Over the next 10 years we expect x millions of pounds from development earmarked for the community to spend in our area on local projects. Since 2015 Deptford Neighbourhood Action (DNA) engaged with many local groups and people to find out what matters most to many local people when we consider the future of our neighbourhood. Working Groups of local volunteers have collected data, reviewed reports, the London Plan and local planning policies to develop our first draft of our DNA Neighbourhood Plan. We present a summary of this work here. We, from DNA and Working Group members, would like to invite you to help us shape and add detail to this first draft of planning policies and priority projects. Please tell us to what extent you can agree with the initial ideas and add any others. Thank you!

Who are we?

We are a non-political organisation that has been established 2 years ago for the purpose of bringing local people together and developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Deptford. In 2015, we were designated as a Neighbourhood Plan Forum with the ‘Community Right’ under the Localism Act to develop a statutory Neighbourhood Plan. We all live or work in the area. Please visit our website for more information. Anyone living, working or volunteering in the area can join DNA. It’s free! We currently have about x signed up members.
The Neighbourhood Plan Area is defined as Evelyn Ward and parts of New Cross Ward (See map).
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
Producing a Neighbourhood plan is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of a Neighbourhood Development Plan. Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. Neighbourhood Plan policies cannot block development that is already an adopted part of the Local or London Plan.
It can shape development, designate sites, protect local green spaces, support local employment and address many more planning matters in greater detail than it is possible for a Local Plan and the London Plan to do.

Why are we doing this?
We have been campaigning for a while and have seen undesirable designs and not enough affordable homes being delivered through the planning system. We felt it was time for the community to have a proper say and pro-actively develop our own policies.

We are not alone – there are over 2,000 neighbourhoods across the country doing the same.
What about the local authority and ward councillors?
The local authority is comprised of councillors elected every four years. A Local Plan is created by the local authority for the whole of Lewisham every few years – the last one was in 2015 and a new one is under way.
A Neighbourhood Plan should support the strategic development needs set out in the Local and London Plan and plan seek to positively support local development. It can go into more detail and fill in gaps, where the local community identifies and can justify more detailed /specific requirements for Planning Applications. In addition, it can guide how best to spend ‘planning gain’ money such as Community Infrastructure Levy and/or Section 106 monies.

What is the opportunity here?
Deptford is a place designated for significant growth in population and employment and related new development. With this, we know from Local Authority sources that we can expect millions of pounds to be generated in spending to support local community projects through the neighbourhood element of Community Infrastructure Levy.
How to get involved in the DNA Neighbourhood Plan:
The DNA Neighbourhood Plan offers an unique opportunity to help shape our area and neighbourhood to better suit the needs and aspirations of local people, and this includes a say in how the planning gain money to mitigate the impact of development in our area is spent.

This goal cannot be achieved unless local people get involved.
To join the DNA Forum please ask one of us at the workshop, fill in one of our membership forms or sign up directly via

Community Infrastructure Levy and Community Development Trust explained

Since 1 April 2015, Lewisham Council collects ‘planning gain’ money from development under the Community Infrastructure Levy regime. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new charge that authorities can charge against most types of new development in their area. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced in April 2010.
It is a levy, which allows local authorities in England and Wales to fund infrastructure by charging on new developments, based on the size and type of the new developments in their area. The money raised can be used to support growth by paying for a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of new development. This infrastructure will include things like parks, schools, community facilities, health facilities and leisure centres.
The Community Infrastructure Levy is split into two separate pots: 75% goes direct to the Council to spend it Lewisham-wide. The remaining 25% is intended to be apportioned for expenditure directly in the area where the impact is greatest. Paragraph 7.6 of the London Plan explains “Local Neighbourhood plans are one mechanism for both the boroughs and community-led groups to agree on local priorities, including those for investments through the Community Infrastructure Levy.”
DNA strongly supports a Deptford Community Development Trust being set up to secure, deliver and monitor those local projects.
What is a Community Development Trust?
Development trusts are community organisations which:
– are owned and managed by the local community
– aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community or address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues within a community
– are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, public and third sector organisations
– aim to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets.

