The local West Norwood community objected strongly to 3 tall towers 12-20 storeys high in Knollys Goods Yard ( site 19) pictured right when the council proposed new development policy plans for 14 sites across Lambeth. Last week Cllr Danny Adilypour decided to drop Knollys Goods Yard from the next stages of the formal policy process.
Cllr Adilypour’s letter to the local community can be read here.
Danny Adilypour visiting Waylett Place in Site 18
Hundreds of local people and businesses also objected to the demolition of the heart of West Norwood’s town centre ( Site 18) and its replacement with 12 storey tower. In his letter Cllr Adilypour says he has asked for the Site 18 boundaries to be redrawn and to exclude housing at the Lansdowne Hill and York Hill ends of the site .
Cllr Adilypour took on responsibility for regeneration and town planning in May 2022. Since then he has been listening to the West Norwood community who want improvements and more new homes but not tall towers. The next consultation stage of the development policy plans will be published in summer 2023.
The council has delayed plans to 2024 to improve buildings on Norwood High Street -from St Luke’s church to Gipsy Road.
See our previous posts:
The one way system outside West Norwood Library SE27 9JX is closed for about a week so Thames Water can fix a burst water main.
Burst in road outside the library
Southbound traffic traffic along Norwood High Street will be forced to use other local routes.
Southbound bus routes are affected. The southbound 68 bus terminates at Tulse Hill station stop and the northbound 68 is not picking up from the Perran Road stop.
The 2, 196, 432 and 468 southbound are diverting along Christchurch Rd to Streatham High Road, Leigham Court Road and then to Crown Point before continuing their onward journey. The 2 returns to West Norwood via Elder Road .
432 on diversion along Christchurch Rd
The West Norwood bound 315 diverts along Leigham Court Rd to Crown Point and down Knights Hill.
Apart from the 68, northbound buses are using their normal route.
GNK, the busy builders merchant at 80 Norwood High St SE27 9NW, want to expand their site behind the former pub at 82 Norwood High St.
For details of the plans see planning application 22/00128/FUL on Lambeth’s Planning portal : https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
The site will expand into land at the back of the old pub building . This will allow vehicles to turn around within the GNK rear yard and so enter and exit the site in a forward gear – as required by previous planning permission.
See our earlier post 6/1/21
The proposed block of flats
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.
To see more detail and comment online please quote planning ref 20/04374 at Lambeth Planning Portal.
The developers Design & Access statement includes a fascinating history of the area.
90-96 Norwood High St today
Since September 2020 the new planning class E replaces the old classes A1/2/3 & B1 for more information see here.
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.
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.
Developers consult on plans for Windsor Grove
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.
Comments on the draft Lambeth Local Plan can be emailed to: email@example.com by the 13th March deadline.
See our earlier posts: 15/11/2017
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.
See our earlier posts 5/11/12 & 6/11/13
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.
The Local Plan is being updated and the latest draft is published for consultation See: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-local-plan-oct-2018/
Deadline is 17th December. Comments can be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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