Decision details

PLACE23 0855 - Request to purchase 46 Castell Crescent, Cantley, DN4 6LG – 2 Bedroom Semi 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.
The purchase has been considered in line with the need to address the high demand for affordable rental properties including 2 & 3 bedroomed general let homes in many areas across Doncaster.
Choice Based Lettings bidding data for this financial year has been a consideration for this purchase, this indicates an average of 179 bids for 2 bedroomed properties in Cantley suggesting a strong demand in the area.
The property is within an area and proximity to a number of existing council dwellings on the same street and is envisaged will be utilised as a general need property.
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.

Decision:

To support the proposal for the purchase, repair of 46 Castell Crescent, Cantley, DN4 6LG.
The purchase price is £115,000 and provisional inspections have estimated the further Housing Revenue Account investment costs to be £15-20k 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 is given to the Housing Needs Survey, property bidding data in this instance has indicated a high demand for 3 bedroomed properties in the area.
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: 31/08/2023

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