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: firstname.lastname@example.org by the 13th March deadline.
See our earlier posts: 15/11/2017
Latest: Thames Water plans have changed and there will be no temporary bus stops in Norwood Road as mentioned below.
Roadworks and disruption will return to West Norwood late on Sunday 5th January at 10pm till June 2020. See attached letter.
Robson Road will be closed except for left turning traffic. So the northbound 322 (to Herne Hill & Clapham) will have to take the long way round via Rosendale Road, the south circular and back to West Norwood along Lancaster Avenue where there will be a temporary bus stop. Bus stops R and W on Robson Road will be closed for 6 months.
Chestnut Road will be closed at its junction with Norwood Road until 14th February. The vegetable stall will be stay put (but will first be taking a few days holiday). Lansdowne Hill will be partially closed at its junction with Norwood Road. Leigham Vale will remain closed too.
Bus stops on Norwood Road will change temporarily. The ones outside Sainsbury’s & Efe’s will move a bit north to Greggs & Knowles. The one outside former-Barclays/Decorators Merchants will be closed.
Thames Water are relaying a modern water main under Norwood Rd as part of a £14m project. Hopefully the work will be completed on time in 6 months by June 2020. Residents & businesses can pop in and meet the Thames Water team at the Robson Road portacabins during office hours.
In the meantime please report any leaks in other local streets direct to Thames Water telephone 0800 714 614 or https://www2.thameswater.co.uk/leak/
See our earlier posts:
21/12/19, 27/5/19, 3/5/19, 9/4/19, 15/3/19, 23/1/19
Today Thames Water have packed up for Christmas leaving Norwood Road free of roadworks for a couple of weeks.
York Hill and Lancaster Aveneue are reopening so the 315 bus can return to its normal route both up and down York Hill.
Please do support our local shops – lots of things for Christmas – and free home deliveries by cargo bike https://stationtostation.london/cargobike/
Of course Thames Water will be back on 6th January for another 6 months. Details in this letter [pdf] to residents.
This Saturday and Sunday ( 5th & 6th October) Lambeth artists & crafts people open their studios to visitors 10am to 6pm. Free entry.
Our local artists in West Norwood include:
Megan Dowsett, Martin Grover, Wendy Horler and Liorah Tchiprout.
For details see; http://www.lambethopen.com/
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: