report setting out the results of the findings of an
independent investigation into additional safety measures at the A605/B671
junction. The main conclusion of the report is to confirm that due to the
reduction in the number of accidents in recent years, any improvements
necessary to improve safety at the junction will not qualify for County Council
Major Road Safety Scheme funding.
Based upon the assessment contained in the consultants report and as
discussed at a previous Cabinet meeting, the current accident figures show
one fatal, one serious and four slight accidents at the junction from the year
2000 to the present day. Although any accidents are regrettable, the number
at this location means that it is not defined as a county accident site on the
basis of the County Council‟s standard criteria. A county accident site is
defined as a junction or 100 metre length of road with a minimum of five
personal injury accidents in a three year period.
The report has concluded that:
whilst a roundabout would address the key safety issues at the junction,
(and this was the option that was still being urged for by Elton Parish
Council), it was not cost effective and could not be justified under existing
County Council policy for the appropriate funding stream;
a range of other substantial safety schemes at the site would also partially
address the safety issues, but again could not be justified on the basis of
existing County Council policy;
a range of low cost measures would have an impact on the safety of the
junction and could be justified under the County Council‟s policies.
Cabinet has therefore requested that:
officers investigate with the Parish Council the potential to introduce a ban
of right turns onto the A605 and consider the provision of road side
“casualty number” information signs in the area and any immediate other
small scale measures that can be taken to help road safety e.g. rumble
strips etc; and
also consider the introduction of a small scale scheme through the Jointly
Funded Minor Improvement Schemes budget (JFMI) process should such
a scheme come forward.
13. HIGHWAYS OPERATIONAL MATTERS
The current County Council practice regarding the provision of privately
funded highway features is that such measures will only be provided in
situations where their provision is considered to be beneficial in road safety
terms. Where such features have been provided in the past their cost has
been funded from the County‟s “Good Housekeeping Budget” and the actual
cost of the scheme re-paid, over a period of up to 5 years, by a local Parish
Council. However County Council budgets are at the present time insufficient
to fund their construction.
With the recent growth in the provision of physical traffic calming and speed
reduction measures as part of the annual number of accident remedial
schemes and the recent A14 Village Traffic Calming Project, there is an
increasing interest in such measures being provided by private funding.
Cabinet has therefore approved policies for the provision of privately funded
highway features, gates on the public highway and interactive signs on the
Other tidying up measures regarding highways issues agreed within the same
delegating the decision to revoke or vary any highway development
line to Area Joint Committees (AJCs) and approving the revocation of
part of the development line in Chesterton Road, Cambridge as shown
in Plan 1 of the officer report to Cabinet.
To approve the revocation of part of the development line in
Chesterton Road, Cambridge as shown in Plan 1;
The details for all the above are included in the Cabinet report.
14. HORIZONS QUALITY OF LIFE STRATEGIES
Cabinet has agreed to endorse three Cambridgeshire Horizons strategies
presented for approval in relation to arts and culture, green infrastructure and
sports facilities. Their endorsement by the County Council provides a strong
basis for negotiating with developers to secure their contributions to the
provision of the facilities envisaged in the strategy.
The strategies have been created in response to the increase in population
arising from development in the Cambridge Sub-region, which requires the
enhancement of existing infrastructure.
Under its Quality of Life Programme, Cambridgeshire Horizons has developed
a number of strategies – with support from the County Council and other
partners - aimed at:
Emphasising the need for quality as well as quantity in relation to the
growth of the Cambridge Sub-Region and delivering facilities which
promote community development and sustainability alongside the “hard”
Identifying gaps in provision that can be met as part of this planned
Influencing the local planning process and the negotiation of developer
contributions to the infrastructure.
Building broadly-based partnerships to deliver and sustain these facilities.
The Arts and Culture Strategy
This strategy has been created to ensure that access to cultural activities is
built in to the early thinking and planning of new settlements. It takes as its
basis the role of culture in communities, helping to:
develop community pride
create local distinctiveness
make communities healthy and sustainable
promote local economic development
generate a rich quality of life.
