Agenda and minutes
Housing Investment Group
Wednesday 20 November 2013 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 3, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Jamie Izzard, Board Secretary; Telephone: 020 7983 4420; E-mail:  [email protected]; Minicom: 020 7983 4458 

No. Item


Apologies and Chair's Announcements


1.1  Apologies were received from Nigel Minto (London Councils’ Head of Housing & Planning).



Declarations of Interest

The Chair to invite Board members to declare any interests which they may have in any of the items set out on the agenda.


[Note: In accordance with the GLA’s Code of Ethics for staff, officers must make a declaration of interest on any issue on which they are advising the Mayor which affects an interest held by them - or any person related to them or with whom they have a close personal relationship whether financial or otherwise - and ensure that the details are recorded in the Authority’s Register of Interests.]



2.1  There were no declarations of interests.


Minutes of the Last Meeting held on 23 October 2013 pdf icon PDF 273 KB




That the minutes of the meeting of the Housing Investment Group held on 23 October 2013 be noted.



Actions Arising pdf icon PDF 42 KB


4.1  Members received an update on actions arising from previous meetings of the Panel. It was noted that this new standing item would be presented to each meeting.




That the update on actions arising from previous meetings be noted.



Stephenson Street, Silvertown Way & Pontoon Dock- Verbal Update


5.1  The Group received a verbal update on sites at Stephenson Street, Silvertown Way and Pontoon Dock which were being considered for development with a significant element of Private Rented Sector (PRS) housing.


5.2  It was noted that consideration was being given to a joint-approach where there were clear synergies between these, and other sites.


5.3  A discussion took place regarding the Beam Park site and it was suggested that a presentation be provided to Members.




a)  That the update on Stephenson Street, Silvertown Way and Pontoon Dock be noted; and


b)  That a presentation be provided to Members on the Beam Park site.



White Hart Triangle (Part Reserved) pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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6.1   The Group received a paper seeking approval of the sale of land at White Hart Triangle Business Park, Plumstead, to Transport for London. The Group noted the land value being proposed had been adjusted to take into account site remediation costs.




a)  That the sale of approximately 10.425 acres of land at White Hart Triangle to Transport for London, as per the terms outlined at section 2 of Appendix B to the report, be endorsed for onward approval by the Mayor;


b)  That the TfL undertaking for the relocation of a trunk sewer, at TfL’s cost and across land to be retained by the GLA Land & Property Ltd (GLAP), be noted; and


c)  That it be noted that the subsequent Mayoral Decision will seek to delegate approval of the final terms of the contract and the sale price (allowing for deduction of remediation costs) to the Executive Director of Housing & Land.



GLA Engagement with NHS Landowners- Public Land Investment Fund (Part Reserved) pdf icon PDF 64 KB


7.1  The Group received a paper outlining the Housing and Land Directorates Engagement with NHS Trusts in London and its role in the Department of Health’s Public Land Investment Fund (PLIF) programme.


7.2   A discussion took place regarding use of the London Development Panel (LDP) and the Chair requested that clear conditions be put in place to ensure use of the LDP for these sites. Additionally, it was noted that the further revisions to the London Plan were likely to identify further sites for development via the LDP and that a presentation on this work should be presented to the Group.




a)  That the Public Land Investment Fund being administered by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the GLA’s role to complete the due diligence of the five applications received in London be noted;


b)  That it be noted that, subsequent to any approval, the monitoring and liability for repayment becomes the responsibility of the Department of Health;


c)  That the recommendation to submit all applications for DCLG’s Investment Sub Committee (ISC) final approval be endorsed;


d)  That beneficiaries of the fund be expected to use the London Development Panel to dispose of sites; and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Update on RE:NEW Programme pdf icon PDF 69 KB


8.1  The Group received a paper providing an update on the ‘RE:NEW’ domestic sector retrofit programme and Members discussed the proposed procurement process for the RE:NEW support team and the nature of works that would be carried out under the programme.


8.2  The Chair emphasised the importance of aligning the work undertaken within the programme with Decent Homes works and other priorities such as generating new housing supply.




a)  That the update be noted.


b)  That the following be approved in principle:


(i)  The extension of the interim RE:NEW Support Team contract by up to £200,000 until the end of March 2014;

(ii)  The submission of a GLA-led bid to the European Commission’s ELENA fund up to a value of £3.5 million;

(iii)  The allocation of a GLA contribution of up to £376,000 over 2013-14 to 2016-17 (to be met through existing Housing and Land revenue budgets);

(iv)  Entering into a Grant Agreement with the European Investment Bank (administrator of the fund) for the ELENA funding (subject to a successful funding application), or other funding bodies as required;

(v)  The commencement of an OJEU compliant procurement process (up to £3.85 million) to procure the full RE:NEW Support Team  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


DECC Green Deal Communities Funding pdf icon PDF 66 KB


9.1  The Group received a paper seeking approval in principal to submit two funding applications to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and to deliver Green Deal projects should the funding be granted. It was noted that, if successful, revenue funding would be available to meet associated programme management costs.




a)  That the submission of two bids to DECC Green Deal Communities Fund for domestic and non-domestic (SME) Green Deal projects be approved  in principle, on the basis that there is no requirement to provide GLA funding to deliver these projects;


b)  That, if the bids are successful, the GLA enters into grant agreements with DECC for the full cost of delivering the proposed projects;


c)  That the commencement of OJEU-compliant procurement process/es as required to deliver the proposed projects be approved in principle; and


d)  That the procurement, award of, entry into and execution of contracts to enable the delivery of the proposed projects be agreed.



Disposal of Land at 5 Limeharbour (Part Reserved) pdf icon PDF 57 KB

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10.1  The Group received a paper seeking approval for the freehold disposal of land at 5 Limeharbour in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.




a)  That the receipt to be received from the sale of the site be noted; and


b)  That the recommendation to dispose of the site to the highest bidder be endorsed.



Covenant at Commercial Pier Wharf, Odessa Street, Southwark (Part Reserved) pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Additional documents:


11.1  The Group received a paper outlining the lifting of a covenant at Commercial Pier Wharf, Odessa Street to allow for redevelopment, open up the river pathand generate income for GLA Land and Property (GLAP).


11.2  The Chair requested that compliance with the London Plan be included as a condition of the agreement.




a)  To endorse proposals for the Mayor to delegate to the Executive Director of Housing and Land authority to enter into an agreement on behalf of the GLA Land & Property Ltd (GLAP) to release the covenant in GLAP’s favour at Commercial Pier Wharf, Odessa St, SE16 according to terms to be finalised; and


b)  That the terms as appended be endorsed.





Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Committee is on 18 December at 10.00am in Committee Room 3.


12.1  It was noted that the next meeting of the Group would take place on 18 December 2013 at 10.00am in Committee Room 3. 



Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent


13.1  The Chair reminded Members that the launch of the London Housing Strategy would be taking place on Monday 25 November 2013. 



Close of Meeting


14.1  The meeting closed at 11:35am.