Report from the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning.
That Cabinet approves the award of a contract to D Brown Building Limited for carrying out the development of 12 Council properties, using the Blue Skies Consortium Framework with a maximum contract value of £1,820,000 to allow works to start no later than April 2021.
Considerations/reasons for decision:
· Report from the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning on the award of a JCT Design and Build Contract for the construction of 12 Council properties to D B Brown Building Contractors Limited.
· A review of the capital HRA housing development and objectives which had resulted in a reduced HRA capital new build programme for 2021/22.
· The specialist design accommodation would be for elderly and disabled clients and would not be available to be acquired under the Right to Buy regulations.
· Planning consents granted in August 2019.
· Housing needs identified in Bourne and Stamford through the Strategic Housing Market Needs assessment data, local housing need assessments and current waiting list priorities.
· The proposals align with the key outcomes in the 2017-2021 Housing Strategy.
· The contract was procured in accordance with the Council’s Contract and Procurement Procedure Rules 2020 and the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
· Public consultation carried out around the proposals and liaison with Ward Members.
1. Do nothing – this option was discounted as the Corporate Plan had “Housing that meets the needs of all residents” as one of the key five priorities.
2. Use traditional tender and procurement options – due to the length of time required to complete OJEU compliant processes and taking account of the value and complexity of the works specification this was discounted.
The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning presented the report which sought approval to award a contract to carry out works on the development of 12 Council properties using the Blue Skies Consortium Framework.
The development proposal was the first scheme from the revised new build programme for new Council house provision. The two sites were at Bourne and Stamford and were former Council owned garage sites and would provide facilities for those in housing need. The new builds would contain specialist facilities such as wet rooms, alarms and wider doorway access points and would be exempt from the Right to Buy regulations. It was noted that the sites did present additional abnormal costs as outlined in the report.
Consideration had been given to housing needs and this had been achieved through the Strategic Housing Market Needs assessment data, local housing need assessments and the current waiting list priorities for the two areas.
The timing of the report and the Cabinet’s decision was critical to enable the one for one receipts to fund the scheme. The build contract was anticipated to be 12 months subject to pre contract processes being complete by April 2021.
The Leader stated that meeting the housing needs of residents was one of the key priorities contained within the Councils Corporate Plan for both the public and private sector and stated that the proposed contractor was an exceptional local contractor.
Other Cabinet Members supported the proposal for the housing which was needed within the district.
On being put to the vote, it was AGREED:
To approve the award of a contract to D Brown Building Limited for carrying out the development of 12 Council properties, using the Blue Skies Consortium Framework with a maximum contract value of £1,820,000 to allow works to start no later than April 2021.