Friday 29 April 2005 10.24am
JGarcia asked: Does anyone know anything about the specifics of what being within a conservation area actually entails?
Being within a Conservation Area means that planning applications, whilst still subject to all normal planning legislation, will also be measured against the objectives of the Conservation Area
JGarcia asked: What I need to find out is what the council should be doing, if anything, to protect the area.
Obtain a copy of the original designation document for the Conservation Area and measure any application against that document. Draw that document to the attention of the planning officer when an application is lodged.
JGarcia said: ..............I can start raising complaints about this as I have to live in the area and it would likely result in a backlash, and I don't think I should be the one having to instigate enforcement of planning rules.
Objecting to a planning application is an individual right. The applicant has the right to apply and the individual has the right to object. Many of the changes that you mention may have slipped through because no-one cared.
Suggestion: Write to the Conservation Section of Southwark Planning and ask to attend the next meeting of Southwark's Conservation Areas Advisory Group (CAAG). This is made up of representatives from some of Southwark's 33 Conservation Areas as well as representatives from some relevant amenity groups (The Georgians, SPAB etc). This will help you understand the process.
Get a copy of the original designation document for the Thorburn Square
CA and become familiar with the features of the square that the designation was meant to protect.
Find out if Southwark Council
has created a policy document for the Thorburn Square
CA and, if not, lobby for its creation. The original designation document and a policy document will spell out what are considered to be valuable features and make it far easier to establish if an application is appropriate.
Apply to the CAAG to represent the Thorburn Square
CA on the CAAG.
Regards and best