Friday, February 22, 2013

Catford Town Centre Local Plan - Have your say

Lewisham Council has today published a further options paper as part of the Catford Town Centre Local Area Plan. This is a planning strategy document which sets out what developments should happen in Catford over the next 10 years. The plan will be used to assess planning applications for development sites within the town centre. It's a detailed document so obviously will merit a more detailed look before passing comment.

The council are consulting on the plans and anyone can comment. Copies of the document are available in the following places:
● the Council's website  
● all borough libraries and the Council’s AccessPoint, which is on the Ground Floor of Laurence House. 
● by contacting the Planning Policy Team on 020 8314 7400

Comments on the plan need to be sent to the council in writing: 
● By email to making sure that ‘Catford Local Plan Further Options 2013’ is the subject of the mail
● By post to Planning Policy, London Borough of Lewisham, 3rd Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford 
Road, SE6 4RU

You can also attend a consultation event and fill in a questionnaire at one of these - at the moment they are the Catford South Local Assembly on 28 February at Conisborough College and at Catford Broadway Market on 3 March.

The questions the Council are asking (taken from their website) include:

  1. Do you have any comments on the issues facing Catford and the opportunities this presents (Section 2)
  2. Do you support the Council’s vision, objectives and plans for key development sites in Catford? (Sections 3 and 4)
  3. Do you have any comments on the recommended or alternative policy options put forward? Particularly those for the key development sites? (Sections 4 and 5)
  4. Are there other policy options and/or alternatives you would like to suggest?
  5. Do you have any other comments on this document?
  6. Do you have any comments on the accompanying sustainability appraisal? (separate document - see link)

There is also a detailed traffic modelling summary, which proposes changes to how traffic is managed in the centre of Catford, where the A205 and A21 cross. It's complex to understand and will take a bit of reading and digesting.

The consultation period ends at 5pm on Friday 5 April 2013. The final version of the Catford plan will need to be approved by the government, after which it can be formally adopted by the Council. 

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