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That the minutes of the previous meeting for 18 November and 16 December 2019 be approved and signed as a correct record proceedings.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 16 December and 18 November 2019 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.
The report was introduced by Councillor Mary Atkins, Chair of the Commission and Councillors Nigel Haselden and Becca Thackray Commission Members. They advised Cabinet that:
· The reason for the commission was following concerns from local people about the use of open public spaces for events and commercial organisations profiting from these public spaces.
· Benefit realisation for local people was one of the main aims of the commission and there were six other themes that were set out in the report.
· Those consulted included the GLA, London Parks Forum and other Local Authorities. There was also a user and stakeholder event that was facilitated by members of the Commission.
· The Commission addressed the approach to large events and it was hoped that more work could be done to address similar concerns on smaller events.
In response to questions from Cabinet Members, Commission Members and Officers advised that:
· Some events did provide opportunities for local performers/groups to use the events equipment and set up, a better relationships with event organisers was key to ensure this was more frequent.
· Parks Investment Levy has been increased slightly as part of the new Parks Strategy, which meant more investment in parks and open spaces.
· Communication with all those affected when an event was being held was important, communication needed to be tailored to the local area and on many platforms.
Cabinet Members thanked all those who were involved in the Commission.
Cabinet were pleased with the report and the recommendations and felt that the commission was a timely piece of work.
(1) To receive the report and recommendations of the Events Scrutiny Commission (Appendix 1).
(2) To approve the action plan prepared in response to the Commission’s recommendations (Appendix 2).
Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes introduced the report and highlighted that:
The Local Plan Review was before Cabinet for third time before it goes out to wider consultation. It was due at Council on 22 January and would be back to Cabinet later in the year. This version reflected the Council’s approach to declaring a climate emergency.
He also highlighted that inclusive growth was a main feature of the review and the Council were ensuring that maker, industrial and work spaces were being protected and that they were not forced and those jobs/areas were protected.
Councillor Becca Thackray asked officers to review the analysis provided Centre for Sustainable Energy to ensure that the Plan took into considerations it findings.
Officers advised that:
The process was a lengthy one and Cabinet welcomed new ideas and to enable the Plan to do more.
The Mayor would be invited to express a final view on conformity of the plan and Cabinet expected positive comments.
1) That the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission Version at Appendix 1 and the Proposed Changes to the Policies Map at Appendix 2 be approved for pre-submission publication and submission to government for independent examination.
2) That any minor amendments (typographical edits and formatting) of the
documents in Appendices 1 and 2 prior to the start of pre-submission publication to be delegated to the Assistant Director Planning, Transport and Development, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning Investment and New Homes.
Councillor Paul Gabdsy, Cabinet Member for Housing introduced the report and highlighted that:
The HRA’s current 2019/20 financial position was adequate following the changes made in the budget setting process to manage the ongoing impact of rent reduction. Just over £10m were held in general reserves.
Between 2016/17 and 2019/20 rents were reduced by 1% per year as a consequence of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 resulting in an estimated £28.5m cumulative loss to the HRA. 2020/21 was the first year in which councils have discretion over setting rents since the Act came into force.
Prior to the abolishment of the borrowing cap, Lambeth had expected to borrow the full amount of funding available to invest in the housing stock. This was managed through the Housing Investment Strategy and sought to deliver the Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS) across the borough over a period of time. The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and more specifically the rent reduction of 1% each year for four years means that the utilisation of borrowing up to the limit was not sought
due to affordability.
The approach to HRA budget setting focuses on three separate areas for 2020/21:
· Expected income and proposals on rent and service charge levels;
· Expenditure plans that reflect local priorities, the impact of the self-financing business model on service delivery and the end of enforced rent reductions; and,
· The reserves and provisions needed to ensure that the HRA is delivering strong financial performance over a longer period of time.
1) That the approach to setting tenant and leasehold service charges, garage, parking and supported housing charges be noted.
2) That the increase in rents of 2.7%, this being composed of Consumer Price Index (CPI) at the applicable rate of 1.7% plus the allowable 1% be noted.
3) That the October 2019 financial forecast position as detailed in paragraph 2.1 be noted.
4) That the proposed growth and savings for 2020/21 as set out in paragraphs 2.8 - 2.9 and Appendix 3 be approved.
5) That the HRA Budget for 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 4 be approved.
The item was introduced by Cllr Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and New Homes who highlighted:
· The draft Charging Schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was scheduled to go out to public consultation at the same time as the draft / revised Lambeth Local Plan.
· The aim of the CIL Charging Schedule was to capture as much value as possible from developments while ensuring it did not jeopardize affordable housing / affordable workspace etc.
· The importance of economic growth and investment
· The rationale for increasing the CIL rates (per square meter) for student accommodation and hotels.
The following points were highlighted during the discussion by Cabinet Members:
CIL Funding for Health Infrastructure
§ Councillor Ed Davie mentioned a recent newspaper article which had highlighted some local authorities had failed to collect/spend CIL money for health infrastructure projects.
§ In response (and at the end of the item) Cllr Bennett advised that in May 2019 he had signed off a report in relation to CIL spending of £1.27 million for additional health infrastructure in Clapham Park (Thornton Ward)
§ Cllr Andy Wilson welcomed the CIL increase for student accommodation as this would support the infrastructure improvements required.
Infrastructure Delivery Plan
§ Cllr Donatus Anyanwu highlighted the importance of informing residents how CIL money was spent
1. That the Consultation Report on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS) 2018 at Appendix A be approved.
2. That the Consultation Report and this report and the Draft Charging Schedule at Appendix B be approved.
3. That a second round public consultation from 31 January until 13 March 2020 on the Draft Charging Schedule be approved.
4. That the submission to the Planning Inspectorate for the formal examination of the Draft Charging Schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) be approved.