New Southwark Plan: Proposed Submission Version consultation

Find out more information about the plan here.

Consultation update: The New Southwark Plan Proposed Submission Version: Amended Policies January 2019 was considered by Cabinet on 22 January and considered by Council Assembly on 27 March 2019. Formal consultation on this document ended on 21 May 2019.

All representations received have been logged and will be carefully considered whilst working towards the submission of the New Southwark Plan. The set target date for submission and adoption can be found here.

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Statement of representations procedure

Please see our formal statement of representations procedure (pdf, 214kb) here for more information about the consultation, including:

1) Title of document

          Title of the development plan document published for consultation

2) Subject matter

          What this document is about

3) Period for submission of representations

          When the consultation closes

4) Where to view the plan and supporting documents

          Link to web page and list of libraries and MySouthwark Service Point locations and opening times

5) Things to consider when making a representation

          Regarding ‘soundness’ and legal compliance (see below for more information)

6) How to submit your representation

          Online, by email or by post

7) Notification of next stages

          Tell us if you want to be notified

8) Contact for more information

Proposed Submission Version Consultation

We welcome comments and feedback on all aspects of the plan and the supporting documents. However, unlike previous consultations, we've been asking you to think about and submit comments to answer two key questions:

1) Is the plan ‘legal’?

Does the plan comply with the relevant legislation and regulations in the way it has been prepared, and in its content?

2) Is the plan ‘sound’?

Has the plan been ‘positively prepared?’ Is it robustly justified and evidence-led? Will it be effective in what it sets out to achieve? And is it consistent with regional and national planning policy?

More information about what these questions mean is provided below:

1. Is the Local Plan legal?

A plan is considered legal when it complies with section 20(5) (a) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. You may wish to consider the following before making a representation on legal compliance:

  • whether the Local Plan has regard to national policy and guidance issued by the Secretary of State
  • whether the Local Plan has been prepared in-line with our Local Development Scheme (LDS)
  • whether community consultation has been carried out in accordance with our adopted Statement of Community Involvement
  • whether an Integrated Impact Assessment assessing social, environmental, economic, equalities and health economic factors has been prepared and made public
  • whether the requirements of the Duty to Co-operate have been met. The Localism Act, section 110, and the National Planning Policy Framework, paragraphs 178 to 181, creates a duty on all local planning authorities and other bodies to cooperate with each other to address strategic issues in the preparation of the Local Plan

2. Is the Local Plan ‘sound’?

As part of the examination, the independent Planning Inspector is required to consider if the New Southwark Plan has been positively prepared, justified, and effective, and is consistent with national policy. You may wish to consider the following before making a representation on the Soundness of our plan:

  • Positively prepared: This means that we have objectively assessed the need for homes, jobs, services and infrastructure and these have been delivered sustainably. If you think that our assessments are not objective or do not take sufficient account of unmet needs in neighbouring authorities then your comments relate to whether our Local Plan has been positively prepared or not.
  • Justified: This means that the Plan is based upon a robust and credible evidence base. If you think that the evidence doesn’t support the choice made in our Local Plan or there are realistic alternatives then your comments relate to whether it is justified.
  • Effective: This means that the Plan is achievable. If you think that what we are proposing in the Local Plan will not happen as the required infrastructure cannot be provided, the groups who will deliver elements of it haven’t signed up to it or our Local Plan does not join up with the strategies of our neighbouring authorities, then your comments relate to whether our Local Plan is effective or not.
  • Consistent with national policy: Do you consider that our Local Plan accords with the National Planning Policy Framework, the London Plan, other policies or includes clear and convincing reasons for doing something different? Alternatively, you may think that the Local Plan should depart from national policy due to an identified and justified local need.

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Page last updated: 28 May 2019