Charlton Neighbourhood Forum: Now it’s your chance to have your say on the idea

Charlton riverside
The forum aims to involve local people in the redevelopment of Charlton’s riverside as well as the rest of SE7

Plans for a neighbourhood forum for Charlton – which could allow local people to have a greater say in new developments in the area – have taken a big step forward with Greenwich Council launching a consultation into the idea.

Residents can now have their say on the idea, put forward by the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum, that a neighbourhood plan should be put together for the SE7 area.

Only two other neighbourhood forums exist in Greenwich borough at the moment – the Moorings forum, which covers a small part of Thamesmead, and the Lee Forum, which extends into Lewisham borough.

The proposed forum area – which covers the entire SE7 postal area plus areas included in the Charlton Riverside masterplan

While both groups have received town hall recognition, neither have yet had a plan approved.

There is also the question of just how seriously Greenwich will take any forum at first. At last night’s full meeting of the council, Conservative opposition leader Nigel Fletcher wrongly thought that the Charlton forum was the first in the borough. (Fletcher has been in touch to say that he misspoke, and meant to say that Greenwich had not yet approved any plans.)

Then the council’s deputy leader, Denise Scott-McDonald – who wasn’t listening to his question and had to have it repeated to her – seemed unaware of the Thamesmead forum, despite it being the only one wholly within the borough.

But if a forum can get a neighbourhood plan together, then by law the council and developers have to abide by it. And while there is a masterplan for the Charlton Riverside, there is nothing at all for the rest of the area, apart from the borough-wide commitments in Greenwich’s local plan.

And if you’ve ever listened to the average Greenwich councillor bumble around issues of planning or public realm (like the exchange above) and thought you could do better… this is your chance.

The proposed area would cover all of Charlton as well as very small parts of east Greenwich (industrial and retail sites off Horn Lane) and Woolwich (the old Siemens site which is due for redevelopment as Faraday Works), which come under the Charlton Riverside masterplan.

You can find the consultation on the Greenwich Council website until January 14. And if you have any questions, then you can ask the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum at its meeting on Saturday.


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Charlton Neighbourhood Forum: Help shape your local area this Saturday

Charlton station mural
The neighbourhood forum has its annual general meeting on Saturday

It’s the special annual general meeting of the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum this Saturday. The forum is hoping to put together a neighbourhood plan for the SE7 area that must be taken into account when developers apply to build on sites – its chair Clare Loops wrote for us last year about why you should take an interest.

If the group can get a plan together, then this will be a hugely important step for the area – so if you’ve got an interest in the future of the area, it’s worth heading along. Too often, this kind of group gets packed out with well-off homeowners objecting to schemes that will chip away at housing waiting lists, so if you’re someone that feels shut out of these kinds of decisions, now’s the time to go along and have your say, and think about joining its committee.

The event is in the Long Gallery on the first floor of Charlton House on Saturday 27 November at 11am. For more details, see the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum website.


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Make a difference to SE7’s future and join the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum

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Good things can happen in the area when people work together…

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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