Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Chair’s update on the work of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee

HEB meeting 7th January 2020

  • Review of pre-application service agreed revised charging schedule and protocols
  • Review and Extension of the Sutton Design Review Panel agreed to extend existing contract for 6 months and then procure a three year contract
  • Adoption of the Sutton Town Centre Public Realm Design Guide SPD agreed
  • Housing Revenue Account Business Plan agreed
  • Housing Rents and Charges agreed
  • Progress against SFTRA report of SHP Performance noted
  • Sutton Leaseholders Association report on SHP performance noted
  • Adoption of the revised statement of community involvement agreed
  • Local Council Tax reduction Scheme agreed but 5% cap removed as scheme reviewed annually anyway
  • HEB Performance Report noted
  • Establishment of a Task & Finish Group to look at HMOs agreed
  • Feedback on Homelessness Review Task and Finish Group agreed to continue T&FG to shape and inform Homelessness Strategy

HEB meeting 8th October 2019

  • Homelessness Review – establishment of cross-committee Task & Finish Group to review and shape Homelessness Strategy
  • Beddington Farmlands Petition Petition presented by Wandle Forum and Peter Alfrey. Viridor attended to update on progress and Cllr Foster as chair of CAMC asked to attend and contributed. Lack of progress acknowledged along with increased efforts by Viridor to get back on track which they expect to achieve by 2023 deadline. Resolved to have Viridor at the committee every six months to review progress. 
  • Designation of the Sutton Farm Estate Area of Special Local Character and Adoption of its Character Appraisal Approved
  • Adoption of Carshalton Village and Sutton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan  Approved
  • Adoption of Sutton Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan  Approved
  • Authority to consult on the South London Waste Plan Issues and Preferred Options document new waste plan DPD showing no new waste sites required in the SL waste area Agreed to go out to consultation
  • Authority to consult on the Draft Affordable Housing and Financial Viability Supplementary Planning Document Approved for consultation

Expected business HEB Meeting 24th March 2020

  • Homelessness Strategy
  • Encompass Performance Review
  • SHP Delivery Plan

Other Business since last update

Employment and Skills

Ther latest Employment and Skills Board meeting took place on 9th December.

Agenda included presentations from Kind & Co on recruitment and retention of staff; update on work to improve our s106 planning obligations around skills; Young Enterprise programme update; NEET prevention programme update; and plans for National Apprenticeship week.

The Sutton Women Mean Business Awards was an initiative that came from the skills board and outsourced to Successful Sutton the town centre BID to organise. The awards took place on 12th November and were very well received by the nominees and winners. There was a real buzz to the event and heartfelt thanks for the recognition of the positive benefits of women in the workforce. It is expected that this will become a regular event.

A South London cross-borough meeting has been arranged by the Leader of Kingston council to discuss sub-regional priorities for employment and skills for early February.

Sutton Town Centre Masterplan Delivery

Old BHS building (now H&M) and WHSmith building acquired by the council to generate income and offer opportunities to develop flexible workspace for business start-ups.

I joined other councillors on a visit to Waltham Forest to see their Liveable Neighbourhood scheme.

Strategic Planning

The Strategic Planning Team were tasked with representing a collective of south London outer London boroughs at the Examination of the London Mayor’s draft London Plan. They made representations against the high housing targets expected of suburban boroughs to be delivered on small sites which contradicts our own Local Plan policy, as well as other areas of concern. The Inspector agreed with us and requires the housing targets to be reduced significantly. This is high kudos for our Strategic Planning Team – they also influenced the decision on other areas, and good news for our local planning aims.

I attended the Harris Academy Sutton official opening of the new school, the first UK secondary school built to Passivhous standards.


We handed over the keys to tenants moving into homes at Richmond Green and Alcester Road as we complete the first phase of our phase 1 of new-build council housing. We are working on plans to build more new council homes on a range of small sites using funding granted by the London Mayor.

I visited the Hamptons in the wake of the fire to review the response including by Encompass officers and met with the CEO of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. I suggested MTVH apply to MHGLG to apply for funding to cover up-front costs for rebuild with support from the LGA, which they have done. The council have now responded to a request from residents to appoint an Independent Tenant Advisor of their choice to liaise with MTVH. MTVH are contributing towards the cost.

In November I spoke at a Westminster Legal Policy Forum event on Regulation of the Private Rented Sector and chaired the second session of the event.


I attended a consultation meeting with the Deputy Mayor for Business and London Councils on the Charter for Business. I am working to get the Deputy Mayor to visit the London Cancer Hub.

I attended a London Enterprise Partnership sub-regional meeting to discuss London’s Local Industrial Strategy.

I met with representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) with officers and had a positive discussion about co-operating to achieve mutual aims.

Representing Sutton

I attended a LGA Grenfell Task & Finish Group meeting in July to respond to the Government’s consultation on the new Building Safety regulatory framework. Much of the input from the LGA Task Group on this has been taken into account.

I represented London Councils at a meeting with Essex Leaders to discuss out of London placements of homeless families.

I attended a London First roundtable with developers & London Councils Lead for Housing to discuss public distrust of developers and was invited to write a blog piece following the event.

I was appointed to the Homes for Londoners Board in September and have attended two meetings at City Hall.

I attended the National Housing Association Awards with Clarion Housing as they had been shortlisted for an award for the Lavenders Regeneration project.

Jayne attended the Extinction Rebellion presentation and discussion at BedZed pavilion.

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