The consultation process is facilitated by Soundings and will involve the community at each stage of design development to help inform the proposals. From agreeing local priorities and masterplan principles at the start; right through to fine-tuning the masterplan before it is submitted for planning and making the Statutory Consultation locally accessible.
We are pleased to share that we have submitted an outline planning application for the Canada Water Masterplan to Southwark Council which also includes a detailed planning application for the project’s first three buildings (A1, A2 and K1).
All of this follows over four years of community engagement on the Masterplan with more than 110 public consultation and local outreach events, with a total recorded attendance of over 10,000 people. We would like to thank everybody who has contributed valuable time and ideas to the discussions so far.
We have also entered into a Master Development Agreement with Southwark Council.
As the planning application submission has drawn closer, we have experienced a significant increase in correspondence and requests for information. This increase is very much welcomed, and we’re grateful for people wishing to get involved with the project. To ensure that we are able to effectively deal with the volume of requests and also to ensure they are properly recorded, we have developed a ‘Local Communications Commitment’ that can be viewed here.
The first step is for Southwark Council to validate the planning application (this means checking that the required information has been provided and registering the documents), assign a planning case number, make all plans and documents available online and conduct the statutory consultation.
The validation process typically takes approximately two weeks on a project of this scale due to the large number of documents. Southwark Council will then write to neighbours in the surrounding area advising that the application has been submitted and that the 30 day statutory consultation period is starting.
The statutory consultation period is the opportunity to view all the planning documents, which will be available on Southwark Council’s online planning register. All representations on the planning application should then be directed to Southwark Council’s Planning Division via the online planning register for their consideration in their determination of the planning application.
We’re committed to maintaining local involvement in the long term and community engagement will continue through the planning application period and beyond. This will include further topic-specific discussions on key areas of interest, attending community meetings and events, community investment, construction liaison and more.
Statutory consultation and making the planning documents more accessible
In addition to Southwark Council’s statutory consultation process, we would like to ensure that the planning documents are easily available locally and help increase their accessibility for all, including for those with commitments, limited internet access or less experience of the planning process.
We intend to hold a number of planning information drop-in events at the Canada Water Masterplan Hub in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre where all the documents will be available and the team will be on hand to guide you to the information you need. Additionally, all information on the planning process and documents that form the planning application will be available on the Canada Water Masterplan website.
More information will be shared shortly with full details of these activities as soon as they are confirmed. We will also be holding dedicated drop-in sessions with the direct neighbours of the first three buildings (A1, A2 and K1).
Community consultation started in Spring 2014. We’ve held over 40 events to date and over 3,000 people have been involved. We will work together with the community up to and beyond submitting a planning application, continuing to involve the community in the development of the masterplan.