Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee
Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting on Zoom. View directions

Contact: Jackie Leither Tel: 01992 564756  Email:  democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Webcasting Introduction

The Chairman will read the following announcement:

 

“I would like to remind everyone present that this virtual meeting will be broadcast live to the internet (or filmed) and will be capable of repeated viewing (or another use by such third parties).

 

Please also be aware that if technical difficulties interrupt the meeting, that cannot be overcome, I may need to adjourn the meeting.

 

Members are reminded of the need to unmute their microphones before speaking.”

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Minutes:

The Chairman reminded everyone present that the meeting would be broadcast live to the internet and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meeting.

2.

Substitute Members

To report the appointment of any substitute members for the meeting.

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Minutes:

The Cabinet Committee noted there were no substitute members.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on the agenda.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The were no declarations of interest pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 296 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of the Cabinet Committee held on 12 March 2020.

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Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2020 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman.

 

Due to the current Covid-19 situation all minutes agreed at a virtual meeting will be signed by the Chairman at a later date.

5.

Progress Report - Phases 2-4 pdf icon PDF 408 KB

To consider the attached report (CHB-001-2020/21).

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Decision:

(1)             That the contents of the Progress Report on Phases 2 to 4 of the Council House Building Programme be noted and presented to Cabinet in line with the Terms of Reference of the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee.

Minutes:

Deborah Fenton, Service Manager, Housing Management and Home Ownership, presented a report to the Cabinet Committee, she advised that the report set out the progress that has been made across phases 2 to 4 of the Council Housebuilding programme that had either been completed, were on-site or were currently being procured.

 

Phase 2 – Burton Road, Loughton

 

Burton Road, Loughton consisted of 51 properties, 15 x 3 Bed Houses, 2 x 2 Bed Houses, 23 x 2 Bed Flats and 11 x 1 Bed Flats.

 

There was a delay in the handover of the remaining 6 properties which occurred on the 19 March 2020, this delay was due to a gas supply issue. There remained a 2.5% retention of £271,899.

 

Phase 3 – Queens Road, North Weald

 

Queens Road, North Weald consisted of 12 properties, 10 x 3 Bed Houses and 2 x 2 Bed Houses. The original start date was delayed due to the discovery of asbestos and a new road and sub-station works. This was currently forecast to be completed on the 30 September 2020 however, further delay was anticipated due to the Covid-19 restrictions upon the supply chain.

 

Phase 4.1

 

There were 14 units in phase 4.1 that had been tendered and were approved at the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee on 19 December 2019, contracts had been signed and the start on site dates were as below.

 

 

 

 

Latest Anticipated Start on Site

Handover

Chequers Road (A), Loughton

HR 124

3 x units

29:06:20

29:06:21

Bushfields, Loughton

HR 122

2 x units

29:06:20

29:06:21

Chester Road, Loughton

HR 130

3 x units

03:08:20

29:06:21

Queensway,

Ongar

HR 140

4 x units

07:09:20

29:06:21

Millfield,

Ongar

HR 138

2 x units

07:09:20

29:06:21

Total

 

14 x units

 

 

 

Contracts had been signed and the pre-design work had continued to be progressed within the Government Guidelines and restrictions, with the aim of minimising any delay to the commencement of works on site. A staggered start on site was to be made to assist with compliance with the new Covid-19 working arrangements, notwithstanding that it was currently anticipated that all handovers would occur by the end of June 2021.

 

Phase 4.2

 

There were 22 units that had been tendered and an update would be reported to the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee meeting on the 8 September 2020.

 

 

 

 

Latest Anticipated Start on Site

Handover

Hornbeam Road (B), Buckhurst Hill

HR 136

3 x units

12.07:20

12.07:21

Hornbeam House, Buckhurst Hill

HR 137

2 x units

12.07:20

12.07:21

Bourne House, Buckhurst Hill

HR 135

2 x units

12.07:20

12.07:21

Etheridge Road, Debden

HR 127

3 x units

12.07:20

12.08:21

Denny Avenue, Waltham Abbey

HR 144

3 x units

12.07:20

12.08:21

Beechfield Walk, Waltham Abbey

HR 147

5 x units

12.07:20

12.08:21

Kirby Close, Loughton

HR 120

4 x units

12.07:20

12.08:21

Total

 

22 x units

 

 

 

Subject to the acceptance by the Cabinet of this the latest anticipated Start on Site and Handover dates which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Acceptance of Tenders - Council Housebuilding Programme pdf icon PDF 307 KB

To consider the attached report (CHB-002-2020/21).

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Decision:

(1)             That, Indecon Building Limited be awarded the contract to undertake the construction of 7 properties, (contract 1) in the sum of £2,160,015 together with the proposed construction period of 52 weeks; and

 

(2)             That, Indecon Building Limited be awarded the contract to undertake the construction of 11 properties, (contract 2) in the sum of £4,234,504 together with the proposed construction period of 52 weeks.

Minutes:

Deborah Fenton, Service Manager, Housing Management and Home Ownership, presented a report to the Cabinet Committee, she advised that the Council’s Procurement Rules required a Cabinet decision when awarding contracts in excess of £1m.  However, the Cabinet had delegated authority to the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee to agree all tenders associated with the Council’s house-building programme as set out in its Terms of Reference. Authorisation to enter into a Build Contract was required to enable a start on site to be made and for these properties to be delivered.

 

Therefore the decision to award contract 1 to Indecon Building Limited to undertake the construction of 7 properties, for a sum of £2,160.15 together with the proposed construction of 52 weeks and to award contract 2 to Indecon Building Limited to undertake the construction of 11 properties, for a sum of £4,234,504 together with the proposed construction of 52 weeks be agreed by the Cabinet Committee.

