Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

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28.

Urgency pdf icon PDF 21 KB

29.

Appointment of Chair

Minutes:

Cllr Steve Curran was appointed Chair.

30.

Apologies for absence, declarations of interest or any other communications from Members

Minutes:

In addition to the members the meeting was also attended by Peter Matthew, Assistant Director, Housing Leisure & Public Health, Nadja Stone, Housing Development & Partnership Manager andAdam Manning, Housing Development & Partnership Coordinator. Heather Cheesbrough, Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, sent her apologies.

 

Cllr John Todd attended as a guest of the Panel.

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

31.

Minutes of the meeting held on 10 April 2012 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 10 April 2012 were agreed to be an accurate record and signed.

32.

Matters arising from the minutes

Minutes:

Cllr Ruth Cadbury asked about progress made on the Loraine Road sheltered housing scheme. Nadja Stone advised that decanting of tenants was progressing successfully and different options for disposal of the properties were being considered. Peter Matthew stated that adult temporary accommodation was one such option. Cllr Cadbury asked if the units were secure and Mr Matthew advised that a small number of tenants were still in occupation and that a guardian agency had been employed.  

33.

PART II - ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION AFTER THE EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

34.

Exclusion of Press and Public

 

That the public and press be asked to leave the meeting during discussion of the following item because exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 is likely to be made known.

Minutes:

Cllr Jagdish Sharma moved to exclude the public and press from the meeting during discussion of the next item because exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 was likely to be made known. Cllr Ruth Cadbury seconded the motion which was carried unanimously.

 

 

35.

Council New Build Development Programme

Minutes:

Please see the report by the Lead Member for Education, Housing & Regeneration.

 

Adam Manning presented the report, advising that the proposal stemmed from the Council’s Pledge 3 long term plan to deliver 2,500 additional affordable homes by 2014. Planning consent had been achieved in 2012 for three small garage sites in Housing Revenue Account (HRA) ownership, at Brook Road South, Brentford, Lateward Road, Brentford and Denham Road, Feltham.  Detailed proposals had been prepared using Hounslow Homes’ (HH) procurement development framework which were submitted in February 2012. There had been some objections from local residents but consent had been granted by the Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) on 29 March 2012. The proposals for the sites were for the building of a total of five affordable family homes. Different options had been examined to ascertain the best way of providing the homes and it was decided that the Council would deliver the affordable housing via the existing HH development procurement framework as this was seen to be the most efficient and cost effective delivery route offering several key advantages. It would give the Council maximium control over the development process, allow the Council to retain ownership of both its land and the new homes on the sites, and retain allocations to the new homes, receiving a rental income on the units and flexibility on rent setting.

 

HH had been instructed to investigate feasibility of that option. In order to be attractive to contractors there need to be an economy of scale; five units would not be cost effective, it would require 29 units. Other sites had been looked at and four more had been found, all HRA owned garage sites: South Road, Tivoli Road and two on the Midsummer Estate. HH had examined all possibilities to create a viable program in line with the brief. Overall there would be a mixture of shared ownership and targeted rental properties and a feasibility study had been carried out. This had found that all the proposed sites were viable with regards to cost value, given appropriate housing developments, although some sites were better than others; some had planning issues if they were to be seen as part of the program.

 

The program was to be split into two tranches:

 

1.      Development of the first three sites that already had planning consent (phase 1) plus South Road; and

2.      Tivoli Road and Midsummer Estate and/or other identified HRA owned sites.

 

The first tranche contained a total of 29 units, all affordable housing and either shared occupancy or rented. It was felt that the rented accommodation could be attractive to households currently classed as under-occupiers, thus freeing up much sought after larger Council rented homes in the Borough.

 

The projected cost of tranche one was £4.2 million.  Ringfenced New Homes Bonus funding of £2.1 million was available, a further £1 million from shared ownership sales was anticipated over 2014/15 and there would be rental income over a 30 year period. This would leave  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.