Building a neighbourhood plan for Bermondsey

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Building a neighbourhood plan for Bermondsey

  1. 1. Building a Neighbourhood Plan for Bermondsey John B. Corey, Jr, Chair, Bermondsey Neighbourhood Forum
  2. 2. The Neighbourhood Plan – triggers for action <ul><li>Concern following Southwark Council’s consultation on an SPD for the area </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of development pressures in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Established concerns wishing to preserve historic nature of Bermondsey Street Area </li></ul>
  3. 3. A community push for action <ul><li>A variety of groups and individuals from Bermondsey came together at a public meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Common concern to preserve the ‘special and different’ nature of the area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>historic buildings and areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the social and economic mix </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agreed a group would take Neighbourhood Plans forward </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our area <ul><li>Bounded by Borough High Street, Tower Bridge Road, New Kent Road and the river </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Councils London Bridge ‘opportunity area’ and extended to keep neighbouring residential communities together </li></ul><ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>major employers (e.g. Guys Hospital) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>riverside office and tourist areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>significant private residential redeveloped areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>large social housing estates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>schools and other community facilities </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How we are building the plan <ul><li>‘Crowd Sourcing’ of ideas and concepts – including through traditional public meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Structured engagement of individual community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Gap analysis of communities/demographic sections contributing </li></ul><ul><li>Specific reengagement of ‘missing groups’ </li></ul><ul><li>Filtering and balancing – producing final plan </li></ul>
  6. 6. Transparency and accountability <ul><li>Significant use of digital media channels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook page and Twitter news feed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using pictures and video to save time writing up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition of the limitation of a digital-led approach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognition of the value of face-to-face engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>going to groups in their own settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledging weakness of mass-meetings & write-in consultation </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Issues for the Forum <ul><li>The unrepresentative nature of motivated group leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>overwhelmingly professional middle class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a group with an inherent focus on process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a predisposition to the top-down formal consultation model – as used by the council </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The challenges of pre-existing local campaign groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>limited issues motivate people to be involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>these groups can dominate public meetings and written input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>those not motivated can be alienated and broader ‘softer’ interests can be sidelined or feel excluded </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Learn from each other <ul><li>Localism will be strongest if we learn from each others learning, experience & best practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No-one has a monopoly on good ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leverage the ideas and talent from your communities </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with us – and join our conversations – don’t be shy –> join in </li></ul><ul><li>www.Facebook.com/You R Bermondsey </li></ul>

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