The Localism Act 2011 sets contains measures to achieve a lasting shift in power away from central and local government towards communities. Local people who know best the needs of their area and have been given power to create a neighbourhood plan and influence future planning issues affecting where they live or work. More information
Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Plan
Residents and businesses were consulted and gave the go ahead to take up this opportunity to create a Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Plan. This is currently being driven by the Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Forum approved by Mayor and Cabinet in April 2014 to create a Plan for an agreed defined area. Map
A Management Committee was elected in October 2015 with a responsibility to work with residents, businesses and the Lewisham Planning department to create the plan and ensure it reflects locally identified priorities. A resident visioning day mapped the priorities and features from which local planning policy is starting to emerge.
Residents have been identifying buildings, features and characteristics important to the local history that should be protected. Photographs are being taken by Corbett residents of the features and buildings they most value as telling a story of the local history. All this information will feature in an illustrated Corbett Estate heritage document using photographs.
There are 5 key stages to creating a plan. The Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Forum has reached stage 2.
- Stage 1: defining the neighbourhood
- Stage 2: Local people create the plan pulling together and prioritising ideas from the community.
- Stage 3: Once a neighbourhood plan has been created it is checked by an independent examiner.
- Stage 4: Lewisham council organises a referendum giving the community the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan comes into force.
- Stage 5: Following a successful referendum as a legal document, decision makers are obliged to consider proposals for development in the neighbourhood against the neighbourhood plan.
The aim is to be at stage 3 by the end of the summer 2016 in preparation for inspection in the autumn followed by a local referendum.
Local residents will be kept informed each step along the way with an opportunity to contribute in whatever way they would like contributing their time and a range of skills to make the Corbett Estate Neighbourhood Plan a truly local plan.
Volunteers are needed to help the management committee create a first draft plan that can be shared with the community through a strong communications campaign and a series of events. If you have any of the following skills please do get in touch:
- Urban designer
- Building conservation
- Graphic designer
- Social media and comms
- Website editors
- Event planners
- Involved in local networks