Category Archives: Environment

Knollys Yard developers workshops

The developer, Ecoworld, is running three community workshops on their ambitious plans for new housing in the Knollys Yard triangle also known as site 19. Over the summer, during three walkabouts, local residents told Ecoworld about some of their initial concerns.

The community workshop sessions are

  • Saturday 10th Sept 10.30am to 1pm  – design & new bridges into the site
  • Monday 19th Sept 6pm to 8pm –public space & new bridges into the site
  • Monday 6th Oct 6pm to 7pm – employments & workspace

All sessions will be in the Scout Hut on High Trees road SW2 3PU between the High Trees Community Centre amd Fenstanton primary school

For more information on the proposed development off Knollys Road see our earlier posts on :

 

5/4/22

12/2/22

26/1/22

10/1/22

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Have your say on a new play ground for Norwood Park

The playground in Norwood Park near Salters Hill needs new equipment and repairs. If your family use the park please have a look at the online consultation. Its your chance to help choose what should be the new play ground.

Go to:

https://beta.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/have-your-say-salters-hill-playground-norwood-park?medium=email&source=GovDelivery

Deadline for the survey is Sunday Sept 11th

Norwood Park is well worth a visit .. and has a Friends Group:

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofNorwoodPark/

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Norwood High St closed by Thames Water burst

The one way system outside West Norwood Library SE27 9JX  is closed for about a week so Thames Water can fix a burst water main.

Burst in road outside the library

Southbound traffic traffic along Norwood High Street will be forced to use other local routes.

Southbound bus routes are affected. The southbound 68 bus terminates at Tulse Hill station stop and the northbound 68 is not picking up from the Perran Road stop.

The 2, 196, 432 and 468 southbound are diverting along Christchurch Rd to Streatham High Road, Leigham Court Road  and then to Crown Point before continuing their onward journey. The 2 returns to West Norwood via Elder Road .

432 on diversion along Christchurch Rd

The West Norwood bound 315 diverts along Leigham Court Rd  to Crown Point and down Knights Hill.

Apart from the 68, northbound buses are using their normal route.

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ALDI consultation

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

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Glennie-Broxholm temporary one-way system

Glennie Road

Glennie Road and Broxholm Road are a one-way road system for the duration of the roadworks by G.Network over the summer. G.Network are installing fibre optic cable under the road to provide faster broadband  to homes.

Over the years many residents have requested a one way system for Glennie and Broxholm as these roads have parking on both sides and leave little room for the through traffic- which can be very busy, particularly in early evenings.

Broxholm Road

These roadworks are a useful test of how a one way system might work in the long term. Traffic is temporarily flowing west to east along  Glennie Road and flowing east to west from Royal Circus along Broxholm Road.  Highways engineers tell us one of the disadvantages of one way systems is that vehicles tend to speed up.

Please let your local councillors know how the temporary one -way system works for you, as a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, by emailing Cllr Ibtisam Adem iadem@lambeth.gov.uk

There is a major programme underway across the UK for private companies to install fibre optic cable for broadband connection to the internet. The government plans for everyone to have access to the internet by December 2025  when land line telephone numbers will transfer online. For more information see here .

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Update on major developments

Marina Ahmad AM & Cllr Jackie Meldrum at Site 19

The 6 week public consultation on the policy to rebuild the heart of West Norwood town centre (Site 18) and of Knollys Goods Yard ( Site 19) ended on 22nd Feb.

In light of the potential ‘transformative impact’ nature of these site policies your local Labour councillors asked for these two sites to be withdrawn from the policy-making process. Councillors want a more detailed consultation with residents and businesses on the future of these two important sites to ensure the special character of West Norwood is respected.

Local people are not opposed to new buildings.  But there was tremendous opposition to the proposal for a tall tower in the town centre and 3 tall towers on Knollys Rd.  Many people are angry at the lack of public engagement while the plans were drawn up.

As the policies are part of a statutory process councillors submitted detailed queries and comments for Site 18 (pdf) and for Site 19 (pdf).

After the consultation ended the GLA agreed a large grant to help develop Site 19. It is published here.

