Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee Decisions

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee Decisions

18/02/2020 - Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee Activity Update    Item Deferred

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


18/02/2020 - Business Rates Pool    Item Deferred

An update on the Business Rates Pool, including updates on any Strategic Economic Development Fund funded projects for Gloucestershire.

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Lead officer: Andrew Cummings

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


18/02/2020 - LEP Barriers to Development - Action Plan and Planning    Item Deferred

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Lead officer: Mike Dawson

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


18/02/2020 - Climate Change Presentation    Item Deferred

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Lead officer: Peter Wiggins

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


18/02/2020 - Forward Plan including SEDF proposals    Item Deferred

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Lead officer: Steve Mawson

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


18/02/2020 - GFirst LEP Update (Growth Deal Project Summary)    Item Deferred

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Lead officer: Dev Chakraborty

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


18/02/2020 - EU Inward Investment Programme Activity Report    Item Deferred

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Lead officer: Dev Chakraborty

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


18/02/2020 - GEGJC Inter Authority Agreement Review    Item Deferred

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision due date: 18/03/2020

Lead officer: Gillian Parkinson

Notice of decision: 18/02/2020


20/11/2019 - Business Rate Pool Funding ref: 1386    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 20/11/2019 - Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision published: 27/01/2020

Effective from: 20/11/2019

Decision:

Andrew Cummings, Section 151 Officer at Stroud District Council, gave an update on the Gloucestershire Business Rate Pilot Pool and the Strategic Economic Development Fund.

 

The following requests for funding were made at the meeting: -

 

1)    Rail Investment Strategy, (ratification of an in-principle decision made on 4 September 2019) (Appendix 1);

 

The committee considered the request for funding made at the Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting held on 4 September 2019  for the commissioning of a Rail Investment Strategy (RIS) for Gloucestershire. The study will underpin GCC’s priorities for rail investment in the County and inform the ongoing review of the Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan (LTP). It will also form a key part of the emerging Local Industrial Strategy (LIS).

 

Subject to agreement from a meeting of the Gloucestershire Chief Executives Group on 10 June 2019, and the in principle agreement of this committee on 4 September 2019, the committee: -

 

RESOLVED to provide the additional £70,000 required in order to complete the proposed two phased approach for the Rail Study Commission.

 

2)    Request for funding from the Local Nature Partnership (LNP) in respect of Natural Recovery Mapping (Appendix 2);

 

Seeking clarification on the statutory obligations of government legislation, (25 Year Environment Plan, Industrial Strategy and National Planning Policy Framework), and the amount of government funding anticipated for the proposals, (including anticipated maintenance costs), the committee deferred this item for further consideration. The decision to be considered at a reconvened meeting to be arranged in February 2020.

 

3)    Request for funding from the Central Gloucestershire City Region Board (Appendix 3)

 

The committee noted an expression of interest for funding from the Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF) to fund the commissioning of work proposed by the newly established Central Gloucestershire City Region Board.

 

If successful, the request for funding to be used to assist in providing additional capacity and resources from which to support the strategic aims of the Board and the ambitions of Vision 2050. A key function of the Board would be to develop a vision for the future of Gloucestershire to 2050 and beyond. The vision to be incorporated into a high level masterplan, (a key document setting out the growth aims and priorities of the county), and to provide guidance on the development of future spatial and strategic plans.

 

An expression of interest was made in respect of £500,000 funding. Governance arrangements from which to manage the funds would be developed, including the ability to recruit the necessary staff support that might be required. Administration costs, fund holding and staff provision to be allocated to one or more partner bodies and funded jointly.

 

The outcomes of the investment, including key milestones of delivery, to be reported to the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee and to Leadership Gloucestershire, (as the sponsoring and advisory body for the Programme Boards).  To date, no new funding for this work had been received. Emphasis was placed on the understanding that the investment was not only to benefit the Cheltenham area, but the whole of Gloucestershire.

 

If the request for funding was unsuccessful, the newly established Board would not be in a position to commence work on the development of the annual work programme, nor focus resources on producing a masterplan for the setting out of ambitions for the future. Concerns were raised about not being able to realise the growth aims of the county, including making the necessary investment in the infrastructure and long term aspirations of Gloucestershire.

 

The request for funding was deferred pending further consideration and will be considered at a reconvened committee meeting to be arranged in February 2020.

