Category Archives: Environment

Getting ready for Spring in Norwood Park

Getting ready for Spring in Norwood Park

Friends of Norwood Park are tidying up the Woodland walk, before the birds start nesting, on. All welcome to drop by – near the Finch Avenue entrance of Aubyn Hill SE27 9TX . The sun is due to shine but it will probably still be a bit muddy!
For details: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofNorwoodPark/

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Future West Norwood & Future Lambeth

The Lambeth Local Plan, together with the London Mayor’s Plan forms the statutory basis for making planning applications decisions..

Lambeth is reviewing its Local Plan in consultation with local people. And this is now the last chance to have a say before the Lambeth’s draft Local Plan is independently examined by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities &Local government (Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark, Nottinghamshire).  The deadline for comments is Friday 13/3/20.

See: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/27932c6

Developers consult on plans for Windsor Grove

The Local Plan is an important document for improving the supply of housing across the borough and addressing climate change: it is 544 pages  and covers lots of detail.

Policy PN7 is the overall policy for West Norwood/Tulse on page 430 and promises Norwood High Street will get its own Special Planning Document  later this year as the West Norwood Creative Business Cluster. Policy ED3 is Key Industrial business Areas – KIBAs on page 132 & 476. In light of the numerous  local Thames Water leaks, Policy EN6, on page 245, on drainage and water management will be of interest to West Norwood residents.

Comments on the draft Lambeth Local Plan can be emailed to: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk  by the 13th March deadline.

See our earlier posts: 15/11/2017

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Thames Water is back for Monday 6th Jan!

322 bus

Latest: Thames Water plans have changed and there will be no temporary bus stops in Norwood Road as mentioned below.

Roadworks and disruption will return to West Norwood late on Sunday 5th January at 10pm till June 2020. See attached letter.

Robson Road will be closed except for left turning traffic. So the northbound 322 (to Herne Hill & Clapham) will have to take the long way round via Rosendale Road, the south circular and back to West Norwood along Lancaster Avenue where there will be a temporary bus stop. Bus stops R and W on Robson Road will be closed for 6 months.

Chestnut Road will be closed at its junction with Norwood Road until 14th February. The vegetable stall will be stay put (but will first be taking a few days holiday). Lansdowne Hill will be partially closed at its junction with Norwood Road.  Leigham Vale will remain closed too.

Bus stops on Norwood Road will change temporarily. The ones outside Sainsbury’s &  Efe’s will move a bit north to Greggs & Knowles.  The one outside former-Barclays/Decorators Merchants will be closed.

Thames Water are relaying a modern water main under Norwood Rd as part of a £14m project. Hopefully the work will be completed on time in 6 months by June 2020. Residents  & businesses can pop in and meet the Thames Water team at the Robson Road portacabins  during office hours.

In the meantime please report any leaks in other local streets direct to Thames Water  telephone 0800 714 614 or https://www2.thameswater.co.uk/leak/

See our earlier posts:

21/12/19, 27/5/19, 3/5/19, 9/4/19, 15/3/19, 23/1/19

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Thames Water closedown for Xmas

Today Thames Water have packed up for Christmas  leaving Norwood Road free of roadworks for a couple of weeks.

York Hill and Lancaster Aveneue are reopening so the 315 bus can return to its normal route both up and down York Hill.

Please do support our local shops – lots of things for Christmas –  and free home deliveries by cargo bike https://stationtostation.london/cargobike/

Of course Thames Water will be back on 6th January for another 6 months. Details in this letter  [pdf] to residents.

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Windsor Grove scrapyard

Southwark Metals are developing plans to modernise the derelict scrapyard at the bottom of Windsor Grove SE27 9NT off Norwood High Street and next door to the Royal Mail SE27 sorting office.

Before they submit a planning application Southwark Metals want to consult local people and are holding an exhibition next week at St Luke’s church SE27 0DT. All welcome to drop in and have a say on Monday 9th December 5pm to 8pm or Wednesday 11th December 11am to 3pm

Cllr Jackie Meldrum visited the Southwark Metals site, off Old Kent Road SE15, in the summer ( pictured) as they want to move their business to West Norwood. Old Kent Road is part of the A2 and the

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at Southwark Metals

main London to Dover road and much busier than West Norwood.  So there are concerns about increased  traffic accessing the proposed site for a metal recycling centre in Windsor Grove.

Waste sites, including scrapyards, are protected in London as there are so few of them and London’s waste keeps growing .

For details see:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste#planning-for-londons-waste

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Thurlow Park Rd corner

Developers plan to demolish the grotty corner on Thurlow Park Road opposite the Tulse Hill Hotel and build 43 new homes in a block up to 7 storeys high. The proposal for the new block is for eight 3-bedroom homes, twenty seven 2-bedroom homes and eight 2- bedroom homes.  17  of the flats are to be affordable.

The site is close to Tulse Hill rail station and many bus routes so there is no off-road parking except for 2 disabled bays and plenty of cycle parking.

To see the plans in detail, comments from Thurlow Park ward Labour councillors & other residents and to submit an online comment go to Lambeth’s planning portal  https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications    and quote ref: 19/03669

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Curnicks Lane development

Curnicks Lane

Developers want to turn the empty workshops on Curnick’s Lane, off Chapel Rd, into 10  bedsits or flatlets. These will probably be for private rent.

They have applied for ”permitted development“ approval to turn the light industrial buildings into homes. The council has to make a decision within 56 calendar days or the permission is automatically given. The only basis for objections must be on flooding, pollution or transport grounds. To see details of the proposals use ref 19/02821 at Lambeth’s planning portal:     https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/

Once the change of use from industrial to residential is agreed the developers will have to apply for planning permission in the normal way to make any changes to the outside of the building eg add any new windows and door ways. Comments and objections can then be made in the normal way.

The Tory government uses permitted development rights to relax planning regulations so that developers can bypass local planning policies such as minimum size of homes or provide affordable housing as part of the development or pay a contribution to the cost of local schools and other public services. These permitted development rights to convert light industrial buildings into residential are temporary rights for a period of three years from November 2017. There is a good summary of permitted development rights here.

Permitted development rights were given temporarily to convert office blocks into homes in May 2013. The government made office to residential permitted development  permanent from April 2016.

Lambeth council is currently updating its local planning policies in consultation with local people . The next stage of consultation will be towards the end of this year:

[https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/have-your-say-on-the-draft-revised-lambeth-local-plan-october-2018]

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