SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO NEIGHBOURS
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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.
SOWN INPUT TO LAMBETH TREE AND PARKS & OPEN SPACES STRATEGIES
The SoWN Environment Group has submitted responses to two consultation documents from Lambeth Council.
First, Lambeth’s Tree Strategy, which we broadly welcomed but where we raised questions, particularly about the long term care for street-planted trees, and about how we can be sure of good communication between the Council and local businesses and residents. Our response can be read here.
Second, Lambeth’s Parks and Open Spaces Strategy, where we have two major concerns. The first is that the Strategy focuses only on Council-owned and managed parks and open spaces in the area, thus not including Jubilee Gardens, Bernie Spain Gardens and Millennium Green. The second is that this area receives insufficient priority for funding, given that only 27% of homes in the area have access to private gardens – much lower than average for the Borough!
You can read our response here, and see our summary of the status and priorities for green spaces in Waterloo and South Bank here.
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