DD1485 Managing Changes in the Housing Zones programme

Type of decision: 
Director's decision
Date signed: 
18 May 2016
Decision by: 
David Lunts, Executive Director Housing and Land and Interim CEO of OPDC

Executive summary

There are currently 31 Housing Zones designated through MD1457, MD1545 and MD1632.  This paper sets out proposals for Housing and Land internal processes to manage changes to Housing Zones. Overall, the Housing Zones programmes will fund interventions to unlock or accelerate the delivery of up to 77,000 homes.



That the Executive Director, Housing and Land:
•    approves the Housing and Land Directorate’s change management processes for the Housing Zones programme set out in this paper for pre-contract and post-contract stages;
•    notes that, under the current Mayor’s Scheme of Delegation and in accordance with the Mayoral Decisions referred to below, Senior Members of Staff have delegated authority to approve variations to Housing Zone contracts within the approved programme budget of each Housing Zone and within the funding envelope for the Housing Zone agreed within the relevant Mayoral Decisions (MD1457, MD1545 and MD1632), subject to these variations delivering value for money
•    recommends that decisions on such variations be taken by the Assistant Director of Policy Programmes and Strategy (or, in his/her absence, a Head of Area whose area does not cover the part of London in which the Housing Zone sits), in accordance with the change management procedures set out in this paper         
•    approves the changes required in respect of the Wandsworth Housing Zone set out in the body of this report, which constitute a consequent variation (Tier 2) compared with the position set out in MD1457. 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Equality comments

5.1    The designation of this Housing Zone is aimed at implementing the Mayor’s policies set out in the Mayor’s London Housing Strategy. In January 2014 the GLA published an Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA), including an equalities impact assessment, of that strategy. The policies related to increasing housing supply, of which this paper relates, were covered by the IIA for the Further Alterations to the London Plan. 

5.2    The delivery of new and additional homes within the Housing Zones will help to implement Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Mayor’s Equalities Framework “Equal Life Chances for All” (June 2014) through the creation of new homes, housing products and well-designed housing schemes.  The change management processes set out in the paper will aim to ensure formal oversight and monitoring or changes proposed to the overall levels of delivery for this programme. 

Other considerations

recovery profiles will result in lack of clarity on the Housing Zones programmes and potential over-commitment against the Housing Zone budgets.  

6.2    Whilst it is known that the MD approvals include over-programming and that there will be changes to the programme between MD sign-off and actual outputs delivery, a robust change management process will ensure that the impact of changes are considered in relation to the GLA’s commitments and impact on the deliverables for this programme. 

6.3    The post contract change management process set out in this paper will ensure that there is formal approval to contract changes and that these decisions are available for audit should a dispute arise between the counter party and GLA. 

Financial comments

GLA Finance has reviewed this paper and confirms agreement of the processes for Housing Zone change management proposed here.


Planned delivery approach and next steps



Subject to outcome of DD, implementation or amendment to Housing Zone change management process

April 2016


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