HOMES FOR LAMBETH: “WE NEED TO ENSURE THER’S NO RISK TO THE COUNCIL”……SAYS SENIOR LABOUR COUNCILLOR

Homes for Lambeth is such a large project it should be controlled by Lambeth council, says a senior Lambeth Labour councillor. Cllr Adrian Garden, who chairs the council's corporate committee, told its latest meeting: "This committee are very concerned that such a large project should be controlled by the council even though it's a separate … Continue reading HOMES FOR LAMBETH: “WE NEED TO ENSURE THER’S NO RISK TO THE COUNCIL”……SAYS SENIOR LABOUR COUNCILLOR

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HOUSING BENEFIT STAFF DEFRAUDED LAMBETH COUNCIL – AND IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE!

Seven benefit assessors have been sentenced to prison for a total of 17 years for their roles in housing benefit fraud which saw more than £1 million stolen from Lambeth and two other  councils in the capital. The assessors, who also worked for Kingston council and for Barking and Dagenham council, created false housing benefit … Continue reading HOUSING BENEFIT STAFF DEFRAUDED LAMBETH COUNCIL – AND IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE!

PUBLIC MEETING ON ESTATE DEMOLITIONS THIS SUNDAY

A public meeting to discuss estate demolitions in Lambeth - and beyond - is being held this Sunday (March 24th). Stand Up to Lambeth and the Hurst and Meath residents association are jointly organising the meeting at the Prince Regent pub, Herne Hill (opposite Brockwell park lido) which starts at 3pm. "It is your chance … Continue reading PUBLIC MEETING ON ESTATE DEMOLITIONS THIS SUNDAY

CENTRAL HILL ESTATE COMMUNITY “SMASHED TO PIECES”, LAMBETH’S CABINET TOLD

The community of Central Hill estate has been "smashed to pieces" Lambeth council's cabinet were told at their meeting on Monday afternoon. Nicola Curtis, who chairs the estate's residents association, says: Residents who remain (around 360 households) are no nearer decent homes than they were five years ago. Conditions on the estate are becoming so … Continue reading CENTRAL HILL ESTATE COMMUNITY “SMASHED TO PIECES”, LAMBETH’S CABINET TOLD

ESTATE RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES FACE DEMOLITION COULD STILL GET A BALLOT IF COUNCIL CHANGES ITS PLANS

People living on Lambeth council estates who have been denied a ballot on whether their homes should be demolished could still get the chance of a vote if the council changes its plans for them. Green party leader Cllr Jon Bartley told Monday night's meeting of Lambeth council's cabinet: "The business plan states that if … Continue reading ESTATE RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES FACE DEMOLITION COULD STILL GET A BALLOT IF COUNCIL CHANGES ITS PLANS

MP INTRODUCES BILL ON DEFINITION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING “In a wider political environment characterised by a lack of trust in politics, our planning system is part of the problem”

Helen Hayes (centre) at Southwark council's 'Fizz Free' launch MP Helen Hayes has introduced a bill in the House of Commons to define affordable  housing in relation to household incomes. The bill, which would also amend the law relating to land valuation and compensation, is set to get its second reading on Friday March 22nd … Continue reading MP INTRODUCES BILL ON DEFINITION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING “In a wider political environment characterised by a lack of trust in politics, our planning system is part of the problem”

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: HELEN HAYES SPEECH IN FULL

Planning (Affordable Housing and Land Compensation) Helen Hayes I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to define affordable housing in relation to household incomes; to amend the law relating to land valuation and compensation; and for connected purposes. Our post-war planning system is a framework for managing change in … Continue reading AFFORDABLE HOUSING: HELEN HAYES SPEECH IN FULL

COMPANY PROSECUTED FOR NOT HAVING PLANNING PERMISSION

A company has been prosecuted for failing to comply with an enforcement notice following the conversion of offices into residential accommodation without planning permission. The owners of the property in Penge High St, appeared at Bromley magistrates court where they pleaded guilty to breaching the enforcement notice and were ordered to pay a total of … Continue reading COMPANY PROSECUTED FOR NOT HAVING PLANNING PERMISSION

CABINET SET TO GIVE GO-AHEAD TO HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN

The business plan for the highly controversial Homes for Lambeth estate demolitions schemes is set to get the go-ahead at Lambeth council's cabinet on Monday. A report to the cabinet says the reason for adopting a business plan is "to create an operating framework for the respective boards and a means by which the shareholder, … Continue reading CABINET SET TO GIVE GO-AHEAD TO HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN

OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH ONE: PIE IN THE SKY (as in ‘an unrealistically Utopian plan or project’)

The report to next Monday's Lambeth council cabinet meeting on Homes for Lambeth has more holes in it than the proverbial colander. Both the report, and the 'business plan' accompanying it, make various assumptions and leave a whole range of unanswered questions. THE REPORT TO CABINET: Finance 3.1 In agreeing this to the recommendations set … Continue reading OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH ONE: PIE IN THE SKY (as in ‘an unrealistically Utopian plan or project’)