The strategy proposes that local authority and regional cultural partners
should work together to create a joint long-term approach to cultural
development for the growth area as a whole – aimed at:
creating specific strategies for new and enhanced facilities required in
local growth areas, and programme support for early cultural and arts
interventions in the largest new settlements.
gaining commitment to build culture into new communities, in terms of
spaces and buildings as well as opportunities to participate and
establishing a coherent joint planning approach which would enable the
planning of better support for local delivery as well as for larger scale
creating a partnership group to make sure culture is represented and
championed - not only in the new communities but throughout the sub-
producing a coherent sub-regional approach to developing design panels
involving cultural practitioners and young people in the planning and
strengthening local authority public art policies.
In order to bridge the gap between the Government‟s spending on cultural
infrastructure and the investment needs of the planned growth within culture
and the arts, the strategy highlights the need for planning, securing and
investing funding for cultural infrastructure in a consolidated approach. It will
also need sufficient priority for culture in local policies and will require the
creation of a sub-regional planning document, agreed by the relevant local
authorities. The County Council has a vital leadership role to play in the
developments in this area - allied with:
a commitment to public art and design quality across all departments
its role in direct delivery through schools, libraries, archives, archaeology,
arts and museums development.
Green Infrastructure Strategy
The Strategy sets out a list of priority initiatives for implementation by various
bodies including the County Council. It also makes recommendations
major greenspaces to serve existing and new populations arising from
growth in the Sub-region
landmark projects as a catalyst for the delivery and public awareness of
new corridors for biodiversity to tackle the problem of fragmented habitats
enhancements to the recreational access network
enhancements to the existing habitats of biodiversity interest, reflecting the
50 Year Biodiversity Vision Map produced by the Cambridgeshire and
Peterborough Biodiversity Partnership in 2004.
a green corridor along the Guided Busway linking Cambridge-Northstowe
to Ouse Valley settlements
green bridges over major physical barriers to protect and develop
development of the strategy for adoption into Local Development
The report presented to Cabinet sets out the role the County Council will have
and the co-ordination work required via the Green Infrastructure Forum. The
work will be taken forward by a new post of Green Infrastructure Development
Officer, funded by Cambridgeshire Horizons and Countryside Agency, which
will be based with the County Council.
Cabinet has been reminded that the County Council has recently entered into
a long term option agreement on land to the north west of Northstowe. In
endorsing the Green Infrastructure Strategy the County Council is not
prejudging the location of any proposed area of strategic open space. In
particular, there is nothing in the Green Infrastructure Strategy which is
inconsistent with the County „s representations made to the South
Cambridgeshire District Council‟s proposed Local Development Framework
(LDF) opposing the identification of land west of Station Road at Longstanton
as a country park.
Major Sports Facilities Strategy
Based on the needs analysis and consultation exercise undertaken the
strategy makes a number of recommendations for the provision of community
sports facilities at a district level plus specialist sports facilities at a sub
regional level. These include:
a community football stadium
an ice rink
a multi lane rowing facility
a 50 metre swimming pool
a gymnastics centre
eight court sports hall
indoor cricket centre
indoor tennis centre
an equestrian centre
a four lane indoor bowls centre.
Further recommendations for the growth areas of Northstowe and East
Cambridge include two 25 metre swimming pools, sports halls, fitness centres
and synthetic football pitches. The strategy concludes that the provision must
be underpinned by a comprehensive sports development programme to
ensure that an increase in participation at every level of performance is
As with the other strategies, there is a requirement for a strong commitment
from the County Council to exercise leadership in relation to its own services
in this area and to work in collaboration with partners – through the
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sports Partnership - to pursue the
implementation of the strategy.
There are no immediate and direct financial implications of adopting the
Green Infrastructure Strategy. The costs of managing Growth Area Fund
(GAF) projects and hosting the Green Infrastructure Development Officer can
be met within existing budgets. External funding will need to be sought for any
potential projects on County Council land. Similarly, although the provision of
cultural facilities and sports activities will require resources, at this stage there
are no additional financial implications for the County Council.
The various strategies can be viewed using the following electronic links:
A Green Infrastructure Strategy for the Cambridge Sub Region
(Cambridgeshire Horizons, February 2006)
A Major Sports Facilities Strategy for the Cambridge Sub-Region
An Arts and Culture Strategy for the Cambridge Sub-Region
15. CONSULTATION RESPONSE ON TRUMPINGTON MEADOWS PLANNING
On the 4th July, the Trumpington Meadows Land Company (TMLC) submitted
two outline planning applications for the development of land west of Hauxton
Road, Trumpington to both Cambridge City Council and South
Cambridgeshire District Council. The applications together comprise the
A mixed residential community of approximately 1,200 dwellings on 30
hectares of land (gross), including affordable housing;
two new access points onto Hauxton Road and an emergency access off
land for a primary school and for other local community uses within the
approximately 60 hectares for a community park;
formal and informal open space, and children‟s play space;
a comprehensive network of footpaths and cycleways;
a gateway feature into Cambridge city and the site.
Although broadly in support of the principle of the proposals, Cabinet has
agreed the County Council should object to the planning application for the
following reasons - main headings/issues listed below - (Appendix A of the
report to Cabinet details the agreed County Council response):
Education provision- unless it is amended to meet the requirements of the
Local Education Authority.
Transportation and the impact upon the highway and transportation
network – based on the information contained in the Transport
No mention being made of the Guided Busway.
No reference being made to the need for a Library and Lifelong Learning
No mention of the need for a temporary waste management facility to
serve the project, and the need for financial contributions for a Household
Waste Recycling Centre to serve the Cambridge Southern Fringe.
The absence of a clear supporting statement regarding the proposed Local
Strategic open Space and Access to the Countryside - lack of a clear
definition regarding the Public Rights of Way in the Environmental
Archaeology – unless requirements of the County Archaeology office for
the site are met.
Biodiversity – a more detailed landscaping schedule/strategy accompanied
by a management plan for the community park is required. Also
clarification in the management plan on the extent to which existing
habitats are to be retained and the plan monitored.
Affordable Housing – the amount is not consistent with the Structure Plan.
Climate Change and Sustainable Development:
– The development should seek to minimise the contribution it makes
to climate change.
– Clarification regarding whether allowances have been made for
increased flood risk associated with climate change.
– A commitment to use locally sourced materials where possible to
minimise emissions from transporting materials.
– A target to minimise travel for work journeys by cars and vans and
to increase access by more sustainable modes.
16 POST COMPULSORY EDUCATION DISCRETIONARY AWARDS
The Department for Education and Skills has reminded local authorities of the
requirement to make an annual determination, regardless of whether a Local
Authority has made previous determinations, that it will not exercise its power
to offer Post Compulsory Education Discretionary Awards. This is in
accordance with the Local Education Authority (Post Compulsory Education
Awards) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/229).
In view of the continued difficult financial climate and the fact that the original
decision was made some years ago when the Council‟s finances were in a
healthier position, Cabinet has agreed to confirm the continuation of the
County Council‟s policy of not exercising the power to make discretionary
awards for post compulsory education.
17. COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (CPA) DIRECTION OF
Cabinet has noted a draft of the 2006 Direction of Travel Statement and that
further updates have been included since publication of the Cabinet agenda,
to take account of suggestions made in other forums.
The annual Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) Direction of
Travel (DofT) is normally required for submission to the Audit Commission by
30th September each year. The DofT considers the degree to which an
authority is complying with its responsibilities to continuously improve. The
Assess the track record of achievement of outcomes during the last year
and the robustness and delivery of its improvement plans.
