The Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Forum

The Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Plan

 The Localism Act 2011 sets 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.

Please tell us what you think about the proposal to create a Corbett Neighbourhood Plan by filling in our short survey.

The Corbett Neighbourhood Forum will allow Corbett Estate residents to have a say on future planning issues affecting the Estate.

The Society has issued an application with the support of 58 residents and businesses to Lewisham Council to set up a Neighbourhood Forum which, when approved, will prepare 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 Council’s consultation process is due to start at the beginning of February and will last for six weeks. Once the application has been approved an open meeting will be held to formally agree a constitution for the Corbett estate Neighbourhood Forum and appoint a committee that will be responsible for preparing the Neighbourhood Plan with the support of members of the Forum.

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.

To become a member of the Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Forum and help develop the Neighbourhood Plan please contact us.

More Information

Lewisham Council’s planning department has produced detailed guidance on neighbourhood planning for Lewisham residents. View the guidance