Neighbourhood Plan

Draft Plan

The following working groups were created as an outcome of the Inaugural Annual General Meeting (IAGM), Saturday 10th September 2016:

  1. Housing
  2. Green & Open Spaces
  3. Economy and employment
  4. Health & well-being
  5. Heritage & local identity

Each working group met and collaborated with other volunteers to produce this first draft.

Neighbourhood Plan

Endorsement of Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership’s: ‘A Natural Renaissance for Lewisham 2015-2020’

Protection of the environment to ensure that people living and working in Lewisham can enjoy a clean and green environment thereby actively improving maintaining their health, well-being. Read more.

Open Space Strategy 2012- 2017

Minimising the loss of open space, garden land and no loss at all of sites of sites of importance for nature conservation are some of the aims outlined in this document. Read more.

Pepys Parks Open Spaces and Public Realm

The brief has been refined to reflect the opinions after consultations with the community and groups active in the area in November 2018.

Read more >>

Convoys Wharf

Latest Developer Consultation

Convoys Wharf Newsletter FEB19 CoverIn February 2019 the developers of Convoys Wharf, Hutchison Property Group Ltd published a newsletter detailing their plans for Plot 15, between New King Street and Decca Street. New King Street extends into Convoys Wharf and currently there is no public access, so there is no public access to Plot 15.

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Convoys Wharf – make sure you get your voice heard!

Voice4DeptfordVoice 4 Deptford have undertaken immense work to produce a summary of people’s comments on Plot 08 the first proposed apartment building on Convoys Wharf. They have made it easy for people to make objections to this first phase building which the owners Hutchinson Whampoa propose to have NO SOCIAL HOUSING and a podium garden for residents only!

It will block the Site Line for the local community from Deptford High Street to the River Thames. Plot 22 is a proposed marketing suite  accessible by river for rich clients!

Heritage

Heritage is inherited from the past, re-imagined and refashioned in the present and bequeathed to the future.

Local People Told Us To:

PROMOTE and PROTECT all forms of Deptford Heritage and Identities and
PROMOTE and DEVELOP places for all creative communities to flourish.

Key Policies and Points:
3 Key Points:
  1. Establish a Deptford Heritage Hub open and accessible to all, aimed at protecting and enhancing the neighbourhood’s special character and historical integrity.
  2. Celebrate the heritages and identities of the diverse communities of Deptford neighbourhood.
  3. Respect Deptford’s special historic landscape

Shared
Stewardship

Emphasising the nature of heritage. A shared community stewardship of the things that have been handed down to us from the past as well as the things we hope to pass onto the future.

Encourage diversity of heritages and cultures. All positive expressions of heritage and identity are welcome in the Deptford neighbourhood.

Support all expressions of heritage and culture that sustain the identity of the neighbourhood's past, present and future.

The Heritage Hub

Establish a Deptford Heritage Hub open and accessible to all, aimed at protecting and enhancing the neighbourhood's special character and historical integrity. The hub's role should include the following:

  • Promoting respect for the Deptford neighbourhood's special historic urban landscape.
  • Promoting respect for the Deptford neighbourhood's public realm spaces and waterside margins.
  • Protecting and developing all forms of the Deptford neighbourhood's cultural heritage. Facilitating conversations between the diverse communities that make up the Deptford neighbourhood.
Resources:

AECOM Deptford Heritage and Character Assessment

Heritage Character CoverLandscape character assessment is a process used to describe and articulate what is special and distinctive about a particular place by identifying recognisable patterns of elements or characteristics that make one landscape different from another.

This report presents a summary of the history and character of Deptford within the borough of Lewisham. It has been prepared by consultants at AECOM on behalf of Locality, working closely with the Deptford Neighbourhood Action Neighbourhood Forum (DNA) and is based on a detailed appraisal of the area carried out through desk study and fieldwork.

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LH 1: Local Heritage and Identities

Development is required to respect and enhance the character and identities of Designated and Non-designated Heritage Assets: visible, hidden or lost, in the town, land and riverscapes of Deptford, both above and below ground/water level.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate in their design approach:

  • A deep understanding of the current, recent and past narratives connected to building, site, street, public realm and landscape.
  • Positively reflect on the character and identities of the neighbourhood

Available information on for instance ‘Listed Buildings and Structures’, Area Character Assessment studies, Conservation Area Character Appraisals, Building Height Strategies, Design Codes, Masterplans as well as site history and archaeological investigations are expected to be absorbed, further detailed, expressed and reflected upon in the design approach and design of the development.

