Decisions

Use the search options below to find information on decisions taken by the National Park Authority and the Audit and Scrutiny Committee since July 2014. Decisions back to 2006 can be found by accessing archived agendas on the relevant committee page. For planning decisions you can do a search via our planning pages Planning Decisions

Decisions published

07/08/2020 - Well-being objectives 2020/21 ref: 1956    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 07/08/2020

Effective from: 07/08/2020

Decision:

Members consider proposed wellbeing objectives to be included in the Corporate Plan for 2020-21.

 

A member queried the use of the phrase ‘green infrastructure’ in the priority work programme rather than ‘green economy’.  The officer advised that while he accepted the point this had already been changed once and agreed by members, and drew attention to the objectives needed to be approved.

 

RESOLVED:  That members approve the proposed amendment to the Authority’s Corporate Plan 2020-21.

 

 

Lead officer: Mr Paul Funnell


07/08/2020 - Crickhowell and Llangattock Conservation Area ref: 1957    Recommendations Approved

To present the results of the consultation in relation to the Crickhowell and Llangattock Conservation Areas.

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 07/08/2020

Effective from: 07/08/2020

Decision:

Members considered the consultation responses to the conservation area and the officer highlighted the changes made in response to this.  The Chair thanked the public for engaging with this.

 

A member commented that this was another high quality report reflecting a lot of hard work.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)     To approve the conservation area appraisal and designate the proposed new boundary for Crickhowell;

 

b)     To approve the conservation area appraisal and designate the proposed new boundary for Llangattock.

 

Lead officer: Mrs Helen Lucocq


07/08/2020 - Employer's Discretions - Powys Pension Fund ref: 1954    For Determination

To submit updated Employer discretions, supported by the Flexible Retirement Policy, for approval

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 07/08/2020

Effective from: 07/08/2020

Decision:

Members considered proposals on discretions the Authority would apply in cases of requests for retirement.  The Finance Manager referred to a correction to the enclosure to the report at item 6 in the list of discretions where text from item 5 had been repeated.  It should read “The Authority’s policy is to pay up to the statutory maximum number of weeks’ pay”.

 

A member highlighted the need for a policy statement as a point of reference when responding to requests for retirement, which would give staff confidence and ensure equal treatment.  This point was supported by other members who saw the ‘case by case’ approach as unhelpful in terms of process.  It was also felt that there should be  a clear decision making process over and above the Corporate Governance Team, to avoid any conflict of interest.  In response to questions the Finance Manager advised that the Authority’s Flexible Retirement Policy provided criteria for such decision making and the case by case approach allowed discretion to consider individual and personal factors.  She advised that officers could review this. 

 

A member felt that the pension scheme was a good one which obviated the need for exceptions, particularly given the potential term financial impact on the Authority.

 

There was support for a transparent process, avoiding the ‘exceptions’ rule in order to ensure a transparent and equitable process.

 

The Monitoring Officer advised that decisions in relation to requests for retirement were currently delegated to the Chief Executive in the Scheme of Delegation.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Employer’s Discretions for the Pension Fund set out in Enclosure 1 be approved.

 

 

Lead officer: Elaine Standen


07/08/2020 - 2020/21 Borrowing limit approval and prudential code indicators ref: 1953    Recommendations Approved

To confirm the annual operational limit for authority borrowing in accordance with the Prudential Code for Treasury Management (CIPFA)

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 07/08/2020

Effective from: 07/08/2020

Decision:

Members considered a proposal to retain existing precautionary borrowing limits in line with the requirements for CIPFA’s Prudential Code for treasury management.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Authority continues the present arrangements in relation to operational and authorised borrowing limits and Treasury Management for 2020/21.

 

Lead officer: Elaine Standen


07/08/2020 - Welsh Language Promotion Strategy ref: 1958    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 07/08/2020

Effective from: 07/08/2020

Decision:

Members considered and welcomed the Welsh Language Promotion Strategy.  The Welsh Language Champion thanked the officer and highlighted the importance of events such as the National Eisteddfod and the Urdd which enabled people to gain understanding of the language and culture.  The Chief Executive advised that National Parks Wales had previously had a presence at such events and had sponsored events at the Urdd.  A member suggested that singing was an excellent way to support Welsh culture.

 

The Equality and Diversity Champion highlighted the need to link with the Authority’s Equality duty and referred to statistics that could be updated.

 

A member asked whether the Authority could be more ambitious and aim to increase the number of Welsh speakers in the park.  The officer applauded this ambition but advised that the Authority’s resources and remit were limited in this respect.  She referred to the Welsh language course of 10 hour long units which were already seeing benefits amongst the staff.

 

A member wondered whether more could be done to encourage young people in environmental careers in Wales through links with academic institutions. The officer advised that there was a reference to supporting environmental careers.  She noted the comments about Welsh events, and advised that she had recently run a Welsh Language writing competition for children, on which there would shortly be a press release.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)  For the Authority to note the good work which has already been accomplished which this strategy builds on.

 

For the Authority to ratify the five year Welsh Promotion Strategy before publication on the Authority’s website and intranet.

Lead officer: Sian Shakespear


07/08/2020 - State of the Park Report 2020 ref: 1955    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 07/08/2020

Effective from: 07/08/2020

Decision:

Members considered the final draft of the State of the Park Report (SOPR) which had been subject to revision and improvements following consultation with members, officers and partners.  They congratulated officers on an excellent report and the valuable input from the Chair of Policy Forum was noted.

 

It was suggested and agreed that reports would be brought back to members at intervals to be decided by officers, in order to apply updated data.

 

In response to a question the officer advised that data on upland erosion was still being sought but it was hoped to include this in the final version.  The prevalence of algae blooms was highlighted and it was suggested that the Scottish National Parks might be able to provide some information on potential sources of this.  Examples on the River Wye were also noted.

 

Asked about the potential to include darkness and tranquillity in the SOPR the Chief Executive advised that he was in discussion with the Park Society on the potential for data on this.  In relation to noise he had spoken to the Police about the increase in high performance motorbikes since the easing of lockdown.  The Systems and Performance Manager advised that there was a task in the timeline for the SOPR and other key documents, and that discussion with stakeholders would enable views about values and perceptions.  He referred to new technology that was in the early phase of being able to gather sensor data, for example the impact of parking in the Waterfalls Area, but could also look at noise and light.

 

The Heritage Champion felt that the culture and heritage section was light on indicators but he felt the Heritage Environment Action Plan (HEAP) would provide the means to enlarge the scope of this section.

 

A member welcomed the report and wanted to see the dashboard used for communication via the website, press releases, and engagement through social media and learning resources, notwithstanding that it will generate difficult conversations.  For the next iteration she felt members would welcome indicators on how people feel about being in the park.  She was supported in this by a member who suggested that a communications plan was needed in light of the Authority publishing several key documents this year.  The Chief Executive noted this for discussion with the Public Engagement Manager.

 

A member asked whether pollution levels were being monitored during lockdown and the Biodiversity Champion advised that the regulatory authorities continued to monitor this.

 

RESOLVED:  To approve the State of the Park Report 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Lead officer: Mr Matthew Scanlon


29/07/2020 - Composition of Committees ref: 1943    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

Members considered recommendations from the Governance and Member Development Working Group in respect of the composition of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee and the Appointments Committee.

 

RESOLVED: 

 

a)  That no changes be made to the composition of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee;

 

b) That changes to the composition of the Appointments Committee be agreed as outlined in the report.

