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.
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:
A new community garden will be built on Sunday 18th March ( snowed off on Saturday!) between 10.30am and 2pm on corner of Chapel Road & Knights Hill SE27 0TL
All help welcome
The new West Norwood Gateway Garden, under the Community Freshview scheme, will replace a long standing eyesore popular with flytippers. The garden is designed by local resident and garden designer Tessa Parikian. A team of volunteers from the neighbourhood and local businesses via the Station to Station Business Improvement District are supporting the project.
There is increased interest from the private sector to invest in West Norwood. A public meeting is taking place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th November at the Salvation Army SE27 9AW for local people to discuss the latest plans including :
Norwood Road between Lansdowne Hill & York Hill and the old Laundry site; Knollys Goods Yard; Chapel Rd/Knights Hill corner & Norwood High Street.
Cashco have new proposals to build a cash & carry warehouse, offices to let and 26 homes on the neglected corner site of Knights Hill and Chapel Road. You can see the plans and meet the developers on Wednesday 29th March between 3pm & 8pm at the Fire station 210 Knights Hill SE27 0QA
Travellers arrived last night and are camped on the vacant site on Knights Hill at the corner with Chapel Road. The police and Cllr Sonia Winifred visited today. The traveller say they are staying for a few days over the bank holiday weekend.
The police will monitor the site over the weekend but there are “no aggravating factors’ requiring immediate action. They will also try to contact the owners of the land. It is believed the land is owned by a cash & carry business in Tooting.
If anyone has concerns please contact the local police on 101 (or 999 if an emergency). Should you need to contact Lambeth’s Noise team over the weekend phone 020 7926 5999.
The owners of NMC House in Chapel Road SE27 0TP have applied for outline planning permission to demolish the 2 storey building, & warehouses at the back, and to build a new L- shaped block of 40 homes. The plans at this stage include an underground car park with 29 spaces , 28 one-bedroom flats and 12 three bedroom flats. It is not clear how high the new block would be. The new block would extend around the back of the 4 storey Weaver House in Chapel Road to Weaver Walk.
To see and comment on the plans see the online Lambeth Planning Portal and use reference 15/01793
Following the rebuild of Ernest Avenue (in front of West Norwood bus garage) and the new pavements around St Lukes church – work on resurfacing Norwood High Street, by contractors CVU, is planned between Friday 14th February and Friday 28th February.
Norwood High Street lies between Robson Road and Chapel Road and is part of the one-way system around St Lukes church – so there will be a series of traffic and bus diversions to allow the road resurfacing works to be done.
If there any difficulties contact Lambeth Highways engineers: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07940 578880 or 020 7926 9000. If you are a twitter user then follow @mywestnorwood for the latest news.
A small tented camp has set up on the vacant site at the corner of Chapel Road & Knights Hill.
This land is privately owned and has remained vacant after the council turned down developers’ plans for a cash carry and function suite. Apparently the owner has spoken to the campers and is not pursuing eviction for the time being. The local police have also met the campers but as they are not committing a criminal offence the police cannot take any direct action. It is up to the owner to use the courts to evict the campers.
There are concerns about the rubbish and fires on the site and the council is responding to complaints from neighbours. Although the council does not own the land, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it does have powers to act on environmental problems such as rubbish, noise, smoke & human waste. The process involves the council issuing an enforcement notice on the owner who will then be given a couple of weeks to take action. If necessary the notice can then be followed up with a fixed penalty fine.
The campers say they intend to clear up much of the rubbish that has accumulated over the years and create a garden on the site.