Cost of rebuilding six Lambeth estates: ONE BILLION POUNDS

The cost of rebuilding the six estates Lambeth council want to demolish across the borough as part of their highly controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' regeneration schemes is a staggering ONE BILLION POUNDS. The price, revealed in the small print of a council committee report, does not appear to include the costs of demolishing those six … Continue reading Cost of rebuilding six Lambeth estates: ONE BILLION POUNDS

ROMAN RISE RHUBARB Chapter One – Consultation: “The height of the building was increased following discussions with officers.”

Welcome to the first chapter of a new News From Crystal Palace series: Roman Rise Rhubarb. Our first chapter covers the consultants report on 'Consultation' (its actually titled 'Statement of Community Involvement') submitted by Homes for Lambeth, the 100-per-cent owned Lambeth council company, in support of their planning application for Roman Rise on its corner … Continue reading ROMAN RISE RHUBARB Chapter One – Consultation: “The height of the building was increased following discussions with officers.”

LAMBETHWATCH: Homes for Lambeth gain approval on their first planning applications

Without comment (for the time being...) From Homes for Lambeth:  Homes for Lambeth (HfL) is delighted to receive approval for its first planning applications on Hydethorpe Road and Patmos Lodge. Lambeth’s planning committee approved both applications, which will provide 45 new homes, including new and better communal spaces and will help boost the local economy. … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: Homes for Lambeth gain approval on their first planning applications

MORE THAN 200 OBJECTIONS TO ROMAN RISE PLANS

More than 200 objections have been made over Homes for Lambeth's controversial plans to demolish the former nurses home on the corner of Roman Rise and Central Hill and cover the entire existing area including green space with a block of flats five to seven storeys high. There have just been six comments in support … Continue reading MORE THAN 200 OBJECTIONS TO ROMAN RISE PLANS

Roman Rise plans: “This development is not designed as carbon neutral. “It should fail the council’s own test if they are serious about the climate emergency.” Other objections include….

Editor's note: What follows is a precis of the multitude of objections followed by all the (very limited!) comments from supporters at the very end. The first comment by an  objector reproduced here appears in bold type, the second comment by an objector appears in lower case type and so on... They appear in the … Continue reading Roman Rise plans: “This development is not designed as carbon neutral. “It should fail the council’s own test if they are serious about the climate emergency.” Other objections include….

ONE: CENTRAL HILL DEMOLITION AND REBUILD WILL TAKE 15 YEARS – Council spend on entire HFL plans will be at least 300 million pounds (but Lambeth didn’t have the money to repair estates)

The demolition and rebuilding of the Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace as part of Lambeth council's highly controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' (HFL) plans will take 15 years. A similar timescale also applies to two of the other six estates Lambeth council are demolishing and rebuilding - Cressingham Gardens close to Brockwell park and Fenwick … Continue reading ONE: CENTRAL HILL DEMOLITION AND REBUILD WILL TAKE 15 YEARS – Council spend on entire HFL plans will be at least 300 million pounds (but Lambeth didn’t have the money to repair estates)

TWO: OPINION – A GOOD TIME TO BURY BAD NEWS…..

On September 11th 2001 when airliners piloted by hijackers crashed into the Twin Towers murdering almost 3,000 people a British Government officer, within an hour of the attacks, sent an email to the press office of her department suggesting: "It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury. Councillors' expenses?" … Continue reading TWO: OPINION – A GOOD TIME TO BURY BAD NEWS…..

THREE: HOMES FOR LAMBETH PRESS RELEASE

This is the Homes for Lambeth press release issued May 30th which News From Crystal Palace reproduce in full and have not altered: Homes for Lambeth’s ambitious plan to tackle the borough’s housing crisis approved by the council Homes for Lambeth’s three-year business plan has been approved by the leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Jack … Continue reading THREE: HOMES FOR LAMBETH PRESS RELEASE

Four: Green group on Lambeth council’s ‘Call In’ of Homes for Lambeth business and corporate plans

April 6th: The five Green party councillors on Lambeth "call in" the Homes for Lambeth delivery and corporate plans on eight grounds: 1. Breaches of LBL’s (London borough of Lambeth's) Constitution 2. The failures to deliver on earlier business plans are not adequately addressed 3. Risk management conflicts with the council’s policy on risk 4. … Continue reading Four: Green group on Lambeth council’s ‘Call In’ of Homes for Lambeth business and corporate plans

Five: The reasons Lambeth gave for rejecting seven of the eight grounds for call ins

April 16th: The council's monitoring officer writes to Cllr Pete Elliott (Green, Gipsy Hill) giving the reasons for rejecting seven of the eight grounds of the call-in. Sent: 16 April 2020 12:12 Dear Pete, I am writing to respond to the Call In which you submitted on 6 April in relation to the HFL Delivery Plan … Continue reading Five: The reasons Lambeth gave for rejecting seven of the eight grounds for call ins