The previous options only looked at what was affordable. The previous options only looked at what was affordable. This is incompatible with the High Court Ruling and the consultation is therefore unlawful.
Throughout the resumed consultation the Council has sought legal advice to ensure that it is complying with the ruling of the High Court. Based upon this advice we are content that the process the Council is following is compliant with that ruling.
The Council Cabinet formally adopted the estate regeneration programme in December 2014. That was when the decision was taken to add Cressingham Gardens to the programme. Estates have been included in this programme based upon the following criteria:
- The costs of delivering the Lambeth Housing Standard would be too expensive and would not be good value for money
- Lambeth Housing Standard works would, in themselves, not address the fundamental condition of the homes nor address many of the wider social and economic problems faced by residents
- The wider benefits from regeneration would justify the investment. This includes locations where the existing estate is relatively low-density and where there is an opportunity to create additional much-needed new homes.
It has been clear from the outset of the Council’s estate regeneration programme that a core objective has involved considering opportunities for additional new homes.
 Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS): In 2012 the Council agreed to bring all homes in Lambeth up to the Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS) with works to make them warm, dry and safe and include the Government Decent Homes Standard. The LHS was co-produced with residents. It was estimated that the LHS programme would cost £490m based on a sample survey. Of the £490m required, the Council estimated in 2012 that it was able to fund £431m through a combination of borrowing and grants. The programme was scheduled to take five years to complete.
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