Category Archives: Planning

Changes to ward boundaries for next year

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its draft of changes to ward boundaries to come into effect in 2022. The aim of the changes for each elected councillor to represent about the same number of resident electors. The LGBCE will be presenting its findings at an online meeting on Thursday 11th March 6pm to 7pm. To take part book your place here. For the West Norwood area the LGBCE has proposed:

  • a new ward named St Martins (2 cllrs) around Tulse Hill station
  • renamed Thurlow Park as Rosendale (2 cllrs)
  • moved some of Gipsy Hill ward (2cllrs)  into Knights Hill ward (3 cllrs) .

Residents, businesses, the council and political parties input a large number of suggestions to the LGBCE review of Lambeth. The council and others requested changes to wards named after people involved in slavery eg Lord Thurlow. 

If you have comments on the boundaries or the names please do get in touch with LGBCE by 12th April. For details go to the LGBCE website here.

See our earlier post 27/7/20

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Block of 14 new flats on Norwood High St

The proposed block of flats

Developers have plans to demolish 90-96 Norwood High Street SE27 9NW  and build a 4 & 5 storey block on the corner with Rothschild Street. The new build will have 10 one-bed flats, 1 two-bed flat and 4 three-bed flats. The ground floor will remain in commercial use – in keeping with the council’s plans for a Creative Business Cluster along Norwood High Street.

The scheme includes a playground and a new mature tree – shown to be 4 storeys high in the drawings. There is no off-site parking but 20 secure cycle parking spaces. Other sustainable features include green living roofs,  bee hotel bricks and nesting boxes for swifts.

The flats are compact and there is no reference to affordable or social housing on or off-site.

To see more detail and comment online please quote planning ref  20/04374  at Lambeth Planning Portal.

The developers Design & Access statement includes a fascinating history of the area.

90-96 Norwood High St today

Since September 2020 the new planning class E replaces the old classes A1/2/3 & B1 for more information see here.

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Windsor Grove scrapyard

The developers of the derelict scrapyard at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT have submitted a very detailed Environmental Statement report to support their plans to demolish & rebuild a metal recycling facility on the site. The report concludes there will be no significant environmental effects from the development at Windsor Grove but the ecology/diversity will be improved and the sustainable transport will have health benefits.

Over 1,000 residents have already commented / objected to the plans. They were invited by a letter from the council [jpeg] to read & comment on the Environmental Statement by  Monday 8th February 2021.

Many residents oppose the plans due to the increase in hazardous traffic. The large HGV lorries will be asked to take the route, pictured,  and so avoid West Norwood town centre by driving through Crystal Palace or Streatham.

The consultant’s Environmental  Statement report for the developers is hundreds of pages long. Volume 1 is the introduction and nearly 200 pages. There is a summary in Chapter 13 of Volume 1.

To read and comment on the developers Environmental Statement  for Windsor Grove please input ref 20/01066 on the Lambeth Planning portal.

See our previous posts on 19/5/20 and 7/12/19

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GNK on Norwood High St

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.

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Curnicks Lane

Planned flats

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.

Existing workshops

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

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A slot machine centre for West Norwood?

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.

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37 Hainthorpe Rd – 1 Dodbrook Rd Developer appeals planning refusal

Dodbrooke – Hainthorpe corner

Developers were refused planning permission by Lambeth council to demolish the building at the corner of Hainthorpe Road SE27 0PL and Dodbrooke Rd and build a block 8 flats and 5-bedroom house.

The developer has asked the Independent Planning Inspector to review this decision.

To comment on the developer’s appeal you must submit comments or “representations” to the Planning Inspectorate  by 5pm on Wednesday 2nd December. Log into the planning inspectorate website at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk and then search for the case using reference number 3259238.

All of the application and appeal documents are available on the Council’s planning database. To view them, go to https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for reference number 19/04189/FUL.

A planning application for 4 flats and a detached 4-bed house was approved in 2018 for the same site.

The government is keen to loosen the Planning rules and give more say to developers. For more details see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future/planning
-for-the-future.

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Tackling climate change locally

Climate change has become a climate crisis. Lambeth council has committed to be carbon neutral by 2030 and under Cllr Holland’s leadership the council  is setting up a Citizens  Assembly to develop recommendations on the actions we need to take together as the community of Lambeth.

Cllr Holland

To input your initial ideas to shape the Assembly discussions see the Climate Hub at : https://lambethclimateaction.commonplace.is/.

Delivering environmentally sustainable policies requires a significant degree of consensus from residents & businesses and cannot just be done through enforcement. The Citizens Assembly on the Climate Emergency will be a key process for gaining wider support for urgent new actions & policies. It involves bringing together a wide range of views from representatives of the diverse communities that make up our borough.

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Park Tavern

The Park Tavern

The Park Tavern on Elder Road SE27 9ND has been a pub since 1867.

Developers now want to turn it into 5 flats – four 2-bed room flats & one 1-bedroom flat.

Lambeth has a policy of keeping pubs as important community asset. However if the developer can prove the business is no longer viable  a change of use can be considered.  See policy ED8 in the Local Plan.

The Park Tavern was rebuilt in the 1920’s and is also part of the Elderwood Conservation area since 1976.

To see details and comment on the planning application use ref:  20/01945 at Lambeth’s planning portal .

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Suggestions for changing local ward boundaries

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is now looking at making changes to ward boundaries so that each councillor represents about the same number of resident electors.

Ward councillors in different parts of Lambeth represent varying numbers of residents as Lambeth’s population has increased over the last 20 years at different rates in different parts of the borough. Overall, by 2026, the Lambeth electorate is expected to increase by over 60,000 people.

To make suggestions for changes ( deadline 21st September) please check out the LGBCE web site:

https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/lambeth

In Norwood there are 3 wards: Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park each with 3 councillors.

For details of all Lambeth’s councillors see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&J=3

Ward boundaries were last changed 20 years ago by the LGBCE  For details of the current ward boundaries see:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/ward-maps

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