 


29/07/2020 - Appointment to Outside Bodies ref: 1952    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the following members be appointed to outside bodies until the next Annual General Meeting:

 

National Parks UK:                        Chair of the Authority, Deputy to substitute

National Parks Wales:                  Chair and Deputy Chair of the Authority

Welsh Local Government

Association (Council):                   Chair or Deputy Chair

Member Sponsor for Research

Prospectus:                                      Mr J Marsden

Regional Strategic Planning Groups     

South East:                                       Cllr A Webb

South West:                                    Cllr G Thomas

Regional Technical Statement

Member Forum:                             Mr J Stedman

Alliance of Welsh National

Parks:                                                Chair of the Authority

Brecknock Access Group:            Cllr E Roderick

Blaenavon World Heritage Site

Partnership Board:                         Cllr S Evans

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Steering Group:                              Mr J Stedman

Powys Public Service Board

Scrutiny Committee:                    Cllr A Webb

1st reserve: Cllr J Hill

2nd reserve:  Cllr S Evans

Biodiversity Information

Service:                                            Cllr A James

 

The Democratic Services Manager was asked to seek further information on the role of the Strategic Planning Groups and the frequency of meetings, as well as dates for all external meetings to enable members to plan their diaries.

 

A member requested a list of member telephone numbers, and another member requested a photo chart of officers.

 


29/07/2020 - Appointment to Working Groups and Panels ref: 1951    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

 

 

RESOLVED:  To appoint the following members to Working Groups until the next Annual General Meeting:

 

Local Access Forum Selection Panel:  Chair and Deputy Chair of Planning, Access and Rights of Way Committee, Member Champion for Landscape and Biodiversity, Member Champion for Resilient Communities:

 

Meithrin Mynydd Advisory Group:  Cllr A James, Cllr E Roderick, Cllr J Evans, Mr J Marsden;

 

Governance and Member Development Working Group: Cllrs G Ratcliffe, J Hill, E Roderick, J Evans, Mr C Coppock, Ms S Holden and Liz Davis;

 

Affordable Housing Working Group:  Cllrs M Jones, S McNicholas, A Webb, A James, Mr J Stedman and Mr C Coppock;

 

Policy Working Group:  Cllrs A James, G Thomas, E Roderick, J Evans, Mr J Marsden, Ms S Holden, Mr C Coppock, Liz Davis and Mr J Stedman;

 

Accommodation Working Group:   Cllrs A Webb, E Roderick, J Hill. Mr J Marsden, Ms S Holden and Mr C Coppock;

 

Waterfalls Task and Finish Group:  Cllrs G Thomas, E Roderick, S McNicholas, M Colbran, Mr C Coppock and Mr J Marsden.

 

A member queried whether member officer working groups should function, in particular whether they should be driven by the officer executive or by members.  He commented that it was difficult to gain purchase on outcomes if the executive was not delivering.  The Chief Executive noted this and would prepare a timeline in respect of the Waterfalls Task and Finish Group.

 


29/07/2020 - Appointment of Member Champions ref: 1950    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

Cllr J Hill joined the meeting.

 

The Chair drew attention to written annual reports published from three champions (Landscape and Biodiversity, Resilient Communities and Heritage).  The Welsh Language Champion and Equality and Diversity Champion gave verbal reports.

 

The Chair advised that the Governance and Member Development Working Group would be reviewing the role of Member Champion to better align with the new focus areas and the Change Programme.

 

RESOLVED:  That the following members be appointed Champions and Shadow Champions until the next Annual General Meeting:

 

Equality and Diversity:               Mr A Edwards (Shadow:  Cllr A James)

Welsh Language:                       Cllr E Roderick (Shadow: Cllr S McNicholas)

Landscape and Biodiversity:       Mr J Marsden (Shadow: Ms S Holden)

Heritage:                                   Mr J Stedman (Shadow: Cllr J Hill)

Resilient Communities:              Mr C Coppock (Shadow: Liz Davis)

Sustainable Economic

Development:                            Cllr J Evans (Shadow: Cllr G Thomas)

