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Delegated Decision by Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing Minutes    

Date: Monday 18 January 2021       Time: 10:00 AM       Location: Virtual Meeting       Contact: gwright@Mansfield.gov.uk

Attendance Details

PresentNames
Present:Councillor Marion Bradshaw
In AttendanceAttendees
In Attendance:Councillor Martin Wright, Jill Finnesey, Robert Purser, Gabriella Wright
ItemDescriptionBackground InformationDecision
 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCEAPOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

None.
 
21/01DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTDECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.
 
21/02ADVANCE QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLICADVANCE QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None.
 
21/03ADVANCE QUESTIONS FROM NON-EXECUTIVE MEMBERSADVANCE QUESTIONS FROM NON-EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

A question was received from Councillor Martin Wright regarding the Development of Centenary Road Phase 3.

Councillor Wright asked Councillor Bradshaw: What assurances could be given that safeguards would be put in place regarding the letting of the 29 general need houses, with regard to the prospective tenant's suitability to live in close proximity to 48 homes for older persons and the 64 dwelling Poppy Field's Extra Care development.

Councillor Bradshaw offered assurance that as with all new developments undertaken by the local authority this development would be let to existing Mansfield District Council tenants who have a clear rent account and no previous antisocial behaviour or tenancy breaches or wishing to either upsize or downsize.

All those that are likely to be made an offer of accommodation to will also have to pass a pre-termination inspection which will take into account the standard of their current accommodation including the outside spaces. Only once they have satisfied this criteria will a formal offer of accommodation be made.

Councillor Bradshaw thanked Councillor Wright for his question and his interest in the development. Councillor Bradshaw advised that there would be no supplementary questions at this time.
 
21/04 BELLAMY ROAD COMMUNITY HEART DEVELOPMENT BELLAMY ROAD COMMUNITY HEART DEVELOPMENT

The Development Manager stated that the report seeks the approval for the redevelopment of the central area of Bellamy Road Estate to include the clearance of existing shops and flats and the provision of new housing, open space with equipped play area and a new shop.
The Officer advised the background of the Bellamy Road Masterplan.
One of the masterplan priorities was to address the centre of the estate (the Community Heart) by way of a focused redevelopment. This included the demolition of the existing shops and flats and replacement with a “village green”, refurbished community facilities, new housing, a play area and improved road links through the centre. However, plans to implement the scheme were delayed when the Government changes the national rent policy in 2016 this had a negative impact on the available financial resources to be able to deliver the development. The policy of rent reduction ended in March 2020 and as a result the Council is now in a position to bringing forward the development.
The proposals if approved will provide 22 new Council owned family houses 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed houses, as well creating a “village green” with an equipped play area, children’s cycle path, seating, a new shop and premises, new CCTV provision, fruit trees for a community orchard and raised beds. Also a new shop to incorporate cafe facilities.
Key to the development is a new, traffic calmed road joining Thorpe Road and Egmanton Road which will allow for a revised bus route that will go through the centre of the estate. This will reduce the need for those residents living in the centre to have to walk to the outer road for the bus service
With respect to Design Standards the Council is conscious of the national carbon reduction targets.

It is therefore the Council’s aspiration to develop these homes to the Future Homes Standard. This Standard is not yet adopted nationally but has been consulted on by the Government and at this stage is anticipated to be introduced by 2025. However, the Council wants to incorporate the standards in developments now.

It is expected by using these standards a semi-detached home would produce 75-80% less carbon dioxide emissions in comparison to one build to current building regulations,

The new homes will also be built to the Lifetime Homes Standard which ensures that the houses are future-proofed for people and will be able to cater for any changes to occupants’ health.

With the support of the Council, the Bellamy Road Tenant and Resident Association were successful in securing funding from Nottinghamshire County Council for a children’s play park and Mansfield District Council will match fund that grant.

A feasibility financial appraisal has been undertaken and the development was shown to be financially viable the long term cash flow completion of the development has a positive accumulative balance, whereby the rental income is greater than the interest payments involved on any loan that may be required. This positive balance starts in the first year of completion and carries on indefinitely. The appraisal was based on an estimation carried out based on construction costs on just under £5.7M. The officer stressed that this was an estimated cost and that no procurement exercise had yet been undertaken and therefore no prices from contractors received. The officer listed the costs the estimation covered as per the report.
The residents had been consulted on 2 proposed layouts and the layout attached at appendix 1 of the report is the preferred option and accordingly is the option being recommended.
The report is recommending the virement of the budget for the Newarks scheme to the Community Heart scheme. Since the original Capital Programme was approved in November 2019 the development standards have been reviewed and it is the Council’s aspiration to deliver higher energy efficient properties as well as reducing carbon emissions. This has increased the estimated costs of schemes. In addition, following the recent announcement that the Council will not receive any Future High Streets Funding which would have assisted in stretching HRA resources for other schemes, the Newarks scheme is no longer a priority scheme.
The Development Manager recommended that:
i) That the properties known as 1 – 11 Egmanton Road, Mansfield are declared surplus to requirements.
(ii) That subject to receiving Planning Permission, the Council develops 22 new homes the ownership and management of which will be retained by the Council together with a new open space, equipped play area, a new shop and a through road to connect Thorpe Road and Egmanton Road.
(iii) That the already approved capital budget of £5,000,000 for the Bellamy Road Community Heart scheme within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme be utilised for this scheme.
(iv) That the Housing Revenue Account revenue budget is amended accordingly and that the costs relating to this scheme are reflected in the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan.