 

4)    Request for funding from Cheltenham Borough Council in respect of the Cyber Central Project (Appendix 4)          

 

The request for funding to support the development and promotion of Gloucestershire as the UK home of cyber tech industry and delivery of significant numbers of high value jobs, increasing productivity and driving business rates growth was agreed.

 

Having considered the request at the meeting, the committee: -

 

RESOLVED (subject to agreement by the Senior Officer Group) to award £200k funding, based on the following allocations;

 

Cost of project: £280K

Secondment of Senior Cyber Innovation manager from GCHQ to CBC  for 1 year £90K

Commercial advisor / Industry specialist (Bristol Engine Shed MD)  £30K

Consultancy / Economic case / prospectus £100K

Project & on costs £20K

Promotion & marketing £30K

Contingency £10K

Direct admin / project & management support costs not included – provided in-kind by CBC

 

Other contributions £80K

CBC / TBC contribution for market / investment development for Cyber Central Garden Community £50K

GCHQ contribution of 1/3 of value of post £30K

 

In kind contributions (estimated value ) £95K

GCHQ in-kind contribution of specialist consultancy support around cyber innovation programme £50K

CBC in-kind contribution - Project support officer – (2 day per week estimated value week £15K)

CBC & LEP in-kind contribution - Management support – (2 days per week (mix of Cyber Central SRO, Programme Manager and other team members)) estimated value £30K

 

Overall bid: £200K

 

5)    LEP Core Funding

The committee to note: Information relating to a decision made at the Joint Committee meeting on 27 November 2017 in relation to LEP Core Funding.

 

      In November 2017, the Joint Committee resolved that: - 

 

i.     £250k of reserves held in the Strategic Economic Fund would be used for the purposes of match funding the Government’s core funding contribution to the GFirst LEP in 2018/19

ii.    The first £250k of SEDF revenues arising during 2017/18 would be used to match fund the Government’s core funding in 2019/20;

iii.   The 7 District Councils would enter into a simple ‘memorandum of understanding’ with GFirst LEP for the period 2018-2020;

iv.   A review of the on-going need for Core Funding and the correct mechanism for achieving this would be completed by December 2019; and,

 

      Historically, the Government has provided LEP’s with an element of core funding, match funded by the localities. The maximum amount of funding granted by the Government is £250k.

     

      Over the 4 year period to 2017, the localities contributed the full £250k contribution match funding, allowing GFirst LEP to benefit from the full £500k allocation per annum. Funding is confirmed on an annual basis by the Government.

     

      Discussions with the LEP at that time (2017) had resulted in a consensus by senior officers representing the 7 local authorities and GFirst LEP on how locality match funding would be processed in the future.

 

      From these discussions, the following issues were raised:

 

i.      There was a need for the locality to continue to match the Government core funding and for the funding partners to be diversified;

ii.     The Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF) of the Business Rate Pool provided an effective route for achieving this;

iii.    SEDF reserves to be released to the Accountable Body by GCC, subject to a positive resolution by the Joint Committee.

iv.   The Accountable Body to enter into a contract with the LEP for the release of funds;

v.    To mirror Government processes, locality funding to be agreed by the Joint Committee on annual basis;

vi.   The exact business rate mechanism for match funding from April 2019 may change as work developed around the Business Rate retention pilot;

vii.  It was suggested that there should be a review of the need for on-going Core Funding during 2019 to coincide with the end of the Growth Deal period in 2021 and to identify the best financial mechanism for enabling the Councils to provide a financial contribution;

viii.Should the Strategic Economic Fund not have sufficient reserves to fund the 2019/20 (Year 2) commitment, (unlikely based on the financial monitoring calculations at that time), the 7 Councils would need to underwrite any shortfall;

 

At the committee meeting on 20 November 2019, the committee acknowledged an omission to consider the award of reserves held in the Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF) for the purposes of match funding the Government’s core funding contribution to the GFirst LEP for 2021/22.

 

To avoid the detrimental financial impact of not making the decision, including the implications of not awarding match funding to the LEP, the Committee agreed an ‘in principle’ decision to award £250,000 core (match) funding to the LEP for the period 2020/21. The decision to be ratified at the reconvened meeting to be arranged in February 2020.

 

 

 

 


20/11/2019 - Public Health Annual Report ref: 1385    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 20/11/2019 - Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision published: 27/01/2020

Effective from: 20/11/2019

Decision:

The committee received a presentation of a report, (Healthonomics - Tackling Health Inequalities through Inclusive Growth), from Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council.

