Category Archives: Lambeth Council

Still time to comment on controversial tower blocks for West Norwood

Commonplace website

It’s not too late to have your say on Lambeth’s ambitious draft policies for two major development sites in West Norwood . The deadline is Tues 22nd Feb.

The policies would provide hundreds of new homes including much needed subsidised “social housing“ alongside modern workspaces .

However the council plans propose four tower blocks for these West Norwood sites. The policy to rebuild Norwood town centre & shops between Lansdowne Hill and York Hill (site 18) includes a 12-storey tower.  A second policy, for the scaffolding yard off Knollys Rd (site 19),  includes three tower blocks between 12 and 20 storeys high and extra bridges over the railway.

Your local Knights Hill ward councillors have spoken to many residents and businesses alarmed by these proposals. We very much welcome more investment in West Norwood but do not see tower blocks as necessary or as fitting in with the neighbourhood. We want the council to take time to engage with local residents and businesses to discuss alternative options.

To have your say online on these draft policies  – go to https://lambethsadpd.commonplace.is/ and click on Site 18 and on Site 19. The Site Allocation Policy and Evidence sections summarise the main details of what is being planned.

These are just two of 14 sites in Lambeth being prepared for regeneration.

To date, the Norwood sites have topped the number of online responses – the two Norwood sites have more comments than all the other 12 sites together. They also propose more housing than the others and the tallest towers.

See our previous posts:

26/1/22

10/1/22

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Improving the streets around Lancaster Avenue

The council wants to make the streets between Elmcourt Road and Chatsworth Way /Idmiston Road a safer, healthier and more pleasant place for all through the Street Improvements project for West Dulwich. See map of proposed area.

During February 2022 the council is collecting residents views on traffic, clean air, street trees, EV charging, crossing points and climate change in the West Dulwich neighbourhood. To have your say use the online map to submit detailed comments at  https://westdulwich.commonplace.is/overview  Deadline is Friday 25th March.

There will be a community walkabout on Saturday 12th Feb at 3.30pm and an online workshop on Thursday 17th Feb. To take part you will need to book online via the commonplace web site.

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A new town centre for West Norwood

The heart of West Norwood town centre lies between York Hill and Lansdowne Hill.  It currently includes 80 homes, mostly above shops, a B&Q store, the Texaco garage, Knowles, Iceland plus many independent smaller shops. There has been talk about revamping the town centre for many years but the only recent development are the new flats above Iceland.

The council calls this area of the town centre Site 18 and is now consulting the community on fresh plans until Feb 21st. To see the details and make your views known go online to: https://lambethsadpdsite18.commonplace.is/ 

The new plans for Site 18 indicate 400 to 500 new homes including between 165 and 295 ‘affordable’ homes. The proposal is to divide the area into 14 blocks of 5 to 12 storeys to ensure its easy to walk or cycle around.  There is no mention of car parking. The ground floors would be mainly for employment use and at least 50% of the units facing onto Norwood Road would be shops. A new road linking Lansdowne Hill and York Hill would be required. The plan would set back the new shops so the pavement is wider and include a small public square opposite Chatsworth Way.

The site is complicated to rebuild as there are so many different land owners involved. So the site might be redeveloped piecemeal. Or the landowners might come together as a partnership to  re-develop the site as one build. Whichever way it goes it will mean several years of disruption and construction in the town centre.

Ideas from previous consultations on the future of the town centre are in West Norwood master plan [pdf] dated April 2017.

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Local under-fives activities

West Norwood’s centre for Betterstart activities for children under-five and their parents is at 18 Bentons Lane SE27 9UD. You will get a warm welcome and a mixed programme of drop-ins and courses. See latest timetable (pdf).

Due to covid,  masks must be worn indoors and numbers are limited to up to 15 adults to allow for social distancing.

Telephone reception at 020 4542 3520 for friendly advice on sessions and to book a place.

The latest newsletter is here (pdf)

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Three tower blocks  for Knollys?

The council is consulting on a major new policy direction for West Norwood & Tulse Hill and proposes three residential towers in the land known Knollys Goods Yard or Knollys Triangle or Site 19.

The policy for Site 19  proposes to build a car free scheme of 400 homes above “clean” industrial units on the land off Knollys Rd. This is currently an industrial site  between 3 railway lines accessable only from Cameron Place.

The new homes will help meet Lambeth’s target of 1,300 new homes a year. A target of 50% affordable homes on Site 19 means it would contribute to  helping house the 30,000 households on the council’s housing waiting list.

