West Norwood station
The rail companies have plans to close Ticket Offices at most stations across the country. The plan is for multi-skilled station staff to provide “Ticket Assistance” instead -and help travellers use the ticket machines. Our local nearby stations: West Norwood, Gipsy Hill, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill will all be affected. Ticket Offices at major stations like Victoria, Waterloo & Clapham Junction are also to be closed.
To see the closure plans for Southern and Thameslink click on the links below:
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Aldi wants to build a store on Knights Hill beside the Big Yellow Box Storage Company. They have organised two consulation events at the Baptist Church on Thornlaw road – Thursday 21/7 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 23/7 10.30am to 1.30pm.
The next stage will be a formal planning application and another chance to have a say.
The site is in West Norwood’s KIBA (Key Industrial Business Area). It is the council’s policy to concentrate retail businesses in the Norwood Road shopping street.
See previous post 26/3/17
The heart of West Norwood town centre lies between York Hill and Lansdowne Hill. It currently includes 80 homes, mostly above shops, a B&Q store, the Texaco garage, Knowles, Iceland plus many independent smaller shops. There has been talk about revamping the town centre for many years but the only recent development are the new flats above Iceland.
The council calls this area of the town centre Site 18 and is now consulting the community on fresh plans until Feb 21st. To see the details and make your views known go online to: https://lambethsadpdsite18.commonplace.is/
The new plans for Site 18 indicate 400 to 500 new homes including between 165 and 295 ‘affordable’ homes. The proposal is to divide the area into 14 blocks of 5 to 12 storeys to ensure its easy to walk or cycle around. There is no mention of car parking. The ground floors would be mainly for employment use and at least 50% of the units facing onto Norwood Road would be shops. A new road linking Lansdowne Hill and York Hill would be required. The plan would set back the new shops so the pavement is wider and include a small public square opposite Chatsworth Way.
The site is complicated to rebuild as there are so many different land owners involved. So the site might be redeveloped piecemeal. Or the landowners might come together as a partnership to re-develop the site as one build. Whichever way it goes it will mean several years of disruption and construction in the town centre.
Ideas from previous consultations on the future of the town centre are in West Norwood master plan [pdf] dated April 2017.
GNK is a builders merchants at 80 Norwood High St SE27 9NW and due to its growing success has become too big for the limited size of its current site.
Local residents and Lambeth council have been concerned at the impact on pedestrian safety and traffic on Norwood High St due to the way vehicles enter & leave the premises. Excessive parking on Norwood High St itself often reduces this busy B232 road to one lane of traffic at many times of the working day.
Over the years the council tried to get GNK to implement the conditions of their original planning permission 10/02101 which do not permit reversing out of the site nor parking on the Norwood High St. Customers and delivery trucks are required to park off-road & on the site and turn and leave the site in forward gear.
In July 2020 the council refused GNK planning application 20/01734 to remove the condition preventing vehicles reversing into Norwood Rd. GNK have now appealed the council’s refusal to the independent Planning Inspector. To comment on the appeal (make a representation) go to:
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ and quote ref 3258370 before Monday 18/1/21.
For more information on the planning history of the site please go to Lambeth’s planning portal
https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and quote the address. 20/01734 has details of the appeal.
Admiral are in the slot machine business and have applied for planning permission to turn the empty Ladbrokes betting shop, on the one-way system at Tulse Hill, into an “adult gaming centre” for over-18s.
Both betting shops & adult gaming have the same planning use – “sui generis” – so there is no change of use.
What the planning decision will take into account is matters such as: an active shop front adding to the vibrancy of the area around Tulse Hill train station; any impact on transport; any impact on crime & anti-social behaviour; any impact on “amenity” or character of the area and immediate neighbours.
To comment on this application before the decision is made please go online to the Lambeth Planning portal and use ref 20/02984 for 172-176 Norwood Rd SE27 9AZ. The decision is due to be made at the end of December.
Over 20% of the adult gaming centres in the UK are part of Luxury Leisure Talarius which uses the Admiral brand. Admiral say they offer the ultimate gaming experience, showcasing the best casino and classic slot games available on both the most technologically advanced slot machines and traditional “fruit machines.”
Local Labour councillors from Thurlow Park ward have already objected to Admiral’s planning application.
If Admiral get the go-ahead they will also need to advertise when they apply for a gambling license. This licensing process gives local people 28 days to comment.
Our local shops are re-opening after lockdown – with social distancing . To keep West Norwood town centre thriving let’s all make our local shops our first choice!
We have a fantastic range of retailers and services in West Norwood – have a look at the business directory online and see what’s on offer.
The council’s Lambeth Local Economy Hardship Fund has new grants from £5,000 to £25,000 for the businesses, charities & not for profits that rely on bringing groups of people together. This sector faces the biggest threat for survival with the ongoing need for social distancing.
The fund has four different categories – Independent Hospitality Fund, Arts and Culture at Risk Fund, Charitable Organisations Fund and Shared Workspaces and Market Traders Fund. To apply for funding see:
The council has already paid out more than £44.31m of business rates grants and support to over 3,000 businesses and waived rents for many local charities and small businesses.
Cllr Matthew Bennett (pictured) the councillor responsible for the local economy says “Our social, creative and community sectors play a critical role in Lambeth’s thriving local economy, support thousands of jobs and are an important part in what makes our town centres, and Lambeth as a whole, so vibrant. We have quickly put together a fresh package of support using government funding topped up from our own financial resources to protect our locally owned small businesses, leisure industry, cultural sector and charities.”
For more details see: