Voice 4 Deptford as been busy. Here is a timeline summarising recent action in our work for a better deal for Deptford on Convoys Wharf. Our achievements are in bold.
July: Attended two consultation meetings arranged by Convoys Properties Ltd in the Methodist Hall. We leafleted at them. Stated that their plans are wrong for Deptford.
July / August: Arranged and hosted two public meetings with Convoys Properties Ltd and consultants. Stated that their plans are wrong for Deptford.
October: Lobby Greater London Authority, Vicky Foxcroft, Evelyn Ward councillors and others about the need to change current plans for the development.
November: Launch Voice 4 Deptford website
December: Freedom of Information Request for Financial Viability Study (FVS) for Convoys Wharf from London Borough of Lewisham
January: Further Environmental Information Request (EIR) for FVS from London Borough of Lewisham
January: Meet with Len Duvall and Vicky Foxcroft about the need to change current plans for the development.
March: Meet with two former GLA planners who gave us pro bono advice. Asked for pro bono legal advice from various other solicitors and planning charities.
March: EIR request to GLA for original 2015 FVS un-redacted
May: Request for clarification from L B Lewisham about whether the planning procedures for CW had timed out
June: Re-organise the V4D website
July: Met with LGA’s strategic planner to ask for advice and requested clarification from Mayor of London about whether the planning procedures for CW had timed out
August: Host a meeting of a ‘group of groups’ and offer our work / findings / material to all community activists to use if they want to.
August: Respond in detail to two Reserved Matters Applications, 08 and 22. This response consists of an Executive Summary for plot 08 and Comments and Additional Comments for both Plot 08 and Plots 22. These are long documents which focus on our core Aims. They were massively time consuming and difficult to do but the task threw up a lot of important matters e.g. lack of cultural strategy, which have long term strategic importance. The developers have not met their commitments under the 106 Agreementto set up a Cultural Steering Group which must comment on every block and phase of the development.
September: Activate Buttons page on theVoice 4 Deptford website so that people can respond directly, through our template, to London Borough of Lewisham planning department about aspects of the design and process of these two plots. These Comments will stay ‘live’ until the plots go before a planning committee.
September: Lobby London Borough of Lewisham’s Mayor Damien Egan, all the Evelyn Ward councillors, to get them onside for V4D’s aims. None of them favour the current scheme, specially the housing.
September: Email all our supporters and local groups asking for response on the V4D Buttons page.
September: Meet with Secret Cinema representatives and put our concerns that the requirements of the 106 Agreement on Cultural Strategy have not been met when it comes to Meanwhile Use.
September: Write again directly to the Mayor of London about whether the planning procedures for CW have timed out. Continue to lobby Vicky Foxcroft, our MP, and GLA representatives Len Duvall and Nicky Gavron as well as others about the site. This raised the political temperature.
September: Vicky Foxcroft and all of the Evelyn Ward councillors formally object to current plans for Convoys Wharf.
October: London Borough of Lewisham states that further planning work on development is ‘on hold’ until all the requirements of the 106 Agreement on Cultural Steering Group are met. Repeatedly request clarification from London Borough of Lewisham about what ‘on hold’ means.
October: Continue to press for clarification on what ‘on hold’ might mean with Len Duvall and Vicky Foxcroft.
October: Response from GLA overturning their refusal to allow V4D to see the 2015 Financial Viability Statement. V4D now has a full unreacted copy of the original FVS which will assist us in comparing projected financial figures for company profit/loss in 2015 and those projected now.
October: Refusal of the Mayor of London to agree with V4D that the planning procedures for CW have timed out.
October: Meet with Len Duvall and request that he asks the Mayor of London to clarify why be does not agree with V4D’s understanding that the OPP has timed out. Also to ask him how a ‘refresh’ of the site might be achieved.
October: Further requests to L B Lewisham for clarification about what ‘on hold’ might mean. Request for sight of the new FVSs done for Blocks 08 and 22.
October: Challenge the developers (Convoys Properties Ltd) to live up to their promise in the 106 Agreement to establish a broad and well functioning cultural steering group as they promised to do in the 106 Agreement signed in 2015.