Monday 4 April 2011 9.00pm
The whole point is that people can get together and define their own neighbourhoods, so there's nothing to stop you setting up a forum for the area where you live and getting together with others to work up a community plan.
Arguably the northern/western end of Bermondsey is going to be under more development pressure in the next few years, with the knock on effects of the Shard and other London Bridge schemes, whereas the Bermondsey Spa regeneration (for example) is largely a done deal with little opportunity to influence major change in the next few years at least.
Also, much of the area dealt with by the Bermondsey Community Forum is part of the wider London Bridge, Borough and Bankside opportunity area, designated by planning policy at both London and Southwark level as a key focus for development.
I haven't paid much attention to the Localism Bill or the specifics in Southwark, but anything that encourages a wider and earlier positive involvement in drawing up development policy is worth a try, even if it doesn't ultimately prove wildly successful.