The existing Lambeth Local Plan adopted in 2015 contains a strong vision for the development of the borough to improve opportunities for local people. It sets the planning policies for the borough and much of it is still up to date and effective. However, changes to national planning law and policy, a full review of the London Plan and changes in Lambeth mean parts of the Local Plan need to be reviewed. The Council also needs to ensure that borough-wide priorities are met – inclusive growth, reduced inequality and strong and sustainable communities.
The updated Lambeth Local Plan, together with the Mayor of London’s ‘London Plan’ and neighbourhood plans, will set out the vision and robust planning policies needed to direct and guide development in the borough over the next 15 years to meet future needs.
There is a legal process for the partial review of the Local Plan which includes consultation on key issues and on proposed new wording. The reviewed Plan also needs to be examined by an independent planning inspector against four nationally-set tests of soundness. If the inspector is satisfied with the updated Plan, the council can adopt it. The Council is at the beginning of this process, which will take about two years to complete.
This current consultation is your chance to tell the Council what you think are the issues for the partial review of the Local Plan and how you think they should be tackled.
The Council is seeking your views and has created separate surveys that focus on ten key topics that they think need to be considered through the partial review. The topics are: Housing Growth and Infrastructure; Affordable Housing; Self Build and Custom Build Housing; Housing for Older People; Business and Jobs; Hotels and Visitor Accommodation; Town Centres; Transport; Improving Air Quality; and Waste.
You can find out more about this the Review, and how to make your contribution to it at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-local-plan-review-2017
Consultation ends on 4th December.
The Clapham Park Neighbourhood Forum will be holding a meeting to explore all these issues right at the end of the consultation period on Monday 4th December. All the details are shown on the poster on this website. Although the meeting is at the end of the consultation period, you can wait until the meeting to formulate your comments and then submit them to the Council by email. But if you want to comment by responding to the online surveys, you should do that before the end of December 4th.