It feels like a long time ago now, but last year we covered the launch of the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum, which aims to give residents a bigger say in the future development of Charlton – particularly with the riverside awaiting development. Earlier this year, the first big riverside development – Rockwell’s scheme for Anchor & Hope Lane – was thrown out after a residents’ campaign. CLARE LOOPS, the forum’s chair, explains why this shows the forum is needed – and how you can take part.
The monumental decision by the Secretary of State on 3rd June to refuse planning permission for the Rockwell development on the VIP Trading Estate gives testament to what can be achieved when communities work together. Charlton Together is a collective of local voices, who made the case that this development was not good enough for Charlton.
Last year, we established the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum with a view to bringing forward a neighbourhood plan for Charlton. An neighbourhood plan must legally be taken into consideration for planning applications, but is produced by the local community – both residents and businesses. The forum needs to be formally designated by Greenwich Council before we can proceed in developing a plan.
Businesses can join too. Business membership is for anyone working in Charlton. Joining provides an opportunity for the business community to have their say in future decisions about employment and business opportunities. You and your colleagues can voice your concerns and discuss your ideas for improving accessibility and trading in Charlton.
With almost half of the development area designated for employment, it is essential that all stakeholders – businesses and residents – work together to create a thriving new area in the Charlton Riverside of that we can all be proud.
If you haven’t joined the forum and want to know more about how you can be part of this exciting new community of businesses and residents, visit charltonneighbourhoodforum.org
Be part of something special, make a difference to Charlton. Join the forum today and please share this information around your networks.
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