Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Friday, 25 October 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Meeting Room 1, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB

Contact: Steve Culliford  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

32.

Declaration of disclosable pecuniary interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting. 

Minutes:

None

33.

Urgent business and chairman's announcements

To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chairman. 

Minutes:

None

34.

Public participation

To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak. 

Minutes:

No members of the public had registered to address Cabinet.

35.

Housing delivery pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To consider the head of development and regeneration’s report. 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the head of development and regeneration’s report on housing delivery and ways the council can put in place a new approach to council intervention to bring forward a wide range of housing delivery in South Oxfordshire.

 

Cabinet supported the proposals as a means of developing a new approach to the delivery of housing to tackle the issue of genuine affordability, the development of greener communities with the right quality and type of housing in the right location and to support the council’s goals to reduce climate change and make a contribution to the council’s long term financial position.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that S106 monies provided a potential source of funding to subsidise the delivery of affordable housing, that any financial return would have to justify the risk and that the council could potentially have an approach for the delivery of more affordable housing operational within a year. The council would seek to identify sites to bring forward for development.

 

Views were expressed that the council should explore working with other public agencies, including the health service, to identify potential sites for collaboration.

 

RESOLVED to: 

 

1.      request officers to undertake an exploratory study and prepare a report to recommend suitable options for proactive action by the council to bring forward a wider range of housing in South Oxfordshire;

2.      ask officers to consider, as part of this report, what options exist to prioritise Berinsfield as a location to pilot any new approach to housing delivery in the district; and 

3.      ask officers to identify whether the housing market conditions across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council are such that the option of a joint solution and approach would be beneficial.