Category Archives: Housing

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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Knollys Road closed 20th & 21st September

Kaymac are building  21 new homes on the site of 73-79 Knollys Road SW16 2JP. They plan to close Knollys Road on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September to allow the large crane to be taken off site.

Knollys Road will also be closed to install a sewer connection for the new homes for one to two weeks starting early October.

For more information call Kaymac 020 7354 1110

See our earlier post 9/6/15

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Plans for West Norwood town centre

Click to view leaflet as a pdf.

Developers are  exhibiting to the public their plans for the old laundry site off Lansdowne Hill on Monday 2nd September between 4pm and 8pm at the Church Hall in St Lukes Church SE27 0DT.

The planning committee turned down the developer’s first plans (18/00580) in April 2019 . The developer, Leyton Clubs,  has now come up with a new planning application. They plan a 6-7 storey building with 51 flats and a separate 4 storey office block  between Waylett Place, Wakeling House & Easton House on York Hill estate & Lansdowne Hill. See map below:

To see the new plans in detail use ref: 19/02840 at the Lambeth Planning portal

See our earlier posts:

19/3/18

26/10/17

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Developers regenerate Norwood High St

Property developers are kick starting the regeneration of Norwood High Street with an 8 storey building (pictured) on the run-down site next to Travis Perkins. Norwood High Street Their plans are for 19 flats with a children’s play space on the roof. And business space in the basement , ground and first floor.

Cycle parking is located inside the building but there are no vehicle parking spaces on the site . Two nearby existing parking spaces will be converted into disabled parking bays.

At this stage none of the 19 flats are specified as affordable.

To comment by 13/6/19  on these plans for 81-89 Norwood High Street SE27 5JS  look at Lambeth’s Planning portal [https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications ] and quote planning application 19/01404.

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Community Connectors

Training as Community Connectors

Do people come to you for advice and information? Do you link others in your local community to activities and organisations? If so why not be trained as a Community Connector?

Project Smith offers Community Connector training & support to give volunteers the knowledge & skills to help other people:  things to do, places to go to access help & support and general wellbeing.

The training takes place over 4 days 9.30am – 3pm. The dates are  on Wednesday 26th June, Wednesday 3rd July, Thursday 4th July and Wednesday 17th July. You need to attend all 4 days to become a Community Connector. You get a Royal Society Level 2 Qualification in Supporting Behaviour Change on completion of your training.

Community Connectors say: “I’ve learned so much through the Connectors programme that I feel like a walking/talking community notice board,” “Since becoming a connector, I’ve helped others, made new friends, feel better about myself, and even found job opportunities through networking.”

Project Smith is a Lambeth council/NHS project and aims to: support people to manage their own health and wellbeing by having access to the right information and assistance, help people avoid crisis and build stronger community ties.

For more information email: jennifer.burgess@nhs.net

@ProjectSmithLam

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Uplift for Norwood High Street?

Norwood High Street is part of the West Norwood town centre for planning application decisions –  which means it should mainly  be retail ( A1 use) . Many of the shops on Norwood High Street north of Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street are not  prospering  and there are many closed up shop premises.

In the draft Local Plan the council is proposing to turn part of  Norwood High Street, south of the railway bridge to Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street, into a Creative Enterprise Zone – CEZ. This would encourage any new developments to have creative industries on the ground floor and maybe flats above.  The CEZ does not affect the shops around the Chapel Road – Gipsy Road junction.

There are a range of other proposed local changes to policies in the draft Local Plan eg policy PN7 West Norwood and ED3 Knollys Goods Yard

The council’s policies used to assess planning applications are all published in the Local Plan which contains a full range of policies covering the whole borough eg affordable housing, schools & open space.

The Local Plan is being updated and the latest draft is published for consultation See: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-local-plan-oct-2018/

Deadline is 17th December. Comments can be made to: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk

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