Inform audit and assessment programmes to ensure that they are targeted
on the right areas.
Provide learning about good and poor practice to inform improvement
The structure of the submission is based on Audit Commission guidance, the
County Council‟s 2005 submission and discussions at the CPA Programme
Board. Cabinet has agreed to authorise that the Chief Executive in
consultation with the Leader of the Council should approve the final draft.
18. BUDGET MONITORING 2006/07
Cabinet has received the latest Budget Monitoring report for the period to the
end of July 2006, which also includes the forecast outturn results for the
Spending on services was ahead of budget profile at the end of July by
£1.47m, primarily caused by pressures within Adult Support Services in the
Office for Environment and Community Services. Appendix 2 of the report to
Cabinet details the main variations on each service. On current estimates an
overspend at year-end of £2.45m is forecast (excluding Self Managing
The key issues are in relation to the following, with the specific detail included
in the Cabinet report:
Children and Young People Services are currently forecasting an
overspend at year-end of £918K (1.5% of turnover) primarily as a result
of pressures of Infrastructure and Social Care budgets. The Office
Management Team is currently reviewing each of the spending
problem areas (Home to School Transport Budget, The Assessment
and Care Management Budget, The Children Disability Services
Budget) in detail, and will produce an action plan by the end of
September to address the issues.
Environment and Community Services are currently predicting a year-
end overspend of £1.8m as a result of pressure in Adult Support
Services Budgets. The relevant budgets (The Learning Disability
Partnership, The Older People and Occupational Therapy Pooled
budget, The Physical and Sensory Impairment Budget, The Adult
Client Side Budget) where overspends are predicted, are also being
reviewed by the relevant management team in conjunction with health
partners, in order to produce an action plan to address the issues by
the end of September.
Appendix 3 of the report to Cabinet sets out the financial results and the
predicted outturn by the trading units. Trading units predicting a deficit were
identified in relation to the Schools Library Service, Cambridgeshire
Instrumental Music Agency, Environmental Education Service, Grafham
Water Centre, handyman Services, Groomfields, Grounds Maintenance,
Catering, Cleaning and Property and Asset Management. All but the last
named are within the Office of Children and Young People Services and the
business plans are currently being examined with the anticipated outturn
forecasts to be updated in the light of these. The Member Led Review of the
Catering and Cleaning Services (CCS) continues with the findings due to be
Details have been provided to Cabinet in relation to the Capital Programme
Spending and Financing, with an outturn variance at the end of the year
expected to be a £4.5m underspend. While Capital Financing currently also
shows an outturn variance of funding gap of £4.5m, half of this gap relates to
Huntingdonshire Town Centre, where estimates of capital spend are to be
revised downwards and therefore, like the above underspend, the associated
funding gap will also decrease. If the funding gap continues during the year
then a contingency plan will be presented to Cabinet with the next Quarterly
update on December‟s figures.
Cabinet has also noted the following in respect of Payment and Debt
The cumulative position for the prompt payment of invoices has been 94%
against a target of 95%. However, both the June and July performance
has exceeded the target.
The total amount of debt outstanding for more than 6 months has
decreased to £752k at the end of July with a final target of £660K to be
achieved for 2006/07.
The total amount of debt outstanding in the 4-6 month range has
increased by £320k to £1.64m at the end of July 2006, remaining
significantly above the target of £320k for 2006/07. Of the £1.64m
outstanding, a combined total of £1.21m relates to monies owed by
Primary Care Trusts, with reduction measures currently being actioned,
and with Hillingdon Council, the recovery of which is the subject of legal
Currently 80% of debt is following secondary recovery action, against a
target of 90% for 2006/07.
J K WALTERS
Leader of the Council
Source Documents Location Contact
Agenda and reports of Room 113 Rob Sanderson
Cabinet meeting of 26th Shire Hall (01223) 718943
September 2006 Cambridge firstname.lastname@example.org
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