As you may have gathered we think that it is very important for people to have every opportunity to affect decisions in their borough.

Whether you love them or hate them consultations have historically been used by decision-makers to seek public opinion.

Some consultations may well be considered as cosmetic or tokenistic - that those who are consulting have already made up their mind and are merely trying to prove that they are 'transparent'. 

Whilst that is up for you to decide we have gathered all of the consultations currently going on in Southwark in one place.

If you need any help filling one in then don't hesitate to get in touch.

New Southwark Plan: New and amended preferred option policies 

Following previous rounds of consultation the council is now consulting on a set of new and amended policies for the preferred option stage of the New Southwark Plan before they prepare the final draft of the plan. This 'interim' consultation sets out:

  • new and amended planning policies including a social regeneration policy, new housing policies (including affordable housing), business and employment policies and car parking policies
  • new and amended site allocations
  • a new area vision for Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill


To view the amdended and preferred option policies click here.

You can provide feedback by clicking here.

Consultations closes 13 Sep 2017

Draft Kerbside Strategy

Southwark council are currently consulting on their 'Kerbside Strategy.' If you aren't quite sure what this covers the strategy helpfully gives a little explanation:

"The kerbside is the space on the public highway that is next the footpath (i.e. at the kerb). For the purposes of this document, this includes both the carriageway and nearside footpath space. Examples of kerbside use can include street seating, bus stops, cycle and car parking, waste collection, servicing and deliveries and tree planting. The market stalls at East Street in Walworth or the distinctive white posts and grass verges of Dulwich are examples of how the kerbside can be used to shape a place’s identity."

...or you can watch the video!

To read the strategy, and to share you views, click here.

Consultation closes on 28 April 2017

New Southwark Plan: Area Visions and Site Allocations preferred option consultation

This is the big one. Southwark council are consulting on Part 2 of the New Southwark Preferred Option: Area Visions and Site Allocations between 6 February and 28 April 2017.

This follows consultation on the New Southwark Plan Preferred Option Part 1 (Strategic and Development Management Policies) between October 2015 and February 2016. When finalised, the New Southwark Plan will be the borough-wide planning and regeneration strategy up to 2033.

It is very important that you take the time to look through the document in order to find out what Southwark council is potentially planning for your area. They have identified 64 potential development sites and set out 14 area visions. You can read it here.


How to comment on the area visions and site allocations

Comments can be made in writing or via email and sent to the following addresses below. You can also leave comments on Southwark's online consultation hub page here.


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New Southwark Plan

Planning Policy

Chief Executive’s Department

London SE1P 5EX

If you have any queries about this document, please contact the Planning Policy team on 020 7525 5471 or by email at

Bakerloo line extension - Have your say

TFL are proposing to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, serving Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, and would like to hear your views.

They argue the extension will:

  • Offer a new direct link into central London for people living or working in south east London, especially along Old Kent Road
  • Provide capacity for 65,000 extra journeys in the morning and evening peak, to help relieve congestion on local bus services and National Rail services
  • Support development and regeneration in south east London, and in particular the provision of vital new homes
  • Relieve congestion on roads, reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution
  • Reduce journey times along the extension to central London by up to nine minutes
  • Provide an Underground train every two to three minutes between Lewisham and central London



For complete details of the proposals, and to make your views known, click here.

The deadline for comments is 21 Apr 2017.

Draft Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule

Ok so firstly... what is Community Infrastructure Levy when it's at home? Well look no further than our handy guide which you can read here!

Secondly... Southwark is proposing to revise its charging schedule which sets out the charging rate(s) (per square metre of new floorspace) to be levied on new development in the borough. These rates need to be supported by evidence including a study of the economic viability of new development and an Infrastructure Plan which sets out Southwark’s infrastructure needs over the next 15 years.

Southwark council are currently consulting on the Draft CIL Charging Schedule. Following this second round of consultation they will be submitting the Draft CIL Charging Schedule and all of the representations received during the consultation to an independent Examiner. The Draft CIL Charging Schedule will then be subject to an Examination in Public held by an independent Examiner during the Summer 2017.


So what can you do?

The draft CIL Charging Schedule and Regulation 123 List has now been published and will be available for consultation for a period of six weeks. All comments must be received by 5pm Monday 13 March 2017.

The draft CIL Charging Schedule, its supporting documents and the Regulation 123 List are available to view on the council’s website.

Comments can be made in writing or via email and sent to the following addresses. You can also leave comments on their online consultation hub page here. At this stage you are also able to request if you would like the right to be heard by the CIL Examiner at the forthcoming Examination in Public hearing.


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Douglas McNab

Planning Policy

Chief Executive’s Department

London SE1P 5EX

 In your representation to us please also let them know if you would like to be notified at a specified address of any of the following:

(i)  that the draft CIL charging schedule has been submitted to the CIL Examiner in accordance with section 212 of PA 2008,

(ii)  the publication of the recommendations of the CIL Examiner and the reasons for those recommendations, and

            (iii) the approval of the CIL charging schedule by the council.


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