Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 4 November 2013 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Gary O'Key, Tel: 020 7926 2183 Email: gokey@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 none.

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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    Minutes:

    RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 9 September 2013 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

     

3.

Older People's Housing pdf icon PDF 221 KB

    (Report No 187/13-14 and appendices)

    Key Decision

    All Wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, Councillor Jim Dickson

    Strategic Director Commissioning, Helen Charlesworth-May

    Contact: David Worrall, Senior Strategic Commissioning Manager

    020 7926 9978 dworrall@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report No 187/13-14 and appendices) (Key Decision – call-in deadline Friday 15 November 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing introduced the report and welcomed the large number of people who were attending.  The proposals represented a major investment to provide choice and quality in response to the stated wishes of older people for quality accommodation with support and a local communal setting.  He fully accepted the uncertainty that had been caused by the consultation. 

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

     

    Jennifer Lawson (Elderberry Grove) stated that the Council was proposing to adopt a one size fits all plan which would rid itself of its responsibility for tenants and provide a line of customers for housing associations.  The proposals ignored the despair and dismay of sheltered housing residents.  The extra-care provision which had been visited by residents felt dead with no sense of community.  The Council needed to clarify what would happen to older people who could not afford to live in extra care accommodation.

     

    Laurence Huchison (Denby Court) said he had organised a petition of over 1,000 signatures in opposition to the proposals.  The original financial appraisal had overstated the cost of bringing the properties up to standard and should be reviewed. The proposals would move existing residents from their familiar surroundings and break up established communities even though there were alternative sites available for extra-care housing.  The Council had already exceeded its quota for the provision of extra care for 2020. Residents were unhappy with extra care as it felt institutionalised and lacked local facilities.

     

    Susan Okokon (Leigham Court Road) said that some Members of the Health and Adult Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee had believed that the original consultation report published in January had been based on flawed information in the property survey. Sheltered housing had been built as part of a post war consensus to provide two storey buildings with a garden.  The proposals for extra care would be high rise buildings which could be dangerous to residents if there was a fire. The Leigham Court scheme was an award winning architect designed building.  Had it already been sold and would it be able to be demolished?

     

    Maura Pettinger (Castle House) was concerned that the warden scheme of care and support that residents had signed up for would be lost or that residents might need to pay more.  The wardens were an integral part of sheltered housing to ensure that it ran smoothly and provided help and reassurance for residents who were in risk of loneliness and isolation if the wardens were removed.  Removing wardens would not save much money but would affect the most vulnerable residents.

     

    Christina Burnett had worked with Castle House residents to create a virtual community.  Residents had originally been consulted on removing wardens and the new report gave a revised definition of their role. The wardens were on site to give advice, to ensure that services were provided and to look after the building.    Sheltered housing residents disliked the extra care  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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November Finance Review pdf icon PDF 255 KB

    (Report No 183/13-14 and appendices)

    Key Decision

    All Wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources

    Strategic Director Enabling

    Contact: Frank Higgins, Head of Financial Strategy

    020 7926 9316 fhiggins@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report No 183/13-14 and appendices) (Key Decision – call-in deadline Friday 15 November 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources introduced the report and said that Government announcements had resulted in the three year savings target being revised to £96 million.  Over six years Lambeth would have had a 50% reduction in its budget.  The budget due to be passed in February 2014 would require painful decisions and a dramatic change to the way in which the Council delivered its services.

     

    The Cabinet received the following representation:

     

    The Chair of the Finance Scrutiny Sub-Committee thanked officers for the detailed report.  The Sub-Committee had been extremely worried about the overspends which had been detailed in the August Finance Monitor and had therefore made an additional recommendation to the Cabinet.  He noted that the overspends might have decreased since the position in August and that the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources had given an undertaking that they would be brought under control.

     

    The following Cabinet Members spoke about the report:

     

    The Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure thanked officers for the excellent progress on disposals which had delivered receipts of £90 million.  The proposals in paragraph 4.2 concerning investing in the third sector investment in order to gain external funding that the money raised would be capital funding and that it would be a harder challenge to secure revenue funding. 

