The report seeks authority to make a Compulsory Purchase Order to secure the regeneration of the Corbet Close estate in Hackbridge; to authorise the voluntary re-purchase of leasehold dwellings on the estate; and to seek authority to serve Demolition Notices under Schedules 5 or 5A Housing Act 1985 withdrawing right to buy in respect of all tenanted properties on the estate.
Further to Minute 646/11 it was reported that for the regeneration of Corbet Close to proceed, it was necessary for the Council to own the land edged red on drawing no. VAL 3504. Following negotiations, it was not possible for the Council to be satisfied that all the leaseholders with an interest in Corbet Close would be willing to sell those interests to the Council by agreement. Details of the steps that had been taken to secure the agreement of leaseholders were reported. The permanent secure tenants had been offered rehousing into more suitable accommodation matching their needs and preferences. They would also receive home loss and disturbance payments.
In order to ensure that the Council owned the whole site, it was proposed that a compulsory purchase order be made and Initial Demolition Notices under Schedule 5A of the Housing Act 1985 be served to ensure that this project went ahead without delay. Final Demolition Notices would be served in due course.
The regeneration of the site would replace 72 defective flats in four blocks which were poorly insulated, had high energy costs and high long term investment requirements, with 54 well designed houses with high insulation values, low energy costs and low ongoing maintenance requirements. The sale of these houses would provide a significant financial contribution to the wider Durand Regeneration Project which would also help enable the delivery of 87 new rented homes from the regeneration of the Orlit portfolio. Counsel had advised that the correct approach had been taken to safeguard the Council’s interests and mitigate the risks involved having regard to the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998, in particular Article 1 of the first protocol and Article 8, and was in the public interest having regard to the need for the regeneration of the Corbet Close estate.
The Committee were reminded that it was the Secretary of State who would make the Compulsory Purchase Order in due course and that if people wished to object, a public inquiry would be held. Arrangements would also be made to keep residents who lived in the vicinity of the area which it was proposed to redevelop informed about the proposals.
Affinity Sutton had submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the site which would be considered by the Development Control Committee in due course.
It was noted that £2.5m had been set aside to cover the costs associated with this work. It was hoped that the redevelopment would be completed in 2015/16.
Resolved: (i) To authorise the Executive Head of Legal and Democratic Services to make a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) pursuant to Section 17 Housing Act 1985 (as amended) and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 (as amended) in respect of the Corbet Close estate to acquire the land shown edged red on drawing number VAL 3504; (twelve votes for the recommendation, one vote against and one abstention)
(ii) To authorise the Executive Head of Legal and Democratic Services to take all necessary steps to secure the confirmation of the CPO; (twelve votes for the recommendation, one vote against and one abstention)
(iii) In consultation with the Executive Head of Community Living & Strategic Commissioning, to authorise the acquisition of the land and all interests in or over it being the subject of the CPO by agreement in advance of the confirmation of the CPO, at market value; (twelve votes for the recommendation, one vote against and one abstention)
(iv) To authorise the Executive Head of Legal and Democratic Services (in consultation with the Executive Head of Asset Planning, Management and Capital Delivery) to approve agreements setting out the terms for withdrawal of objections to the order (to include payment of compensation); (twelve votes for the recommendation, one vote against and one abstention)
(v) To authorise the Executive Head of Legal and Democratic Services to serve Demolition Notices under Schedules 5 and 5A Housing Act 1985 withdrawing the tenants’ right to buy in respect of those properties; (twelve votes for the recommendation, one vote against and one abstention)
(vi) To endorse in principle the financial commitment of £2.5m to fund the acquisition of the land and interests in it for the Corbet Close estate as referred to in (i) above, with the money being recouped from the projects Financial Model to result in a neutral impact on the Council’s capital programme. (twelve votes for the recommendation, one vote against and one abstention)
Councillor Graham Whitham withdrew from the meeting during the consideration of the above matter as he was a member of the Development Control Committee.