Lambeth Children’s Centres run a wide range of free activities with babies & young children, midwifery services, advice sessions and much more. Ask your Health Visitor or baby clinic for details.
Or to help decide the sessions best for your family – phone or drop in to one of our local centres:
Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD 020 3409 0704
Crown Lane School SW16 3HX 020 8761 7139
Hitherfield School SW16 2LW 020 8835 9569
Streatham Hub SW16 6HX 020 8835 9569
And see the timetables online:
Norwood activities timetable
Streatham activities timetable
Tulse Hill activities timetable
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.
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: email@example.com by the 13th March deadline.
See our earlier posts: 15/11/2017
Some families can get up to 15 hours free early years learning for their two year olds with a day nursery, childminder, play group or Childrens’ Centre. The children learn to make friends and gain confidence that helps them get ready for school.
Families getting tax credits, benefits and special needs may be eligible. Check on page 25 here.
Use the Families Information Service (FIS) to find early years & childcare to suit the needs of your family:
Family Information Directory
In the West Norwood area free 2 year old places are offered at: Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Abacus Early Learning Nursery, Chapel House Day Nursery, Bright Horizons Day Nursery & Preschool, Ana-Bela’s Day Nursery and local childminders.
All children aged 3 to 4 are eligible for 15 hours free early up to 38 weeks a year until they start the reception year at primary school.
To contact the FIS direct phone 020 7926 9558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Children born between 1/9/2008 and 31/8/2009 must apply for a secondary school place in 2020 by Thursday 31st October. See details and online application form for Lambeth schools at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/school-admissions/secondary-school-admissions-202021
Many schools have an extra “supplementary information form” that is sent direct to the school by a date before the 31st October.
The test day for schools using an admission test is on Saturday 9th November.
Deadline for primary school admissions is 15th January 2020.
Lambeth Libraries have partnered with Black Cultural Archives, St Martins Community Centre and many others to create a fantastic programme of events for Black History month this October.
Locally we have:
- Sun 6th 1.30pm to 4pm. Drumming workshop at St Lukes church SE27 0DT and poetry, prose & song at West Norwood Library SE27 9JX
- Wed 9th 7pm Rising above Brokenness – meet authors of books on mental well being at Upper Norwood Library SE19 1TJ
- Sat 12th 11am to 6pm Black Hair Day at West Norwood Library SE27 9JX – meet authors, hairdressers , watch a movie.
- Wed 23rd 2.30pm Make your own African Drum at Upper Norwood Library SE19 1TJ
- Wed 23rd 2.30pm Anancy/Ananse/Anansi Adventure for over 5’s at West Norwood Library SE27 9JX
All welcome. For details of these and many more mostly free events see: [ https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/lambeth-black-history-month-brochure-2019.pdf ]
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: