Who are we, What is a Neighbourhood Plan and Why are we doing this?

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. Join us if you want to help shape these policies or alternatively send us your comments.