The sale of hundreds of affordable homes by the Crown Estate will once again come up for discussion at City Hall this week when London Assembly Members question Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive of the Peabody Trust which is set to buy the homes.
Last month AMs condemned the decision by the Crown Estate Board to sell four London housing estates providing key worker accommodation to Peabody.
The sale of the Cumberland Market, Victoria Park, Millbank and Lee Green Estates is opposed by local residents who have expressed concerns about the future of their homes.
In a unanimously agreed motion, AMs last week expressed concern that the board “is making a grave error of judgement in proceeding with the sale, both for London and for its own long term finances.”. The motion followed unanimous, cross-party condemnation of the sell-off at June’s Mayor’s Question Time.
On Tuesday AMs on the Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee will question Howlett about the Trust’s plans to purchase the properties.
Before that the Committee will question a number of experts on how the different ways public space is managed can impact on access for Londoners.
On Wednesday the Budget and Performance Committee will question Sir Simon Milton, Chief of Staff to Boris Johnson, GLA Chief Executive Leo Boland and Nicholas Griffin, the Mayor’s Budgets and Performance Advisor in preparation for its response to the Mayor’s draft GLA budget for 2011-12.
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Planning and Housing Committee – 10am in Committee Room 4
Wednesday 24 November 2010
Budget and Performance Committee – 10am in Committee Room 5