Agenda Item B8
SOUTH EAST ENGLAND REGIONAL ASSEMBLY
REGIONAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
Date: 12 November 2002
Subject: Thames Gateway Housing Group
Report of: Director of Planning and Transport
That the Committee agree a nomination to represent the region as a whole on the new ministerial Thames Gateway Housing Group.
Thames Gateway Regeneration Development Area straddles three regions. Overall co-ordination of the development programme in the area is steered by a high level group, including six Ministers, and chaired by Lord Rooker. A particularly critical issue is the need to improve both the quantity and quality of housing in the Gateway. The political importance of this housing dimension has, of course, grown, notably with the statement of the Deputy Prime Minister on the matter in July.
Ministers have therefore decided to establish an additional sub-Group in the Gateway, focused on the housing issues, and covering the whole of the Gateway area. This group will also be chaired by Lord Rooker. A wide range of representatives, including private house builders, representatives of housing associations and local authorities in the Gateway, have been invited to participate in the group. Kent County Council, for example, are represented at both member and officer level. Recognising the wider regional importance of the Gateway, Lord Rooker has now also invited each of the Regional Planning Bodies to nominate a member of their Assembly or equivalent to represent them. I will also be attending the meetings in a support role.
I think the establishment of the new group is to be welcomed, and it will be important for the region as a whole to be represented in the group, so as to ensure that the Gateway plays its full role in the region’s future housing needs. I therefore recommend that the Committee make an appropriate nomination.
Director of Planning and Transport
4 November 2002
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Thames Gateway Housing Group Nomination
I wish to confirm my interest in seeking nomination as the RPC representative to the
Thames Gateway Housing Group.
The following brief notes are provided in support of this application:
Employed as South Regions Policy Officer by the National Housing Federation since
March 1999, I’m based in the SE Regional Office in Brighton and have specific
responsibility for policy issues in this region. Work with SE regional partners is a
principal element of my role and is prioritised in my work plan and schedules. I will,
therefore, be able to commit the required time for preparation and attendance at
the meetings and any necessary liaison with RPC and Assembly members, as well as
Whilst the NHF is the trade body for Registered Social Landlords, the scope of my
work encompasses: private housing provision and development (to which the
majority of affordable housing development in the SE is linked), planning, design and
construction issues, regeneration and renewal, as well as LA Housing Strategies,
community and tenant initiatives, neighbourhood management, social inclusion and
sustainable development. RSLs, supported by the NHF, have been at the forefront of
design and construction initiatives; leading the way on the Egan agenda, off site
construction methods, increased densities and innovative design. This provides a
broad perspective and experience that I shall be able to draw upon.
Involvement with Regional Assembly
? Full member of the Assembly, representing Social Housing interests, since July
2002. Previously provided policy support and back up for John Barker,
member of SEERA, 1999-2002.
? Member of SEERA Housing Advisory Group since inception, May 2001.
? Member of SEERA Affordable Housing sub-group since established, July 2001.
Highlights of other Regional Activity
? Member Regional Housing Forum since established in 1999. Also co-ordinate
RSL representation at Forum.
? Working Group member for production of Regional Housing Strategy 2002 –
2005 and responsible for co-ordination of affordable housing section.
? At request of SEEDA provided input on affordable housing to inform draft
? Led workshops on delivering affordable housing as part of SEERA/GOSE
seminars ‘Delivering Urban Renaissance in the SE,’ 2001
? Member of Regional Sustainable Development Framework working group and
drafted content for Objective 1 – to ensure that everyone has the
opportunity of a decent and affordable home. 2001
? RAISE Board Member for social housing network, April 1999 – September
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Regional Policy Work – highlights
? Led South Regions submissions on ODPM Inquiries on Planning and
Sustainable Communities & Affordable Housing and Spending Review, 2002;
Planning Green Paper, 2001-02; Housing Green Paper and Housing Policy
? Co-ordinated input and prepared submission to draft RPG9 on behalf of NHF
SE members, Chartered Institute of Housing and Shelter, 1999- 2001
? Project managed the NHF SE ‘Who Needs Housing?’ project, including liaison
with Christine Whitehead and Alan Holmans and the Cambridge University
research team 1999
4 November 2002
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Thames Gateway Housing Group Nomination
The Thames Gateway is the largest regeneration area in Western Europe, and
bestrides the three English Regions of the South East, London and Eastern. The
Government are giving very clear signs of growing impatience with the lack of
delivery of the ground. It is therefore it is very important that the RPC, nominate
someone who is able to stand up for our region and fully understands the North Kent
part of the Thames Gateway.
As the Vice Chair of the RPC I believe that I will be able to bring a good
understanding of the issues facing our part of the Thames Gateway, plus also have
the authority to speak on behalf of the Assembly at this new ministerial committee.
