Decision details

Council Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Council Plan sets out a vision, underpinned by three priorities that will guide how we work together with partners to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore. The corporate Council Policy on Climate Change is adopted to form part of the Council’s Policy Framework.




The Council Plan set out the Council’s vision and priorities and formed part of a suite of corporate documents and linked closely with the Medium Term Financial Plan.  These documents formed part of the Council’s Policy Framework and underpinned the Council’s approach to governance and community leadership.  The current Council Plan was for the period 2014 to 2019, and had been updated on an annual basis since 2014.


Councillor Jonathan Brook, Deputy Leader and Housing, People and Innovation Portfolio Holder, presented a new draft Plan which was intended to run from 2019 to 2024.  In developing the Plan, the vision had been revised to add the words “working together” to reflect that the Council could not achieve its ambition alone, and that it worked with partners to deliver on its vision and ambitions.


The vision, as stated in the draft Council Plan, was, “Working together to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore.”  To achieve the vision, the Council’s areas of focus were:-


·         creating an environment for people to thrive;

·         delivering excellent value-for-money, services;

·         playing a leading role and influencing others;

·         empowering customers and communities; and

·         forward thinking, innovative Council.


As with previous versions, the Council Plan retained the following values:-


·         Empowering People - By listening to our customers and our employees their ideas and comments will help us make improvements to customer service and workforce development.

·         Excellence - Seeking continuous improvement in what we do, ensuring that our actions address the needs of South Lakeland.

·         Open and Transparent - Being courteous, efficient and transparent in our dealings with the public.


The Council Plan set out the challenges and opportunities that the district faced in the short, medium and long term.  These were described in detail in Appendix 3 to the report.  In brief, the challenges and opportunities were:-


·         South Lakeland’s demography;

·         financial resilience;

·         affordable housing;

·         sustainability;

·         rise in obesity levels and inactivity;

·         access to better training and development; and

·         education and skills.


In order to meet the challenges and maximise opportunities, the Council Plan set out the delivery of the vision by:-


·         working across boundaries to deliver to communities;

·         creates the right balance across different age groups;

·         reduces inequalities so that no one is left behind; and

·         creates a sustainable and inclusive economy.


In addition to the Council Plan, an Executive Summary, detailed at Appendix 4 to the report, had been developed.  This document stated the high level priorities across the cross-cutting themes to deliver the overall strategic aims of the Council.


Developing a sustainable and inclusive economy was a key element of the new Council Plan.  This reflected growing awareness of the importance of Climate Change and the Council’s role in tackling it.


In line with the Performance Management Framework, the Council Plan Performance Monitoring reports detailed measures of success against the priorities within the Council Plan.  These were reported quarterly to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  Monitoring the success of the Council Plan through scorecards informed improvements and ensured Council services address the needs of residents in an open and transparent way.


The Plan had been developed following meetings held with Cabinet Members and officers.  Members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had considered the Plan on 11 January 2019 and the views and identified improvements raised at that meeting had further informed its development.  The Plan was due to be considered for adoption by Full Council on 26 February 2019.


The Environment Portfolio Holder took the opportunity to promote the work carried out by the Council in relation to parks and playgrounds and praised the involvement of Members, officers and community groups in achieving excellent results and demonstrating locality working.  The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder referred to a number of parks which had undergone refurbishment, such as Rothay Park and Flookburgh, and thanked the Environment Portfolio Holder for her part in these improvements.


The Deputy Leader and Housing, People and Innovation Portfolio Holder closed, thanking officers for their work.




RESOLVED – That the Council Plan 2019-2024 be approved for recommendation to Council for adoption.


Reasons for Decision


The Council Plan is the key strategic document for the organisation.  It sets out the Council priorities and is linked to all key strategies, including the Medium Term Financial Plan, Workforce Plan and Performance and Service Plans.  The Council Plan will form part of the Council’s Policy Framework.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


The alternative option is not to approve the Council Plan.  This is not recommended as the strategy sets the visions, values and delivery as the key strategy of the Council.  Not recommending the approval of the Plan would reduce the likelihood of the Council’s ambitions being delivered.

Report author: Laura Chapman

Publication date: 08/02/2019

Date of decision: 06/02/2019

Decided at meeting: 06/02/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 18/02/2019

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