Development is expected to demonstrate and detail this in the required Design and Access Statement, Heritage Statement and other required documentation as defined by the Local Information Requirements 2016 and future updates. Development that engages with local makers, arts and cultural institutions and artists in this work is supported.

LH 2: Local Identities and public spaces (CIL-Priority)

Development is required to enhance and financially contribute to the enhancement of public spaces and public realm including the river frontages while positively reflecting on the heritage, the character and the cultural identities of Deptford. Public spaces and realm are considered to be those parts of an urban area (whether publicly- or privately-owned) located between, surrounding and within buildings that are publicly accessible, including streets, quays, squares, forecourts and open and water spaces. The public realm is an important aspect of any development and ensures that the development is integrated into and enhances the existing character and use of the area. Signage informing about the identity of the ancient and historic town of Deptford is one simple example in this regard. DNA further strongly supports the re-positioning of the ‘High Street anchor’ in the high street and the Deptford Dockyard clocktower (currently in Thamesmead) in or very near its original position.

LH 3: DNA promotes the establishment of a Deptford Heritage Hub highly accessibly and located near or on the River Thames (CIL-Priority)

The Heritage Hub must contribute to the enhancement, preservation and protection of special, local character of Deptford in all its features, including architecture, heritage artefacts, and the town and waterscapes (both above and below ground). The Hub must recognise and celebrate past and current life on the tidal River Thames, the changing nature of residential neighbourhoods, centres of trade, industry, culture and where possible supporting the sensitive restoration of heritage assets. This may include a local history centre and archive open to the public. Given the national significance of Deptford and its proximity to major tourism attractions in walking distance (Greenwich) positive impacts can be amplified through locating the Deptford Heritage Hub where it all began: Near or on the river Thames.

Thames Tributary Earl Sluice - Deptford
Earl Sluice continues parallel with Plough Way to the pumping station in Chilton Grove. It would have emerged into the Thames slightly down river of the South Dock entrance near George’s Stairs.

Healthier Environment

Local People Told Us To:

PROTECT and MAXIMISE the amount and quality of green, open and public spaces in the promotion of a healthier environment.

Key Policies and Points:

5 Key Points:

  1. Increase the number of socially rented housing units.
  2. Community Engagement throughout the whole process, including initial discussion with prospective developer.
  3. Include provision of adequate open and public space.
  4. Protection of existing tenants rights.
  5. Ensuring there is adequate infrastructure to support increase in population.

Green Our Streets
  • Increase the number of trees on our streets.
  • Increase planting on footpaths and verges, bus stops, walks and other structures in the streets.
  • Improve streets through enhanced permeability to enable healthier transport choices such as cycling and walking.
Protecting Existing housing Stock
  • Prioritising refurbishment over demolition of any Lewisham owned housing stock.
  • Ballot approval of all housing regeneration schemes for existing estate residents.
  • Protecting the rights of Deptford's boating community, maintaining access to waterways.
Better Design Process
  • Establishing written design briefs in collaboration with existing communities/residents at project start (RIBA stage 0), not at the point of submitting a planning application.
  • Protect them from development, ensuring no net loss.
  • Housing developers of major housing developments (+10) to practice transparency regarding decisions which will have direct effect on existing community.
Supporting community Based Housing Initiatives
  • Prioritise community based housing schemes such as community land trusts, housing cooperatives and community led self build on public land.
  • Development that leads to an increase of homes for homeless people are supported.
  • The provision of more not for profit or social rented housing is strongy supported.

Health and Wellbeing

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.

Key Policies and Points:

5 Key Points:

  1. Increase the number of socially rented housing units.
  2. Community Engagement throughout the whole process, including initial discussion with prospective developer.
  3. Include provision of adequate open and public space.
  4. Protection of existing tenants rights.
  5. Ensuring there is adequate infrastructure to support increase in population.

Co-locating health services in existing and extended community facilities such as adjacent to green and water spaces and outdoor sports facilities is strongly supported.
Major development is required to financially contribute to such a health hub infrastructure network. Health services are to be provided in walking distance and shall include early intervention, mental health and holistic approaches to well-being reducing inequality in health by being accessible to all local residents, including migrants, refugees, ethnic minorities and our homeless people.

