Agenda and minutes

Housing & Health Advisory Committee
Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks. View directions

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Items
No. Item

30.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 33 KB

To agree the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 1 December 2016, as a correct record.

Minutes:

Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 December 2015 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

 

31.

Declarations of Interest

Any interests not already registered

Minutes:

No additional declarations of interest were made.

 

32.

Actions from Previous Meetings

Minutes:

There were none.

 

33.

Update from Portfolio Holder pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder’s update was noted.  Members also received an update on the Wildernesse Sports Centre site, advising that there would be a report to Cabinet on 21 April 2016.

 

34.

Referrals from Cabinet or the Audit Committee

Minutes:

There were none.

35.

Disabled Facilities Grant Update pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Housing Standards Team Leader presented the report and tabled some further information on improvements made by the team since the introduction of the new in house Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) process, team structure, some case studies and a leaflet given out on promoting independence.

 

It was noted that by bringing the service in house further efficiencies had been achieved to the benefit of customers, and the team were continually looking at further ways to streamline the service.

 

There would be further promotion of the service in April, with an article in InShape, leaflets to Parish and Town Councils, local charities and organisations, and further contact ideas were welcomed.

 

Resolved:  That the report be noted.

36.

District Deal and Health Priorities pdf icon PDF 29 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Health and Communities Manager presented the report and Members received a presentation on the potential health improvement arrangements and work on the three key health priorities.

 

Resolved:  That the report be noted.

37.

Emerging legislation and related strategy pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman, Chief Housing Officer and Chef Planning Officer presented the report which provided Members with progress on the Housing and Planning Bill and preparations for the development of an updated housing strategy.  It also provided background information for the topic discussion to enable Members to further developed the District Council’s directions of travel in relation to future housing strategy.  To further enable discussion packs were tabled. 

 

Members considered the Group A recommendations arising from the Members workshop in December, contained within the the supplementary agenda, point by point.  Members concurred with all the actions noted as agreed, subject to point 4 which had not been agreed but Members were keen that wheelchair accessibility was included somewhere.  When discussing high density, the emphasis was on a desire for ‘high quality’ high density developments.  It was intended that further work be carried out on these points and final recommendations sent to Cabinet.

 

Members broke away into smaller groups to discuss prioritising the list of interim Housing Strategy options that required funding, these papers were collected in for evaluation. 

 

Members also split into two groups to consider and discuss the scenarios which had been tabled, and their feedback was noted and taken for evaluation.

 

Resolved:  That the report be noted, and the points raised and discussed used to inform the continuing development of the District Council’s direction of travel in relation to future housing strategy.

38.

To note minutes of the Health Liaison Board pdf icon PDF 37 KB

To note the minutes of the meeting of the Health Liaison Board held on 2 March 2016.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Health Liaison Board held on 2 March 2016, were noted.

39.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 17 KB

Minutes:

The work plan was noted.  It was agreed to add a Housing & Planning Bill update, managing housing need and making best of housing stock, housing allocation policy in light of new bill to June; and Leisure strategy and study in November.

Vote of thanks

Resolved:  That a vote of thanks be given to Pat Smith for all her work for the Council

 

The Committee showed their appreciation.

 

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