The Committee considered a
report on 2 property options to address the identified gap in
temporary accommodation supply. The
Head of Strategic Housing presented the report and summarised the
proposal. In summary, the properties – at 145 Bromyard Road
and 197 – 203 Oldbury Road, were ready to be progressed and
delivered subject to approval.
This report proposed the
allocation of £236,000 from the remaining New Homes Bonus
Reserve to cover the renovation, refurbishment and start up costs
for both schemes.
In the ensuing discussion, the
following main points were made:
Searches had been undertaken to locate other
properties, Officers can speak direct to any Members who wish to
inquire about other potential locations.
Members asked for a progress report to be submitted
at an appropriate stage.
Committee Members expressed for
the proposal, which would enable the Council to have far more
control over the availability of temporary accommodation and reduce
the forecast amount of subsidy loss.
RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to:
approve the business case and overall
approach to acquiring properties for direct letting and management
in order to reduce the Council’s reliance on private bed
& breakfast and guest house accommodation;
approve the acquisition by the Council
of the following properties in order to deliver up to 12 units of
temporary accommodation, namely:
Bromyard Rd – up to 8 units (minimum of 6 units)
203 Oldbury Road - 4 units; and
recommend to Policy & Resources
Committee that the cost of acquiring both properties and bringing
them into use is met from the remaining New Homes Bonus Earmark
Reserve of £236,000.