Authority Meeting 22 March 2018

Location: South Downs Centre Hall, Midhurst, GU29 9DH

Date and time: 22 March 2018 14:00

Contact Details:

Committee Officer

Tel: 01730 814810 Email: committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Trevor Beattie

Chief Executive (National Park Officer)

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations are in force, giving a right to members of the public to record (film, photograph and audio-record) and report on proceedings at committee meetings. Please read our protocol on Filming, Recording and Reporting of SDNPA Meetings Protocol for more information.

At the start of the meeting the Chair will make an announcement that the meeting may be filmed, recorded or photographed. By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area you are consenting to being filmed, recorded and photographed. If you have any queries regarding this please contact committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declaration of Interests
    To enable Members to declare to the meeting any disclosable interest they may have in any matter on the agenda for the meeting.
  3. Minutes of previous meeting held on 19 December 2017
    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Authority meeting held on 19 December 2017 (Page 1).
  4. Matters arising
    To enable any matters arising from the 19 December 2017 Authority Meeting minutes that are not covered elsewhere on this agenda to be raised.
  5. Urgent Matters
    To consider any matter on the agenda which the Chair agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency to due special circumstances (if Members have any urgent matters they are asked to consult the Chair before the meeting commences).
  6. Public Participation
    The Chair will allow members of the public to ask questions, make statements or present a petition on any matter on the agenda for this meeting or on any matter that falls within the Authority’s powers, subject to procedures set out in Appendix 3 to the Authority’s Standing Orders.
  7. Need for Part II Exclusion of Press and Public
    The Authority is asked to consider whether, in respect of:
    Agenda Item 22 the public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting on the basis that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if a member of the public were present during the items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within Paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. This conclusion was reached on the basis that whilst there is a public interest in maintaining transparency of Authority proceedings and ensuring public understanding it is felt that on balance this is outweighed by the requirement of the National Park Authority to be able to take legal advice and enable the members of the Park Authority to fully consider the implications of its actions or proposed actions.
    Agenda Items 23 and 24 the public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting on the basis that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if a member of the public were present during the items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Authority, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. This conclusion was reached on the basis that whilst there is a public interest in maintaining transparency of Authority proceedings in relation to commercial activities and the business of the Authority it is felt that on balance this is outweighed by the requirement of the National Park Authority to be able to discuss commercial activities and its business and fully consider the implications of its actions or proposed actions without commercially sensitive or confidential information being released into the public domain.
  8. Authority Chair Update
    To receive a verbal report from the Authority Chair.
  9. Chief Executive’s Progress Report
    To consider a report from the Chief Executive (Report NPA01/18 page 9).
  10. Progress in Relation to the Submission of the South Downs Local Plan for Examinsation
    To consider a report from the Planning Policy Manager (Report NPA02/18 page 15).
  11. Summary and Analysis of “A Greener Future: our 25 year plan to improve the environment”
    To consider a report from the Director of Countryside and Policy Management (Report NPA03/18 page 21).
  12. Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Strategy
    To consider a report from the Chief Financial Officer (Report NPA04/18 page 31).
  13. Treasury Management Policy Statements and Annual Investment Strategy 2018/19
    To consider a report from the Chief Financial Officer (Report NPA05/18 page 45).
  14. Endorsement of Non-planning Related Community Led Plans
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (Report NPA06/18 page 55).
  15. Changes to Partnership Management Plan Task and Finish Group Terms of Reference
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (Report NPA07/18 page 59).
  16. Process for the Recruitment and Selection of Independent Members of the Policy and Resources Committee
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (Report NPA08/18 page 65).
  17. Response to Highways England re M3 Junction 9
    To consider a report from the Wealden Heath Countryside and Policy Manager (Report NPA09/18 page 69).
  18. Task and Finish Group Updates
    a. Affordable Housing Task and Finish Group
    To receive a verbal update from the Chair of the group.
    b. Enterprise and Investment Task and Finish Group
    To receive a verbal update from the Chair of the group.
    c. European Exit Working Group Update and “Farming The Future”:South Downs National Park Pilot Scheme – Expression of Interest for Defra
    To receive a verbal update from the Chair of the group and to consider a report from the Director of Countryside and Policy Management (Report NPA10/18 page 171).
    d. Partnership Management Plan
    To receive a verbal update from the Chair of the group.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA FOR INFORMATION

  1. Planning Committee
    Minutes of the Planning Committee meetings held on the 14 December 2017 (confirmed page 233), 18 January 2018 (confirmed page 241), 8 February 2018 (confirmed page 257) and 8 March 2018 (unconfirmed page 261).
  2. Policy & Resources Committee
    Minutes of the Policy & Resources Committee meetings held on the 27 February 2018 (unconfirmed page 267).
  3. Reports from Members Appointed to External Bodies (page 275).

PART II
The papers for the next items are enclosed for Members of the Authority only.

  1. Authority Minutes (Part II)
    To approve as a correct record the Part II minutes of the South Downs National Park Authority meeting held on 19 December 2017 (page 277).
    These minutes are not for publication as they contains exempt information within Paragraphs 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
  2. Policy and Resources Committee Minutes (Part II)
    To note the Part II minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meetings held on the 27 February 2018 unconfirmed (page 281).
    These minutes are not for publication as they contains exempt information within Paragraphs 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Authority, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
  3. National Park Partnerships Contribution and Proposals for a National Charity
    To consider a report from the Chief Executive Officer (Report NPA11/18 page 283).
    The public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting for this item on the basis that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if a member of the public were present during the items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Authority, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Meeting Papers

Members’ Interests

SDNPA Members have a primary responsibility for ensuring that the Authority furthers the National Park Purposes and Duty. Members regard themselves first and foremost as Members of the Authority, and will act in the best interests of the National Park as a whole, rather than as representatives of their appointing body or any interest groups.
Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest that is not already entered in the Authority’s register of interests, and any personal interest and/or public service interest (as defined in Paragraph 18 of the Authority’s Code of Conduct) they may consider relevant to an item of business being considered at the meeting (such disclosure to be made at the commencement of the meeting, or when the interest becomes apparent).

Access to Information

If you would like a copy of this agenda in large print or an alternative format/language please contact the Committee Officer at committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk or 01730 814810

Recording of Meetings

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations give a right to members of the public to record (film, photograph and audio-record) and report on proceedings at committee meetings. The Authority has a protocol on ‘Filming, Recording and Reporting of South Downs National Park Authority Meetings’ which is available on our website.
As part of the Authority’s drive to increase accessibility to its public meetings, this meeting will be filmed for live and/ or subsequent broadcast via the internet; at the start of the meeting the Chair will confirm if all or part of the meeting is to be filmed. The images and sound recording may be used for training or any other purposes by the Authority. By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area you are consenting to being filmed, recorded or photographed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings for webcasting and/or training purposes. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the Governance Officer committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Public Participation

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should register their request no later than 24 hours before the meeting by e-mailing committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk The public participation protocol is available on our website www.southdowns.gov.uk

Feedback

If you wish to give us feedback on your experience of the meeting please e-mail committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk