Formal Consultation on extension of our neighbourhood area closed on 01 February 2018.

The Council received over one hundred letters of support for our application to extend our neighbourhood area.  This is far more than they have ever received in response to their own ‘consultations’ on policy for St Thomas St.

Nevertheless it came as no surprise to learn on Tuesday that the council has recommended our application for refusal. The Officers Report can be viewed in full here.

In anticipation of this continued resistance from the Council however we took prior legal opinion from counsel on our position in law which can be viewed in full here.

Our immediate response to this decision can be viewed here.

Even by their own standards Southwark Council have delivered a masterclass in make-it-up-as-you-go-along planning, no doubt in furtherance of their overriding objective – soliciting developer cash.

For example, the following maps taken from their own 2013 ‘characterisation study’ clearly demarcate areas to the north of Snowsfields as forming part of a cohesive area that they designate ‘Bermondsey’.  Very obviously the Vinegar Yard warehouse, the shops and residential premises in Snowsfields and Melior St and the small offices and heritage buildings in Weston St are entirely in conformity with the Bermondsey St area.  But, as we know, facts and logic are never allowed to interfere with the Council’s anti-local plans where there is cash to be harvested from big developers.


Although calculatedly ambiguous, as usual, the Council rely heavily on their 2014 decision designating a neighbourhood area exclusively of their own making and for their own purpose – keeping us out of St Thomas St. The argument they advanced then was obvious nonsense [see paragraph 24, 2014 Officers Report here ] and it is even more obviously so now. They happily shut the door on effective Neighbourhood Planning in Bermondsey by cutting St Thomas Street out of our initial proposal – ‘The St Thomas St Plan’ – by adopting the manifestly artificial and inappropriate northern border of Snowfields.  The report declares the ‘predominantly residential, interspersed with commercial and industrial uses’ to be wholly incongruous to the sites north of Snowfields: The Horseshoe Pub? Vinegar Warehouse? Snowfields ‘Pocket Plaza’, Weston St?

Our position remains that the proposed areas of extension clearly make a for coherent neighbourhood because they fit better in character, urban grain and scale with the northern part of the area designated by the Council; they mainly consist of small independent businesses and residences with a high concentration of buildings of some historic or architectural interest. [Excerpt from our current application to extend the Neighbourhood Area]

This includes the area above Snowsfields which even by their own study clearly constitutes a more coherent neighbourhood area than the ‘Area A’ designation of 2014.

To underline the conclusion of our legal advice:

Should the Council decide to uphold this complete refusal they will be at risk of legal challenge by Judicial Review.  Such proceedings would highlight the contrived inconsistency, perverse reasoning and brazen denial of facts.  Just as importantly, it would spotlight the real reason for their decision, namely to cream off big bucks from developers in complete disregard for the character of the area, its heritage, and of course overwhelming local opinion.

Whether or not you responded last time please take a few minutes to email planningpolicy@southwark.gov.uk and let them know your opinion about this decision before 5pm this Friday 23 February 2107.

Chaucer Ward Panel Meeting 19th February

Hello All

 Please remember that issues/problems discussed at the Panel Meeting are those that affect your street or block.

You are a representative of others where you live.  Anyone who has issues that affect them individually,

please contact us outside of the meeting via email or phone.  We can then address these matters privately.

The next meeting details are

Date    : Monday 19th February 2018

Time    : 7pm – 8.30pm

Venue :  Conference Room,

Southwark Police Station

323, Borough High St


Please note the Station Office is now closed! Please wait by the pedestrian gate next to the vehicle access gate officers will escort you in.

Should you arrive after the meeting has begun please call our mobile number on 0208 721 2441

Light refreshments available.


Chaucer Safer Neighbourhood Team


Southwark Police Station, 323 Borough High Street, LONDON, SE1 1JL

Tel 0208 721 2441


Ward Priorities:



3) ST GEORGES CHURCHYARD GARDENS – ASB Rough Sleepers / Drinkers / Drugs / Noise

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Southwark Homeowner Conference 24th February at William Booth College, Champion Park, SE5 8BQ

Dear Chair and Secretaries,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Homeowner Council to invite homeowners (leaseholders) residents in your area to the Southwark Homeowner Conference 2018. I would be grateful if could share this information with your members.

I will also be contacting homeowners individually.

The conference will be held on Saturday 24th February between 9.30am-4pm at the William Booth College, Champion Park, SE5 8BQ

The conference, organised by homeowners, will give leaseholders and freeholders who live in Southwark council managed properties a chance to find out about their rights and responsibilities. In addition, it will provide an opportunity to hear from various independent organisations about the services and support that are available to them.  It will also enable delegates to meet their representatives and peers.

Council officers will be on hand to answer your questions and help with understanding how your bills are calculated. There will be presentations from the council and independent professionals and an opportunity ask questions.

Guest speakers include: Tom Olden MRICS Surveyor, Carla Blair (Capital Works Manager at Southwark council), Gete Otite (CAB Homeowner advice project) and Andrew Brookes (partner and head of housing at Anthony Gold Solicitors).

The conference will also feature a market place with information stalls. Exhibitors include: Homeowner Council, CAB, LAS2000, Leasehold Advisory Service, Service Charges (Southwark council), Environment Department (Southwark council), Communities Division (Southwark council), Major works contractors, My Southwark Homeowner Agency and many more…

To register for a free place visit our website: www.southwark.gov.uk/homeownerconference2018

Places are limited. However, another conference is planned later in the year.

I attach the 2018 Southwark Homeowner Conference Programme for the day, a Conference venue location and transport links information.

If you have any questions, please phone 020 7525 1239 or email: resident.Involvement@southwark.gov.uk

Regards Louis

Louis Rotsos – Tenant & Homeowner Involvement Officer          

Southwark Council | Communities Division

Housing and Modernisation Department

5th Floor, Hub 3 | PO Box 64529 | London | SE1P 5LX

Tel: 020 7525 1239

Email: louis.rotsos@southwark.gov.uk

Get Involved online at: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/consultations

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For council services at your fingertips, register online

 You can access your MySouthwark account to report and track your Council requests online at my.southwark.gov.uk.

You can also manage your rent or service charge account, pay your council tax as well as report and track your housing repairs.


We have prepared a further draft of the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan which we are consulting on until 21 March 2018. The documents are available to view on our website here.

The plan explains our strategy for the regeneration of the Old Kent Road, including the extension of the Bakerloo Line, to accommodate new homes, provide new jobs, leisure, shopping, parks and transport improvements in a new town centre over the next 20 years.

Come along to a drop-in session to find out more about the plan:

Tuesday 6 February 2018 4.30pm – 8.30pm Drawing Room, Unit 8  Rich Estate, 46 Willow Walk, London SE1 5SF
Wednesday 7 March 2018 4.30pm – 8.30pm Christ Church Peckham, 676-680 Old Kent Road, London SE15 1JF

Fill out our online questionnaire on our consultation hub to give your views on the plan.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Southwark Council


020 7525 5471

Consultation update: New Southwark Plan

Dear Sir/Madam,

UPDATE: The council has published its evidence based documents and has extended the consultation dates for the New Southwark Plan: Proposed Submission. Formal consultation, will run for 6 weeks from 16 January 2018 to 27 February 2018

The plan and supporting documents are available to view and download on the council’s website here

Make representations on the plan’s legal compliance and ‘soundness’on our consultation hub page here

You can find out more information about what we mean by legal compliance and ‘soundness’ in the link below and at the front of the plan.

More information about the consultation can be found here, including where to view the plan and other ways to make representations.

Information about the New Southwark Plan

Southwark Council is preparing a new borough-wide development plan called the New Southwark Plan. The New Southwark Plan sets out how the Council will deliver further regeneration and wider improvements for the borough in the years to come. Planning decisions must be made in accordance with the development plan, unless other material considerations indicate otherwise.

Following the consultation the Plan will be submitted to Government for an independent examination where an inspector will consider any comments submitted to the Council during the consultation period.

Yours faithfully

Planning Policy Team

Southwark Council

0207 525 5471