Report Authorised by: Eleanor Purser and Sara Waller: Strategic Directors for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity
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The report was introduced by Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes, Councillor Matthew Bennett who highlighted that:
• The report set out work that had been done over a period of at least 10 years
• There had been a hundreds of new Council and affordable homes developed, along with community facilities including the Brixton Street Gym which had gone from strength to strength
• It was owed to the people of Brixton to give them as many social and economic benefits for local people from the use of local sites including Brixton Market
• The Labour administration recognised that there was a housing crisis in London with thousands of families on the waiting list or at risk of homelessness. The only way to mitigate that was to build new homes
• Lambeth needed a good permanent supply of work spaces in order to provide the jobs and opportunities needed in Brixton. This particular area suffered higher rates of unemployment than other parts of the borough, which had worsened during the pandemic
• The report was focused on addressing inequality and inequity for local residents
• Partners had been able to exceed planning expectations which included increasing the number of affordable family homes, affordable workspace and providing jobs and apprenticeships for young people and local partners.
One quarter of jobs were created through supply chain, and communities less likely to reach out for jobs were reached and supported to apply for such roles including prison leavers, Black and Minority Ethnic communities and young men aged 16-24
• New buildings would be designed to the highest economic standards
• The scheme would offer a chance for the Council to work in partnership with its community and address the inequalities and inequities residents endured locally, offering new jobs, new homes and jobs for local people.
Cabinet was addressed by Councillor Scott Ainslie of the Green Group, who highlighted a number of questions surrounding:
• Whether Homes for Lambeth would be a better developer for the site
• The percentage of Affordable Homes
In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:
• Purchasing the International House site offered benefits to the Council. These benefits included allowing the Council to reduce its carbon footprint by enabling the number of rooms used as Council offices to decrease from 14 to 2
• Refurbishing the development would create permanent affordable workspace for local talent in Brixton
• Homes for Lambeth was owned and controlled by the Council in a not-for-profit way to build more homes and social housing to provide for homeless communities and those on the waiting list. It was not for commercial developments and workspaces
• The number of affordable homes was set out in the report and was subject to planning. The figure was 240 homes of which 50% were affordable. 80 of these homes were three-bedrooms or more..
Cabinet made the following observations:
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