It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with some key local policy and national legislation so that you're aware of your rights in planning matters and can hold people to account on their obligations.


The London Plan

A policy framework that sets out the overall strategic plan for London, or rather the "economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London over the next 20-25 years." The plan is currently agreed in principle and should be published by the end of 2020.

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Development Consultation Charter

The Charter sets a standard for public engagement and consultation that developers must commit to undertaking when proposing new developments in the borough by setting out a minimum consultation procedure. 

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Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a policy document that broadly explains the what the council will consult and engage with the community on, when the council will consult and engage the community, how the council will consult and engage the community, and who within the community the council will consult and engage with.

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The New Southwark Plan

The New Southwark Plan will be a borough-wide planning and regeneration strategy up to 2033. The plan sets out the aspirations of the borough’s distinctive neighbourhoods, informs decisions on planning applications and development proposals, and outlines potential development sites with specifications for development requirements. 

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Social Regeneration Charters

A Social Regeneration Charter is a local policy framework aimed at ensuring regeneration of the local environment benefits the social and economic wellbeing of people that live, work, and visit the area.

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