Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee
Wednesday 6 September 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

89.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Tim Gwilliam.

 

Cllr Roger James substituted at the meeting for Cllr Gwilliam.

90.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2017.

Minutes:

One member queried, in reference the minutes of the last meeting on the Business Rate Pool item, when the LEP Core Funding proposals would be presented to the Committee. Members were informed that a briefing note would be issued to the Committee following a meeting of the Chief Financial Officers, and that an update on the LEP Core Funding Position and prospectus for the business rates pool pilot would be presented at the next Committee meeting.

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2017 were approved by the Committee and signed by the Chairman.

 

91.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any pecuniary or personal interests by members.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

92.

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To consider the request that an update report on the activities of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee (GEGSC) be presented as a standing item at the meetings of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee.

 

This was requested by the GEGSC at its meeting on 21 June 2017. The minutes from the meeting are attached for information.

Minutes:

Cllr David Norman MBE, Chairman of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee (GEGSC), presented a request that the Chairman of GEGSC be invited to present, as a standing item on the agenda, the views and work of the Scrutiny Committee at Joint Committee meetings. It was also requested that the minutes of the GEGSC meetings be circulated with the agendas for GEGJC. Cllr Norman expressed his belief that this would assist in adding value to the Scrutiny Committee’s role in scrutinising the work of the Joint Committee.

 

Members noted that GEGSC members would be reviewing the Scrutiny Committee’s terms of reference and submitting a report to the Constitution Committee at its meeting on 9 October 2017, based on the following proposals:

 

a)    The Scrutiny Committee to consider amending statement a) of the terms of reference, and the requirement ‘to review the decisions of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee’; and

 

b)    The statement to be amended to give the Scrutiny Committee a wider scope by ‘reviewing the economic plans and policies of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee’.

 

Members were also informed that, following a recommendation from the previous Scrutiny Committee and with the support of the current Committee, it had been proposed that the two stand alone GEGSC meetings held each year be held at one of the 6 district council offices, on a rotational basis, with an invitation to councillors from that authority to attend the meeting and present questions on localised issues. Joint Committee members and lead officers from host districts would also be invited to attend the meeting. This proposal would be considered at the Scrutiny Committee meeting held on the afternoon of 6 September 2017.

 

It was clarified that the Chairman of GEGSC would attend Joint Committee meetings to present the standing scrutiny item only and would not contribute to other items on the agenda.

 

In response to a query, Cllr Norman explained that at its meeting in June, GEGSC debated the arrangement of holding the Scrutiny Committee meetings on the same day as Joint Committee meetings. It was decided that the meetings would remain as scheduled at least until half-way through 2018.

 

The Committee supported the proposals of GEGSC, and it was therefore

 

Resolved

 

a)    That the Chairman of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee be invited to present, as a standing item on the agenda, the views and work of the scrutiny committee at Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee meetings; and

 

b)   That the minutes of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee meetings be circulated with the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee agendas.

93.

GFirst LEP Update pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To receive a report on the delivery of the Growth Programme in the County, including ESIF update and Growth Deal Fund reallocation process.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mally Findlater, Programme Manager, GFirst LEP, provided the Committee with an update on the delivery of the Growth Programme in the County, including the Growth Deal Fund reallocation process.

 

Members noted the status of projects that were progressing through the approval and funding process, and that the documents detailing this information were updated on the website quarterly.

 

The Committee was informed about the process for the reallocation of Growth Deal Funds, and it was explained that the timetable for this process had been revised. Projects considered ‘exceptional’ needed to be submitted either through the LEP Board or through the Joint Committee by the deadline of 10 October 2017. Members of the Committee wishing to sponsor a project needed to inform the LEP Board or Gloucestershire County Council. Members noted that the LEP Board meeting scheduled for 8 August 2017 had been cancelled and therefore the Growth Deal Programme reallocation of funds had been reviewed and processed by written procedure.

 

In response to a query, the criteria for the consideration of projects for the reallocation of Growth Deal funds was clarified.

 

Clarification was also sought on the number of homes forecast to be built under the Cheltenham Cyber Park Project. It was understood that the figure needed to be amended on the Gloucestershire Growth Deal Projects Summary to 1100 homes.

 

Members were updated on the European Funding Programme.

 

The Committee noted the report.

 

94.

Economic Intelligence pdf icon PDF 112 KB

i)          CCN Commission: Understanding County Economies – To receive a summary of the recent Oxford Economics report on County Economies and its relevance to Gloucestershire;

 

ii)         To consider a proposal to improve co-ordination of the collation and utilisation of economic intelligence across the County.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Claire Edwards, Outcome Manager, Gloucestershire County Council, presented to the Committee a summary of the recent Oxford Economics report on county economies and its relevance to Gloucestershire, and a proposal to improve co-ordination of the collation and utilisation of economic intelligence across the County.

 

Following a discussion by members at the Committee meeting in June 2017 on economic data and consistency of approach, the GEGJC Senior Officer Group had been considering options to enhance its strategic needs analysis work and collective economic data management practices.

 

Members noted that the report, commissioned by the County Council Network, highlighted the challenges facing counties such as Gloucestershire, and determined that there was a need for the emerging national Industrial Strategy to focus on county areas, complemented by a radical programme of devolution.

 

Members discussed the report and recommendations from the Senior Officer Group.

 

Resolved

 

1.    To note the report summarising the Oxford Economics report on county economies; and

 

2.    To approve the recommended actions to improve the collation and utilisation of data/intelligence across the County.

 

95.

