Agenda and minutes

Environment Scrutiny Commission - Monday 29 November 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room G02A - 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH. View directions

Contact: Julie Timbrell  Email: Julie.Timbrell@southwark.gov.uk

Items
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1.

Apologies

2.

Notification of any items of business which the chair deems urgent

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

    Minutes:

    There were no urgent items.

3.

Disclosure of interests and dispensation

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    Members to declare any interests and dispensations in respect of any item of business to be considered at this meeting.

    Minutes:

    Councillor Margy Newens recorded that she is a shareholder investor in a Community Energy project initiated by SE24. She clarified that following a brief discussion at the last meeting she had received assurances from officers that this is not a pecuniary interest.

     

4.

Minutes

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    To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 October 2021. 

     

    An officer briefing on reasons for choosing the three pilot heat pump networks is enclosed, arising from a request for additional information at the July meeting on the Climate Emergency strategy.

     

     

     

     

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    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 14 October 2021 were agreed as an accurate record, with one amendment, which was to correct the reference to the name of Dulwich College.

5.

Energy Review: officer report

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    Officers have provided a report, enclosed, to brief the roundtable on the following:

     

    ·  Sources of government funding that are available or likely to come on-stream  for decarbonising and insulating social housing (council and housing association homes)  and private housing (both homeowners and large landlords).

     

    ·  How the council intends to directly, or indirectly, decarbonise Southwark homes; both council, social housing, homeowners, and private landlords.

     

    ·  How the council and  key stakeholders are working together to deliver the highest environmental and energy standards in new developments (e.g. Planning and new council homes). 

     

    ·  How the council and key stakeholders are working together to increase renewable energy generation, and link new and existing developments to heat / energy networks.

     

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    The following provided presentations:

     

    ·  Stuart Davies, Director of New Homes, Housing and Modernisation – see ‘NEW HOMES  net zero carbon commitment’

    ·  Colin Wilson, Head of Regeneration , Old Kent Road, - see Old Kent Road presentation

    ·  Juliet Seymour, Planning Policy Manager – see Planning Officer presentation

6.

Energy Review: roundtable

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    The following stakeholders, landlords and developers will be attending the roundtable to discuss sustainable development, retrofitting existing homes and renewable energy generation

     

    ·  Greater London Authority: Catherine Barber,  Assistant Director, Environment and Energy will be providing a presentation on the GLA work on Energy and contributing to the roundtable.

    ·  Architect Climate Action Network ; James Rixon and Sara Edmonds, Architects with a background in retrofit

    ·  Passivhaus Trust, Jon Bootland, CEO, Passivhaus Trust

    ·  British Land, Roger Madelin CBE Joint Head of Canada Water at British Land PLC

    ·  Peabody, Richard Ellis, Director of Sustainability

    ·  Berkeley, Andrew Maunder, Development Manager, Chloe Young,  Head of Development, Berkeley Homes NEL and Victoria Chater-Lea,  sustainability advisor.

    ·  Native Land, Felicity Masefield , Development Executive , responsible for formulating the Native Land Sustainability Strategy

    ·  Fabrix, Matthew Weaver, Corporate Investment Manager

    ·  Dulwich Estate,  Simone Crofton, Chief Executive

    ·  G320 Smaller Housing Associations of London, Mark Jackson, Chief Executive of Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association

    ·  Wilmott Dixon (tbc)

    ·  Lend Lease (tbc)

    UK Green Building Council have signposted the roundtable to the

    Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the UK Built Environment; launched at COP26. https://www.ukgbc.org/ukgbc-work/net-zero-whole-life-roadmap-for-the-built-environment/  .The policy summary is enclosed. 

     

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    Minutes:

    The chair introduced the item by explaining that aim of the session is to lay down some pointers towards some of the changes required to meet the council’s sustainable development and retrofitting objectives, and increase renewable energy production.

     

    The chair then invited the following to provide a presentation:

     

     

      Greater London Authority: Catherine Barber, Assistant Director, Environment and Energy – see GLA energy presentation.

     

      Architect Climate Action Network; James Rixon and Sara Edmonds, Architects with a background in retrofit   - see ACAN retrofit explainer presentation.

     

    The following were invited to contribute to the roundtable:

     

      Passivhaus Trust, Jon Bootland, CEO, Passivhaus Trust 

      British Land, Roger Madelin CBE Joint Head of Canada Water at British Land PLC 

      Peabody, Richard Ellis, Director of Sustainability 

      Berkeley, Andrew Maunder, Development Manager, Chloe Young,  Head of Development, Berkeley Homes NEL and Victoria Chater-Lea,  sustainability advisor.  

      Native Land, Felicity Masefield , Development Executive, responsible for formulating the Native Land Sustainability Strategy 

      Fabrix, Matthew Weaver, Corporate Investment Manager  

      Dulwich Estate, Simone Crofton, Chief Executive  

      G320 Smaller Housing Associations of London, Mark Jackson, Chief Executive of Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association 

      Lend Lease, Ian Smith, Senior Public Affairs Manager.

     

    Wilmott Dixon, Richard Bartlett, sent apologies due to transport problems.

     

    The chair invited questions and contributions .

     

    A member asked about concerns around fire safety and the use of timber in construction. ACAN agreed there had been an overreaction to a complex issue,  and drew the commission’s attention to the website https://www.architectscan.org/safe-timber.  The member said this campaign was supported by the council, and there are some interesting timber New Home projects coming through.

     

    ACAN were asked about measuring embodied carbon. They said there are a range of tools to do this. ACAN are campaigning for embodied carbon to be regulated. LETI has an Embodied Carbon Primer aimed at Local Authorities.

     

    A member commented that Southwark has taken in a leaddoing roof retrofit and adding new houses, with the largest programme across Europe, but there has been no funding avaible through the GLA to add to this supply. Catherine Barber , from the GLA, said she will take that away to consider.

     

    Members invited developers to showcase exemplar projects. Lend Lease spoke about the net zero development at Elephant Park and a 15 unit Passivhaus scheme.

     

    Roger Madelin, British Land, spoke about Canada Water, which is low carbon, both emitted and embodied. He said that British Land’s insurance broker would not cover timber, and there is some question about the embedded carbon of cross laminated timber. Instead a new form of earth friendly cement is being used in some buildings. Canada Water uses Local Heat Networks, which recycle heat from offices and residential blocks. Canada Water will not use gas, with the exception of the swimming pool, and this can be removed in the future.  Roger Madelin reflected that while serval years ago developments such as Kings Cross , which uses Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Planning and Environment scrutiny review - cabinet response

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    The cabinet will provide a response to the enclosed scrutiny review report on Planning and Environment, for the 7 December Cabinet and this is to follow.

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    Minutes:

    This was noted.

8.

Energy Review: scope

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    The current scrutiny review scope on Energy is enclosed.

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    Minutes:

    This was noted.

9.

Work Programme