The latest version of Southwark Council’s Plan for the Old Kent Road is out for consultation. It sets out where, how much and what kind of housing, retail, industrial space, leisure and cultural facilities will be built on and around the Old Kent Road in the next 15-20 years. Any planning applications submitted after the AAP is adopted will be approved if they comply with the policies and proposals in the AAP.
The AAP is split into two parts. The first part lists general policies which all planning applications must comply with, for example on affordable housing, business and workspace, tall buildings and heritage. The second part provides more detail on specific sites allocated for development. It is divided into 5 sub-areas:
Sub-area 2: Cantium Retail Park and Marlborough Grove
Sub-area 3: Sandgate Street, Verney Road and Old Kent Road
Sub-area 4: Hatcham, Ilderton & Old Kent Road (South)
Sub-area 5: South Bermondsey
We have also been leafleting residents and businesses from across the 'opportunity area'. To download a copy of any of these leaflets click here.
The main proposals are:
· 20,000 new homes
· A commitment to three new tube stations
· New employment space and mixing this with residential development
· New leisure and entertainment facilities
· Three larger new parks and further green links and pocket parks
· One new secondary school and two new primary schools, and expansions to existing schools
· A new university and major cultural attraction
· All new development will be car free
Why should I get involved in the consultation?
The proposals in the AAP will bring about significant changes in the Old Kent Road area and could affect where you live, work, play and how you get around. Southwark Council has a duty to take account of the views of local people when developing these policies. The AAP should reflect a shared vision of both Southwark Council and the local community for what the Old Kent Road area will look like in the future. By commenting on this version of the AAP you can have your say on how you think the area should change and develop.
How do I view a copy of the AAP?
You can view a copy of the AAP at Southwark Council’s offices on Tooley Street or in any of Southwark’s libraries. The AAP should be either in the Reference section or at the enquiry desk.
You can also request a hard copy of the AAP by contacting the Planning Policy team on 020 7525 5471, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Planning Policy, 5th Floor Hub 2, Southwark Council, PO Box 64529, London SE1P 5LX.
How do I respond to the AAP?
The current round of consultation runs until 21 March 2018, although it is likely that the Council would still consider responses submitted after this time.
You can comment on the proposals:
· By email: email@example.com
· In writing: FREEPOST SE1919/14, Old Kent Road AAP, Planning Policy, Chief Executive’s Department, London SE1P 5EX
Tips for responding
Here are some suggestions for making your comments on the AAP as effective as possible.
For more help with responding to the AAP feel free to contact Planning Voice at Southwark Law Centre on 0207 732 2008 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Clearly identify the policy or site proposal you are commenting on, using the reference number in the AAP
· Say why you are objecting or supporting and, if you want to see a policy or site proposal changed, give reasons for the change and suggest an alternative wording
· Keep your comments as simple as possible and organise them in a logical order
· Concentrate on the planning issues involved, known as material considerations
· Back up your comments with evidence from Council documents or your own local experience