Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 12 July 2016
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Craig Peacock (Chairman)-Annandale East and Eskdale
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Colin Smyth-Nith
Officials:
Alan Glendinning - HMO Licensing and Landlord Registration Manager
Harry Hay - Head of Customer Services
Jim O'Neill - Housing Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
In attendance:
Jamie Carruthers - Dormont Estate
Vernon Monaghan - Area Based Schemes Project Co-ordinator
James Shirazi - Director of Investment and Regeneration, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP)
Apologies:
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

10 Members present and 1 apology.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

2.1   Jim H Dempster declared an interest in item 6 by virtue of the fact that he was a Registered Landlord and having taken advice determined that his interest was such that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

2.2   Denis R Male declared an interest in item 7 by virtue of the fact that he had previously been Director of Eskdale Foundation and having taken advice determined that his interest was such that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

2.3   Jim McClung declared an interest in item 3 by virtue of the fact that he had known Mr Carruthers, Dormont Estate Owner through his capacity of Director of Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust and had determined that his interest was such that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

2.4   Jim McClung declared an interest in item 7 by virtue of the fact that he was Director of Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust and had determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

2.5   Graham Nicol declared an interest in item 6 by virtue of the fact that he was a Registered Landlord and having taken advice determined that his interest was such that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 

2.6   Craig Peacock declared an interest in item 7 by virtue of the fact that he was Director of Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust and had determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

3 PASSIVHAUS DEVELOPMENT - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

3.1   AGREED that Jamie Carruthers be invited to deliver his presentation to this meeting of the Housing Sub Committee; and

 

3.2   THANKED Jamie Carruthers the owner of Dormont Estate, for his presentation.

4 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY HOUSING PARTNERSHIP COMPETED DEVELOPMENTS - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

4.1   AGREED that Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership is invited to deliver its presentation to this meeting of the Housing Sub Committee; and

 

4.2   THANKED James Shirazi, Director of Investment and Regeneration, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership for his presentation.

5 STRATEGIC HOUSING INVESTMENT PLAN - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

MEMBER - George N Prentice left the meeting during consideration of this item - 9 Members present

 

Decision

 

NOTED

5.1   Dumfries and Galloway Council was allocated a Resource Planning Assumption of £12,790,000 for 2016/17;

 

5.2   the significant progress that has been made towards fully utilising the Councils Resource Planning Assumption as described at section 3.6 of this report;

 

AGREED

 

5.3 the developments to be included in the 2016/17 Strategic Housing and Investment Plan as set out at the Appendix of this report noting this represents a total potential investment of around £25 million in affordable housing in our region;

 

5.4 to allocate £500,000 from Council Tax Second Home Income to support the delivery of the developments listed at section 3.7 of this report; and

 

FURTHER AGREED

 

5.5   for a report to be brought to the October 2016 meeting of this Sub Committee detailing the set up and role of Members in the Strategic Housing and Development Forum mentioned at paragraph 3.8.2 of the report;

 

5.6   the costs of the Friars Vennel Development are sent to Members of this Sub Committee for their information, and for that information to be included in a monitoring report to be brought back to the October 2016 meeting of this Sub Committee on the progress of the developments in the Strategic Housing and Investment Plan detailing the fullest information for Member scrutiny as Housing Authority.

 

MEMBER - Colin Smyth left the meeting - 8 Members present

6 LICENSING OF HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION AND REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE LANDLORDS - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

6.1   the outcomes of the Fit and Proper Person determinations made by the Council’s Licensing Panel over the last 12 months as set out at Appendix of this report; and

 

6.2   the progress made in relation to applications to the Private Rented Housing Panel by Dumfries and Galloway Council as described at sections 3.4 - 3.6 of this report.

 

MEMBERS - Jim McClung and Craig Peacock left the meeting - 5 Members present

 

PROCEDURE - In the absence of the Chairman Jim H Dempster was appointed Chairman for the following item.

 

PROCEDURE - Jim H Dempster assumed the role of Chairman.

7 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY SMALL COMMUNITIES HOUSING TRUST - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to allocate £16,555 from the income generated from Council Tax on second homes to match fund the costs of the Realising Affordable Rural Homes Project Officer for a further year.

 

MEMBERS - Jim McClung and Craig Peacock re-entered the meeting - 7 Members present

 

PROCEDURE - Craig Peacock resumed his role as Chairman.

8 HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME SCOTLAND - AREA BASED SCHEME 2015/16 & 2016/17 - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

8.1   the update in relation to the 2015/16 project detailed at sections 3.4 to 3.7 of this report;

 

8.2   the confirmed funding allocation of £1,637,786 for Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland - Area Based Scheme in 2016/17; and

 

8.3   ACKNOWLEDGED the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland - Area Based Scheme (HEEPS-ABS) programme is an effective way of assisting fuel poor households improve the energy efficiency of their homes, lowering energy bills and carbon emissions.

9 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.