Thank you for your email dated 4th of December 2012. Similar concerns have been raised with me by College Ward councillors.
The decision to move to a more centralised approach to planning was based on a number of factors. Firstly, we found that we were the unsuccessful respondents in a disproportionate number of planning appeals in respect of matters determined at Community Council planning committees.
Secondly, and more importantly, we did have to find a way to reduce the costs of Community Council meetings following government funding cuts to us as a local authority of nearly £90 million. In order to achieve the level of savings we required we were forced to centralise the decision-making process.
However, I take on board your point about having some planning meetings in Dulwich and I will look into the possibility of achieving this in 2013. Similarly, we will undertake a review of all changes to Community Councils in the new year.
With best wishes,
Cllr Peter John
Leader of Southwark Council
Labour Councillor for South Camberwell