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To approve and sign the minutes of the last meeting, held on 13 August 2020.
Resolved: That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 August 2020 be approved as a correct record, to be signed by the Chair at a later date.
To consider the decisions made by the Executive on 27 August 2020 in relation to the above item, which have been called in by Councillors Myers, Pavlovic and Wells in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.
A cover report is attached setting out the reasons for the call-in and the remit and powers of the Customer & Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee (Calling-In) in relation to the call-in, together with the original report and the decisions of the Executive.
Members considered a report which set out the reasons for the call-in of the decisions made by the Executive at their meeting on 27 August 2020, in respect of Mental Health Housing and Support and the Committee’s remit and powers in relation to the call-in.
The decisions were set out in Annex A to the report, along with the original report to the Executive, at Annex B. Resolution (v) and (vi) on the Decision Sheet had been called in by Cllrs Myers, Pavlovic and Wells for the following reasons:-
i. 22, The Avenue is a public asset and should be used to help address the city’s housing affordability crisis, through its transfer to the council’s Housing Revenue Account;
ii. The Executive’s decision ignores the opportunity to help to reduce the city’s existing housing waiting list;
iii. Options should be provided to the Executive as to how 22, The Avenue could be re-developed for housing by the Council and put to beneficial use, rather than being sold off to the private sector to profit from a public asset.
Under the provisions of the council’s constitution and the requirements of Local Government Act 2000, the following options were available:
· A – not to refer the matter to Executive, in which case the original decisions would be confirmed, or
· B - refer the matter back to Executive with specific recommendations.
Cllr Myers addressed the committee on behalf of the Calling-In Members, explaining in more detail the reasons for the calling-in and responded to questions put by Members. The Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods and the Executive Member for Finance and Performance, on behalf of the Executive, then responded to the calling-in reasons and to Members’ questions. Finally, questions were put to officers responsible for the report at Annex 2. From these submissions and responses, it was ascertained that:
· The Calling-In Members believed Executive should not have finalised the decision to sell 22 The Avenue without considering an analysis of options that could have supported the housing affordability crisis and helped reduce the council housing waitlist, whilst also providing long term revenue. They felt that the transparency around the process used to release 22 The Avenue could have been strengthened in the Executive report and that further analysis would not cause any delay to the 3 year timeline.
· The estimated number of houses that could be delivered on the site was 10 and the capital value of the site was up to £2m.
· The site appraisal demonstrated that 22 The Avenue was an uneconomic Housing Revenue Account site - too small and too high cost for the Housing Delivery Programme.
· Developing the site would lead to fewer homes and fewer affordable homes in the city.
· An update on the Housing Delivery Programme would be brought to Executive on 22 October 2020 and the Asset Management Strategy would be brought to Executive on 26 November 2020.
After a full debate, Cllr Hollyer moved, and Cllr Mason seconded, that Option A be approved. A ... view the full minutes text for item 8.