Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3,500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over £1bn on goods and services and a population of 1.3m. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 289 parish/town councils
The council commissions housing related-support services in Kent to support people aged 16 or over to live independent lives, helping them to stay in their own homes or work towards living in their own homes. This preventative work avoids homelessness, hospitalisation, or institutional care as well as reducing antisocial behaviour and reducing offending.
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ICT services for the provision of an Integrated Communications Control System to support the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.
Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3 500 km². It has an annual expenditure of circa. 1 000 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1.5 m. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 289 parish/town councils. Commercial Services is one of the largest trading organisations of its kind in Europe with a turnover in excess of 600 000 000 GBP and employing over 700 people from its base in Kent. Tracing its roots back to 1902, as an education stores department for Kent County Council, Commercial Services has subsequently grown organically to supply an ever-increasing range of best value goods and services to other publicly funded organisations. These include local government, education establishments, the care sector and the emergency services. KCS Professional Services, is a trading unit of Commercial Services and provides a purchasing, warehousing and distribution service to a wide ranging customer base within local government and associated public bodies in Kent, neighbouring counties and across the UK. The Central Buying Consortium (CBC) is a group of County, Borough and City Councils. The purpose of which is to improve the effectiveness, by co-ordination, of local authority purchasing with the object of effecting savings in public expenditure for the benefit of its members. CBC procures approximately 750 000 000 GBP goods and services per annum. In accordance with best procurement practice, EU and UK Procurement Directives and Regulations, Kent County Council via KCS Professional Services has created a Framework Agreement (the Agreement) for the supply and delivery of Interactive Audio Visual, IT Hardware Solutions and Consultancy. The procurement process adopted by the Contracting Authority is based upon the ‘Open’ Procedure, as detailed in the ‘Public Contract Regulations 2015’.
Shepway District Council commissioned an independent Employment Land Review (ELR) to inform the drafting of its Core Strategy Local Plan, with the final draft ELR completed in 2011. Since its completion, a number of factors have combined so that it is now timely to commission a review and update of the ELR.
The Council is at an advanced stage in preparing its local plan, with the NPPF compliant Core Strategy formally adopted by the Council onthe18th September 2013. This sets out a long term vision for the District up to 2031. A consultation on the Places and Policies Local Plan: Issues and options ran during the early part of 2015 and closed in March. An update of the Strategic Housing Land Availability and Assessment (SHLAA) is also currently taking place.
The Council is therefore seeking to appoint an experienced consultant to carry out a review and update of the ELR. The review will form part of the evidence base that informs and supports the implementation of policies contained within the Council’s Core Strategy Local Plan, in respect of employment land. The ELR will also form a key input to the development of the next stage of the Places and Policies Local Plan.
The review will assess the amount, type and location of employment land, required over the life cycle of the Local Plan. A key objective will be to enable economic, business and jobs growth in the district.
The review should in the main focus on the provision of land for Class B uses as defined in the Town & Country Planning (Use Classes) Order, plus sui generis uses that are similar in nature. The review should however, also consider the findings of a recent Town Centres Study, in respect of the provision of land for Class A uses as defined in the Town & Country Planning (Use Classes) Order, and whether the introduction of more Class B, specifically Class B1a (offices), in town centre and adjacent locations, is viable to support regeneration aims.