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Decision details

Building More Homes for York - Removal of the HRA Borrowing Cap

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report provides an overview of the implications of the government announcement that the borrowing cap on the HRA has been lifted.

Members are asked to agree to the principle of appropriating the General Fund Sites to the Housing Revenue Account and the way this will be funded.


Resolved:  (i)      That the proposed means of delivery of the Housing Delivery Programme (HDP) through the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) be further endorsed.


                   (ii)      That the appropriation of sites within the HDP from the General Fund into the HRA be approved in principle, noting the increased debt that will occur, with sites to be appropriated following Executive approval of individual site business cases.


                   (iii)     That the additional opportunities brought by removal of the HRA borrowing cap in respect of potential land acquisitions for new housing developments and the purchase of new affordable housing through S106 agreements be noted, with a business case to be brought to Executive for consideration when such opportunities are available.


Reason:     To accelerate the construction of much needed homes in the city, allowing the council to build more than 600 homes in the next five years, of which over 250 will be council homes and low cost home ownership tenures.

Report author: Tom Brittain

Publication date: 18/01/2019

Date of decision: 17/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 17/01/2019 - Executive

Effective from: 22/01/2019

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