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Meeting of the Executive held on 07/12/2004
Properties in Farncombe



Summary & Purpose
There are significant structural problems which affect a pair of semi-detached houses in Farncombe and the officers have concluded that the most cost-effective long-term solution would be to demolish these houses and rebuild.

This report, which has already been considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee, seeks the permission of the Executive to pursue this course of action and, in the first instance, seeks permission to make a planning application for demolition.

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APPENDIX Z
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 7TH DECEMBER 2004

REFERENCE FROM COMMUNITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

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Title:

PROPERTIES IN FARNCOMBE

[Wards Affected: N/A]
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Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

The annexes to this report contain exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded during the item to which the report relates, as specified in the appropriate paragraphs of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, namely:-

Information relating to any particular applicant for, or recipient or former recipient of any service provided by the authority (Paragraph 4);

The amount of any expenditure proposed or to be incurred by the authority under any particular contract for the acquisition of property or the supply of goods or services (Paragraph 8)

Summary and purpose:

There are significant structural problems which affect a pair of semi-detached houses in Farncombe and the officers have concluded that the most cost-effective long-term solution would be to demolish these houses and rebuild.

This report, which has already been considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee, seeks the permission of the Executive to pursue this course of action and, in the first instance, seeks permission to make a planning application for demolition.

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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

E-Government implications:

There are no E-Government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

At this stage, the financial implications relate to the cost of demolition and securing the site which amount to 15,000. This can be met from within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Budget for 2005/06. There are no legal implications arising from this report.

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Introduction and Background

1. There is a pair of semi-detached houses in Farncombe currently vacant (see location plan at (Exempt) Annexe 1).

2. Both houses have been surveyed as part of the usual ‘voids process’ to determine what works need to be carried out before re-letting. As they are vacant, they have also been surveyed to determine whether and to what extent they meet the Decent Homes Standard.

3. These surveys revealed:

failure of the foul drains and consequential leakage causing localised subsidence to the foundations; rising damp has occurred through the ground bearing floor slabs – as there is no damp-proof course and the floor slab was poorly constructed; evidence of distress in various concrete lintels and consequential movement in the external envelope walls; the roof structure has spread, probably as a result of unbalanced roof loadings and as a result, the rear wall leans out; additionally, the two properties fail the Decent Homes Standard on:

The Survey also highlighted other minor works such as reconstruction of the porches and flashing works.

4. The Government expects all social landlords to meet the Decent Homes Standard by 2010. In order for these properties to be brought up to this standard and to meet today’s requirements in terms of structural integrity, it is estimated that a sum in excess of 40,000 per property would need to be expended.

5. It would be possible to build two three-bedroom or even three two-bedroom replacement houses on these plots providing better designed and more appropriate accommodation to meet today’s standards. The costs estimated to re-provide are detailed at (Exempt) Annexe 2.

6. In these circumstances, whilst this is potentially a more expensive option, it is considered that the best way forward to achieve a long term solution and to provide better sized accommodation, is for the properties to be demolished and for the site to be redeveloped.

7. Should members agree the redevelopment option over refurbishment (the preference of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee) it is suggested that the two houses should be demolished and the site secured. In order to do so, it would be necessary to make a planning application for demolition. In the meantime, officers would appoint consultants to design and cost a redevelopment of the two plots and return to committee with proposals.

Resource Implications

8. The resource implications are set out in (Exempt) Annexe 2.

Recommendation

The Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee commends the Executive as follows:

1. the proposal to demolish the pair of semi-detached properties, as shown in (Exempt) Annexe 1, with the intention to re-develop the plots with 2 or 3 bedroom homes, be approved;

2. a first resolution in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General) Regulations 1992 be approved to allow a planning application to be submitted for the demolition of the properties in question; and

3. officers draw up plans for the development of 2/3 bedroom dwellings on the site identified at (Exempt) Annexe 1.

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Background Papers (DoH)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr D January Telephone: 01483 -523361

E-mail: djanuary@waverley.gov.uk

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