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)
Lambeth Council
1st Floor - Phoenix House
10 Wandsworth Road
Vauxhall
SW8 2LL

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)
Lambeth Council
1st Floor - Phoenix House
10 Wandsworth Road
Vauxhall
SW8 2LL

3. Neighbourhood planning in Lambeth

Herne Hill Forum

The Council has received an application to designate the Herne Hill Forum Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area. The application includes the Forum’s written constitution and membership list, a map of the proposed neighbourhood area, a statement explaining how the Forum is a qualifying body and a statement explaining why the area is considered appropriate to be designated.

If designated, the Herne Hill Forum will lead on the preparation of a neighbourhood plan for the neighbourhood area. No other organisation or body could then be designated as a neighbourhood forum for the neighbourhood area until the neighbourhood forum designation expires or is withdrawn.

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

The application is a cross-border application with the London Borough of Southwark. A decision on whether to formally designate the Herne Hill Forum Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area will be made by both Councils within 20 weeks of 31 July 2017.

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

You can send us your comments by email or respond by post:

By email: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk

By post: Planning Strategy and Policy Team, London Borough of Lambeth, 1st Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL Printed copies of the application are also available for inspection at Brixton library during their normal opening hours and at the Council’s office at Ground Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LL from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Norwood Planning Assembly

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

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.

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. You can view a summary of the comments we received on the applications and the minutes of meetings held with relevant parties on 18 November 2015 and 25 November 2015 to resolve any objections raised.

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.

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.

South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours Forum

On 10 February 2014 the council approved the designation of the South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours Neighbourhood Area and Forum.

The council formally consulted on the applications for neighbourhood area and forum designation between 17 October 2013 and 28 November 2013.

Find out more about the South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours Forum on their website.