Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Henry Langford, Senior Democratic Services Officer, Tel: 020 7926 1065 Email: hlangford@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 107 KB

RESOLVED: To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 06 February 2017 as a correct record of the proceedings.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 6th February 2017 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

3.

Improving the Key Guarantees pdf icon PDF 265 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Matthew Bennett

    Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster

     

    Julian Hart, Estate Regeneration Programme Manager, jhart@lambeth.gov.uk

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and provided an update on the estate regeneration programme. The council had consulted extensively with tenants and homeowners over the past two years and developed the proposed Key Guarantees. The draft offer had been reviewed by the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) and further changes had been made in line with their recommendations and consultation responses. Councillor Bennett apologised for any confusion caused by the presentation of the Key Guarantees.

     

    Councillor Bennett proposed to amend Recommendation 4 to provide additional reassurance to residents. The revised recommendation should read:

     

    4. To delegate, to the Cabinet Member for Housing and the Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth, the authority to adapt the mechanisms of the Key Guarantees to residents where required to do so by changes to government legislation or regulation. Any substantive change to the Key Guarantees will require a further Cabinet decision, subject to consultation.

     

    Councillor Bennett provided a summary of the revised Key Guarantees as set out in the report. A booklet containing the revised Key Guarantees would be produced by officers and distributed to residents by no later than May 2017. Councillor Bennett proposed to amend Recommendation 3 to reflect this commitment:

     

    3. To require officers to produce revised Key Guarantee booklets for tenants and homeowners, embedding the proposed changes to the Key Guarantee mechanisms as set out in Appendix B. The booklets were to be produced and reissued no later than May 2017.

     

    The Chair, Councillor Lib Peck, invited registered to speakers to address the committee.

     

    Mr Shemi Leira (Chair of Westbury Estate TRA, Acting Chair of Leaseholders’ Council and Chair of the Clapham Leaseholders Association), Ms Gerlinde Gniewosz (member of Leaseholders’ Council and Cressingham Gardens Residents Association) and Ms Petra Abbam (resident of Westbury Estate) addressed the committee and raised the following points:

     

    ·         Mr Leira said that he spoke as the Acting Chair of Leaseholders’ Council following the resignation of the previous Chair who had stepped down citing allegations of bullying and harassment by specific councillors and officers.

     

    The Chair halted the representation and sought clarification on this matter. The Head of Legal Services and council Monitoring Officer, Alison McKane, said that the allegations had been investigated and no evidence of bullying or intimidation had been found. Her investigation had therefore been concluded. Public representations then continued:

     

    ·         Residents had informed the council of human rights violations resulting from the estate demolition programme. The Secretary of State and the high court had recently confirmed these concerns when blocking an estate demolition programme in Southwark. The Secretary of State had highlighted the detrimental impact on elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents, as well as the disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and minority residents. The Southwark programme was very similar to the programme being pursued by Lambeth.

    ·         There was nothing in the proposed Key Guarantees to address economic, social and environmental issues. Nor was there any recognition of the disproportionate impact of on people belonging to ethnic  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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Investing in better neighbourhoods and building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth – Central Hill Estate pdf icon PDF 737 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Matthew Bennett

    Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster

     

    Julian Hart, Estate Regeneration Programme Manager, jhart@lambeth.gov.uk

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and highlighted the poor condition of many of the properties on Central Hill estate. He noted the budgetary confines the council was working within and explained that the cost of refurbishing Central Hill would be substantially more than the average costs of other estates in the borough. Refurbishment works would also fail to address the fundamental design flaws on the estate. Residents had been consulted on the proposal to rebuild the estate, a course of action that would guarantee all existing residents a new home on Central Hill whilst providing more affordable homes to tackle the housing crisis.

     

    Councillor Bennett noted the alternative proposals submitted by Architects for Social Housing (ASH) but asserted that the plans did not constitute a viable option. As part of the consultation exercise, the council had commissioned The Campaign Company (TCC) to conduct surveys and gain feedback from residents. Councillor Bennett explained the findings and stated that the redevelopment was the best way to guarantee residents a high quality home on the estate. Should Cabinet endorse the proposed recommendations, residents would be able to choose the architects and development managers during the next stage of the process. He also confirmed that there would be no private developers involved in the regeneration and that no decision would be taken tonight about the number of new homes.

     

    The Chair invited registered to speakers to address the committee.

     

    Ms Nicola Curtis (Chair of the Central Hill Residents Association and member of the Residents Engagement Panel), Ms Karen Bennett (Secretary of the Central Hill Residents Association) and Victor Hernandez (member of the Central Hill Residents Association and Residents Engagement Panel) addressed the committee and raised the following concerns:

     

    ·         The Lambeth regeneration programme began in 2012 and Central Hill was included because of the high land values.

    ·         The consultation had been informal, misleading and ultimately flawed.

    ·         There had initially been no option to demolish the estate, however this was now the only option under consideration.

    ·         The council had not been forthcoming with proposed plans about the intended regeneration of the estate. Residents had to seek information and documentation independently.

    ·         The various versions of the Key Guarantees had caused uncertainty and emotional distress amongst residents. Many of the previous principles had become mechanisms in the latest version and were consequently subject to change by officers and Cabinet Members. The recent amendments served to take rights away from residents.

    ·         The council initially estimated that it would cost £18.5m to refurbish the estate, yet there was no evidence to support this and residents disputed this figure. The costs had now risen to an £40m without further evidence to support the claim.

    ·         The council should fulfil its obligations as social landlord and commit to proper maintenance of the existing properties.

    ·         ASH had provided a viable alternative for redevelopment that would provide additional social housing through development on existing open land. The council had dismissed the proposals without consideration.

    ·         TCC could not be said  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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Article 4 Direction for change of use from offices to residential pdf icon PDF 145 KB

    Key decision

    Clapham Town / Coldharbour / Ferndale / Gipsy Hill / Larkhall / Oval / Prince’s / Vassall

     

    Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Culture: Councillor Jack Hopkins

    Strategic Director Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster

     

    Catherine Carpenter, Delivery Lead Planning Strategy and Policy Neighbourhoods and Growth, 020 7926 1251, ccarpenter@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.    That the Council proceeds to confirm the Article 4 direction made on 25 July 2016 and coming into force on 15 September 2017.

    2.    That Cabinet delegates to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development any consequential arrangements to give effect to the terms of Recommendation 1 which shall include publishing confirmation of the direction, notifying affected property owners/occupiers and the Secretary of State.

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Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission report pdf icon PDF 105 KB