Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 29 January 2013
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Jim McClung (Chairman)-Wigtown West
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Finlay Carson-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Brian Collins-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
Colin Smyth-Nith
Officials:
Claire Caution - Clerk
John Lynch - Head of Strategic Housing, Commissioning and Environmental Standards
Jim O'Neill - Strategy and Development Manager
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

9 Members present

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

2.1   Jim Dempster and Craig Peacock declared an interest in Item 5 by virtue of the fact that they were all registered landlords and having taken advice had determined that there was no requirement for them to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

2.2   Jeff Leaver and Colin Smyth declared an interest in Item 6 by virtue of the fact that the Labour Party has a rented office in Friars Vennel and having taken advice had determined that there was no requirement for them to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

MEMBERS - Ian Carruthers and Denis Male entered the meeting - 11 Members present

 
3 COMMON HOUSING REGISTER - PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

 3.1   NOTED and APPROVED the progress made in taking forward the Common Housing Register project;

 

AGREED

 

3.2   to receive further progress reports at each Housing Sub Committee as the Common Housing Register project develops; and

 

3.3   to receive an additional report with regards to policy implications of Welfare Reform Act provisions on the Common Allocations Policy.

Head of Strategic Housing Commissioning and Environmental Standards
4 DUMFRIES TOWN CENTRE PILOT HOUSING REGENERATION AREA - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

PROCEDURE - The Committee was advised at an error in the report at section 3.3 where 36 replies to the survey were received it should read 40 replies were received.

 

Decision

 

4.1   AGREED to implement the draft Action Plan;

 

4.2   NOTED the responses to the consultation exercise that took place with local residents and other stakeholders;

 

AGREED

 

4.3   to receive a report in Spring 2014 describing outcomes that have been achieved, and lessons learned, from implementing the Action Plan;

 

4.4   to receive quarterly reports updating the progress of the Action Plan; and

 

4.5   recognising that derelict properties were a bigger issue than just housing, to remit to the Director Planning and Environment Services for a report on derelict properties to be brought to an early meeting of Planning and Housing Environment Services Committee.

Strategy and Development Manager

5 REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE LANDLORDS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to recommend to full Council that:

 

5.1   the current delegation to Officers of all decisions in relation to the Fit and Proper Person test for Landlord Registration is removed;

 

5.2   where incomplete applications are received the decision to refuse registration is delegated to Officers;

 

5.3   where minor concerns are identified, Officers are delegated to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution that will allow the landlord to be registered; and

 

5.4   where there are significant concerns that a landlord can be considered a Fit and Proper Person that this decision should be referred to the Licensing Panel for determination.

HMO Licensing and Landlord Registration Manager

6 STRATEGIC HOUSING INVESTMENT PLAN (SHIP) 2012/13-2014/15 - STRATEGIC LOCAL PROGRAMME -UPDATE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

6.1   NOTED and APPROVED the additional Scottish Government funding allocation of £1.343m which will allow the Council to fully fund the Strategic Local Programme projects agreed on 25 September 2012;

 

AGREED

 

6.2   to apply the balance of the funding of £598k to support the delivery of the remaining unfunded homes in the Stranraer Neighbourhood Renewal programme, noting this will see the completion of the programme in Stranraer and will have delivered 222 new homes;

 

6.3   the Slippage Projects attached at Appendix 1 which will be prioritised for investment if the Council receives further funding as part of the £50m additional fund announced by Scottish Government;

 

6.4   to support Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership’s bid under the Green Innovation Fund; and

 

6.5   to support the development of the Strategic Housing Investment Plan, that officers investigate the Council becoming lenders of last resort and investigate any external funding options from Scottish Government.

Head of Strategic Housing Commissioning and Environmental Standards
7 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.

 
8 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCOTLAND ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adoption of resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A (4) and paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

 
EXEMPT
9 SCHEME OF ASSISTANCE: WORK TO MEET THE NEEDS OF DISABLED PEOPLE: CASE REFERENCE 12 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Summary of Report - This report sought Members’ consideration of an application to provide financial assistance for the construction of an extension to a property which fell within the scope of the current policy in relation to the Council’s discretionary powers to fund such works agreed on 22 January 2010. The case had been the subject of a Multi Agency Case Conference which agreed to recommend to Members the provision of a discretionary grant for an extension and associated adaptations.

 

Decision

 

9.1   CONSIDERED the merits of the application for financial assistance to meet the needs of the applicant and AGREED to support the option; and

 

9.2   NOTED that the costs, estimated at £94,000, for discretionary work to meet the needs of a disabled person will be met from the Scheme of Assistance budget.

Head of Strategic Housing Commissioning and Environmental Standards

Action Details

ItemDetail
4 Action by Strategy and Development Manager - The draft Housing Renewal Area Action Plan has been agreed and is now in the process of being implemented. Complete.
5 Action by HMO Licensing and Landlord Registration Manager - complete