Agenda and minutes

Communities and Economic Development Cabinet Advisory Board - Wednesday, 12th October, 2022 6.30 pm

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services Team 


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Presiding Member

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In the absence of the Chairman, and without an appointed Vice-Chairman, the committee elected a member to preside.


Councillor Palmer moved, and Councillor Hill seconded, that Councillor Fairweather be appointed to preside at the meeting.


RESOLVED – That Councillor Fairweather be appointed to preside at the meeting.


Councillor Fairweather took the chair for the remainder of the meeting.


Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

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Apologies were received from Councillors, Everitt, Fitzsimmon, Funnell and Pope.


Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by members of the Council in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

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There were no declarations of interest.


Notification of Persons Wishing to Speak pdf icon PDF 31 KB

To note any Visiting Members or members of the public wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 18 and 19, and which items they wish to speak on.

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There were no members of the public or visiting Members of the Council registered to speak.


Minutes of the meeting dated 7 September 2022 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

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RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting dated Wednesday 7 September 2022 be recorded as a true record.


Forward Plan as at 27 September 2022 pdf icon PDF 290 KB

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RESOLVED: That the Forward Plan as at Tuesday 27 September 2022, be noted.


Review of Allocations Scheme 2022 pdf icon PDF 308 KB

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Councillor Hugo Pound, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning gave an overview of the scheme and introduced Stuart Clifton, Housing Services Manager who presented the report as per the agenda.


Discussion and questions from Members and Officer clarification included:

              i.        Within the Allocation Scheme there was qualifying criteria for local connection and it was confirmed that the proposed changes to the allocation scheme tightened those requirements, and still allowed for exemptions which included those required by statute, members of armed forces and extended to care leavers.

             ii.        It was confirmed that some properties had no local connection criteria set and were available for all  applicants to bid on. However, some properties and developments secured under Section 106 Agreements had, as part of a condition that those properties were allocated to people with a local connection to the parish area before opened up to the wider Borough.

            iii.        An explanation of Transfer Tenants, Tenants that mutually exchange and how those tied into local connection was given.

           iv.        It was confirmed that the financial assessment criteria in section 6.2 was within the existing scheme that had been in operation since 2013. What was proposed through the public consultation was to seek feedback specifically around those financial limits and whether they should be amended and what they should be.

             v.        Thanks were given to Stuart for the work he had done.

           vi.        The work of the Communities and Economic Cabinet Advisory Board and the Housing Advisory Panel which was a cross party team was recognised and the recommended changes they had seen on the local connection criteria and the financial assessment criteria that it would go to public response and consultation and the stakeholders input.




1.    That the recommendations to Cabinet as set out in the report be supported.



Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

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There was no urgent business for consideration.


Date of the Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Wednesday 9 November 2022.

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The next meeting was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9 November 2022.