Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Thursday 13th August 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Jane Game  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

None received.

2.

Declaration of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members.

Minutes:

None received.

3.

Questions and Deputations

To answer any questions, if any asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing Orders.

Minutes:

None received.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 234 KB

To receive for information only the minutes of the previous meeting held on 16 July 2020.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 July were presented for information only.

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on the 17 July 2020 be received for information.

 

5.

Acquisition of land for new sports hubs in Solihull pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To approve in principle the acquisition of land to support the delivery of new sports hubs in Solihull.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet was invited to approve in principle the acquisition of land to support the delivery of new sports hubs in Solihull.

 

Members were advised that the draft Solihull Local Plan Review envisaged the delivery of over 15,000 new homes in Solihull up to 2036, at an average growth rate of around 885 dwellings per annum. As a result, it was estimated that the population of the Borough would grow by over 23,000 people, an increase of 10.8%.

 

The Council and Sport England policy encouraged the provision of additional sports pitch capacity to support the needs of the growing population, to enable increased participation in sport, meet the demands of current and future residents, and help to create vibrant, sustainable, healthy communities. Sport England policy also supported the delivery of new sports facilities in the form of sports hub sites, as these were more cost effective and allowed for larger, good quality sites to be established, rather than numerous smaller sites that would be less sustainable, uncomplimentary to each other and potentially inadequate to service required needs.

 

The Council had commissioned a draft Playing Pitch Mitigation Strategy (PPMS) to quantify the future needs to meet the estimated level of growth, and to identify ways of mitigating the impact upon or loss of existing playing pitch capacity as a result of a number of draft housing allocations in the Local Plan Review and other strategic developments being brought forward through the planning process. The results of this work was detailed in the report.

 

A review of existing land assets within these areas had taken place to identify whether any available Council-owned land would be suitable for the provision of the sports hubs. The review had, confirmed that there was insufficient land currently available and in the Council’s ownership to meet the estimated requirements. In order to deliver the key policy objectives detailed in the report, it was recommended that the Council should take a lead on the acquisition of the land required for the development of the new sports hubs. The report detailed what further work was required to meet the Council’s objectives.

 

Members very much welcomed the report and supported the approach being taken. Members recognised that facilities already existed in the Borough and it was important to maximise their usage, while exploring the acquisition of further land in the areas expecting further residential growth.

 

It was suggested that when potential sites were brought forward for consideration by Cabinet, the report should contain as many options as possible in each area. The point about accessibility was raised as this was an important factor in allowing residents to be able to access facilities.

 

The point was also raised that the report did not reference North Solihull. Officers explained that the report focussed on acquisition of land in areas of population expansion rather than provision of facilities. The Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Sport also referenced the work he’s portfolio was doing to redress the health inequality in the north of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

The meeting is likely not to be open to the public during discussion of the following items because the reports contain exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That, pursuant to Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for the remainder of the business to be transacted, on the grounds that there would be disclosure to them of exempt information in terms of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the said Act.

 

 

 

 

7.

Minutes

To receive for information only the minutes of the previous meeting held on 16 July 2020.

 

8.

Allocation from the Property Investment Reserve

To consider an allocation from the Property Investment Reserve.

9.

Acquisition of a Property in Solihull Town Centre

To approve the acquisition of a property in Solihull Town Centre.

10.

Arden Cross Utility Crossings

To consider a request from the Urban Growth Company (UGC) to commit to forward funding the works required to install utility crossings across the HS2 trace at Arden Cross.