Voted by referendum, it now has legal force in planning decisions

Neighbourhood planning allows communities to work together to decide how they would like their area to develop in future, backed by the Localism Act 2011. These policies will be used by Lambeth and Southwark Councils to regulate development in the area.


The South Bank & Waterloo Neighbourhood Plan was developed by over 500 people, with care to ensure all parts of the area were represented. The plan should have regard to government policy, contribute to sustainable development and generally conform with council development plans. Within these restrictions, it can detail the ways development can contribute to the area, and there are many examples in the policies you can download above.


The plan was submitted in January 2018 but after long consideration was not accepted in its entirety, and went to a QC for examination in February 2019. The draft included 20 policies, including Housing and Community Infrastructure Levy. Both were struck out by the examiner for reasons of planning law. But the remainder survived largely intact and the examiner praised the plan, concluding it was a piece of “very substantial local engagement and consultation… beyond the expected”.


The environmental policies are particularly strong, and it is instructive that the research for these policies was undertaken in early 2016, before the climate crisis so dominated world media.


The final element in the process is a referendum on Thursday 24 October, to enshrine the plan in local statute for the next 15 years.


John Langley, Chair of South Bank & Waterloo Neighbours