Agenda and minutes

Place Select Committee - Monday 20th May, 2024 4.00 pm

Venue: Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TU

Contact: Scrutiny Officer, Michelle Gunn 

No. Item


Evacuation Procedure pdf icon PDF 9 KB


The Committee noted the evacuation and housekeeping procedure.



Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.  



Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 15 April 2024


AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on 15 April 2024 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Scrutiny Review of (Unauthorised) Roadside Advertising pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive the draft final report


Consideration was given to the draft final report and recommendations for the Scrutiny review of (Unauthorised) Roadside Advertising. The Chair introduced the report and thanked the Committee and Officers for their contributions to the review.


There were two recommendations from the review, regarding placing guidance information regarding planning regulations for roadside advertising on the website and reviewing the online reporting systems. The link officer noted that the information had been placed on the website and changes to the reporting systems to introduce mapping layers would be made shortly. It was agreed that the link officer would inform members once both recommendations had been achieved and an action plan was not required.    


The Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport thanked the Committee for their work on this review. It was acknowledged that roadside advertising was a difficult issue to review which involved several services within the Council.   


AGREED that the final report be approved for submission to Cabinet.



Scrutiny Review of Affordable Housing pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To receive the draft scope and project plan and a background presentation from the link officer.

Additional documents:


Prior to the consideration of the draft scope and project plan for the Scrutiny Review of Affordable Housing, members received a background presentation setting out the context of the review. The presentation included:

  • Definition of affordable housing
  • Local housing statistics
  • Strategic response
  • The current challenges
  • Options available to the council


The main issues highlighted and discussed were as follows:

  • Homes England provided funding to Registered Providers to build affordable rented housing, while 106 agreements placed a requirement on private housing developers to build a proportion of affordable housing when applying for planning permission. Officers noted that the most effective way to build affordable housing under a 106 agreement was to partner with a registered provider.
  • Tees Valley Home Provider was discussed, and it was noted that:
    • Registered Providers advertised either all or a proportion of their properties through Tees Valley Home Finder, i.e. Thirteen advertised 50% of their homes through Tees Valley Home Finder, and those registered were able to bid for properties as they became available. People looking to rent affordable housing were advised to register both through MyThirteen and Tees Valley Home Finder.
    • A banding system was used to allocate properties and those registered were placed in a band depending on their situation and requirements. Someone who was homeless and a priority need housing group and / or likely to be threatened with homelessness within 56 days would be assessed as a Band 1 (highest priority for rehousing). Each application was assessed based on its own unique circumstances in accordance with the Tees Valley Common Allocations Policy.
    • Members questioned whether the system allowed for people living in other areas of the Tees Valley to bid on properties within Stockton-on-Tees. Officers stated that the agreed Common Allocation Policy across the three local authorities involved gave priority to people living in the borough for a property. However, there were exceptional circumstances where someone from outside the borough would be able to successfully bid for a property in Stockton-on-Tees. Also, intermediate affordable housing i.e. shared ownership could consider applicants without a local connection.
  • Members questioned whether the “right to buy” affected the number of properties available. It was explained that tenants who applied to a registered provider for affordable rented housing from 2010 no longer had the “right to buy” the property they lived in but did have a “right to acquire” which was not as an attractive offer.
  • It was noted that there had been an increase in the number of Section 21 No Fault Evictions taking place in the private rent sector, as well as rising rents. This had created more demand for affordable rented housing and increased the number of people presenting as homeless.


Consideration was then given to the draft scope and project plan for the review. The key aim of the review would be to identify potential options for how the council could increase the supply of affordable housing in the borough and therefore address the housing need. The Committee noted that they wanted to understand  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA/11/24


Chair's Update and Select Committee Work Programme 2024-2025 pdf icon PDF 122 KB


Consideration was given to the Work Programme.


The next meeting would be held on Monday 10 June 2024.


AGREED that the Work Programme be noted