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Stop Press: Consultation deadline extended until 10th June 2016
The call is out for Bankside residents and businesses to add their voices to the emerging Bankside Neighbourhood Plan – and the deadline has now been extended, to make sure as many people as possible can respond.

Active communities across the country are taking up the challenge to influence future growth using new powers for neighbourhood planning. In Bankside that means both residents and businesses. Working together as Bankside Neighbourhood Forum, local residents and businesses have been shaping a neighbourhood development plan that can have real planning teeth and will deliver benefits tailored to the local community.  

Because the plan is written by the community it is rooted in the specific circumstances Bankside faces – like the need for new green spaces, recognising and celebrating Bankside’s heritage, making it easier and safer to walk and cycle, and keeping what’s distinctively Bankside.

Now it is now out for its final round of consultation before being handed to Southwark Council to progress. Later a referendum will make sure that both the resident and business communities support the plan before it becomes part of the borough’s planning policy.

Chair of Bankside Neighbourhood Forum, Tim Wood, said:

“Bankside’s location, and its unique mix of the old and the new, brings the greatest pressures for development anywhere in the borough. This growth brings opportunities – both to Bankside and to the rest of Southwark – but shouldn’t be at the expense of what’s special here. Bankside’s community has been working together for more than four years on this plan because we believe that being part of the planning system is an opportunity worth grasping. If you haven’t already, please add your voice now.”

Bankside Neighbourhood Forum wants to know if they are on the right track. Does the draft Bankside Neighbourhood Plan reflect your aspirations for Bankside? You can read the plan here (https://app.box.com/s/jke8ssxmziimlavc2hq4n6sfm3byoax8) and fill in an online survey here (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Bankside_Neighbourhood_Plan).

So that as many people as possible respond to the draft plan, the Forum has extended the deadline for responses to Friday, 10 June 2016, so don’t miss the boat.  If you would like someone to meet with your community group, business or residents’ meeting, please contact us at info@wearebankside.com