Globe House | Corner of Bermondsey St & Crucifix Lane
Happy New Year from OBF & BVAG
We hope 2017 is the year for voices to be heard and for our Neighbourhood Plan to reach fruition after so many years of effort.
Election of Officers
According to our constitution we need to elect our Coordinator, Chair, Secretary and a Treasurer annually at the first meeting of the year. Please can we have any volunteers or nominations in advance if possible. Otherwise nominations can be made at the meeting.
Neighbourhood Plan - next draft
Most important on the agenda for this meeting is the reworking of the draft plan policies to bring them into compliance with the feedback from the Council as far as is possible and reasonable. In some cases this is simple, in others we may want to challenge the Council on their comments. The working groups who compiled the original policies per their special interests have been invited to consider how far they can amend their proposals to meet any Council objections. We hope that they will be able to do so in some instances and the meeting will consider how far we can and how far we resist the council’s steer.
Please come to the meeting with considered opinions on what the Council have said about your own areas of policy interest. Better still, please go to the document on our website (click here for the full document) and use the format to propose any amendments to the policies that may help bring them into a form that either satisfies the Council or which we should resolve to stand by against their opposition. Please email your saved version of the document to email@example.com
Neighbourhood Area extension - getting it approved
Several of the Council’s comments on our plan rely on the fact that they have not yet processed our application to amend our geographical area to a more cohesive and manageable one, more like that we originally proposed. While the Council resist this many of our core policies stand to be challenged on the basis that they need to reach outside of our designated area.
Former Ticino Bakery 176-178 Bermondsey Street - Frontier Estates' planning application
This application raises issues that bear on both our draft policies for Bermondsey St itself and the Conservation Area. In this respect, the Forum should consider making some representations to the Council with regard to respecting some of our fledgling policies - which they say they already support. BVAG has particular concerns about how conservation principles are being applied with respect to this application and members will consider a collective response to the current consultation.
All submitted planning documentation can be found here. Individual comments are also now possible at the same place.
Wednesday 20 April Globe House Corner of Bermondsey St/Crucifix Lane
The next Neighbourhood Forum meeting will he held at 7.00pm on 20 April at Globe House. This meeting will take stock of the progress of the various working groups and decide which policy initiatives can be taken forward and included in a local Neighbourhood Plan for adoption by the Council.
Of particular importance, the Forum needs to consider the future traffic management plans released to us by the Council following our meeting of 24 February and circulated in our mailout of 15 March.
The general meeting will start 30 mins later than usual to allow for earlier meetings of working groups for
• Local improvements
• Local services
• Local views matter
Apply to extend neighbourhood area boundary - to include north of railway line upto Tooley street.
Anyone interested in these issues, please try to attend the pre-meeting.
Simon Phillips, Team leader of Transport Planning at Southwark's Chief Executive's Department has agreed to attend our meeting to discuss current issues and future options for the local highway network.
Key volunteers heading the 'Getting Around' group are Catrine Ballie, Paul McDonald, Nick Morangazov and Thomas Hoepfner.
We welcome new volunteers to help contribute any ideas on traffic issues.
Forum open meeting & 'Getting Around' working group first meeting
The Council’s consultation on the draft ‘New Southwark Plan preferred option’ is due to close this Friday, 12 February. This meeting will discuss representation to be submitted by OBVNF. Anyone with suggestions on the draft but who cannot make it to the meeting can send in their comments by email as a reply to this mailout.
Volunteers are invited to help with our representation and to get involved in our working groups.
The Council’s consultation on the draft ‘New Southwark Plan preferred option’ is due to close on 12 February. This meeting will discuss representations to be submitted by BVAG and by OBVNF. In the context of the Forum’s current efforts to evolve policy more responsive to local interests it is important that we do everything possible to ensure that the Southwark Plan does not take shape to thwart our policy initiatives before they emerge.
The meeting will include an update on the consultation process and the progress of the various working groups so far. Also, at the request of the Council’s liaison officer, we will aim to formulate a 'Vision Statement' as a brief summary of aspirations for our area over the next 10-15 years. The vision statement is intended to be published on the Council's website alongside other existing area visions for eventual inclusion in the New Southwark Plan.
After the meeting we will be serving Christmas drinks and nibbles.