Decision Maker: Executive Board
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The report will set out proposals for including the maisonette block of 12 homes at 122-133 Highways, York Road, LS14 6AR in a wider redevelopment of the Highways tower block site previously agreed by Executive Board in July 2019.
It also seeks approval to suspend new lettings to the maisonettes, and start re-housing existing residents with a view to achieving vacant possession as soon as possible.
Further to Minute No. 41, 24 July 2019, the Director of Communities, Housing and Environment submitted a report detailing proposals to include the maisonette block of 12 homes at 122-133 Highways, York Road, Leeds LS14 in a wider redevelopment of the Highways tower block site, which had been previously agreed by Executive Board. The report also sought approval to suspend new lettings to the maisonettes and start re-housing existing residents with a view to achieving vacant possession as soon as possible. Additionally, the report provided a further update on the overall progress made in respect of the Highways site.
In considering the matter, Members welcomed the scheme. Responding to a specific enquiry, it was noted that currently there were 132 homes on the site and that the scheme would see this replaced with an estimated 230 – 250 new build units. Regarding a question about whether there were any known abnormals or risks associated with the site, it was noted that although there was no current indication of such issues, appropriate onsite surveys and assessment would be undertaken as part of the due process. Also, responding to an enquiry the Board noted that it was anticipated that rent levels for the properties would be consistent with social rent levels for new build Council homes.
In considering the current timeframes for the scheme, the Board received further details on the progress being made to re-house existing tenants as efficiently as possible.
Also, it was noted that the commitment made for tenants of the Highways tower blocks and maisonettes who wished to return to the new build programme when completed, would be honoured, subject to the size of the new properties being able to appropriately accommodate each family’s needs.
(a) That the contents of the submitted report, be noted;
(b) That the properties of 122-133 Highways, York Road, LS14 6AR be declared as surplus to requirements;
(c) That agreement be given to take out of charge the properties of 122-133 Highways, York Road, LS14 6AR;
(d) That agreement be given for the buildings on the site of 122-133 Highways, York Road, LS14 6AR to be safely demolished, creating a clear site for future use;
(e) That the serving of an initial demolition notice, in line with Housing Act processes, in respect of tenants wishing to exercise their Right to Buy, be approved;
(f) That agreement be given for the site to be developed as part of the Housing Growth programme, enabling new Council housing to be built on that site in the future;
(g) That it be noted that separate reports will follow which will deal with the demolition proposals for existing homes and for any proposals for replacement housing under the Council Housing growth programme;
(h) That it be noted that the officers responsible for the submitted report and the implementation of such matters are the Head of Housing Management (Communities Housing & Environment) and the Head of Council Housing Growth (City Development).
Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;
Wards Affected: Killingbeck and Seacroft;
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Face to face meetings with residents. Briefings for local ward members.
Ward members. Residents. Executive Board.
Contact: Madeline Edwards Email: Madeline.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report author: Madeline Edwards
Publication date: 23/07/2021
Date of decision: 21/07/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/07/2021 - Executive Board
Effective from: 31/07/2021