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Purchase of 83 Wembley Park Drive, London HA9 8HE for rough sleepers accommodation

Meeting: 08/03/2021 - Cabinet (Item 9)

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This report sets out the details of the freehold purchase of 83 Wembley Park Drive from the market through the Housing General Fund to increase the supply of supported housing for people who have been sleeping rough and to help reduce the use and cost of temporary accommodation.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the purchase of the freehold of 83 Wembley Park Drive, London HA9 8HE with vacant possession to meet the needs of people who have been sleeping rough and rehoused through the Government’s rough sleeping move-on initiatives.

 

(2)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment, in consultation with the Strategic Director of Community Well Being, to agree the terms of the purchase and acquire the property subject to financial and legal due diligence, vacant possession and to contract.

 

(3)     To note that completion of the property needs to take place by March 2021 in order to secure the funding arrangements and an extension was not guaranteed.

Minutes:

Councillor Southwood, as Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform introduced a report detailing the freehold purchase of 83 Wembley Park Drive through the Housing General Fund, in order to increase the supply of supported housing for people sleeping rough and to help reduce the use and cost of temporary accommodation.

 

As part of a joint introduction, Councillor Tatler, as Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning also took the opportunity to thank the Property and Housing teams for their hard work in securing the purchase of the freehold.

 

Members noted that the proposal would generate a significant reduction in the reliance and costs relating to provision of temporary accommodation as well as providing more stable and higher quality accommodation for those in need and some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough.

 

In considering the recommendations, Cabinet noted the information provided within the exempt appendix accompanying the report.

 

Having noted the comments provided, Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the purchase of the freehold of 83 Wembley Park Drive, London HA9 8HE with vacant possession to meet the needs of people who have been sleeping rough and rehoused through the Government’s rough sleeping move-on initiatives.

 

(2)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment, in consultation with the Strategic Director of Community Well Being, to agree the terms of the purchase and acquire the property subject to financial and legal due diligence, vacant possession and to contract.

 

(3)     To note that completion of the property needs to take place by March 2021 in order to secure the funding arrangements and an extension was not guaranteed.