Our updated Local Plan needs to ensure that Lambeth’s town centres have the right mix of uses. Complete the town centres survey.
Lambeth has several town centres ranging from the ‘major’ centres of Brixton and Streatham, through to medium-sized ‘district’ centres like Clapham, Stockwell and Herne Hill to the smallest ‘local’ centres in residential neighbourhoods. There are also two Opportunity Areas: Waterloo and Vauxhall.
Local Plan policies help manage change in town centres, guide regeneration projects on particular sites and support economic vitality and diversity. They need to allow for changes in the way people use town centres and the different needs of businesses. Recent nationally-set changes to permitted development rights mean the council has less control over some changes of use in town centres than it used to.
The current Lambeth Local Plan introduced a new place-specific approach to town centres so that ratios of different uses supported in each centre are specific to the neighbourhood. The updated Local Plan needs look again at the Local Plan policies for different town centre uses. We also know that some of Lambeth’s town centres are changing and our policies need to be updated to manage this.