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Another public meeting has been arranged about the Vauxhall area planning framework (earlier coverage here and here).  The additional meeting has been arranged by the Kennington Oval and Vauxhall Forum and will take place on at 7pm Wednesday 10 February at St Peter’s Church, Kennington Lane, Vauxhall.

The deadline for comments on the draft planning framework has now been extended to 28 February – details are on the Mayor’s website.

From now on, updates on the Kennington Oval and Vauxhall Forum website news page will be picked up in the News From Other Stockwell Sites area of this site.

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If you didn’t make it to the meeting about the future of Vauxhall which Chris wrote about last week, it’s well worth reading the lively account of what happened on Lurking About SE11.  And if you want to know the background you might also like to read the snappily titled Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework Consultation Draft.  You can download it here – but be warned that it’s a 16Mb document which is 170 pages long. [Update: If you have tried to download it but got an error message, that’s because the Mayor’s website has been reorganised.  The link has now been updated to point to the new location.]

The future of Vauxhall and the wider ‘opportunity area’ has been a long-running topic, and doubtless will continue for a long time yet.  We featured the Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document here just over a year ago and the proposed Northern Line extension last summer.

Part of the problem for residents (and their associations) trying to keep track of all this is that the decision making is very fragmented.  In a separate post, Lurking Around SE11 makes the perceptive point that:

It seems that there is an ongoing issue pertaining to the requests for permission lining up with the Mayor’s Plan for Nine Elms and the Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document. Each time a developer submits a request for planning permission for a new building, the transport and infrastructure questions are only considered for the building in question by the local council (in this case, Lambeth). Does this mean that the developers will keep having planning permission granted because “just one more building” won’t affect the underground tube congestion? As long as Lambeth Council are seen to be proceeding on a building by building basis, there is less need for anybody to consider the overall area, and the effects that new buildings will have on older buildings and the surrounding townscape. Indeed, it’s rather impossible for residents to object, approve or comment on each new building because it’s so time consuming to work in this manner. Please could we consider multiple buildings and their effects on one another, before we have to comment on the next in the series?

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Back in October, we had to turn off the list of local planning applications which appeared in the right hand column.  The service is based on postcodes and Royal Mail decided to get heavy handed with the rights they claim over the postcode data, resulting in the service being withdrawn altogether – full details are in the original post.

The service has now been restored although with a slightly cryptic warning that is functioning with reduced postcode accuracy.  But it should mean that we don’t have to rely on spotting notices on lamp posts to find out what is going on.

The return of Planning Alerts may be linked to today’s launch by Sir Tim Berner-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, of a new government website giving access to a huge range of government data for creating just these kinds of useful applications. Planning Alerts is one of the first batch of applications featured on the site.

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If you haven’t already received the newsletter through your front door you can download it here. The newsletter for this quarter contains:

  • Tube noise: the rumblings of change?
  • Clint Eastwood’s visit and details on filming in the area
  • Call for ideas on how to spend ASSA community £s
  • Rubbish collections and bins in Albert Square
  • Details of the recent draught busting day and street sale
  • Call for helpers in the Summer fair (June 12th – put it in your diary!)
  • Call to action on companies who refuse to deliver up more than 13 steps

Download here: ASSA Newsletter Q1_2010

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Our friends at the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum have asked us to extend this invite to ASSA residents.

It may be on your doorstep or you may live a couple of miles away – in either case the changes will affect you.   Hundreds of new homes and residents will impact on transport, parking, schooling, health care and recreational facilities.   What are the plans to cope with thesechanges?

On 19th January, we have a chance to listen to these plans, question the proposals and make suggestions.   Please take part – don’t leave it to your neighbour who may have different ideas from yourself.   We look forward to seeing you there.   It is very important for all who live in the Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall area.   It is also important to those who live in adjoining Stockwell.

7.00 for 7.30 Montgomery Hall, 58 Kennington Oval, SE11.

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