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Planning consultation

Planning policy and transport policy consultations

You can view information about our consultation on planning and transport policy.

We're looking to further engage with the business community in the Old Kent Road opportunity area. Please see here for more information

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How we consult on planning applications

We are currently working on improving statutory consultation in development management, to make it more accessible, understandable and meaningful. This will translate in increased opportunities to have your say on development management.

Required consultation

For planning applications which require an environmental statement, are a departure from the development plan, or affect a right of way, we are required to:

  • publish the application online
  • advertise in the local press
  • display a site notice on or near to the site

For planning applications which are major developments, we are required to:

  • publish the application online; and
  • advertise in the local press; and
  • display a site notice on or near to the site; or
  • notify neighbours by letter

For planning applications which are minor developments, we are required to:

  • publish the application online; and
  • display a site notice on or near to the site; or
  • notify neighbours by letter

Additional consultation

As part of our improvements process we've started to make changes to the letter and notice. For example:

  • the letter has been re-written to provide more succinct and specific information
  • the extent of letter recipients is in the process of being reconsidered, minimising expenditure on this method, enabling resources to be used more effectively elsewhere
  • the site notice is being redesigned to incorporate a more visually attractive design, helping it to become more noticeable on the street

In special circumstances, we'll continue to send a neighbour letter to a wider catchment area and will continue to encourage developers to carry out consultation for major schemes prior to submitting their applications.

Other developments

On top of the above consultation, we have also started to make technological improvements to development management application and consultation processes. These include:

  • the option to save a search and be emailed notifications on relevant planning applications through our new Planning Register
  • regular tweets of major planning applications from the council's twitter feed, @LB_Southwark, with links to applications
  • the creation of a new live planning notices map, allowing users to navigate around a map of the borough showing the locations of all live site notices
  • the redevelopment of Southwark News' online press notice web page, and its integration with the planning register through embedded hyperlinks

Page last updated: 12 January 2021

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