Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Executive - Wednesday, 28th June, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions

Contact: Michael Williamson 


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Minutes pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 31 May 2023.




The Executive approved as a correct record the minutes of the meeting on 31 May 2023.


Our Manchester Progress Update pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Report of the Chief Executive attached


The Executive considered a report of the Chief Executive which provided an update on key areas of progress against the Our Manchester Strategy – Forward to 2025 which reset Manchester’s priorities for the next five years to ensure the Council could still achieve the city’s ambition set out in the Our Manchester Strategy 2016 – 2025.


The Deputy Leader reported that Manchester’s homelessness figures had improved significantly, with numbers in temporary accommodation (including B&Bs) and sleeping on the streets both falling.  overall numbers in temporary accommodation had fallen to 2,745 households from a peak of 3,194 at the end of last year.  Reductions had been particularly marked in B&B accommodation. The overall number of households had gone down from 814 at its peak in February this year to 215 single people and 5 families, with no families now placed over six weeks. The rough sleeper count had also shown a marked decrease, down from a peak of 61 in September 2022 to 37 last month.  It was acknowledged that significant ongoing challenges remained, not least the cost of living crisis, and there was zero room for complacency, but the figures illustrate progress being made through the homelessness service transformation programme. 


Councillor Johnson, whilst welcoming the improved position, suggested that more joined up working of different services to help contribute to tackling homelessness


Councillor Leech welcomed the reduction in numbers and the change in policy for those who were at risk of homelessness.  He sought clarification as to whether there were any unintended consequences of the improved position, specifically in relation to the impact of those who were not homeless but trying to move home and the wait that these people may have for alternative accommodation.  He also sought confirmation as to what checks and balances were in place to ensure landlords did not misuse policy to evict unwanted tenants.  The Deputy Leader advised that the change in policy did not intend to adversely impact on those residents that whilst not homeless, where seeking to move home and that the Council would monitor landlords to ensure they were not seeking to misuse the policy.


The Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure reported on the reopening of Manchester Aquatics centre following a multi-million refurbishment to upgrade facilities and improve its energy efficiency.  All areas of the building had been upgraded including all of the swimming pools, enhancements to health and fitness facilities, a new fitness class studio and a new group cycle studio, new café facilities, health suite and changing spaces with new accessible provision to support disabled people and those with additional needs.  Over £3m in investment had been secured for New Green Technologies, funded by the National Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. Green energy systems and renewable energy sources had been implemented across the centre to reduce its carbon emissions.


The Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure also reported on the partnership between the Council, Government and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which would see almost £500,000 invested  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.


Capital Outturn 2022/23 and Capital Programme Update pdf icon PDF 183 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer attached

Additional documents:


The Executive considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, which outlined the capital outturn position for 2022/23 including total expenditure and funding, confirmed that funding sources had been managed to best utilise resources available to fund the capital programme; and presented a revised capital programme for the 2023/24 financial year after taking into account the final outturn position as reported.


The outturn for the Council’s Capital Programme in 2022/23 was £403.6m.  This represented one of the largest deliveries of capital spend in the Council’s history and was much higher than in previous years. It represented the continued significant investment in Manchester with over 220 live projects progressing during the year.


The Deputy Executive Member for Finance and Resources advised that the main variances to the Capital Budget related to Our Town Hall, The Factory, Housing Infrastructure Fund, Carbon Reduction Programme and Public Sector Decarbonisation and This City Housing. Details of these variances were contained in the report.


In regard to any unused grant, it was reported that, subject to conditions, these had been carried forward into 2023/24 and would be matched against future spend. The programme was managed to ensure that any grant with a risk of claw back due to time constraints or other factors was fully utilised in 2022/23. Similarly, any external contributions that have not been used will be carried forward into 2023/24. 


The balance of available capital receipts carried forward from 2021/22 was £114.4m.  A further £95.7m receipts were received in 2022/23 including pooled receipts from the sale of Council housing. Drawdown from capital receipts was £56.1m leaving a balance for use in future years of £154.0m, of which £94.3m relate to Housing.  Any new receipts generated in 2023/24 would be available for use in future programmes and added to the amount available. The Housing receipts were expected to support the achievement of the Council’s housing strategy and plans for their use would come forward in due course.


Insofar as revenue contributions to capital expenditure, these had been used to finance expenditure of £5.0m, including works on the Factory Public Realm (being a contribution from business rates income from the area), House of Sport, various Highways projects and the HR and Finance System replacement project. 


