THE NSP PART 2: the Community has its say

Yesterday we published a Statement on Tall Building in Draft New Southwark Plan (NSP) that we had compiled from correspondence with Nick Dolezal, Chair of Southwark Planning Committee, which you can read here.

Here is perhaps the most important extract:

The change to the Draft NSP reference to tall buildings is a refinement rather than a departure from our existing position in our adopted Southwark Plan, Core Strategy, our Area Action Plans and the London Plan. As such there is no major change of direction or loosening of policy proposed.

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Clear Planning Guidance: A Tall Order?

Recently there have been growing concern across Southwark's communities about the amended references/policies about Tall Buildings in the Draft New Southwark Plan (highlighted in Southwark News amongst others). Well, we decided that it would be helpful to get some clarity around the issue so we got in touch with Nick Dolezal, Chair of Southwark's Planning Committee, to clarify what these references ACTUALLY mean.

As a result we have put together a "Statement on Tall Building in Draft New Southwark Plan" from his responses which you can read below...

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Who Are Southwark's MPs?

Southwark saw the re-election of three Labour MPs during last week’s momentus general election -  all with increased majorities on high turnouts. So who are your Southwark MPs, and how can you contact them? 

Southwark covers three constituencies - Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Camberwell and Peckham, and Dulwich and West Norwood. Let's take a look at the MPs for each of these areas...

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London Attacks: A Community United

As the capital comes to terms with the terrible events of Saturday night one thing is very clear: the strength and resilience of Southwark’s communities will be vital in the coming weeks and months as we look to one another for support. The borough has one of the most vibrant and diverse voluntary and community sectors in the UK – with nearly 1500 registered charities and around 4000 community groups. Many will now be trying to come to terms with what has happened and looking for ways in which they can support the local community.

As more details emerge of what took place we have heard dozens of tales of immense bravery – from the off duty policeman who tackled the assailants with no thought to his own safety, to the café owner who helped bring 130 people to safety.

We have also witnessed how immense our police and hospital staff are – their vital interventions undoubtedly saving countless lives.

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Photo courtesy of London SE1 Community Website

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Plane Hell: Too Early, Too Late, Too Noisy, Too Low… Too Many!

Camberwell resident Bridget Bell is the driving force behind a local campaign to reduce air noise and pollution over Camberwell and South London. Bridget, of John Ruskin Street, first had her sleep disturbed by aircraft over her house in July. Since then they have woken her up “nearly every night”.

Here she tells us about what it is like living directly under a flight path and the impact it is having on her quality of life.

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Bridget (middle) appearing with two neighbours in Southwark News

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Seven Development Sites Across the Seven Community Action Networks

Sixty-five potential locations for over 40,000 homes, infrastructure, schools and businesses have been earmarked by Southwark council. It is currently seeking your thoughts and opinions on the Area Visions and Site Allocations that make up part of the New Southwark Plan (NSP).

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Runbert Jogmyson

Just to be clear my name is Robert Jamieson, not Runbert Jogmyson. I just wanted to punnify my name! Anyway...

It’s around this time of year the donation requests start flooding in… We all know someone (be they a friend, family member, or colleague) who has decided to take on the 26.2 mile challenge provided by the London Marathon. So what’s different about my story? Is it down to the fact that I am still cheerfully maintaining my 15-a-day smoking habit? Or the fact that until Boxing Day I had undertaken little to no meaningful exercise for a number of years?

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Latin American London: Ya No Está Oculto

The Latin American population is one of the fastest growing migrant populations in the United Kingdom. The most recent figures show that there were around 250,000 Latin Americans in the UK in 2013, of which around 145,000 were in London.

Southwark is home to the one of largest Latin American populations in the capital (9 % of the entire population) which tends to reflect historical patterns of settlement and commercial and cultural activity in London. This is perhaps best illustrated by the long-standing commercial areas dominated by Latin Americans around Elephant and Castle Shopping centre.

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(photo taken at the annual Plaza Latina festival)

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A Dulwich Institution: Jean Halden's Story

Part of our work here at Southwark CAN is to try and inspire people to get more involved in their local community. What better way to do so than to highlight the role that individuals can play in enhancing the world around them and the day to day lives of their neighbours and friends?

This brings us to Jean Halden. Jean is an East Dulwich institution who has been active in her local community nearly all of the 84 years she has lived in area. An ardent campaigner and community stalwart, hers is a story worthy of the telling.

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The Refugee Crisis: A Southwark Response

*Click here for a list of ways in which you can support refugees, and the various organisations (based in Southwark and further afield) that work with them*

It seemed to have all gone quiet on the refugee front – at least from a Southwark council perspective.

When the desperate plight of refugees was splashed across the nation’s media last summer, Peter John, leader of Southwark council, issued a clarion call to residents by declaring that: 'Southwark was among the first councils to publicly state that we will welcome refugees to our borough.'

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