Southwark Planning Network

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Southwark Planning Network

Last meeting: Monday 18th June 2018 at 7pm

The last meeting was at Bells Gardens Community Centre in Peckham and focused on updates on New Southwark Plan (NSP) and what next, and community action on Old Kent Road Area Action Plan. If you want to join the mailing list to receive information about meetings please email info@peckhamvision.org with your name and the name of your local neighbourhood group or name of your neighbourhood.

Introduction

The Southwark Planning Network (SPN) grew out of the list of community people who took part in the Core Strategy Public Hearings in 2010. The SPN is a self managed informal network of active citizens. By 2018, over 40 local groups have taken part in meetings, and 165 individuals engaged in planning activities in their neighbourhoods are on the mailing list. Since 2016 there have been around five SPN meetings a year to share experience and information and for mutual support. Peckham Vision (PV) has facilitated and hosted most of the meetings and made a major contribution to SPN’s development. In addition, it creates and maintains these webpages for the SPN.

Currently SPN is focused mainly on follow up to the work to encourage and facilitate representations on the New Southwark Plan (NSP), developing better support systems for citizens on planning issues, and how to develop more effective and genuine ways for local communities to shape the policies as they affect the local neighbourhoods. An election hustings and community exhibtion on planning and regeneration was organised by the SPN on Saturday 14th April 2018.

New Southwark Plan

The New Southwark Plan (NSP) has been in preparation since 2013, and been through a number of consultations. The last one on the Submission version was November 2017 to February 2018. This is the version that the Council will be submitting to the Government for the Examination n Public by the Government’s Planning Inspector. People who made ‘representations’ on the NSP may be invited by the Inspector to speak at the Public Hearings. They are likely to be held in 2019. The Southwark Planning Network arranged a series of workshops and meetings in December, January and February 2017-2018 for community groups and individuals who wanted to know more about the process and make their representations. These were held across the borough. Details of those events can be found here. Further events are being planned for the preparations for the Public Hearings.

Election Hustings 14th April 2018

Community Hustings 14th April 2018
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An election hustings on planning and regeneration was held on Saturday 14th April 2.00pm-5pm by the Southwark Planning Network in the lead up to the local Council elections on 3rd May. There was a Community Exhibition at 2pm followed by the Hustings meeting at 3-5pm. It was a community-led event organised by Peckham Vision with Vital OKR and Southwark Law Centre. 13 local groups contributed to the exhibition illustrating the planning issues local action groups are dealing with in their areas. The event was held at Christ Church at 676-680 Old Kent Road. It was in a style similar to BBC Question Time with audience participation.

This was a hustings with a difference, and successfully created a space where community perspectives on important planning policy matters were raised with politicians seeking election. Communities suffer from the problems caused by the planning system, the deficient consultation process, and the impacts of regeneration. These never get addressed properly in the local elections we have every 4 years. This hustings helped to correct that democratic deficit. Further details about the event are here.

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