Category Archives: Housing

Block of 14 new flats on Norwood High St

The proposed block of flats

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 see more detail and comment online please quote planning ref  20/04374  at Lambeth Planning Portal.

The developers Design & Access statement includes a fascinating history of the area.

90-96 Norwood High St today

Since September 2020 the new planning class E replaces the old classes A1/2/3 & B1 for more information see here.

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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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Lambeth community directory

Lambeth has a diverse and active community & voluntary sector.

To find out about our local organisations use postcodes to search Integrate’s Community Directory: https://integrateagency.co.uk/voice/

To get listed on the directory email  contact@integrateagency.co.uk .

And join the Integrate mailing list for excellent regular email newsletters on advice, funding and training.

Age UK Lambeth have a specialist directory for organisations focussed on the social care sector: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth/our-services/mycommunity-directory/

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Tackling climate change locally

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.

Cllr Holland

To input your initial ideas to shape the Assembly discussions see the Climate Hub at : https://lambethclimateaction.commonplace.is/.

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.

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Park Tavern

The Park Tavern

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.

To see details and comment on the planning application use ref:  20/01945 at Lambeth’s planning portal .

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New metal recycling centre

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.

If you want to see details of the proposal and/or comment please use ref:  20/01066 at Lambeth Planning portal.

There is a petition opposing the plans  at: http://chng.it/2pGy2TsP

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

See our earlier post 7/12/19

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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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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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