Consultation on the Proposed Changes to the New Southwark Plan

Dear all,

We are consulting on the Proposed Changes to the Submitted New Southwark Plan

Consultation is now open until Monday 26th October 2020 to provide comments.

Proposed Changes to the Submitted New Southwark Plan

What is the New Southwark Plan? The New Southwark Plan will be the planning and regeneration strategy for the borough and will replace the saved policies within the Southwark Plan 2007 and the Southwark Core Strategy 2010.

Why are we consulting? The NSP was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination in January 2020. Since the last rounds of consultation, January – May 2019 for the Amended Policies and October 2017 – February 2018 for the Proposed Submission Version, we have made modifications to the plan as a result of the comments that were received from the inspectors. Because of this, we are consulting on the Council’s Proposed Changes to the Submitted New Southwark Plan.

How can I comment? The New Southwark Plan along with associated Submission and Examination documents are available on our website for you to review in order to comment: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy-and-transport-policy/new-southwark-plan

All comments will be made public and will be submitted to the Secretary of State along with the New Southwark Plan and other relevant supporting evidence following this consultation.

Comments should be made via the Consultation Hub: www.southwark.gov.uk/nsp2020 The consultation will be open until 23:59 on Monday 26th October 2020.

There is an opportunity to work with us on a Statement of Common Ground which we will consider prior to Hearing sessions starting. The questionnaire asks you to confirm if you would like to get involved in this. If you are sending your comments outside of the consultation hub via e-mail can you should clearly state in your representation that you would like to work on a Statement of Common Ground.

How will my comments be taken into account?

The Inspectors will be taking into account all duly made representations on the 2017/18 Proposed Submission Version (PSV) plan. They will also take into account those representations already received on the 2019 Amended Policies Version (APV) content.

All currently received representations can be found on the ‘examination documents’ webpage’ under Representations.

Accordingly, as part of the next consultation representations that have already been made on either the PSV or APV plan content should not be re-submitted as the Inspectors have already received all representations from the PSV and APV consultations. Representations should be received from:

  • Anyone who was unable to comment on the APV content and now wishes to do so; and
  • Anyone who now wishes to comment on the latest proposed changes (the January 2020 schedule of changes and its accompanying tracked change version of the plan and any other changes on or since submission) and the latest evidence base

What will happen after this consultation? As advised by the Inspectors, the Examination will remain open while we are consulting on the Council’s Proposed Changes to the Submitted Plan.

The Proposed Changes to the submitted New Southwark Plan will be the council’s final document for formal submission to the Secretary of State. There will then be an examination in public by the Inspectors at a date to be determined, this will be updated on the Examination webpage.

Following the hearing, the inspectors will prepare a report for the council and may require changes to be made to the plan for legal reasons. The final New Southwark Plan will then be adopted by the council. This is a decision taken by all councilors at Council Assembly.

Further information

Please contact us via e-mail if you have any additional queries: planningpolicy@southwark.gov.uk

Or call either 020 7525 4929 or 07731 325511

You can also write to: Planning Policy Southwark Council PO BOX 64529 London SE1P 5LX

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