Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday 30 October 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room G02C - 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH

Contact: Paula Thornton  Phone: 020 7525 4395 Email:  paula.thornton@southwark.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Notification of any items of Business which the Chair Deems Urgent

    In special circumstances, an item of business may be added to an agenda within five clear working days of the meeting.

    Minutes:

    The chair gave notice of the following late item:

     

    Item 7: Deputation requests

     

    Reasons for urgency and lateness will be specified in the relevant minute.

     

    The chair announced that item 14 “The Way Forward: Ledbury Estate high rise blocks”  would be heard straight after the deputation regarding this item.

3.

Notice of Intention to conduct business in a closed meeting, and any representations received

4.

Disclosure of Interests and Dispensations

5.

Public Question Time (15 Minutes)

    To receive any questions from members of the public which have been submitted in advance of the meeting in accordance with the cabinet procedure rules. The deadline for the receipt of public questions is midnight Wednesday 24 October 2018.

    Minutes:

    There were no public questions.

6.

Minutes

7.

Deputation Requests

    To consider any deputation requests. The deadline for the receipt of deputation requests is midnight Wednesday 24 October 2018.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    The report had not been circulated five clear days in advance of the meeting. The chair agreed to accept this item as urgent as the request had been received in line with the constitutional deadline for the receipt of deputation requests.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the deputation be received.

     

    Ledbury Resident Project Group (RPG)

     

    The deputation spokesperson addressed cabinet in respect of item 14 on the agenda for this meeting: The Way Forward: Ledbury Estate High Rise Blocks. They said that they welcomed the fact that the residents’ preferred option was contained in the recommendations, as well as the right to return for leaseholders and council tenants, and not charging leaseholders for the works proposed. They further welcomed the opportunity to scrutinise the work and testing on the pilot flats, but called for an organisation other than the contractor to carry out the testing. The deputation asked for work on the low-rises to be brought forward to minimise the length of construction activity on the site, costs and residents’ uncertainty. They called on the council to continue to work with and fully consult all residents (including those in the low-rises and the RPG) on all future plans before these were formulated, for example via the Ledbury Estate satellite office.

     

    The chair thanked the deputation for attending.

     

    In response to questions from cabinet members, the deputation said it was important for the council to engage fully with residents in the low-rises and that there were concerns that the new developments would leave some residents in the low-rises feeling boxed in. Communication had generally been good, in particular via meetings, pictorial representations of the works and the weekly newsletter, but other approaches like door-knocking were also important.

     

    Councillor Leo Pollak, cabinet member for social regeneration, great estates and new council homes, said that the council would employ a masterplan approach for any new development on the site, and would generally be looking at synchronising repairs and the delivery of new homes. He invited residents to approach him with their views and concerns. 

     

    Councillor Stephanie Cryan, cabinet member for housing management and modernisation, responded that she was delighted with the residents’ preferred option. There were plans to have the work on the pilot flats checked by BRE (Building Research Establishment). The council would continue to work with and communicate with stakeholders, including the residents in the low-rises, through dedicated officers. She thanked officers who had worked with residents and on the report and said that this report was merely the first step in the process.

8.

Council Plan 2018-19 - 2021-22

9.

Pupil Place Planning

10.

Gateway 1 - Procurement Strategy Approval Southwark Works Employment Support Commissioning Framework

11.

Approval of the Council's Movement Plan (transport plan), Local Implementation Plan (LIP) 3 and Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA), annual spending submission for 2019 / 20 and Liveable Neighbourhood bid for Bramcote Park

12.

Land and garages at Rye Hill Park, Nunhead

13.

Garages at Welsford Street, Bermondsey

14.

The Way Forward: Ledbury Estate high rise blocks

15.

New Homes Programme: Delivery Model Review 2018

    To approve exploratory work to provide an innovative solution to develop in house construction development capacity and to note progress to date on the new build programme and interim target to deliver 2500 council homes by 2022.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.  That the following be approved:

     

    ·  the exploratory work to provide an innovative solution to develop ‘in house’ construction development capacity within Southwark and for cabinet to receive a report on the options by April 2019

    ·  further development work to find a suitable site to develop a community land trust (CLT) in Southwark

    ·  that a programme wide approach is adopted to maximise the proportion of council homes at council rents, with sufficient flexibility for a sales element to support the viability of the programme, depending on the overall financial envelope. Developments on council housing land will have at least 50% council rented homes and ensure a right to return for council tenants and resident leaseholders so local people can stay in the borough they call home

    ·  That cabinet receive a general update report by April 2019. 

     

    2.  That the following be noted:

     

    ·  the progress at September 2018 on the new build programme and the interim target to deliver 2500 homes by the end of 2022 as part of the longer term commitment to deliver 11,000 council homes by 2043

    ·  that the success of this programme is subject to a holistic, planned, managed and executed delivery programme that focuses on providing quality homes expediently

    ·  a robust borough wide capacity study is underway to provide a future pipeline to deliver the above aims

    ·  a renewed design approach as outlined in paragraphs 34-36 of the report

    ·  the detailed communications and engagement strategy outlined in paragraphs 30-33 of the report

    ·  the funding position and the bid for GLA funding and additional borrowing headroom to enable the delivery of the first 2500 homes

    ·  the establishment  of a new member led steering group to oversee the strategic delivery of the development programme.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

RESOLVED:

 

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in category 3 of paragraph 10.4 of the access to information procedure rules of the Southwark Constitution.

 

The following is a summary of the decisions taken in the closed part of the meeting.

16.

Minutes

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the closed minutes of the meeting held on 18 September be approved as a correct record and signed by the chair.