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A neighbourhood forum for Bermondsey & London Bridge

Published Monday, 07 February 2011

Southwark intends to work with a newly formed neighbourhood forum in the Bermondsey & London Bridge area until the end of 2011 to produce a neighbourhood plan.

We are currently preparing a proposal to put to the government's Department for Communities and Local Government for Southwark  to be one of the neighbourhood planning vanguard authorities where the principles of neighbourhood planning as set out in the government's Localism Bill will be demonstrated.
Southwark Council intends to work with a newly formed neighbourhood forum which has come together in the Bermondsey/London Bridge area until the end of 2011 to produce a neighbourhood plan. As the Localism Bill is not yet law and is not expected to become law until some time later in 2012,  the council will have to agree with the neighbourhood forum how to take the plan forward when it is completed. One option will be for Southwark Council and the Greater London Authority  to revise the draft Supplementary Planning Document/Opportunity Area Planning Framework to take full account of the neighbourhood plan and take it forward for adoption.
A formal decision to put work on the supplementary planning document on hold and to seek neighbourhood plannning vanguard status is to be taken by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Community Strategy, Councillor Fiona Colley, in the week beginning 7 February 2011.
Read the report seeking the agreement of the Cabinet Member to putting the SPD on hold and applying for vanguard status:
Read the government's announcement on Neighbourhood Planning Vanguards

The draft planning framework was taken to Planning Committee for comment on 19 January 2010 and to Executive on 9 February 2010.

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