South Bank & Waterloo Neighbourhood Plan
7 Jan 2015
South Bank & Waterloo Neighbours (SoWN), which is administered by SBEG, is producing a Neighbourhood Plan under the provisions of the Localism Act (2011). Support for the neighbourhood plan is included in both SBEG’s business plan and the South Bank Partnership’s Manifesto as a key mechanism for enabling local decision making about planning decisions and the defrayal of developer contributions for a better neighbourhood.
SoWN comprises some 430 members, residents, employees and businesses and is one of the largest such organisations in the country. In the last quarter an extensive programme of talks and debates, and a consultation stall in Lower Marsh Saturday Market was successful in gathering a wealth of information to develop the vision and core values and provide the basis for distillation into broad themes for the plan. Working groups have been formed to develop a set of objectives and projects for retail, housing, social infrastructure, streetscape and transport, development management, and green infrastructure, open space & air quality.
70 members of the business and residential community fed back on these at a conference on December 11thand a steering group was also re-elected.
On 30 October SoWN hosted a visit from Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, who was supportive of the SoWN process, describing it as an exemplar of urban neighbourhood planning. To find out more visit www.sowneighbours.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The New South Bank BID
7 Jan 2015
The South Bank BID ballot took place in June 2014, and a strong endorsement for the proposal with 90% voting in favour resulted in the creation of a new Business Improvement District (BID) for London. Welcoming the news of the result, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The world famous South Bank attracts 25 million visitors a year and is a vital part of the city’s economy. A Business Improvement District will help ensure that the area continues to flourish for many years to come”. The South Bank BID proposal committed to Deliver a safer, cleaner and greener neighbourhood; Promote the South Bank and its individual businesses; Manage the impact of construction on business; be a representative voice for South Bank businesses; Assist in reducing operational costs for businesses. The BID formally came into being on 1 October 2014 and has started operations, including delivery of environmental services, security and marketing. Delivery is being overseen by SBEG staff and aligned with existing SBEG service delivery to minimise overheads and maximise performance.
SBEG’s Role in South Bank
7 Jan 2015
To help explain SBEG’s role and our different relationships with the community, our partners and members, we have produced a chart, which shows where we sit in the various organisations, programmes and projects which help make the South Bank work (with a short description of each of the organisations for which we provide the secretariat and delivery), or with whom we work in partnership.
The chart is available to view and download here. We hope you find it useful.
South Bank Employers' Group (SBEG) is a unique partnership of seventeen major organisations in South Bank, Waterloo and Blackfriars with a long-term commitment to improving and promoting the everyday experience of the area for employees, visitors and residents alike.
Over the past twenty years, our creative partnerships and effective delivery have helped transform a bleak and hostile area into one of the most exciting destinations in the UK. We are dedicated to delivering public realm, marketing and employment projects which will continue to have real impact on the area and ensure its future at the heart of London. South Bank Employers’ Group is a non-profit company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board appointed by its full members who are currently:
Braeburn Estates, British Film Institute, Coin Street Community Builders, Elizabeth House Partners, EY, Garden Bridge Trust, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, ITV, King’s College London, London & Continental Railways, London South Bank University, Merlin Entertainments, National Theatre, Network Rail, Park Plaza Hotels, Shell, Southbank Centre.