NEW SOUTHWARK PLAN
The purpose of the New Southwark Plan is to set out how the neighbourhoods will develop and the policies which will guide new developments. Planning decisions must be made as set out in the development plan
which is the New Southwark Plan, the London Plan, area action plans and neighbourhood plans. Sometimes planning decisions are made which are different from the policies when there are ‘material considerations’ such as the viability of developing a site or a very local factor. These can add up and may be considered to be more important than the development plan when an application is considered by the Planning Committee.
The Bankside Residents' Forum and Better Bankside make up the secretariat of We Are Bankside - the group responsible for producing the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan. The secretariat of We Are Bankside are the executive group responsible for leading We Are Bankside.
We Are Bankside is made up of 7 residents, 7 businesses and 7 local organisations.
Due to a lack of resources and capacity, Bankside Residents' Forum's involvement in the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan between April 2014 and April 2016 was diminished.
With the revival of the organisation and the coming of a new board in May 2016, the Bankside Residents' Forum have renewed their involvement in shaping the final version of the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan.
The Bankside Neighbourhood Plan is currently being prepared for submission to the local planning authority (Southwark Council)