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Community Hustings 14th April 2018
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Follow up


An election hustings on planning and regeneration will be 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:

  • 2.00pm Community exhibition
  • 3.00-5.00pm Hustings meeting.

This will be a community-led meeting, and a community exhibition on planning issues from the neighbourhoods across the borough. It will be at Christ Church at 676-680 Old Kent Road, between Commercial Way and Peckham Park Road junctions with the Old Kent Road. It will be in a style similar to BBC Question Time with audience participation.

  • Email if you would like to volunteer to help.
  • Follow twitter @ShapeSouthwark for news as it unfolds.
  • If you are interested in attending, please register here to give us an idea of how many may be coming.

This is a hustings with a difference, creating a space where community perspectives on important planning policy matters can be raised with politicians seeking election. Community groups from across the borough, linked through the Southwark Planning Network, are working together to create the community exhibition at 2pm. We all 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 is aimed at helping to correct that democratic deficit.

The Speakers

Four candidates in the local elections have been chosen by their parties to represent them in this Community Hustings on planning and regeneration:

  • Toby Eckersley - Conservative: candidate in London Bridge & West Bermondsey ward.
  • Eleanor Margolies - Green: candidate in St Giles ward.
  • Damian O'Brien - Liberal Democrat: candidate in London Bridge & West Bermondsey ward.
  • Rebecca Lury – Labour: candidate in North Walworth ward.

Asking a Question

If you would like to propose a question for the politicians on the hustings panel please give your details and your question here. These are suggestions of questions from which a representative choice will be selected. If the question is chosen we will contact you to finalise the wording and check you are coming. Arrangements for asking questions will be finalised on the day of the hustings.

Community Exhibition

There will be a Community Exhibition at 2-3pm before the Hustings. Several community groups from across the borough who are active on planning and regeneration matters will be presenting a display of the current issues in their neighbourhood. Taken together these exhibits will give a kaleidoscope of the impact of the Council’s planning and regeneration policies, and how communities are responding.

The venue

The event will be at Christ Church Peckham at 676-680 Old Kent Road, between Commercial Way and Peckham Park Road junctions with the Old Kent Road.

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Southwark Planning Network

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 meets every two months or so for mutual support across the different main neighbourhoods in Southwark on planning policy and other mutual interests. Currently this is mainly the development of the New Southwark Plan (NSP) 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 on planning and regeneration is being arranged for 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.