     

    The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said that the Council would need to have a dialogue with residents about how their services would be affected.

     

    In response to a question raised the Strategic Director Enabling said that the collection rate for residents who were now in receipt of Council Tax Support was roughly 90% which was better than anticipated. 

     

    RESOLVED:

    (1)          To note the 2012/13 outturn and revenue forecasts for 2013/14.

    (2)          To re-affirm the Council’s commitment to delivering the existing revenue savings plans for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

    (3)          To note the approach to Outcome Based Budgeting being developed to support co-operative commissioning and to identify options for the savings required in 2014/15 to 2016/17 (section 7).

    (4)          To recommend to Council that it approves the revenue virement set out in paragraph 5.32.

    (5)          To note the capital investment of £44.2m made by 31 August 2013 against the 2013/14 budget of £202.6m as detailed in paragraphs 6.10 to 6.14 and Appendix 1.

    (6)          To agree the proposed overall increase in the three year Capital Programme 2013-16 from £490.8m to £522.96m as described in paragraph 6.30 and summarised in Appendix 2.

    (7)          To agree that Cabinet was mindful of potential overspends in some sections of the Council which if not controlled may lead to increased pressures within the Outcomes Based Budgeting process and identification of savings required in 2014/15 to 2016/17.

     

     

5.

Future Brixton: Somerleyton Road - Project Delivery pdf icon PDF 238 KB

    (Report No 191/13-14 and appendix)

    Key Decision

    All Wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration

    Strategic Director Delivery

    Contact: Neil Vokes, Regeneration Project Manager

    020 7926 3068; nvokes@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report No 191/13-14 and appendix) (Key Decision – call-in deadline Friday 15 November 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration introduced the report which presented a unique approach in delivery.  The scheme, which was a Council build and design approach, had been developed with Brixton Green and other members of the community and would provide 112 new Council houses and houses with a market rent but with longer tenancies.

     

    The Cabinet received the following representations:

     

    Brad Carroll (Brixton Green) welcomed the project which would provide affordable housing and had involved the community in its development. 

     

    Deborah Bestwick (Ovalhouse) said that that the Ovalhouse valued being involved in the project.  The bids to the Arts Council were progressing and she thanked the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure and the Cabinet Member for Children and Families for their support in the bids to the Arts Council.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Children and Families stated that she was very pleased that the scheme had been developed and thanked officers, members of the community and the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration for their hard work on the project.

     

    In response to a question the Regeneration Project Manager said that an assessment of the cost and benefits of the employment and training spaces would be completed in February.

     

    The Leader of the Council thanked Brad Carroll, Deborah Bestwick, the Regeneration Project Manager, and the Cabinet Member of Housing and Regeneration for their hard work on the scheme.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1)            To note the Council’s staged approach to delivery of the development and to approve the first stage of the approach as set out within this report;

    2)            To approve the re-allocation of £1m of existing capital allocation to procure a development manager and a design team using a Council run restricted procedure.

    3)            To note that a steering group, chaired by the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration and comprising representatives from Brixton Green, Ovalhouse and the Council had been established to act as the client for the development manager and the design team.

     

6.

Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission pdf icon PDF 125 KB

    (Report No 192/13-14 and appendices)

    Key Decision

    All Wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration

    Strategic Director Delivery

    Contact: Catherine Carpenter, Principal Planning Policy Officer

    020 7926 1251 ccarpenter@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report No 192/13-14 and appendices)         (Key Decision – call-in deadline Friday 15 November 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration introduced the report which recommended the approval of the Lambeth Local Plan for submission to government.  The key changes to the Plan were set out in paragraph 2.7 and included:

     

    ·         Policies to manage the mix of town centre uses

    ·         Policies to include A2 uses (including betting shops, and pawnbrokers and takeaways).

