Hounslow Council


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24.

Minutes of the meeting of 19 March 2014. pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence or declarations of interest.

 

John Kennelly, Specialist Housing Project Manager, advised that a sentence in item 21 of the minutes of the meeting held on 19 March 2014 (page 2) required amendment. It should read: “Mr Kennelly stated that there were currently 62 people on the waiting list for sheltered accommodation and more than 600 were currently in sheltered accommodation within the Borough; there was therefore a requirement to provide 750 units if all existing schemes closed.” The minutes were confirmed as an otherwise true and accurate record.

 

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

 

 

 

 

25.

Delivery of Affordable Homes Target 2014 - 2018 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

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Minutes:

Please see the report on page 4 (agenda item 2).

 

Nadja Stone, Head of Affordable Housing Supply, presented the report.   She gave a summary of the report by confirming the 2014-18 Pledge definition, key milestones and the delivery sources from which the Pledge  will be met and stated that the   Pledge delivery was a corporate BPI which is  monitored quarterly and counted  cumulatively over four years. Ms Stone confirmed that AHS Service will look to optimise all opportunities (both in the private sector and where the Council is the land-holder) to secure and increase the supply of homes to meet the changing needs of Hounslow residents.

The Affordable Housing Committee was asked to note the recent restructure of the Affordable Housing Service which is now specifically structured in order to fulfil the Council’s ambitious affordable housing aspirations. She confirmed the service will be responsible for the delivery of the Pledge. The largest proportion of the pledge will be delivered through external sources via a process of negotiation and partnership with the private and Registered Providers sector. Key risks to delivery of the Pledge in this area were the financial viability of individual schemes and adoption of the Local Plan with a robust affordable housing planning policy agreed. In regards to the Council’s New Home Building Programme the key risk to delivery was the significant increase in development costs and land. Ms Stone asked the Committee to note that the Delivery Plan was a working document and will be reviewed annually.

She asked for questions after speaking to the report.

 

The Chair referred to the great increase in value of the two garage sites in Brentford that the Council had built on. Suzannah Taylor, Housing Development & Regeneration Manager, advised that the price of the houses had actually reduced recently from £795,000 to £735,000 but she acknowledged that the rising housing market had affected the affordability of the properties. The Council had expected the properties to be worth approximately £350,000 each when the process began. Officers worked very closely with marketing consultants to ensure that the properties remain affordable to households within the London Plan income requirements, and the properties would be affordable to residents with a household income of £65-£70,000. The properties would be sold as shared ownership with an initial sale of a maximum of 25%; that was the minimum percentage that a lender could be found for. The rent would be set at 0.5% of the Council’s equity per year. Ms Taylor stated that marketing was about to commence and the launch event would take place on 24 January 2015. Around 350 households were expected to attend and there would be something for all of them starting with a household income requirement of around £40,000. Based on people who had registered on first steps it was believed that approximately ten households would be able to afford the Brentford properties.

 

The Committee asked why the homes were being sold as shared ownership rather than just rented and Ms Stone advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

Terms of Reference for new Hounslow Residential Development Forum pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the draft terms of reference (agenda item 3, page 32.) Nadja Stone, Head of Affordable Housing Supply, presented the report.

 

After full consideration of the issue Cllr Steve Curran moved to accept the report’s recommendation, seconded by Cllr Theo Dennison. The Committee voted to agree the draft terms unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Affordable Housing Committee unanimously agreed the draft Terms of Reference for a new interactive group to work collaboratively on residential development issues and help to secure and deliver the Council’s pledge to secure 3,000 affordable homes between 2014 and 2018.

 

27.

Housing for Older People

Minutes:

Please see the report on page 38 (agenda item 4).

 

John Kennelly, Specialist Housing Project Manager, presented the report. Following the presentation Members questioned the officers present and discussed the matter. After full consideration of the issue Cllr Steve Curran moved to accept the report’s recommendation, seconded by Cllr Theo Dennison with the exception of (v) where further information was sought.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Affordable Housing Committee unanimously approved the officers’ recommendations with the exception of recommendation (v) where further information was sought.