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Norwood Road night-time closures

West Norwood’s main shopping street will be closed to traffic at night-time 9pm to 6am from Monday 9th January to Saturday 21st January. Norwood Road between Chestnut Road and Avenue Park Road is being resurfaced over 10 working days. Everyone is requested not to park in Norwood Road during the works.

There are no works or road closures on Saturday or Sunday nights.

Buses & through traffic using Norwood Road will be diverted, mainly along Leigham Court Rd and the South Circular road.  Best places to catch a night-time bus will be near West Norwood Bus Garage or Tulse Hill one way system. Other local vehicles can use some of the side streets.  See details of diversions here [Word file] or here [pdf]

If you have any queries about (for example about noise, parking, access or delivery) about the night-time road closures please email  HIPresurfacing@lambeth.gov.uk or contact Ringway Jacobs, the contractor, on 0845 646 0059.

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Controlled parking zone for West Norwood town centre

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.

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Knights Hill reopen today

Traffic running normally today

Traffic is flowing northwards along Knights Hill again today. Shops in West Norwood are open for business – just in time for last-minute Christmas shopping in our local shops.

Previous closure

Due to a burst watermain last Sunday the road was closed causing massive disruption to residents and businesses.  Northbound buses were diverted by Streatham Common and Streatham High Road as Leigham Court Road was also closed due to a burst water main!  Homes had no water supply for several days.

To apply for compensation from Thames Water see: https://stationtostation.london/claim-your-road-works-compensation/

Please let us know how the watermain burst and / or the road closure affected you or your business – email jmeldrum@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillors will be meeting Thames Water early in the new year to agree on improvements for dealing with emergency road works and to demand Thames Water invests more in its mains pipes.

West Norwood has already had years of disruption from Thames Water installing new mains in Leigham Vale and Norwood Road.  See our many earlier posts including : 23/1/2019 7/2/2017

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ALDI planning application

aldi knights hil viewAldi 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

19/7/22

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Old laundry demolished

The old laundry site

The Brooks laundry building, off Lansdowne Hill, closed over ten years ago and has been derelict ever since. The derelict building has now finally been flattened to make way for new buildings.

Planning permission was agreed in September 2019 to build 51 residential flats in a part 6 and part 7 storey block on the laundry site. The plans include a separate 4 storey office building.

The flats are to include 11 homes at social rent and 5 shared ownership homes. 5 flats are required to be fully accessible to residents using a wheelchair.

Proposed new flats

To see the plans in detail use ref: 19/02840 at the Lambeth Planning portal  https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/

The SADPD planning policy changes do not apply to any planning applications yet. Comments on the SADPD policy changes for a tall tower in the West Norwood town centre’s Site 18 are still being considered. For SADPD details see https://westnorwoodnews.com/2022/04/05/update-on-major-developments/

See our previous posts on the Laundry site

31/8/19

19/3/18

26/10/17

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ALDI consultation

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

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Glennie-Broxholm temporary one-way system

Glennie Road

Glennie Road and Broxholm Road are a one-way road system for the duration of the roadworks by G.Network over the summer. G.Network are installing fibre optic cable under the road to provide faster broadband  to homes.

Over the years many residents have requested a one way system for Glennie and Broxholm as these roads have parking on both sides and leave little room for the through traffic- which can be very busy, particularly in early evenings.

Broxholm Road

These roadworks are a useful test of how a one way system might work in the long term. Traffic is temporarily flowing west to east along  Glennie Road and flowing east to west from Royal Circus along Broxholm Road.  Highways engineers tell us one of the disadvantages of one way systems is that vehicles tend to speed up.

Please let your local councillors know how the temporary one -way system works for you, as a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, by emailing Cllr Ibtisam Adem iadem@lambeth.gov.uk

There is a major programme underway across the UK for private companies to install fibre optic cable for broadband connection to the internet. The government plans for everyone to have access to the internet by December 2025  when land line telephone numbers will transfer online. For more information see here .

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Update on major developments

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

12/2/22

26/1/22

10/1/22

 

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Waylett Place – Developers of part of Site 18

Developers are meeting the public, on Zoom, this Wednesday 23/3 evening 7pm to 8pm or Thurs 24/3 7pm to  8pm to discuss their plans to redevelop the old car workshops at 1-5 Waylett Place SE27 9AE which are next to B&Q.

The proposal at this stage is for 30 new homes over 7 storeys – plus ground floor employment space.

To book a  Zoom session to meet the developers, Woolbro Homes, go to:

https://waylettplace.com/

This is the first specific site out for informal consultation following the Site 18 West Norwood town centre online consultation, which ended only a month ago on 22/2/22. The developers hope to submit a formal planning application this summer 2022.

See our earlier posts

12/2/22

26/1/22

10/1/22

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GNK expansion

GNK, the busy builders merchant at 80 Norwood High St SE27 9NW, want to expand their site behind the former pub at 82 Norwood High St.

For details of the plans see planning application 22/00128/FUL  on Lambeth’s Planning portal : https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/

The site will expand into land at the back of the old pub building . This will allow vehicles to turn around  within the GNK rear yard and so enter and exit the site in a forward gear – as required by previous planning permission.

See our earlier post 6/1/21

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