Decision details

STG Building Control Business Plan 2020 - 2023 and Associated Delivery Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet was reminded that the South Thames Gateway Building Control Partnership (involving Medway, Gravesham, Swale and Canterbury) went live in 2007 and was now in its third five-year term. The partnership’s Business Plan outlined how the building control function for the partnership Councils would be delivered over the next three years and also included a financial plan up until 2022-23.


Before 1 October each year, the Joint Committee is required to approve and send its draft Business Plan for the following year to each partner authority for comment. The Joint Committee agreed a consultation draft on 19 September 2019.

Members were presented with the Business Plan for 2020-23 together with the Financial Plan and Delivery Plan.


The Director (Planning and Development) advised that for Gravesham BC, the contribution to the shared service will rise from the current £44,980 in 2019-20 to £46,896 by 2022-23.


The current budgeted contribution for 2020/21 in the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) is £42,320 so the requested £45,030 for the coming year would represent an increase of £2,710.


The MTFP budgets will be re-set to take account of this proposed budget increase in the draft Business Plan and this will be reflected in the budget-setting papers.


Resolved that:-


1.    the proposed STG Building Control Partnership Business Plan 2020-23 (version 2), including the Financial Plan, and also the Delivery Plan (version 2), appended to it be approved;

2.    the Secretary to the STG Joint Committee be notified accordingly; and

3.    whilst, with two months of the financial year to go, a balanced budget is currently projected for STG in 2019-20; delegated authority be given to the Director (Planning and Development), in consultation with the Leader, to approve any additional Gravesham contribution, to balance any deficit that may arise for the STG Building Control Partnership in 2019-20. Any such contribution required will therefore be an overspend to the current revenue budget. It will either be offset by corresponding cross-council underspends, or funded from working balances.


Publication date: 03/02/2020

Date of decision: 03/02/2020

Decided at meeting: 03/02/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 13/02/2020

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