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New Southwark Plan (NSP) Submission Version

December 2017 Getting help to make comments

This is initial information, sent to all those on the Southwark Planning Network (SPN) mailing list, about sessions across the borough in January/February 2018 for help and advice to the community on preparing 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

This is advance notice - these are likely to be the dates, at 7-9pm:

  • Monday 8th January: introductions and advice @ Peckham Vision Bussey studio
  • Monday 15th January: introductions and advice @ Canada Water venue to be confirmed
  • Wednesday 17th January: introductions and advice @ Big Local, Bermondsey Blue
  • Thursday 25th January: introductions and advice @ venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 30th January: SPN meeting @ Cambridge House to be confirmed
  • Monday 5th February: drop-in finalising representations @ Peckham Vision Bussey studio

You can come to one or more than one session, and decide nearer the time. But please reserve the dates that you have available, so you can keep your options open and have the chance to attend when you have been able to see what advice you might need.

New Southwark Plan (NSP) soundness tests

The NSP which is out for consultation, until midday on Monday 12th February, is the final version from the Council. They aim to submit it 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.

Only people or organisations who send in written comments saying the NSP is not legal or is unsound for specific reasons, and in the right format by 12th February, will be able to speak at the Public Hearings if the Inspector invites them. [A briefing note on the EiP and soundness tests produced by the Southwark Law Centre to be uploaded.]

Template for comments

To help in this process, we are preparing a template to use to submit comments. 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 being designed to capture all this.

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.

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, 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.