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A significant step in community power!

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Please see below a message from Cllr Thackeray outlining the motion voted by the Council after LJAG pushed for the ‘section 106’ money (compulsory percenta ge for local communities when a big development is built) for 116-120 Coldharbour Lane (former car boot sale car park) to be given back to the LJ area and people, including primary schools and public realm.

Section 106 Agreements *Substantive Motion carried 20 Jan 2010

*Councillor Rebecca Thackray*

Council resolves to work to mitigate against any adverse impact of the proposed housing development at 116-120 Coldharbour Lane SE5 by way of a ‘Section 106’ legal agreement.

Council further resolves to improve the Loughborough Junction area with sensitive planning and effective use of the Section 106 funds and will consult community groups and residents’ associations to ensure that their wishes are properly taken into account.

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*Amendment 1 – Councillor Jim Dickson*

In addition Council notes the s106 contribution of more than £400,000 due for investment in schools, transport and public realm for the Loughborough Junction area as a result of this development as well as new affordable homes for local residents. It acknowledges that officers and local councillors are already working closely with local residents including the Loughborough Junction Action Group in order to ensure that maximum benefit for the neighbourhood is derived from the development.

Finally council notes the work being undertaken by officers, members and residents to create a project bank for the area so that this and future developments support the priorities and aspirations of local people.

For 47 Against 7 Abstentions 0

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2 thoughts on “A significant step in community power!

  1. This is great news, well done LJAG! Who gets a say in how it is spent? Can we influence in any way, or does it just get swept up into the council’s wider budget?

  2. Hi Ben,
    Thanks for your comment, now that we have made ourselves heard there should be consultation with at least LJAG (as mentioned in the motion) and ideally a wider community consultation around their plans for the area. A worry we had is that before we shouted, the Council had given £65,000 of public art back to the developer for the site, while it is badly needed and should by definition be public. Let’s hope we can now influence that aspect, as well as the public realm aspect and ensure primary schools in LJ get the extra funding by liaising closely with them.
    We’ll have to keep watching and working closely with the Council on this one, but it’s a good preliminary to the much bigger development by the same developer, the Notting Hill Housing Trust, which is announced to go on the Higgs Industrial Estate across the street from the station, and which is said to potentially inclulde a supermarket and a 13 storey tower, so a lot more ‘section 106’ money to be given back to LJ and to be watched closely!
    Thanks for your support!
    Elise.

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