Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

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8.

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

Minutes:

None.

9.

Minutes of the meeting held on 20 September 2013 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 22 April 2013 were signed.

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 September 2013 were agreed to be a true and accurate record and signed.

10.

Matters arising from the minutes

Minutes:

None.

11.

HRA sheltered housing capital projects The Maltings, Rectory and Wynne Court schemes pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Matter for decision

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration and Housing (agenda item 4).

 

Barbara Perry, Head of Housing Options and Allocations, presented the report. Cllr Steve Curran, Chair, asked for clarification of the term “core scheme” used in the report. Ms Perry advised that it referred to sheltered housing schemes where communal facilities were provided for community activities for older people in the Borough, whether resident in the scheme or not. These hubs would be separated by secure entrances from the residents’ homes. The first such scheme, Edward Pauling House, had opened the previous week.

 

Moving onto table 1 on page 6, Cllr Curran asked if Loraine Road could be used as temporary accommodation once the two remaining tenants had moved out. Ms Perry confirmed that temporary accommodation was the planned use for the scheme and Peter Matthew, Assistant Director Housing, Leisure and Public Health, asked if separate decisions were necessary. He advised that different decisions were currently made at different stages: an agreement to close a scheme; an agreement to decant residents; an agreement on how to then utilise the scheme and an agreement to use as temporary accommodation. Mr Matthew asked if members could make all four decisions at once and to use the scheme as temporary accommodation in the interim. The Chair agreed and requested a further meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee at the first opportunity to make the decisions. Ms Perry advised that the matter would have to be put on the Forward Plan and a meeting could then be arranged for December 2013; members agreed unanimously.

 

Cllr Curran asked for all Ward Councillor to be contacted a month in advance of work commencing. Cllr Colin Ellar expressed full agreement, adding that this would greatly assist those Councillors to communicate with concerned residents. There was discussion of compensation payable to tenants decanted from schemes and Ms Perry advised that full home loss payments of £3800 would not be made where tenants would all be rehoused in improved homes. However £500 disturbance compensation would be paid and costs of moving would be met.

 

Ms Perry advised that the Affordable Housing Committee had agreed to allocate £1.6 million on a new build scheme for a 12 unit sheltered scheme at Rectory Court. There were currently sheltered bungalows in the grounds which, although attractive properties, did not meet sheltered housing standards. The possibility of conversion had been examined and rejected as too difficult. Hounslow Homes wished to build 36 sheltered units and 8 houses for a cost of £6.8 million. A further report would be brought to the Affordable Housing Committee in December 2013.

 

Cllr Ellar moved that the Committee approved the officers’ recommendations in full. Cllr Jagdesh Sharma seconded the motion which was passed unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Affordable Housing Committee agreed:

 

   (i).            That the Maltings (Chiswick) be closed as sheltered housing and the remaining tenants shall be rehoused under the sheltered housing permanent decant policy;

 

 (ii).            That a feasibility study shall  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.