In relation to the HRA Capital programme, long term borrowing of £224.6m has been used to fund this. This borrowing figure represented the amount to be funded by borrowing in the long term and was not necessarily borrowed in year.  The Council’s approach to actual borrowing drawn down in year was governed by its Treasury Management strategy which had taken into account the volatility of interest rates and the base rate rises. A total of £120m of long-term external debt was borrowed in 2022/23.  The Council had to set aside part of its revenue budget for the repayment of its long term debt, this was known as the minimum revenue provision (MRP).  The MRP for 2022/23, excluding PFIs and leases, was £32.7m, and had been funded from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.


Establishment of the new GM Bee Network Committee pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Report of the City Solicitor and the Strategic Director (Growth and Development) attached

Additional documents:


The Executive considered a report of the City Solicitor and the Strategic Director (Growth and Development), which proposed new governance arrangements, in particular a new joint transport committee, to enable a more coordinated and integrated approach to Greater Manchester transport governance.


The Executive Member for Environment and Transport advised that local control of the Greater Manchester transport network, and bus franchising in particular, would change the type and number of decisions being made. Greater Manchester therefore needed to change the make-up of its decision-making bodies so as to ensure Greater Manchester’s new responsibilities were discharged in an effective and transparent way.


It was proposed that a new, smaller, and more strategically focused ‘Bee Network Committee’ (BNC) was to be established, which would lead on transport decision-making at a regional level, taking greater ownership and responsibility for the Greater Manchester integrated transport network.  As with the present GM Transport Committee, the Bee Network Committee (‘BNC’) would be structured as a joint committee, able to exercise decision-making powers and develop policy on behalf of the GMCA, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the ten Constituent Councils.


Although the new committee itself would have greater delegated powers, no additional Constituent Council functions were to be transferred or delegated to the GMCA and TfGM would continue to make day-to-day operational decisions within agreed parameters and policies.


As Greater Manchester took on new responsibilities and functions, it was important that scrutiny arrangements were appropriately strong. Under these proposals, the GMCA’s single, integrated Overview and Scrutiny Committee would consider transport matters in one place, alongside other policy areas, allowing for integrated consideration of issues


It was note that the GMCA and the Mayor at the GMCA meeting held on 26 May 2023 approved the new arrangements and the establishment of the Bee Network Committee as set out in the appendices to the report and recommended it on for approval by the Greater Manchester district councils.


Councillor Johnson sought clarification as to the mechanism for local councillors to inform reviews of the transport network.  The E Executive Member for Environment and Transport agreed to share information with all Members as to how this could be done


Councillor Leech questioned whether the proposed arrangements for the membership of the new Committee would appropriately reflect the political balance across Greater Manchester




The Executive:-


(1)      Agree to the establishment of a new joint transport committee (the Bee Network Committee) of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (‘GMCA’), the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the ten Greater Manchester Constituent Councils.


(2)      Approve the appointment of members to the Bee Network Committee as set out in Appendix 1 and appoint 1 member, preferably the Executive Member as decision-maker with responsibility for transport, and 1 substitute member to the Bee Network Committee.


(3)      Approve the Terms of Reference of the Bee Network Committee as set out in Appendix 2.


(4)      Note the delegation of the functions of the GMCA and of the Mayor of Greater Manchester as set out in the Terms of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


Implementation of new guidelines for council tax recovery as part of the Council's Anti-Poverty work. pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive attached

Additional documents:


The Executive considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, which outlined a proposed new policy to mitigate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis by making changes to the way the Council recovered Council Tax and related summons costs from residents who did not pay and supported the Council’s wider anti-poverty work.


The Leader advised that when considering council tax debt, the Council’s approach in recent years had been to take a holistic approach to recovery, where possible collecting the current year plus an amount towards the arrears. The aim as always had been to engage with residents in the most effective way and build a relationship that avoided costs and escalation wherever possible.


Where possible and based on intelligence about the city over many years, the Council took a fair and proportionate approach to the recovery of council tax that was due, seeking to engage with residents and agree affordable payment plans. Although the number of properties had been rising year on year and, until last year, the number of Council Tax Support (CTS) claimants reducing, the number of accounts receiving reminders, summons had been incrementally reducing. 


The cost-of-living pressures being faced by all of the City’s residents required a more flexible approach, whilst still emphasising the importance of early engagement if residents were struggling and establishing the habit of making their regular monthly instalment.


As such it was proposed to introduce a new policy which would:-


·                Establish arrangements to enable the repayment of Council tax arrears  over a longer period;

·                Enable a more proactive approach to writing off summons costs;

·                Introduce an informal breathing space arrangement and

·                Move towards a more intelligence-based approach to referrals to Enforcement Agents.


These proposals would only apply to 2023/24 as £1 million funding had been allocated to cover the associated costs. From 2024/25 onwards any available funding was likely to be required to meet the costs of the proposal to increase the maximum level of CTS available to working age residents. 