Volunteers:                                Cllr G Ratcliffe (Ms S Holden)

 


29/07/2020 - Policy Forum ref: 1949    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

Members noted one nomination each for the post of Chair and Deputy Chair.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)   To appoint all members to the Policy Forum;

b)  That Mr James Marsden be appointed Chair of the Policy Forum until the next Annual General Meeting;

c)  That Cllr Graham Thomas be appointed Deputy Chair of the Policy Forum until the next Annual General Meeting

 

 

 


29/07/2020 - Appointments Committee ref: 1948    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the following members be appointed to the Appointments Committee until the next Annual General Meeting:  Cllrs G Ratcliffe, A James, J Evans, E Roderick and Mr J Stedman and Liz Davis.

 


29/07/2020 - Sustainable Development Fund Committee ref: 1947    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

The Chair advised that there was one nomination for Chair and took nominations from the floor for the post of Deputy Chair.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)      To appoint the following members to the Sustainable Development Fund Committee until the next Annual General Meeting;

 

b)   That Cllr Michael Jones be appointed Chair of the Sustainable Development Fund Committee until the next Annual General Meeting;

 

c)    That Cllr M Colbran be appointed Deputy Chair of the Sustainable Development Fund Committee until the next Annual General Meeting.

 

 


29/07/2020 - Standards Committee ref: 1946    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the following members be appointed to the Standards Committee until the next Annual General Meeting:  Cllr A Webb, Cllr A James and Ms S Holden.

 


29/07/2020 - Audit and Scrutiny Committee ref: 1945    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

Members were appointed to the Audit and Scrutiny Committee and an election held for the post of Chair. There was no contest for the post of Deputy Chair.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)   To appoint the following  members to the Audit and Scrutiny Committee until the next Annual General Meeting:  Cllrs A James, A Webb, G Thomas, J Hill, S Evans, M Colbran, and Mr J Marsden, Mr A Edwards and Mr C Coppock;

 

b)  That Cllr A James be elected Chair of Audit and Scrutiny Committee  until the next Annual General Meeting of the Authority;

 

c)  That Cllr A Webb be elected Deputy Chair of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee  until the next Annual Meeting of the Authority.

 


29/07/2020 - Planning, Access and Rights of Way Committee ref: 1944    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

Members noted one nomination each for the posts of Chair and Deputy Chair.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)         To appoint all members to the Planning, Access and Rights of Way Committee

 

b)     To appoint Mr Julian Stedman as Chair of Planning, Access and Rights of Way Committee until the next Annual General Meeting of the Authority

 

c)      To appoint Cllr Edwin Roderick as Deputy Chair of the Planning, Access and Rights of Way Committee until the next Annual Meeting of the Authority

 

Both members expressed their thanks and pledged to do their best for the park and its stakeholders.

 


29/07/2020 - Election of Deputy Chair of the Authority ref: 1942    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

One nomination had been received.

 

RESOLVED:  That Liz Davis be appointed Deputy Chair of the Authority until the next Annual General Meeting.

 

The Deputy Chair was humbled by her appointment and thanked members.  She looked forward to rising to the challenge of the post and to supporting the Chair.  She was committed to the people of the Park as well as the landscape and wanted the Authority to be well governed and well led in order to be innovative and creative.

 


29/07/2020 - Election of Chair of the Authority ref: 1941    For Determination

Decision Maker: National Park Authority

Made at meeting: 29/07/2020 - National Park Authority

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

The nominated Deputy Chair took the chair for this item and advised that one nomination had been received.

 

RESOLVED:  That Cllr G Ratcliffe be appointed Chair of the Authority  until the next Annual General Meeting.

 

Cllr Ratcliffe resumed the chair and thanked members for their support.  It had been a difficult year for the Authority even before COVID-19 and he paid tribute to the staff who had gone above and beyond to keep the organisation functioning.  He looked forward to working with members and officers to meet the challenges ahead.