Agenda

Communities & Housing Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 25th January, 2021 6.00 pm

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Contact: Damian Eaton  (0161 474 3207)

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Items
No. Item

Substitutes

Councillors who require a substitute to be appointed should inform Democratic Services by 4.00pm on Thursday, 21 January 2021 (Councillors who wish to arrange their own substitute should inform Democratic Services of their substitute prior to the commencement of the meeting).

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2021.

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2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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3.

Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any).

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4.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during consideration of Agenda Item 10 – ‘St Thomas’s Gardens’ and Agenda Item 11 – ‘Active Communities: Progressing new delivery arrangements’ which contain information ‘not for publication’ by virtue of Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

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One Stockport Borough Plan pdf icon PDF 397 KB

To consider a joint report of the Leader of the Council & Cabinet Member for Devolution and the Deputy Leader of the Council & Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance.

 

This report covers how partners across Stockport have approached the development of a shared borough plan, including an overview of the insight which has informed the development of the priorities, and introduces a draft borough plan for scrutiny comment and consideration. The draft plan is being shared with all scrutiny committees and comment is invited on the whole plan however to support discussions Table 1 indicates where borough plan priorities more directly relate to the remit of this committee. The draft plan is also accompanied by a full engagement report (appendix 1) and an equality impact assessment (appendix 2).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Holly Rae on 0161 474 3014 or email: holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

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Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget and Rent Levels for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 346 KB

To consider a joint Report of the Corporate Director (Place) & Deputy Chief Executive and the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) & Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide the Scrutiny Committee with the opportunity to comment on an illustrative Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget. The Cabinet will be meeting on 9 February to recommend to Council a HRA budget for 2021/22, including the level of rent and service charges.  The illustrative budget is based on a number of key assumptions set out in the report regarding income from rent and service charges; expenditure commitments contained within the HRA 30 year Business Plan and Asset Management Strategy and indicative spending requirements to support inflationary pressures and identified investment priorities.

 

This report takes account of the HRA Rent Strategy 2020 - 2025 which was approved by the Cabinet on 20 August 2019.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to comment on the report and the illustrative HRA Budget for 2021/22. 

 

Officer contact: Michael Cullen on 0161 474 4631 or email: michael.cullen@stockport.gov.uk

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Housing Allocation Policy pdf icon PDF 328 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

Under Part 6 of the 1996 Housing Act all local authorities are obliged to have a published housing allocation policy that explains how they will allocate their housing stock, including who qualifies to apply, how households with be prioritised and the processes to be used.

 

To facilitate the priorities within the Housing Strategy 2021-2024 and Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2021-2024, the Councils’ Allocation Policy has been reviewed. The policy details how the Councils’ commitment to meeting housing needs may be achieved by making best use of existing stock through supporting existing tenants to move through mutual exchanges, and continuing to utilise options such as shared tenancies for young people.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Andy Kippax on 0161 474 4319 or email:

andy.kippax@stockport.gov.uk. 

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Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2021-2024 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The Homelessness Act 2002 (‘the 2002 Act’) places a requirement on local (housing) authorities in England to formulate and publish a homelessness strategy based on the results of a review of homelessness in their district. The development and production of this strategy follows the MHCLG code of guidance related to this duty

 

Stockport’s current Homelessness Prevention Strategy was published in 2016 and is due to come to an end in March 2021. This proposed new strategy would replace the existing strategy and outlines the measures the local authority and its partners would take until 2024.  

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Andy Kippax on Tel: 0161 474 4319 or email: andy.kippax@stockport.gov.uk.

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Clean Air and Minimum Licensing Standards Update pdf icon PDF 431 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The clean air update report provides an update on the  recent consultation on the proposed measures and the next phase of work including understanding the implications of Covid 19.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Sue Stevenson on Tel: 474 4351 or email: sue.stevenson@stockport.gov.uk

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Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance).

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fall within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the information in the report and put forward any agenda items for future meetings of the Committee.

 

Officer contact: Damian Eaton on 0161 474 3207 or email: damian.eaton@stockport.gov.uk

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Items 'Not for Publication'

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11.

St Thomas' Gardens pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

This report provides an update on the progress to date in bringing forward the redevelopment of St Thomas’ Gardens, in particular the Academy of Living Well, and seeks approval for the Council to commit to the next stage of design and construction.

 

(NOTE: The report contains ‘not for publication’ appendices that have been circulated to members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Paul Richards on 0161-474-2940 or email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk

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Active Communities: Progressing new delivery arrangements

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

(NOTE: This item comprises a ‘not for publication’ report that has been circulated to members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

Officer contact: Paul Richards on 0161-474-2940 or email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk

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