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25.

FILMING AT MEETINGS

Please note that this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone attending the meeting using any communication method. Although we ask members of the public recording, filming or reporting on the meeting not to include the public seating areas, members of the public attending the meeting should be aware that we cannot guarantee that they will not be filmed or recorded by others attending the meeting. Members of the public participating in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or reported on. 

 

By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings.

 

The chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any individual or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.

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Minutes:

The Leader referred to agenda item 1, as shown on the agenda in respect of filming at the meeting and Members noted this information.

26.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

27.

Urgent Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of Urgent Business. (Late items of Urgent Business will be considered under the agenda item where they appear. New items of Urgent Business will be dealt with under Item 16 below. New items of exempt business will be dealt with at Item 22 below).

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Minutes:

The Leader advised that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had decided at its meeting of the 6th of December to refer the decision taken by Cabinet on 13th of November “Broadwater Farm”, back to Cabinet. The recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee would therefore be dealt with at Agenda item 7 as a late item of urgent business.

 

According to the Call-in Procedure in the Council’s Constitution (Part 4 Section H), the Cabinet had five working days to reconsider the key decision before taking a final decision.

 

 

28.

Declarations of Interest

A Member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:

 

(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.

 

A Member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader put forward a personal, non-pecuniary and non-beneficial interest in item 9, Medium Term Financial strategy (2019/20 to 2023/24) by virtue of being a parent of children at Fortismere secondary school.

 

Cllr Berryman, put forward a personal, non-pecuniary and non-beneficial interest in item 9, Medium Term Financial strategy (2019/20 to 2023/24) by virtue of being a parent of children at Fortismere secondary school.

 

Cllr Mark Blake, put forward a personal, non-pecuniary and non-beneficial interest in item 9, Medium Term Financial strategy (2019/20 to 2023/24) by virtue of being a parent of children at Fortismere secondary school.

 

Cllr Brabazon, put forward a personal, non-pecuniary and non-beneficial interest in item 9, Medium Term Financial strategy (2019/20 to 2023/24) by virtue of being a school governor at Seven Sisters Primary School and Rowland Hill School nursery. This interest was being put forward as the report contained the Council’s capital spend proposals and these schools maybe recipients of this funding in the future.

 

29.

Notice of Intention to Conduct Business in Private, any Representations Received and the Response to any such Representations

On occasions part of the Cabinet meeting will be held in private and will not be open to the public if an item is being considered that is likely to lead to the disclosure of exempt or confidential information. In accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 (the “Regulations”), members of the public can make representations about why that part of the meeting should be open to the public.

 

This agenda contains exempt items as set out at Item [17] : Exclusion of the Press and Public.  No representations with regard to these have been received.

 

This is the formal 5 clear day notice under the Regulations to confirm that this Cabinet meeting will be partly held in private for the reasons set out in this Agenda.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no representations received at the agenda publication stage in relation to the exempt items on the agenda.

30.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 461 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2018  as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on the 13th of November 2018 were agreed as an accurate record.

31.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader set out the process for considering the Overview & Scrutiny recommendations and reconsidering the key decision on Broadwater Farm. The Cabinet would first consider the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, set out in the second pack of papers, at page 5, and Councillor Ibrahim would provide a verbal response to the recommendations.

 

After Cllr Ibrahim’s response to the recommendations, Cabinet would then move to reconsideration of the key decision, which was contained in the minutes, agenda item 6, at section 9, pages 5 &6 of the original pack.

 

The Leader invited Councillor das Neves to report on the outcome of the Special Overview and Scrutiny meeting, held on the 6th of December 2018 which had considered the Broadwater Farm report following the call-in of this decision.

 

Councillor das Neves, Chair of Overview and Scrutiny, introduced her report, indicating that the Committee had considered representations from Jacob Secker and Paul Burnham of Haringey Defend Council Housing and the call-in lead signatories Cllr Barnes and Cllr Palmer. She drew attention to the key issues considered by the Committee as outlined in the attached report.

 

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed that they had received no evidence to suggest that the decisions taken on Broadwater Farm on the 13th of November were outside the budget Framework nor Policy Framework. The Committee, subsequently, unanimously, agreed that the decisions taken were inside the Budget Framework and further agreed that the decisions were inside the Policy Framework.

