Hounslow Council


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31.

Minutes of the meeting held on 5 March 2015 and matters arising. pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 5 March 2015 were agreed to be an accurate record and signed.

 

Re item 29, Sheltered Housing Project, (page 2) Cllr Theo Dennison asked if there were any updates on the future of The Maltings. Peter Matthew, AD Housing, Leisure and Public Health, advised that there was no further news at that point but guardians were scheduled to move in. Chair Cllr Steve Curran requested a short written update to be produced by the following week and Nadja Stone, Head of Affordable Housing Supply, agreed.

 

Cllr Curran stated that he had discussed Acton Lodge, which had been empty for around a year, with senior officers. It was no longer under the auspices of Adult Services and Cllr Curran wished for urgent action to be taken to make best use of the property as soon as possible. Cllr Dennison expressed full agreement, stating that the building of affordable housing and school places were of the highest priority. Ms Stone advised that it was a difficult, and therefore expensive, site to work with; it had been discussed by the Strategic Land and Buildings group (SLAB) who had examined the site’s potential. Adult Services could possibly fund future use.  Cllr Curran was clear that the site’s future was decided; it was no longer under the remit of Adult Services, was not a suitable school site and was therefore to be used for housing. Mr Matthew advised that the site would be included in the approved sites list for housing and that he would advise SLAB of this at their next meeting.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Acton Lodge site will be included in the development appraisal for housing.

32.

Disposal of HRA Asset pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Disposal of HRA Asset – Disused public convenience – Albany Road Brentford.

Minutes:

Please see the report of the Lead Member for Housing (agenda item 2) on page 6.

 

The Chair, Cllr Steve Curran, advised that he had a non pecuniary interest in the fate of the site, which he frequented.  Following a request for clarification from Peter Matthew, AD Housing, Leisure and Public Health, Cllr Curran stated that he was a regular customer in the neighbouring pub whose owners had expressed an interest in the closed down toilets under discussion.

 

Nadja Stone, Head of Affordable Housing Supply, presented the report. She advised that there had been frequent complaints from neighbours including the pub’s owners, regarding anti-social behaviour (ASB) at the site. This included persons, mainly street drinkers, continuing to use the site as a lavatory following its closure, litter (mainly alcohol cans) and the fly tipping of refuse including mattresses. There were also complaints about the fact that the site was unused. It was not possible to build on the site as it was too small but officers had provisionally discussed the possibility of it being leased by the neighbouring publican. Officers recommended that an evaluation would be carried out at the publican’s expense with a lease containing conditions to enable the Council to regain use of the site in future if necessary.

 

Cllr Theo Dennison stressed that it was essential to protect the Council’s interest as there was a lot of development in the area and it may become possible to develop the site in future as part of a wider scheme. There would need to be a ‘break clause’ in any lease to ensure that the Council would regain the site without cost if required. Ms Stone assured members that the site would not be permitted to become a ‘ransom strip’ and any lease agreed would contain the necessary conditions to ensure the Council retained control.

 

Cllr Dennison moved to accept the officers’ recommendations and Cllr Sue Sampson seconded the motion. Although his interest was strictly non pecuniary Cllr Curran took no part in the discussion and abstained from voting.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Affordable Housing Committee:

 

1.        approved the appointment of a valuer to undertake a valuation of the disused public convenience at Albany Road Brentford, held as HRA land, and which is surplus to requirements;

 

2.     agreed the disposal of the land by way of a 99 year lease for the best consideration that can reasonably be obtained;

 

3.     delegated authority to the Assistant Director Housing to enter into discussions with the owner of the adjacent public house with a view to agreement being reached as to the price, lease terms and any associated conditions; and

 

4.     authorised the making of a declaration to use the receipt for affordable housing as allowed under the spending rules for HRA capital receipts (The Local authorities (Capital Finance and Accounting)(England) regulations 2003 SI 2003 No.3146