Strategic Scrutiny Committee
Thursday 16th January 2020 5.30 pm

Venue: Rennes Room, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter. View directions

Contact: Sharon Sissons, Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 01392 265115 or email

Note: The deadline for questions to be submitted to Strategic Scrutiny Committee is 10am on Monday 13 January 2020 

No. Item




Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Strategic Scrutiny Committee held on 21 November 2019.



Declarations of Interest

Councillors are reminded of the need to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests that relate to business on the agenda and which have not already been included in the register of interests, before any discussion takes place on the item. Unless the interest is sensitive, you must also disclose the nature of the interest. In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, you must then leave the room and must not participate in any further discussion of the item.  Councillors requiring clarification should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer prior to the day of the meeting.




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

It is considered that the Committee would be unlikely to exclude the press and public during the consideration of the items on this agenda, but if it should wish to do so, then the following resolution should be passed:


"RESOLVED that, under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the particular items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraph(s) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act."




Questions from Members of the Public Under Standing Order 19

Details of questions should be notified to the Corporate Manager Democratic and Civic Support by 10.00am at least three working days prior to the meeting.  Further information is available from Democratic Services on 01392 265115 and also on the Council web site -




Questions from Members of the Council Under Standing Order 20

To receive questions from members of the Council to appropriate Portfolio Holders.



2020/21 Budget Strategy and Medium Term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To note the report of the Chief Finance Officer presented to the Executive on 14 January 2020.

Additional documents:

Towards Carbon Neutral Exeter


Towards Carbon Neutral Exeter - Update January 2020 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider the report of the Exeter City Futures Programme Director.

Additional documents:


Presentation - Energiesprong

Adrian Pengelly - Service Lead Housing Assets will present information and explain the work that is being done on an Energiesprong housing retrofit as part of the update on the carbon agenda.


This is part of an example of a retrofit scheme that demonstrates what can be achieved and points to solution for retrofit schemes for existing Council housing stock. The City Council is also pioneering the Energiesprong standard for retrofit and Passivhaus standard for new build.


Ian Hutchcroft (Innovation Director Regen) will also be in attendance to share his experience of best practice and the challenge of making this main stream as part of the carbon neutral Exeter road map.



Presentation - Consultation on the Future Building Homes Standard 2025

Howard Smith - Principal Project Manager (Development) is coordinating the response from the City Council to the consultation for The Future Homes Standard: which includes options to vary Building Regs Parts L and F of the Building Regulations for new dwellingsin 2020 as well as 2025.


The consultation documents can be found HERE.  Members are invited to offer comments towards the coordinated response which will be made by the closing deadline date of 7 February 2020.