Agenda and minutes

SCR - Housing Board - Thursday, 24th October, 2019 1.00 pm

Venue: 11 Broad Street West, Sheffield S1 2BQ

No. Item


Welcome and Apologies


Apologies – Councillor Julie Dore Sheffield City Council


Members apologies were noted as above.


Declarations of Interest by individual Members in relation to any item of business on the agenda

Declarations of Interest by individual Members in relation to any item of business


Councillors Read and Furness declared an interest in relation to Item 8 on the agenda entitled ‘Housing Fund Capital Programme’.


Urgent items / Announcements




Public Questions of Key Decisions




Changing Roles of Housing Associations: Roundtable discussion pdf icon PDF 96 KB


A report was submitted to set out the key discussion points with a range of Housing Associations that were active in the SCR. These were relating to their changing roles, policy and funding environments in supporting housing provision in the SCR, together with the opportunities for strengthening the relationships and joint working with the SCR and all partners involved.


Members were referred to the Annual Conference of the National Housing Federation held in 2018, where the then Prime Minister Teresa May had announced it being critical for consideration to be given to all people within society.  Following which, the Housing Associations had begun to apply for grant funding for social rental housing. The Secretary of State had recently announced that for the new schemes to be developed in two years’ time, there would be a ‘right to share ownership’ for new tenants.  It was prudent to have a constructive relationship with the Government.


All of the local Housing Associations present at the meeting confirmed that they are continuing to develop new homes, including affordable homes and other tenures.  This is increasing the number of homes for those individuals that could not access the owner-occupied market. 


Five Housing Associations had collaborated to establish a private Joint Venture company to provide additional homes for sale.  The objective is to generate a profit to help provide a more sustainable financial model that could help cross subsidise existing affordable housing programmes.  It was noted that housing associations would continue to be ethical house builders ensuring that high environmental standards were met.  Currently, the five Housing Associations owned approximately 150,000 homes


The Board noted the long-term strategic partnership funding offer from Government to 2026. Homes England was keen to work within the devolved regions where there was a clear long-term plan. The pressure point related to the commitment of a significant budget and the certainty that it would be delivered on the ground.  This offer could help the SCR to forward plan much further ahead than previously and given the uncertainty faced by the economy, there was a need to behave differently in respect of the long-term contribution to housing supply.


It was the intention of Forge New Homes to be in a position to sell homes within the first quarter of 2020/21, but it would take 3–5 years to reach a critical mass for the Company.


It was anticipated M Davies via C Blackburn, would provide Councillor Furness with a list of the lenders in relation to shared ownership.


Members noted DMBC’s aspirations to move forward with social housing.  The Board meetings provided an opportunity for active dialogue with officers.


The SCR housing market had a clear vibrancy which provided a positive opportunity for investors in the region.  It was suggested that the MCA could lobby Government for housing to be considered as ‘infrastructure’ so a longer timeframe for investment be put in place rather than the current 3 year spending cycle.


It was suggested to return to the system of having a reporting  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 429 KB


It was noted that the minutes of the previous meeting omitted to record Colin Blackburn’s absence.


RESOLVED – That subject to the above, the minutes of the previous meeting held on 29 August 2019 were agreed to be an accurate record.


Strategic Economic Plan Update pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Additional documents:


A report and presentation were received to provide the Board with an update following the discussion at the last LEP Board which provided a steer on the vision and objectives for the emerging Strategic Economic Plan.


Members noted the revised vision, objectives, draft outcomes and emerging broad policies, and provided their input for the development of these within the draft SEP.  The latest version of the SEP had more of a ‘place’ feel.  Members noted that representatives from each local authority would provide text for the spatial context narrative. 


The LEP Board had signed off the evidence base, which was now publicly available to inform wider research.


Reference was given to the additional revisions made to the SEP, which ensured that it now focused upon inclusive growth, prosperity and opportunity, together with more holistic focus on relationship building with other agencies and an understanding long term investment requirements.


The SCR would lead the fourth industrial revolution in order to unlock economic prosperity. In terms of housing, there was an increased emphasis on existing housing stock as well as housing growth, which was important in terms of inclusivity and tackling issues such as fuel poverty and ensuring everyone has a decent home to live in. 


One of the purposes of the SEP was to promote SCR.  Less than half of the large housing developers within the country invested in South Yorkshire, but housing growth and delivery has been above forecast housing need and there was land with planning permission for more than 40,000 homes in the pipeline. 

The changing landscape in 2025 would provide an uplift in the standards of homes built.  This will be both a challenge in terms of maintaining viability of housing developments but was also an opportunity in terms of raising standards and contributing to wider climate change mitigation.


RESOLVED – That the Board noted:-


1)         The revised vision and objectives agreed by the LEP.


2)         The draft outcomes and emerging broad policies of the SEP.


Housing Fund Capital Programme pdf icon PDF 101 KB

           Bradwell Affordable Housing

           Rotherham Town Centre Sites

Additional documents:


Tanwer Khan took over the Chair for this item due to the conflict of interest expressed by Cllr Read relating to the Rotherham housing scheme.


A report was received in line with the SCR Single Assurance Framework, to seek LGF funding for two projects as part of the Housing Fund and to seek endorsement of a recommendation to approve by the Mayoral Combined Authority as outlined within the report. The Board discussed the issues and merits of the schemes and resolved to support the report’s recommendations.




1)            Approved Bradwell 12 to full approval and award of £270k grant to Peak District Rural Housing Association (PDRHA) from the Local Growth Fund subject to the conditions set out in the Appraisal Panel Summary Table attached at Appendix 1.


2)            Approved Delegated Authority to the Head of Paid of Service, in conjunction with the Section 73 and the Monitoring Officer, to enter into the contractual arrangements required as a result of the above approval.


3)            Endorsed progression of Rotherham Town Centre to the MCA for a decision on the award of £3.917m grant.


Housing Fund Performance Dashboard pdf icon PDF 131 KB

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A report was presented together with the performance dashboards, to provide the Board with up to date performance information on all Housing Fund programmes delivered on behalf of the LEP and MCA.


Comments on the dashboard were invited.



1)         Noted the dashboard and the progress made with the Housing Fund.


Local Growth Fund Update pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Additional documents:


A report was received to update the Board on the current LFG programme commitments and the scale of projects in the over-programmed pipeline.


It was noted that two DMBC schemes had been deferred, with projects pulled out and set aside in the eventuality of future funding.  It was noted that the next LEP Board meeting on 4 November 2019 would be reviewing the remaining programme projects in the pipeline. 




1)         To note the update.


Forward Plan 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 107 KB


Presented for information.



Any Other Business


The next meeting of the Board would be held on

Thursday 9 January 2020 at 1.00 pm at 11 Broad Street West, Sheffield, S1 2BQ.