I find it very strange that the Southwark planning website does not allow anybody to access to the relevant documents related to any planning applications. Every other local council in London allows member of the public to access & comment on planning applications. So why not Southwark?
Considering the amount of major developments & large projects in Southwark, some of which have a bearing on London as a whole it seems very suspicious as to why. It only seems to benefit developers who get to put forward large schemes under the noses of most of the public.
You should write to the councillors on the Planning Committee, and/or your ward councillor, highlighting this specific problem.
Public access to planning applications is a legal requirement and you can view all documents at the council offices if you can't get them online, but in principle online access should be avialable to all applications and their documents too.
They might tell you on occasion that there are "resource shortages" but in the longer term there is no excuse!
I was surprised to see that councils such as High Wycombe upload all submitted planning application documents and drawings as soon as applications are received yet nothing like this happens in Southwark!
Problem with looking at documents at council offices is that it's during office hours only when of course I am working myself. Taking half a day off work to look at a planning application is a substantial sacrifice I did once as it was for an applictaion next door.
However, I for one would be most interested to look at all application submitted in my neighbourhood - if only to know what's happening there.
maybe we all should send a letter to the council - would be much easier if there was a template letter though.....
I have actually written to the planning email on the planning website. I got a reply that it would be up soon (this was way back)in February. I have since sent a couple of emails & got replies saying the person dealing with this will get back. They never did.
Many other councils have had documents online for a number of years.