Business Rate Pool

To receive an update report on the Business Rate Pool and expenditure options for the Strategic Economic Development Fund – REPORT TO FOLLOW.

Minutes:

Nigel Riglar, Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure, Gloucestershire County Council, provided the Committee with a verbal update on the Business Rate Pool. Members noted that an update on the Business Rate Pool, including a detailed update on the LEP Core Funding Position and the prospectus for the business rates pool would be presented at the next GEGJC meeting.

 

96.

Strategic Planning Collaboration in Gloucestershire pdf icon PDF 345 KB

To receive an update on proposals including governance and the Strategic Planning Commissioner role.

Minutes:

Mike Dawson, Chief Executive, Tewkesbury Borough Council, informed the Committee of a proposal from Leadership Gloucestershire for strategic planning collaboration in Gloucestershire. It was proposed that a Strategic Planning Coordinator role be developed to support strategic planning collaboration within the County.

 

It was explained that the terms of reference for GEGJC included sufficient powers to appoint a Strategic Planning Coordinator.

 

It was noted that a further report detailing the recruitment arrangements, the terms of employment of the post, and any changes to GEGJC’s governance arrangements would be provided at the next Committee meeting on 29 November 2017.

 

Resolved

 

1.    To approve the proposal of Leadership Gloucestershire to create a Strategic Planning Coordinator post on the basis of the funding

arrangements set out in paragraph 2 of the report; and

 

2.    That a further report detailing the recruitment arrangements, the

terms of employment of the post and any changes to the Committee’s governance arrangements be provided to the Committee at its meeting on 29 November 2017 for consideration.

 

 

97.

Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Plan pdf icon PDF 334 KB

To receive an update report and demonstration on the mapping project.

Minutes:

Jonathan Medlin, S106 Officer: Economic Development and Strategic Planning, Gloucestershire County Council, provided the Committee with a demonstration of the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Plan (GIIP) mapping project.

 

Members noted that the GIIP, which was currently in list form, was reviewed regularly, and that the mapping of projects allowed for the connections and interactions between projects to be visualised.

 

It was recommended that further testing and refinement of the mapping project be carried out by GEGJC members between October 2017 and March 2018. This would allow for any necessary changes and for Committee members to ascertain whether the mapping data was useful for the wider public and whether it should be made widely available. Jonathan Medlin advised that he would be in contact with Committee members to arrange training on the mapping tool.

 

The Committee recognised the benefits of the mapping tool in helping members to understand the strategic picture for Gloucestershire, and as a useful lobbying tool for Government.

 

In response to a query, it was explained that additional data could be overlaid on the mapping tool, although the relevance of a mapping tool focused only on infrastructure was also highlighted to the Committee.

 

The Committee noted the report and welcomed the opportunity to partake in further testing of the mapping tool over the next six months.

 

Resolved

 

To note the information provided in this paper as an update to mapping the GIIP to assist in decisions about Gloucestershire’s growth related strategic infrastructure priorities.

 

 

 

98.

Funding Opportunities - DCLG/ HCA Housing Infrastructure Fund and HE Growth and Housing Fund pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To update on plans for Gloucestershire submissions.

Minutes:

Nigel Riglar updated the Committee on Gloucestershire’s submissions for the Housing Infrastructure Fund, sponsored by the Homes and Communities Agency, and the Growth and Housing Fund, sponsored by Highways England.

 

Members noted that the Government was offering forward funding of up to £250million for county councils from the Housing Infrastructure Fund; the aim was to forward fund infrastructure, including transport, to unlock housing. Gloucestershire County Council would be submitting two expressions of interest which included M5 Junction 10 and M5 Junction 9. Even if unsuccessful, it was noted that the EoIs would further build the case for J10 and J9, and that both would require Highways England support. It was also noted that the West of England Combined Authority would not be progressing the M5 Junction 14 scheme. Members agreed that J10 should be the top priority at this time.

 

Committee members from the district councils provided an update on the opportunities being considered by district councils for the Marginal Viability pathway of the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

 

In an update on the Growth and Housing Fund, it was understood that discussions were held with GFirst LEP on a submission from Gloucestershire, and that the Gloucester Cross Keys Junction Improvement Scheme had been identified as currently meeting the Government’s criteria.

 

The Committee considered the merits of an officer from Highways England attending a Committee meeting to discuss future development of the M5. It was agreed that the regional director of Highways England would be invited to attend a future meeting. 

 

It was also noted that a briefing for Gloucestershire MPs on these funding opportunities would be coordinated to help promote Gloucestershire’s schemes.

 

Resolved

 

To note the report and endorse the schemes that are proposed for submission, and confirm J10 as the top priority for the County in terms of the Housing Investment Fund.

 

99.

Forward Plan - Future Work Programme pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To consider proposed areas of focus and discussion topics for future meetings of the Committee.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the proposed areas of focus and discussion topics for future meetings of the Committee. It was explained that members could inform officers if they had an item they wished to be added to the work programme.

 

It was agreed that an ‘Unscheduled Items’ section would be included in the Committee Forward Plan, and, following a discussion on the refresh of the Strategic Economic Plan, it was agreed that a strategic update would be included in future GFirst LEP updates to the Committee.

 

The Committee noted the Forward Plan.

 

100.

Future Meeting Dates

To note that the Committee is due to meet on the following dates in 2017 and 2018:

 

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Wednesday 21 November 2018

 

All meetings to start at 10am (this allows meetings of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee to take place on the same day).

Minutes:

The Committee noted the meeting dates for the remainder of 2017 and for 2018.