Independent Sheerwater Scrutiny Panel Review

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In January 2015, Woking Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee requested an investigation into the process and actions taken by the Council with regard to the Sheerwater Regeneration Project in response to local residents’s requests.

Following a report submitted to Full Council on Thursday 12th February, members agreed to establish an independent scrutiny panel.

The overarching responsibilities of the Panel, known as the Independent Sheerwater Scrutiny Panel (ISSP), are to:

  • investigate and review the process and actions taken by the Council in respect of the project
  • make appropriate recommendations to the Council arising from its investigation.

Review timeline

  • 19 January 2015 – Following requests from local residents, Woking Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee requested an investigation into the processes and actions taken by Woking Borough Council in respect of the Sheerwater Regeneration proposals.
  • 12 February 2015 – Full Council agreed the request for a review and established the Independent Sheerwater Scrutiny Panel (ISSP), comprising of Claire Storey (Co-Opted Independent Member of the Council) and Tim Stokes (Woking Borough Council’s Independent Person).
  • 20 February 2015 – Appointment of a third member of the panel, Michael Graham, the Monitoring Officer for Spelthorne and Reigate and Banstead Borough Councils.
  • 2 March 2015 – Start of the Scrutiny Review.
  • 16 March 2015 – Public meeting in the Wells Room at H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Church Street East, Woking, GU21 6HJ at 7pm. This outlined the Scope of the Review, Terms of Reference, Review Timeline and Call for Evidence.
  • 16 March to 1 May 2015 – Call for Evidence submission period.
  • 1 June to 5 June – Public Scrutiny Hearings.
  • 22 October 2015 – Panel Chair, Claire Storey, to present the Scrutiny Review’s findings to Full Council for consideration and publication of the Review.

The timeline is subject to change and it will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

TIMELINE UPDATE (12 May 2015): At the start of the Review process, the Panel were advised that the next formal step to be taken by Full Council in relation to the Sheerwater Regeneration Project would be taken on 21 May 2015. The decision timetabled for discussion is whether or not to allow New Vision Homes to submit a planning application to the Planning Authority. The Panel has now been advised that this decision will not take place at the meeting on 21 May, but it is expected to be brought to the meeting of Full Council on 9 July 2015. This change does not affect the Panel’s own timetable and the Panel’s report will still come before Full Council at its meeting on 22 October 2015.

To find out more about “Public Hearings reminder and extension of response deadline” click on the Council link.

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