Everyone is entitled to comment on planning applications for permission from the council to build new buildings or refurbish existing ones. To look at the details of a planning application and comment online go to https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search on the planning reference.
If the council refuses planning permission, the applicant has up to 6 months to submit an appeal and get the independent Planning Inspector to take a fresh look at the application. To look at and comment on an appeal go to: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/
After a lengthy meeting on the 13th July ending at 10.45pm councillors on Lambeth’s Planning Committee agreed to refuse permission for the application 20/01066 to create a mega metal-recycling facility in Windsor Grove SE27 9NT. But the detailed reasons and the formal decision will be deferred to the next meeting.
West Norwood residents turned up with placards outside the town hall in Brixton before the meeting started at 7pm on Tuesday evening tonight. The committee of cross-party councillors heard strong objections from residents, business, Helen Hayes MP and local councillors . Helen Hayes handed in a petition with 5,500 signatures from people opposing the plans.
There is widespread opposition to the plans throughout the West Norwood community. Such a mega site would require a hundred super heavy trucks and vans going to and from the site each day: causing more air pollution, more noise and more traffic congestion in West Norwood’s narrow streets. A big thanks to Norwood Action Group for their regular newsletters over the last year and to the #ScraptheYard campaign
Watch this space!
The meeting to finalise the decision was held on Tuesday 27th July and the planning application was unanimously refused by councillors. The reason for refusal was : The impact of the increased noise, traffic & pollution will impact on the amenity of the area.
Last night there was a water main burst in Park Hall Road burst last by The Rosendale pub SE21 8BZ. The map shows the areas within orange lines without a water supply this morning. Thames Water are re directing water to try to restore water supply today. They promised supplies of bottled water at The Aspire Centre SE21 8EH. The burst water main will take a few days to fix and traffic will be disrupted including the 322 bus.
Disrupted water supply areas
If you need to contact Thames Water urgently please call 0800 316 9800
This week’s Thames Water road diversions include no right turn from Robson Road onto Norwood Road for larger vehicles, temporary traffic lights and one lane outside Tescos.
All larger northbound traffic from Robson Road, including the 322 bus, will turn left and go around the one way system past the bus garage.
The diversion starts on Monday 26th July for 5 days to Friday 30th July so Thames Water can do works at this road junction. The works will include a few days waiting for the concrete to set hard enough to re-tarmac.
To allow for installation of new gas mains pipes Lancaster Avenue SE27 9DQ will be closed from Saturday 13th February until 21st February at its junction with Norwood Road.
HGVs on the south circular road, that are too tall to go under the rail bridge on Thurlow Park Road, will have to take a long diversion along Norwood Road, to Herne Hill, Denmark Hill, Champion Hill, Grove Lane, Lordship Lane to rejoin the south circular.
SGN gas mains replacement works at Norwood Road, York Hill and Harpenden Road are expected to complete in April 2021 . For more details see SGN’s letter to residents [pdf]
For more on local road closures see our earlier post 10/01/21
SGN, who are London’s gas supplier, will be closing Ullswater Road SE27 0AL for 11 weeks starting from Monday 11th January to 28th March.
West Norwood’s main shopping street, Norwood Road, had extensive roadworks by Thames Water for water mains replacement May 2019-July 2020. Electricity and gas works infrastructure works are expected to take less time and complete in 2021. Norwood Road in West Norwood is then scheduled for resurfacing.
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.
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.
During testing Thames Water have just discovered that one of the new water main valves needs replacing. The faulty valve is under Norwood Road near Elmcourt Health Centre SE27 9AQ. This weekend Thames Water need to close one lane of traffic, with 2-way lights, so they can dig down to reach the faulty new valve deep beneath the road.
Thames Water will replace the valve by working at night from Sunday 17th May 10.30pm to 5.30am for about two weeks. This will help Thames Water keep to their revised August 2020 end-date for the Norwood Road water-mains project.
There will be an extra set of traffic lights during these night time hours only.
Any problems please telephone Thames Water 0800 316 9800 quoting project BB279802
Thames Water are writing to residents in the local neighbourhood with this letter (pdf)
Social distancing will remain for some time. Lambeth council is adapting some hot spots where social distancing is difficult in order to make walking safer. One example is the pavement under Herne Hill bridge which has already been widened –see photo.
Please help by telling the council about places where busy pavements are too narrow to keep 2m apart. The council will prioritize suggestions which will have the greatest impact. You can let us know your suggestions by getting in touch with your local councillors or use this online map: