The Localism Act 2011 set out a series of measures with the potential to achieve a substantial and lasting shift in power away from central and local government towards local people.
The Corbett Neighbourhood Forum will allow Corbett Estate residents to have a say on future planning issues affecting the Estate.
The Corbett Neighbourhood Forum is in the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan will be a legal document giving local community, instead of the Council, influence and control over planning decisions in the area that affects how it looks, its amenities and facilities.
The Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Forum will be a completely separate entity from the Archibald Corbett Society which has been responsible for raising funding and facilitating the start-up of the Forum.
Membership of the Forum is open to anyone who lives, works or operates a business on the Estate and to those living, working or operating a business adjacent to the Estate that would be affected by decisions made by the Forum.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led guide for the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. A Neighbourhood Plan may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, and proposals for:
• improving the area or providing new facilities
• allocation of key sites for particular kinds of development
• dealing with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues – eg. heritage, community, leisure facilities, parking, business, transport.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years – communities decide the timescale.
The Council or planning inspectors will have to make any decisions about the area on the basis of the Neighbourhood Plan and any other related factors.
The Neighbourhood Plan is a powerful tool for shaping the development of an area, giving the local community more influence and control over what happens in and the look of their area.
Lewisham Council’s planning department has produced detailed guidance on neighbourhood planning for Lewisham residents. View the guidance
Planning applications and enforcement
The proposed Lewisham Development Management Local Plan which sets out additional planning policies to guide decisions on planning applications where locational or site-specific provision has not been outlined in its Core Strategy or the London Plan has now been formally adopted and is available by clicking on the following link Development Management local plan
Any resident who wishes to find out what planning applications are current in their area should go to Lewisham Council’s website.
The Council is currently testing out a new portal that will allow residents to register and receive updates on all new planning applications in any area that they designate and to be able to track the progress of any individual applications.
The Archibald Corbett Society has been invited to test the portal once it is up and running and give feedback. The Society will also publish new applications affecting all roads on the Corbett Estate once the portal is fully operational.
Advice on how to make an objection is also on the above link.
Permitted development rights allow householders to improve and extend their homes without the need to seek a specific planning permission where that would be out of proportion with the impact of works carried out. To find out more about what can and cannot be done without planning permission please click here
The Society is prepared to help any Estate resident who is experiencing any problems due to planning regulations and will provide advice on the best way to deal with a situation and where appropriate will approach the Council’s enforcement officers on the resident’s behalf.
The Corbett estate is Our Place and The Archibald Corbett Society has connected to ‘Our Place’ a government scheme designed to give people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhoods, aligning these with all the other resources that the community can bring and to reshape services.
The Society successfully applied for funding to develop an Our Place Health Project for the Corbett Estate which is due to become operational in April 2015 and is one of 120 Our Place projects throughout England.
For more information on the Our Place programme, please go to the My Community Rights website.
Love Corbett is a website that is operated by Commonplace on our behalf that allows you to have your say about what you love or don’t love about the Corbett Estate It has been set up as part of our Neighbourhood Forum project to collect information from residents living on the Corbett estate and help us create a Neighbourhood Plan for the estate which becomes a legal document that Lewisham Planning have to consult when assessing planning applications and how the estate should be developed in the future. It is very important that you have your say. Just click on the link and log in fill in a few details and click on ‘post comment’. You can make as many comments as you like.