Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 10 November 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW. View directions

Contact: Katy Shaw, Tel: 020 7926 2225 Email: kshaw3@lambeth.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

Under Cabinet Rule 1.5.2, where any Cabinet Member has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.

 

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2014.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 14 July 2014 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

 

3.

Lambeth Housing Management Services pdf icon PDF 137 KB

    (Report 84/14-15)

    Key decision, all wards

     

    Report Authorised by: Strategic Director: Helen Charlesworth-May

     

    Portfolio: Cabinet Member for Housing:  Councillor Matthew Bennett

     

    Contact for enquiries:

    Lynette Peters, Lead Commissioner, Housing, 020 7926 3430

    lpeters2@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Minutes:

    (Report 84/14-15) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 November 2014)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing introduced the report, which outlined the proposal to bring housing management services back in house when the current management agreement with Lambeth Living expired in June 2015. This would provide an opportunity to look more holistically and strategically at housing services and realise efficiency savings leading to better value for money. Discussions had taken place with Tenants’ Council and Leaseholders’ Council and a comprehensive consultation and co-production exercise would be conducted to allow tenants and leaseholders to shape the future of the service.

     

    Cabinet noted the addition to the report outlined in the addendum, which amended paragraph 2.5.1 to state that the Chair of Lambeth Living would also participate in the proposed project board.

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

     

    ·         Erin Healy, Unison: welcomed the decision in principle and offered Unison’s support to reintegrate housing services but expressed concern over staffing issues and job security given that there were areas of potential duplication. The union was committed to working with the Council to avoid compulsory redundancies but cooperation was needed and this was so far proving problematic

    ·         David Pritchard-Jones, local resident: believed Lambeth Living had been a resounding success as it had stuck to budgets and improved customer services. The management team was very competent, much of this down to the last two chief executives, and praise was due to its Chair, Keith Hill, whose ability and drive had improved housing in the borough in all areas. He hoped that these improvements could be maintained but expressed concern at the lack of a proper scrutiny function as it was vital to monitor services properly

    ·         Ron Hollis, Tenants’ Council: stated that tenants generally supported the proposal as long as clarity of responsibility was maintained but confidence had been diminished by the apparent haste of the decision. He welcomed the commitment to involve residents in shaping the new structure but echoed the concern over the monitoring of service delivery now that the Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee had been decommissioned

     

    In response to the points raised, the Cabinet Member for Housing expressed his disappointment at the problems reported by Unison in terms of cooperation by Lambeth Living and the Council and would try to unlock discussions. He hoped the project board would be constructive. With regards to the concerns over scrutiny, he wished to see a stronger role for Tenants’ Council and Leaseholders’ Council as it was vital that service users were able to hold housing services management to account.

     

    The Leader of the Council also urged the Lead Commissioner for Housing to help facilitate negotiations between the unions, Lambeth Living and the Council.

     

    The following Cabinet Members spoke in favour of the proposals:

     

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Children and Adult Services: stated that bringing housing services back in house would enable a more joined up approach with social services, of which Lambeth Living residents were more likely to be recipients

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing: welcomed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Future Brixton: Somerleyton Road – Compulsory Purchase Order pdf icon PDF 117 KB

    (Report 85/14-15)

    Key decision – Coldharbour Ward

     

    Report Authorised by: Strategic Director Delivery: Sue Foster

     

    Portfolio: Cabinet Member Jobs and Growth: Jack Hopkins

     

    Contact for enquiries:

    Neil Vokes, Programme Director, Strategic Capital Programmes (Business, Growth and Regeneration) nvokes@lambeth.gov.uk, 020 7926 3068

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 85/14-15) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 November 2014)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth introduced the report, explaining that the proposed Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) would help to unlock the exciting Somerleyton Road scheme, which would include a theatre, children’s centre and new housing, 40% of which would be at affordable rents.

     

    The Programme Director stated that the report set out the purpose and justification for the CPO but stressed that officers would continue to negotiate with third party landowners try to to avoid the need to use the order. The recommendation in the report was to make the CPO but it would not be authorised until 2015.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Children and Adult Services stated that she believed this to be an exciting, creative project and she looked forward to further progress reports next year.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1) To note the draft Statement of Reasons attached to this report which sets out the justification for making the Somerleyton Road Compulsory Purchase Order 2014.

     

    (2) To note the indicative red-line boundary for the Somerleyton Road Compulsory Purchase Order 2014.

     

     (3) To note the inidicative timeline for the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process for the Somerleyton Road Compulsory Purchase Order 2014 set out in section 10 of this report.

     

    (4) To authorise the making of the Somerleyton Road Compulsory Purchaee Order 2014 under section 226(1) (a) of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (the “1900 Act”).