Title First names Surname
Mr Robert Paul Hamlin
Telephone (w) Telephone (h) Telephone (m)
01737 643217 01737 643217 07817 271207 E-mail address ccpmedway&aol.com
Dates Name of school, college, Major subjects
From To university or examining body studied,
Management of Feb 01 On Going Elmwood Resource Centre,
Community Medway Adult and Community
Businesses OCN Learning Service
Advanced Elmwood Resource Centre,
Community Medway Adult and Community June 00 Sep 01
Development & Learning Service
OCN Level 3
1989 1992 Social Sciences Open University (Pass) National Extension College 1986 Social Sciences Correspondence Course 1986 (Pass)
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The Business of Social Housing, Project Management (NHF), Critical Path Short Analysis (NHF), Improving Audit Committee Effectiveness, Monitoring and Training Evaluation of Community Development (Scottish model) Monitoring & Courses Evaluation, Managing Conflict, Basic Work Shop Skills, Equal Opportunities, Managing Diversity, The Children’s Act, Service Level Agreements, Time & TRAINING COURSES ATTENDED One day to Stress Management, Effective Chairmanship, Employment Law, New Deal for five days in Communities, Basic Skills Bearfoot Helper, Welfare Benefits Overview, duration Housing Law, Participatory Appraisal. 1997/2002
Dates Organisation Role/brief details of main
activities From To
H M Forces 1977 1997 Intelligence & Analysis
Dates Organisation Role/brief details of main
activities From To
Dec 01 To Date SEEDA Learning & Work SEERA representative to this
key SEEDA Board Force Development Board
July 01 To Date My main role is to represent South East England
the viewpoint of Voluntary & Regional Assembly
Community Sector in the (SEERA)
Regional Assembly as one of
the seven RAISE elected
members. Since joining the
Assembly in July 2001, I have
been extremely active on
both the Regional Planning
Committee the main
Executive Committee. On the st 31 July 2002 I was elected
Vice Chair of the Regional
Planning Committee, and am
the first Social and
Environmental Partner to hold
the post of Vice Chair in any
of the Eight Regional
Assembly’s across England. The Urban Renaissance June 01 To Date SEERA Urban Advisory Group is one of the Renaissance Advisory officer led advisory groups to Group the main Regional Assembly Planning Committee. As well
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as being full member of the
advisory group, I also sit on
the Tools of Delivery Sub
Committee that is currently
looking at:- ? Overcoming financial barriers to implementation in the SE ? Appropriate delivery mechanisms ? Engaging the private sector March To Date Strategy Implementation The role of the Strategy 2001 Board South East Basic Implementation Board is to Skills Regional Co-provide a steering and ordination Network coordination role for the South East Regional Co- ordination Network to the Advisory Boards for Funding, Development and Stakeholders, which are key to the implementation of the National Basic Skills Strategy in the South East region. Oct 00 To Date Medway Economic To advise members of the Advisory Group Medway Economic Advisory Group on regional issues and the growing number consultation regional policy documents and skills issues relating to the links to economic development in Medway and North Kent Thames Gateway. May 00 April 01 LSC Transition Strategy To represent the view of Group Medway as part of the joint Kent & Medway team that worked on producing the transition framework document for the new Kent & Medway Learning Skills Council. June 99 Aug 2002 Information Advice To speak up for the Guidance Steering Group community of Medway to C:\convert\temp\63688933.doc Page 6 of 10
Kent and Medway insure it’s opinions were
heard on the Steering Group
for the Information, Advice &
Guidance Pathfinder Project
across Kent & Medway.
May 99 To Jan Medway Lifelong Learning In May 1999 I was invited to
2002 Partnership join the new Lifelong
Learning Partnership for
Medway that was then being
established. In the following
June I was invited to become
the Vice Chair for the
Sept 98 To Date South East Thames The role of the committee is
Regional Committee to take a strategic overview of
London & Quadrant the management of the South
Housing Trust East Thames Region of
London & Quadrant Housing
Dec 97 To Date Chattenden Community Director Forward Strategy &
Projects founder member of a
community based project that
is leading social and
economic regeneration within
an identified Thames
Gateway North Kent area of
As an elected tenant committee for London & Quadrant Housing Trust, for the last four years.
I have a sound understanding housing issues, and how they relate to lack of supply of affordable housing in the South East.
I believe that Partnerships are about creating win win situations, not about having winners
and losers, people or organization who work in partnerships must receive some benefit from
the partnership, It is not about taking from others, is more about sharing, and working
smarter. A wide and diverse range of partners across our region will bring numerous and
various benefits too many different parts of our region bring with it strength in depth, or to use the jargon sustainable growth.
Over the last four years I have raised the influence of Chattenden Community Projects, by
net-working and in part by securing funds from, Medway Council, Sports England, SEEDA,
RAISE, DfEE, NOF, and the Kent & Medway LSC. As a RAISE Member I sit on the South
East Basic Skills Regional Co-ordination Network to try and influence the network towards
the delivery of basic skills by using the community and voluntary sector.
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Understanding of the voluntary/community sector.
