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Building for Lewisham part 2

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

Having considered a confidential officer report, and a presentation by the

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Paul Bell, the Mayor and Cabinet

for the reasons set out in the report by a vote of 10-0:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(1) the content and recommendations within Part 1 of this item be noted;

 

(2) the overall viability of the remainder of the Council’s initial housebuilding

programme under the 2014-2018 administration as listed be noted;

 

(3) the impact on the Council’s Housing Revenue and General Fund

prudential borrowing required to deliver the Building for Lewisham Programme

be noted;

 

(4) the inclusion of 5 sites at Mill Gardens, Elderton Road, Burnt Ash

Garages, Dacres Road and Valentine Court as part of the Building for

Lewisham programme be approved to deliver around 73 new homes;

 

(5) stated expenditure be approved to fund costs of directly delivering the 5

sites listed above up to tender, subject to s105 consultation and successful

grant of planning permission;

 

(6) authority be delegated to the Executive Director for Housing Regeneration

and Environment and the Council’s Section 151 Officer to approve minor

scheme-level variation on the financial performance of individual schemes up

to 10% of approved budgets;

 

(7) additional stated expenditure be approved to fund pre-contract works for

the proposed new build development at Canonbie Road as listed in Table 5 of

this report to be delivered directly by the Council;

 

(8) additional feasibility work is required on 10 sites listed to establish whether

more units to be delivered within the Building for Lewisham Programme;

 

(9) stated expenditure be approved to fund the additional feasibility studies on

10 sites referenced above which will be used to further examine future

opportunities and add detail to schemes where more information is required;

 

(10) the feasibility budget for the 10 sites referenced above will be held by the

Executive Director for Housing Regeneration and Environment and be made

available to Lewisham Homes on a scheme by scheme basis, including the

transfer of budget between schemes;

 

(11) the results of the initial feasibility studies and acknowledges that the

results of all feasibility will be presented to Mayor and Cabinet as part of a

quarterly update on the Building for Lewisham programme;

 

(12) stated maximum expenditure be approved to fund feasibility and

technical studies into the use of rooftop development on as yet unidentified

sites to support additional density on existing Council-owned stock, as

detailed;

 

(13) this budget will be held by the Executive Director for Housing

Regeneration and Environment and be made available to Lewisham Homes

on a scheme by scheme basis;

 

(14) stated expenditure be approved to fund the examination of future

acquisition opportunities on packages of homes or land to be delivered by

either Lewisham Homes or a third party on behalf of Lewisham Council and/or

Lewisham Homes as detailed;

 

(15) authority be delegated to the Executive Director for Housing

Regeneration and Environment and the Council’s Section 151 Officer to

authorise Lewisham Homes to enter into negotiations of land or packages of

homes to be delivered by either Lewisham Homes or a third party on behalf of

Lewisham Council prior to acquisition;

 

(16) officers will return to Mayor and Cabinet to agree the final purchase and

acquisition of land or packages of homes to be delivered by either Lewisham

Homes or a third party on behalf of Lewisham Council and/or Lewisham

Homes;

 

(17) stated expenditure be approved to support the Council’s Housing Growth

Team in acquiring specialist technical expertise required in order to undertake

necessary studies and investigations as part of the Council’s ongoing pipeline

of future development sites;

Publication date: 16/01/2020

Date of decision: 15/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 15/01/2020 - Mayor and Cabinet

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