Major development (10+ homes and/or of 0.1 ha other uses) is required to demonstrate how the needs of older people, particularly living in single households, single parents and young adults from a range of cultural backgrounds are met within the proposed development. DNA strongly supports for instances social care cooperatives, homes that enable a range of supported living options, overlooked and sunny play courtyards, co-working/learning incubator space for micro businesses and studio space for creatives that provide childcare facilities.

The DNA Plan strongly supports improvements to the provision for walking, cycling and pubic transport including water-based transport working collaboratively with providers such as Sustrans.

Key measures include:

  1. To be added; (connect with Blue Ribbon Network).
  2. To be added; (connect with Blue Ribbon Network).
  3. Introduction of Santander bikes for hire in the Deptford Area.
  4. Water transport shifting road freight from the road to rivers and canals and making passenger transport on the waterways more accessible. This will require public access to the waterfront. The Thames Clipper to stop at Upper Pepys Park, pending the opening of Convoys Wharf stop.

Financial contributions from development are sought to conduct an annual survey of health & wellbeing in Deptford so that resources can be effectively distributed and monitored in their impact. DNA envisages that Lewisham Council Public Health Department is conducting this annual survey and publishes the results shortly after.

Development achieving the low energy ‘PassivHaus Standard’ is strongly supported. Once a building and its services have been designed to make sure energy consumption will be as low as possible and the use of energy efficient sources has been considered, it is expected that major development achieves a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through at least 20% on-site renewable energy generation (which can include sources of site-related decentralised renewable energy) unless it can be demonstrated that such provision is not feasible.

  1. Development in local areas of persistent poor air quality for residential development and development, typically used by vulnerable groups of people such as school children and elderly and possibly badly affected by regular exposure to poor air quality, are not supported.
  2. Development is required to be ‘air quality neutral’ as a minimum. Development must demonstrate that it will not worsen local air quality, at any receptor, where levels of pollution at these receptors already exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. All development must demonstrate its contribution to reducing all air pollutants to levels below WHO guidelines.
  3. Major development or development deemed sensitive must provide detailed Air Quality Impact Assessments covering construction and operational phases. Given the scale and expected accumulative impact of development in Deptford, DNA strongly supports the designation of New Cross and Evelyn wards as a zone in which more stringent construction standards will operate (stage IIIA rather than IIIB).
  4. Kind/ type fuel quality?

  5. DNA strongly supports all necessary measures leading to a significant increase in local air quality monitoring stations and sharing of real-time information with the public. Development, through contributions to the Community Infrastructure Levy, is expected to financially contribute to installing and maintaining additional local air quality monitoring stations and the sharing of realtime information. Furthermore, through planning conditions owners and tenants are required to cooperate and provide access to such facility during its operational lifetime if located within the site area planning permission is sought for.

  6. As part of the required Parking Management Plan for Major Development, applicants are to demonstrate the provision of safe, and easy access dry cycle parking facilities at a ratio of 1:1.5 (1 bike per bedroom/workspace as a minimum). For employment uses, and in addition, an appropriate number of Santander Bike parking slots is expected to be provided/ financially enabled by the development and installed in the public realm.

  7. To be added: charging points in developments.

The DNA Plan strongly supports measures by the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, Network Rail, Lewisham Borough Council, businesses, organisations and individuals that lead to the reduction of vehicle emissions through used fuel quality, vehicle emission reduction technologies and number of vehicles passing through our neighbourhood. This particularly applies during periods of high levels of pollution as defined by London Air.org (level 7 to 9) and the World Health Organisation and along highly polluted road corridors such as Evelyn Street/ Creek Road, Deptford Church Street and New Cross. The closure of the the latter streets for HGV and diesel cars on high pollution days is encouraged as is “no idling” signs at Deptford Bridge bus stop and turnaround, as well as at drop off and delivery locations on Deptford High Street and around schools.

Housing

Local People Told Us To:

INCREASE the provision of quality social and affordable housing for local people on low and middle incomes and
IMPROVE the health of the local community and
ENCOURAGE community cohesion and active citizenship.

Key Policies and Points:

5 Key Points:

  1. Increase the number of socially rented housing units.
  2. Community Engagement throughout the whole process, including initial discussion with prospective developer.
  3. Include provision of adequate open and public space.
  4. Protection of existing tenants rights.
  5. Ensuring there is adequate infrastructure to support increase in population.

