Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall

Contact: Debra Marlow tel: 01708 433091  e-mail:

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On behalf of the Chairman, there will be an announcement about the arrangements in case of fire or other events that might require the meeting room or building’s evacuation.


The Leader of the Council welcomed everyone to the meeting and indicated that in the spirit of preserving officers time questions were requested from Group Leaders ahead of the meeting. These would be collated and responses would be provided accordingly.


Mark Ansell, Director of Public Health attended the meeting to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.


Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any interests in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting. Members may still disclose an interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.


There were no declarations of interest.


Capital Letters pdf icon PDF 316 KB




1.    Agreed to join Capital Letters (London) Limited, a company limited by guarantee established by the London boroughs, as a member. This will procure or lease accommodation for the benefit of those London boroughs that become members of the company including signing the relevant Membership Agreement and Deed of Adherence.


2.    Agreed to pay the annual sum of £100,000 from the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant to Capital Letters.


3.    Agreed that the Council is represented  as a Member by Cllr Chapman  and note that this can be changed subject to availability for any Member Meetings.



Councillor Joshua Chapman presented the Capital Letters report to Cabinet.  This report detailed the Capital Letters Scheme, which is a mechanism by which good quality homes will be procured for residents in the Borough.  All properties procured in the borough of Havering by Capital Letters will be procured for Havering  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Housing Allocation Scheme 2021 pdf icon PDF 298 KB

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Agreed the statutory consultation on the draft Housing Allocation Scheme attached as appendix 1 of the Cabinet report.



Councillor Chapman presented the report to Cabinet to commence the Statutory Consultation on the draft Housing Allocation Scheme for Havering.

This draft policy proposes a number of revisions to the current policy (dated 2016) and sets out how social housing is prioritised, to ensure that it is fairly allocated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2020-50 pdf icon PDF 2 MB




Noted the proposed income and expenditure for the housing revenue account business plan up to 2050.



The Director of Housing Patrick Odling-Smee presented the report to Cabinet.

By way of introduction, the Housing Revenue Account is a sub-account of the Council’s general fund and is funded from the rents and other charges paid by the council’s tenants. Under the Local Government & Housing Act 1989 the HRA  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.



The reports included in agenda item 9 contain exempt appendices.  Cabinet will consider whether the public and press should now be excluded from the remainder of the meeting on the grounds that it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public were present during that item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972; and, if it is decided to exclude the public and press on those grounds, Cabinet to resolve accordingly on the motion of the Chairman.




Bridge Close Regeneration – Funding Arrangements pdf icon PDF 306 KB

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Neil Stubbings the Director of Regeneration Programme Delivery, presented the report to Cabinet.   There are two parts to the report, a public report and an exempt report. 


Cabinet considered the position in September 2020 and this report is a further update of the current position regarding the regeneration of Bridge  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.