Agenda and draft minutes

Housing Sub Committee - Monday, 23rd January, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside

Contact: Emma Fagan, 0191 643 5313  Email: democraticsupport@northtyneside.gov.uk

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HO21/22

Appointment of Substitute Members

To be notified of the appointment of any Substitute Members.

Minutes:

Pursuant to the Council’s Constitution the following substitution was made:

 

Councillor L Bones for Councillor O Scargill

HO22/22

Declarations of Interest

You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.

 

You are also invited to disclose any dispensation in relation to any registerable and/or non-registerable interests that have been granted to you in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.

 

Please complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor M Thirlaway declared a non-registerable personal interest in Item 5, Decarbonisation Works for Housing, as his father works for North Tyneside Council.

HO23/22

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To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2022.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2022 be agreed as a correct record.

HO24/22

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To receive a presentation in relation to Decarbonisation Works for Housing.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The sub-committee received a presentation in relation to Decarbonisation Works for Housing.  The presentation covered works complete and current position; decarbonisation plans for Council housing stock, decarbonisation plans for the private sector; the authority’s approach to Housing net-zero; ongoing work and opportunities.  As the topic covered the remits of Housing Sub-committee and Environment Sub-committee, members of Environment Sub-committee were invited to attend the meeting.

 

The sub-committee was informed there are around 97,000 homes in the borough, 14,281 of which are part of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA).  This equated to 14% of all housing.  It was noted that the authority has more influence over its own stock through investment decisions but there was a finite amount of money that restricted the ability to deliver ambitions. 

 

Of the Council’s housing stock of 14,281 homes, 13,357 are general needs, 924 North Tyneside Living PFI homes and 332 communal areas.  A HRA New Build Programme, 30-year HRA Business Management Plan focussed on Decent Homes and the Housing Asset Management Strategy set out investment plans for the Authorities stock. 

 

Within the private sector, responsibility for improvement and repairs rests with the owner.  Grant funding was relied on to support efficiency improvements in the private sector.  Investment to homes was delivered through a range of grants, including the installation of cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and some boiler replacements.  The private sector stock had an average SAP rating of 64 (Low Band D).  Under the Green Homes Grant LAD Schemes 1 and 2, a total of 606 measures were installed in 502 low-income homes, taking 386 homes up to EPC C.

 

A variety of measures had been implemented in Council owned homes to improve energy efficiency including: cavity wall and loft insulation; external insulation works complete on all non-traditional homes; double glazing in all homes; high efficiency lighting in communal areas; the installation of high efficiency condensing boilers; and Solar PV arrays to over 1,690 homes.  The investment decisions that had been made put the Authority’s housing stock in a good position, with a SAP rating of 72.88 (EPC Band C).  SAP rating nationally was 66 (EPC Band D).

 

In terms of getting to Net-Zero, the Committee was informed that there were no real low-cost affordable solutions and there was an importance in identifying the right technologies to avoid investment regret.  Options being looked at included a fabric first approach to building; Solar PV; Battery Storage; air source heat pumps; and information, education and behaviour change.

 

Members were informed that to bring Council owned homes up to a maximum efficiency rating would cost an estimated £500m and to bring private sector homes to maximum efficiency would be £2.7bn. 

 

The HRA Business Plan identified decarbonisation works to be undertaken, with 15,012 measures amounting to £46.35m through to 2030.  This included 1,538 Solar PV arrays to be installed, 5,640 high efficiency condensing boilers and 4,720 homes having LED lighting installed.

 

In relation to the decarbonisation of the private sector, LAD3 funding was being delivered which consisted of  ...  view the full minutes text for item HO24/22