11th April 2016 meeting
The meeting was attended by 22 people, and 9 sent apologies. Almost all had been before, though at each meeting there are some new faces. In total about 45 people have now taken part in the PPN meetings. Over 120 are on the mailing list, including people who have taken part in other Peckham Vision events and wanted to join the planning mailing list. The new Google doc table of development sites for the monitoring and tracking information is proving useful to keep track of many details and identify which sites need action of some sort. This is also enabling a closer look at the cumulative impact of different development sites. The meeting also looked at the preparations for the next consultation on the New Southwark Plan (NSP). The forthcoming summer events starting in May at Goose Green were an essential part of informing the public about the planning developments and issues. Volunteers are needed for the Peckham Vision stall with the mobile exhibition. The next meeting will be on 6th June 7-9pm.
1st February 2016 meeting
The PPN’s February meeting was attended by 26 people. It was the 1st meeting of the second year of regular meetings. PPN had started in August 2013 following a year of informal monthly meetings preparing for the PNAAP Examination in Public hearings in July 2013. The consistent and growing attendance at PPN was evidence of the success of the developing process. The previous week had seen the highly successful public community meeting of over 200 discussing, in front of the Council, the local vision for Peckham for the planning policy in the New Southwark Plan (NSP). This successful meeting followed the Peckham Vision arranged workshop in November 2015 with Council officers on planning policies and the draft NSP.
The draft development map for Peckham town centre, which Peckham Vision had produced and displayed at the 27th January meeting (see here: http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Major_developments), had shown how the planning issues are multiplying now that the PNAAP is being implemented. The PPN is providing a way for local people to understand together through experience how the planning and development process works, and so is improving local chances of influencing it. At this 1st February 2016 PPN meeting, we continued to pool our information about the different sites, highlighting issues to focus on to make comments on the New Southwark Plan, and we continued to develop the PPN processes further.
7th December 2015 meeting
The PPN's December meeting was attended by 23 local people, with a high level of interest in the planning issues relating to individual development sites, conservation and planning policy. It was the 6th meeting of the first year of the regular bi-monthly meetings. The development of the PPN from an ad hoc small group of local people focussing on co-ordinating specific planning campaigns, into the entry point for anyone interested in learning about community involvement in town centre planning and development, seems to be working well.
In 2015 the mailing list has almost doubled from about 60 to 110, and attendance at more frequent meetings has more than doubled from 8 to between 15 and 23. We still need to attract people from a more diverse ethnic and age range, but work in hand is preparing the way for this longer term development. If you have any suggestions for this please let us know.
The PPN is now developing a capability to track planning applications and development sites, and to identify generic issues arising from them. The good management, planning and development of the bimonthly meetings are a key to the sustainability and self management of the PPN. The development of templates for the agenda and meeting action notes is paving the way for distributing tasks amongst those attending meetings to enable PPN to become self managing.
15th November 2016 NSP workshop
This was a workshop about the New Southwark Plan (NSP) Preferred Option out for consultation. 25 people attended. Three Council Planning officers led by Tom Buttrick explained the background and gave an outline of the many policies covered in the NSP. The workshop divided into three groups for more detailed discussion. Feedback: This was the first workshop of its kind I have ever heard about (I am 22) let alone been invited to. More workshops and events, of this shape and size, would be good. I also echo one of the sagest comments going around the room, which was for all of us build these types of conversations and understandings into our daily lives, and children's and young adults' lives at school, college, play and work.