Decision details

Cannock Road Housing Development- Budget Amendment and Procurement Strategy

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

 

That the Executive recommended that Full Council

 

a)    Approves that the budget for the Cannock Road project be increased to £1,490,000

 

That the Executive

 

b)    Approved the proposal to procure the project via a competitive open tender

 

c)    Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up in consultation with the Executive Director for Adults Communities and Wellbeing to take any decisions necessary to complete the project without the need to return to Executive.

 

 

Reasons for Recommendations:

 

·         To enable the delivery of the Cannock Road development, which has been paused since May 2021 and ongoing since 2018.

·         To bring a redundant brownfield site in a residential area, which is currently partly demolished, back into use.

·         To increase the supply of affordable rented housing available in North Northamptonshire, which meets the corporate objective of enabling safe and thriving places.

·         To increase the supply of housing suitable for disabled people, which meets the corporate objective of helping people to live healthier, more active and fulfilled lives in North Northamptonshire.

 

Alternative Options Considered-

 

·         Do nothing- this was discounted because it would not deliver any of the objectives set by the Council and would not deliver additional housing.

·         Cease the development and sell the site- this was discounted because the site is required by the Council to deliver its existing programme of housing development, increase the supply of affordable housing and housing suitable for people with disabilities and enable spend of Right to Buy Receipts, which would otherwise have to be returned to the Government.

·         Further pause the development and redesign the scheme to achieve lower per unit costs/increase rental income- this was discounted because it would not allow the provision of additional housing suitable for disabled people and would deny Family A the only feasible option of suitable housing. Family A were allocated this property in 2018 and have been waiting for the development to be delivered since that time. It would also require the project to be restarted as a new planning application would be required and all spend to date would be abortive cost.

 

Publication date: 27/09/2022

Date of decision: 15/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Executive

Effective from: 05/10/2022

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