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Regulation 18 draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document

17/12/2021 - Regulation 18 draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document

The report was introduced by Deputy Leader, Councillor Matthew Bennett, who highlighted that:

 

  • He was pleased to present the process to begin a thorough and widespread consultation
  • Lambeth had a strong commitment to delivering new housing and affordable housing, including social rent homes
  • They were working towards securing good jobs for local residents at each development in the borough
  • High building standards and genuinely sustainable developments were a priority
  • Work was underway to make the application process more inclusive and transparent, including for Planning officers and Ward Councillors to meet with developers before an application had been submitted
  • It would be possible to have conversations with stakeholders about the principles of developments on each site. This would minimise the chances of wholly unacceptable applications being submitted which legally had to be considered before being refused
  • Starting conversations early would ensure the best is achieved from potential development sites for neighbourhoods.

 

Councillor Jackie Meldrum, a Labour visiting Member addressed Cabinet and stated that the 14 new DPD allocations were a credit to the Planning and Regeneration teams and would have a positive major impact on the borough and its reputation. However, the site now known as ‘site 19’ was a main focus point especially due to the sites poor access. It was noted that the site had one access point from Leigham Vale but the DPD proposed two new bridges. It was suggested that further discussions should take place with Ward Councillors to help developers and consultants.

 

Councillor Peter Elliot, a Green Group visiting Member, thanked those who prepared the report as it was clear and accessible and that the forthcoming consultation on the developments were welcomed. It was suggested that where there is existing affordable housing, the specific tenure should be set out  in the Draft SADPD  and that the Council reflected on the climate emergency and insisted on standards that would help Lambeth reach net zero targets.

 

Councillor Matthew Bennet, Deputy Leader of the Council (Planning, Investment and New Homes) highlighted that site 19 proved why it was necessary to do a proposal as previously it had not met Lambeth’s criteria, this was then addressed, and workspace and affordable housing was then embodied. Lambeth would continue to shape change within the borough and if site 19 was put foreword it would need to assess access issues. Furthermore, Ward Councillors had received invites to discuss sites in their Wards ahead of the public consultation in the new year.

 

Catherine Carpenter, Head of Policy and Placeshaping, explained that all comments made at Cabinet and following the consultation would be considered. There were multiple adopted policies in the London Plan and Local Plan that addressed carbon reduction and sustainable design and construction of buildings which would apply to all sites within the Draft SADPD. Lambeth’s Local Plan encouraged Passivhaus standards. The Draft SADPD  encouraged an exemplary approach to sustainable construction and carbon reduction on the 14 sites.

 

Following consideration, it was resolved that Cabinet:

 

  1. Agreed consultation in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012 on the subject of a proposed site allocations development plan document, including the Draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document at Appendix 1 of the report, for six weeks between January and February 2022.