Decision Maker: Leader
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
Agree response to Government re the draft LGR
Structural Changes Order
Following the Leader’s decision on 21
September 2021 with regard to the consultation response on the
preferred contents of the Structural Change Order, the Department
of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have written to the eight
Councils in North Yorkshire on 3 November 2021 with a copy of a
draft SCO for comments.
A copy of the draft Order has been shared confidentially with Members and the Leader has determined to respond to the latest consultation with the comments attached to this Decision Record.
The Leader considered representations submitted by some of the Councillors and the approved responding to the consultation to thank the Department for the contents of the Order and to make some suggestions with regard to the names of some of the Wards. It will be a matter for the Secretary of State to determine the actual contents of the SCO.
The Leader chose to take the decision under
the delegated power to all Executive Members in paragraph 5 of the
Executive Members’ Delegation Scheme “To make a formal
response on behalf of the County Council, following appropriate
consultation, to any White Papers, Green Papers, Government
Consultation Papers or other consultative document where it is
appropriate that the response should be a member
It had previously been agreed by the Chairman, on 15 November 2021, that the decision should be treated under the Council’s special urgency and call in exemption procedures given the urgency of the timescales involved to meet the Government deadline of 17 November 2021 for responding to the consultation on the drafting of the SCO. This procedure has been followed to allow the Council to respond within the two week deadline set by Government.
As the contents of the wording of the SCO had
encapsulated the majority of requests made by the County Council,
it was not considered necessary by the Leader to comment on the
legal drafting of the Order. However the Leader gave due
consideration to suggestions submitted by some Councillors on the
proposed names of Wards and determined to respond on the basis of
Publication date: 17/11/2021
Date of decision: 17/11/2021