FROM THE GALLERY: “HOW WE CHOOSE TO ENGAGE DOESN’T CHANGE THE MARKET. “IT WILL ENABLE US TO TURN OUR POLITICAL WILL INTO REALITY” – Bennett

Cllr Matthew Bennett walked into Thursday night's meeting of Lambeth council's overview and scrutiny committee seemingly unaware someone had completely re-written the script for the evening. A report by officers on the highly controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' scheme to members of the committee asked them to 'note' the report before them and make recommendations. And … Continue reading FROM THE GALLERY: “HOW WE CHOOSE TO ENGAGE DOESN’T CHANGE THE MARKET. “IT WILL ENABLE US TO TURN OUR POLITICAL WILL INTO REALITY” – Bennett

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FIRST SITE ON CENTRAL HILL TO BE DEVELOPED ANNOUNCED- NO BALLOT ON DEMOLITION, CLLR BENNETT? (There’s only 63 homes empty on the estate at the moment)

The identity of the first site on Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace to be developed - despite no ballot on demolishing the estate having been carried out - has been revealed by Cllr Bennett. Telling the overview and scrutiny committee: "We are completely committed to all of these large schemes" he said there would … Continue reading FIRST SITE ON CENTRAL HILL TO BE DEVELOPED ANNOUNCED- NO BALLOT ON DEMOLITION, CLLR BENNETT? (There’s only 63 homes empty on the estate at the moment)

“COUNCIL HAS REFUSED US AIR MONITORING SYSTEMS” Tenants chief tells committee his wife had to visit A and E three times with lung inflammation

Tenants leader Shemi Leira told how his wife has had to visit accident and emergency on three occasions after being diagnosed with a lung infection which caused acute breathing difficulties caused by "perennial exposure to construction elements." Shemi, who chairs the tenants and residents association on the Westbury estate - another of the six council … Continue reading “COUNCIL HAS REFUSED US AIR MONITORING SYSTEMS” Tenants chief tells committee his wife had to visit A and E three times with lung inflammation

CENTRAL HILL ESTATE DEMOLITION ‘IN HOUSE’ – “Now we are now fully staffed we are able to begin the serious work of rebuilding” say Homes for Lambeth

Lambeth's Labour-dominated council are ploughing ahead with their hugely controversial decision to demolish Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace - even though people living there have not been given the right to a ballot on whether or not they want their homes demolished. In utterly bizarre and outrageous statements - highlighted below - Homes for … Continue reading CENTRAL HILL ESTATE DEMOLITION ‘IN HOUSE’ – “Now we are now fully staffed we are able to begin the serious work of rebuilding” say Homes for Lambeth

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

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

HOMES FOR LAMBETH “BUSINESS PLAN” – CLLR ELLIOTT’S QUESTIONS TO CABINET MEMBER FOR NEW HOMES:

Green party Cllr Pete Elliott (Gipsy Hill) posed a long list of questions on the Homes for Lambeth business plan at Monday afternoon's cabinet meeting to Cllr Matthew Bennett (Lab, Gipsy Hill) who is Lambeth's cabinet member for planning, investment and new homes:  Question The business plan provides no visibility of the anticipated outcomes of … Continue reading HOMES FOR LAMBETH “BUSINESS PLAN” – CLLR ELLIOTT’S QUESTIONS TO CABINET MEMBER FOR NEW HOMES:

LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: 164 plus 13 = 159. (IT’S THE HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN)

Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit This is from the back of a fag packet Homes for #Lambeth business plan(sic). You would like to think that an organisation that will be spending £300M of public money could add up. But no. Tom Keene‏ @anthillsocialRetweeted Peoples Audit That's unbelievable - a company expected to run a capital budget of £1.6 billion … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: 164 plus 13 = 159. (IT’S THE HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN)

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