Consultation continues on plans for a Neighbourhood Forum in Tooting

Published: Monday 23rd January 17

There is still a month left for people living in Tooting to have their say on plans to establish a neighbourhood forum that would help shape decisions on planning issues within their area.

A public consultation is currently underway on proposals to set up both a Neighbourhood Area and a Neighbourhood Forum in Tooting. The consultation was launched after local residents requested that these bodies be established

They are key elements of the Government's Localism agenda and can provide local communities with the opportunity to help shape and manage development in the areas they live.

The role of the forum, which should include a mix of residents and businesses reflecting the character of the area, is to develop a neighbourhood plan, setting out planning policies for the use and development of land in the area.

Neighbourhood Plans need to be in line with the strategic policies contained in the council's Local Plan, comply with The London Plan and also the national planning policies set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. They can’t restrict the quantum of development in an area but can influence the location, mix and/or design of developments.

The forum would also be consulted on proposals to spend money received from developers under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations.

The current applications seek to establish what would be called the Tooting Bec and Broadway Neighbourhood Planning Area along with the Tooting Bec and Broadway Neighbourhood Planning Forum.

The applications include a written constitution, details of the forum’s membership, a statement of justification and a map showing the proposed area covered by the new group. This broadly covers the areas of Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway and includes the majority of the Tooting and Graveney Wards plus parts of the Wandsworth Common, Nightingale and Bedford wards.

Key sites include Tooting town centre, Tooting Bec, St George’s Hospital, Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway underground stations, part of the area of land safeguarded for a Crossrail 2 station, a number of schools and Lambeth and Streatham cemeteries.

Planning chairman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “The council is committed to getting local people engaged in the planning and development of their area. We would encourage residents and businesses to get involved for the benefit of the Tooting Bec and Broadway area.”

People can find out more about the current applications on the council’s website, which also contains general information about Neighbourhood Planning.

The consultation will conclude on February 20. People with comments can also email planningpolicy@wandsworth.gov.uk.

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