Venue: Remote Meeting
Contact: Kieran Robinson
Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
Minutes of the Previous Meeting PDF 288 KB
RESOLVED – that the minutes of
the meeting held on 11 February 2020 be confirmed and signed by the
Terms of Reference PDF 207 KB
To approve the Committee’s
Terms of Reference for the municipal year 2020 to 2021.
Members received a brief clarification of the
proposed change to the Committee’s terms of reference.
RESOLVED – that
the terms of reference be approved.
Scrutiny Review of the Housing Investment Programme PDF 1 MB
James Dunn (Director: Prosperity &
Investment) and Kate Callis (Service Delivery Manager: Housing
Investment Programme, Prosperity & Investment) will attend for
David Wright (Cabinet Member for Economy,
Housing, Transport and Infrastructure) will also be in attendance.
The Committee received the presentation of the
Director: Prosperity & Investment. The presentation covered the
Council’s Housing Investment Strategy, which had been approved by Cabinet. The report and
business case examined the case for expanding the Council’s
Members were briefed on the achievements
of NuPlace. There had been 460 homes
either delivered or on track to be delivered. The scheme offered a
range of homes up to four bed properties and housed over a thousand
Telford & Wrekin residents.
NuPlace offered a number of affordable
homes as a part of its developments and had recently expanded into
the accessible and adaptable market. A 19 home pilot at
Dothill was under construction, which
offered homes that met a range of accessible and adaptable
Homes that helped to reduce the Borough’s carbon footprint
were regarded as key to NuPlace. Where possible solar panels were being fitted to properties in an effort to
reduce fuel poverty. Electrical vehicle (EV) charging points were
also being included in the new development at Southwater and would be
examined for future developments.
Since its launch, NuPlace had
regenerated 28.6 acres of brownfield land.
The project was deemed a success both
for the Council and with residents. NuPlace’s portfolio had a 1.88% void rate and
was popular among residents. The scheme had generated a £4.4m
profit since 2015/16.
The project was being used to promote
positive social outcomes in the Borough through apprenticeships,
training, and community engagement. There were economic benefits
for the region more broadly, with the majority of contract spend
being within a 30km radius, which equated to roughly
In the future, NuPlace hoped to expand
and diversify its portfolio further with another 320 homes planned,
which focused on brownfield sites. These new homes would bring the
portfolio to 786 homes. New homes would be
built to meet a range of needs; including different sized
homes as well as more accessible and adaptable homes.
In addition to constructing new homes, there were plans to acquire
existing stock for refurbishment from other suppliers and two
schemes were in progress to refurbish buildings in the
There was an ambition to bring high quality urban living to Telford
& Wrekin as a part of the Station Quarter development through
one and two bed apartments in the town centre.
Members asked a number of questions:
Were the apprenticeships and other training
offered as a part of the scheme quantified in any
Officers confirmed that this information could
be circulated to Members.
NuPlace was looking to reduce
carbon footprints, were all its properties solar powered?
Solar generation would be considered on
a site-by-site basis, but the 46 homes being built at Southwater would have them. A pilot scheme
would also be run at Donnington Wood
that would trial solar generation and battery storage. It
was thought possible that in the future
the sites may be able to sell stored energy to the grid. In such a
scenario, the money generated could be used to pump-prime future
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Work Programme Review PDF 564 KB
To review the
work programme of the Committee.
The Associate Director: Policy &
Governance delivered an overview of the Committee’s work
programme. The work programme had received updates to the expected
dates for items to come to Committee.
reminded of the date of the next meeting of the Committee,
which would take place on 9 December 2020.