LAMBETH WANT TO BORROW EVEN MORE MILLIONS TO BUY BACK PEOPLE’S HOMES ON ESTATES THEY WANT TO DEMOLISH – WITH MORE TO COME

Lambeth council want to borrow even more millions to fund buying back properties on six council estates they want to demolish. The latest request - for £10 million - is for purchasing properties on regeneration estates as the previously allocated funding has largely been exhausted, says a council report. "Further funding will be requested in … Continue reading LAMBETH WANT TO BORROW EVEN MORE MILLIONS TO BUY BACK PEOPLE’S HOMES ON ESTATES THEY WANT TO DEMOLISH – WITH MORE TO COME

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BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: ESTATES DEMOLITIONS / BUYBACK FUNDING

Estate Regeneration – Early Buy-back Funding April 2019 Purpose: To approve funding for early buy backs of leasehold properties for estate regeneration. Decision: To allocate £10m of funding, supported by borrowing, to fund the pipeline of early buy-backs as part of the estate regeneration programme. To continue to allocate Housing Zone Grant monies for residential … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: ESTATES DEMOLITIONS / BUYBACK FUNDING

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

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

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

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’)

OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH TWO – THE BUSINESS PLAN: THE RATEPAYERS WILL BAIL US OUT

On Monday Lambeth council's Labour cabinet meet to rubberstamp the business plan of their unwanted and highly controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme. Homes for Lambeth came about because the council claim they do not have the money to repair council estates in sought-after locations across the borough. But they can find £29 million to spend … Continue reading OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH TWO – THE BUSINESS PLAN: THE RATEPAYERS WILL BAIL US OUT

COUNCIL ESTATES FACING DEMOLITION: PROPERTY CONSULTANTS WRITE TO LEASEHOLDERS

Copies of letters sent by two property consultants to a leaseholder on one of the six estates Lambeth Labour want to demolish have been obtained by News From Crystal Palace. One of the letters says local authorities are regularly undervaluing property in advance of compulsory purchase orders (CPO's). The first addresses the leaseholder by name … Continue reading COUNCIL ESTATES FACING DEMOLITION: PROPERTY CONSULTANTS WRITE TO LEASEHOLDERS

“COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER FOR ESTATE NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST”

A compulsory purchase order for one of the six estates which Lambeth council want to demolish is not in the public interest, Lambeth council's cabinet have been told. Shemi Leira, chairman of the tenants and residents association on Westbury estate where he has lived for almost 25 years, said his flat had been valued at … Continue reading “COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER FOR ESTATE NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST”