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    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

Recommendation:

    That the Committee agree a nomination to represent the region as a whole on the new ministerial Thames Gateway Housing Group.

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    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.

Mike Gwilliam

    Director of Planning and Transport

    4 November 2002

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    Annex 1

Thames Gateway Housing Group Nomination

    SHARON HEDGES

Dear colleagues,

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

    SEERA officers.

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

    RES, 2002

    ? 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

    2002

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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

    Statement, 1999-2001.

    ? 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

Sharon Hedges

    4 November 2002

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    Annex 2

Thames Gateway Housing Group Nomination

    ROBERT HAMLIN

Thames Gateway

    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.

Personal Details

    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,

    examinations taken

    and results

    Management of Feb 01 On Going Elmwood Resource Centre,

     Community Medway Adult and Community

     Businesses OCN Learning Service

     Level 3

     Advanced Elmwood Resource Centre,

    Community Medway Adult and Community June 00 Sep 01

     Development & Learning Service

     Work Skills

     OCN Level 3

     1989 1992 Social Sciences Open University (Pass) National Extension College 1986 Social Sciences Correspondence Course 1986 (Pass)

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    DATES

     ATTENDED

    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

     Assignments

    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

     Committee Committee.

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

     partnership.

     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

     Trust.

    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

    depravation.

Background

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

     revealed earlier.

    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

    tangible results.

I have wide-ranging practical knowledge and experience of running multifaceted projects

    from:-

    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.

Interests

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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