Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 6TH OCTOBER, 2011
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2011
“C1439 CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED EMPTY HOMES STRATEGY 2012-17 (HCS) (SCRUTINY - HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) -
The Council’s first Empty Homes Strategy was appended to the report. Following a review of the process for dealing with empty homes, it had been concluded that a more effective and strategic approach should be developed to include the development of an Empty Homes Strategy, new procedural guidance on dealing with empty homes and guidance on the use and application on Empty Dwelling Management Orders.
The proposed Strategy as appended to the report set out the Council’s plans to bring empty homes back into use over the next five years, outlining a co-ordinated proactive approach to tackling empty homes in partnership with relevant Council departments and stakeholders. Attention was drawn to the fact that empty homes often represented a wasted resource and lost opportunity, posing problems for the Council, neighbours and the environment amongst other considerations. The aims of the draft Strategy were to monitor empty homes, provide advice, assistance and guidance to landlords and property owners, reduce the negative effect of empty homes in communities, reduce the number of empty homes, return empty homes to use and promote the empty homes initiative. It was noted that the Strategy had been developed in partnership by the Council’s Public Sector Housing, Public Protection, Legal, Council Tax, Planning and Development Control Department and the Council’s partner Registered Social Landlords. Attention was then drawn to a typographical error contained on page 20 of the draft Strategy relating to the percentage of empty homes in relation to St. Athan, Cowbridge and Penarth. Members agreed that the narrative should be amended to read St. Brides Major, St. Athan and Cowbridge (all 1.7%) and Penarth (1.6%).
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T consultation be undertaken on the draft Empty Homes Strategy 2012-17 as amended to reflect the matter referred to above.
(2) T H A T the amended report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection).
Reasons for decisions
(1) To obtain feedback from Council stakeholders, interested bodies and the public.
(2) For information.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 21st September 2011