Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 21 May 2015
Time:
10.30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Craig Peacock (Chairman)-Annandale East and Eskdale
Finlay Carson-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
Colin Smyth-Nith
Officials:
Alan Glendinning - HMO Licensing and Landlord Registration Manager
John Lynch - Head of Strategic Housing, Homelessness, Welfare Reform, Revenues and Benefits
Jim O'Neill - Strategy and Development Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
In attendance:
Jamie Dent - Chief Executive, Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust
Paul Ruffles - Street Design Co-Ordinator, Sustrans
Apologies:
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

9 Members present, 1 apology and 1 not present at the start of the meeting.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Jim McClung declared an interest in item 7 by virtue of the fact that he had been lobbied by one of the partners and had determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

MEMBER - Colin Smyth entered the meeting - 10 Members present

3 PRESENTATION BY SUSTRANS ON STREET DESIGN PROJECT

Decision

 

THANKED Paul Ruffles for his presentation.

4 QUEEN STREET AND NEIGHBOURHOOD STREET DESIGN PROJECT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

4.1   to the undertaking of statutory procedures for relevant Traffic Orders and, if no objections are received, proceed to implementation of the Street Design project; and

 

4.2   to allocate an additional £165k from the Council Tax second homes budget to match fund the £305k contribution made by Sustrans.
 

5 COMMON HOUSING REGISTER REVIEW - PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED the progress of the Common Housing Register Review and overall reporting timeline as detailed at 3.6 of the report and FURTHER NOTED the assurances that the report would be presented to Area Committees during July 2015 to allow comments and recommendations to be made prior to the report being finalised and that this report would include a full review of the operation of the Strategic Needs Group.

6 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY SMALL COMMUNITIES HOUSING TRUST BUSINESS PLAN 2015-2020 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED and APPROVED the Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust Business Plan 2015-2020 (Appendix to the report) and AGREED that a summary of it’s contents should be included in a future Local Housing Strategy.

 

MEMBER - Jim McClung declared an interest and left the meeting - 9 Members present

7 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY SMALL COMMUNITIES HOUSING TRUST - FUNDING REQUEST - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED the provision of match funding to Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust of £16,100 over a 1 year period to continue the Realising Affordable Rural Housing project which aims to develop an innovative scheme to assist rural communities to develop, build and manage affordable housing in specific rural communities (Appendix to the report).

 

MEMBERS - Jim McClung re-entered the meeting and Grahame Forster left the meeting - 9 Members present
 

8 STRATEGIC HOUSING INVESTMENT PLAN (SHIP) 2015/16 -2019/20 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

MEMBER - Grahame Forster re-entered the meeting during consideration of this item - 10 Members present

 

Decision

 

AGREED

 

8.1   to the changes required for the Council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan as detailed at 3.2 and 3.3 of the report with regard to the former Abbeyfield Project at Thornhill and that at Merrick Road Castle Douglas; and

 

8.2   to allocate £59,582 from the Council Tax income on Second Homes to support the delivery of the unit at Thornhill to meet the specific needs of the household that are being referred through the Homes4D&G as a Strategic Needs Group case.

9 LICENSING OF HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION AND REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE LANDLORDS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

9.1   NOTED the outcomes of the Fit and Proper Person determinations (Appendix 1 to the report) made by the Licensing Panel in relation to private landlord registration and the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs);

 

AGREED

 

9.2   to introduce the 'sliding scale' fee structure (option 2) for HMO licence applications described at section 3.4.6 of the report with immediate effect;

 

9.3   to introduce the 4 new licence conditions (Appendix 2 to the report) in relation to the granting of future HMO licences and renewals; and

 

9.4   to reduce the 'footprint fee' discount from 80% to 75% of the primary fee applicable as described at section 3.4.9 of the report.

10 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.