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  • The London Borough of Southwark includes:

    • Conservation Areas

    • Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)

    • Metropolitan Open Land

    These designations protect both urban and natural environments in the borough.

  • Bear Gardens   Thrale Street   Union Street   Trinity Church Square   Tooley Street North and South   Tower Bridge   Borough High Street   St Saviour's Dock   Wilson Grove   St Mary's Rotherhithe   Page's Walk   St George's Circus   West Square   Kennington Park Road   Pullens Estate   Thorburn Square   Trafalgar Avenue   Cobourg Road   Liverpool Grove   Sutherland Square   Caroline Gardens   Grosvenor Park   Camberwell New Road   Camberwell Green   Sceaux Gardens   Camberwell Grove   Nunhead Green   Nunhead Cemetery   The Gardens   Honor Oak Rise   Stradella Road   Dulwich Village   Dulwich Wood   Addington Square   Sunray Estate   King's Bench   Bermondsey Street   Edward III's Rotherhithe   Eliot's Row   Larcom Street   Liberty of the Mint   Peckham Hill Street   Rye Lane Peckham   Valentine Place   Glengall Road   Holly Grove   Old Barge House Alley   Walworth Road

  • The London Borough of Southwark is covered by the postcode districts SE1, SE5, SE15, SE16, SE17, SE21, SE22, SE24.


Southwark, located in Central London, is a borough known for its historical significance and dynamic urban planning. The borough includes areas such as London Bridge, Bermondsey, and Dulwich, each with its unique character and landmarks. London Bridge is home to iconic landmarks such as The Shard and Borough Market, reflecting the borough’s blend of old and new. Bermondsey is known for its vibrant arts scene and historic docklands. Dulwich, with its picturesque village atmosphere and the renowned Dulwich Picture Gallery, adds to the borough’s cultural diversity. The borough’s planning strategy emphasizes the regeneration of key areas, with projects such as the Elephant and Castle redevelopment transforming the urban landscape. Southwark’s extensive green spaces, including Southwark Park and Burgess Park, provide residents with ample recreational opportunities. The borough’s excellent transport links, including the Jubilee Line, Overground, and numerous bus routes, enhance its connectivity. Southwark’s commitment to urban regeneration and sustainable development makes it a desirable place to live and work.

Local Authority at a glance


Planning Policy & Housing Delivery


  • Adopted Local Plan: Southwark Plan, February 2022.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Bankside, Walworth.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: Local Plan review in progress, expected adoption by 2024.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Design, Housing, and Sustainability.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 66% - Not Acceptable (requires significant improvement)​

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 1,150

  • Applications Decided: 1,100

  • Appeals Allowed: 12

  • Appeals Dismissed: 21

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 80%

  • Analysis: Southwark processed 1,150 applications and decided 1,100 of them. There were 12 appeals allowed and 21 appeals dismissed. The percentage of applications determined within the statutory period was 80%, indicating adequate administrative efficiency and robust decision-making processes.

For further and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables (GOV.UK)

Address: 160 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2QH

Phone: 020 7525 5403


Website: Southwark Borough Council

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