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Knollys Yard developers workshops

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
  • Monday 6th Oct 6pm to 7pm – employments & workspace

All 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 :

 

5/4/22

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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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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‘transformative impact’ nature of these site policies your local Labour councillors asked for these two sites to be withdrawn from the policy-making process.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

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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

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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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Windsor Grove mega-scrapyard  appeal

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:

https://beta.lambeth.gov.uk/public-inquiry-land-windsor-grove/observing-taking-part-inquiry

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.

See our earlier posts:

16/11/21

13/7/21

20/1/21

19/5/20

7/12/19

To see other West Norwood planning applications and appeals – updated monthly – check our planning pages:

https://westnorwoodnews.com/local-planning-applications/

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Still time to comment on controversial tower blocks for West Norwood

Commonplace website

It’s not too late to have your say on Lambeth’s ambitious draft policies for two major development sites in West Norwood . The deadline is Tues 22nd Feb.

The policies would provide hundreds of new homes including much needed subsidised “social housing“ alongside modern workspaces .

However the council plans propose four tower blocks for these West Norwood sites. The policy to rebuild Norwood town centre & shops between Lansdowne Hill and York Hill (site 18) includes a 12-storey tower.  A second policy, for the scaffolding yard off Knollys Rd (site 19),  includes three tower blocks between 12 and 20 storeys high and extra bridges over the railway.

Your local Knights Hill ward councillors have spoken to many residents and businesses alarmed by these proposals. We very much welcome more investment in West Norwood but do not see tower blocks as necessary or as fitting in with the neighbourhood. We want the council to take time to engage with local residents and businesses to discuss alternative options.

To have your say online on these draft policies  – go to https://lambethsadpd.commonplace.is/ and click on Site 18 and on Site 19. The Site Allocation Policy and Evidence sections summarise the main details of what is being planned.

These are just two of 14 sites in Lambeth being prepared for regeneration.

To date, the Norwood sites have topped the number of online responses – the two Norwood sites have more comments than all the other 12 sites together. They also propose more housing than the others and the tallest towers.

See our previous posts:

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A new town centre for West Norwood

The heart of West Norwood town centre lies between York Hill and Lansdowne Hill.  It currently includes 80 homes, mostly above shops, a B&Q store, the Texaco garage, Knowles, Iceland plus many independent smaller shops. There has been talk about revamping the town centre for many years but the only recent development are the new flats above Iceland.

The council calls this area of the town centre Site 18 and is now consulting the community on fresh plans until Feb 21st. To see the details and make your views known go online to: https://lambethsadpdsite18.commonplace.is/ 

The new plans for Site 18 indicate 400 to 500 new homes including between 165 and 295 ‘affordable’ homes. The proposal is to divide the area into 14 blocks of 5 to 12 storeys to ensure its easy to walk or cycle around.  There is no mention of car parking. The ground floors would be mainly for employment use and at least 50% of the units facing onto Norwood Road would be shops. A new road linking Lansdowne Hill and York Hill would be required. The plan would set back the new shops so the pavement is wider and include a small public square opposite Chatsworth Way.

The site is complicated to rebuild as there are so many different land owners involved. So the site might be redeveloped piecemeal. Or the landowners might come together as a partnership to  re-develop the site as one build. Whichever way it goes it will mean several years of disruption and construction in the town centre.

Ideas from previous consultations on the future of the town centre are in West Norwood master plan [pdf] dated April 2017.

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Three tower blocks  for Knollys?

The council is consulting on a major new policy direction for West Norwood & Tulse Hill and proposes three residential towers in the land known Knollys Goods Yard or Knollys Triangle or Site 19.

The policy for Site 19  proposes to build a car free scheme of 400 homes above “clean” industrial units on the land off Knollys Rd. This is currently an industrial site  between 3 railway lines accessable only from Cameron Place.

The new homes will help meet Lambeth’s target of 1,300 new homes a year. A target of 50% affordable homes on Site 19 means it would contribute to  helping house the 30,000 households on the council’s housing waiting list.

Three towers are proposed: one of 20 storeys and two of 10 storeys.  See picture of proposed view from Tulse Hill station

Two new bridges are proposed to improve access : a footbridge to Leigham Vale and a new road bridge from Knollys Rd close to York Hill. See map below.

For details and to have a say see: https://lambethsadpdsite19.commonplace.is/  The deadline is Monday February 21st.

The council is consulting on 14 similar major sites across the borough.

This policy setting stage would be followed by planning applications submitted and consulted in the normal way.

See our previous post 02/2018.

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Streatham Hill trial LTN consultation

The council is consulting on whether to make the Streatham Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)  permanent. Have your say by completing this online survey. The deadline is midday Sunday 19th December.

You can request a paper copy of the survey, before Sunday 28th November, by phoning 07999 405 331.

The aim of the LTN is to reduce traffic and improve the environment in the local area. To see details of the trial scheme look at:  https://streathamhilllowtrafficneighbourhoodproposals.commonplace.is/

Monitoring of the trial shows that traffic has reduced by 6,100 vehicles a day. Traffic has increased by 7% on Leigham Vale. Cycling has increased and air quality outside schools is within legal limits.

If the LTN is made permanent there will be improvements planned to boundary roads to improve cycling and walking, road layouts, signal timings, and green screens at schools

See our earlier posts: 14/11/21

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