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Thames Water close Gipsy Hill

Gipsy Hill road is closed to all through vehicles for 42 days so Thames Water can replace its old pipes with blue plastic piping .

At the same time SGN is replacing its  old pipes with yellow plastic ones.

The road should open again on 1st September.  In the meantime the 322 bus is diverted along Crystal Palace Parade via College Road to Dulwich Wood Park road and then re-join Gipsy Road at the roundabout.

For more details contact Thames Water on 0800 316 9800 quoting job 7000 5629

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Planning applications in West Norwood

There is considerable interest from developers wanting to invest in sites across West Norwood

To help local people keep up with developers’ plans we are listing  all the planning applications for planning permission and appeals against council decisions in the West Norwood area on this web site: https://westnorwoodnews.com/local-planning-applications/

These lists are for information only.

Everyone is entitled to comment on planning applications for permission from the council to build new buildings or refurbish existing ones. To look at the details of a planning application and comment online go to https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search on the planning reference.

If the council refuses planning permission, the applicant has up to 6 months to submit an appeal and get the independent Planning Inspector to take a fresh look at the application. To look at and comment on an appeal go to: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/

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Windsor Grove metal recycling turned down – Latest update 27/7/21

Protest outside town hall

After a lengthy meeting on the 13th July ending at 10.45pm councillors on Lambeth’s  Planning Committee agreed to refuse permission for the application 20/01066 to create a mega metal-recycling facility in Windsor Grove SE27 9NT. But the detailed reasons and the formal decision will be deferred to the next meeting.

West Norwood residents turned up with placards outside the town hall in Brixton before the meeting started at 7pm on Tuesday evening tonight.  The committee of cross-party councillors heard strong objections from residents, business, Helen Hayes MP  and local councillors . Helen Hayes handed in a petition with 5,500 signatures from people opposing the plans.

There is widespread opposition to the plans throughout the West Norwood community. Such a mega site would require a hundred super heavy trucks and vans going to and from the site each day: causing more air pollution, more noise and more traffic congestion in West Norwood’s narrow streets. A big thanks to Norwood Action Group for their regular newsletters over the last year and to  the #ScraptheYard campaign

Watch this space!

The meeting to finalise the decision was held on Tuesday 27th July and the planning application was unanimously refused by councillors. The reason for refusal was : The impact of the increased noise, traffic & pollution will impact on the  amenity of the area.  

See our previous posts on Windsor Grove:

20/1/21

19/5/20

7/12/19

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

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Crown Dale GP Practice

The GP building in Crown Dale is closed for refurbishment & extension till April 2022. It will reopen with more facilities & more services.

Crown Dale recently merged with Tulse Hill and the new combined practice, Northwood, will run from both sites. Whilst Crown Dale is closed all services are based at Tulse Hill. The combined practice has extended opening hours to provide mainly online and telephone access during lockdown.

To contact the practice see their web site: https://northwoodgrouppractice.co.uk/

Planning application 20/01079 has full details of the extended building at Crown Dale (pictured). It will include a new multi-purpose community room for classes organised by external organisations such as yoga, tai chi, exercises classes and Macmillan coffee mornings. Use Lambeth’s planning portal to see the planning application.

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Traffic delays & 322 bus diversion

This week’s Thames Water road diversions include no right turn from Robson Road onto Norwood Road for larger vehicles, temporary traffic lights and one lane outside Tescos.

All larger northbound traffic from Robson Road, including the 322 bus, will turn left and go around the one way system past the bus garage.

The diversion starts on Monday 26th July for 5 days to Friday 30th July so Thames Water can do works at this road junction.  The works will include a few days waiting for the concrete to set hard enough to re-tarmac.

The Canterbury Grove closure remains in place with the 315 bus diverted via Crown Lane.  See our earlier post at  https://westnorwoodnews.com/2021/05/24/thames-water-delays/

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Leigham Vale temporary lane closure

Closures on Leigham Vale

More Thames Water road works will close the northbound lane of Leigham Vale – from Knollys Road to Stockbridge Rd – from Monday  March 8th . If all goes well the works are expected to take three days.

