SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO NEIGHBOURS
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READ THE FIRST SOWN ANNUAL REPORT
We are delighted to publish the first SoWN Annual Report.
The Chair's Introduction: Welcome to our first annual report on SoWN’s activities in the year following the formal recognition of its status as a Neighbourhood Forum by Lambeth Council in January 2020. Looking back, there must have been a moment - a period of just a few weeks perhaps - when we felt that, while hard work lay ahead, the major formal challenges of compiling a Neighbourhood Plan were behind us and the measures and policies that would flow from its overwhelming approval would in turn attract new members with fresh ideas. Not quite, as it turned out.
In the pages that follow, you will find reports on SoWN’s activities across many fields – despite the stringencies of the pandemic, there is much to be done in the area and SoWN is involved on many fronts. Our status as a statutory consultee on planning matters in the area has involved us at an early stage in many projects. At the same time, Lambeth has appointed staff with specific responsibilities for the area and we liaise with them on a regular basis across a number of fields. But there is still much to be done and if you live or work in the area we would be delighted to hear from you.
YOU'RE INVITED TO THE SOWN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 26 JAN 2021 AT 6.30 P.M.
Please join us for SoWN's AGM (via Zoom) on 26 Jan 6.30-7.30 to hear what we have been up to in the last year.
To register please contact David Clarson at: email@example.com
This will be the first formal AGM since the Neighbourhood Plan was formally approved in December 2019, and the first since SoWN was registered as a charity in June 2020. We had hoped to have a face-to-face AGM and social gathering, but sadly that remains not possible for the present.
If you are not yet a SoWN member and live or work in our area, you are very welcome. You can sign up here.
One important role of the AGM is to elect SoWN’s Trustees. It is important to have a diverse group of trustees from across the area, and with a balance of resident and business representatives. If you are interested and willing to serve as a trustee, please register your interest by emailing the Secretary, David Clarson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Current Trustees are Suat Binkaya, David Clarson, Giles Goddard, John Langley, Carmelita Lee and Natalie Raben. All except Natalie Raben are offering themselves for re-election.
If, as a member of SoWN, you wish to raise a particular issue or propose a motion for the AGM, please email the Secretary, David Clarson, at email@example.com, by Tuesday 5 Jan 2021.
If you are unable to attend you may nominate another member to vote on your behalf on any matter by clicking here and completing and returning the Proxy Voting Form.
SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO NEIGHBOURS SUBMISSION TO GOVERNMENT ON PLANNING WHITE PAPER
Following consultation by the SoWN Planning Group, SoWN has submitted comments on the Government's White Paper proposals for reform of the Planning System. In particular we focus on the value of the neighbourhood planning process, which combines local knowledge and vision with existing networks which make planning consultation more meaningful and constructive. We emphasise the extreme complexity of dense urban areas like ours, which contain a tight mix of conservation areas, listed building and development sites. We express concern that the Government's proposals will limit local democracy and community consultation. To read SoWN's submission click here.
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