Developers have plans to demolish 90-96 Norwood High Street SE27 9NW and build a 4 & 5 storey block on the corner with Rothschild Street. The new build will have 10 one-bed flats, 1 two-bed flat and 4 three-bed flats. The ground floor will remain in commercial use – in keeping with the council’s plans for a Creative Business Cluster along Norwood High Street.
The scheme includes a playground and a new mature tree – shown to be 4 storeys high in the drawings. There is no off-site parking but 20 secure cycle parking spaces. Other sustainable features include green living roofs, bee hotel bricks and nesting boxes for swifts.
The flats are compact and there is no reference to affordable or social housing on or off-site.
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.
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.
Climate change has become a climate crisis. Lambeth council has committed to be carbon neutral by 2030 and under Cllr Holland’s leadership the council is setting up a Citizens Assembly to develop recommendations on the actions we need to take together as the community of Lambeth.
Delivering environmentally sustainable policies requires a significant degree of consensus from residents & businesses and cannot just be done through enforcement. The Citizens Assembly on the Climate Emergency will be a key process for gaining wider support for urgent new actions & policies. It involves bringing together a wide range of views from representatives of the diverse communities that make up our borough.
The Park Tavern on Elder Road SE27 9ND has been a pub since 1867.
Developers now want to turn it into 5 flats – four 2-bed room flats & one 1-bedroom flat.
Lambeth has a policy of keeping pubs as important community asset. However if the developer can prove the business is no longer viable a change of use can be considered. See policy ED8 in the Local Plan.
The Park Tavern was rebuilt in the 1920’s and is also part of the Elderwood Conservation area since 1976.
Southwark Metals have just submitted a planning application for a new metal recycling building at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT (next to our local Royal Mail Sorting Office). The picture shows an architect’s image of how the building would look – it is to include a living green roof and one green wall.
The site is on the derelict scrap yard which had permission to process 25,000 tonnes a year but did not operate to this full capacity. The new proposal aims to process 35,000 tonnes per year. Local residents are concerned that the new plans will result in many more vans & trucks on Windsor Grove and neighbouring streets. The planning applications mentions 120 vehicles per weekday and 50 on Saturdays.
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.
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.
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.
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: