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The first draft Lambeth Local Plan was published in February 2013, and this may be viewed by clicking on the Lambeth web-page link (below, left). NAG made submissions in April, and in November a final draft was published. For unknown reasons this is not accessible via Lambeth's web-page.
NAG noted that its submission had caused some changes to be made, but too few! As a consequence a further submission was made in February 2014 for consideration by the government inspector later this year.
Update - 8th June 2014: It has been announced that the inquiry starts on July 8th lasting 2 weeks, and NAG will be subject to questioning and debate.
Update - 18th July 2014: NAG committee members Rob Andrew and Graham Pycock represented West Norwood and Tulse Hill at the public inquiry part of the examination process conducted by a government inspector. Its purpose is to check the soundness of this plan whose scope extends to 2030 and beyond. It was interesting to note that many of the other named neighbourhoods were completely unrepresented. This underlines the importance of local community groups - our councillors were conspicuous by their absence!
A matter that was represented by council officers during evidence was how much they will need to work with local groups due to limited resources - this underscores how influential our Localism Group can be. (click LINK)
Before the hearing several of NAG promoted amendments had been adopted (two of policy and rest of a factual nature). The inspector listened to our arguments and directed council officers to justify their stance on specified matters. We will not know for some while whether further amendments have been secured and will report the detail.
Update 1st November 2014: The government inspector has provided a schedule of proposed changes to the draft Lambeth Local Plan. These go to council cabinet on 10th November for it to authorise an 8 week consultation prior to Lambeth reporting back to the inspector. The finished plan is anticipated early March 2015.
Update 23rd September 2015: Everything takes longer! The Lambeth Local Plan was adopted at today's cabinet meeting. Work is already underway on the next itteration, due for adoiption in 2017.