These works join many more road or lane closures in West Norwood as Thames Water struggles to deal with leaks this winter.

You can report leaks to Thames Water online and check on updates to repairs at : https://www.thameswater.co.uk/leak/

This map indicates the local leaks displayed on the Thames Water website today. [Pic 2]

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Windsor Grove scrapyard

The developers of the derelict scrapyard at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT have submitted a very detailed Environmental Statement report to support their plans to demolish & rebuild a metal recycling facility on the site. The report concludes there will be no significant environmental effects from the development at Windsor Grove but the ecology/diversity will be improved and the sustainable transport will have health benefits.

Over 1,000 residents have already commented / objected to the plans. They were invited by a letter from the council [jpeg] to read & comment on the Environmental Statement by  Monday 8th February 2021.

Many residents oppose the plans due to the increase in hazardous traffic. The large HGV lorries will be asked to take the route, pictured,  and so avoid West Norwood town centre by driving through Crystal Palace or Streatham.

The consultant’s Environmental  Statement report for the developers is hundreds of pages long. Volume 1 is the introduction and nearly 200 pages. There is a summary in Chapter 13 of Volume 1.

To read and comment on the developers Environmental Statement  for Windsor Grove please input ref 20/01066 on the Lambeth Planning portal.

See our previous posts on 19/5/20 and 7/12/19

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Thames Water again!

Thames Water have a new infrastructure project for the SE27 streets around Royal Circus – between Broxholm Road and Canterbury Grove.

Between mid-January 2021  and June 2021 Thames Water want to replace 1.7miles of 100 year old cast iron water mains in these streets: Broxholm Road, Cambrian Close, part of Canterbury Grove, Chartham Grove, Egremont Road, Glennie Road, Ivymount Road, part of Lansdowne Hill, Portal Close, Pyrmont Grove, Royal Circus,  Waldeck Grove and part of York Hill.

The plan is to carry out works one street at a time. Traffic will be managed using traffic lights to close one lane in each road in turn. The 315 bus service should not be disrupted.

Look out for a letter addressed to affected residents from Thames Water early in January –  just as soon as details of this important infrastructure project are finalised.

For information on the Norwood Road water mains replacement project, completed in summer 2020, see our previous post 24/7/20.

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Curnicks Lane

Planned flats

Developers have submitted another planning application to build seven bedsits and three 1-bed flats on the former workshops in Curnicks Lane SE27 0UT between Chapel Rd and Linton Grove.

Existing workshops

You can see the plans & comment by inputting ref 20/04185/P20 at the Lambeth Planning portal. Deadline for comments is Wednesday 6th January.

This planning application is being made under the new brownfield site rules.

To be eligible for the new rules the site must previously have been in use as Class B1 (office, research or light industrial). Last month the developers submitted planning application 20/03846 to prove to the council that the last use of this site was light industrial (B1c).

The government is continuing to cut back on planning rules and give the council and  local people less say over developers plans. This is one of the first planning applications in Lambeth made under the new brownfield site permitted development rights. If the developers submitted a standard planning application they would have to meet Lambeth’s agreed policies on minimum size of homes, children’s play space etc.

See our previous post 17/9/2019

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37 Hainthorpe Rd – 1 Dodbrook Rd Developer appeals planning refusal

Dodbrooke – Hainthorpe corner

Developers were refused planning permission by Lambeth council to demolish the building at the corner of Hainthorpe Road SE27 0PL and Dodbrooke Rd and build a block 8 flats and 5-bedroom house.

The developer has asked the Independent Planning Inspector to review this decision.

To comment on the developer’s appeal you must submit comments or “representations” to the Planning Inspectorate  by 5pm on Wednesday 2nd December. Log into the planning inspectorate website at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk and then search for the case using reference number 3259238.

All of the application and appeal documents are available on the Council’s planning database. To view them, go to https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for reference number 19/04189/FUL.

A planning application for 4 flats and a detached 4-bed house was approved in 2018 for the same site.

The government is keen to loosen the Planning rules and give more say to developers. For more details see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future/planning
-for-the-future.

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