That the Portfolio Holder recommends to Council
i) That £2,000,000 is vired from the already approved capital budget of £4,000,000 for The Newarks, Bellamy Road development scheme within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme to the Bellamy Road Community Heart Scheme Capital Budget.
Councillor Bradshaw thanked the Officers for bring this Scheme forward which will revitalise the Bellamy Road Estate. The Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing formally approved the recommendations.

Report of the Development Manager

Decision Notice
RESOLVED BY THE PORTFOLIO HOLDER FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES AND WELLBEING:

i) That the properties known as 1 – 11 Egmanton Road, Mansfield be declared surplus to requirements.
(ii) That subject to receiving Planning Permission, the Council develops 22 new homes the ownership and management of which will be retained by the Council together with a new open space, equipped play area, a new shop and a through road to connect Thorpe Road and Egmanton Road.
(iii) That the already approved capital budget of £5,000,000 for the Bellamy Road Community Heart scheme within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme be utilised for this scheme.
(iv) That the Housing Revenue Account revenue budget be amended accordingly and that the costs relating to this scheme are reflected in the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan.

That the Portfolio Holder recommends to Council
That £2,000,000 is vired from the already approved capital budget of £4,000,000 for The Newarks, Bellamy Road development scheme within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme to the Bellamy Road Community Heart Scheme Capital Budget.


21/05DEVELOPMENT OF CENTENARY ROAD PHASE 3DEVELOPMENT OF CENTENARY ROAD PHASE 3

The Development Manager summarised the report for the Centenary Road Development Phase 3.
The Officer advised that this would include a mix of family housing and older person housing being developed.
The Centenary Road area was formerly known as Brownlow Road. The area has historically suffered from abandonment, anti-social behaviour and low demand for housing.
The Council approved the area as one suitable for intervention back in 2007 and accordingly purchased the old housing and allotments. Since the area has been cleared, the Council have developed the Poppyfields Extra Care Scheme which has provided 84 new homes over two phases of development.
The proposals before the Portfolio Holder today will deliver a further 77 new Council homes, 29 will be family housing and 48 will be for older persons there is a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom bungalows, 1 and 2 bedroomed apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed houses.
The scheme has been designed having regards for constraint of the sites. Examples were given as per the significant levels changes between the ground level in the allotments and the old roads where the old housing was and the location of the main services which lie under the old Brownlow Road and Bould Street. That means that they cannot be built over.
The proposed development is attached at the Appendix to this report and shows that the scheme has been designed to limit traffic that can drive through Poppyfields, access will only be to the residents of the new older person’s bungalows and apartments.
The other new house is accessed by a Crescent off Broomhill Lane and a new road serving the housing on the upper plateau that was the allotment site.
With respect to the Design Standards as with Bellamy Road the Council is aiming to achieve the Future Homes Standard to ensure that Carbon Emissions are reduced in the new homes and also the Lifetime Home Standard to future proof the homes.
A feasibility financial appraisal has been undertaken and the development was shown to be financially viable the long term cash flow completion of the development has a positive accumulative balance, whereby the rental income is greater than the interest payments involved on any loan that may be required carries on indefinitely.
The appraisal was based on an estimation carried out based on construction costs on just under £15M. The officer stressed that this was an estimated cost and that no procurement exercise had yet been undertaken and therefore no prices from contractors received. The officer listed the costs the estimation covered as per the report including the cost of the homes themselves, but all of the external work that goes with the development.
The preferred option that is being recommended today is to deliver the third phase of Centenary Road which would see the completion of the regeneration of that area in Mansfield.
The report is recommending the virement of the budgets for the Shirland Drive and Sandy Lane schemes to the Centenary Road Phase 3 scheme. Since the original Capital Programme was approved in November 2019 the development standards have been reviewed and it is the Council’s aspiration to deliver higher energy efficient properties as well as reducing carbon emissions. This has increased the estimated costs of schemes. In addition, following the recent announcement that the Council will not receive any Future High Streets Funding which would have assisted in stretching HRA resources for other schemes, the Shirland Drive and Sandy Lane (Boiler House sites) schemes are no longer priority schemes.
Therefore the Officer asked the Portfolio to consider the recommendations made in section 2 of the report.
i) That subject to receiving Planning Permission, the Council develops 77 new Council homes on the vacant site formerly known as Brownlow Road and Bould Street, the ownership and management of which will remain with the Council.
ii) That the already approved budget of £15,000,000 within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme be utilised for this scheme.
iii) That the Housing Revenue Account revenue budget is amended accordingly and that he costs relating to this scheme are reflected in the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan.
That the Portfolio Holder recommends to Council
i) That the already approved capital budgets of £1,800,000 for the Shirland Drive Boiler site development and £280,000 for the Sandy Lane Boiler site development within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme are vired to the Centenary Road capital budget.

The Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing thanked the Officers for coming forward with this scheme which will complete the excellent work already done to develop the former Brownlow Road and Bould Street area.
The Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing formally approved the recommendations.


Report of the Development Manager

Decision Notice
REOLVED BY THE PORTFOLIO HOLDER FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES, HOUSING AND WELLBEING:

i) That subject to receiving Planning Permission, the Council develop 77 new Council homes on the vacant site formerly known as Brownlow Road and Bould Street, the ownership and management of which will remain with the Council.
ii) That the already approved budget of £15,000,000 within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme be utilised for this scheme.
iii) That the Housing Revenue Account revenue budget be amended accordingly and that the costs relating to this scheme be reflected in the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan.

That the Portfolio Holder recommends to Council

i) That the already approved capital budgets of £1,800,000 for the Shirland Drive Boiler site development and £280,000 for the Sandy Lane Boiler site development within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme are vired to the Centenary Road capital budget.
Published 19/01/2021 08:52:08