Committee details

Climate Emergency and Sustainability Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel


Purpose of committee

Overview & Scrutiny is the name given to the system of checks and balances implemented to monitor and review the activity of the Cabinet and also assist them in developing policy.


Overview & Scrutiny has two key roles:



  • To assist the Council and Cabinet in the development of new policy
  • To assist the Cabinet by giving comments on issues identified as "Key Decisions" prior to a decision being made
  • To contribute to major service reviews at scoping and "key issues" stages
  • To assist the Cabinet by giving comments on selected Service & Budget Plans at their draft stage




  • Scrutinise performance management information to ensure that the Council is performing to agreed targets and to agreed Action Plans
  • Determine "call-ins" of decisions made but not yet implemented by the Cabinet or an officer
  • Scrutinise particular "Key Decisions" and other aspects of Cabinet activity to ensure compliance with agreed Council policies and plans.
  • Evaluate the impact of Council and or Cabinet decisions and policies


·  Tackling Climate Emergency

·  Natural Environment & Green Infrastructure

·  Planning Policy, including Conservation and Enforcement  

·  Building Control & Public Protection including Health & Environment  

·  Housing, including Strategy, Enabling & Development, Standards & Improvement and Homelessness Policy •

·  WECA (Housing & Transport)

·  Transport & Parking

·  Highways & Traffic  

·  Neighbourhoods including Environmental Services

·  Waste

·  Development & Management

·  Designated Flood Risk Management Panel


Membership: 6 Liberal Democrat Members; 1 Independent Member; 1 Green Member and 1 Labour Member.

Chair is nominee of the Liberal Democrat Group; Vice Chair is nominee of Labour Group


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Contact information

Support officer: Michaela Gay. 01225 394411

Phone: 01225 394411