    ·         A new place specific policy for Upper Norwood.

     

    He thanked the Team Leader - Planning, Strategy and Policyand the Principal Planning Policy Officer who had produced the draft Plan following consultation with the community.

     

    In response to questions raised the Assistant Director, Planning and Development said that he did not believe that there was a conflict between the protection of employment land in Key Industrial and Business Areas (KIBAs) and the Mayor’s policy set out in the London Plan for protecting land for operational transport use.  The Borough also had land available to allow for the delivery of waste facilities which was another reason for protecting the KIBAs.  With regards to the potential degree of change from the Inspector and the Greater London Authority (GLA) he said that coproduction had developed wide ranging support for fundamental drivers of the Plan which was in general conformity with the London Plan. 

     

    The Deputy Leader and the Leader of the Council also thanked officers for the large amount of work they had undertaken to produce the Local Plan.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1)    To note the results of public consultation on the Draft Lambeth Local Plan in Appendix 1.

    2)    To agree the Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission November 2013 in Appendix 2 and the changes to the adopted Local Development Framework Proposals Map (January 2011) November 2013 in Appendix 3 for pre-submission publication and submission to government.

    3)    To delegate agreement of any minor amendments (typographical edits and formatting) of the document to the Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission November 2013 prior to the start of pre-submission publication in December 2013 to the Assistant Director Planning and Development, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration.

    4)    To note the timetable for pre-submission publication, submission, examination and adoption of the Lambeth Local Plan in section 7 of the report.

    5)    To note the risks and mitigation measures set out in paragraph 6.1 of the report.

    6)    To agree the revised Lambeth Local Development Scheme November 2013 in Appendix 4.

     

7.

Office Accommodation Strategy - Your New Town Hall pdf icon PDF 141 KB

    (Report No 193/13-14 and appendices)

    Key Decision

    All Wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources: Councillor Paul McGlone

    Strategic Director Delivery,

    Contact: Thelma Brooker Smith, Interim Head of Office Accommodation Strategy

    020 7926 9965, tbrookersmith@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Reason for Exemption from Disclosure

     

    The accompanying Part II report is exempt from publication by virtue of the following paragraph of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:

     

    3. Information relating to the financial or business affairs of a particular person. (Including the authority holding that information).

     

     

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report No 193/13-14 and appendices)         (Key Decision – call-in deadline Friday 15 November 2013)

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1) That the Part II report is classified as information exempt from publication for the reason set out in the report

     

    (2) That the discussion on the report be held in the public domain without disclosing any exempt information.

     

    At the request of the Chair, the following introductory statement by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources has been included in the minutes in full.

     

    This project is about reducing the number of office buildings the council has from 14 to just two and creating a new centre around the town hall in Brixton.

     

    This is a good deal and a smart deal, and I will come onto the reasons shortly.

     

    To get to where we are tonight has been the result of an 18 month EU procurement process.

     

    We had three really strong bids on the short list to choose from.

     

    I am pleased to announce that we are recommending that the Council appoint 'Muse Developments Limited' as our preferred developer for the Your New Town Hall project.  

     

    Once Cabinet formally makes its decision there will be a period of strict legal procedures before any decision is finalised namely the Council 5 day call in period and the Statutory 10 day Standstill ‘Alcatel’ period. So to be clear, no contract has yet been signed. 

     

    I said earlier it is a good deal for Lambeth, and here is why.

     

    ·         It will save at least £4.5 million a year, deliver new homes as well as jobs for local people.

     

    ·         It is a smart deal – by selling off our old and expensive office buildings we can make the development pay for itself. 

     

    ·         It builds civic pride– A Town Hall is traditionally the heart of a community and we want it to remain so in the 21st Century. And this development assures that.

     

    So let me expand

     

    ·         Projected Government funding cuts of nearly 50% by 2016 mean we will have less staff.

    ·         By reducing the number of office building the council has from 14 to just two, and using those two more efficiently, we will save £4.5m a year in running costs - that’s a saving of 59%.

