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.
Members of the Corbett Society have done a great deal of preparatory work in order to take advantage of the Localism Act, but a lot more work will be needed in order to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the Estate. If anyone is interested in pursuing this work, please contact the Society for more details.
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.
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