Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed
Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Councillor Becca Thackray thanked the team responsible for the report and all the hard work and research done over the years to accumulate the level of details found within it. She went on to discuss the Carbon Emissions Report and that she would like for it to be shared with members of the Planning Committee as well as the developers. She hoped that the Lambeth Local Plan would be used as the basis for the community to be at the forefront of tackling climate emergency. Councillor Thackray claimed the Lambeth Local Plan Report demonstrated all the requirements at a very high level. To further support the initiative, Councillor Thackray would like to see the formation of a Carbon Budget for the Council.
Councillor Bennett explained that this was the third version of the Local Plan and was due back later in the year. He further advised that since the last round of consolation, 300 responses were sent in and over 2000 points were raised.
Councillor Bennett stated that a huge amount of progress had been made for the planning policies, pointing out three in particular: 1) carbon neutral efforts for Lambeth Council would be pushed 20% beyond current requirements to be even more energy efficient, including entrenching car-free development wherever possible. 2) Affordable housing currently had a strong track record and would continue to do so in the new Local Plan. The Mayor was also making strides in including the current housing mandates in the London Plan as they were a priority for Lambeth. 3) Building an inclusive economy was a key area of the Local Plan. This included making sure the London living wage was paid, having affordable work spaces, and providing spaces in big commercial developments for local businesses, social enterprises, and local charities.
Councillor Wilcox noted that planning needed to continue to adapt and change and the new Local Plan aimed to instil that for the community all whilst treading lightly on both London and National policies. This new plan aimed to: drive the creation of more homes, boost local economy, create places Lambeth can be proud of, safeguard Lambeth green spaces and heritage, and promote sustainability in the face of climate emergency. She continued by discussing the process that the Planning Committee undertook to clarify why decisions and amends could take so long and how each topic of the Plan varied in complexity. Councillor Wilcox also expressed concern about the members of the public and members of the Council not only having the opportunity to share their opinion but to also actually be heard.
(1) That the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission Version at Appendix 1 and the Proposed Changes to the Policies Map at Appendix 2 be approved for pre-submission publication and submission to government for independent examination.
(2) That any minor amendments (typographical edits and formatting) of the documents in Appendices 1 and 2 prior to the start of pre-submission publication be delegated to the Assistant Director Planning, Transport and Development, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning Investment and New Homes.
Publication date: 07/02/2020
Date of decision: 22/01/2020
Decided at meeting: 22/01/2020 - Council