Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

Venue: Rooms 4 & 5, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Nassir Ali  Email: nassir.ali@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Councillor

 

There were no apologies for absence recevied for this meeting.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items or urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

The Chair agreed to consider item A.X (Title) as an urgent item of business for the reasons stated in these minutes.

 

There were no items of urgent business.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ Membership, as Council appointed representatives, on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing bodies be noted.

 

That it be noted that Councillor XXX declared a personal interest in Item X (title), as a family member works in the Disability & Sensory Team

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 12 June 2019.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on XXXXX be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Extension of the Housing Temporary Accommodation programme pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To agree a one year pilot scheme to purchase properties out of the borough for the provision of Temporary Accommodation. To delegate to the Director of Housing and Safer Communities and Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills, the decision to select geographical locations for individual purchases to take place within 30 minutes travel time of Royal Borough of Greenwich. To note that the Director of Housing and Safer Communities will progress the recommended actions in 4.2 – 4.9 of this report. To note a future report to Cabinet will review the Housing Allocation Policy to ensure it is compliant with the Homelessness Reduction Act and that this future report will be accompanied by a full Equalities Impact Assessment on any changes to the Allocation Policy

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed the proposal in 4.10 for a one year pilot scheme to purchase properties out of the borough for the provision of Temporary Accommodation.

 

Delegated to the Director of Housing and Safer Communities and Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills, the decision to select geographical locations for individual purchases to take place within 30 minutes travel time of Royal Borough of Greenwich (as defined in 4.11)

 

Noted that the Director of Housing and Safer Communities will progress the recommended actions in 4.2 – 4.9 of this report

 

Noted a future report to Cabinet will review the Housing Allocation Policy to ensure it is compliant with the Homelessness Reduction Act and that this future report will be accompanied by a full Equalities Impact Assessment on any changes to the Allocation Policy

 

 

 

 

6.

Expenditure of Right to Buy Receipts pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To agree to a property acquisition programme with a total expenditure of £64,280,000, enabling the expending of £19,280,000 of RTB receipts.

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved a Right to Buy (RTB) investment programme, up to a gross value of £64.28m, that will support the delivery of new affordable housing in the borough, make a positive impact on the Council’s homelessness pressure and minimise the risk of unspent RTB monies being repaid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Specifically, Cabinet is requested to:

 

Agreed to a property acquisition programme to provide temporary accommodation, up to a maximum gross value of £64.28m, funded from RTB receipts (£19.28m) and General Fund borrowing (£45.0m).

 

Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to acquire properties under this programme.

 

Agreed to a budget of £2,550,000 to undertake any associated repair and renewal costs following a property acquisition to bring the property up to a lettable standard in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation and led by the Director of Housing and Safer Communities.


 

 

 

 

 

7.

Woolwich Estates Instruction to Demolish Morris Walk Estate pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To agree that the Council instructs Lovell to commence demolition of Morris Walk North and South, ahead of obtaining full planning permission and the other project conditions being met, and to underwrite demolition costs

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed that the Council instructs Lovell to commence demolition of Morris Walk North and South, ahead of obtaining full planning permission and the other project conditions being met, as prescribed within section 16.1 of the Development Agreement (DA).

 

Noted that agreement to instruct Lovell will require the Council to underwrite demolition costs at an anticipated value of £14,345,733.54.

 

 

 

 

8.

The Woolwich Estates Enhanced Leaseholder Offer and Reaffirmation of Application of Compulsory Purchase Order pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To re-confirm the decision to make the Compulsory Purchase Order for the acquisition of land and interests within the areas edged red, being the Morris Walk and Maryon Grove / Road Estates, to approve the enhanced Leaseholder Offer, and to agree to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to negotiate, agree terms and enter into agreements with interested parties affected by the Order.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Re-confirmed the decision to make the Compulsory Purchase Order (now referred to as CPO) for the acquisition of land and interests within the areas edged red, being the Morris Walk and Maryon Grove / Road Estates (Appendix 1).

 

Approved the enhanced Leaseholder Offer, as set out in the body of the report and appendix 6.

 

Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to negotiate, agree terms and enter into agreements with interested parties affected by the CPO.

 

Agreed to treat the information in Appendix 2, 3, and 5 as exempt under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, paragraph 3, “information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)”.

 

Agreed that the exempt information, presented in this report is not subsequently released to the press or public.

 

 

 

 

9.

Treasury Management Outturn 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To note and refer to Council with any comments, the Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2018/19.

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2018/19 and referred to Council on the 17 July 2019.

 

 

 

10.

Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2019/2023 – review of initial outcomes pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To note the outcomes of the grants applicant survey and agree that the lessons learnt are incorporated into a further set of proposals for Cabinet to consider in 2021 ahead of the 2023 grants application round.

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the outcomes of a survey reviewing the initial feedback from third sector organisations following the completion of the first phase of the Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2019-2023 and agreed the subsequent recommendations.

 

Noted the distribution of funding award by size of applicant organisation and considered any recommendations to be incorporated into future funding rounds.

 

Noted the outcome of a further review of Equalities information (Appendix 1) collected as a result of the application process which complements the third stage Equalities Impact Assessment provided at Appendix 5 of the January 2019 Cabinet report.

 

Noted that now the Service Delivery Plan phase has now been completed the Council is able to publish a list of successful grant awardees at Appendix 2.

 

Noted that the grant management software was well received by applicants and that further work is needed to deliver the internal audit report recommendation of drawing together other grant application processes into one database.


 

 

 

 

 

11.

EXEMPT ITEMS

It is proposed that, pursuant to section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they may involve the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A of the Act, by virtue of the particular paragraph shown on the agenda and on the attached reports.

 

·        Exempt appendices 2, 3, and 5 to “ The Woolwich Estates Enhanced Leaseholder Offer and Reaffirmation of Application of Compulsory Purchase Order” (Item 8).

Exempt by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended): Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person including the authority holding that information.