Agenda and decisions

Cabinet Member for Housing
Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 3.00 pm

Venue: Executive Meeting Room - The Guildhall

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith, Democratic Services, Tel: 9283 4057  Email: joanne.wildsmith@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declaration of Interests

3.

Southsea Community Centre Site Development pdf icon PDF 106 KB

The report by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services seeks approval from the Cabinet Member for Housing to engage the Regeneration team to deliver a new development of 23 flats on the site of the former Southsea community centre site.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Housing:

 

(1)  approves  the following Capital Expenditure amounting to £4m, delivering a new build of fourteen, 2 bed flats; five,1 bed flats; three,1 bed mobility flat and one, 2 bed mobility flat, totalling 23 flats to be retained within the HRA.

 

(2)  delegates authority to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance & S151 Officer to amend the spending profile and funding model of the proposed scheme whilst ensuring that the schemes remain financially viable following any necessary changes.

 

(3)  delegates the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building to approve any application for any grant funding to support the scheme.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Housing:

 

(1)       approved  the following Capital Expenditure amounting to £4m, delivering a new build of fourteen, 2 bed flats; five,1 bed flats; three,1 bed mobility flat and one, 2 bed mobility flat, totalling 23 flats to be retained within the HRA.

 

(2)       delegated authority to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance & S151 Officer to amend the spending profile and funding model of the proposed scheme whilst ensuring that the schemes remain financially viable following any necessary changes.

 

(3)       delegated the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building to approve any application for any grant funding to support the scheme.

4.

Housing allocations scheme pdf icon PDF 77 KB

The report by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services presents a refresh of the council's policy for allocation social housing in Portsmouth.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Housing agrees:

 

(1)  To accept the new Housing Allocation Scheme.

 

(2)  To delegate authority to the Director for Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services to agree any future minor amendments to the scheme.  This will be reported to councillors through the Members' Information Service and added to the published scheme documents.

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Cabinet Member for Housing agreed:

 

(1)  To accept the new Housing Allocation Scheme.

 

(2)  To delegate authority to the Director for Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services to agree any future minor amendments to the scheme.  This will be reported to councillors through the Members' Information Service and added to the published scheme documents.

5.

Draft Homelessness Strategy pdf icon PDF 83 KB

The report by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services presents the updated draft homelessness strategy which outlines Portsmouth's preventative approach to understanding and responding to customers and residents who face homelessness.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Housing agrees:

 

(1)  To endorse the council's draft Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023.

 

(2)  To instruct officers to undertake formal consultation on the strategy with relevant partners and stakeholders.

 

(3)  That following consultation, officers should return to councillors with a final strategy, and action plan, for agreement.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Housing agreed:

 

(1)       To endorse the council's draft Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023.

 

(2)       To instruct officers to undertake formal consultation on the strategy with relevant partners and stakeholders.

 

(3)       That following consultation, officers should return to councillors with a final strategy, and action plan, for agreement.

6.

Council Housing Budget 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services and the Director of Finance and Information Services is to seek the Cabinet Member's decisions on Council Housing budgets, rents and other charges and to give authority for managers to incur expenditure in 2019/20.

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Housing approved the following (please refer to report and appendices):

 

(i)             The revised budget as set out at appendix 3.            

 

(ii)            All rents and charges to be effective from 1st April 2019 or such other date as determined by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Information Services.

 

(iii)       Dwelling rents for 2019/20 to be set as in accordance with Central Government's Social Rent Policy.

 

(iv)       General Service charges for 2019/20 to be set at this meeting as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 5.

 

(v)        Sheltered Housing Service charges for 2019/20 to be set at this meeting as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 6.

 

(vi)       Laundry charges for 2019/20 to be set at this meeting as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 7.

 

(vii)      Heating charges to be set in accordance with Appendix 8.

 

(viii)     Garages and parking site rents as shown on Appendix 9 be approved and authority to let garages at reduced rents where demand is low be delegated to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Information Services.

 

(ix)       Revenue budget 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 3 be approved and authority given to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Information Services to amend the budgets to reflect the latest available information prior to finalising budgets for 2019/20.

 

(xi)       The relevant Managers be authorised to incur expenditure in 2019/20.

 

(xii)      The forecast Revenue Budgets for 2020/21 to 2021/22 as set out in Appendix 3 arising from the proposals contained in this report, be noted.