Three towers are proposed: one of 20 storeys and two of 10 storeys.  See picture of proposed view from Tulse Hill station

Two new bridges are proposed to improve access : a footbridge to Leigham Vale and a new road bridge from Knollys Rd close to York Hill. See map below.

For details and to have a say see: https://lambethsadpdsite19.commonplace.is/  The deadline is Monday February 21st.

The council is consulting on 14 similar major sites across the borough.

This policy setting stage would be followed by planning applications submitted and consulted in the normal way.

See our previous post 02/2018.

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More cycle hoops

Lambeth is installing 51 new cycle hangars across the borough. The hangars are secure on-street cycle parking at less than £1 a week. In the West Norwood area new cycle hangars are proposed for these locations:

  • Opposite 10 Barston Road
  • Outside 15 Bloom Grove x 2
  • Opposite 1 Guernsey Grove
  • Outside 26 Hawarden Grove
  • Outside 63 Knollys Road
  • Outside 108 Knollys Road
  • Outside 2 & 4 Thurlby Road

Residents living nearby get a letter [ pdf] with full details of the scheme and the statutory consultation.

Once the hoop is installed in March/April 2022 apply for a space online at  https://www.cyclehoop.rentals/

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Streatham Hill trial LTN consultation

The council is consulting on whether to make the Streatham Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)  permanent. Have your say by completing this online survey. The deadline is midday Sunday 19th December.

You can request a paper copy of the survey, before Sunday 28th November, by phoning 07999 405 331.

The aim of the LTN is to reduce traffic and improve the environment in the local area. To see details of the trial scheme look at:  https://streathamhilllowtrafficneighbourhoodproposals.commonplace.is/

Monitoring of the trial shows that traffic has reduced by 6,100 vehicles a day. Traffic has increased by 7% on Leigham Vale. Cycling has increased and air quality outside schools is within legal limits.

If the LTN is made permanent there will be improvements planned to boundary roads to improve cycling and walking, road layouts, signal timings, and green screens at schools

See our earlier posts: 14/11/21

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Missing bus stop for West Norwood buses

Residents have started a petition to restore the missing bus stop in Brixton town centre for the 2, 432, 415 and N2 buses.

The bus stops in Brixton were temporarily re-arranged during covid 19 lockdown and the stop for buses to Tulse Hill & West Norwood disappeared so passengers now have to walk to the next stop on Effra Road. This bus stop is often very crowded & by a narrow busy pavement. It is too far for many disabled people and a struggle for anyone carrying heavy shopping.

To support the petition, deadline Jan 30th 2022, please go to:

https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=528&RPID=54235120&HPID=54235120

Our representative on the London Assembly Marina Ahmed is also talking to Transport for London about the missing bus stop –  contact Marina directly by emailing marina.ahmad@london.gov.uk or twitter @LabourMarina

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Windsor Grove appeal – deadline 14th Dec

Cllr Meldrum in Windsor Close

Developers are appealing to the Independent Planning Inspector against Lambeth’s refusal of planning permission in July 2021 for a mega–metal recycling centre in Windsor Grove.

Local people are encouraged to take part in the Planning Appeal and any comments must be in writing and reach the Inspector by 14th December 2021. The Inspector will take account of all previous comments submitted for the refused planning application  ref 20/01066.

Residents can also attend the Inspector’s enquiry hearing scheduled to start on 1st March 2022.

To see details of the appeal use the search menu quoting ref ‘3285463’ at: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/  To make a comment fill in the ’make representation” box.

Local people strongly oppose the mega-metal recycling centre at Windsor Grove for many reasons but in particular as it is far too close to housing in Windsor Close (see photo) and the increased traffic from vans & heavy trucks visiting the site is totally unsuited to West Norwood town centre. Southwark Metals intend to recycle over 10% of London’s waste metal at this West Norwood site.

See our earlier posts:

13/7/21

20/1/21

19/5/20

7/12/19

To see other West Norwood planning applications and appeals – updated monthly – check our planning pages: https://westnorwoodnews.com/local-planning-applications/

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Improving the streets west of Leigham Court Road

The council wants to make the streets between Leigham Court Road and Streatham High Road a safer, healthier and more pleasant place for all by creating a Low Traffic Neighbourhood called Streatham Wells.

During November and December the council is collecting residents views on traffic, clean air and climate change in the Streatham Wells neighbourhood. To have your say online complete the survey at: https://streathamwells.commonplace.is/proposals/review-our-aspirations  Or phone 07999 405 331 for a paper copy of the survey.

And use the online map to submit detailed comments at https://streathamwells.commonplace.is/proposals/streatham-wells-map

There will be more detailed plans on the Streatham Wells Low Traffic Neighbourhood available to comment on in the new year.

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