Southwark Free School public hearing

In his role of making strategic planning decisions for London, the Mayor may occasionally take over an application, therefore becoming the local planning authority. He must then hold a public hearing before deciding whether or not to grant planning permission.

In this instance, the Mayor took over the application for the redevelopment of Southwark Free School.

Background to the public hearing

On 5 July 2013 Southwark Council advised the Mayor that it was minded to refuse planning permission for the redevelopment proposals at Southwark Free School, 399 Rotherhithe New Road, Southwark.

On 10 July 2013 the Mayor notified Southwark Council that he would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning application (under article 7 of the Mayor of London Order 2008 and the powers conferred by Section 2A of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act).

The Local Planning Authority reference assigned to the application is 13/AP/0065. The GLA reference is D&P3060.

GLA application documents

The Mayor’s initial Stage I report, together with the Stage II report and the Mayor’s decision letter are available below.


Representation hearing

Following a site visit by the Mayor, a representation hearing was held at City Hall on 19 December 2013. As a result of the hearing the Mayor resolved to grant planning permission, subject to completion of a Section 106 legal agreement.

The documents associated with the representation hearing are available to download below.

Final decision

The final decision notice and the signed section 106 agreement can be found below:

Planning application documents

If you wish to view the original planning application documents, please refer to the borough planning page.