I have wide-ranging hands-on experience and a comprehensive understanding of how the
voluntary/ community sector and local government works. This knowledge as been formed
over the last five years by my extensive membership of committees and organizations
I have a good and sound understanding of Social Housing, Neighbourhood Management,
Social and Economic Regeneration issues. With practical knowledge and experience of
developing detailed strategies and delivery plans associated with social and economic regeneration in known areas of depravation.
Extensive experience of successful complex project management delivering
I have wide-ranging practical knowledge and experience of running multifaceted projects
Intelligence & Analysis assignments during 1990/91 Gulf War.
Organizing a range of timed and location specific fuel drops, coordinated with ration and
equipment resupply. This involved, booking the transport, detailing the vehicles & drivers, pre
booking the collection times with amounts of fuel, rations, ammunitions linked into preset drop
locations, with the ability to switch time and location of drops at very short notice.
I have an excellent track record in writing funding bids and pursuing funding opportunities on behalf of Chattenden Community Projects. I co-wrote and submitted a project proposal for
SRB5 funding to the Thames Gateway North Kent Partnership on behalf of Chattenden
Community Projects. The Chattenden Community Projects proposal called “Vision Forward Chattenden”, turned out to be the largest singularly funded SRB5 Medway project for Thames
Gateway North Kent Partnership.
I wrote the Vision Forward Chattenden Delivery Plan that contains a co-ordinated set of projects and programmes which are addressing the physical, economic and social needs of
the Chattenden area. It simultaneously seeks to achieve the physical and `people based`
regeneration of the local neighbourhood as a means of overcoming the area’s current
economic and social exclusion.
In addition I have continued to seek further match funding both to widen the scope of the
social and economic programmes while ensuring they are sustainable in the longer term. I
have worked especially hard and successfully to develop further funding bids in partnership with Medway Council and others. Having prepared CCP’s very own detailed proposals for an
ICT Learning Centre, Medway Council invited CCP to be one of the key players (?105,000) to
be included with in it’s own strategic Medway Online proposals for 14 ICT Centres costing
over ?800,000. (I’m also the Joint Chair of the Medway Online Steering Group over seeing
the projects implementation)
Working with Medway’s Council’s Education & Leisure department and Sport England I was
the driving force behind the development of a pilot project to help tackle youth crime and
alienation on the Hoo Peninsula. An Active Community Youth Sport Development Officer’s
(ACYSDO) post has been created to be based at the Elmwood Resource Centre on the Chattenden Estate. The total value of the ACYSDO project is in excess of ?100,000. With
Kingshurst Consulting CCP has developed it’s own forward strategy. After net-working extensively and candidly marketing CCP’s Forward Strategy I submitted an ESF Objective 3 Co-Financing expression of interest to the Kent & Medway LSC for an out of hours ICT/Basic
Skills Worker. The Basic Skills Worker has now been in post since April this year.
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Ability to work effectively in a team, and to contribute positively to debate;
Having served for twenty years in the army, I fully understand the need for teamwork and the
difference between a group of people and an effective team. Successful communication is
the key to effective teamwork with every member understanding their role and the role of the other team members.
1. For an effective team you need clear Aims and Objectives
a. What are you undertaking
b. When are you developing it and for how long
c. Why are you doing it
d. Is there any cost in doing it, Time, Labour, Resources, Money.
My ability to contribute positively and effectively to debate is shown by the number of boards
and committees I have been invited to join (Detailed earlier in this application) and partly in
the success of those boards and committees.
Ability to represent an organization on a regional level, engaging constructively
with key players;
I have become very active at a regional level through Regional Action and Involvement South
East, and now sit on the following bodies;
? SEERA Executive Committee Member and Vice Chair Regional Planning Committee
? SEEDA Learning & Work Force Development Board Committee ? GOSE South East Basic Skills Regional Co-ordination Network
Ability to provide support and promote peer support with equal opportunities for all;
Supporting other member of our community is a fundamental part of understanding the role of
the voluntary and community sector. As is the key role equal opportunities has to play in
levelling the playing field for all.
Capacity to take a strategic overview;
By nature I tend to be very strategic in outlook and am always looking to the longer term by
analysing the moment at hand. That’s why I now sit on so many regional bodies; to affect the
sub region strategically you must play your full and active part at the regional level.
Analytical skills in policy development;
I possess exceptional analytical skills having been trained in intelligence & analysis matters
as part of my military service. I have used this talent to good effect when developing projects for the social & economic regeneration programmes I have worked on.
As you will have already seen, I give a considerable amount of my time without charge to the
community and voluntary sector. I have a very strong sense of Social Justice and an unshakable commitment to Social Inclusion. As the former Vice Chair of the Medway Lifelong
Learning Partnership I believe education is a key driver in tackling social exclusion and
allowing people to reach their full potential in their own way. Family and friends are very important to me not just for the good times but also more importantly when things are not so
good. I also believe most strongly that people who put the most into society should get some
reward for their hard work. Apart from my passion for current affairs & politics, I like to watch
the odd film, play chess, enjoy an occasional social drink, and I plead guilty to being a bit of a
Star Trek devotee.
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