GNK is a builders merchants at 80 Norwood High St SE27 9NW and due to its growing success has become too big for the limited size of its current site.
Local residents and Lambeth council have been concerned at the impact on pedestrian safety and traffic on Norwood High St due to the way vehicles enter & leave the premises. Excessive parking on Norwood High St itself often reduces this busy B232 road to one lane of traffic at many times of the working day.
Over the years the council tried to get GNK to implement the conditions of their original planning permission 10/02101 which do not permit reversing out of the site nor parking on the Norwood High St. Customers and delivery trucks are required to park off-road & on the site and turn and leave the site in forward gear.
In July 2020 the council refused GNK planning application 20/01734 to remove the condition preventing vehicles reversing into Norwood Rd. GNK have now appealed the council’s refusal to the independent Planning Inspector. To comment on the appeal (make a representation) go to:
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ and quote ref 3258370 before Monday 18/1/21.
For more information on the planning history of the site please go to Lambeth’s planning portal
https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and quote the address. 20/01734 has details of the appeal.
Developers have submitted another planning application to build seven bedsits and three 1-bed flats on the former workshops in Curnicks Lane SE27 0UT between Chapel Rd and Linton Grove.
You can see the plans & comment by inputting ref 20/04185/P20 at the Lambeth Planning portal. Deadline for comments is Wednesday 6th January.
This planning application is being made under the new brownfield site rules.
To be eligible for the new rules the site must previously have been in use as Class B1 (office, research or light industrial). Last month the developers submitted planning application 20/03846 to prove to the council that the last use of this site was light industrial (B1c).
The government is continuing to cut back on planning rules and give the council and local people less say over developers plans. This is one of the first planning applications in Lambeth made under the new brownfield site permitted development rights. If the developers submitted a standard planning application they would have to meet Lambeth’s agreed policies on minimum size of homes, children’s play space etc.
See our previous post 17/9/2019
Admiral are in the slot machine business and have applied for planning permission to turn the empty Ladbrokes betting shop, on the one-way system at Tulse Hill, into an “adult gaming centre” for over-18s.
Both betting shops & adult gaming have the same planning use – “sui generis” – so there is no change of use.
What the planning decision will take into account is matters such as: an active shop front adding to the vibrancy of the area around Tulse Hill train station; any impact on transport; any impact on crime & anti-social behaviour; any impact on “amenity” or character of the area and immediate neighbours.
To comment on this application before the decision is made please go online to the Lambeth Planning portal and use ref 20/02984 for 172-176 Norwood Rd SE27 9AZ. The decision is due to be made at the end of December.
Over 20% of the adult gaming centres in the UK are part of Luxury Leisure Talarius which uses the Admiral brand. Admiral say they offer the ultimate gaming experience, showcasing the best casino and classic slot games available on both the most technologically advanced slot machines and traditional “fruit machines.”
Local Labour councillors from Thurlow Park ward have already objected to Admiral’s planning application.
If Admiral get the go-ahead they will also need to advertise when they apply for a gambling license. This licensing process gives local people 28 days to comment.
There will be over 45 stalls at the West Norwood Christmas markets this Saturday 12th Dec 11am to 3pm. Visit the stalls centred around Norwood High St beside St Luke’s church SE27 0DT. There’s something for everyone!
And of course our local shops are open too . Check out the fantastic range of retailers in West Norwood town centre in this business directory:
Social distancing is key to tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Do you want to see staff wearing face coverings in shops, pubs and restaurants in West Norwood?
Please complete this quick survey to let our local businesses know what local people think about staff who are meeting customers face to face.
So far 53% said “it makes me uneasy and I might avoid that business” in response to the question: “How do you feel about visiting shops, restaurants or other businesses where staff choose not to wear face coverings, excluding staff behind screens ”
Station to Station is the business organisation for West Norwood businesses . They publish an excellent business directory of our local businesses:
Also see: https://www.facebook.com/StationtoStationWNandTH
West Norwood Library has reopened after lockdown Mondays to Saturdays 11am to 4pm . But to maintain social distancing you must make an appointment by phone.
Ring 020 7926 8034 to collect books ordered in advance
Ring 020 7926 8092 to make an appointment to use a computer or study space and for photocopying., scanning & printing.
The Picturehouse Cinema is open with a separate entrance through its café area. See: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/west-norwood-picturehouse
Our SE27 Royal Mail parcel collection point and sorting office is still here and Royal Mail seem to be renovating the building!
Picking up parcels is now easier than before as new 30 minutes free parking spaces have recently been installed by Lambeth council outside!
Labour councillors & our MP have been campaigning since 2017 with residents to keep our local parcel point open.
See our earlier posts: