Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 12 October 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Dunraven School, 94-8 Leigham Court Road, London, SW16 2QB

Contact: Wayne Chandai, Acting Democratic Services Manager, Tel: 020 7926 0029 Email: 

No. Item


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 113 KB

That the minutes of the previous meeting be signed and approved as a correct record of proceedings.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 14 September 2015 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.


Culture 2020 pdf icon PDF 747 KB

    Report 87/15-16


    Key Decision

    All Wards


    Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods: Councillor Jane Edbrooke

    Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster


    Contact:  John Kerridge, Associate Director Commissioning (Communities),; 0207 926 2744



    Additional documents:


    The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Jane Edbrooke introduced the report, stating that it was a result of the unprecedented financial challenges facing the Council. There was a £4 million cut being faced by cultural services within the Council, and therefore a balancing act needed to be struck. Furthermore, there had been a 50% reduction in the grant received from central Government, and therefore the report represented a need to address these challenges whilst still meeting the Council’s statutory obligations.


    Tim Odell, UNION representative for library staff, addressed Cabinet and made the following points:


    ·         The report was an incompetent piece of work and would render the Council open to legal challenge;

    ·         Libraries were essential for access to education and social mobility;

    ·         The proposals put forward were designed to benefit Greenwich Leisure Ltd. (GLL, not-for-profit organisation) and represented a lack of imagination on the part of Lambeth Labour;

    ·         The recommendations in the report would have an especially negative impact on Lambeth’s Muslim community;

    ·         It was unacceptable that gyms were being prioritised over libraries;

    ·         The Council should adopt a more holistic approach to the financial situation.


    Laura Swaffield, a representative from Friends of Lambeth Libraries, also raised the following points:


    ·         It was acknowledged that the Council was facing severe cuts from central Government, however the wisdom of a scheme which greatly benefited GLL by several million pounds was questioned;

    ·         The library service in Lambeth was nationally-recognised and provided a wide range of valuable services to Lambeth’s most vulnerable residents;


    Collette Thomas, Chair of Lambeth Parks Forum, also raised the following points:


    ·         More information needed to be provided in order to understand how the parks would be maintained at basic levels;

    ·         The necessity of cuts were recognised, but the report had not been properly thought through;

    ·         There had not been proper resident consultation prior to the publication of the report;

    ·         More information was needed regarding the capital investment plan.


    In response to queries regarding potential legal challenges, the Director of Corporate Resources, Mark Hynes, responded that section 13 of the report contained a detailed legal analysis, covering issues such as the consultation process, requirements for Secretary of State consent for land disposals and state aid issues which should allay concerns Cabinet and residents may have about the validity of any future legal challenge to the process


    Adrian Smith, the Director of Strategy & Commissioning, Neighbourhoods, raised the following points in response to questions from speakers:


    ·         The report sets out the framework for needs assessment based on changing demography and outlines what residents can expect with regards to book stock, self-service, wi-fi provision, etc.

    ·         The leisure service on offer will be similar to other Council leisure services;

    ·         There is provision for staff retention set out in the report;

    ·         The lease agreement with GLL would be subject to the decision taken by Cabinet at the meeting;

    ·         There is a £20 million park capital investment programme, and the Council was in the final stages of due diligence regarding individual capital investment schemes;

    ·         The events strategy would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


South Lambeth – Estate Regeneration pdf icon PDF 613 KB

    Report 86/15-16


    Key Decision

    Stockwell Ward


    Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Matthew Bennett

    Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster


    Contact:  Neil Vokes, Programme Director, Strategic Capital Projects, Business, Growth and Delivery,; 0207 926 3068


    Additional documents:


    The Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and made the following points:


    ·         There had been much consultation on the estate in which 163 households had participated;

    ·         It was previously not known if Wimbourne House would be included in the programme and the rebuilding has now been excluded following a stock condition survey which determined that the issues with Wimbourne House could be addressed under guarantee;

    ·         Council could rebuild the homes and rehouse every tenant and rebuild at least 100 extra homes for council rent and at least 100 for private rent.


    Councillor Alex Bigham addressed the meeting and raised the following points:


    ·         The proposals were very good for local residents and those on a housing waiting list;

    ·         The Wimbourne House residents decanted in a prior refurbishment had a bad experience, it was queried therefore what reassurances would be provided that this time would be better;

    ·         It was further queried what provision there would be for disabled access and a community center.


