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.
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.
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 ]
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.
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 :
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
On Tuesday 1st March at 10am the independent Planning Inspector starts the appeal from developers to overturn Lambeth Council’s refusal of planning permission for the mega-scrapyard plans in Windsor Grove.
The Appeal will be online as a “Teams” meeting for about 5 days. To follow it live go to:
There was a massive community campaign last summer opposing the plans and your local councillors will be speaking against the plans. A mega metal recycling centre to recycle 10% of the entire metal waste in London is not suitable for West Norwood. To build such a centre right next door to homes and a children’s play ground is unacceptable.
In this case Michael Gove, the Secretary of State, is to make the final decision on the appeal.