Decisions

Find information regarding recent decisions that have been taken by the council’s decision making bodies.

Alternatively you can visit the Officer delegated decisions page for information on officer delegated decisions that have been taken by council officers.

Forthcoming decisions

21/11/2023 - Interim Housing Position Statement to Boost Supply

The Interim Housing Position Statement to Boost Supply provides a positive and proactive mechanism for dealing with planning applications for new housing development in the absence of a 5-year housing land supply.

 

The Kirklees Local Plan identified a housing requirement of 31,140 homes (1,730 per year) between 2013 and 2031 to meet local needs. Local planning authorities are required to identify and update annually a supply of sites sufficient to provide a five-year supply of housing against their Local Plan housing requirement. However, the 2023 annual update of the five-year housing land supply position demonstrates 3.96 years supply of housing land.

 

In the absence of a five-year housing land supply, planning applications for housing must be considered in the context a presumption in favour of sustainable development (the tilted balance). This requires planning applications to be considered favourably subject to other policy tests and material considerations.

 

The Interim Housing Position Statement to Boost Supply provides clarity about the application of the ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ for landowners, developers, agents, and the public submitting planning applications for housing to enable more effective and timely decision-making through the planning application process.

 

The interim statement does not set new policy and does not replace the Development Plan for decision making purposes but has been produced as a positive and pro-active way forward in the absence of a five-year supply of housing land. Once adopted, the interim statement would become a material consideration in determining planning applications.

 

The Council has actively engaged with the Housing Growth and Homes and Neighbourhood teams in the preparation of the document in relation to the wider council actions that contribute to boosting housing land supply and delivery.

 

Background papers: Cabinet Report (Interim Housing Position Statement to Boost Supply) 21/12/2023.

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 21/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of decision: 21/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


21/11/2023 - Delivering the Cultural Heart, Capital Development Report - Phase 1 Gateway 4

An update on the development of the Our Cultural Heart programme as part of the wider Huddersfield Blueprint.

 

On the 27.6.23 Cabinet approved the Our Cultural Heart Gateway 3 report and gave approval to proceed to Gateway 4.

 

The Gateway 4 report will give an update on the progress of the Phase 1 Pre-Construction Services Agreement with BAM and the associated preparations for the start of construction on site and request the necessary delegations so that in due course works can start on site for Phase 1.

 

The report will also request approval to progress Phase 2 to Gateway 3 and further work on the phases of the master plan.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 21/12/2023

Wards affected: Newsome;

Lead officer: David Glover

Notice of decision: 21/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and information which is subject to an obligation to keep confidential will be included in private appendices to the public report.


17/11/2023 - Howley Walk - approval of additional expenditure and letting of a building contract

 

To update a Key Decision taken in May 2020. 

 

Additional expenditure is required, and a new contractor must be appointed to complete the development of 7 x council houses as the original building contractor has gone into administration.

 

 

Decision Maker: Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration

Decision due date: 20/12/2023

Wards affected: Batley East;

Lead officer: Helen Martland

Notice of decision: 17/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


17/11/2023 - Implementing the Council's Vision for Adult Social Care

In 2020 the Council agreed its Vision for Adult Social Care; co-produced with people with experience of using Care Services, Family Carers and staff.

 

From the recent diagnostic work undertaken by Newton Europe and discussions with other councils, it has become clear that, in line with national trends, the way that operational practice had to change to deal with the COVID pandemic and subsequent NHS pressures has meant that the ethos of the Vision for Adult Social Care and strength-based practice has not been fully embedded.

 

The pandemic saw a step change increase in demand, both in terms of the numbers of people needing support and the complexity of need presented. The pace and volume of hospital discharge grew rapidly, and resource needed to be realigned to support this demand. These pressures persist.

 

Cabinet will be asked to consider an approach to addressing this and the changes in practice and process needed to ensure that people experience good social care outcomes that maximise independence within the resources available and in line with the Vision for Adult Social Care.

 

Background Papers

 

15 December 2022 KDN - Issue details - Adults & Health's intention to commission some external consultancy to support a comprehensive diagnostic and subsequent change programme. | Kirklees Council

 

17 January 2023 Cabinet Report FINAL 2023-01-17 Cabinet Report Adults External Commission.pdf (kirklees.gov.uk)

 

Adult Social Care Vision - A vision for adult social care and support in Kirklees

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 21/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Alexia Gray

Notice of decision: 17/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/11/2023 - Increase in Fees & Charges 2024/25 - Schedule of Fees and Charges within the Environment and Climate Change Directorate - Bereavement Services

This will be an officer delegated decision (Financial Procedure Rule 11) and will be recorded in the Councils forward plan.

 

The Quarter 1 Corporate Financial Monitoring Report approved by Cabinet on 15 August 2023 sets out the Council’s current financial position within the current economic climate, and highlights management actions to be progressed, which includes under the section headed General fund, point 7.2 highlight a number of management actions including “increasing all discretionary fees and charges by at least the prevailing rate of inflation where it is considered possible to do so”.

 

Additionally, under the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules, fees and charges must be reviewed at least once per annum.

 

Bereavement Services fees and charges will therefore increase by 6.7% (CPI) from Monday 5th February 2024.

 

https://democracy.kirklees.gov.uk/documents/s53190/2023-08-15%20Q1%20Financial%20Monitoring%2023-24%20DRAFT%20v5.pdf

 

 

Background papers – Quarter 1 Corporate Financial Monitoring Report 15 August 2023

 https://democracy.kirklees.gov.uk/documents/s53190/2023-08-15%20Q1%20Financial%20Monitoring%2023-24%20DRAFT%20v5.pdf

 

Decision Maker: Strategic Director for Adults and Health

Decision due date: 18/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jenny Frear, Paul Hawkins

Notice of decision: 13/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/11/2023 - Communities and Access Services Integration - Phase 1

The purpose of this report is to seek Cabinet approval to redesign services and functions as part of a two phased approach to developing an integrated community model of support across Kirklees. 

 

The intention is to better integrate a number of functions in order to offer a more joined up local service for residents needing information and support.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 12/12/2023

Lead officer: Mags Rogerson, Sarah Mitchell, Dave Thompson

Notice of decision: 13/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open