 

Taking account of the key role of Overview and Scrutiny as the advocate for community engagement and the changes required to the Broadwater Farm Rehousing and Payments policy, a Cabinet document, the Committee proceeded to agree to refer the matter back to the Cabinet, as the decision maker, to reconsider its decision of 13th of November 2018 before taking a final decision with six recommendations.

 

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal continued to respond to the Overview and Scrutiny recommendations and the Cabinet noted the following:

 

a)    That section 3.3 of the Broadwater Farm Rehousing and Payments policy is clarified to reflect the right of Tangmere and Northolt resident leaseholders to return to the Broadwater Farm Estate, following a move outside of the borough for rehousing purposes.

 

The Cabinet Member accepted this recommendation and proposed that Cabinet agree to delegate authority to the interim  Director of Housing, Regeneration and Planning to amend the policy accordingly.

b) That consideration is given to increasing and strengthening the voice of residents on the discretion panel to support confidence in this process and provide a sense that their representations will be fully considered. This will further involve considering the governance around the discretion panel to enable this.

The Cabinet Member commented that the Broadwater Farm discretion panel played an important role in the rehousing process, so it was important that residents had confidence that their case was being properly and fairly considered and therefore accepted this recommendation. She committed to consider the governance process of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Deputations/Petitions/Questions

To consider any requests received in accordance with Standing Orders.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no deputations, petitions  or questions submitted to the meeting.

33.

Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19-2022/23 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

[Report of the Director of Finance. To be introduced by the  Cabinet Member for Finance.]

 

The report sets out details of proposed budget for 2019/20 and MTFS to 2023/24, including savings, growth and capital proposals. The report will also set out details of provisional funding for 2019/20 and if available the remainder of the planning period and highlight areas of risk. The budget proposals will be released for public consultation and Scrutiny  consideration.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Finance introduced this report which outlined the 2019/20 budget and the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for 2019/20 – 2022/23. This was due to go out to consultation and be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee from the 17th December. It was anticipated that the revenue gap for 2019/20 would be £6.5m.The overspend reflected the impact of austerity and the reduction in one budget leading to an overspend in another area. Examples such as the cuts to children’s centres impacting on the budgets for children’s social care, and cuts to youth services leading to increases in costs in the criminal justice system illustrated this.

 

The Cabinet Member outlined the difficulty in cutting services where the demand was constant, such as in Adults Services and Children Services. Other local authorities shared the Council’s situation across the country and the Cabinet Member acknowledged the tough situation officers found themselves in when being instructed to make cuts in vital service areas, without creating negative consequences for residents.

 

The draft budget and MTFS would seek to reduce the Council’s spending in a way that increased income fairly and delivered efficiency savings, but the Cabinet Member acknowledged this was getting harder to achieve. Nevertheless, the majority of the proposals would be trying to achieve this and change the way in which the Council delivered its services.

 

The Cabinet Member highlighted the administration’s manifesto priorities which the budget sought to incorporate. This included certain changes such as increasing support for the delivery of youth services as it was recognised the importance of investing more Council resources into youth services programmes. There was a proposal to invest in a school meals pilot scheme. It was also a commitment of the administration to become a London Living Wage employer as everyone should be in receipt of a decent wage. The budget also reflected the commitment to extend the Council Tax Relief Scheme (CTRS) to 100% for the boroughs least well-off families, which would significantly assist single mothers. Finally, the recent announcement to remove the Housing and Revenue borrowing cap by the government was welcomed as it would support the administration in delivering its commitment to deliver at least 1,000 new council homes at council rents by 2022. This would help reduce the Council’s reliance on temporary accommodation which would save on costs.

 

The Cabinet Member concluded by accepting the difficult pressures faced by services with households coming to the Council with more needs as a result of welfare reduction and the rising housing costs.

 

Following questions by Cllr Morris, the following was noted:

 

  • The Cabinet Member advised that Councils do not traditionally spend money on police and the Flexible Police resourcing scheme was a GLA scheme which the council signed up to and ends in March 2019. The reason for proposed discontinuation was that the government had indicated it would grant permission for the GLA to raise more funding through taxes for the police. This was thought to be approximately £24 per  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

Budget Monitoring - Quarter Two pdf icon PDF 594 KB

[Report of the director for  Finance. To be introduced by  the Cabinet Member for Finance]

 

To provide Cabinet with an update on budget performance for the year to date and likely financial outturn position for 2018/19.Consideration of any proposed budget virements as at the end of quarter 2.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Finance introduced this report which set out budget variances, including those arising as a result of the forecast non-achievement of Cabinet approved MTFS savings.