    Julian Hart, the Housing Delivery Programme Manager, raised the following points in response to questions:


    ·         Following steer from the decision taken around Cressingham Gardens at the 13 July 2015 Cabinet meeting (Investing in better neighbourhoods and building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth - Cressingham Gardens estate), it was hoped that in instances where residents would need to be decanted, these would be single decants only;

    ·         With respect to the proposed community center, there was scope to provide this going forward;

    ·         Disabled access will be prioritised at every step of the process.




    That Cabinet:


    (1)  Authorise officers to progress the project on the basis of a partial redevelopment of the South Lambeth estate, in accordance with the approach set out in Section 2 of this report and Appendix B, and to procure a development management team to progress the redevelopment of the estate as set out in paragraph 2.2 and 2.11 of the report.


    (2)  Authorise inclusion of additional land holdings within the masterplan for South Lambeth estate, where such land lies on the boundary of the Estate, and where such inclusions would improve the place-making outcomes and deliver a net increase in the number of homes (see paragraph 2.12 of the report).


    (3)  Require officers and the procured development management team to work closely with residents in the procurement and formulation of the masterplan, including a phasing strategy and a local lettings policy for the Estate. 





Homes for Lambeth: A Special Purpose Vehicle for Lambeth pdf icon PDF 498 KB

    Report 76/15-16


    Key Decision

    All Wards


    Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Matthew Bennett

    Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster


    Contact:  Neil Vokes, Programme Director, Strategic Capital Projects, Business, Growth and Delivery,; 0207 926 3068

    Additional documents:


    The Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the report. He stated that the proposed Homes for Lambeth Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) would be a 100% Council-owned company with the purpose of addressing the housing crisis in Lambeth, which will be exacerbated by central Government policy.



    GerlindeGniewosz, a resident of the Cressingham Gardens Estate, addressed the meeting and made the following points:


    ·         The SPV would not be a single wholly-owned entity, but would be a complex structure with several separate legal personalities;

    ·         There were questions regarding the cost of set up and overall management of the structure;

    ·         Members were currently being asked to sign a blank cheque with respect to the SPV.


    Neil Vokes, the Regeneration Project Manager (Housing), raised the following points in response to questions:


    ·         The structure of the SPV would be complex, but this was necessary to ensure delivery across a range of tenures and enable the Council to access different types of funding;

    ·         The cost of the SPV would be put forward in a future business plan;

    ·         Officers had currently identified three potential developments to go through the SPV;

    ·         The future of the project was highly dependent on the content of the upcoming Housing Bill.




    That Cabinet:


    (1)   Note the business case and key benefits identified for establishing Homes for Lambeth, a Special Purpose Vehicle for housing and regeneration delivery.


    (2)   Approve the proposed strategy for the formation and mobilisation of the primary group of companies that make up Homes for Lambeth and to delegate authority to Officers to set up these companies.


    (3)   Delegate authority to Officers (and subsequently the Board of the Special Purpose Vehicle) to proceed to develop the 60-month, Rolling Business Plan for the Special Purpose Vehicle and Scheme-Level Business Plans for each development scheme proposed. These documents will inform the formal Business Case to be considered by the Council prior to it granting approval for each respective scheme to be delivered.


    (4)   Agree in principle to grant a long-lease to the Special Purpose Vehicle for the delivery of new homes on the Lollard, Fenwick & Westbury (Phase 1) schemes within 6 months of the formation of the Special Purpose Vehicle, subject to the formal agreement of business plans and the agreement of transfer arrangements for each of these schemes


Improving Housing Management Services and Wider Integration pdf icon PDF 293 KB


Performance Q1 pdf icon PDF 353 KB


Lambeth Lewisham and Southwark Council’s Joint Committee pdf icon PDF 174 KB

    Report 75/15-16


    Non-key Decision

    All Wards


    Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods: Councillor Jane Edbrooke

    Chief Executive, Sean Harriss


    Contact:  Adrian Smith, Commissioning Director,; 0207 926 0182





    In accordance with Cabinet Rule 2.3.5, Cabinet resolved to agree the recommendations in the report without further debate.




    That Cabinet note the report and attached appendices and agree to the establishment of a joint committee between the three boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark with the terms of reference set out in this report at Appendix 1 and the Memorandum of Understanding as laid out in Appendix 2.


    To appoint the following councillors to the joint committee:


    (1)  The Leader of the Council; and,


    (2)  Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth as his/her substitute


    To agree to enter into a governance agreement with the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark in accordance with the principles set out in this report, and to request that the approval of the terms of that agreement is delegated to the Director of Finance in consulation with the Director of Corporate Affairs.