New Southwark Plan (NSP)

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New Southwark Plan (NSP) Submission Version

Consultation has ended

The consultation ended on 27th February 2018. The council will now collate the comments and submit them to the Government along with the new Southwark Plan. Some community comments on the main issues will be uploaded here in due course, and highlighted for the Council elections.


This page is compiled by Peckham Vision through the work in coordinating Southwark Planning Network (SPN). The New Southwark Plan (NSP) which is out for consultation, until Tuesday 27th February 2018, is the final version from the Council. They aim to submit it without changes to the Government in April for the Examination in Public (EiP) sometime between June and possibly November 2018. You can see a copy here. You can get a paper copy by mailing - - and arranging to pick it up at Tooley Street or asking them if they will post it. There are also copies available in Libraries for reference. For more on the information on this page, and how to get involved, email: More Council information on the NSP plus the borough map with many improtant details click here.

Submitting comments

Comments on the Council’s consultation on the New Southwark Plan have to be sent to by 27th February 2018. It is important to get emails in on any policies that you are interested in and also development sites in areas that you are familiar with. Example templates have been prepared by SPN members to help in this:

Making minimum comments

You can read through the templates above and see if anything there is something you support, then copy and paste it into your own email or word doc. The minimum is:

  • your personal details.
  • you want to appear at the public hearings/oral examination
  • the policy number and policy name
  • The policy is unsound because it isn't [insert the soundness test from the template and explanation.]
  • copy and paste or summarise or select any reasons from the template if you wish.
  • if you have any, insert a few sentences on any local examples you have.
  • Copy and paste the proposed changes or just say something like 'I can make suggestions about changes to the NSP to make it sound.'
  • email to

Structure of NSP

The New Southwark Plan (NSP) submission version comprises of the following document parts:

  • The Plan - this is the main document which has 342 pages; it is available in printed form and digital form on the Council’s New Southwark Plan (NSP) page.
    • This large document is in two main parts:
      • policies pages 13-93
      • neighbourhoods (headed Area Visions & Site Allocations) pages 94-342. A separate pdf for each of 15 neighbourhoods is here.
    • The Contents Page 3-7 lists all the policies and the neighbourhoods. A copy of this is available here.
  • 11 schedules and maps - these are all mentioned in the Plan report; the titles of the schedules and where they are referenced in the Plan report are listed here.
  • 6 Annexes - these all form part of the NSP. The titles of the 6 Annexes are shown here. The Annexes are in a separate document on the Council’s New Southwark Plan (NSP) page.

The Appendices are ‘supporting documents’. They also are listed for download on the Council’s New Southwark Plan (NSP) page.

December 2017 Getting help to make comments

At this stage of developing the Plan, the Council does not take any moire comments for discussion. Instead they are submitting their final version of the New Southwark Plan (called the Submission Version) to the Government for an Examination in Public (EiP). An Inspector is appointed and the Inspector arranges Public Hearings on the basis of comments that people make in writing before the 27th February 2018 (extended from 12th February). These comments are 'representations'. This page brings together the information we are compiling about community organised sessions across the borough in January/February 2018 for help and advice to local people on preparing their representations on the New Southwark Plan (NSP). These are arranged by Peckham Vision through the Southwark Planning Network (SPN) and in collaboration with Community Southwark and Southwark Law Centre

Session Dates

These are the dates, at 7-9pm. Details here.

  • Monday 8th January: introductions and advice @ Peckham Vision Bussey studio
  • Monday 15th January: introductions and advice @ Alfred Salter School, Rotherhithe
  • Wednesday 17th January: introductions and advice @ Big Local, Bermondsey Blue
  • Tuesday 23rd January: Public Meeting on Conservation & Heritage planning policy All Saints Hall, Peckham
  • Thursday 25th January: introductions and advice @ Wells Way TRA alongside Burns Night
  • Monday 29th January @ Leathermarket JMB, 26 Leathermarket Street
  • Tuesday 30th January: SPN meeting @ Peckham Vision Bussey studio
  • Monday 5th February: drop-in finalising representations @ Peckham Vision Bussey studio
  • Friday 16th February: drop in @ Peckham Vision Bussey studio
  • Tuesday 20th February: Drop-in Elephant Amenity Network Drapers House, SE1 6T

You can come to one or more than one session. Please email to reserve a place and for further information.

New Southwark Plan (NSP) soundness tests

Only people or organisations who send in written comments by 27th February 2018 saying the NSP is not legal or is unsound for specific reasons, and in the right format, will be able to speak at the Public Hearings if the Inspector invites them. For information on this see

Template for comments

To help in this process, we have prepared a template to use to submit comments here. This will be an acceptable alternative or complementary to the on-line form on the Council's website, as well as to keep notes of the required details. There are some key aspects that must be followed to have a good chance of your issue(s) being chosen by the Inspector for the Public Hearings and for you to be invited to speak. The template is designed to capture all this.

NSP extracts

We have created pdfs for some parts of the NSP to help them to be found more easily. Ones created so far are:

How to start

In the meantime you can start or continue to identify what you want to comment on. We will be sending more info and advice on all this later, but we suggest these steps first:

1. AREA VISION(S) & DEVELOPMENT SITES Read carefully the pages for your neighbourhood(s) which contain the Area Vision and all your area's development sites. - You will find these in pages 94-335 in : the NSP - You can find a pdf from that for your neighbourhood to download and print here:

  • Identify what you think should be changed, and why, in the Area Vision and/or any sites that you know, and write some text for that, and keep a careful note of the page number and NSP section number references. Bring a typed draft of this text, even if rough, with you to one or more of the drop-in sessions.
  • We are doing a special exercise on the loss of industrial land across the borough so please note carefully which sites in your neighbourhood are losing industrial land and how much.

2. NSP DEVELOPMENT POLICIES There are 6 strategic policies (pages 3, & 16-20 in the NSP) but they cover many individual topic policies some of which interrelate. The list of Contents on Pages 3-7 show what topics are included in the detailed policies and how they are grouped. At this stage, if you have time read through the policies on pages 21-93, mark any that you have questions about or concerns or already have a view that they are not right or there are better ones. Draft your ideas and keep a careful note of the page number and NSP section number references.

  • If you haven't time to read all the NSP policies, see if any concerns of yours fit with the topics in the NSP Contents list on pages 3-7 and look to see what the NSP says about them.
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We expect there to be a number of comments across a wide range of policies, and we aim during January to link these where it is useful. These include:

  • Housing- protecting existing homes, provision of affordable and social housing, rented housing, family homes, and student housing
  • Local economy- loss of industrial land, supporting high streets, creative industries, enterprises and small businesses,
  • Environment - extent of tall buildings, protection of heritage (see public meeting 23rd January), open & green spaces, provisions for flooding, air quality, avoiding fuel poverty

We will also be aiming to link comments on the above where they bring out the impact of the NSP on the following:

  • Health & wellbeing- including examining the new policies for 'social regeneration'
  • People & groups - impact on and provision for existing residents, families & children, young people, older people, disabled people, mental health, equalities, gypsies & travellers.