It was noted that it would be difficult to accurately predict the financial impact of the measures outlined in the report.  In some cases, the payment plans may actually support a higher ultimate collection rate as well as providing support to residents.  It was anticipated that the majority of direct financial impact will be through the increased use of discretionary support and the writing off of costs.  Officers would monitor the impact of these measures, especially payments of DCTP, and include the findings in the Revenues and Benefits annual update report that would be presented to Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee in September 2023. 


Councillor Leech sought clarity as to whether the Council was actively checking records of Enforcement Agencies to ensure that, they were demonstrating their efforts to contact residents to try and resolve matters of non-payment before any enforcement action was taken.




The Executive agree to adopt the policy as set out in the appendix.


Update on the Regeneration of Ancoats Phase 3 and the Proposed City of Manchester (Phoenix Ironworks Developments) Compulsory Purchase Order 2023 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development) attached

Additional documents:


The Executive considered a report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development), which provided an update on the activities to bring forward investment and development in the next phases of Ancoats.


There had been significant work underway to deliver further sustainable growth within Ancoats Phase 3.  Strategic plans for public realm and infrastructure improvements, the Ancoats Mobility Hub and new homes were now advancing to the construction phases and others were programmed to come through the planning process.


The report provided an update on the key aspects of the Infrastructure Delivery Programme.


It was reported that the Council’s strategic partner Manchester Life had proposed to develop the site known as “Phoenix Ironworks” in accordance with the Neighbourhood Development Framework (NDF). The site was at the heart of Ancoats Phase 3 and critical to the delivery of the regeneration of the area.


Manchester Life, via its wholly owned company “Phoenix Ironworks Developments Ltd”, had already acquired the majority of the land and buildings required for the scheme with the Council having acquired the industrial units at 1, 2 and 3 Naval Street. These strategic acquisitions demonstrated Manchester Life and the City Council’s long-term commitment to deliver the regeneration of the Ancoats Phase 3 area.  Once fully assembled, Phoenix Ironworks Developments Ltd was proposing to deliver 256 homes made up of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and town houses with ground floor commercial space, new maker spaces and associated hard and soft landscaping.


Whilst the majority of the land interests had been acquired, there was the unregistered freehold interest in three plots and other rights such as rent charges and restrictive covenants over several plots, remaining as the only outstanding acquisitions required to deliver the proposed scheme.  The Council had consulted on the best way to resolve the above issues in order to progress and it had been suggested that the way forward would be for the Council to exercise its Compulsory Purchase Powers to acquire the unidentified land interests and rights required.  Without the acquisition of the Order, it would not be possible to fully deliver the Scheme, which accorded with the NDF and recently submitted planning permission.


It was noted that the Council would in normal circumstances attempt to acquire all interests through negotiation, however as it had been unable to identify the owners of these plots this had not been possible.


Councillor I Robinson (Ward Councillor – Ancoats and Beswick) addressed the Executive on this matter.  She welcomed the proposals set out in the report and expressed a view that more cultural and space for children was needed in this part of the city.  She requested that officers to liaised with local ward Councillors to help minimise any disruption once development commenced.


Councillor Leech commented that an issue of personal safety at night had been raised with the developer by one of his colleagues who was also a ward councillor for Ancoats and Beswick and that he was disappointed to see no significant reference to the provision of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 59.


ID Manchester - SRF update pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development) attached

Additional documents:


The Executive considered a report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development), which presented a draft updated Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) for ID Manchester (formerly the University of Manchester’s North Campus), and requested that the Executive endorse the framework in principle, subject to public consultation on the proposals.


The Leader reported that ID Manchester lay at a strategic location, forming a gateway to the Oxford Road Corridor from Piccadilly station and the city centre core.  It was a key regeneration area on the southern side of the city centre, stretching from Great Jackson Street through to Mayfield.


The overall objective for ID Manchester was for a world-class innovation platform, driving skills, new ideas, and economic growth and opportunity for Manchester, the City Region and the UK.


The proposals in the updated ID Manchester SRF had the potential to create over 10,000 jobs; encourage new business growth and clustering, linked to the city’s research and development strengths; and provide significant new homes, public space and facilities for local people. They would also provide new and improved routes and connections to Piccadilly, the rest of the Oxford Road Corridor, other parts of the city centre and adjacent communities. 


If the draft updated ID Manchester SRF was subsequently approved by the Council, it would become a material consideration for the Council as Local Planning Authority when determining any applications within the IDM SRF area


Subject to Executive approval, a further report would be brought forward after the public consultation exercise, setting out the comments received and any changes to the final version of the draft updated IDM SRF.


Councillor Leech enquired as to whether it was proposed to provide and affordable housing on the site.  It was clarified that the issue of affordable housing would form part of  consultation on the SRF and the Council was committed to delivering affordable housing to all parts of the city.




