GNK on Norwood High St

GNK is a builders merchants at 80 Norwood High St SE27 9NW and due to its growing success has become too big for the limited size of its current site.
Local residents and Lambeth council have been concerned at the impact on pedestrian safety and traffic on Norwood High St due to the way vehicles enter & leave the premises. Excessive parking on Norwood High St itself often reduces this busy B232 road to one lane of traffic at many times of the working day.

Over the years the council tried to get GNK to implement the conditions of their original planning permission 10/02101 which do not permit reversing out of the site nor parking on the Norwood High St. Customers and delivery trucks are required to park off-road & on the site and turn and leave the site in forward gear.

In July 2020 the council refused GNK planning application 20/01734 to remove the condition preventing vehicles reversing into Norwood Rd. GNK have now appealed the council’s refusal to the independent Planning Inspector.  To comment on the appeal (make a representation) go to:
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ and quote ref 3258370  before Monday 18/1/21.

For more information on the planning history of the site please go to Lambeth’s planning portal
https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and quote the address.  20/01734 has details of the appeal.

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Thames Water again!

Thames Water have a new infrastructure project for the SE27 streets around Royal Circus – between Broxholm Road and Canterbury Grove.

Between mid-January 2021  and June 2021 Thames Water want to replace 1.7miles of 100 year old cast iron water mains in these streets: Broxholm Road, Cambrian Close, part of Canterbury Grove, Chartham Grove, Egremont Road, Glennie Road, Ivymount Road, part of Lansdowne Hill, Portal Close, Pyrmont Grove, Royal Circus,  Waldeck Grove and part of York Hill.

The plan is to carry out works one street at a time. Traffic will be managed using traffic lights to close one lane in each road in turn. The 315 bus service should not be disrupted.

Look out for a letter addressed to affected residents from Thames Water early in January –  just as soon as details of this important infrastructure project are finalised.

For information on the Norwood Road water mains replacement project, completed in summer 2020, see our previous post 24/7/20.

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No symptom covid-19 testing

Testing site prepared in Brockwell Park

Free rapid ‘lateral flow test’ are available from Monday 4th January  at Lambeth Town Hall SW2 1RW for adults who live or work in  Lambeth and who may have Covid-19 but have no  symptoms. The result is texted or emailed to you the same day.

You must book an appointment in advance and provide contact details including an email address and mobile phone number. Book here. More rapid testing sites in marquees will open soon in Brockwell Park and Blenheim Gardens.

There are local testing sites for people who have any covid-19 symptoms (a fever, a new continuous cough,  loss or change in sense of smell or taste). The results from these PCR tests take a few days as the tests are processed in a lab. Book a PCR test  here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

For more details see this post on the Love Lambeth website.

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Curnicks Lane

Planned flats

Developers have submitted another planning application to build seven bedsits and three 1-bed flats on the former workshops in Curnicks Lane SE27 0UT between Chapel Rd and Linton Grove.

Existing workshops

You can see the plans & comment by inputting ref 20/04185/P20 at the Lambeth Planning portal. Deadline for comments is Wednesday 6th January.

This planning application is being made under the new brownfield site rules.

To be eligible for the new rules the site must previously have been in use as Class B1 (office, research or light industrial). Last month the developers submitted planning application 20/03846 to prove to the council that the last use of this site was light industrial (B1c).

The government is continuing to cut back on planning rules and give the council and  local people less say over developers plans. This is one of the first planning applications in Lambeth made under the new brownfield site permitted development rights. If the developers submitted a standard planning application they would have to meet Lambeth’s agreed policies on minimum size of homes, children’s play space etc.

See our previous post 17/9/2019

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A slot machine centre for West Norwood?

Admiral are in the slot machine business and  have applied for planning permission to turn the empty Ladbrokes betting shop, on the one-way system at Tulse Hill, into an “adult gaming centre” for over-18s.

Both betting shops & adult gaming have the same planning use – “sui generis” –  so there is no change of use.

