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Update on New Build Council Housing Delivery

Meeting: 20/01/2022 - Housing Scrutiny Committee (Item 9)

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This item was chaired by Councillor Sheil.


Matter for Decision

This report provided an update on the housing development programme.


Decision of Executive Councillor for Housing

      i.         Noted the continued progress on the delivery of the approved housing programme.

    ii.         Noted the updated 2021 Sustainable Housing Design Guide, to include the recommendations approved in January’s 2021 Housing Scrutiny Committee meeting and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ National Design Standards.


Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.


Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.


Scrutiny Considerations

The Committee received a report from the Head of Housing Development Agency.


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

        i.       Queried the colour of properties built as part of the regeneration programme as thought properties which were black on the outside absorbed 20% more heat than lighter coloured houses.


The Head of Housing Development said the following in response to Members’ questions:

        i.       Confirmed would liaise with the Tenant Representative outside of the meeting regarding the colour of properties built as part of the redevelopment programme as did not believe that any of the new council housing developments contained properties which were black.

      ii.        Confirmed that there was a requirement to build homes to M42 standard and that 5% of homes would be accessible homes.


The Committee unanimously resolved to endorse the recommendations.


The Executive Councillor approved the recommendations.


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

No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.