Agenda and draft minutes

Housing and Communities Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 24th January, 2019 6.45 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Penrith

Items
No. Item

HCc/29/1/19

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor M Clark, Councillor P Godwin attended as substitute.

HCc/30/1/19

Minutes

To sign the minutes HCc/21/11/18 to HCc/28/11/18 of the meeting of this Committee held on 22 November 2018 as a correct record of those proceedings (copies previously circulated).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes HCc/21/11/18 to HCc/28/11/18 of the meeting of this Committee held on 22 November 2018 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings.

HCc/31/1/19

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of the existence and nature of any private interests, both disclosable pecuniary and any other registrable interests, in any matter to be considered or being considered.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest at this meeting.

HCc/32/1/19

Portfolio Holder Update

To receive a verbal update and ask questions of the Housing and Health Portfolio Holder.

Minutes:

The Committee received an update from and asked questions of the Housing and Health Portfolio Holder and the Assistant Director Environmental Services on the following matters:

 

·         A £288,000 contribution to the Newton Road, Penrith extra care

housing scheme has been approved by the Executive. This will be funded from existing S106 contributions held within the Affordable Housing Fund reserve and is subject to final approval by Council on the 14 February 2019.  The provider is looking to develop over 50 units.

 

·         The District Wide Housing Needs Assessment has been completed and a draft report will be available for the Housing and Communities Scrutiny committee meeting scheduled for 21 March 2019.  Arc4 would be happy to present their findings at this meeting.

 

·         There is an opportunity for additional funding to be spent this year in respect of the Disabled Facilities Grants.

 

·         The Integrated Care Community based in the Lonsdale Unit at Penrith Hospital is keen to engage with the Council.  It is likely that a Housing Officer will be working with Adults Social Care, in the Hub, one day per week.

 

·         The Health and Wellbeing Officer has been concentrating on the Affordable Warmth Partnership.  Work has not yet started in respect of teenage mental health projects, however, this is still on the Agenda going forward.

 

·         Work in respect of the extended responsibilities in relation to Homelessness is going well.

 

Councillor Grisedale left the Chamber at 7.03pm

HCc/33/1/19

DRAFT Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To consider report TES7/19 of the Deputy Director Technical Services which provides an update on the emerging Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that will expand on housing policy in the Eden Local Plan 2014-2032, which was adopted on 11 October 2018.

 

RECOMMENDATION that Committee Members review the work undertaken so far and provide any feedback to officers as necessary.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered report TES7/19 of the Deputy Director Technical Services which provided an update on the emerging Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that will expand on housing policy in the Eden Local Plan 2014-2032, which was adopted on 11 October 2018.

 

Members asked questions and received updates in respect of the following matters:

 

·         The Stakeholder consultation which ends on 19 March 2019, including Parish Council involvement.

 

·         Definitions of local occupancy.

 

·         Conditions relating to main residencies, agricultural worker restrictions and Section 106 Agreements.

 

·         The square meterage of properties in respect of comparisons with properties in Carlisle as opposed to South Lakeland.

 

·         Accessibility needs including the provision of bungalows.

 

·         Choice Based Letting qualifying criteria for armed forces veterans, refuges and those fleeing from domestic violence.

 

·         Brownfield sites and the protection of large fell side areas within villages.

 

·         Community led housing developments and Neighbourhood Plans.

 

and RESOLVED to provide any further feedback to officers as necessary.

 

The Deputy Director Technical Services; the Planning Policy Manager and the Planning Officer left the Chamber at 8.11pm.

HCc/34/1/19

Scrutiny Coordinating Board Update

To receive a verbal update from the Chairman.

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update from the Chairman in relation to the Scrutiny Co-ordinating Board.

 

RESOLVED that the update be noted.

HCc/35/1/19

Housing and Community Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To consider the attached report of Chairman of the Committee

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered report G8/19 of the Chairman of the Committee which set out current and possible future agenda items for the Housing and Communities Scrutiny Committee. The report invited suggestions for possible agenda items from all non-Executive Members.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1.            Arc4 be invited to present a briefing for all Members, in respect of the Housing Needs Assessment.

 

2.            The Deputy Director Environmental Services be invited to provide a briefing on Fuel Poverty at the next meeting of this Committee.

 

3.            The Deputy Director Environmental Services be invited to provide a briefing on the Homelessness Review at the next meeting of this Committee.

HCc/36/1/19

Any Other Items which the Chairman decides are urgent

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business from the Chairman at this meeting.

HCc/37/1/19

Date of Next Scheduled Meeting

The date of the next scheduled meeting is 21 March 2019.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee was confirmed as 21 March 2019.