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Suggestions & Guidance


Planning applications have short deadlines of weeks, and there are many documents to read to work out what are the key issues. There are technical planning aspects to follow and it needs an understanding of the planning application process. To help in all this, this page gives suggestions and information about how to think about a planning proposal and how to respond to the planning application. It also contains in date order, the most recent first, information, at particular times, about specific applications.

Finding the documents

Go to: and enter the case number in the search box there. Case numbers begin with the year number then AP and then the case number, eg: 16/AP/1234.

Identifying issues

  • Housing – type, who can afford them, how much social housing/affordable housing (see more below).
  • Loss of workspace either office or industrial.
  • Damage to historic buildings or Conservation Area.
  • Effect on nearby small businesses.
  • Effect on people living near by.
  • Effect on local environment.
  • Benefit or not to local economy.

Social housing provision

We need to keep a record of cumulative social housing & intermediate housing as proportion of total in new developments, so please report what you find. For applications providing new housing of 10 units or more: look to see what’s said about ‘affordable’ housing. In Peckham there should be:

  • a minimum of 35% private housing, and of 35% ‘affordable’ housing.
  • of that ‘affordable’ housing there should 30% for social rent and 70% in the intermediate category (this includes part equity & part rent)
  • no ‘affordable rent’ (at up to 80% market rent). This is specifically prohibited by Southwark’s planning policy.

As a quick guide these are illustrations of the approx numbers:

  • 10 units: minimum of 3-4 private, 3-4 ‘affordable’: 1-2 social + 2-3 intermediate
  • 20 units: minimum of 6-8 private, 6-8 ’affordable’: 2-3 social, 4-5 intermediate
  • 30 units: minimum of 9-12 private, 9-12 ‘affordable’: 3-4 social, 6-8 intermediate

Look for the affordable housing information: click on Related Documents, and then View associated documents. The information should be in each of these documents:

  • the application form
  • the planning statement
  • the affordable housing statement
  • the executive summary of the viability assessment

(the full report will be issued one week before decision.) Many developers attempt to pass off ‘affordable rent’ as social rent eg a phrase such as 'affordable rent at 40% market rents is being offered; this is equivalent to social rent....'. This is not accurate and must be highlighted and challenged.

Submit your comments

The deadline for comments often changes as things happen which require more consultation time. This includes where documents are revised and updated when the Council should inform objectors, and invite further comment. It’s therefore advisable to ask questions or make objections early, if you have any. Few if anyone is going to have the time to read the papers on all planning applications. So focus on any that are of specific interest to you. If none are intrinsically interesting take one and look at the papers and see what you think, and write a comment. This helps to get familiar with the process. You can put in your own comments:

  • on line on the public comments page for the relevant planning application on the council planning webpages, and/or
  • email:

There is no formatting on the website comments page, so if yours has format also send a copy by email. To help us in our information to local people, lease email a copy of your comments to so we can identify the issues to draw local attention. If you have questions about the plans, submit them as comments as soon as you can. This might bring forth useful further information for further comment.


17th May 2016 current applications

[[ |This is some basic information]] about 10 live planning applications each with some significance for the future of the town centre. The recent increase in significant applications that have wider implications is a result of:

  • developers' interest in the town centre increasing because of rising prices and of the approval of the Area Action Plan (PNAAP),
  • the Council juggernaut now implementing the development sites from the PNAAP.

See suggestions and guidance above for ways to approach considering and commenting on planning applications.

Other points to include somewhere

BACKGROUND TO THE SITE Visit the site and google it. Become familiar with its location, what is around it, its size, its architecture, possible historical and other notable features, its current uses, and previous uses. Take some photos.

Planning applications: Check on it through the Council’s planning applications register. Use its address or postcode: This should give you the history of previous planning applications, and also any current ones. Note the Planning case number as the key reference to be quoted on all documents.

Planning developments: You should also check to see if it is a development site in the PNAAP. • Click on Appendix A PNAAP Adoption Version (9 MB PDF) and go to pages 139-140. The map on page 140 will show if the site is a development site. Note its PNAAP number.

• If it is a PNAAP site, click on Appendix A PNNAP Adoption version - part 2 (14 MB PDF), go to page 166 Appx C: Schedule of proposals sites. Look for the site number on pages 168 – 203. This will give the site designation against which any site proposals have to be assessed.

• You should also check to see if the site was subject to representations at the PNAAP public hearings in July 2013, and if so what the Planning Inspector said about them: Appendix B Inspector's report (304.25 KB PDF) The sites were PNAAP 1 Aylesham Centre, PNAAP 2 Peckham Multi Storey Car Park, PNAAP 4 Copeland Park & 1-27 Bournemouth Road, and PNAAP 6 Peckham Rye Station.

Interested parties Think of organisations or individuals that could have an interest and see if they do: • Historical building: o ask the Peckham Society: email Peter Frost o ask the relevant historical society eg Georgian, Victorian, 20th Century • Neighbours: visit/contact any organisations or individuals in the vicinity of the site who might be affected and ask them.