Lambeth Council tightens up rules for running events on Clapham Common

10 July 2017

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Lambeth Council has set a precedent for events management by bringing a full calendar year of events on an area of public open space under planning control.

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Lambeth Council tightens up rules for running events on Clapham Common

Members of the council’s planning committee granted conditional approval for events on Clapham Common that range from charity events like Moonwalk for Breast Cancer, Great Ormond St Santa Dash to community events and the long established major commercial SW4 event in August.

The approval does not add event days on the Common.

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet member for Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: “All events are subject to rigorous scrutiny at various stages during the application process which covers licensable activities, health and safety, environmental and transport aspects.

“This sets the bench mark for even greater reassurance to event organisers, local residents and communities that any events authorised by Lambeth Council are lawful and subject to appropriate and proportionate planning controls. Planning approval supplements the robust regulatory controls that already exist to protect Clapham Common which is a much loved and valued public amenity for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors.”

The planning application and approval follows the council’s adoption of a new Events Strategy in 2016 which limits the number of major events in Lambeth’s parks and commits a proportion of commercial revenue raised back into the borough’s parks and open spaces.

For more information visit the Planning Application Committee papers