Leathermarket JMB has formally set out its response the the proposed boundary for Neighbourhood Planning in its area.
Following concerns that Southwark Council is considering splitting the JMB’s area in half for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning, the JMB has formally responded to Southwark Council’s consultation on the matter.
The letter sets out the JMB’s concerns about the suggestion that the area could have a southern boundary at Long Lane, pointing out:
1) There is no real difference to the predominantly residential nature of the areas immediately north and south of Long Lane. While there are retail and business on Bermondsey Street, there are also retail and business on Borough High Street, Tower Bridge Road, Great Dover Street and indeed on both sides of Long Lane. It is only when you reach the Guy’s campus and London Bridge station that the area changes considerably.
2) Dividing the area at Long Lane would not only split the JMB estates in two, it would also divide the Tabard Gardens estate. It does not make sense to divide and established community.
3) Long Lane is not really a natural boundary and the area would benefit more from improving the links north and south across Long Lane, not imposing an artificial division.
4) A division at Long Lane would leave a gap between the Bermondsey Neighbourhood Planning Groups and the group proposing a scheme in Walworth. This doesn’t make sense
5) It makes sense to include the wider area down to New Kent Road to ensure the Bermondsey area captures the full diversity of the area (which Neighbourhood Planning volunteers wish to protect and conserve) and allow the potential of further activities to build involvement across the north and south of the area, such as to those the JMB is undertaking with Team London Bridge.
The letter makes it clear that the JMB will not participate in any Neighbourhood Planning Group that does not contain all the JMB properties in a single area.