Protecting Existing housing Stock
  • Prioritising refurbishment over demolition of any Lewisham owned housing stock.
  • Ballot approval of all housing regeneration schemes for existing estate residents.
  • Protecting the rights of Deptford's boating community, maintaining access to waterways.
Better Design Process
  • Establishing written design briefs in collaboration with existing communities/residents at project start (RIBA stage 0), not at the point of submitting a planning application.
  • Protect them from development, ensuring no net loss.
  • Housing developers of major housing developments (+10) to practice transparency regarding decisions which will have direct effect on existing community.
Supporting community Based Housing Initiatives
  • Prioritise community based housing schemes such as community land trusts, housing cooperatives and community led self build on public land.
  • Development that leads to an increase of homes for homeless people are supported.
  • The provision of more not for profit or social rented housing is strongy supported.

Economy and Employment

Local People Told Us To:

SUPPORT local businesses, organisations, industries and
market traders.

PROMOTE and DEVELOP places for all creative communities
to flourish.

Support a Circular Economy where goods and services are kept in use for maximum value

The motion to incorporate the Values of the Economy for the Common Good into DNA constitution was passed at the Deptford Neighbourhood Action Inaugural General Meeting 2016.

Key Policies and Points:
Growing Deptford's Economy
  • Co-working spaces for local production.
  • Business networking/entrepreneurship opportunities. 
  • Low cost business space.
  • Recycling (70%) by local business residents.
  • FREE temporary use of empty shops and offices.
  • FREE one hour parking schemes near the market, Deptford Broadway and Evelyn Street.
Increasing Vibrancy and Success in Deptford's Business Economy
  • Establish a community run recycle/reuse centre.
  • Growing new and existing businesses from small to medium to large.
  • Creation of Thames and Creekside walks and civic activities and floating markets.
  • Creation of "Town Keeper" role to work with local businesses and people to help promote all local independent ships and businesses.
  • Creation of public toilets, bathing and laundry facilities.
  • Creation of more public seating and rest areas in Deptford High Street, Deptford Broadway and Evelyn Street.

5 Key Points:

  1. Strongly support financial contributions from any redevelopment to local business opportunities as "Deptford Works" anchors.
  2. A team of "Town Kepeers" at Deptford Works anchors assisting local businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals.
  3. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Through good design, tenants agreement for shops and incentives by providing communal as well as individual benefits.
  4. Increase local employment opportunities, resisting loss of space and employment, including small and street based. On new developments, at least 70% of the proposed gross floor area (GFA) designated for business as employment uses.
  5. Support vibrancy in our high street shopping areas, markets and river fronts. Resisting the loss of retail services and employment uses to residential in designated areas. Meanwhile, encouraging the uses of  empty properties and spaces to bring innovated and new initiatives.

Green and Open Spaces

Endorsement of Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership’s: ‘A Natural Renaissance for Lewisham 2015-2020’

Protection of the environment to ensure that people living and working in Lewisham can enjoy a clean and green environment thereby actively improving maintaining their health, well-being. Read more.

Open Space Strategy 2012- 2017

Minimising the loss of open space, garden land and no loss at all of sites of sites of importance for nature conservation are some of the aims outlined in this document. Read more.

Pepys Parks Open Spaces and Public Realm

The brief has been refined to reflect the opinions after consultations with the community and groups active in the area in November 2018. 

Read more >>

Children and Young People

Towards the Child Friendly City

Conference on Child Friendly Cities in Bristol in November.
27 -29 November 2019

A three day conference organised by European Network for Child Friendly Cities and partners. Read more.

GLA Population Yield Calculator

To see the  linked to the previous London Plan with the results for Plots 08 and 15 in Convoys Wharf the updated ‘child yield’ calculator for the GLA and archive of previous versions can be viewed here.

Presentations and Objections for Convoys Wharf with notes for the Young Mayor’s Presentation

Marion Briggs from Alliance for Childhood

To see main points from discussions on what makes London a child friendly city, Alliance for Childhood London Forum, City Hall click here.

To see the Convoys Wharf Young Mayor’s team presentation click here.

To see Voice 4 Deptford King’s Yard/Convoys Wharf Presentation Notes click here.

To see Alliance for Childhood Comments on Convoys Wharf RMA DC/19/111912 Convoys Wharf Plot 15 (Phase 1) Children and Young People’s Play and Informal Recreation, click here.