 

Councillor J Philip asked why had the Council only gone out to tender to two companies.

 

John Cosgrave, Interim Housing Development Manager stated that four companies were on the framework agreement and they were approached to tender for these contracts but two declined to tender.

 

Councillor J Philip asked how the assumption of 52 weeks to complete the development arrived at.

 

John Cosgrave replied that was more than a reasonable assumption of time to complete these developments.

 

Decision:

 

(1)             That, Indecon Building Limited be awarded the contract to undertake the construction of 7 properties, (contract 1) in the sum of £2,160,015 together with the proposed construction period of 52 weeks; and

 

(2)             That, Indecon Building Limited be awarded the contract to undertake the construction of 11 properties, (contract 2) in the sum of £4,234,504 together with the proposed construction period of 52 weeks.

 

Reasons for the Decision:

 

The Council’s Procurement Rules requires a Cabinet decision when awarding contracts in excel of £1m. However, the Cabinet have delegated authority to the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee to agree all Tenders associated with the Council’s house-building programme as set out in its Terms of Reference. Authorisation to enter into a Build Contract is required to enable a start on site to be made and for these properties to be delivered.

 

Other Options Considered and Rejected:

 

To award the contracts to any other contractor that has tendered for the works.

7.

Adopting A 2-Part Register for Self-build and Custom Housebuilding pdf icon PDF 328 KB

To consider the attached report (CHB-003-2020/21).

Additional documents:

Decision:

(1)        That the Cabinet Committee noted the recommendation to adopt a 2-part register; and

 

(2)        That the Cabinet Committee noted the recommendation to adopt and implement local connection and financial solvency tests.

Minutes:

Deborah Fenton, Service Manager, Housing Management and Home Ownership, presented a report to the Cabinet Committee, she advised that the report related to adopting a 2-part register for self-build and custom housebuilding.

 

Self-build and custom housebuilding could be one of two things:

 

·        A serviced plot could be provided and the purchaser would build from the ground upwards; or

·        The Council could provide six different types of houses on a plot without the interior fitted out and the purchaser could custom design those properties to suit their needs.

 

It was proposed that following the initial review at the Cabinet Committee, this report would be presented to the Cabinet in July, to recommend the adoption of both the 2-part register and the local connection and financial solvency tests.

 

The Council currently had a single Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register which was not divided into 2 parts.

 

The registration process in its current form counts all entries in the register as demand for Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (SBCH) in the District. A 2-Part registration would be beneficial in terms of prioritising applicants with local connections to the area and establishing a more realistic assessment of local demand.

 

Access to Part 1 of the Register should be subject to a local connection test based on living or working in the District and a financial assessment of capability to purchase plots.

 

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding register came into effect through the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016, to promote the Government’s Right to Build Scheme supporting individuals and associations wishing to build their own homes.

 

The legislation created a duty on the relevant authorities, including District Councils, to keep a register; and have regard to the register when carrying out their planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions.  Furthermore, a duty to grant planning permission for enough suitable serviced plots of land to meet the demand for Self-build and Custom Housebuilding in the area. This level of demand was established by reference to the number of entries added to an authority’s register during each base period.

 

Councillor Patel expressed concern and asked for some clarification, in terms of the specification of the build, in the Council housebuilding programme that had been adopted, the Council were incorporating the lifestyle homes specification and the accessible disability specification, would this be incorporated as part of the specification when the register was opened.

 

The Service Manager, Housing Management and Home Ownership advised in terms of the serviced plots we would just supply a plot and would not have any input as to what was built there. However, whoever purchased the plot would need to go through planning.

 

In the terms of the custom build the actual shell would be built to the Council’s specification and the purchaser would only design the interior.

 

Councillor Philip advised that custom and self-build still fall under the same planning regulations as non-custom and self-build that come under the Local Plan and therefore would have  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Any Other Business

Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, together with paragraphs 6 and 25 of the Council Procedure Rules contained in the Constitution require that the permission of the Chairman be obtained, after prior notice to the Chief Executive, before urgent business not specified in the agenda (including a supplementary agenda of which the statutory period of notice has been given) may be transacted.

 

In accordance with Operational Standing Order 6 (non-executive bodies), any item raised by a non-member shall require the support of a member of the Committee concerned and the Chairman of that Committee. Two weeks’ notice of non-urgent items is required.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Committee noted that there was no other matters of urgent business for consideration.

9.

Exclusion of Public and Press

Exclusion

To consider whether, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press should be excluded from the meeting for the items of business set out below on grounds that they will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the following paragraph(s) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act (as amended) or are confidential under Section 100(A)(2):

 

Agenda Item No

Subject

Exempt Information Paragraph Number

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, which came into effect on 1 March 2006, requires the Council to consider whether maintaining the exemption listed above outweighs the potential public interest in disclosing the information. Any member who considers that this test should be applied to any currently exempted matter on this agenda should contact the proper officer at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

 

Background Papers

Article 17 - Access to Information, Procedure Rules of the Constitution define background papers as being documents relating to the subject matter of the report which in the Proper Officer's opinion:

 

(a)        disclose any facts or matters on which the report or an important part of the report is based;  and

 

(b)        have been relied on to a material extent in preparing the report and does not include published works or those which disclose exempt or confidential information and in respect of executive reports, the advice of any political advisor.

 

The Council will make available for public inspection one copy of each of the documents on the list of background papers for four years after the date of the meeting. Inspection of background papers can be arranged by contacting either the Responsible Officer or the Democratic Services Officer for the particular item.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Committee noted that there was no other urgent business for consideration.