Agenda and minutes

Business and Housing Policy Committee - Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: This meeting will be held virtually and a live audio stream can be listened to via www.winchester.gov.uk.

Contact: Dave Shaw, Senior Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 01962 848 221 Email:  dshaw@winchester.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies and Deputy Members

To note the names of apologies given and Deputy Members who are attending the meeting in place of appointed Members.

 

Minutes:

No apologies were received and all members were in attendance.

 

2.

Disclosure of Interests

 

To receive any disclosure of interests from Members and Officers in matters to be discussed.

 

Note:  Councillors are reminded of their obligations to declare disclosable pecuniary interests, and non disclosable interests in accordance with legislation and the Council’s Code of Conduct.      

 

If you require advice, please contact the appropriate Democratic Services Officer, prior to the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Hiscock declared a personal (but not prejudicial) interest in respect of various agenda items due to his role as a county councillor.

 

Councillor Scott declared that he was a council tenant in respect of the Housing Revenue Account business plan and budget options item.

 

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting held on 22 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

            That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 22 September 2020 be approved and adopted.

 

4.

To note the Work Programme for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 279 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the work programme for 2020/21 be noted.

 

5.

Chairperson's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairperson reported that both of the steering groups for the digital economy and homes for younger people task and finish groups had met.  The work programme had been developed further and scoping surveys would follow.  Participatory events would take place early in 2021 and it had been recognised that the work of these groups might carry forward into the next municipal year.

 

6.

Public Participation

To receive and note questions asked and statements made from members of the public on matters which fall within the remit of the Committee

 

NB members of the public are required to register with Democratic Services three clear working days before the meeting (see below for further details).

 

 Members of the public and visiting councillors may speak at the Policy Committee, provided they have registered to speak three working days in advance.  Please contact Democratic Services by 5pm on Wednesday 25 November 2020 via democracy@winchester.gov.uk or (01962) 848 264 to register to speak and for further details.

 

 

Minutes:

No members of the public had registered to make representations.

 

7.

Briefing on Economy and Housing Restoration Work - presentation pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Service Lead: Economy and Tourism and the Corporate Head of Housing; Service Lead - Housing Operations and Community Safety; Housing Options Manager and the Strategic Housing Manager gave a presentation on the COVID19 restoration work.

 

Councillor Ferguson introduced the presentation on economy restoration work.

 

David Light on behalf of TACT commented that thanks were extended to the officers for the work that had been undertaken in difficult circumstances and that the different opportunities for people to get on the housing ladder, the new build council house programme and shared ownership were hoped to continue.

 

Members asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers and the Cabinet members accordingly.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the presentation be noted.

 

8.

Housing Revenue Account Business Plan and Budget Options - presentation pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Minutes:

The Finance and Resources Manager - Housing gave a presentation on various aspects of the Housing Revenue Account.

 

Councillor Learney stated that the content of the presentation was supported.

 

At the invitation of the Chairperson, David Light on behalf of TACT commented that it appeared that the numbers of affordable housing could mean fewer council houses.

 

Members asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers accordingly.

 

The Strategic Director: Services stated that a budget options paper would be submitted to Cabinet in December and would feed into the detailed Housing Revenue Account budget in February 2021.  The proposals would also be shared with TACT.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the presentation be noted

 

9.

Housing Development Strategy - presentation pdf icon PDF 319 KB

Minutes:

The Service Lead - New Homes Delivery and the Housing Development and Strategy Manager gave a presentation on the key points of the emerging Development Strategy, which would be submitted to Cabinet in the new year.

 

The Strategic Director: Services also gave an outline of establishing a housing company with a detailed report to be taken to the next meeting of the policy committee.

 

David Light on behalf of TACT commented on the challenges of obtaining zero carbon in the next few years and that the council were looking at different aspects of this.

 

Members asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers accordingly.

 

At the conclusion of questions and debate, it was agreed that the officers give consideration to:

 

·         methods of reporting items from the scrutiny performance panel on development sites and the new homes plan to this policy committee, or an alternative reporting route, and;

 

·         the holding of a member briefing to explore the issues raised by members at the meeting, including those relating to housing need assessments.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the presentation be noted.

 

 

 

The virtual meeting commenced at 6:00 pm and concluded at 8:50 pm

 

 

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