- Key issues
- A number of organisations work to provide services to local people but such organisations aren’t always resourced to work together or publicise these services widely. However, rather than centralising all activity, the emphasis should be on supporting groups to liaise effectively and improve/deepen partnership working, perhaps supported by a small paid staff who could help to coordinate community-wide benefits, seek funding, and publicise activity
- Education providers and employers need to be more closely linked to increase local access to employment. Further work needs to be done to ensure young people are ‘job-ready’ using local providers. Smaller businesses need compliance assistance to be able to employ apprentices
- Establishing a new Library is a key priority and the group endorses the Oasis Johanna Primary School and Waterloo Action Centre sites. Revenue funding must be identified to ensure the project is sustainable however
- Opportunities to both widen access to culture and strengthen cultural links in the neighbourhood should be exploited
POLICIES: Social Infrastructure and Culture
|P13||The Neighbourhood Forum has identified a number of sites or buildings buildings which should be protected for specified uses or their community significance. Proposals that will result in either the loss of, or in significant harm to, those community assets will not be supported.|
|P14||The Neighbourhood Plan recognises the contribution to the artistic and cultural distinctiveness of the area made by Leake Street and the Waterloo undercrofts and seeks to maintain and develop this important feature of the neighbourhood. Applications which contribute to and promote the use of these areas for D2 uses will therefore be supported.|
- CIL funding raised from development within the SoWN area and used for social infrastructure projects should only be allocated to non-profit distributing organisations with an area of benefit that covers the SoWN area, have appropriate charitable or social purpose objects and an asset lock (i.e. protections for the uses of the asset), ensuring that the majority of beneficiaries from the project (capital or otherwise) come from within the SoWN area of benefit. All funds should be restricted in use to the purposes applied for.
- A proportion of CIL generated annually from development within the SoWN area should be defrayed as revenue by a group representing the local community. This could include supporting existing projects, hiring fundraisers to support groups or setting up new projects.
- Initiatives which create jobs for local people are to be supported and could include provision of space to improve practical or vocational skills (particularly for older people and school leavers). The community will support schemes which create sustainable ties between education providers and employers to strengthen local pathways into work.
- SoWN welcomes and encourages culture and tourism as a valuable part of South Bank life. Consideration should be given to the balance between the economic benefits of tourism – and particularly how these benefits can be shared among a greater geographical and socio-economic spread – and the impacts on the resident and business community of increased footfall, noise and disruption to quality of life / business as usual.
- On culture, planning regulation is not always conducive to the delivery of an animated South Bank and temporary installations should be delivered without unnecessary impediment where they are in appropriate places. SoWN will consider promoting a Neighbourhood Development Order to support the temporary development of cultural or public art installations, incorporating strict guidelines developed in conjunction with neighbours to ensure noise levels, the duration and nature of the installation, and its location are acceptable.
- There is a perceived gap between an ‘affluent’ South Bank and a ‘deprived’ Waterloo. Projects which strengthen ties between communities of different social economic status are to be encouraged.
- The South Bank is home to a wide range of cultural organisations and artists. Developers should consider supporting local artists and cultural organisations when developing their cultural strategy, implementing public or internal art and procuring creative services.
- Local people should be consulted on public art and culture planned as part of development.
- Temporary outdoor cultural activity which generates revenue should contribute to the maintenance of the public realm in the area immediately around the site.