Southwark Planning Network
Southwark Planning Network
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 will be posted 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.
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 2018, over 40 local groups have taken part in meetings, and 165 individuals engaged in planning activities in their neighbourhoods are on the mailing list. Since 2016 there have been around five SPN meetings a year to share experience and information and for mutual support. Peckham Vision (PV) 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 manages and operates the SPN mailing list. Our policy on protection of that data is set out in the statement here.
Currently SPN is focused mainly on follow up to the work to encourage and facilitate representations on the New Southwark Plan (NSP), the issues arising from the bad 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. An election hustings and community exhibition on planning and regeneration was organised by the SPN on Saturday 14th April 2018.We are following that up in discussion with Cllr Rebecca Lury (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 last one on the Submission version was November 2017 to February 2018. The Council started in January 2019 further consultations on some Amendments to that version of the Plan. This consultation will continue until 17 May 2019. 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 during the last consultation, and on this current consultation, may be invited by the Inspector to speak at the Public Hearings. These will be held in late 2019 or 2020. 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. This year, SPN is working with Southwark Law Centre Planning Voice project, Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO) and Community Southwark to arrange workshops across the borough to help understand and discuss the new amendments and the issues raised by them.
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.