Agenda and minutes

Devon Building Control Partnership Committee - Friday, 15th November, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Local Government


Chairman's announcements


The Chairman welcomed the committee to the meeting, and thanked the DBC technical team for their work on the River Dart Country Park event at Ashburton.




Declarations of interest.


The Chairman, Cllr Terry Pearce declared that as the Chair of Brentor Parish Council, he had a personal interest in the development of the Brentor Local Needs Housing Scheme which was being brought forward by West Devon Borough Council and where the Devon Building Control Partnership will have some involvement


Half Year Operational Report pdf icon PDF 199 KB


The Head of the Partnership updated members on the past half year performance. It was noted that there had been some staff changes within the team which they had then been able to fill internally, which was working well.   He referred to the Hackitt Report following the Grenfell fire which proposed the introduction a scheme of registration for all building control surveyors.  The LABC have introduced Technical assessments and all except the Apprentice are registered at Level 5.  One surveyor has recently passed his Level 6 and most of the team are due to take the assessment in the following week. High rise buildings are currently a minimum of 18 metres but this may well be lowered and would affect many of the buildings within the area such as care homes and health centres. It is therefore important that DBC ensures it has appropriately qualified staff to manage all potential workloads as well as not missing out on potential income.


Recent seminars and the ‘Building Together Devon’ event were successful and popular. Additional events would be arranged subject to resources.


The Chairman requested the Partnership’s thanks be passed on to all staff for their work over the past year.


Resolved The report is noted.


Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 - Exclusion of Press and Public


RECOMMENDED that, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of minutes 36-38 below on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.


Half Year Operational Report



The report circulated with the agenda gave and update the on the performance of the Partnership. The information and level of service met performance targets listed in the Partnership Agreement. The Partnership continued to receive positive feedback from its customers.


Resolved that the report be noted and applications be processed as agreed


Half Year Financial Report


Consideration was given to the report circulated with the agenda, which updated Members on the financial performance of the Partnership for this half of the current financial year.


Resolved that the report circulated with the agenda be approved.