Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Tim Stephens, Tel: 020 7926 2754 Email: tstephens@lambeth.gov.uk 

Items
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Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

    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:

    Councillor Jim Dickson, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, declared a personal interest (not a disclosable pecuniary interest) in items 4 and 5 on the agenda (Development of Healthwatch Lambeth and Responding to Growth – delivering jobs for Lambeth) as the company he worked for also worked with Sainbury’s.

     

     

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Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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Development of Healthwatch Lambeth pdf icon PDF 104 KB

    (Report 98/12-13 and appendices)

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Agenda item 4 – Report 98/12-13) (Key Decision – call-in deadline ends on Tuesday 2 October 2012)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing introduced the report, highlighting the increased public involvement promoted in previous years by the Lambeth LINk which had had much benefit for the public and other stakeholders and it was anticipated that this would continue, although a new organisation would need to be established under the new Health and Social Care Act to carry out the functions of the LINk. The new organisation would have a wider remit and would report to Healthwatch England. The Council would have new responsibilities under the Act, including some related to children’s services. It was hoped that the new organisation would eventually become a social enterprise. It was important to continue to build on the good work of the Lambeth LINK and to align new roles and responsibilities with the overall principles of the Cooperative Council.

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

    ·        Nicola Kingston, Lambeth LINk, expressed her support for the paper and the proposals within it. She also noted the complexity of the new Health and Social Care Act and the resulting more complex task for residents and other stakeholders in engaging with these responsibilities in the future. She finally urged councillors to be proactive in the creation of the new board and play an active role going forward, particularly given the new political role also to be involved.

    ·        Michael English, Lambeth LINk, urged councilors to ensure that expertise of the LINk was not lost in the creation of the new organisation. He also noted that further work was required to ensure that services were better tailored to young people in Lambeth in the future, given that the focus was often on older people in the borough.

     

    In response to a query from the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing confirmed that there were both challenges and difficulties in setting up the new organisation and that, given the very short timescale for setting this up, it would be doubly important to ensure robust consultation with residents and other stakeholders. 

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)          To endorse the proposal to build on the work of Lambeth Local Involvement Network, and to coproduce Healthwatch Lambeth in partnership with the LINk and health partners.

     

    (2)          That annual funding of £251k is initially made available for two years, with an option for two years extension.

     

     

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Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area Business Plan pdf icon PDF 83 KB

    (Report 100/12-13 and appendix)

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (This item was taken with agenda item 7 – Vauxhall Area Supplementary Planning Document)

     

    (Agenda item 6 – Report 100/12-13) (Key Decision – call-in deadline ends Tuesday 2 October 2012)

    (Agenda item 7 – Report 101/12-13)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Housing introduced the reports, noting the significant benefits for residents across the borough arising from the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area Business Plan, including more job and opportunities for Lambeth residents and bringing back to life the vibrant community of the Vauxhall area. 

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

    ·        Councillor Ishbel Brown, Liberal Democrat Group, commended officers and Cabinet Members for their hard work in developing the proposals.  However, she noted the late timing of the approval which might mean that developers would have already submitted their planning applications. She also expressed concern at the proposals for a very tall building at the site, the fact that Vauxhall Park was unlikely to receive any DIF funding, and the lack of proposals initiated by Lambeth in relation to affordable housing within the area. Finally, there were also issues of funding for the proposed Northern Line extension and a gap in cash flow for the developments had been identified which would have adverse impacts on the implementation.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Public Protection welcomed the reports and commended the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Housing for her hard work in developing the reports. He also noted the positive engagement by residents and other key stakeholders and stated that further work was being carried out to develop proposals for the parks in the Vauxhall area and that this would be done in full consultation with residents.

     

    The Deputy Leader of the Council noted that many exciting opportunities and developments were already happening in the area.

     

    In response to comments made, the Leader of the Council noted that many of the issues raised had already been resolved and further briefings were available to opposition Councillors should this be necessary. He also stated that the proposals contained within the two reports constituted the biggest regeneration project in Europe so this was a major achievement for the Council. The interests of the community had so far been the main focus and this priority would remain in the coming months when progressing with the developments.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)          To note and endorse the first business plan for the VNEB Opportunity Area.

    (2)          To formally ask the VNEB Board to prepare an Equal Opportunities Impact Assessment for the business case, and that this is reviewed every 3 years to ensure the outcomes are being met.

    (3)          To formally ask the VNEB Board to review the structure of the working groups to establish a dedicated group to look at the well being of the community and the provision of social infrastructure in its own right.  Such subjects are currently looked at as a sub-group of the Housing and Social Infrastructure Group, but given the emphasis that Lambeth places on community wellbeing, a dedicated working  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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Vauxhall Area Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 96 KB

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Community Infrastructure Levy - approval of a Lambeth Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for consultation pdf icon PDF 143 KB

    (Report 102/12-13 and appendices)

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Agenda item 8 – Report 102/12-13) (Key Decision – call-in deadline ends Tuesday 2 October 2012)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Housing introduced the report, noting that the proposals were an attempt to introduce a charging schedule in the borough to ensure that future infrastructure needs were met. The proposed tariffs would be related to the size of a development, and overall the tariffs were in line with those proposed by other similar London boroughs. She also stressed that this was a challenging task given that only a maximum of £5m could be raised from the Community Infrastructure Levy and this was of course much less than the overall funds needed for the borough’s infrastructure. 

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

    ·        Councillor Ashley Lumsden, Leader of the Majority Opposition, asked whether further discussions would be held on the charging schedule to enable opposition councilor engagement as well. He also noted the need to ensure that income generated from the Community Infrastructure Levy was distributed evenly across local areas of the borough to avoid a skewed distribution which had been experienced with the S106 monies. It was also important to ensure that allocate spending according to actual local priorities rather than perceived priorities.

     

    In response to queries, the Divisional Director for Planning, Regeneration and Enterprise, clarified that further updates would be brought to Cabinet in the coming months to ensure engagement throughout the process. It was unlikely that developers would be negatively affected by the Community Infrastructure Levy but would be more affected by changes in construction costs. Changes  to the Community Infrastructure Levy were unlikely to have an adverse effect on future developments in the borough. She also noted that a framework for spend of S106 monies would be provided.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Housing ended the debate by stating that the Community Infrastructure Levy would open up further opportunities for Lambeth and a wider debate on the charging schedule would be carried out in coming months with the community and other key stakeholders to establish the best way forward for co-producing further proposals.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)          To approve the Lambeth CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for statutory and wider community consultation.(appendix 1)

    (2)          That the supporting appended documents (a) CIL Infrastructure and Funding Gap, and (Appendix 2) and (b) Community Infrastructure Levy: Viability Study (Appendix 3) be published as supportive evidence for the consultation

    (3)          To receive the results of consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charging schedule. 

    (4)          To  receive further reports on

    (a)    Consulting on a revised and reduced S.106 planning obligations Supplementary Planning Document; (this will done in parallel to approving the CIL Draft Charging Schedule for consultation)

    (b)    Proposals for a strategy and consultation proposals  in respect of priorities for allocating  CIL, also in the context of expected Government Guidance on a “meaningful proportion” to Neighbourhoods

     

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Responding to Growth - delivering jobs for Lambeth pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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Local Government Ombudsman Report of Maladministration pdf icon PDF 78 KB