The highly controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme created by Lambeth Labour is no longer necessary, says Lambeth council’s Green opposition leader Cllr Jon Bartley (pictured).
“The lifting of the cap on borrowing for housing destroys in one fell swoop one of the main pillars on which Lambeth Council’s estate demolition programme is based.
“The council should immediately pause its estate demolitions and look again at how the clear and expressed wishes of residents can be met in light of this new funding.”
Lambeth council, in their response to the GLA on a new funding condition to require residents ballots in estate regeneration, (please see separate story LAMBETH COUNCIL’S RESPONSE TO THE GLA CONSULTATION “PROPOSED NEW FUNDING CONDITION TO REQUIRE RESIDENT BALLOTS IN ESTATE REGENERATION”), say:
“We’re not prepared to leave people living in sub‐standard properties but funding for refurbishment or additional borrowing powers are not available due to decisions made by the government on Decent Homes funding and Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps.
“In addition, funding for new council homes has been substantially reduced by the government.
“So, we face a choice: of doing nothing for these estates; or rebuilding them to provide the more and better homes our community needs.
“Over time, choosing the do nothing option will result in a loss of social homes as families will need to be moved when their homes fall below decent standards.”
Cllr Bartley’s comments come as Inside Housing magazine website reports that major appointments have been made to the 100 per cent Lambeth council-owned Homes for Lambeth. Please see: Former Barratt chief to head up London council’s housing unit 1st November 2018. Story by Nathaniel Barker