Agenda and minutes

Special, Cabinet - Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Cabinet/Committee Room, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk L39 2DF

Contact: Sue Griffiths 

No. Item




Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor A Yates.


Special Urgency (Rule 16 Access to information procedure rules)/Urgent Business

If, by virtue of the date by which a decision must be taken, it has not been possible to follow Rule 15 (i.e. a matter which is likely to be the subject of a key decision has not been included on the Forward Plan) then the decision may still be taken if:


a)    The Borough Solicitor, on behalf of the Leader, obtains the agreement of the Chairman of the Executive Overview and Scrutiny Committee that the making of the decision cannot be reasonably deferred,

b)    The Borough Solicitor, on behalf of the Leader, makes available on the Council’s website and at the offices of the Council, a notice setting out the reasons that the decision is urgent and cannot reasonably be deferred.


There were no items of special urgency.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 299 KB

If a member requires advice on Declarations of Interest, he/she is advised to contact the Borough Solicitor in advance of the meeting.  (For the assistance of members a checklist for use in considering their position on any particular item is included at the end of this agenda sheet.)


Councillor Wright declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5a (Call in – Leaseholder Properties and the Planning Process) due to him occupying a leasehold property.






Residents of West Lancashire, on giving notice, may address the meeting to make representations on any item on the agenda except where the public and press are to be excluded during consideration of the item.  The deadline for submissions is 10.00am Friday 5 April 2019.

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There were no items under this Heading.




Consideration was given to the report relating to the following matter requiring decision as circulated and contained on pages 1833 - 1844 of the Book of Reports.




Call In - Leaseholder Properties and the Planning Process pdf icon PDF 288 KB

To consider the report of the Borough Solicitor.

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The Leader introduced the report of the Borough Solicitor which set out the resolution of the Executive Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 28 March 2019 in relation to an item referred back to Cabinet by the Executive Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Leaseholder Properties and the Planning Process. 


The report included the joint comments of the Director of Planning and Regeneration and the Borough Solicitor in respect of the decision of the Executive Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 


The Leader moved a motion which was seconded and had been circulated at the meeting. 


In reaching the decision below, Cabinet considered the motion from the Leader and the details as set out in the report before it and accepted the reasons contained therein.


RESOLVED              That the Borough Solicitor, in consultation with the Leader, be requested to examine potential for any further measures that might be invoked, within existing legislation, which might reduce the onerous terms of the kind of leaseholds which are of concern to members and in this regard the Borough Solicitor be authorised to seek external advice to assist consideration with the costs to be met from within existing budgets.