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New Bermondsey CPO


The Chair stated that he was concerned that Business Panel’s December referral had not been considered at the next available Mayor and Cabinet meeting which took place on 11 January 2017, and has not been put on the Mayor and Cabinet agenda on the 8 February 2017. The Chair asked the Principal Lawyer to update Panel Members on their September Call-In and December referral to Mayor and Cabinet.


The Principal Lawyer said a confidential document restricted to members had been circulated. This document sets out the present position on this CPO. She added that there would be a review, once this had been completed then any fresh decision would be made by the Cabinet. This would be subject to the usual Scrutiny process of call-in.


Councillor Curran raised concerns about the process, highlighting that Panel Members had been sent a document which they have been told they should keep private, and they had also been told how the next stage would proceed. He added that a QC had been paid a lot of money to give this advice. Councillor Curran said various statements had been made by sections of the Cabinet and the Mayor, even though there had not been a formal meeting which would lead to a decision. He said the public had been told the CPO had been stopped but in reality this was not the case.


The Chair said a legal decision was made by the Cabinet in September which led to a Call-In by Business Panel. The Chair said Business Panel were still awaiting the decision on their Call-In. He added that he was concerned that Panel Members have now being told there had been various comments about New Bermondsey, but this should not be discussed. The Principal Lawyer said she was sorry she could not advise on this issue as she had not taken part in any previous discussion on the item. She could only reveal what she had said earlier. She added that she would pass on Panel Members’ comments to the Head of Law.


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Councillor Mallory said although he had not seen the legal statement that had been circulated to Members he could state that to his knowledge any public statement should constitute a legal position. He added that he was aware that an Independent Inquiry had been requested, and he would request that full Council has a view on this and Business Panel have an input in drafting the Terms of Reference for the Independent Inquiry. Councillor Mallory stated that

it was important to have openness with this Inquiry as he was concerned that the Council’s reputation was at stake. Panel Members agreed to refer this request to Mayor and Cabinet.


The Chair stated that Panel Members’ request for a review of the process and legal advice for the Panel had both been refused. Councillor Muldoon said when he saw the statement from a Cabinet Member his first question was whether a Mayor and Cabinet  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 207 KB


The Chair declared a personal non pecuniary interest for item 5 as a Board Member on Phoenix Community Housing Trust


Councillor Mallory declared a personal non pecuniary interest for item 1 as a Millwall season ticket holder.




Notification of Late and Urgent Items pdf icon PDF 105 KB


Report noted.


Outstanding Scrutiny Matters pdf icon PDF 17 KB


Report noted.


Decisions Made by Mayor and Cabinet on 11 January 2017 pdf icon PDF 126 KB


New Homes Better Places Programme Update


The Housing Policy & Partnerships Manager introduced the report.


The Chair said some issues have been raised by residents, and asked whether this would affect the current plan. He added that officers should ensure early engagement with Members, as this would put the project in a better position in terms of planning application and communication to residents. The Director of Development and Investment for Lewisham Homes said he had noted this, and added that he would admit that during the early stages of the programme information was not transmitted in a co-ordinated manner but they now have protocols in place to ensure proper communication takes place. He said feedback from this meeting would be taken on board and  officers would ensure wider consultation in future.


Panel Members raised concerns about the proposed timetable asking whether this was not too ambitious. The Housing Policy & Partnerships Manager said officers were working hard towards delivering within the timeframe. He added that they were looking at potential sites beyond 500 homes, but they need to concentrate on delivering this programme first.


Councillor Curran said the tabled paper looked quite impressive but he was aware that residents of Hillcrest Estate were concerned about protecting the wildlife and conservation issues. Councillor Curran asked if these issues have been addressed. The Director of Development and Investment for Lewisham Homes said officers had taken on board issues raised by residents and would try to resolve as many as possible. He said officers were also working with a specialist company to address the woodland issues.


Councillor Handley commented that Housing Select Committee Members had requested the tabled printout as this was easy to assimilate. He added that the Housing Select Committee also discussed whether the project would be completed by May 2018, but it was likely to be later in 2018.


The Chair said Members would be happy to help out if necessary. He thanked officers for the report and asked for information of the programme to be circulated widely.


RESOLVED that the decision of the Mayor be noted.



Overview & Scrutiny Select Committees Work Programmes 2016-2017 - verbal update


Progress noted.


Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 121 KB




Decision Made by an Executive Director Under Delegated Authority - Dartmouth Road - Contract Award


This item was not required for further discussion.




Meeting ended 8:12pm