Decision details

Amendments to the Council’s Property Procedure Rules

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Chief Executive Officer considered the report on the proposed revisions to the Council’s Property Procedure Rules presented at the informal meeting of County Council Members held on 17 November 2021 and, having taken into account the comments made by Members at the informal meeting, and all relevant information, resolved, under his emergency delegated powers, to approve:
a) the suggested amendments to the Property Procedure Rules as set out at Appendix 2 and the suggested consequential amendments to the Executive Members’ Delegation Scheme set out at Appendix 3;
b) that authority be given to the Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services) to make any further consequential amendments required to the Constitution in light of the changes to the Property Procedure Rules;
c) That a forward schedule of decisions, as set out under paragraph 1.11 of Appendix 2, be shared with the Executive Member with responsibility for Property, on a no less than quarterly basis to assist in matters of property planning.

By whom: Richard Flinton, Chief Executive Officer, under his emergency delegated powers and after consultation with Members at the informal meeting of the County Council held on 17 November 2021.

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.

Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue, with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members. This approach has been periodically reviewed since that time and will be further reviewed by full Council at its February 2022 meeting.

The Chief Executive Officer took all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the Members at the informal meeting of the County Council held on 17 November 2021.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 19/11/2021

Date of decision: 17/11/2021