Decision details

River Thames Scheme Collaboration Agreement Principles

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




1.    That Cabinet approves the principles proposed for the development of the Collaboration Agreement.


2.    That Cabinet agrees the delegation of  authority to the Executive Director for Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and the Executive Director of Resources, to enter into the collaboration agreement and to take such actions and decisions necessary to facilitate the delivery of the Scheme within the approved budget.


3.    That Cabinet recommends to Council that all decisions and actions relating to the Council’s regulatory and planning functions that pertain to the River Thames Scheme be delegated to the Director of Law and Governance in consultation with the Planning Group Manager.


Reason for Decisions:


The River Thames Scheme Collaboration Agreement will provide a sound legal basis for partnership working between the EA and SCC to deliver the River Thames Scheme.

However, development of the Agreement will take some time and will not be complete until the end of the calendar year. As such, Cabinet approval of a set of Collaboration Agreement principles will provide political support and direction for the negotiation of the full legal agreement, ensuring that it will represent the Council’s best interests.

The delegation of the approval of the final Collaboration Agreement as set out in the recommendations will ensure that SCC decision making is as agile as possible and does not hold up progress on the Scheme.

In addition, Cabinet has previously approved, on 26 January 2021, the need to develop an approach to separate the exercise of the Council’s functions as (i) a joint applicant to the DCO and (ii) its regulatory functions as a local planning authority to avoid a perceived conflict of interest.  The final recommendation above puts this into action.


[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee]


Publication date: 21/07/2021

Date of decision: 20/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 20/07/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 29/07/2021

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