Agenda and minutes

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Note: Special meeting to consider a call-in of a Cabinet decision 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence and clarification of alternate members

2.

Chair's Opening Remarks

Minutes:

The Chair opened the meeting be welcoming everyone in attendance.   Highlighting that a number of request had been made to speak at the meeting he began by briefly outlining the way he was intending to conduct the meeting and way that the call-in procedure would be undertaken at the meeting.

3.

Declarations of interests

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary, personal or prejudicial interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

Minutes:

There were no declarations made at the meeting.

4.

Deputations (if any)

To hear any deputations received from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 67.

Minutes:

The chair advised that he had received a number of requests to speak at the meeting in relation to the Call-In on the Cabinet decision relating to the Carlton & Granville Centres site – South Kilburn, which would be considered under that item on the agenda.

5.

Call-In of Executive Decision - Carlton and Granville Centres Site - South Kilburn pdf icon PDF 98 KB

A decisionmade by the Cabinet on11 March 2019 inrespect of the Carltonand GranvilleCentres Site - South Kilburn” report from theCouncil’s StrategicDirector ofRegeneration andEnvironment hasbeen called-infor considerationby theResources andPublic RealmScrutiny Committee,in accordancewith StandingOrder 14.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Having received the report from the Director of Performance, Policy & Partnerships detailing the background to the call-in referred to the Scrutiny Committee for consideration, the Chair began by inviting Councillors Hassan and Conneely to outline the reasons for the call-in and alternative action being sought as a result.

 

Councillor Hassan advised that whilst recognising the progress made since 2016 in terms of the changes made to delivery of the scheme, the call-in had been designed to reflect significant local concerns that remained in relation to maintaining the much valued community provision and use on the site.  These concerns had been strengthened as a result of the proposed mixed residential use on the site proposed under Phase 2 of the development, with local residents keen to safeguard the existing and future use of the site as a community facility given the need and limited amount of community space already within the South Kilburn area.  Concerns were also raised in relation to the potential tension between a mixed residential and community use on the site and also in relation to the proposed community governance arrangements for management of the community facilities on the site with local residents keen to seek much wider community involvement as key stakeholders.

 

Councillor Conneely in co-presenting the call-in also supported the concerns raised in relation to the impact of the proposed housing development on the well-established community provision on the site.  It was not felt that the existing proposals contained sufficient safeguards in terms of managing the co-existence of a mixed residential and community use on the site.  Additional concerns highlighted included the need to ensure that any housing units provided were as social housing, given the Cabinet report on which the called-in decision was based had only referred to a preference for Council housing.  Given the concerns raised, and need identified to maintain community provision on the site in view of demand in the area, Councillor Conneely felt there was also a need to consider alternative sites for the provision of the proposed social housing units within the area.  Whilst recognising the need to address housing demand, it was felt there were other more appropriate sites in the adjacent area on which the housing element of the scheme could be accommodated with specific reference made to the Peel site development on which only 14% of the units were currently due to be provided at social rent.  It was felt this would mitigate the potential loss and impact on community provision at the Carlton & Granville Centre site.  On the basis of the concerns raised, Councillors Hassan and Conneely urged the Committee to consider referring the original decision back to Cabinet for reconsideration.

 

The Committee then moved on to consider representations from members of the public and other stakeholders who had requested to speak in relation to the call-in.  Comments made were as follows:

 

Claude Boucher (representing the Kilburn Housing Co-operative Ltd) provided an outline of local community use on the site and its importance in meeting local  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.