To agree a Local Lettings Plan to cover all lettings of CBC new affordable rented homes
Decision Maker: Managing Director - Place and Growth - Tim Atkins
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To agree a Local Lettings Plan to cover all lettings of Cheltenham Borough
Council’s (CBC’s) new affordable rented homes at 3-7 Apple Blossom Drive,
Brockhampton Manor, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, GL51 9FQ for a period
of fifteen months from the date of this agreement.
These affordable homes will be managed by Cheltenham Borough Homes
CBC-CBH will commit to reviewing this Local Lettings Plan on an annual basis
from the date of Officer Sign off.
Reasons for the decision:
The purpose of the Local Lettings Plan is to support community resilience
and cohesion for CBH’s new homes at 3-7 Apple Blossom Drive,
Brockhampton Manor, Swindon Village, Cheltenham by considering
measures to maintain low levels of anti-social behaviour and crime.
Owing to the established nature of the surrounding community within the
Swindon Village area, and CBC-CBH’s shared desire to create a strong,
resilient community in the long-term, it is considered that implementing a
Local Lettings Plan at 3-7 Apple Blossom Drive is entirely logical.
For the sake of clarity, these affordable homes will be owned by Cheltenham
Borough Council and managed by Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH).
The properties developed at Brockhampton Lane which will be let at
Affordable Rented levels (capped at Local Housing Allowance) consists of
three two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom houses.
The Affordable Rented properties will be allocated via the Gloucestershire
Homeseeker Plus Choice Based Lettings Scheme. This scheme allows the
Council to enter into a Lettings Plan in certain situations, such as sites where
new affordable housing is being developed.
The development at Brockhampton Lane also includes 2 two-bedroom houses
for Shared Ownership. These will be marketed by Help to Buy South in
accordance with the latest Capital Funding Guide.
Please note this Local Lettings Plan will be reviewed by key officers from
Cheltenham Borough Council and Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) on an
annual basis following Officer Sign-Off to determine whether an extension to
or amendment of the Local Lettings Plan is appropriate.
If, for any reason, the Local Lettings Plan is not functioning as intended, the
Council will have the ability to review the Local Lettings Plan, in consultation
with CBH Officers, prior to the annual review date(s).
Alternative options considered:
An alternative option considered was advertising the new affordable
properties on Gloucestershire Homeseeker Plus without having a Local
Lettings Plan in place.
However, owing to the reasons addressed above, it is felt that implementing
a Local Lettings Plan for an initial 15 month period will assist CBH in creating
a balanced and sustainable community, which, in turn, will support the
successful integration of the new affordable housing tenants within the
immediate vicinity and wider Swindon Village area
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Key Officers from CBH and Councillor Mike Collins are supportive of the
principle and detail provided within the Local Lettings Plan for 3-7 Apple
Blossom Drive, Brockhampton Manor, Cheltenham.
The draft Lettings Plan has been agreed with key officers from CBH and in
consultation with Councillor Mike Collins- Cabinet Member for Housing.
Contact: Tim Atkins, Managing Director Place and Growth 01242 264103 Email: email@example.com.
Publication date: 11/10/2021
Date of decision: 11/10/2021