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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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London Open House 2018

Cheviot Gardens

The weekend of 22nd  & 23rd September is London Open House – a chance to visit great architecture for free throughout London. In West Norwood we can visit:

Saturday

Cheviot Gardens 36 Cheviot Rd SE27 0SU 1pm to 5pm

36 St Faith’s Road SE21 8JD 10am to 5pm. Tours on the  hour 11am to 4pm

The Clockworks 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW 10am to 6pm . Hourly tours

West Norwood Cemetery Norwood High Street SE27 9JU 1pm to 5pm  Tours at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm meet inside main cemetery gate

Sunday

South London Botanical Institute 323 Norwood Road, SE24 9AQ 1pm-to-5pm

Crystal Palace Subway Crystal Palace Parade SE19 1LG 10am to 5pm

For details of 100’s of buildings across London open for Open House  see: https://openhouselondon.org.uk/

Or download the free app for i-phones or Android

Or pick up a booklet in the library

Twitter: @openhouselondon

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Our Kind of Norwood

Help shape the future of West Norwood by attending the Norwood Planning Assembly AGM and visioning event on Wednesday 25th April at 7pm at Portico Gallery 23 Knights Hill SE27 0HS. For details see:  https://www.norwoodplanning.org/

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Plans for new flats in our town centre

Site today at Waylett Place

Developers have submitted a formal planning application for 51 new homes and a new office block off Lansdowne Hill to replace the derelict ex-laundry building. The plans show the housing block as 6-7 storeys high and the office block as 4 storeys. There are 5 parking spaces. And two new stepped footpaths into York Hill estate. The new scheme includes 20% affordable housing: five 3-bedroom homes at social rent and four 1or2-bedroom homes at intermediate rent.

New flats seen from York Hill Estate

To comment on these plans use ref 18/00580 at  Lambeth Planning portal.

See our earlier post 26/10/17.

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Developers plans

Saturday 3rd March is a chance to see private developer’s plans for blocks of 100’s of flats at Knollys Goods Yard.  An earlier exhibition took place in December and local councillors have asked the developers to provide a model of their plans at Saturday’s event.  It is at The Railway pub SE27 9BW between  11am and  3pm . Free refreshments will be available.
The council published plans to maintain the current usage of Knollys GoodsYard  in October 2017

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at December exhibition

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/KIBA%20Review%202017.pdf
See our earlier posts  14/11/16, 27/11/17 , 11/2/18

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Knollys goods yard

Cllr. Jane Pickard at the Knollys Road entrance

Developers want to build a new car-free “urban village” of over 500 homes to rent in West Norwood on a site with only one entrance – from Knollys Road.

They have already submitted a planning application to tunnel under the railway line at Knollys Road by Cameron Place. The developers are now talking about a foot bridge 10 metres high at the Leigham Vale end of the site.

Constructing tunnels & bridges is very costly and means the new high density  “village” is unlikely to meet Lambeth council’s target of 40% affordable homes.. The developers want to include some business space and make the whole site vehicle free.

Developers sketch of 9 storey housing

The private sector developers have employed a PR company which is claiming that a waste or recycling facility, industrial estate or haulage depot could be opened at Knollys Yard.  Lambeth Council has no plans to do this.

The Network Rail owned site, located between three raised railway tracks, is  currently used by scaffolding companies. The council is reviewing its planning policies, known as the Lambeth Local Plan and is considering whether to extend its policy of protecting existing employment sites (known as Key Industrial & Business Areas – KIBAs). Contrary to the claims on the PR company campaign, a KIBA does not mean that the site would be occupied by heavy industries. Of course any proposal for significant new business or industrial development at Knollys Goods Yard would require planning permission, full public consultation, and detailed analysis of the impact on traffic and neighbours.

There will be further public consultation on Lambeth Local Plan review later this year. For more details see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-local-plan-review-2017

See our earlier posts 14/11/16, 27/11/17 on Knollys Goods Yard

Please note there is also no truth in the mischievous twitter account suggesting a sex club for the site!

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