Agenda and decisions

Communities and Housing Advisory Board - Tuesday, 20th July, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 3 KB

Members in any doubt about such declarations are advised to contact Legal or Democratic Services in advance of the meeting


Minutes pdf icon PDF 218 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Notes of the meeting of the Communities and Housing Advisory Board held on 25 May 2021

Matters for recommendation to the Cabinet


Housing Strategy pdf icon PDF 135 KB

This report outlines the key themes for a TMBC Housing Strategy and seeks approval of an updated project plan.

Additional documents:


(Report of Director of Planning, Housing and Environmental Health)


The Board was reminded of the key ambitions contained in the West Kent Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2016-2021 undertaken in partnership with Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.  The report outlined the key themes for a Tonbridge and Malling Housing Strategy which would allow the Borough Council to establish its housing priorities, to plan for meeting current and future need and to govern the effective delivery of housing related services.  An updated project plan and revised timetable was set out in Annex 1 to the report.


Following consideration by the Communities and Housing Advisory Board, the Cabinet Member for Housing resolved that:


(1)   The key areas of work for the forthcoming Housing Strategy be endorsed and the Housing Strategy Project Plan, as set out at Annex 1 to the report, be approved.


Community Development Work in the Trench Ward of Tonbridge pdf icon PDF 113 KB

The report provides an update on the proposed Community Development Worker for Trench and seeks endorsement for two-year grant funding.


(Report of Chief Executive)


The report set out details of a proposed arrangement to reinstate the Community Development Worker position within the Trench Ward to deliver community initiatives and provide support to residents.  The Board was advised that, for a fixed two-year period, Clarion Futures had offered to match fund the £7,500 per year from the Borough Council to deliver this support and that Tonbridge Baptist Church would support the post as the overall ‘employer’ providing office space, line management and funding of £3,750 per year.  It was noted that a Service Level Agreement for the two-year term would be agreed between the Borough Council, Clarion Futures and the Tonbridge Baptist Church.


Following consideration by the Communities and Housing Advisory Board, the Cabinet Member for Community Services resolved that:


(1)   the arrangements for the proposed Community Development Worker for Trench be noted; and


(2)   the grant funding of £7,500 per year, for 2 years, to be paid to Tonbridge Baptist Church, be endorsed.

Matters submitted for Information


Housing Service Activity Report pdf icon PDF 407 KB

This report provides updates on the activity of the Housing Service for 2020/21 including a capital plan review for an IT system implemented within the Housing Solutions team.

Additional documents:


Stock Condition Modelling Update pdf icon PDF 139 KB

This report updates Members on the private sector stock condition modelling exercise undertaken by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).


Matters for consideration in Private


Exclusion of Press and Public pdf icon PDF 4 KB

The Chairman to move that the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting during consideration of any items the publication of which would disclose exempt information.

Matters for recommendation to the Cabinet


Leybourne Lakes Country Park - Future Management and Facility Development

The report provides details of the Leisure Trust’s Business Plan and financial proposal for the future management of Leybourne Lakes Country Park (LLCP) and the outcome of Cost Certainty in relation to the proposed new lakeside facility.