The blog was asked to advertise for new trustees for the project. Brixton Green/Somerleyton Trust. Housing, along with funding of Adult Social care are key issues in Lambeth for the future.
Some of our local residents have been involved with Brixton Green now a Housing trust for many years as £1 shareholders and some in the neighbourhood have been community trustees.
What is the future for community led schemes or any opposition to Council plans, as Lambeth Council rejects a community led approach and delays Somerleyton scheme yet again.
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On 7th March Brixton Green Somerleyton Trust AGM (6.30 pm) and Brixton Community Voices Event (starting 7.30 pm) at The Department Store in Fern
Lambeth want to set up another subsidiary of the Council’s new wholly controlled development vehicle Homes for Lambeth to develop the site. But Somerleyton Road will be at the back of a long queue – its not even mentioned in the business plan. It will be years before they start work. In contrast our plan shows we can be on site in 12 months.
We don’t even know if they are going to be able to stick to providing the same amount of genuinely affordable housing and social rent at Somerleyton Road as we want, or if they intend to sell off some of the flats.
We have now put together a proposal that delivers our vision of community led housing with residents in control, and meets the financial and legal requirements of the Council, as it is ‘for the public benefit’. This is an exciting and innovative proposal that has received support and interest from the GLA and other national players.
Our proposal offers huge benefits for Lambeth:
- Enables the community to lead – ensures that residents are in control and establishes a community-led landlord for the long-term through the Somerleyton Trust.
- Financially and legally viable – backed by strong delivery and financial partners: Places for People, one of the largest housing associations in the country who are willing to work on behalf of the Somerleyton Trust as a Delivery Agent helping us to build it, to support a community-led approach, not as a landlord.
- Delivers homes our residents need – the project is for 234 flats in total, all for rent, with 50% genuinely affordable housing (117 flats) – 65 at real social rents, 36 at rents less than Local Housing Allowance and 16 at intermediate rents (above social rent but below market levels). All of these are defined as ‘Affordable Housing’ but we want them to be genuinely affordable for local people paying no more than 30% of typical local household incomes. These community-led homes will remain for rent in perpetuity, and will not be available for the ‘Right to Buy’.
- Ready to start work now – Places for People have long experience, serious delivery capacity and a team ready to go.
- Reduced risk for the Council – Our proposal does not require Lambeth to borrow any money for construction or long-term operations, but they keep ownership of the freehold.
- Affordable housing increases over time – Because the landlord is the Community Trust it will be required to maximise the proportion of genuinely affordable housing which can increased to 75% by Year 15.
- Long term security and high standards for all residents – All homes are built to the same standard, and tenants paying market and social rents live side-by side. Rents are linked to residents incomes for everyone except those nominated by Lambeth on social rented terms and tenants have security that they can stay in their home when their income changes.