What the planning decision will take into account is matters such as: an active shop front adding to the vibrancy of the area around Tulse Hill train station; any impact on transport;  any impact on crime & anti-social behaviour; any impact on “amenity” or character of the area and immediate neighbours.

To comment on this application before the decision is made please go online to the Lambeth Planning portal and use ref 20/02984  for 172-176 Norwood Rd SE27 9AZ. The decision is due to be made at the end of December.

Over 20% of the adult gaming centres in the UK are part of Luxury Leisure Talarius which uses the Admiral brand. Admiral say they offer the ultimate gaming experience, showcasing the best casino and classic slot games available on both the most technologically advanced slot machines and traditional “fruit machines.”

Local Labour councillors from Thurlow Park ward have already objected to Admiral’s planning application.

If Admiral get the go-ahead they will also need to advertise when they apply for a gambling license.  This licensing process gives local people 28 days to comment.

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Shop local for Christmas!

There will be over 45 stalls at the West Norwood Christmas markets this Saturday 12th Dec 11am to 3pm. Visit the stalls centred around Norwood High St beside St Luke’s church SE27 0DT.  There’s something for everyone!

And of course our local shops are open too . Check out the fantastic range  of retailers in West Norwood town centre in this business directory:

https://stationtostation.london/directory/

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37 Hainthorpe Rd – 1 Dodbrook Rd Developer appeals planning refusal

Dodbrooke – Hainthorpe corner

Developers were refused planning permission by Lambeth council to demolish the building at the corner of Hainthorpe Road SE27 0PL and Dodbrooke Rd and build a block 8 flats and 5-bedroom house.

The developer has asked the Independent Planning Inspector to review this decision.

To comment on the developer’s appeal you must submit comments or “representations” to the Planning Inspectorate  by 5pm on Wednesday 2nd December. Log into the planning inspectorate website at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk and then search for the case using reference number 3259238.

All of the application and appeal documents are available on the Council’s planning database. To view them, go to https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for reference number 19/04189/FUL.

A planning application for 4 flats and a detached 4-bed house was approved in 2018 for the same site.

The government is keen to loosen the Planning rules and give more say to developers. For more details see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future/planning
-for-the-future.

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What happens to our rubbish?

Paper for recycling

The waste in our bins is collected by Lambeth council and taken to Smugglers Wharf SW8 and processed for reuse, recycling or for turning into energy.

The next virtual tours ( on Zoom) of the plant at Smugglers Wharf are on Thursday 26th  Nov at 1pm and Wednesday 2nd Dec at 6pm . This is a chance to see how our rubbish is processed and put to further use.

To book you place see: https://wrwa.gov.uk/schools-adult-groups/online/

Western Riverside Waste Authority run Smugglers Wharf for the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea , Lambeth and Wandsworth

@WRWA

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Children under-five

Norwood’s  Children Centre is up and running after lockdown with most activities now based at 18 Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD just off Gipsy Rd .

‘Stay and play’ and other face to face sessions are social distancing so you have to book  your place on 020 3409 0704. Other “virtual” activities are one to one telephone calls and some group sessions are via facebook.

For details of the Norwood Children’s Centre programme see [attached pdf]

Please phone 020 3409 0704 for advice on what sessions might best suit your child.

Lambeth’s Family Information Service online directory has lots more information on a wide range of activities and services for children:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/children-young-people-and-families/family-information-directory

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Virgo Fidelis school to close

The Roman Catholic secondary school for girls on Central Hill SE19 1RS is planning to close in August 2021.

Admissions were suspended for year 7 students in September 2020. Year 8 , 9 & 11  students are attending the Virgo Fidelis site but Year 10 students are attending St Marys in West Croydon CR9 2EE

Virgo Fidelis no longer has a 6th form and pupil rolls have been falling recently – with a  corresponding impact on school budgets. The Victorian buildings date back to 1848 and so are exepensive to repair.

Croydon council is consulting on the closure – to have a say  fill in the form linked below before the deadline of Oct 23rd.  

https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/project/672

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