 

The Cabinet Member outlined that the budget was a projection of the Council’s finances for the end of 2018/19. It was projected there would be an overspend of £9.3m which was mainly due to the non-delivery of previously agreed savings in the Adults and Children services. This was also after applying use of the Council’s reserves within the year to account for £7m of overspend. The Cabinet Member noted the difficulty delivering savings on necessary services and that savings should now be written off as the demand and cost of services meant these savings could not be delivered. The Cabinet Member noted the demoralising effect on officers/staff delivering a service with the pressures of saving money. Attempting to make savings in areas such as the Adults and Children services was not realistic as the Council could not turn away from the most vulnerable and high need members of society.

 

Following questions from Cllr Blake, Cllr Das Neves and Cllr Morris, the following was noted:

 

·         There was no update from the central government on the funding for local authorities, following events at Westminster on 11 December 2018. This was now due to be provided before 25 December.

·         The Cabinet Member acknowledged that writing off those previously agreed savings was about accepting the reality of the situation. More money was due to be provided to Adults and Children services for 2019 and 2020. This would require reviewing the budget and identifying areas where it was possible to raise income or change service delivery to save on costs.

·         The Cabinet Member noted it was absolutely the intention, in line with legal requirements, for the Council to deliver a balanced budget in 2019 and 2020.

·         Regarding changes to the previous administrations commitments, the Cabinet Member noted the change in the commercial portfolio, such as the ending of the Haringey Development Vehicle. The Council also now had rental income from commercial assets it owned for which it was seeking to maximise the income for the Council. Where possible, services that the Council felt it could better deliver in-house and save on costs were being explored.

·         Regarding how long the Council would be able to maintain a budget gap, the Cabinet Member responded that many councils were in the same position and this would depend on reserves available to Councils which was likely to be only a few years.

·         Regarding the frequency of the monitoring reports to Cabinet, Officers noted that the quarterly reports were in line with the practice of most local authorities. Additionally, the corporate process of the Council had a regular internal budget review. This review outside of Cabinet allowed for constant monitoring of the budget through reports. Officers stressed there was a balance that needed to be made between the formulation of reports and the action time needed to address the issues within them.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

Acquisition of the Welbourne site to maximise the delivery of affordable homes in Tottenham Hale pdf icon PDF 218 KB

[Report of the Interim Director for Housing, Regeneration and Planning. To be introduced by the Leader of the Council.]

 

Cabinet will  be asked to agree the acquisition of 131 homes and to agree that the ground floor non-residential space  be constructed at the Welbourne Site and to  further  note  a future key decision  on  final purchase price and the final heads of terms of the acquisition and the final contract.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader introduced the report which was to seeking a Cabinet resolution to acquire 131 homes and a commercial unit, to be constructed on the Welbourne Site as part of its redevelopment being carried out by Argent Related under the Development Agreement dated 21st March 2017, between the Council and TH Ferry Island Limited. This transaction would provide Council homes on Council land, within the context of the existing Strategic Development Partnership (SDP) Development Agreement.

 

The proposed delivery of 131 council homes on the Welbourne Site represented 13% of the overall Council homes target and, subject to planning, would be delivered in the lifetime of this administration.

 

In response to questions from Cllr Gordon, the following information was noted:

·         The Council homes at the Welbourne site would be managed by Homes for Haringey and the specifications applied to the homes would not be lower quality. The expectation for the fit out of the new homes had been set out and there were specific suppliers in place to deliver the specifications. There would be different suppliers used for different aspects of the new homes. For example, a different supplier would be used for bathroom fit out and a dissimilar contract supplier used to fit out door entry system, meaning that there would be different costs according to the fittings purchased.

·         In relation to the fit out of the bathrooms and flooring, it was noted that there would be consideration of the lifecycle costs and the durability when purchasing materials. Therefore, there was a value difference but not a quality difference.

·         In relation to the standards and cost of the fittings in the council homes at Welbourne being lower than that of other Council homes, it was clarified that this was not the case and this was about the Council and homes for Haringey specifying what was in place for housing stock. The Council would factor in the repair and maintenance, further considering how easy it would be to source replacements when considering the fit out costs.

