“SOCIAL EXCLUSION OF CHILDREN IS BEING DELIBERATELY ENGINEERED ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR HOUSING TENURE” – Letter from Lambeth Labour councillor to developers

Letter sent, in February 2019, by Lambeth council’s Planning Applications Committee Vice-Chair Cllr Joanne Simpson:

I have received a number of emails from residents living in the social housing element of the mixed-tenure Old Lilian Baylis site, Lollard Street, Kennington, SE11, which is within my ward.

I am concerned to hear that despite assurances given at planning application stage by the applicant that all play spaces would be available for all children to use, in reality, play spaces with the Henley Homes managed sections are not available for children whose families live in the units managed by the Guinness Trust.

Developing a sense of community was a key argument made at planning stage, and it was specifically purported that making play space available to all was one way of achieving this.

So I am deeply concerned to hear that this is not the case, and that social exclusion of children is being deliberated engineered, on account of their housing tenure.

Residents have asked me to seek a solution via Lambeth planning department. However, this is a civil matter regarding the management agency and it is only within your gift to ensure that all play spaces are available for all children to use.

Please can you look into this as a matter of urgency and come back to me a response, hopefully outlining how this will be rectified to ensure that children living in the development no longer feel marginalised on account of their housing tenure.

Lambeth is a richly diverse and vibrant community, and I hope you agree that exclusion and marginalisation has no place in our Borough.

Best wishes Joanne Simpson (Prince’s ward)

(Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)

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