 

Key actions from the report included:

 

a)    The Joint Committee were asked to endorse the recommendations included in the report to ‘address the challenges and opportunities of driving inclusive growth in order to tackle health inequalities and increase productivity’. Feedback was requested on the following ambitions, (made to partners across the system to deliver as a joint venture). Action by – Committee Members

 

1)    The Health and Wellbeing Board to set out its position on inclusive economic growth and its benefits to health (and vice versa) and seek to influence and align its strategy and actions wherever possible with those of economic development partners, particularly GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

 

2)    GFirst LEP, in the development of the Local Industrial Strategy and other key strategies and plans, consider the recommendations of this report and set out its plans to ensure that everyone in Gloucestershire can contribute to and benefit from local growth. Representation by GFirst LEP on the Health and Wellbeing Board would support this.

 

3)    GFirst LEP and the Employment and Skills Board should consider their role in tackling social mobility and promoting inclusive growth. Key partner organisations should cooperate to undertake a ‘deep dive’ of Gloucestershire’s social mobility indicators, to better understand areas for focus and trends of concern and agree a joint approach to increasing social mobility. In the meantime, partners should continue to focus efforts around school readiness to maintain the early improvements being seen.

 

4)    Public Health and Local Planning Authorities should continue to work together with other partners in housing, transport and other infrastructure specialists to maximise opportunities to build

healthy communities with a thriving and inclusive economy.

This should make sure that there is a strong understanding of inequalities amongst planners and other partners, and that actions taken to create healthy places benefit people from all socio-economic backgrounds.

 

5)    Businesses and public sector partners should consider how ‘good work’ in Gloucestershire could be measured and encouraged amongst local employers. Plans to improve the flexibility of the workplace should seek to make sure that this is available to all, wherever possible.

 

6)    Local anchor institutions should consider how they can lead by example in delivering inclusive growth through their employment and spending power. There may be an opportunity for the One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) to play a key role in this at a local level.

 

b)    The Joint Committee noted the progress of the Cheltenham Borough Council’s ‘no child left behind’ piece of work and agreed to make reference to the work as a measurement of how the county, (as a joint exercise), ensured disadvantaged children were being cared for.

 

c)    The Director for Public Health welcomed the suggestion that the Employment and Skills Board consider how to ensure a commitment from organisations involved in major developments to provide/invest in delivering a employment and skill plan for the development. Action by - Employment and Skills Board

 

d)    Responding to concerns about the investment needed from local authorities to address social issues within their areas, the committee reflected on the work being undertaken by the Health and Wellbeing Board in dealing with this problem. To provide a link between the Joint Committee and the Health and Wellbeing Board, it was suggested the committee invite the Director of Public Health to join the Senior Officer Group. Action by – Mike Dawson (Chair of Senior Officer Group)

 

a)    Activities undertaken by Stroud District Council, (reflecting high ranking status in social mobility performance), to be shared with the other Districts. Action by – Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health

 

e)    The use of Health Impact Assessments to be encouraged. Action by – All

 

f)     The committee requested that an agenda item be added to the committee work plan to consider information on the changing role of the work place and how to support local businesses in providing pastoral care. Action by – Mike Dawson (Chair of Senior Officer Group). 

 

The committee thanked the Director of Public Health and her colleagues for her report. Particular thanks was made for the work involved in developing the Local Strategy.


05/06/2019 - Local Developer Guide - Update and Refresh ref: 1287    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 05/06/2019 - Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee

Decision published: 27/08/2019

Effective from: 05/06/2019

Decision:

The committee received a report on proposed changes to the updated Local Developer Guide.

 

Members were advised that the adopted Local Developer Guide, (adopted in December 2016), had become increasingly outdated. The proposed review of the document to reflect local and national policies and guidance. The updated guide to enable Gloucestershire County Council to work with local planning authorities and to comment on emerging local plans and local authority Community Infrastructure Levies.

 

Details of the proposed changes were noted. The committee was advised that a period of consultation on the revised draft document was about to be undertaken, with changes reported to the Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet for adoption. 

 

Each Local Planning Authority had been involved in the early re-drafting of the Guide, and would be consulted again as part of the formal consultation process. Each authority to be issued with a copy of the revised draft document.

 

The report was noted.