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Agenda Item No. 9

The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Council: 28th September 2016


Report of the Monitoring Officer


Update to Officer Delegations


Purpose of the Report

  1. To seek Council's approval for an update to the scheme of delegation for the planning and building control service following the implementation of the Planning Wales Act 2015 and recent updates to Planning Policy Wales and changes to the Building Regulations in Wales.


  1. That the scheme of delegation found at pages 294 - 300 of the Council's Constitution with regard to Building Control and Planning be amended as detailed in Appendix B of the report.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. To update/modify the Constitution in line with current requirements and to ensure that the Scheme of Delegation is consolidated and updated in light of recent changes in legislation introduced by the Planning Wales Act 2015 and related legislation.


  1. The above Act and the related enactment legislation have introduced considerable changes to the way in which the Planning, Planning Enforcement, Appeals and Building Regulations operates in Wales.
  2. This has led to a need to review and consolidate the Council's current Scheme of Delegation relating to building control and planning which can be found at Appendix A for ease of reference. The proposed reviewed Scheme of Delegation can be found at Appendix B.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. This report seeks Council's approval to update the existing officer delegation relating to the Building Control and Planning function and exercised by the Head of Service for Regeneration and Planning and the Operational Manager for Development Management.
  2. A schedule of the changes proposed and the reasons for those changes can be found at Appendix C.
  3. The opportunity has also been taken to make any minor typographical/housekeeping changes to bring the relevant delegations up to date.
  4. The existing Constitution is available on both the Council's MemberNet site (access only for Elected Members and staff of the Vale of Glamorgan Council) and external website

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None as a direct result of this report, however the Planning system is operated around the principle of sustainable development and the changes proposed should ensure that this will continue.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The Council is required to comply with the Local Government Act 2000 and subordinate legislation in the drawing up and subsequent operation of the Constitution.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications arising and the Constitution has been updated to reflect current legislation.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. The Constitution is part of the framework supporting the Council's commitment to provide political leadership and active relationship and engagement.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for Council decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The monitoring and amendment of the Constitution is an internal matter and therefore no external consultation is necessary.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Performance and Resources.

Background Papers

Council's Constitution

Contact Officer

Marcus Goldsworthy, Head of Regeneration and Planning

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager Legal Services

Responsible Officer:

Debbie Marles, Monitoring Officer