Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder presented his annual report on progress made and plans for the future within the portfolio area. As he had already covered several of the topics in the report earlier in the meeting he provided a brief overview of the Housing and Innovation report.
The Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder highlighted the impact of Customer Connect on the Housing and Innovation Portfolio, with the Digital Platform being developed to allow the public to access their accounts. He then made reference to the size of the project that was underway and thanked Officers for their continued efforts during a difficult time.
In concluding his report, the Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder informed the Committee of the £2.36m Community Housing Fund that had been designed to help tackle the problem of high levels of second home ownership within the District. He updated the Committee on the community led schemes coming forward, also highlighting the £6m loan arrangements with South Lakes Housing as well as work taking place on modular homes, all of which would contribute to the delivery of affordable homes.
In responding to questions raised, the Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder informed Members that they could help to manage the level of empty homes across all wards in the district by informing the Empty Homes Officer of any properties that appeared to be empty. The Empty Homes Officer would then investigate and work with the owners to help to bring homes into use, using a variety of tools including advice on selling the property and empty homes grants.
RESOLVED – That the report be noted.
Publication date: 03/09/2019
Date of decision: 16/08/2019
Decided at meeting: 16/08/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee