Southwark Planning Network
- 1 Southwark Planning Network
- 2 2021
- 3 2020
- 4 2019
- 5 2018
- 6 Introduction to SPN
- 7 New Southwark Plan
- 8 Neighbourhood issues
- 9 Election Hustings 14th April 2018
Southwark Planning Network
Introduction to SPN
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 2019, over 40 local groups had taken part in meetings, and over 200 individuals engaged see more...
Council Scrutiny of Regeneration
The Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee is examining the Council's work on regeneration this year 2020-2021. Some community groups have been invited to give evidence. So far these are all members of SPN's informal network. Links to the sessions will be posted up here.
EiP update February 2021
The Public Hearings will take place from 23rd February to 29th April 2021. The timetable has been changed from the first one, and extended into April. It will now be in two parts. The first part will be from 23rd February to 10th March. Part 2 will be from 22nd April to 29th April 2021. The detailed timetable is here. That shows the lists of invited participants and the topics for each day. Any queries on this should be emailed to <EIP.firstname.lastname@example.org>. SPN is arranging workshops and guidance on the issues and the processes for those taking part. If you need more information, please email SPN <email@example.com>. For more details see the New Southwark Plan page.
EiP provisional programme January 2021
The Inspectors have issued the draft timetable for the hearings. This is a short version. The final programme with the lists of participants for each session will be issued end Jan/early Feb.
Environment Scrutiny Commission 20 January 2021
SPN has been invited to give evidence to Southwark Council’s Environment Scrutiny Commission, on Wednesday 20 January 2021 6.30 pm. The SPN is a network of independent local groups so does not have agreed positions on policies. Instead SPN working groups focus on particular topics and come to a consensus on matters they can speak about. Two members of the SPN working group on Climate Change and Planning have accepted the invitation and will be speaking at the meeting. This is open to the public via zoom. The zoom link is available from the Council on 0207 525 0514
EiP Written Statements workshops January 2021
SPN has arranged workshops to help local people who are preparing to submit Written Statements for the Examination in Public (EiP) 23 February to 25 March (see provisional programme.) Deadline for submission is now 2nd February. Details for the workshops and booking here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spn-nsp-eip-hearings-submission-workshop-tickets-135964089251
- SP1 / P1 - P11 – Housing Date: Monday 18 Jan 7-9pm
- SP2 – Regeneration for all Date: Tuesday 19 Jan 7-9pm
- SP5 / P44-P47, SP6 / P55 – P69 – Policies on health and the environment, Cleaner Greener Safer Date: Thursday 21 Jan 7-9pm
- P12, P13, P18, P20, P22 – P25 - Design, Heritage, Tall Buildings Date: Saturday 23 Jan 2-4pm
- SP1, SP4 – Economy, employment, workspace Date: Sunday 24 5-7pm
- Climate Emergency - cross-cutting topic to be raised under Matters 1, 2, 5 and 7 and possibly others. Date: Monday 25 Jan 7-9pm
NSP/EiP process begins December 2020
The Planning Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions are now public. see here. Written Statements in responses to the Qs have to be made by 27 January 2021. The Public Hearings will be from 23rd February to 25th March 2021.
Deputation 20th October 2020
Deputation to Southwark Council Cabinet 20 October 2020 on Planning White Paper 35 mins in to 47 mins.
UPDATE September 2020
The Planning Inspectors rejected the Council's submission of the NSP in April. The Council has revised the submission version again as a result and it is out for consultation again 27 August to 26 October 2020. This will be followed by the EiP (Examination ion Public) in the New Year. The Council's information about all this is on their website here. The main documents for the EiP are:
- the final submission version of the NSP: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/assets/attach/19868/EIP27A-Proposed-Changes-to-the-submitted-New-Southwark-Plan-2020-Clean-version-.pdf
- final NSP showing the tracked changed in the version since it was consulted on in 2017: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/assets/attach/19869/EIP27B-Proposed-Changes-to-the-submitted-NSP-2020-Track-Changes-version-.pdf
- the Council's report showing all representations made during the consultation so far and the Council officers' responses to them [to be uploaded]
More details are on the new SPN (Southwark Planning Network) website here: https://southwarkplanningn.wixsite.com/spnwebsite
SPN meeting 15th May 2020
If you wish to join this meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and something about your interests in local planning and if you are a member of any local neighborhood groups.
SPN meeting 16th December 2019
This meeting had a lively discussion about climate change and planning with the participation of some active members from Extinction Rebellion (XR) Southwark. All agreed to work together because of the damaging effects of unnecessary demolition and redevelopment in full swing across London. There was also discussion about the importance and usefulness of the SPN, and agreement that we should investigate some funding to help develop it further.
SPN meeting 22nd July 2019
This SPN meeting is 7-9pm in PV Studio Bussey Building. The main focus will be preparation to make good use of the Council’s workshop on 1st August on community engagement in planning. The Council workshop is on the revision of the SCI (Statement of Community Involvement) and the new Development Charter. It will be on 1st August, 3-5:30pm or 6-8:30pm at Council offices 160 Tooley Street. (The workshop is repeated twice to enable people to attend afternoon or evening.) To register for the Council workshop email - email@example.com - to let them know which session you aim to attend.
SPN workshops on NSP consultation April-May 2019
SPN is holding Workshops to discuss the issues and the way to make representations before the deadline 17th May 2019. These are:
- Monday 15th April 1-3pm Peckham Vision studio, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane SE15
- Monday 29th April 7-9pm Peckham Vision studio, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane SE15
- Wednesday 8th May 6.30pm-8.30pm Giraffe House, Burgess Park, 285 Albany Road, London SE5 0AH
- Thursday 9th May 6.30-8.30pm Drapers Tenants’ Hall, 1 Howel Walk, London SE1 6TL
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Meeting 20th March 2019
Peckham Vision have arranged a public event to encourage community interest across the borough in the preparation of the Local List. This will be on
Wednesday 20th March, 6pm exhibition, 7pm – 9pm meeting with Speakers & Discussion
At The Old Mill Building , 72 Copeland Road, SE15, opposite Bournemouth Road.
More information about the Old Mill Building and events.
- If you are keen to protect local heritage in your area and also to encourage other local people to help in that protection, this is an event for you. We will explore how community groups can take action on this in their own area, and you can connect with others keen to take action.
- The exhibition and the meeting will look at the Old Mill Building as an example of a local heritage asset, how to think about heritage buildings and spaces, and about the preparation of the Heritage Local List. There will be several short talks followed by questions and discussion.
- We hope that many from SPN will come to the meeting to take part in thinking of ways to enable local people to say what is important to them in their area's local heritage, and find out how to protect it. If you aim to come, to help us gauge numbers, please register on eventbrite.
Meeting on Monday 11th February 2019
We had a lively discussion about the Council amendments to the New Southwark Plan (NSP), and identified a number of issues that need examination. We will be developing templates for guidance in making representations, and workshops across the borough for local people. Deadline for comments is 17th May 2019. Further information is here. If you wish to contribute to this, please email email@example.com to seek more information.
Meeting on Monday 22nd October 2018
Meeting on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the name of your local neighbourhood group or name of your neighbourhood.
Introduction to SPN
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 2019, over 40 local groups had taken part in meetings, and over 200 individuals engaged in planning activities in their neighbourhoods were on the mailing list. In 2021 the mailing list members have increased to over 300 and more groups involved. Since 2016 there have been around five SPN meetings a year to share experience and information and for mutual support. Peckham Vision (PV) - https://www.peckhamvision.org - 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, and has managed and operated the SPN mailing list. The mailing list is now being transferred to the developing SPN admin resource. The policy on protection of that data is set out in the statement here.
If you want to join the mailing list, please email - email@example.com - with your name and the name of your local neighbourhood group or name of your neighbourhood.
To enable SPN to continue the work to help local people to engage effectively in planning and related matters, it is essential to develop the SPN administration and organisation structure. Peckham Vision was able to secure, with the support of the Southwark Law Centre, in early 2020 a £5k grant to acquire initial freelance administration support for SPN. This has enabled the launch of an SPN Development Project which has successfully created a simple structure as a sound base for further development. A 3 year business plan is now being developed to seek funding to establish SPN as a pioneering citizens self help organisation.
In addition to that development work, currently SPN is focused mainly on the preparations for the Examination ion Public, from 23rd February to 29th April 2021, of the New Southwark Plan (NSP), the issues arising from the consultation process around the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan (OKRAAP), 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.
A pioneering election hustings and community exhibition on planning and regeneration was organised by the SPN on Saturday 14th April 2018. That paved the way for closer liaison with the Council on the processes of community engagement on planning, and discussions with Cllr Rebecca Lury (then Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Equalities and Communities) and Cllr Johnson Situ (Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning).
New Southwark Plan
The New Southwark Plan (NSP) has been in preparation since 2013, and been through a number of consultations. The first one on the Submission version was November 2017 to February 2018. The Council held further consultations on some Amendments to that version of the Plan, from February to May 2019. When this was submitted to the Government, the Planning Inspectors ordered a further consultation on a revised version incorporating all the changes the Council had made. That third consultation took place from August to October 2020. This is the version that the is the subject of the Examination in Public by the Government’s Planning Inspectors taking place during the period 23rd February to 29th April 2021. People who made ‘representations’ on the NSP during any of the three consultations, and said they wanted to appear at the Hearings are being invited by the Inspectors to speak at particular sessions at the Public Hearings. Throughout the several years of the consultation period the Southwark Planning Network arranged many workshops and meetings 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 the last few years' events can be found here. In the last two years SPN is working with Southwark Law Centre Planning Voice project and Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO) to extend and deepen the workshops across the borough to help understand and discuss the planning policies and the issues raised by them, and to encourage and support engagement in the processes.
This section records news and information about issues arising in particular neighbourhoods across the borough. These are all part of the planning kaleidoscope - the overall picture is made up of this granular detail including every building, street, open space and person who lives or works in the borough. SPN aim is to link with all community groups across the borough working on planning and related matters in their neighbourhoods. If you are a local group not mentioned here please email us your information to SPN <firstname.lastname@example.org> and we will contact you.
In 2020, a forum of seven local stakeholder groups with representatives from Friends of Stave Hill, Friends of Russia Dock Woodlands, parents and school governors, and local residents/tenants groups brought a legal challenge to the Canada Water Masterplan. Further information and contact email:
Election Hustings 14th April 2018
- Here is the FULL EVENT on video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy4P0bW867s
- tweet by tweet account of the Community Planning Hustings
- Questions & themes of debate.
- Community exhibition material is being collated for the website.
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.