Decision details

Balmoral Estate

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a joint report of the Chief Executive and Executive Director (Growth and Housing) setting out a programme of structural and improvement works required at the Balmoral Tower blocks (Grampian, Brecon and Blackdown) and to sought agreement to utilise HRA funds for these works.




1. That the programme of works to the Balmoral tower blocks, to include both structural and improvement works (structural insulation and heating upgrades), be progressed.


2. That the Council and South Essex Homes undertake full consultation and engagement with affected residents.




3. That a budget of £2.325m to be added to the HRA capital investment programme to be funded from the HRA Capital Investment Reserve, be approved.


Other Options


1. Do nothing – This would not be appropriate as it would not meet the needs of tenants and leaseholders and would not be in line with achieving our 2050 outcomes nor the aims of the Housing, Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy; and


2. Only undertake structural works – This would not be appropriate as it would not meet the needs of our tenants and leaseholders and would not be in line with our 2050 Green City outcomes.


Reasons for Recommendations


1. To improve the structural integrity and energy efficiency of three of the Council’s tower blocks and also ensure that residents are fully engaged throughout this project.


2. In terms of the funding of this project, South Essex Homes have commissioned external professional Quantity Surveyors to produce the costs and associated budget requirements and the Council’s Finance team has confirmed the HRA Capital Reserves as the most appropriate method of funding these works.


Note: The decisions in 1 and 2 above constitute an Executive Function. The decision in 3 above constitutes a Council Function

Eligible for call-in to: Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Gilbert

Report author: Glyn Halksworth

Publication date: 31/07/2020

Date of decision: 28/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 28/07/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/08/2020

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