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Meeting of the Executive held on 05/02/2008
Corporate Plan 2008-2011

Waverley Borough Council


CORPORATE PLAN 2008 - 2011
[Portfolio Holder for Corporate Strategy: Cllr R J Gates]
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

Waverley’s new Corporate Plan for 2008 – 2011 will be considered for adoption at the February 2008 meeting of the Council. The Corporate Plan sets out the main priorities for the Council’s activities over the coming three years, and is an extremely important document. The plan was presented in draft form to the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committees during January to enable the fullest possible discussion and input into the plan by Councillors prior to its finalisation and adoption. The observations from the Committees are set out later in the report.

Environmental implications:

The Corporate Plan will set out Waverley’s priority actions and objectives on environmental issues. The issues identified in the plan will guide the prioritisation of resources by the Council over the coming three years.

Social / community implications:

The Corporate Plan will set out Waverley’s priority actions and objectives on social and community issues. The issues identified in the plan will guide the prioritisation of resources by the Council over the next three years.

E-Government implications:

There are no specific e-government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

Waverley is operating in a financial context of scarce resources. Available finance and staff capacity needs, therefore, to be allocated carefully, and in support of the Council’s main priorities. The Corporate Plan, when finalised, will serve to guide the Council in the allocation of resources over the next three years.


1. It is recommended good practice for local authorities to produce a Corporate Plan, setting out their principal aims and ambitions for their area, and identifying priority outcomes for achievement. The Corporate Plan defines the vision of the Council, which is then used by the Council’s senior management team to guide the work of service departments, and the allocation of resources. 2. It is important that the Corporate Plan is a clear and accessible document, setting out clearly the main aims of the Council, and enabling residents, stakeholders and partners to understand the Council’s priorities and to evaluate the extent to which the Council is delivering against its objectives.

3. This draft Corporate Plan for 2008 – 2011 sets out the proposed five corporate priorities for the current term of office of this administration, and identifies measurable targets against each of these priority headings (see pages 23 – 33).

4. In addition, the draft Plan lists the priority strategic issues and projects that will guide the work programmes of the Council’s Strategic Directors over the coming three years (see page 34).

Observations from the Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Community - 14th January 2008

5. With regard to the section on Strategic Projects and their allocation to the Strategic Directors, the Committee agreed that there was alot to be gained from working with Surrey County Council, its Health Scrutiny Committee and appropriate Parish Councils in order to help influence the Surrey PCT to improve access to local primary healthcare and hospital services. The Committee agreed to suggest to the Executive that the bullet point on page 34 of the Corporate Plan be re-worded to that effect.

6. The Committee was also invited to identify any service areas which could be identified as ‘non-priorities’ for the Council. It was agreed that the following suggestions be passed to the Executive, via the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee for consideration since they fell more within the remit of that Committee:-

1. Countryside - Waverley currently manages large areas of countryside and it was suggested that there were other large organisations such as the National Trust that could perhaps take over some responsibility; and

2. Climate Change - the Committee agreed that the amount of resources to be applied to this area of work should be minimised [Cllrs Mrs P Ellis and Mrs C E Savage asked that their votes against this proposal be recorded].
Environment and Leisure - 15th January 2008

7. The Committee generally supported and endorsed the Plan, including the proposed set of Council priorities and targets. It also identified the following suggestion for a non-priority service area:-

To support the proposals of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee that general work on climate change and countryside management might be areas suitable for a lower priority.

Corporate - 21st January 2008 8. In considering the Corporate Plan and in particular the Environment priority, the Committee expressed concern about quantifying the proportion of planning appeals upheld against the Council. Generally, Members were unclear about how much of a stretch the targets would be without adequate evidence of Waverley's current position. The Committee agreed to ask the Executive to review whether a specific percentage target was appropriate for any particular measure given that the targets were not sufficiently detailed.


It is recommended that the Executive approves the proposed set of Council priorities and targets, and Strategic Projects for 2008 – 2011, identifies any non-priorities for the Council (see page 22) and recommends the Corporate Plan to the Council for adoption.

Background Papers (DoCSP)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.


Name: Mary Orton Telephone: 01483 523208
E-mail: morton@waverley.gov.uk