Decision details

PLACE23 0843 - Request to purchase 17 Barrel Lane, Balby – 4 Bedroom Detached property for purchase via the Acquisitions Scheme.

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Economy and Environment, Assistant Director of Strategic Housing and Sustainability

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

In recent years the Council and St Leger Homes of Doncaster (SLHD) have been jointly involved with the delivery of a property acquisition programme. St Leger Homes currently administer the programme on behalf of the Council in which property purchases and conveyance is undertaken by the Council, the properties are brought into housing stock and are Council owned, St Leger Homes then facilitate necessary repairs to appropriate standards and subsequently let and manage the property.
This purchase has been considered in line with the need to address the high demand for affordable rental properties, especially larger properties in many areas across Doncaster where there is an under supply of this type of property.
The property has been identified as one of the 4 bedroomed properties requested as part of the Ukrainian and Afghanistan resettlement scheme and is considered an appropriate property to meet requirements.
The property is situated in an area of significant need in conjunction with the Housing Needs Survey.The four-year capital budget (2023/24-2026/27) approved on 27th February 2023 included provision for acquisitions and buy backs of former Council homes, to ensure as far as possible that all housing needs are met.
As the additional match funding from DLUHC has been identified to facilitate the purchase of 9 properties (5x 3-bedroom and 4x 4-bedroom) to provide housing for Ukrainian and Afghanistan Refugees, this purchase will follow the same criteria and process although will be allocated in a separate manner for at least 4 years before being integrated into general let stock.

Decision:

To support the proposal for the purchase, repair of 17 Barrel Lane, Balby.
The purchase price is £230,000 and provisional inspections have estimated the further Housing Revenue Account investment costs to be £15k to ensure the property is fully modernised, and up to standard.

Alternative options considered:

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED
Option 1 – Approve the property purchase – (recommended option)
This option will support the acquisition programme by utilising available funds to maximise the opportunity to provide additional housing provision across the borough. Whilst consideration has been given to the Housing Needs Survey, this purchase is also in conjunction with the Ukrainian and Afghanistan resettlement scheme.
Option 2 - Do Nothing
This option would lose the opportunity to deploy approved funding to help ease the demand for properties on the housing waiting list.

Publication date: 21/11/2023

Date of decision: 18/08/2023

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