Agenda and minutes

Land and Assets Panel (dissolved)
Friday, 13th October, 2017 1.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room A, Wellington House, Leeds. View directions

Contact: Khaled Berroum  Email: khaled.berroum@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Denise Jeffrey, Councillor David Carr, Roger Marsh and Rob Pearson.

2.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Minutes:

None were declared.

3.

Exempt Information - Exclusion of the Press and Public

Minutes:

There were no exclusions of the press and public at the meeting.

4.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Land and Assets Board held on 14 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 316 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the Land and Assets Board held on 14 July 2017 be approved.

5.

Housing Infrastructure Fund - Forwards Funding Expressions of Interest pdf icon PDF 258 KB

Minutes:

The panel were given an update on Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) Forward Funding Expression of Interest submitted by 28September 2017.

 

Leaders, Chief Executives and WYCA Leadership agreed a ranking system for the Forward Funding and 3 bids were submitted:

  1. LCR Housing Deal Phase 1 (Leeds Living/North Kirklees Growth Zone) - £136m
  2. LCR Housing Deal Phase 2 (Aire River Housing Growth Zone/Wakefield) - £17.5
  3. LCR Housing Deal Phase 3 (SE Calderdale/Calderdale) - £13m

 

After assessment by DCLG and HCA, the preferred schemes will be invited to enter stage two with an element of co-development with HCA/DCLG.  In stage two there will be access to experts and constructive challenge via DCLG to help authorities develop business cases and submit by Spring 2018. These will again be assessed and funding awards announced from Summer 2018.

 

Resolved: That the HIF Forward Funding bid submission be noted.

6.

Accelerating Development - Strategic Resources Support pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Minutes:

The panel was updated on the development of a proposition from WYCA, on behalf of partners, to DCLG as part of a request for additional resources to deliver Leeds City Region housing sites. A first draft will be ready to share with Directors of Development soon and then the Land and Assets Panel at the next meeting.

 

The proposition is linked with wider LCR Housing Deal work stream to ensure there is an agreed LCR pipeline and strategic sites located to assure the HCA and DCLG that a viable, deliverable pipeline is ready, pending resources.  DCLG is encouraging working on a wider geography which includes a city region form. 

 

Resolved: That the report be noted.

 

7.

HCA Update

A verbal update will be provided.

 

Minutes:

Members were updated on recent developments at the Homes and Communities Agency, soon to be relaunched as ‘Homes England’ by the end of 2017.

 

The Chancellor announced an extra £2bn for Affordable Housing to focus on bringing forward existing sites and working with districts to identify new sites and projects, especially those stalled by viability issues.

 

Construction has been accelerated on HCA land within the LCR building 160 homes at Glasshoughton in Wakefield and 130 homes at Whealstun in Leeds.

 

Under the Accelerated Construction Initiative (schemes from 50 to 500 homes) on LA land, 1,500 Expressions of Interest have been reduced to 220 with 23 submissions in the LCR. Submissions are undergoing due diligence, expected to be completed in late 2017, and projects will then be taken forward pending viability and resource necessities. There may be a second call for sites in the new year.

 

Resolved: That the update be noted.

8.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Zones Programme Update pdf icon PDF 290 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The panel was presented with a report updating them on the LCR Enterprise Zones (EZ) programme and the proposed approach to phasing sites as detailed in Appendix 2. The next steps for the EZ programme are expected to be approved at the Investment Committee on 9 November 2017 and then WYCA on 7 December 2017.

 

Resolved:

 

(i)                 That the proposed EZ programme phasing approach is endorsed.

 

(ii)               That the proposed WYCA/LEP acceptance of DCLG Commercial Support Grant and outline marketing and communications programme be endorsed.

9.

One Public Estate Programme

Presentation to be given by Michael O’Doherty (LGA) And Susan Betts (Cabinet Office).

Minutes:

A presentation on the One Public Estate programme was given to the panel by Michael O’Doherty from the Local Government Association. The programme is currently in Phase 6 with a submissions deadline of 3 November 2017. Phase 7 is hoped to be announced in 2018.

 

The OPE’s role as a ‘barrier busting’ platform was emphasised to members. LGA and Cabinet Office officers have offered to act as facilitators to help local authorities identify the right person at the right level in the right department to help them surmount the obstacles stalling any projects.

 

Members raised concerns about ‘challenging’ asset owning government departments and were encouraged to raise concerns in writing as a Panel through OPE channels, which would lend them more weight. OPE has established channels with which to alleviate property and site based complications between central departments and local authorities. Members agreed actions for officers to coordinate a list of examples of stalled projects and seek advice on how to progress them.

 

Resolved: That the update be noted.

10.

One Public Estate (OPE) Group Update pdf icon PDF 269 KB

Minutes:

The panel noted the information report updating them on the delivery of the One Public Estate programme (OPE) phase 4 and phase 5 schemes and preparation of the Phase 6 bid by the deadline of 3 November 2017. 

 

Resolved: That the report be noted.

11.

Leeds City Region 12 Month Housing and Regeneration Work Programme Update pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The panel noted the information report updating them on the Housing and Regeneration priority activities over the next 12 months.

 

Resolved: That the report be noted.

12.

Any Other Business

Minutes:

There was no other business.

13.

Date of Next Meeting - 5 January 2018