Agenda for Housing & New Homes Committee on Wednesday, 15th November, 2017, 4.00pm

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Venue: Council Chamber, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Contact: Caroline De Marco  Democratic Services Officer

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Procedural Business

    (a)  Declaration of Substitutes: Where Councillors are unable to attend a meeting, a substitute Member from the same Political Group may attend, speak and vote in their place for that meeting.


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    (ii)      the nature of the interest; and

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    (c)  Exclusion of Press and Public - To consider whether, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, or the nature of the proceedings, the press and public should be excluded from the meeting when any of the following items are under consideration.


    NOTE: Any item appearing in Part Two of the Agenda states in its heading the category under which the information disclosed in the report is exempt from disclosure and therefore not available to the public.


    A list and description of the exempt categories is available for public inspection at Brighton and Hove Town Halls.


    Additional documents:


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 381 KB


Chairs Communications


Call Over


Public Involvement pdf icon PDF 185 KB


Issues Raised by Councillors

    To consider the following matters raised by councillors:


    (a)      Petitions: to receive any petitions submitted to the full Council or at the meeting itself;


    (b)      Written Questions: to consider any written questions;


    (c)      Letters: to consider any letters;


    (d)    Notices of Motion: to consider any Notices of Motion referred from Council or submitted directly to the Committee.


    Additional documents:


Youth Service Update and Use of Housing Revenue Account pdf icon PDF 300 KB


Proposed Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation pdf icon PDF 309 KB


Proposed Selective Licensing Scheme for privately rented homes pdf icon PDF 375 KB


Homeless Reduction Act 2017 and Trailblazer Prevention pdf icon PDF 351 KB


Student Housing Strategy - evidence and options pdf icon PDF 296 KB


Minimising the risk of evictions pdf icon PDF 325 KB


Housing Management Performance Report Quarter 2 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 693 KB


Rent policy for new build council homes pdf icon PDF 358 KB

    Report of Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, Communities & Housing and Executive Director for Economy, Environment & Culture (copy attached).


    Additional documents:


    (1)            That Housing and New Homes Committee agrees the proposed principles for a rent setting policy for new council homes as set out in paragraph 3.27 of this report, inclusive of amended bullet points 2, 4 & 5 as follows:  


    ·       Rents for new build council homes shouldbe set above Target Social Rents to reflect their take into consideration the high quality, amenities, standards and energy efficiency compared to older homes built in previous decades;

    ·       Rental income from new homes should support an ongoing development programme to continue to build much needed new council homes for rent on council owned land. Schemes with fewer site constraints and/or free HRA land will may cross subsidise others that prove more costly to develop due to payments for General Fund land and/or greater site constraints and pressures;


    ·       The amount of HRA subsidyfor new homes should be minimised over the programme as a whole, with subsidy considerations and calculations taking into account the costs and projected income over the whole 60 year period;

    (2)            That Housing and New Homes Committee approves a rent policy for new build homes as set out in paragraph 3.28 of this report as amended below.


    3.28 Proposed rent policy

    Rents for proposed new schemes of new build council homes will be modelled as below, with the option of a mix of rents to achieve a spread of affordability on any one scheme to be available:

    ·        Affordable rents capped at LGA rates

    ·       37.5% Living Wage Rent

    ·       27.5% Living Wage Rent and

    ·       Target social rent levels


    For each scheme officers will recommend one of these three four as appropriate for that scheme and based on the rent principles above, for housing and new homes committee to agree the rents when it approves the scheme.




New Homes for Neighbourhoods - Rotherfield Crescent pdf icon PDF 273 KB


Items referred for Full Council

    To consider items to be submitted to the 14th December 2017 Council meeting for information.

    In accordance with Procedure Rule 24.3a, the Committee may determine that any item is to be included in its report to Council. In addition, any Group may specify one further item to be included by notifying the Chief Executive no later than 10am on the eighth working day before the Council meeting at which the report is to be made, or if the Committee meeting take place after this deadline, immediately at the conclusion of the Committee meeting



    Additional documents:


New Homes for Neighbourhoods - Rotherfield Crescent Appendix - Exempt Category 3


Part Two Minutes


Part Two Proceedings


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