     

    (5) To delegate authority to the Head of Legal Services to finalise the Statement of Reasons and the CPO red-line boundary.

     

    (6) To authorise the Deputy Leader (Finance and Investment) in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth to take all the necessary steps consequent to the making of the Somerleyton Road Compulsory Purchase Order 2014.

     

5.

Lambeth Local Plan - Proposed Modifications pdf icon PDF 108 KB

    (Report 86/14-15)

    Key decision – all wards

     

    Report Authorised by: Strategic Director Delivery: Sue Foster

     

    Portfolio: Cabinet Member for Business and Growth: Councillor Jack Hopkins

     

    Contact for enquiries:

    Alan Vinall, Delivery Lead Planning Strategy and Policy, Business Growth and Regeneration Delivery Cluster, 020 7926 1212, avinall@lambeth.gov.uk

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 86/14-15) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 November 2014)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth introduced the report, which proposed minor changes to the Local Plan following a consultation and open inspection. Once these were agreed at Full Council, it would be possible to look at revising the Plan. He thanked all involved for their hard work.

     

    Cabinet noted the amendments and additions to the report included in the addendum pack, which related principally to waste management following revised government guidance.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1) To agree the proposed modifications (including ‘main modifications’) to the Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission in Appendix 1 and associated sustainability appraisal in Appendix 2 for public consultation between November 2014 and January 2015.

     

    (2) To agree the revised Lambeth Local Development Scheme November 2014 in Appendix 3.

     

    (3) To note the revised timetable for the adoption of the Lambeth Local Plan in section 7 of the report.

     

6.

Community Infrastructure Levy Approval of Infrastructure Payment and Discretionary Relief Statements pdf icon PDF 133 KB

    (Report 87/14-15)

    Key decision – all wards

     

    Report Authorised by: Strategic Director Delivery: Sue Foster

     

    Portfolio: Councillor Jack Hopkins Cabinet Member for Jobs & Growth

     

    Contact for enquiries:

    Clive Fraser, Lead Regeneration, Strategy and Policy, Neighbourhood and Investments, 020 7926 1178, CFraser@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Minutes:

    (Report 87/14-15) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 November 2014)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth introduced the report, explaining that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) had been a long time in the making and would provide significant opportunities for investment across the whole borough. This would enable a proactive approach to developing various sectors to provide employment for local people.

     

    The Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Investment) hailed the CIL as a major policy which would give rise to significant funds to spend on the Administration’s priorities.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1) That the Cabinet approve the following CIL Policy:

     

    Statement regarding land payments and availability of infrastructure payments (Appendix 1)

     

    Statement of Availability of Discretionary Charitable Relief under Regulations 44 and 45 (Appendix 2)

     

    Statement of Availability of Discretionary Social Housing Relief under Regulations 49A and 49B (Appendix 3)

     

    (2) That Cabinet delegates to the Strategic Director Delivery the power in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member for finance and the relevant Cabinet Member for strategic planning to make any minor amendments to existing and future CIL Policy Statements.

     

    (3) That pending any amendment to the officer scheme of delegation Cabinet delegates to the Strategic Director Delivery the power in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member for finance and the relevant Cabinet Member for strategic planning to make any decisions about the application of CIL Policy Statements to individual claims for relief.

     

7.

Lambeth Child Employment Bylaws pdf icon PDF 97 KB

    (Report No 88/14-15)

    Key decision – all wards

     

    Report Authorised by: Strategic Director for Delivery – Sue Foster

     

    Portfolio: Cabinet Member for Children & Adult Services: Councillor Jackie Meldrum

     

    Contact for enquiries:

    Keisha Rose (Child Employment Officer), 020 7926 9827, krose@lambeth.gov.uk

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 88/14-15) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 November 2014)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Children and Adults’ Services introduced the report, which recommended the adoption of model bylaws, updating those currently in place, to protect children from exploitation from employers in the borough. These would go to Full Council for approval before being signed off by the Secretary of State.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth stated that he believed the approval of the bylaws would be helpful in delivering the Administration’s manifesto commitments regarding apprenticeships and work experience opportunities for young people but stressed the need to look at the practicalities of how such opportunities could be opened up.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1) To note the contents of the Employment of Children Bylaws attached at Appendix A.

     

    (2) To recommend to Council that it adopt the Bylaws.

     

     

    In closing the meeting, the Leader of the Council explained that this was Derrick Anderson’s last Cabinet meeting as he would be standing down as Chief Executive in December. Derrick had been at Lambeth since 2006 and was hugely respected and influential. She wished to record her thanks for his contribution to improving services as well as his leadership and the culture change which had occurred in the Council, the success of which was reflected in the latest residents’ survey results. He would be greatly missed. Members showed their appreciation for Derrick with a round of applause.