The next step is for all the comments to be considered by the council and a revised policy published in winter 2022/23 for a further round of public consultation. The plans then go to the London Mayor to ensure a fit with the London wide plan. The council will formally adopt the site policies in winter 2023/24. For details see Lambeth’s 13/12/21  “Regulation 18 draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document” report.

See our previous posts

12/2/22

26/1/22

10/1/22

 

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Waylett Place – Developers of part of Site 18

Developers are meeting the public, on Zoom, this Wednesday 23/3 evening 7pm to 8pm or Thurs 24/3 7pm to  8pm to discuss their plans to redevelop the old car workshops at 1-5 Waylett Place SE27 9AE which are next to B&Q.

The proposal at this stage is for 30 new homes over 7 storeys – plus ground floor employment space.

To book a  Zoom session to meet the developers, Woolbro Homes, go to:

https://waylettplace.com/

This is the first specific site out for informal consultation following the Site 18 West Norwood town centre online consultation, which ended only a month ago on 22/2/22. The developers hope to submit a formal planning application this summer 2022.

See our earlier posts

12/2/22

26/1/22

10/1/22

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Windsor Grove mega-scrapyard  appeal

On Tuesday 1st March at 10am the independent Planning Inspector starts the appeal from developers to overturn Lambeth Council’s refusal of planning permission for the mega-scrapyard plans in Windsor Grove.

The Appeal will be online as a “Teams” meeting for about 5 days. To follow it live go to:

https://beta.lambeth.gov.uk/public-inquiry-land-windsor-grove/observing-taking-part-inquiry

There was a massive community campaign last summer opposing the plans and your local councillors will be speaking against the plans.  A mega metal recycling centre to recycle 10% of the entire metal waste in London  is not suitable for West Norwood. To build such a centre right next door to homes and a children’s play ground is unacceptable.

In this case Michael Gove, the Secretary of State, is to make the final decision on the appeal.

See our earlier posts:

16/11/21

13/7/21

20/1/21

19/5/20

7/12/19

To see other West Norwood planning applications and appeals – updated monthly – check our planning pages:

https://westnorwoodnews.com/local-planning-applications/

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Dirty London air

Help map polluted air hotspots in Lambeth and contribute to Lambeth’s new  Air Quality Action Plan. To clean our dirty air the council works in partnership with residents, community groups and local businesses.

Have your say on the plan here before Thursday 31st March 2022.

or email directly XDESSustainability@lambeth.gov.uk

In recent years air quality has improved significantly in Lambeth, but much more still needs to be done to create a clean and healthy borough for everyone. The photo shows the first pavement based pollution monitoring system, located on busy A23  in Brixton, that can accurately measure the fine particulate matter PM 2.5 up to two and a half microns in diameter.

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Still time to comment on controversial tower blocks for West Norwood

Commonplace website

It’s not too late to have your say on Lambeth’s ambitious draft policies for two major development sites in West Norwood . The deadline is Tues 22nd Feb.

The policies would provide hundreds of new homes including much needed subsidised “social housing“ alongside modern workspaces .

However the council plans propose four tower blocks for these West Norwood sites. The policy to rebuild Norwood town centre & shops between Lansdowne Hill and York Hill (site 18) includes a 12-storey tower.  A second policy, for the scaffolding yard off Knollys Rd (site 19),  includes three tower blocks between 12 and 20 storeys high and extra bridges over the railway.

Your local Knights Hill ward councillors have spoken to many residents and businesses alarmed by these proposals. We very much welcome more investment in West Norwood but do not see tower blocks as necessary or as fitting in with the neighbourhood. We want the council to take time to engage with local residents and businesses to discuss alternative options.

To have your say online on these draft policies  – go to https://lambethsadpd.commonplace.is/ and click on Site 18 and on Site 19. The Site Allocation Policy and Evidence sections summarise the main details of what is being planned.

These are just two of 14 sites in Lambeth being prepared for regeneration.

To date, the Norwood sites have topped the number of online responses – the two Norwood sites have more comments than all the other 12 sites together. They also propose more housing than the others and the tallest towers.

See our previous posts:

26/1/22

10/1/22

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