Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 12 January 2015 7.00 pm

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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.


There were none.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 8 December 2014.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 8 December 2014 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.


Parks and Open Spaces Capital Investment Plan 2014/15 – 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 218 KB

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    (Report 129/14-15)

    Key decision, all wards


    Report Authorised by: Strategic Director, Commissioning: Helen Charlesworth-May


    Portfolio: Cabinet Member, Neighbourhoods: Councillor Jane Edbrooke


    Contact for enquiries:

    Natalie Thomsen, Programme Manager, Commissioning, 020 7926 6212,



    Additional documents:


    (Report 129/14-15) (Key Decision – call-in ends Friday 23 January 2015)


    The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods introduced the report.


    Cabinet received the following representations:


    ·         Jean Kerrigan, Chair of Friends of Windmill Gardens, addressed Cabinet, noting that although Windmill Gardens was a small park in a busy ward, it was home to some heritage gems and had been restored with the help of council and lottery funding. She welcomed the paper and noted that the increased transparency around parks and open spaces had been requested by the green spaces forum and the consultation on this paper went a long way to achieve that. She also noted that the proposals were very much driven by cuts to Lambeth funding and thanked Members for not selling parks and open spaces to generate income. She believed that the dedicated support officer would be crucial to the future work with parks groups and this would need to be actioned as soon as possible. She finally suggested that a proper heritage officer be employed in the borough for the future.

    ·         Adam Watt, Friends of Stockwell Skate Park, addressed Cabinet and noted that improvements were required to the skateboard park which had achieved international status in recent years, including resurfacing every five years, treating damp problems and installing public toilets to avoid people urinating in the street.

    ·         David Payne, Streatham Common Cooperative (ScCoop), stated that he was pleased with the recent investment made to Streatham Common and commended officers for developing a coherent plan which would benefit a large group of residents in the longer term.

    ·         The Deputy Leader, Finance and Investment, noted that he had been involved in securing funding for the skateboard park, which now had international status. He would be keen for the Council to work with the park in the future to develop clear plans and strategies for the future of the park.

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability added that a recent Metal Theft Scrutiny Commission had recommended that Lambeth become a heritage champion and that should now be revisited and actioned.

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing welcomed the investment plan and noted the positive impact of parks and open spaces on people’s health and wellbeing and emphasised that this would also be critical in the future.

    ·         The Deputy Leader, Policy, thanked all of those involved in developing the proposals and paid a special thanks to the friends groups across the borough.


    ·         The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth urged officers to have a separate conversation with representatives from the skate park and further noted the positive work being done by Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and the way in which BIDs could assist in bringing together assets within a community.


    The Commissioning Director stated that the issue of heritage was being looked into currently and that an offer in respect of heritage across the borough would be available in a few weeks. He also noted that the parks forum had played an active role in ensuring that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


New Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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    (Report No: 128/14-15)

    Key decision, all wards


    Report Authorised by: Sue Foster, Strategic Director Delivery


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


    Contact for enquiries:

    Doug Black, Delivery Lead Conservation and Urban Design, 020 7926 4065,


    Additional documents:


    (Report 128/14-15) (Non-Key Decision)


    The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth introduced the report.


    Cabinet received the following representations


    ·         Councillor Diana Morris, Chair of Planning Applications Committee, noted she had been involved in the development of the document as part of the work undertaken by the Planning and Development Cabinet Advisory Panel. She had dealt with a large number of residents in her role as a ward councillor and was well aware of the large number of families struggling to deal with growing families and lack of provision for extending their existing homes. She therefore welcomed the proposals which also included options for such residents to extend existing homes in the future.

    ·         Mark Buttery, local resident in Ferndale ward, made reference to a previously submitted petition on this issue and noted that he was pleased to see that the proposals had taken into account the concerns raised by residents in respect of providing options for extending mansard roofs in the future. Many houses in the borough would allow for this new provision, which would allow residents to extend their properties into the roof space. He finally suggested that mansard extensions should be allowed for both heritage and non-heritage buildings and therefore suggested a slight amendment to paragraph 4.2.3 in the report.


    The Assistant Director, Planning and Development, noted that the document had been developed with the aim of building in greater flexibility into the framework and the policy had very much achieved that by providing a good balance for the future. He thanked Mark Buttery for his contribution and acknowledged the inconsistency in the report highlighted and provided assurance that this would be addressed. He also thanked Councillor Diana Morris for her comments which were very valuable and would be considered.    


