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Neighbourhood planning in Bankside

When the Localism Bill was first published in November 2010, the Government announced a programme of pilot projects where local authorities could work with community groups to explore some of the principles of neighbourhood planning in advance of the proposals becoming law. Southwark was selected as a 'neighbourhood planning front runner authority' and since then, the Council has been working with groups in Bankside and Bermondsey to prepare neighbourhood plans for their areas.

The Bankside neighbourhood plan process is being led by the Bankside Neighbourhood Forum - which comprises resident, business and community interest groups drawn from the local area. Further information about their ideas for the area is available on their website: wearebankside.com

Bankside Neighbourhood Area and Bankside Neighbourhood Forum applications

Consultation on applications to formally designate the Bankside Neighbourhood Area and Business Area and the Bankside Neighbourhood Forum closed on Thursday 20 December 2012. A further 3 week consultation was held between 21 March and 10 April 2013 on a revised Neighbourhood Area, proposed by the council in response to initial consultation responses. Documents linked to this consultation can be viewed here.

Bankside Neighbourhood and Business Area approved 

On Friday 3 May, a recommendation to designate the Bankside Neighbourhood and Business Area for the purposes of neighbourhood planning was approved. The decision came into effect on 14 May 2013. The report recommending approval and a map of the area to be designated can be downloaded here.

Bankside Neighbourhood Forum

On Thursday 6 June, a recommendation to designate Bankside Neighbourhood Forum as the Neighbourhood Forum for the Bankside Neighbourhood and Business Area was approved by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Corporate Strategy. This decision became implementable on 14 June 2013. The report and associated documents can be viewed here

Bankside Neighbourhood Forum are now able to begin formal preparation of a neighbourhood plan for the Bankside Neighbourhood and Business Area.  

South Bank and Waterloo Interim Neighbourhood Forum

On 30 April 2013, we received an application to designate a Neighbourhood Area from the South Bank and Waterloo Interim Forum.  The proposed Area is cross-borough, including parts of Southwark and Lambeth.  It includes land to the west of Blackfriars Road, which also falls within the approved Bankside Neighbourhood Area.  The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations allow the council to change boundaries if there are clear reasons for doing so. 

Following the consultation period on South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood applications, that took place between 18 October and the 29 October 2013 a recommendation was made on 2 April 2014 to designate a modified version of the South Bank and Waterloo Neigbourhood Development and Business submitted by the South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Forum (now known as South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours) and to designate South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours (SOWN) as the Neighbourhood Forum for this area.  Following the now approved modifications to the original proposed Neigbourhood Area submitted by SOWN, the Bankside Neighbourhood Area designation remains unchanged.

This decision was approved by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Corporate Strategy and became implementable on 18 April 2014. Full updates on South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Planning including all associated reports and decisions can be found on the Neighbourhood planning in South Bank and Waterloo webpage 

Sustainability appraisal scoping report

Consultation on our sustainability appraisal scoping report for Bankside, Borough and London Bridge closed on Tuesday 4 December 2012. The scoping report is available to download.

Bankside, Borough and London Bridge supplementary planning document

When the neighbourhood planning front runner programme was announced, Southwark Council, in consultation with the Greater London Authority, decided to suspend work on the preparation of the Bankside, Borough and London Bridge (BBLB) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The council will continue, in consultation with the GLA, to keep under review the need to resume work on the preparation of the BBLB SPD (which is also intended to form the Mayor's Opportunity Area Planning Framework - or OAPF - for the area).

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