    ·         If we don’t do this we would have to continue to pay millions in rent, lease and maintenance charges for office buildings that would be half empty.

    ·         That doesn’t make sense.    

     

    How is it a smart deal?

    ·         The winning bid has shown that we can pay for the renovation of the Town Hall and the new offices by selling the surplus buildings as well as benefit the local economy by creating much needed local jobs and affordable homes.

    ·         We have a strong track record of using the buildings and land that the council owns to secure new services for our residents. 

    ·         We did this with the Future Clapham development – where we secured a new library, leisure centre, health centre and affordable housing at no  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Homelessness Discharge Policy pdf icon PDF 116 KB

    (Report No 188/13-14 and appendices)

    Key Decision

    All Wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration

    Strategic Director Commissioning

    Contact: Tom TysonHousing Strategy Team Leader

    ttyson@lambeth.gov.uk, 020 7926 3544

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report No 188/13-14 and appendices) (Key Decision – call-in deadline Friday 15 November 2013)

     

    The report which was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration recommended adopting a new power to discharge the borough’s main homelessness duty with the offer of a suitable private sector offer. 

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)          To approve the use of the new statutory power to discharge the main homelessness duty subject to a thorough assessment of the individual household’s needs.

    (2)          To note and agree the Homelessness Discharge policy.

     

9.

Housing Placement Policy pdf icon PDF 105 KB

10.

Delivering Better Homes pdf icon PDF 233 KB

    (Report No 190/13-14 and appendices)

    Key Decision

    All Wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration

    Strategic Director Commissioning

    Contact: Sumitra Gomer – Assistant Director Housing Strategy and Regeneration

    020 79264278 sgomer@lambeth.gov.uk

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report No 190/13-14 and appendices) (Key Decision – call-in deadline Friday 15 November 2013)

     

    The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration who reported that significant progress had been made with Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS) works.  The report set out how the Council would deliver new homes and proposed how the Council would improve quality and security of tenure for the 1 in 3 families in Lambeth who lived in the private rented sector.

     

    The Cabinet received the following representation:

     

    Councillor Jeremy Clyne (Majority Opposition Party spokesman) questioned whether the Council and Lambeth Living would be able to deliver the LHS programme as there was waste and overcharging by contractors who were not properly managed.  The Liberal Democrats did not agree with the proposal for off-site provision for social housing which could be up to a mile away from the development.  He called upon the Council not to break up established communities such as Cressingham Gardens and asked that the Planning Committee be shown the financial viability appraisals of new developments so that developers would be required to deliver the required level of affordable housing. 

     

    The Leader of the Council noted the positive aspects of the report as new homes were being built. The status of the judicial review proceedings, against the Secretary of State in relation to  the Key Industrial Business Areas would be clarified by Legal Services.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    To note:

    1.            The progress made to date in implementing the Lambeth Housing Standard programme which has resulted in a further 1125 homes being brought up to the Decent Homes standard during this financial year.

     

    2.            The success of the borough in delivering new affordable homes over the last five years, resulting in 2034 new affordable homes.

     

    3.            The Council’s continued commitment to affordable housing delivered Section 106 obligations, including a commitment where possible to on-site provision and mix of tenures.

     

    4.            Progress made in relation to the Somerleyton Road development and the possibility of using a similar model of delivery in future.

     

    5.            The provision of new affordable routes to home ownership via the ‘Pocket Homes’ programme.

    6.            The work of the Private Rented Sector (PRS)  workstream in considering how the council can shape and influence the market in the future, to maximize the private rented sector’s capacity to provide good quality housing at a price people can afford to pay.

     

    To agree:

    1.            The Lambeth Housing Standard programme for 2014/15.

     

    2.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration report to a future Cabinet with a recommended policy on the use of commuted sums for affordable housing.

     

    3.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration should report to a future Cabinet with a recommended policy on the use of Local Lettings Policies for newly built council housing.