Decision details

Relocation of Housing Repairs and Housing Assets to Oakwood Hill Depot

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree the arrangements for the location of Housing Repairs at the Oakwood Hill Depot.


(1)        That the Housing Repairs Service and the Housing Assets Team be relocated to the Oakwood Hill Depot, Loughton to co-locate with the existing Fleet Operations and Grounds Maintenance Services at an estimated cost of the works (excluding fees) of £755,000 funded from the Housing Revenue Account (HRA);


(2)        That the Capital costs of the relocation be funded from the existing budget allocation of £3.2million for the provision of the Repairs and Maintenance Hub;


(3)        That, once assessed by Price Waterhouse Coopers as part of the Stage 2 Accommodation Review, the fit-out costs of the open plan area, based on an agile working environment, be also funded from the existing capital budget provision;


(4)        That the remaining existing capital budget provision be deleted from the Capital Programme to realise a capital saving;


(5)        That a separate report be considered by the Housing Portfolio Holder on the appointment of a multi-discipline Consultancy Service to oversee the detailed design, procurement process and contract management, with any fees being funded from the existing capital provision;


(6)        That the Council’s Country Care Service and the Nursery Service no longer be relocated to the Oakwood Hill Depot as previously planned and that an alternative venue be sought elsewhere in the District for these services;


(7)        That a planning application be submitted for the required off-site parking for staff and visitors at the Oakwood Hill Depot during working hours;


(8)        That the off-site parking be made available to residents of the Oakwood Hill Estate and visitors to the Roding Valley Nature Reserve free of charge outside office hours; and


(9)        That a report be submitted to a future meeting of the Cabinet by the Director of Neighbourhoods on the most appropriate future use for the Council’s land at Blenheim Way in North Weald.

Report author: Alan Hall

Publication date: 14/09/2017

Date of decision: 07/09/2017

Decided at meeting: 07/09/2017 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/09/2017

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