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:
Kaymac are building 21 new homes on the site of 73-79 Knollys Road SW16 2JP. They plan to close Knollys Road on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September to allow the large crane to be taken off site.
Knollys Road will also be closed to install a sewer connection for the new homes for one to two weeks starting early October.
For more information call Kaymac 020 7354 1110
See our earlier post 9/6/15
Norwood Road is closed for northbound traffic following another burst water main early today by the Co op near Tulse Hill station. Thames Water are awaiting the arrival of a large pump this evening (10th July) before they can start work on the burst pipe.
They hope the emergency repairs will be completed and the northbound lane should be reopened on Sunday 14th July.
In the meantime all northbound traffic is diverted along Avenue Park Road.
Buses are too tall for the Thurlow Park Road rail bridge and therefore diverted along Thurlow Park Road and Croxted Road back to Norwood Road.
For details call Thames Water on 0800 714 614 quoting ref 31315053.
Come and see what the year long Thames Water road works on Norwood Road will mean to you. The detailed plans are expected to be displayed on Monday 13th May 5pm to 8pm at Salvation Army Hall 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW and on Tuesday 14tH May 1pm to 4pm at West Norwood Library / Picture House, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX .
The works are due to start in evening Monday 27th May . The project is in stages with part of Norwood Road reduced to one line of traffic and some side roads closed up to June 2020.
Inevitably this will mean traffic congestion but all the shops & traders in West Norwood will remain open for business!
Thames Water are investing spending £14m on replacing our Victorian 21 inch water mains. They will be writing a letter confirming these details to every household in West Norwood within the next few days.
See our earlier posts: 9/4/19, 15/3/19, 23/1/19
315 going up York Hill
When Thames Water start digging up Norwood Road to lay a new water main they plan to close York Hill and Lancaster Avenue for 71 days. The 315 bus will be on diversion the long way round to Leigham Court Road via Knights Hill and Crown Lane.
As well as taking passengers to Streatham the 315 is a vital lifeline to many older people living in the streets around the top of York Hill. This part of the route is hail and ride and does not have bus stops with diversion information. Please mention this important change to the 315 bus service to any neighbour who relies on this bus to get to and from West Norwood.
Thames Water are now expected to start their road works just after the May bank holiday. They will post leaflets and hold public meetings as soon as they can confirm a start date.
The start date has slipped from the one in our earlier post 15/3/19
Update 27.3.2019: It seems that the meetings mentioned below have been postponed. Still awaiting an update on this.
Thames Water will begin digging up Norwood Road on Tuesday 23rd April – just after the Easter bank holiday. The works will be done in sections starting at Tulse Hill station end. The works cause traffic disruption for over 7 months in West Norwood’s main shopping street.
To find out more please meet the people planning the project from Thames Water, the council and Transport for London between 1pm and 4pm on Monday 1st April at West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 0JX or in the evening at Salvation Army, Norwood Rd SE27 9AW on Tuesday 2nd April 5pm to 8pm .
These works are the third part of a £14m project to replace our local trunk water mains installed in 1870.
See our earlier posts:
Parking bays on Devane Way
Parking is very limited in Devane Way SE27 – the road leading up to West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre. Most people access the centre on foot.
Next week the parking bays will be repainted to clearly indicate where parking is permitted for up to 10 minutes. Parking enforcement teams will visit from time to time. They will issue tickets to vehicles they see parked for over 10 minutes.
Barrier with buzzer
There are 5 parking spaces for blue badge holders right outside the Health & Leisure Centre. Anyone with limited mobility who needs to park or be dropped off must use the buzzer beside the barrier to speak to reception.