The London Borough of Southwark adopted their new Local Plan on 23rd February 2022. The Plan will shape the Borough over the next 15 years and states that it aims to address current issues such as the housing crisis and the climate emergency.
The Southwark Plan 2019-2036 truly is ‘local’ given that our London office has been based on Union Street in Southwark since 2016. We are already getting stuck into the ambitious new planning policies and strategic targets, which present a number of opportunities and challenges for developers in the area.
The Plan sets out the following key policies:
In addition to the Council building thousands more homes themselves, these key policies address the urgent need for new homes that local people can “genuinely afford”. Furthermore, Southwark is ahead of the curve in its approach to sustainability with measures that go above and beyond the national standard. Both initiatives are admirable, however, these much higher targets need to be considered as early as possible in the design process, as they could compromise the viability of development proposals altogether.
Should you have any questions about how the Southwark Local Plan applies in practice and how it may affect your development, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the London Team at Bell Cornwell.
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