·         A written answer in response to the question on the Tottenham Hale strategic Development plan would be provided to Cllr Gordon in seven days.

 

Further to considering exempt information at item 19,

RESOLVED

  1. To agree (subject to the council’s budget setting meeting in February 2019) to the in-principle acquisition by the council for housing purposes of 131 homes and a ground floor non-residential space to be constructed at the Welbourne site for a maximum total sum as set out in the exempt part of the report and based on the draft Heads of Terms attached in the exempt part of the report.

 

  1. To agree to note that a further Key Decision will be taken at a later date to agree the final purchase price and the final contract for the acquisition.

 

  1. To agree that (subject to the council’s budget setting meeting in February 2019) the unallocated General Fund capital receipts, as set out in the exempt part of the report, are retained corporately.

 

 

Reasons  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

Rapid Electric Vehicle charging points pdf icon PDF 273 KB

[Report of the  Director for Environment and Neighbourhoods. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Environment.]

 

To award a contract to a third party operator(s) ("Concessionaires) to install and manage rapid electric vehicle charging points in the borough under Transport for London's  (TfL's) Framework agreement call off contract.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Environment introduced this report which sought Cabinet’s approval to award a contract to Chargemaster Plc, a Rapid Electric Vehicle Charging Point (EVCP) provider and operator, to install, manage and operate 5 rapid EVCP’s in the borough. The Cabinet Member informed this would be at no cost to the Council.

 

The Cabinet Member highlighted the damaging effect pollution had on residents and stated air quality must be improved within the borough. It was the Council’s policy to promote the uptake of electric vehicles through the implementation of charging infrastructure wherever possible. Therefore, it was important that an extensive electric vehicle charging network was installed in order to reduce the barriers to the uptake of electric vehicle.

 

Following questions from Cllr Carlin and Cllr Morris, the following was noted:

 

           Officers acknowledged the cost of charging an electric car should be cheaper than if it were to be filled with gas or petrol to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles. However, the rapid EVCP was a high quality product, quick charge, and it had been intended to primarily be used for electric taxis and fleet vehicles and because of this there would be a slightly higher price. Other charging points were due to be installed in the borough under the blue point scheme which were for domestic car use and would be considerably cheaper.

           All funds derived from the scheme would be ring-fenced to be reinvested into local transport infrastructure.

           If, after 8 years, the Council did not wish to extend the contract, then the rapid EVCP’s would be returned to Chargemaster Plc. If the Council did seek to continue with the scheme then it could extend the contract for 2 years and then renegotiate with Chargemaster Plc 2 years after that.

           Officers accepted there was a financial risk, as with all new technology and emerging markets. The Council would have preferred to bring such services in-house but the cost to install initially, manage and maintain the rapid EVCP’s was deemed to be too great a risk at this time.

 

 

Further to considering the exempt information at item 20,

 

RESOLVED

 

1.         To approve the award of a concession contract to Chargemaster Plc, pursuant to a call off from a framework agreement set up by Transport for London as allowed under CSO 7.01(b), for eight (8) years with an option for a two (2) year extension exercisable at the Council’s sole discretion, to carry out site enablement, installation, operation and maintenance of Rapid EVCPs and associated infrastructure at the following locations/sites in the borough:

           Crouch Hall Road Car Park, N8 – 2 points

           Summerland Gardens Car Park, N10 – 2 points

           Gladstone Avenue, N22 – 1 point for black taxis only

 

2.         To note that under the proposed concession contract:

 

i.          All costs for the installation of the charging points will be covered externally by Transport for London (TfL) and Chargemaster Plc and all ongoing maintenance and operating costs of the charging points  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

Award of contract for supply of furniture and fittings for Temporary Accommodation properties pdf icon PDF 148 KB

[Report of the Director for Housing and Growth. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal.]

 

Recommending the award of contract for supply of furniture and fittings for Temporary Accommodation properties to preferred provider following tender process. Contract Standing Order (CSO) 9.01.1 (requirement to let contract following publication of an appropriate (tender) advertisement.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Housing Estate and Renewal introduced this report which sought approval to the award of the Framework agreement for the supply of furniture and white goods for a 4 year period at a total value not exceeding £1.5m to three providers.

