Scrutiny Committee

10/04/2013 @ 10:00 - National Park Offices

Minutes

1. To receive apologies for absence

2. To receive any disclosures of interest by Members or Officers in respect of any item of business

3. To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 6th March 2013.

4. To receive presentations and ask questions of those who have been asked to provide evidence to the Committee:

a) To receive a presentation from Lin Cousins, Three Dragons
Lin Cousins has been formally engaged as a consultant to be a critical friend to the National Park Authority.

The purpose of the presentation is to have fresh eyes on the Authority’s approach to the delivery of affordable housing. Lin Cousins has extensive experience with affordable housing issues. This website link will provide Members with more background http://www.three-dragons.co.uk/

Documentation and evidence from the various Scrutiny Committees has been provided. Lin Cousins will look at and provide advice for Scrutiny Committee on issues such as:

• the wider market conditions/land owner expectations
• Why sites have not been developed out in this National Park when they have planning permission
• Whether our housing allocations look commercially realistic?
• Possible actions to make development ‘happen’

b) To receive a presentation from Julie Nicholas, Chartered Institute of Housing Wales
The purpose of this presentation is to explain housing policy & welfare reform. Julie Nicholas is the Policy & Public Affairs Manager for the Chartered Institute of Housing for Wales. More information on the work of the Chartered Institute for Housing can be found using this weblink: http://www.cih.org/Cymru. Julie will provide information on the likely implications of these changes for housing waiting lists.

5. To receive information submitted in written form:
a) Richard Price, Home Builders Federation
b) Guy Thomas, South Meadow Homes Ltd
c) Head of Affordable Housing, Welsh Government

6. To receive the Executive Summary of the Land Allocation Implementation Study commissioned by the Authority (a copy of the full study can be found below: Land Allocation Implementation Study 

7. To consider the next steps, including production of the Scrutiny Report