NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM FOR CROFTON PARK AND HONOR OAK PARK
Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park has been designated a neighbourhood area with its own neighbourhood forum.
It is the first neighbourhood area to be designated in the borough of Lewisham and follows on the heels of plans to have a neighbourhood forum in the Crystal Palace area..
It means that, through the forum, local people can now prepare a neighbourhood plan that will set out how they want their area to develop. Once it is agreed it will become a legal document that must be considered when decisions are made on planning applications.
Neighbourhood plans can contain a wide variety of policies relating to building and development, from the types of extensions people can build on their homes to the delivery of commercial development.
Membership of the forum will be open to anyone who lives or works in the neighbourhood area. For more information contact Cllr Pauline Morrison by email [email protected] or on 020 8244 5315.
The designation was approved by the Mayor of Lewisham at a meeting of Mayor and Cabinet on Wednesday July 16th 2014.
Neighbourhood planning is a new method of planning led by the local community rather than by us or central Government.
Local people are now able to set out the vision and planning policies for how they want their local area to develop by producing a neighbourhood plan.
Neighbourhood plans are about local issues rather than strategic planning issues, but they must take account of existing national and local planning policies.
The government has not specified the content of neighbourhood plans; this is for the local community to decide. However, the government’s aim is that they will promote development; they are not about attempts to stop development. (Source: Lewisham council press release