All trading surpluses are principally reinvested in the organisation or the community. (Source:
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Open, Green & Blue Space
• Textile recycling and hot food compost next too.
• Permeability and green routes.
• Open canal approach.
• Open under Black Horse Bridge and connect to Linear Park under Oxstalls Road.
• Crossing at Folkstone Gardens (Sustrans project).
• Investigate Community Trust Ownership of Parks.
• Traffic calming.
• Playground in Folkstone Gardens.
• Move allotments Eugenia Road fenced off area Olfield Grove.
• Community Gardens – enhance and preserve:
– Joan Evelyn Community Garden.
– Tidemill Garden (in New Cross Ward)
– Evelyn Street Garden
• Improve wayfinding to CAC2000 café so it feels part of Linear Park (High Street / small business funding).
• Playground Silwood Estate revamp.
• Taking a bike from upper to lower Pepys Park difficult – needs ramp.
• Folkstone Gardens – improve toddler play area.
• Skateparks in Folkstone Gardens (already in).
• Improvement to ponds (sympathetic way).
• Indoor leisure provision.
• Improvement to footpaths.
• Open Gym (Silwood).
• Basketball.
• Arts & crafts facilities (adult provision).
• Makers’ areas.
• Studios.
• Café gallery.
• Deptford Park:
– Upgrade sports equipment.
– Adventure playground upgrade.
• Cycling.
• Ask the opinion of young people and listen to outcome.
• Consultation (like PlaceLadywell).
• Investigation in quietway @ Folkstone Gardens.
• Footpath – 2 way cycle route is dangerous for children and adults.
Play Spaces
• Floor games on the open spaces.
• Pocket Park area Silwood.
• Play space for older people.
• Create a football / sports area at Deptford Adventure Playground.
• Folkstone Gardens ~ play area / woodpecker area.
• Trinity Estate play area – slides, swings and see-saw.
• CCTV cameras.
• Play matters – School / Community.
Community Buildings
• Expand the 2000 CAC.
• New training centre.
• Rough sleepers to get shelter in unused buildings / unlet flats.
• Don’t build on green spaces on estates.
• Don’t sell LBL land or buildings to private developers.
• Secure revenue from DCT to use existing buildings to their potential.
• CooPepys refurbishments.
• List assets of community value.
• Community buildings:
1. Evelyn Children’s drop-in centre / Deptford Park Play Club.
2. Trinity Tennis – Nursery.
3. Armada Centre – Nursery.
4. Riverside Youth – Mutual.
5. Evelyn Centre.
6. Pepys Library.
7. CAC 2000.
8. Doctors and Dentist Surgeries.
• Buildings for young people sofa surfing.
• Can we get a list of LBL community buildings & whether let, rented, maintained….
• Key thing is certainty that the building won’t be taken away…. Suggest transfer assets to community ownership.
Healthy Life Style
• Free fruit across the parks:
– Blackberries.
– Strawberries.
– Plums.
• Doctors and dentists surgeries.
– S106 / CIL linked?
– Close to new developments.
• Food growing in Deptford – ‘Edible Estates’.
• Increased walkability.
• Reduced traffic plans.
• Enforce traffic associated with new developments.
• Health and Wellbeing linked to NHS (Choose Health being withdrawn).
• Community Gardens.
• New pub! Social meeting place.
• More funding / awareness pf allotments.
• Sensory garden.
• Well Woman’s Clinic at James Kind House. What is there now?
• List of health infrastructure.
• Medical centre.
• Community garden projects:
– Forest Schools.
– Inter-generational gardening.
– Mental health well-being get together.
• Air pollution measures – keep trees, convert diesel.
• Culture shop food.
• Land for food growing, by local people next to where they live.
• Co-operative food shop – buy 2 carrots, 1 apple.
• Pick & cook herbs for all.
• Food banks.
• Cherry trees, black berries.
• Fund for elderly.
• List of new developments / shops and what’s in the units.
• Better air quality.