Category Archives: Planning

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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New metal recycling centre

Southwark Metals have just submitted a planning application for a new metal recycling building at Windsor Grove SE27 9NT (next to our local Royal Mail  Sorting Office). The picture shows an architect’s image of how the building would look – it is to include a living green roof and one green wall.

The site is on the derelict scrap yard which had permission to process 25,000 tonnes a year but did not operate to this full capacity. The new proposal aims to process 35,000 tonnes per year. Local residents are concerned that the new plans will result in many more vans & trucks on Windsor Grove and neighbouring streets. The planning applications mentions 120 vehicles per weekday and 50 on Saturdays.

If you want to see details of the proposal and/or comment please use ref:  20/01066 at Lambeth Planning portal.

There is a petition opposing the plans  at: http://chng.it/2pGy2TsP

Waste sites, including scrapyards, are protected by planning rules in London as there are so few of them and London’s waste keeps growing.

See our earlier post 7/12/19

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Future West Norwood & Future Lambeth

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.

See: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/27932c6

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: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk  by the 13th March deadline.

See our earlier posts: 15/11/2017

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Windsor Grove scrapyard

Southwark Metals are developing plans to modernise the derelict scrapyard at the bottom of Windsor Grove SE27 9NT off Norwood High Street and next door to the Royal Mail SE27 sorting office.

Before they submit a planning application Southwark Metals want to consult local people and are holding an exhibition next week at St Luke’s church SE27 0DT. All welcome to drop in and have a say on Monday 9th December 5pm to 8pm or Wednesday 11th December 11am to 3pm

Cllr Jackie Meldrum visited the Southwark Metals site, off Old Kent Road SE15, in the summer ( pictured) as they want to move their business to West Norwood. Old Kent Road is part of the A2 and the

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at Southwark Metals

main London to Dover road and much busier than West Norwood.  So there are concerns about increased  traffic accessing the proposed site for a metal recycling centre in Windsor Grove.

Waste sites, including scrapyards, are protected in London as there are so few of them and London’s waste keeps growing .

For details see:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste#planning-for-londons-waste

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Thurlow Park Rd corner

Developers plan to demolish the grotty corner on Thurlow Park Road opposite the Tulse Hill Hotel and build 43 new homes in a block up to 7 storeys high. The proposal for the new block is for eight 3-bedroom homes, twenty seven 2-bedroom homes and eight 2- bedroom homes.  17  of the flats are to be affordable.

The site is close to Tulse Hill rail station and many bus routes so there is no off-road parking except for 2 disabled bays and plenty of cycle parking.

To see the plans in detail, comments from Thurlow Park ward Labour councillors & other residents and to submit an online comment go to Lambeth’s planning portal  https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications    and quote ref: 19/03669

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Curnicks Lane development

Curnicks Lane

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:

[https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/have-your-say-on-the-draft-revised-lambeth-local-plan-october-2018]

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Plans for West Norwood town centre

Click to view leaflet as a pdf.

Developers are  exhibiting to the public their plans for the old laundry site off Lansdowne Hill on Monday 2nd September between 4pm and 8pm at the Church Hall in St Lukes Church SE27 0DT.

The planning committee turned down the developer’s first plans (18/00580) in April 2019 . The developer, Leyton Clubs,  has now come up with a new planning application. They plan a 6-7 storey building with 51 flats and a separate 4 storey office block  between Waylett Place, Wakeling House & Easton House on York Hill estate & Lansdowne Hill. See map below:

To see the new plans in detail use ref: 19/02840 at the Lambeth Planning portal

See our earlier posts:

19/3/18

26/10/17

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Plans for Norwood Park

20190630_165911.jpgIf you visit our local park for its amazing views, dog walking, tree planting, play areas, one o clock club, outdoor gym or café why not find out more about the plans for the park this Monday 1st July 7pm at The Hope?

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The Friends of Norwood Park are a group of local residents who have a say on how the council runs the park and get involved in future plans.

 On Monday 1st July  at 7pm all are welcome to attend the annual general meeting of the Friends of Norwood Park at The Hope, 49 Norwood High Street SE27 9JS and meet the council’s Parks team   http://www.friendsofnorwoodpark.co.uk/

 See our earlier post 11/3/19

 

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