Developers have plans to demolish 90-96 Norwood High Street SE27 9NW and build a 4 & 5 storey block on the corner with Rothschild Street. The new build will have 10 one-bed flats, 1 two-bed flat and 4 three-bed flats. The ground floor will remain in commercial use – in keeping with the council’s plans for a Creative Business Cluster along Norwood High Street.
The scheme includes a playground and a new mature tree – shown to be 4 storeys high in the drawings. There is no off-site parking but 20 secure cycle parking spaces. Other sustainable features include green living roofs, bee hotel bricks and nesting boxes for swifts.
The flats are compact and there is no reference to affordable or social housing on or off-site.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 .
Local Barclays bank customers received a letter today saying their branch will be closed on 21st June 2019. They are told to go to 136 Streatham High Road SW16 1BN instead.
Cllr Jane Pickard (pictured with the letter) said:
“Barclays is the last bank in West Norwood and a vital part of the mix of services in our main shopping street providing banking for local businesses and residents. The Barclays ATMs are always busy giving us access to cash 24/7. We cannot afford to let it close.”
Local Labour councillors have started a campaign to stop the closure. Sign the petition here.
And write to Barclays – their business case for the closure is set out here.
Local people were furious when West Norwood’s Nat West branch closed in October 2012 – the building eventually re-opened as Pedders Estate Agents.
Norwood High Street is part of the West Norwood town centre for planning application decisions – which means it should mainly be retail ( A1 use) . Many of the shops on Norwood High Street north of Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street are not prospering and there are many closed up shop premises.
In the draft Local Plan the council is proposing to turn part of Norwood High Street, south of the railway bridge to Windsor Grove and Rothschild Street, into a Creative Enterprise Zone – CEZ. This would encourage any new developments to have creative industries on the ground floor and maybe flats above. The CEZ does not affect the shops around the Chapel Road – Gipsy Road junction.
There are a range of other proposed local changes to policies in the draft Local Plan eg policy PN7 West Norwood and ED3 Knollys Goods Yard
The council’s policies used to assess planning applications are all published in the Local Plan which contains a full range of policies covering the whole borough eg affordable housing, schools & open space.
We have another Thames Water burst water main outside West Norwood Cemetery at the junction of Robson Road and Norwood High Street. It will take about 5 days to fix. For details see: https://inyourarea.thameswater.co.uk/Work-in-your-area or phone 0800 316 9800quoting ref 31070540.
Traffic will be severely disrupted with diversions through Streatham. Left and right hand turns by southbound traffic along Norwood Road from Lancaster Avenue will be restricted.
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.
Congratulations to Bob Callender and his team for winning £1.6million from the the Heritage Lottery Fund for the SLT, West Norwood’s own thriving repertory community theatre, based in the Old Fire Station at 2a Norwood High Street SE27 9NS. The much needed money will restore the building which is one of the few surviving original horse drawn carriage fire stations. The South London Theatre puts on 22 shows a year and will have to move to temporary venues fom April 2015 until works complete in 2016.