The Executive


(1)       Endorse in principle the updated Strategic Regeneration Framework for ID Manchester;


(2)       Request the Chief Executive undertake a public consultation exercise on the regeneration framework with local stakeholders; and  


(3)       Agree that a further report be brought forward, following the public consultation exercise, setting out comments received.



Large Scale Renewable Energy Generation - Power Purchase Agreement (Part A) pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer attached


The Executive considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, which provided an update on the progress of the  Council’s proposal to purchase renewable energy supplies via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to ensure the Council had a long term, cost effective supply of renewable energy to meet its energy needs and achieve its Zero Carbon objectives to reduce the Council’s CO2 emissions.


The Executive Member for Environment and Transport reported that a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was the direct purchase of renewable energy. Investment in a PPA enabled additional renewable power generation to be created and added to the national grid. The investment in a PPA was traceable directly to specific renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms across the UK and guaranteed supply of renewable energy over a long-term supply agreement, typically between 5 and 15 years.


In November 2022, officers identified a potentially suitable large scale solar PV facility available for purchase and submitted an initial non-binding offer to the developer.  A report on the potential purchase was made to Executive in January 2023.  However, during the Council’s detailed assessment of the proposition, the Council took the decision to withdraw from this potential purchase as the site did not pass our due diligence thresholds for viability and therefore did not offer a sound investment opportunity for the Council.


Since then, the Council had continued to explore suitable renewable energy supply options considering the available options for an asset purchase, such as a solar farm, or purchase of renewable energy via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), taking advice from external advisors.


In purchasing a PPA of this kind, the Council’s commitment to purchase power, gave the power provider certainty of a guaranteed off taker which would help them to fund the construction of an additional renewable energy supply to the grid, thereby reducing the Council’s CO2 emissions for the production of the energy that the Council used to supply its buildings and to charge its electric vehicles etc. The Council had confirmed with its advisors, including the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research, that the purchase of a PPA was a valid, and indeed essential, contribution towards the Council meeting its Zero Carbon 2038 objectives between 2025/26 and 2038.


Currently, the Council’s Energy Management Unit and Procurement colleagues were finalising procurement documents required to establish a new retail electricity supply framework, projected to be in place by September 2023 to replace the now expired previous framework.  It was expected that, unlike the framework this replaced, the new framework would accommodate a single supplier across all lots, so that energy taken from a renewable project could be more easily integrated into the contracts which made up the demand under consideration for this PPA.


The Council intended to seek additional support and advice from its technical consultants and its legal advisors for consideration in establishing this framework agreement.


The Leader sought an assurance that the proposal now being put forward would still enable ethe Council to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.


Exclusion of the Public

The officers consider that the following item or items contains exempt information as provided for in the Local Government Access to Information Act and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The Executive is recommended to agree the necessary resolutions excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of these items. At the time this agenda is published no representations have been made that this part of the meeting should be open to the public.




The Executive agrees to exclude the public during consideration of the following item which involved consideration of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of particular persons and public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


Large Scale Renewable Energy Generation - Power Purchase Agreement (Part B)

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer attached


In connection to Minute Exe/23/61, the Executive considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, which provided details around the commercial, financial and legal arrangements in respect of the purchase of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) as part of the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Generation Project to act as a key contributor to enable the Council to meet the Council’s Zero Carbon targets.




The Executive:-


(1)      Endorse the progression of the Power Purchase Agreement procurement in-line with the timetable outlined within the report.


(2)      Delegate responsibility to the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer to select the preferred bidder, negotiate and agree the contractual arrangements in consultation with Executive Members for Environment and Transport and Finance and Resources.


(3)      Authorise the City Solicitor to enter into and complete on behalf of the Council all the necessary legal documentation giving effect to the above.


(4)      Agree that update reports are presented to the December 2023 cycle of the Executive, Environment, Climate Change and Neighbourhoods and Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committees.


Investment in the translation and industrialisation of diagnostic biomarkers in Manchester (Part B)

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer attached


In connection to Minute Exe/23/56, the Executive considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, which provided an update on the progress and growth of APIS Assay and summarised the company’s business plan and proposals to seek further investment to promote its ambitious plans to grow and become a leader in health innovation.




The Executive:-


(1)      Approve the Business Plan and endorse the company’s proposals to seek further investment in line with the business plan to enable Manchester and Greater Manchester residents to benefit from the innovations in diagnostics and personalised medicines.


(2)      Delegate responsibility to the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer and City Solicitor in consultation with the Executive Member for Finance and Resources to approve the terms of any investment and all commercial arrangements.


(3)      Authorise the City Solicitor to enter into and complete on behalf of the Council all the necessary legal documentation giving effect to the above.