Evidence Base

Health and Wellbeing

Research Shows Deptford Ranks as Deprived

Consumer Data ResearchThe consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) show that Dptford is one of the most deprived areas in the country, scoring between 2nd, 3rd and 4th most deprived. View the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019 here.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

The London Cycling Campaign in conjunction with Living Streets have produced two documents based on interviews with experts who have designed and implemented award winning  low traffic neighbourhoods.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: An Introduction For Policy Makers

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods 5 Minute Guide CoverThis is a five minute guide for decision makers and describes what Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are, what they look like, their impact and why they should be implemented, among other things.

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A Guide To Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Guide to Low Traffic NeighbourhoodsA longer and more detailed outline on how large and where these low traffic neighbourhoods should be, how to implement them, and the pros and cons.

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Ideas for the Health and Wellbeing Policies

Local People Told Us To:

IMPROVE the health of the local community
PROMOTE the safety for pedestrians and cyclists
ENCOURAGE community cohesion and active citizenship.

5 Key Points

  1. Use resources from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) S106 money to improve and run community centres for the social and health benefits for the local community.Annual survey of health and wellbeing to monitor any inequalities in health and wellbeing.
  2. Utilise ethnic minorities and refugees currently in the community to target services.
  3. Encourage cross cultural community celebrations, diversity and integration.
  4. Provide local cooperatives to house older and vulnerable people.


Devolution and Pooling Resources to Address Inequalities in Health

DNA supports the “Whole System Model of Care” programme bringing together NHS Lewisham Clinical Commission Group, public health and social services.

The Waldron Centre in Deptford would become the focus for shared resources with Voluntary Action Lewisham at the Mulberry Centre Lewisham providing services for people with learning disabilities, skills training, allotments, food growing, physical and social activities. A site for the whole community.

Other community centres would be part of the network offering services close to where people  live, eg., advice; signposting; support for the vulnerable including those with mental health issues.

Any funding the council receives from developers should be used to enable these plans to be enabled.

An annual survey of health and wellbeing in Deptford to monitor progress to address these issues.

Promoting Cohesion

DNA promotes more social inclusive places to integrate newcomers in all their variety with the diversity of local communities.

Reduction in Air Pollution

DNA supports measures and planning conditions to reduce the cumulative impacts of  development in Deptford monitored by additional air quality stations that adhere to WHO guidelines with publicly available data.

Annual Mean NO2 concentrations 2020

Case Studies

Open Space Strategy 2012 – 2017

This is the latest strategy for Lewisham’s plans for open spaces.

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Open Space Strategy 2011-2016 (Consultation Draft)

This strategy has involved consultation between services and sectors, service users and the general public (that means you).

Its aim is to conserve, cultivate and value open spaces for its users, the local population and future generations.

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Lewisham Annual Monitoring Reports

Lewisham Planning Service Annual Monitoring Report 2017-18

Published January 2019

Not enough housing, especially affordable housing (what used to be known as social housing) has been build. There has also been a decline in non-residential floor-space, particularly for business uses.

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Lewisham Planning Service Annual Monitoring Report 2015-16

Published December 2016

This is the twelfth edition of the Annual Monitoring Report. It highlights a number of achievements for the borough including the second highest housing completions in 12 years.

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Private Market Housing

London Tenants Federation Report on how much more private market housing was delivered in London in 2005-19 than required targets.

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Design for Play Guide

Play England have released a guide to creating exciting environments for children to play.

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Creating an Inclusive City with Good Work

The Final Report of the London Good Work Commission.

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Reynsford Review of Planning

Final Report

The purpose of the Raynsford Review is to provide practical and comprehensive policy guidance to overcome the problems of Englands heavily deregulated planning system.

The Raynsford Review identifies core issues with the Royal Town Planning Institute. The main problem identified by the report seems to be the lack of engaging with the general public in planning systems.

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Just Space's Community-Led Plan for London

The Community-Led Alternative Plan

Just SpaceJust Space has released The Community-Led Alternative Plan. This is an alternative to the London Plan. Written by 62 member groups it is a policy of directions and proposals for an alternative plan for London. It comes in several formats.

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Just Space Response to Panel Note 7.3 20 May 2019

Just Space believes that the draft London Plan is defective because the Public Sector Equality Duty has not been addressed.

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Good London

The Good London Project addressed how rising inequality and rapid change are excluding too many Londoners from a good life. The project started with a single question: what kind of city do you want to live in? At the heart of Good London was the intention to question how democracy operates in our city, and experiment with doing it differently. Through workshops, events and online crowdsourcing, the project listened to and connected individuals, civil society, community organisers, think tanks and politicians. The final output is this document: a vision for a good London with some key policy recommendations on the themes of power, moving, living and working.

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Good London Executive Summary

The Good London Project was formed in response to many Londoners being excluded from living healthy, productive and meaningful lives as a result of increasing inequality and the speed of transformation of London. The result was The Good London Executive Summary which includes recommendations on how address these issues.

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Locality Report

Who are Locality?

Locality are the national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful.

Locality is a national network of community led organisation whose aim is to change the world one neighbourhood at a time. They encourage community organisations to be powerful. Locality are the country’s leading experts in community owned land and buildings. They set up community and run community enterprises with profits from community businesses reinvested into the local community. Through their network of community organisations, they listen to what local people say. They help local people improve and take more control their neighbourhoods by creating new jobs and opportunities within their community.

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Findings from the Commission on the Future of Localism

Our Commission seeks to inject new life into the localism agenda. Action across the four domains of localism identified by our Commission – institutions, powers, relationships and community capacity – is required to harness the power of community and create the environment for localism to thrive. need a new power partnership between local government and local people to unlock the potential of localism. need national government to show leadership in setting the conditions for localism to flourish

The report highlights how decisions that will directly affect local are in the hands of central government and makes recommendations on how to address this.

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Poverty Report

Lewisham Poverty Commission, September 2017 Executive Summary

Lewishams index of multiple deprivationThis is the final report of the Lewisham Poverty Commission, September 2017 Executive Summary. For local residents outsiders that work in the borough it would come as no surprise that Lewisham is in the top 20% of poorest local authorities in England.

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Local Economy

Take Back Your High Street

Power to ChangeAccording to a report by Power to Change if more local community members owned high street properties there would be fewer empty shops.



Affordable Housing

According to 24 Hour Housing (an online hub for housing associations and local authorities, now offline), 6% of homes on public land sold off by the council are earmarked for affordable social rent.

Less than a quarter of homes built on sold-off public land will be affordable – but the definition of affordable includes shared ownership (often unaffordable) and homes rented at 80% of market value.

56%  of housing redevelopments have no social housing at all.

AR Urbanism Report

AR Urbanism ReportDesign Guidance for Infill Housing on Existing Estates: Deptford Neighbourhood Plan.

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