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Council Housing at Homerton College

Meeting: 14/01/2015 - Housing Scrutiny Committee (Item 41)

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Minutes:

This item was chaired by Councillor Todd-Jones.

 

Matter for Decision

 

Thereport requestedapprovaltoa capitalbudgetfortheschemebasedon the schemesubmitted forplanningapproval.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor for Housing

 

The Executive Councillor resolved to:

 

  i.  Noted  the  indicative  mix,  design  and  layout  of  the  new  scheme submittedfor planningapproval

  ii.  Approvedthecapitalbudgeto7,007,505fortheschemedetailedin theProject Appraisalshownas shown in Appendix1 of the Officer’s report.

  iii.  Approveddelegatedauthoritybe giventotheDirectorof Customer and CommunityServicesfollowingconsultationwiththe Directorof Resources and the Head of Legal Services enter into a legal agreement withthedevelopersof the scheme.

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

A report from the Head of Strategic Housing outlined theHomertonCollegeschemeas thefirsttobe broughtforwardin thenext phaseof the Council’sownHousingProgrammeand isnotabletootobe the firstopportunitytodelivernewAffordableHousingon asitenotownedby the Council.

 

The Committee made the following comments in response to the report:

 

  i.  Asked for clarification on the mix of houses referenced on page 187 & 188 of the agenda reports pack.

  ii.  Asked if the four affordable units for wheelchair users were flats or houses.

  iii.  Asked what flexibility there would be to adjust the build numbers and would the Committee have to commitment to costs before knowing if reserves were available.

 

In response to Committees comments Officers, the Director of Community and Customer Services stated the following:

 

  i.  An answer would be given outside of the meeting on clarification on the mix of housing*

  ii.  Confirmed that the units for wheelchair users were ground floor flats.

  iii.  If the Council did not need to borrow when paying for the scheme and apply for reserves would make the scheme more viable.

  iv.  The report is presented to show viability and good assumptions. If the Council do not need to borrow then they won’t.

  v.  Confirmed there was provision in the budget for the Homerton project. There was sufficient right to buy receipts to cover the cost of the scheme.

  vi.  Acknowledged that market forces would have an effect on shared ownership and this would be reviewed twice a year.

 vii.  Borrowing would always be the last result for the Council.

 

* Committee Manager’s note:The mix of housing shown in the table on page 187 is the same as the mix in the text on page 188, apart from one discrepancy. The 4 bedroom houses are shown as 5 person on page 187 and 6 person on page 188. They will be 6 person.

 

The Committee:

 

Resolved unanimously to approve the recommendations.

 

The Executive Councillor approved the recommendation and welcomed the scheme.

 

Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted)

 

No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.