The local West Norwood community objected strongly to 3 tall towers 12-20 storeys high in Knollys Goods Yard ( site 19) pictured right when the council proposed new development policy plans for 14 sites across Lambeth. Last week Cllr Danny Adilypour decided to drop Knollys Goods Yard from the next stages of the formal policy process.
Cllr Adilypour’s letter to the local community can be read here.
Danny Adilypour visiting Waylett Place in Site 18
Hundreds of local people and businesses also objected to the demolition of the heart of West Norwood’s town centre ( Site 18) and its replacement with 12 storey tower. In his letter Cllr Adilypour says he has asked for the Site 18 boundaries to be redrawn and to exclude housing at the Lansdowne Hill and York Hill ends of the site .
Cllr Adilypour took on responsibility for regeneration and town planning in May 2022. Since then he has been listening to the West Norwood community who want improvements and more new homes but not tall towers. The next consultation stage of the development policy plans will be published in summer 2023.
The council has delayed plans to 2024 to improve buildings on Norwood High Street -from St Luke’s church to Gipsy Road.
See our previous posts:
The council is planning a controlled parking zone (CPZ) for West Norwood’s town centre. An informal public consultation is due to start in July 2023 on the new West Norwood Central CPZ.
Implementation in December 2024. The attached map suggests how a CPZ might look for West Norwood town centre ( coloured green). The one hour 30 minutes free parking bays should be retained.
Other parts of Norwood are due for a CPZ a year later.
For more details of the new CPZ programme for the south of Lambeth see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=8323
Two thirds of the borough of Lambeth is now a CPZ – where residents pay for a permit to park in the CPZ where they live. There is usually an hourly charge, typically £3.94 an hour, depending on the CPZ, for parking in marked non-resident parking bays. Diesels pay more. Details of Lambeth’s parking schemes are here: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking
The aim of CPZs is to reduce parking stress for local residents and businesses.
Aldi have submitted a planning application to open a shop and car park on the corner of Knights Hill and Chapel Road SE27.
See the details and comment online quoting planning ref “22/04095” at Lambeth Planning Portal
It is not likely to be approved as the site is in Lambeth’s Key Industrial Business Area (KIBA) which only permits industrial work spaces (not retail uses) . It would also be a large retail unit outside the West Norwood shopping centre – its nearer to its competitor Lidl at Crown Point than Norwood Road’s shopping street.
See our previous post
Artist drawing outside Julians School
Streatham Wells LTN proposed map Have your say on the plans to trial the streets between Leigham Court Road and Streatham High Road SW16 as a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in 2023. This LTN is to be called Streatham Wells LTN.
Through traffic will go around the area marked by Leigham Court Rd, Streatham High Rd and Streatham Common North. See map:[ pdf ]
To look at and comment on details of the proposed scheme please go to: https://beta.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/streatham-wells-low-traffic-neighbourhood-0 The deadline for comments is 12 noon on Friday 23rd December.
The “Street Improvements” section includes plans to widen the pavement on Leigham Court Rd near Dunraven School and opposite the petrol station – removing parking from #153-213. A raised crossing is proposed for St Julians Farm Road opposite Julians school.
Reducing traffic in LTNs make the LTN area into a safer, healthier and more pleasant place for walking and cycling. Rat running traffic through the roads east of Leigham Court Road ( eg Knollys Road, Broxholm Road, Canterbury Grove, Leaf Grove ) may reduce too.
See our earlier post 14/11/2021
The developer, Ecoworld, is running three community workshops on their ambitious plans for new housing in the Knollys Yard triangle also known as site 19. Over the summer, during three walkabouts, local residents told Ecoworld about some of their initial concerns.
The community workshop sessions are
- Saturday 10th Sept 10.30am to 1pm – design & new bridges into the site
Monday 19th Sept 6pm to 8pm –public space & new bridges into the site Cancelled due to Queen Elizabeeth II funeral.
- Monday 3rd Oct 6pm to 7pm – employments & workspace to be held at Elmgreen School SE27 9BZ
Other sessions will be in the Scout Hut on High Trees road SW2 3PU between the High Trees Community Centre amd Fenstanton primary school
For more information on the proposed development off Knollys Road see our earlier posts on :
The playground in Norwood Park near Salters Hill needs new equipment and repairs. If your family use the park please have a look at the online consultation. Its your chance to help choose what should be the new play ground.
Deadline for the survey is Sunday Sept 11th
Norwood Park is well worth a visit .. and has a Friends Group:
Aldi wants to build a store on Knights Hill beside the Big Yellow Box Storage Company. They have organised two consulation events at the Baptist Church on Thornlaw road – Thursday 21/7 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 23/7 10.30am to 1.30pm.
The next stage will be a formal planning application and another chance to have a say.
The site is in West Norwood’s KIBA (Key Industrial Business Area). It is the council’s policy to concentrate retail businesses in the Norwood Road shopping street.
See previous post 26/3/17
West Norwood’s elected councillors
On May 5th councillors were elected to represent the wards as newly defined by the Boundaries Commission. In West Norwood nine Labour councillors were elected to represent the 4 new wards – with number of the votes as follows:
Christine Banton 1,457
Rebecca Spencer 1,322
Ibtisam Adem 2,317
Jackie Meldrum 2,314
Sonia Winifred 2,171
Olga Fitzroy 1,261
Saleha Jaffer 1,217
Judith Cavanagh 1,792
Fred Cowell 1,639
Lambeth now has 58 Labour councillors, 3 Lib Dem councillors and 2 Green councillors.
For full details of the results see:
To contact your newly elected councillors see contact details next week at:
Marina Ahmad AM & Cllr Jackie Meldrum at Site 19
The 6 week public consultation on the policy to rebuild the heart of West Norwood town centre (Site 18) and of Knollys Goods Yard ( Site 19) ended on 22nd Feb.
In light of the potential ‘transformative impact’ nature of these site policies your local Labour councillors asked for these two sites to be withdrawn from the policy-making process. Councillors want a more detailed consultation with residents and businesses on the future of these two important sites to ensure the special character of West Norwood is respected.
Local people are not opposed to new buildings. But there was tremendous opposition to the proposal for a tall tower in the town centre and 3 tall towers on Knollys Rd. Many people are angry at the lack of public engagement while the plans were drawn up.
As the policies are part of a statutory process councillors submitted detailed queries and comments for Site 18 (pdf) and for Site 19 (pdf).
After the consultation ended the GLA agreed a large grant to help develop Site 19. It is published here.
The next step is for all the comments to be considered by the council and a revised policy published in winter 2022/23 for a further round of public consultation. The plans then go to the London Mayor to ensure a fit with the London wide plan. The council will formally adopt the site policies in winter 2023/24. For details see Lambeth’s 13/12/21 “Regulation 18 draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document” report.
See our previous posts
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