 

The Cabinet Member stressed it was important that residents lived in homes that were well equipped and comfortable, and that included residents who were currently living in temporary accommodation. The framework would ensure that homes used for temporary accommodation were equipped with furniture and white goods, which would help make them appropriate places to live for families and other households who became homeless.

 

Following questions from Cllr Brabazon and Cllr Gordon, the following was noted:

 

·         Officers would confirm whether the furniture contract would be charged to the General Fund or the Housing and Revenue Account. It was suspected to depend on the property so if in a council owned lodge it would be the HRA but if Temporary Accommodation then the general fund.

·         Officers would confirm where the three suppliers were located. They were well known to the Council and it had been using their services for 10 years.

 

 

Further to considering exempt information at item 20,

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

To approve the award of the Framework agreement for the supply of furniture and white goods for a 4 year period at a total value not exceeding £1.5m (one million and five hundred thousand pounds) to the following three suppliers:

·        MFD Limited

·        Myers Ideal Suppliers Limited

·        Elegance Furniture Suppliers Limited

 

Reasons for decision

 

The Framework that was granted in August 2016 for a 4-year period has been exhausted. An interim contract that was awarded in July 2018 will expire in January 2019. Therefore, a new contract is required for another 4 years.

 

The new Framework will address the ongoing demand for furniture and white goods within Homes for Haringey and the Council.

 

This report seeks approval for the award of the Framework for a total value of £1.5m which will be split equally between MFD, Elegance, and Myers. Two of the three suppliers have worked with the Council for over 10 years and have provided white goods and furniture in a timely and economic way. The third supplier currently supplies several London Boroughs with similar products. This Framework represents continuity and value for money for the Council.

 

The proposed award to MFD, Elegance and Myers is based 70 per cent on price and 30 per cent on quality.

 

If the Council fails to secure the service of dedicated suppliers with fixed prices, it may have no choice but to consider ad hoc purchases which will be more expensive in both the short and long term. Any delay in engaging these           suppliers will also have a resulting adverse effect on void costs.

 

The option to use MFD, Elegance and Myers represents value for money for the Council. In addition, the Council will have more options with a third supplier joining the Framework. They are all relatively local to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.

38.

Extension and variation of single homeless pathway contracts pdf icon PDF 428 KB

[Report of the Assistant Director for Commissioning. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health.]

 

The report will Request approval for extensions of up to 24 months and variation of the number of units of accommodation for three contracts delivering supported accommodation in the Single Homeless Pathway. The

extension and variations will facilitate a redesign of the pathway services, which will include consideration of bringing them back within the Portfolio of directly delivered Council services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Adults and Health introduced this report, which sought Cabinet to vary and extend three of the Council’s existing contracts for the provision of housing related support in the Single Homeless Sector, each for a period of 2 years. Cabinet’s permission was also sought to approve a clause in the contract variations to allow a provision to claim back funding from providers who do not fulfil their staffing requirements in their contract.

 

The Cabinet Member noted the ongoing developments and changes in this area, such as the decision to invest in a single homeless hub, which was due to open in early 2019. Whilst such development and changes were taking place, Cabinet were asked to approve a decision for those contracts to be extended to allow a review to take place.

 

RESOLVED

 

To approve, in accordance with Contract Standing Order (CSO) 10.02.1(b), the extension and variation of the following single homeless contracts as outlined below

1)    The extension of the contract with St Mungo’s Community Housing Association Ltd for the provision of an Assessment and Engagement Service and an Engaged and Planning Service for a further period of 2 years at a total additional cost of £876,186 with variations to the contract to reduce the number of Assessment and Engagement units from the current 25 down to 21 and the number of Engaged and Planning units down from 87 to 58 for which the contractor would need to discontinue its subcontracting arrangement with the North London Young Mens Christian Association (NYMCA);

 

2)    The extension of the contract with St Mungo’s Community Housing Association Ltd for the provision of a Specialist Substance Misuse and Offender Service at an additional cost of £372,190 per annum and of a Complex NeedsService at an additional cost of £319,240 per annum for a further period of 21 months resulting in an overall additional cost of £1,210,002.36 to cover the extension period with a variation to reduce the units used in the Specialist Substance Misuse and Offender Service from 52 to 50;

 

3)    The extension of the contract with St Ignatius Housing Association Ltd for the provision of a Moved Through Service for a further period of 2 years from 12th Jan. 2019 with a variation to discontinue service provision in relation to Young People after 28th Feb. 2019 and retain it only in relation to Adults at an additional cost of £287,648 to cover the extension period (consisting of £280,510 for the extended service in relation to Adults and £7,138.10 in relation to Young People).

 

Reasons for decision

 

It is in the Council’s overall interest to agree to the variations and extension of the current contracts whilst a redesign process is completed. The contracts were awarded for a period of four years with an option to extend for a further period of up to two years until 2021 in order to facilitate this.

 

Performance has been evaluated as good throughout the contract period. Performance returns are completed and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Plevna Crescent pdf icon PDF 232 KB

[Report of the Director for Housing and Growth. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal.]

 

Acquisition of s106 units at Gate of Eden scheme, Plevna Crescent

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate  Renewal, introduced this report to Cabinet which sought its approval to acquire 14 affordable homes as part of the ‘Gate of Eden’ development to the rear of Plevna Crescent, N15.

 

The Cabinet Member highlighted the acquisition was a small but significant step towards the administration’s ambitious target to deliver 1,000 new Council homes, and illustrated the variety of opportunities it could take to meet that target. Although this scheme achieved planning permission several months ago, the Council had now ensured that these new homes were more in line with the Council’s vision and better met the needs of residents by negotiating a different mix of tenures. 10 of the properties would be social rent homes at Council rent levels and 4 would be shared ownership. This was important as it meant the Council had more homes available to permanently house households with the most serious need. This decision and the other acquisitions that will follow in due course ensured that new housing developments in the borough offered housing to those who needed it most.

 

Following questions from Cllr das Neves, the following was noted:

 

·         The aforementioned 10 social rent homes would be comprised of – 1 x 1 bedroom 1 person, 1 x 1 bedroom 2 person, 5 x 2 bedroom 3 person, 2 x 3 bedroom 5 person (1 is a duplex home), and 1 x 4 bedroom 6 person.

·         The Cabinet Member recognised comments that there were too many 1 bedroom properties in Haringey but noted they were necessary, particularly for young people leaving care who fell into Band A and required priority housing. In addition, with the impending demolishment of Northolt, this would reduce the number of 1 bedroom properties available.

·         The Cabinet Member informed the Council had worked with the developer to change the status of some of the properties, decreasing the number of shared ownership homes and increasing the number of social rented homes.

 

Further to considering exempt information at item 21,

 

RESOLVED

 

 

              i.        To agree the acquisition, for housing purposes and therefore held in the Housing Revenue Account, of the 14 affordable homes as part of the ‘Gate of Eden’ development to the rear of Plevna Crescent, N15 [the rest of this sentence is exempt] and as part of the acquisition to grant two rights of way over the part of Council land shown in red on the plan attached at Appendix 1. The acquisition will be based on the draft Heads of Terms attached at Appendix 2 [exempt] of this report.

 

            ii.        To give delegated authority to the Director of Housing, Regeneration and Planning and the S151 Officer, after consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal, to agree the final contract in line with the draft Heads of Terms in Appendix 2 of this report.

 

Reasons for decision

 

The emerging Borough Plan pledges that the Council will deliver 1,000 new Council homes at Council rents by 2022. One of the methods of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

New Items of Urgent Business

To consider any items admitted at Item 3 above.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

None.

41.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

 

Note from the Acting Democratic Services & Scrutiny Manager

Item 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 allow for consideration of exempt information in relation to items 11,12,13,15 and 3 .

 

TO RESOLVE

 

 That the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting as the items below contain exempt information, as defined under paragraph 3 and 5, Part 1, schedule 12A of the Local Government Act.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting as the items below contain exempt information, as defined under paragraph, 3 and 5, Part 1, schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

42.

Acquisition of the Welbourne site to maximise the delivery of affordable homes in Tottenham Hale

As per item 11.

Minutes:

As per item 35 and the exempt minutes.

43.

Rapid Electric Vehicle charging points

As per item 12.

Minutes:

As per item 36.

44.

Award of contract for supply of furniture and fittings for Temporary Accommodation properties

As per item 13.

Minutes:

As per item 38.

45.

Plevna Crescent

As per item 15.

Minutes:

As per item 39 and the exempt minutes.

46.

New Items of Exempt Urgent Business

To consider any items admitted at Item 3 above.

 

Minutes:

None.