Agenda and minutes

Housing, Economy and Business Committee
Tuesday, 13th October, 2020 7.30 pm

Contact: Matthew Stickley, Committee Services Team Leader  Tel.: 020 8770 4990; Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Jayne McCoy, welcomed members and the viewing public to the virtual meeting.

2.

Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

Councillor Barry Lewis declared a non-pecuniary interest as a member of the Sutton Housing Partnership board.

 

Councillor Marlene Heron declared a non-pecuniary interest as a member of the Sutton Housing Partnership board.

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7 January 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 7 January 2020 be agreed as an accurate record of the meeting.

4.

Any urgent business

To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972).

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

5.

Revised Sutton Housing Partnership Delivery Plan pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair invited Steve Tucker, Managing Director of Sutton Housing Partnership, and Steve Bullock, Chair of the board of Sutton Housing Partnership, to address the committee. The committee noted the relationship between the council and Sutton Housing Partnership had been vital to improving the performance of the organisation.

 

The committee discussed the complaints procedure and noted that the service standards and how they are monitored would continue to be reviewed.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To approve Sutton Housing Partnership’s Delivery Plan for 2020/21.

2.    To note the action taken by SHP to support residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

3.    To note the situation in relation to the repairs service following the transfer of staff from Mears in April.

4.    To note that the suite of current service standards, appended to the Delivery Plan, will be revised during 2020/21, and thereafter from time to time, as part of the process of producing updated Delivery Plans.

6.

Future of Beech Tree Place pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Michael Hunte, Housing Regeneration Manager, introduced the report.

 

The Chair welcomed ward councillors Councillor Lily Bande and Councillor Kevin Burke, who had been invited to attend the committee in respect of this item. Linda Paisley, Vice Chair of the Beech Tree Place Residents’ Steering Group, Christine Searle MBE, Associate Independent Resident Adviser at Public Voice, and Phil Rankin and Robert Pert of Savills, were invited to address the committee.

 

The committee noted the Beech Tree Place Residents’ Steering Group’s support of the recommendations and the Associate Independent Resident Adviser’s endorsement of the approach to consultation with residents, and expressed the expectation that the positive engagement approach of the Regeneration Team should continue throughout the development process.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To note and consider the outcome of the consultation.

2.    To approve the Residents’ Charter and Community Charter for Beech Tree Place.

3.    To approve in principle full redevelopment (Option 3) as the preferred approach for the regeneration of Beech Tree Place, subject to concluding financial and legal due diligence; to include assessments of financial viability.

4.    To authorise the work necessary to consider and progress the scheme design, viability and delivery mechanism, including:

a.    procurement of continuing legal, finance/tax, cost consultancy, commercial property, design and planning advice required;

b.    land assembly and vacant possession activity, including the voluntary acquisition of all third party interests of the sites (Site Allocation STC11) referred to in paragraph 5.2;

c.    with the detail and costs of the above activity to be authorised by the Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration and the Strategic Director of Resources (Section 151 Officer) under the council’s scheme of delegation, and propose back to a future meeting of HEB Committee and/ or Strategy and Resources (S&R) Committee a financially viable and deliverable business case for the full redevelopment of Beech Tree Place for approval.

7.

Impact of the pandemic on homelessness in the borough and an updated homelessness strategy delivery plan pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Minutes:

Lorraine Thomas, Managing Director of Encompass LATC Ltd, introduced the report.

 

The committee noted Encompass’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that plans were in place should a “second wave” of the virus reach the borough, and thanked the staff of Encompass for their work through this difficult time.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To note the actions taken by Encompass LATC in response to COVID-19 pandemic and the performance in quarter 1 2020/21.

2.    To convene a further meeting of the Homelessness Strategy Task and Finish Group during the autumn to consider revisions to the homelessness strategy delivery plan, subject to the COVID-19 pandemic.

8.

Rosehill Area Renewal pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mandar Puranik, Area Renewal and Regeneration Programme Manager, introduced the report.

 

The Chair invited Councillor Martin Gonzalez, ward councillor, and Councillor Annie Moral, ward councillor, to address the committee.

 

The committee noted that the consultation with business had been repeated due to the significant impact of COVID-19 on high street trade.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To note the findings of the Rosehill Area Renewal (Rosehill AR) engagement completed in early 2020, and business engagement carried out in August 2020 when the COVID-19 lockdown was eased.

2.    To endorse and commence further feasibility studies in respect of the four priorities identified through the extensive engagement: supporting the Rosehill District Centre; improving St Helier Open Space; enhancing public realm to encourage walking; and cycling and community facilities.

3.    To approve the list of potential projects set out in Appendix C and their implementation to be authorised by the Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration under the Council’s Scheme of Delegation.

9.

Petition regarding Sutton High Street pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

1.    To note the unforeseen circumstances of recent months, the petition, and the action underway and planned by the Council to regenerate Sutton Town Centre, including the market area.

2.    To agree that a presentation be brought to the next meeting of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee detailing regeneration activity underway and planned, for Sutton Town Centre.

10.

Authority to Consult on the Draft Character Appraisal and Management Plan for the Conservation Areas of Beddington Park pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Andy Webber, Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, introduced the report. The committee noted the importance of involving ward councillors in consultations of this type and discussed how the consultation would be adapted in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To approve the Draft Beddington Park Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan for consultation.

11.

Response to the Planning White Paper pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Minutes:

Andy Webber, Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, introduced the report.

 

Councillor Jayne McCoy moved an amendment that recommendation 2.2 be removed and replaced with:

 

“To agree a summary response to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation to be sent on behalf of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee.”

 

This was seconded by Councillor Marlene Heron. The amendment was put to a vote and carried.

 

The committee discussed the possible implications of the paper if it were to be legislated.

 

Councillor Jayne McCoy moved an amendment to the amended recommendation 2.2 to revise the wording to:

 

“To agree that officers will draft a summary response to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation to be sent, subject to consultation with members of the committee, on behalf of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee.”

 

This was seconded by Councillor David Hicks. The amendment was put to a vote and carried.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To note the technical response to the Changes to the Planning System consultation, which accompanied the White Paper and closed on 1 October and the technical response to the White Paper consultation which closes on 29 October 2020.

2.    To agree that officers will draft a summary response to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation to be sent, subject to consultation with members of the committee, on behalf of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee.

12.

Biannual performance reporting pdf icon PDF 160 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

To note the HEB Performance Monitoring report.