Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.

Neighbourhood planning is about enabling rather than restricting development. A Neighbourhood Plan may address a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as transport, heritage, housing and employment issues). The number and form of the issues addressed are dependant on what the forum considers to be relevant to the neighbourhood.

Your Neighbourhood Plan must be in line with the National Planning Policy Framework, the London Plan, Lambeth's Local Plan and Planning Policy Evidence Base.

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1. Designating a Neighbourhood Area

The new neighbourhood planning regulations set out the process by which community groups can apply to the council to be recognised as a neighbourhood forum.

The first step in the process is to make an application for the designation of a neighbourhood area. Your application must include the following:

  • a map identifying the area you want designated as a neighbourhood area
  • a statement explaining why this area is considered appropriate for designation
  • a statement that the organisation or body making the application is either: i). a parish council, or ii). capable of being designated as a neighbourhood forum.

Send your application to:

Neighbourhood Planning (Planning Policy)
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734
Winchester
SO23 5DG

We will publicise the application to allow people who live, work and carry out business in the application area at least six weeks to comment. Following this, applications will be considered by the council before they are designated. For business-led Neighbourhood Plans the consultation period will be at least 12 weeks.

For further information on the process for making this application please contact us by phone on 020 7926 1180 or by email at planningpolicy@lambeth.gov.uk.

2. Creating a Neighbourhood Forum

Once an area has been designated as a neighbourhood area an organisation can submit an application to be the neighbourhood forum for that area.

The application must include the following:

  1. The name of the proposed neighbourhood forum.
  2. A copy of their written constitution.
  3. The name of the Neighbourhood Area and a map identifying it.
  4. Contact details for at least one member (which will be made public).
  5. A statement explaining how the neighbourhood forum meets the following conditions:
    • That the Neighbourhood Forum has been established for the express purpose of promoting or improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of an area that consists of or includes the neighbourhood area concerned.
    • That there are at least 21 members of the Neighbourhood Forum who live in the area, work in the area or are an elected member for any part of the area.
    • That the Neighbourhood Forum area is not governed by a parish council.

If the neighbourhood forum is designated, no other organisation or body can be designated for that neighbourhood area until the designation expires or is withdrawn. A neighbourhood forum designation expires after five years from the date is made.

Send your application to:

Neighbourhood Planning (Planning Policy)
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734
Winchester
SO23 5DG

3. Herne Hill Forum

On 11 December 2017 Cabinet approved the designation of the Herne Hill Neighbourhood Area in Lambeth. The application for the Herne Hill Neighbourhood Forum made by the Herne Hill Forum was refused for reasons set out in the Refusal Statement.

Formal consultation on the combined application took place for a period of 6 weeks from 31 July to 11 September 2017.

View a map of the Herne Hill neighbourhood area in Lambeth.

View the Herne Hill Forum Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area application.

4. Norwood Planning Assembly

The Cabinet of the Council approved the designation of the Norwood Planning Assembly Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area on 3 July 2017.

Formal consultation on the combined application took place for a period of 6 weeks from 3 April 2017 to 15 May 2017.

Find out more about the Norwood Planning Assembly on their website.

5. Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Forum

In September 2015 the council received applications for the designation of the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Area and the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Forum.

View the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications.

Formal consultation on the applications took place between 22 October 2015 and 4 December 2015.

The council refused the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Area application as submitted, and designated the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Area (central) on 11 January 2016.

Reasons for the council’s decision included the consideration of:

  • the objections received on the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum applications during the publication period between 22 October 2015 and 4 December 2015
  • the meetings held with relevant parties on 18 November 2015 and 25 November 2015
  • the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Forum’s statement explaining why the neighbourhood area applied for was considered appropriate as part of their neighbourhood area application
  • the residential characteristics of the Tulse Hill neighbourhood
  • settlement and ward boundaries
  • National Planning Practice Guidance on neighbourhood planning, and in particular the considerations when deciding appropriate boundaries of a neighbourhood area.

The Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Forum was designated as the forum for the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Area (central) on 11 January 2016.

View the full records of the council's decision on the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications at 11 January 2016 Cabinet.

Find out more about the Tulse Hill Forum on their website.

6. Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Forum

On 13 July 2015 the council approved the designation of the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum.

The council formally consulted on the applications for neighbourhood area and forum designation between 20 April 2015 and 1 June 2015.

Find out more about the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Forum on their website.

7. South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours Forum

On 10 February 2014 Cabinet approved the designation of the South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Forum and Area in Lambeth. The decision is viewable here.

Formal consultation on the combined application took place for a period of 6 weeks from 17 October to 28 November 2013.

View a map of the South Bank and Waterloo neighbourhood area.

View the South Bank and Waterloo forum application.

South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours submitted their Draft Neighbourhood Plan to Lambeth and Southwark on 19 June 2018. Both authorities have considered the legal compliance of the submitted documents and made a decision to proceed to publication and examination. View the Lambeth decision taken on 18 October 2018.

Lambeth and Southwark councils are now seeking representations on the plan in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), before it is submitted to an independent examination.

The draft plan contains policies under the following headings: green infrastructure, open space and air quality; housing; development management; retail and work; social infrastructure and culture; streetscape and transport; and planning gain and mitigation. If ’made’ (adopted) following examination and referendum, the plan will be used in determining planning applications in the designated South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Area.

The draft SoWN neighbourhood plan and other submission documents are available for comment between 8 November and 20 December 2018.

Hard copies of the documentation are also available at the following locations in Lambeth:

  • LB Lambeth, Civic Centre, 6 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1EG
  • Waterloo Library, 1 Kennington Road, London, SE1 7QP

Comments on the draft SoWN neighbourhood plan and other submission documents can be made by email: planningpolicy@lambeth.gov.uk or in writing: Lambeth Council, Planning Policy and Strategy, PO Box 734, Winchester, SO23 5DG.

Comments must be received by 11pm on 20 December 2018. If you wish to be notified of the council’s final decision about the ‘making’ of the plan, please make this clear in your representation.