Through the 2011 Localism Act, local people can help devise a Neighbourhood Plan for the area they live and work in.  This empowers the community to have a greater say in building and development in their area. 


This short video provides more information on Neighbourhood Plans.



People in Norwood are empowered by the 2011 Localism Act to devise a Norwood Plan, which will control building and development and land use locally.  Planning applications in future would have to comply with policies agreed, after extensive discussion, by Norwood people.  This plan comes into force only after passing a referendum of electors in the Norwood area.


Activities that are included in this planning process are:

  • Develop shared vision – what you like, dislike, want to change and want to attract

  • Establish common vision and data

  • Choose location of new homes, offices, shops, cultural facilities and other development

  • Identify and protect important green space, views, historic buildings and features

  • Establish urban and architectural design expectations for new development 

A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people influence over planning permission and new development within the neighbourhood boundary such as:


  • To improve the environment

  • For community safety

  • For better community relations

  • For greater social inclusion

  • To improve social inclusion

  • To build-up local economy

  • To improve local services

  • To develop or protect local assets

  • To identify opportunities and develop new community resources


We'll shortly be creating a dedicated section on planning, but for a brief understanding on how Neighbourhood Plans fit in with the council's development plans, please take a look at this video from We Plan London.   This explains the role of the development plan in planning London and the relationship between the main types of planning documents in London including the London Plan, Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans.



The Community Infrastructure Levy


CIL (The Community Infrastructure Levy) is a new levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. This levy is designed between local councils and developers must pay the levy to the local council. The charges are set by the local council, based on the size and type of the new development. The money raised from the CIL can be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhood want, like new or safer road schemes, park improvements or a new health centre.


A community with a Neighbourhood Plan will receive 25% of any CIL arising from development in their area compared to a community without a Neighbourhood Plan who will receive 15%. There is some discussion on the fairness of this but this is the likeliest outcome.



Getting Involved


For the Forum to benefit the community, we need as many members as possible.


Our constitution lays out who membership is open to:

  • Individuals who live or who have an interest in the Area;

  • Individuals who work in the Area, whether for business carried on there or otherwise;

  • Community organisations which operate in any part of the Area, through their duly appointed representatives;

  • Businesses, educational establishments or other corporate entities which operate in the Area, through their duly appointed representatives;

  • Elected Members of Lambeth Council representing the three wards will be ex officio members.


To meet the requirements of the Localism Act 2011, not less than 21 members shall become designated members of the NPA and recorded as representatives of the Neighbourhood Forum for statutory purposes.  There is no upper limit on members and we ask you to please sign up as a member here.​

We will be updating this page with more detail soon, in the meantime you can read about Neighbourhood Planning here.

About Neighbourhood Planning