Housing and planning issues are perhaps the most contentious in the borough as the transformation of London continues unabated. It feels as if no matter what direction you look in the skyline is filled with cranes and emerging tall-buildings. There are many campaigning groups organisations in Southwark who question some of the more dubious planning decisions undertaken by Southwark council - as well as its relationship with preferred developers.
We are developing a list of resources to help guide you through the seemingly impenetrable maze of planning and housing regulation so that you are better equipped to challenge, or work with, the local authority.
If you have any questions, or would like to be put in touch with anyone who is campaigning in your neck of the woods, don't hesitate to get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
We've done the hard work so you don't have to!
This briefer provides a short clause by clause explanation of the elements of the controversial Housing and Planning Bill up to the end of April 2016. Several amendments and counter amendments are being exchanged (or 'ping-ponging') between the House of Commons and the House of Lords and the Bill is therefore subject to change.
Credit goes to our colleague Steve Smith at Community Southwark.
Planning policy is a maze of acronyms – ask any planning officer if you don't believe us. A relative latecomer to the party is CIL – or Community Infrastructure Levy. This brief guide will hopefully explain to you exactly what that is and what it means for communities in Southwark.