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9 September 2016
Transport infrastructure in Thamesmead
Thamesmead: London's new town (pdf, 4.3mb)
In response to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission's call for ideas we have set out the case for a comprehensive programme of investment in transport infrastructure in Thamesmead.
Historic underinvestment in transport provision has limited growth opportunities and the economic potential of Thamesmead as London's New Town. This potential can only be unlocked with enhanced public transport and substantial investment. In particular, this includes a DLR extension from Beckton, a new river crossing at Gallions Reach, and improved local transit connections prior to Crossrail opening in 2018.
4 January 2016
Pay to Stay
We welcome in principle the opportunity to increase the income available for new development through the introduction of Pay to Stay. However, we would not wish to raise rents to unaffordable levels, which we feel that the operation of a £40,000 threshold in London could risk doing.
We believe that the decision to implement Pay to Stay should be voluntary for housing associations and that providers should be given greater freedom and flexibility to determine rents according to our vision, mission and values. Such freedoms could be used to develop a range of housing products and services to meet the differing needs of those who we exist to support.
We must have the confidence that Pay to Stay will not cause harm to our residents’ financial wellbeing following a major change in employment or household circumstance.
31 August 2015
The role of estate regeneration
The role of estate regeneration: Peabody response (pdf, 217kb)
We understand that every decision concerning estate regeneration is a complex process. As outlined in our response, we believe that all decisions concerning estate regeneration should be inclusive, and need a robust options appraisal of the impact on social, economic, financial and environmental aspects of a scheme.
Engagement, partnering and consultation with existing tenants are of vital importance in estate regeneration. Involving residents in a comprehensive consultation programme not only at the beginning of the decision-making process, but throughout the regeneration of an estate, is paramount to its success.
3 July 2015
The role of the third sector in employment and skills programmes
Employment and training is an important part of Peabody’s offer to Londoners. Over the last year we helped 525 people into jobs or apprenticeships, generating an estimated social return of £7 for every £1 invested in our employment programme.
In our response we highlight the role of housing associations in delivering employment and training services. We emphasise the importance of taking a voluntary approach to participation and point to the potential enabling role of local authorities, as demonstrated in our successful Pembury Children’s Community programme in Hackney.
6 March 2015
The New Southwark Plan
The New Southwark Plan: Peabody response (pdf, 90kb)
We welcome the scale of Southwark’s ambition in setting a target of 11,000 homes to be built by 2043.
As a developer currently adding to our existing stock of almost 2,000 homes in the borough, we welcome opportunities for partnership working — in terms of both the development and management of housing — between Peabody and Southwark Council in the transformation of housing in the borough.
5 March 2015
London Riverside Planning Framework
We welcome the publication of the Draft London Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework, including the commitment to deliver new jobs and high quality affordable homes across an area with such significant development potential.
As outlined in our response, the regeneration of London Riverside would be greatly enhanced by strategic investment in transport infrastructure in order to fully exploit the potential links between London Riverside and the regeneration taking place south of the river in Thamesmead.
31 October 2014
London Infrastructure Plan 2050
London Infrastructure Plan: Peabody response (pdf, 112 kb)
We welcome the opportunity to respond to the Mayor’s Plan — developing London’s infrastructure is very important to us.
As outlined in our response, the opportunities for providing new homes and jobs in Thamesmead would be greatly enhanced by investment in transport infrastructure, which would unlock housing sites and support the regeneration of the area.
22 October 2014
'Right to Move'
'Right to Move': Peabody response (pdf, 79kb)
Peabody agrees in principle that tenants wishing to move for employment or training-related reasons should have access to properties close to work or training, as proposed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Housing can play an important role in supporting working people and supporting people into work. However, it is important that any new system helps people who have genuine housing needs related to work or training.
15 October 2014
Strengthening the law on domestic abuse
Given Peabody’s commitment to tackling domestic abuse and supporting those who experience it, we welcome the Home Office’s proposal of a wider definition of domestic abuse, and for coercive and controlling behaviour to be recognised as an important part of offending behaviour.
However, as outlined in our response, we have serious concerns over the implementation of the proposed change.
18 September 2014
New river crossing in east London
Peabody broadly supports the proposal from Transport for London for a fixed river crossing, whether at Thamesmead itself at Gallions Reach or at nearby Belvedere, and is keen to ensure that this is delivered in the best interests of local people, local businesses and Thamesmead’s future.
29 August 2014
Financing more social homes
Financing more social homes: Peabody response (pdf, 97kb)
Our response to the Policy Exchange’s call for evidence on methods of financing more social homes questions how far the ‘Affordable Rent Model’ is sustainable.
Available capacity, in the form of uncharged assets to support borrowing, is an increasingly scarce resource for housing associations.
7 August 2014
Changes to the regulatory framework
We welcome an approach where the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) focuses on the health of registered providers and the sector at a strategic level, including the focus on risk, high financial impact and the need to increase the supply of affordable housing.
It will be helpful to have clear, outcome-focused guidance and an ongoing dialogue with the HCA.
23 May 2014
Review of the Local Authority role in increasing housing supply
We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the government’s review of the role of local authorities in housing supply.
Housing associations such as Peabody have a compelling offer to local authorities: the ability to raise money cheaply in order to fund developments; providing increasing numbers of affordable homes by reinvesting the revenue generated from homes made available on the open market; and a holistic offer which goes beyond bricks and mortar to providing services for the community.
22 May 2014
Child Poverty Strategy
Child Poverty Strategy: Peabody response (pdf, 103kb)
We have contributed to the response from the London Child Poverty Alliance (LCPA) on the Child Poverty Strategy, which sets out the government’s plans for the next three years. We endorse the recommendations outlined in the LCPA document.
Our response provides more detail on the question of "what is working well to tackle child poverty now". In April 2012 we published a report on understanding and tackling child poverty on Peabody estates, working in partnership with the University of York.
We have worked with a range of partners to act on the report’s recommendations: our Pembury Pass project supports young people not in employment, education or training to gain work experience and build self-confidence; our Pembury Children’s Community facilitates childcare provision and employment support for parents with young children; and our family literacy project provides peer volunteers to help parents support their children’s reading.
21 March 2014
Charging fees for social housing regulation
We are firmly of the view that regulation should be funded by government, although we would support an element of fee charging if these fees were used solely to fund service improvements.
However, if it should be decided to introduce fees to charge for regulation, our views on how this could be implemented most effectively are set out below.
28 Feb 2014
Lyons Housing Review
Lyons Housing Review: Peabody response (pdf, 79kb)
The Labour party has commissioned a review to inform the development of housing and planning policies that will deliver the new homes and communities we need. The review is chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, who has invited written contributions.
In our response, we welcome the ambition to increase the annual supply of new homes beyond 200,000.
We outline a range of measures which will support the delivery of this vision, in particular: targeted public investment, including in infrastructure; re-designation of brownfield land where appropriate to support regeneration; and a streamlined planning process.
14 Feb 2014
Mayor's Housing Strategy
Mayor’s Housing Strategy: Peabody response (pdf, 107kb)
We are broadly supportive of the latest draft of the Mayor’s housing strategy, published in November 2013.
With housing need being more acute, widespread and diverse than ever before, we welcome the strategy’s focus on meeting needs by providing more choice across tenures.
We recognise how important it is to help people on low and middle incomes to find suitable housing, which is a consistent and welcome theme throughout the draft strategy.
However, it is vital that the housing strategy does not inadvertently de-prioritise — or shift resources away from — those in most need. This is in the light of recent increases in the number of households in London who are homeless or in temporary accommodation.
We look forward to further engagement with the Mayor, GLA and other partners across London as this strategy develops further.