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Investing in better neighbourhoods and building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth – Fenwick Estate

Meeting: 11/07/2016 - Cabinet (Item 3)

3 Investing in better neighbourhoods and building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth – Fenwick Estate pdf icon PDF 513 KB

Report 260/16-17

 

Key decision

Larkhall Ward

 

Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster

Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Matthew Bennett

 

Contact: Neil Vokes, Assistant Director, Housing Regeneration, 020 7926 3068,

NVokes@lambeth.gov.uk

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett, who noted that:

·         This programme was part of a significant investment in housing across the borough and the Administration were tackling the housing crisis head on despite cuts and reduced funding from central government.

·         This particular programme would see an increase of between 50 and 100 social housing properties (in addition to the 55 homes to be delivered in Phase 1 by Transport for London (TfL)), that all existing tenants would be guaranteed a property on the re-developed estate, and would provide options to allow leaseholders to remain on the estate.

·         It was recognised that there would be disruption and heightened anxiety due to the re-development but the Council were committed to supporting those affected and ensuring the programme was delivered.

 

The Ward Councillors, Andy Wilson, Tina Valcarcel and Marsha de Cordova addressed Cabinet and advised of the following:

·         There have been a number of events and workshops to raise awareness and share information about the programme.

·         There was a strong Resident Engagement Panel, which worked well and was chaired by a local resident.

·         They were pleased to see the strong levels of engagement as set out in paragraph 1.18 of the report (page 17).

·         The same level on engagement needed to be retained going forward and specific plans needed to be made for the underground car park which needed to be fed back to residents and Councillors.

·         They were pleased to see that the Council had listened in regard to the odd-numbered properties along Willington Road and removed these from the scheme.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, asked for one resident at the meeting to address Cabinet on behalf of those in attendance, even though they had not registered in advance. The resident representative advised that:

·         There was uncertainty on the change in tenancy, rents, service charges and loss of right to buy.

·         It was unclear what the financial implications were for leaseholders and what support would be available to assist, such as with re-mortgage applications.

·         The ward Councillors did not represent the entire estate and they only engaged with a minority.

·         The Council had previously said they would invest in the estate through new kitchens and bathrooms which was not carried out.

·         Any questions raised by leaseholders such as service charge levels were deferred, and so it was unclear how a decision could be made without clear evidence or information.

 

The Programme Director for Capital Programmes and the Director of Strategy and Commissioning Housing and Communities responded to some of the points raised and advised that:

·         The equalities impact assessment would be built into the work programme going forward.

·         That a small change to the Equalities Impact assessment was suggested by the Equalities Impact Assessment Panel (i.e. remove sentence “The outcome of the proposals would positively benefit these households” on page 254 of the agenda pack).

·         More consultation on the key guarantees would be undertaken.

·         They acknowledged that more work needed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3