    The Deputy Leader, Finance and Investment, stated that the policy addressed many of the concerns raised by residents and noted the need to continue to be fair and consistent around these policies in the future.


    The Leader of the Council thanked officers and residents groups for their proactive approach in developing this document.




    (1)          To note and agree the content of the draft Alterations and Extensions SPD (2014) in Appendix 1.

    (2)          To note and agree the proposals for public consultation.



Flood Risk Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 88 KB

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    (Report No: 126/14-15)

    All wards, key decision


    Report Authorised by: Sue Foster, Strategic Director Delivery


    Portfolio: Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability


    Contact for enquiries:

    Andrew Round, Commercial Services Development Officer, Delivery Environmental Services, 020 7926 1253


    Additional documents:


    (Report 126/14-15) (Key Decision – call-in deadline ends Friday 23 January 2015)


    The Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability introduced the report.


    The following comments were made:


    ·         The Cabinet Member for Children and Adult Services asked for further clarification on the Council policies around drainage and ensuring that drains across the borough were cleared and able to cope with heavy rain, avoiding any risk of over flooding.

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing noted that his ward had experienced serious flooding in the past 11 years on two occasions and he therefore welcomed the strategy. He also noted the good work in the coordinating different agencies to manage the future flood risk issue across the borough, although this may need further clarification and assurance going forward.

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth noted that the Planning and Development Cabinet Advisory Panel had also discussed the issue and much work was being carried out to manage the flood risk across the borough.

    The Commercial Services Development Officer addressed Cabinet, stating that a recent change in regulations had meant that sustainable drainage was now required for many properties and the Council was working to try to introduce sustainable drainage.




    (1)          To approve and recognise the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy as the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Lambeth.




Council Tax Support Scheme pdf icon PDF 105 KB

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    (Report No: 127/14-15)

    Key decision, all wards


    Report Authorised by: Strategic Director Guy Ware


    Portfolio: Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Finance & Investment, Cllr Paul McGlone


    Contact for enquiries:

    Tim Hillman-Brown, Head of Benefits and Customer Centres, BCS, 07852 167 416,



    (Report 127/14-15) (Key Decision – call in ends Friday 23 January 2015)


    The Deputy Leader of the Council, Finance and Investment, introduced the report, noting that this was the annual review of the Council Tax Support Scheme and the intention was to continue to protect those most vulnerable residents in the borough.


    Cabinet received the following representation:


    ·         Councillor Scott Ainslie, Green Party, addressed Cabinet, encouraging Cabinet Members to continue to protect vulnerable residents and noted that the scheme did not actively and adequately protect those residents falling into arrears with their council tax payments. He mentioned a report published the previous year nationally, which suggested that Lambeth could take further steps to protect the most vulnerable residents in the borough. Council tax was increasingly significantly for the most vulnerable in the borough and this was now causing those people to fall into debt. Court summons to local people, actioned by the Council as a way of recovering outstanding council tax payments, had further negative impacts on these vulnerable residents. He urged Cabinet to ensure that bailiffs were not actively used to recover council tax debt from local residents and that officers instead were more actively involved in the recovery of such debt, to alleviate the adverse impact on the most vulnerable residents in the borough. He finally referred to a Freedom of Information request which had disclosed that bailiffs were still being utilised much too often to assist in the recovery of debts.


    The Director, Business and Customer Services and the Head of Benefits and Customer Centres responded, noting that council tax support and recovery of debt continued to be a challenge in todays financial climate, challenges which would be further exacerbated by the forthcoming changes to the wider welfare system, expected that year. The local council tax support scheme had been developed in consultation with residents and many responses had been received and officers had listened carefully to the needs and views of residents. It was also further confirmed that Lambeth had some of the highest court fees arising from the recovery of council tax debt, however, much proactive work had also recently been undertaken to ensure residents were fully aware of the options available to them in respect of payment options, making it easier for residents to pay their council tax. Finally it was noted that a revised income and debt strategy would be brought to Cabinet in March 2015, which would also address some of the issues raised by Councillor Ainslie.


    The Leader of the Council thanked Councillor Ainslie and officers for their comments and noted that the council tax support scheme at Lambeth was different to that of many other boroughs, offering further support for those most vulnerable residents. She also noted that there were some discrepancies across London in respect of the statistics referred to and it would be necessary to get these right. It was crucial that the Council continued to review the Council Tax Support Scheme to ensure it was fit for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.