Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Forum announces the launch of the draft KOV Neighbourhood Plan

By Marilyn Evers


Guests who attended the launch of the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Plan on 19 March enjoyed an evening of entertainment, food and discussion.

Friends and neighbours who attended were offered many thanks for their time and interest. All who did not make it are invited to visit the KOV Forum website, https://www.kovforum.org.uk/ . and respond to the draft Neighbourhood Plan policies by completing the survey. The KOV Forum says: ‘Every contribution is of significance and will be taken into account in shaping the final Neighbourhood Plan’.

Watch the KOV Forum website for details of consultation events throughout April at community meetings across Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall. The Neighbourhood Plan exhibition will be on display. A printed copy of the full draft Plan is available to view at the Durning Library and at South Lambeth Library.

The launch event on 19 March was very well attended and proved to be a great opportunity to celebrate a vibrant community and inform and consult on the future shape of the neighbourhood.

Guests particularly enjoyed the performance of In Harmony Junior Wind Band. It was ‘awesome’. For more about In Harmony: http://www.inharmonylambeth.co.uk/ihl-nucleo-north.html. (‘Every week after school, 150 musicians of all ages come together to make music in various orchestras. choirs and ensembles. The children have different levels of experience and quickly make the journey from learning to making a sound on their instrument, to performing at the Royal Festival Hall!’)

This entrancing entertainment was followed by another when the local choir Vauxhall Voices presented five beautiful songs from all corners of the earth. A very impressive performance. See details at: http://vauxhallvoices.com/

KOV Forum was delighted to report that ‘This was a public planning exhibition with a difference, bringing members of our community together through music, food and a shared interest in caring for our area’.

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan? Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans. Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. Neighbourhood Plan policies cannot block development that is already an adopted part of the Local Plan. It can shape development, designate sites, protect local green spaces, support local employment and address many more planning matters in greater detail than it is possible for a Local Plan and the London Plan.

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