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Sustainable Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee - 17 July 2012

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House17th July 2012

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 at 7.30pm.

Members of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee:-

Councillors:-

Alison Scarth (Chairman)

Peter Wakeling (Vice-Chairman)

 

Ana Bakshi

Marie-Louise Nolan

 

Paula Hiscocks

Brian Norman

 

Barbara Lamb MBE

Sue Stibbs

 

David Major

 

David Gardner , Director of Corporate Resources and Governance
5 July2012

The Policy and Scrutiny Committee welcomes contributions from members of the public to its discussion on agenda items.  Contributions will be limited to one person speaking for and one against each item for not more than three minutes.  Please note that, in the event of registering your interest to speak on an agenda item but not taking up that right because the item is deferred, you will automatically be given the right to speak on that item at the next meeting of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee.  Details of the procedure and the list for registering the wish to speak will be available for a short period before the meeting.

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 May 2012 (copy enclosed for Members of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee).

12 05 29 SE mins (doc)

3.

NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS

 

Items of other business notified under Council Procedure Rule 31 to be announced, together with the special circumstances that justify their consideration as a matter of urgency. The Chairman to rule on the admission of such items.

4.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

POLICY

5.

REVISED HOUSING ALLOCATIONS POLICY

 

This report sets out proposals to update the Council’s Housing Allocations Policy in light of the Localism Act 2011 which gives Local Authorities new powers following changes in Government policy; in particular to introduce increased priorities for working households, armed forces personnel and those with long-standing local residency, together with changes to allocations for homeless households.  This report sets out the detailed proposals, following extensive consultation to revise the Housing Allocation Policy and seeks committee approval of these changes.

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy-app a (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy-app b (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy-app c (xls)

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy-app d (xls)

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy-app e (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy-app f (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (05) allocations policy-app g (doc)

6.

DRAFT TENANCY STRATEGY

 

The Localism Act places a statutory requirement on local authorities in England to publish a Tenancy Strategy within one year of the Act coming into force. The deadline is January 2013; however Council Members will wish to agree a tenancy strategy as soon as practicable, so that registered housing providers (RPs) in Three Rivers are able to frame their tenancy policies in a way that takes full account of the Council’s priorities. A Registered Provider is an organisation which delivers affordable housing and must be registered with the Tenant Services Authority (TSA). The Registered Providers in Three Rivers and their approximate stock numbers are listed in Appendix A.

12 07 17 SE i - (06) tenancy strategy (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (06) tenancy strategy-app a (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (06) tenancy strategy-app b (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (06) tenancy strategy-app c (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (06) tenancy strategy-app d (doc)

7.

TRDC TRANSPORT PROGRAMME

 

To receive a progress report on District Council schemes for 2012/13.

12 07 17 SE i - (07) transport prog (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (07) transport prog-app 1 (xls)

12 07 17 SE i - (07) transport prog-app 2 (pdf)

SCRUTINY

8.

THRIVE HOMES PERFORMANCE AGAINST OFFER DOCUMENT PROMISES 2011/12

 

To report Thrive Homes’ progress in delivering the Year IV 2011/12 ‘Transfer Promises’ and meeting the terms of the Transfer Agreement with the Council.

12 07 17 SE i - (08) thrive homes perf (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (08) thrive homes perf-app 1 (pdf)

12 07 17 SE i - (08) thrive homes perf-app 2 (xls)

9.

HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY UPDATE

 

To update Members on the progress made against the Action Plan contained in the Homelessness Strategy 2008-2013 for the period April 2011 – March 2012.

12 07 17 SE i - (09) homelessness strategy (doc)

10.

HOUSING MONITORING EQUALITY STATISTICS 2011/12

 

To provide Members with ethnic monitoring data on the retained statutory and strategic housing service.

12 07 17 SE i - (10) housing equality stats (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (10) housing equality-app a (doc)

WORK PROGRAMME

11.

WORK PROGRAMME

 

To review and make necessary changes to the Committee’s work programme.

12 07 17 SE i - (11) work prog (doc)

12 07 17 SE i - (11) work prog-app 1 (doc)

12.

OTHER BUSINESS – if approved under item 3 above.

13.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

If the Committee wishes to consider the remaining item in private, it will be appropriate for a resolution to be passed in the following terms:-

 

 

“that under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under paragraphs 1-7 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act. It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

 

(Note:  If other confidential business is approved under item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional items.)

1.

OTHER BUSINESS – if approved under item 3 above.