Developers are working on plans to rebuild Crystal Palace on the old site at the north end of Crystal Palace Park. The plans include a £100m refurbishment of the sports centre in the park. Developers are now choosing architects to design the new building and are aiming for a planning application in about a years time.
Local people are giving a cautious welcome to the plans. 200 people visited the first public exhbition on Westow St on 10th December. and Bromley council is working with the developers to set up more community consultation events.
The next two events will be 11am to 5pm on Saturday 1st February at Anerley Town Hall, Anerley Road SE20 8BD ( opposite Anerley train station ) and 11am to 5pm on Saturday 1st March at the Lodge SE19 2BB in the park itself – just north of the sports centre .
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The view from the garden of the completed new development
Work has started on the demolition of the Cheviot Gardens older people’s housing blocks. Residents worked with Notting Hill Housing Association to design the new scheme which as well 84 new homes for older people , including 18 for ownership/sharedownership, will become a community hub for older people in the West Norwood area. The centre will provide services such as cafe, hairdresser, activity room and a room for special events. It is due to complete in 2015. For details of the planning application enter 13/03141 on http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
For more information contact Jo Palmer at Notting Hill Housing : JPalmer@nhhg.org.uk
Come along on Monday 2nd December 1pm to 8pm to the Salvation Army Hall at 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW to meet the Mayfair500’s team and comment on their revised plans for housing and employment space on the site on Avenue Park Road at the corner of Thurlow Park Road and Tulse Hill station. Their previous planning application (ref 13/02310) was withdrawn and they are now consulting residents before submitting a new planning application.
Leona Quigley welcomes any questions in advance of Monday’s event or from anyone unable to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 3435 4213.
Sonia Winifred outside 270 Norwood Road
A local estate agent, Pedders Property, is behind new plans for the former Nat West building on Norwood Road. To see the details look at Lambeth’s Planning web site http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and quote refs 13/04568 and 13/04569:
The site currently has A2 planning use which covers banks, estate agents and other money services. If another estate agent wants to open up in West Norwood it must mean there are more people wanting to move into the neighbourhood!
Former car showroom
A planning application has been submitted to Croydon council by Lidl to open a store on the site of the former SG Smith Volkswagen car showroom on Beulah Hill.
Residents and local Croydon & Lambeth councillors are particularly concerned about the impact on traffic as Lidl’s trucks would be joining trucks for both the local Tesco and GKN builders merchants which are already causing difficulties on busy Crown Lane.
To see and comment on the plans quote ref 13/03146 on : http://publicaccess.croydon.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_CROYD_DCAPR_137755
The closing date for comments is Thursday 31st October.
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Avenue Park Road
Developers submitted a planning application to build 47 homes and small business premises on the disused land between the railway line, Thurlow Park Road and Avenue Park Road approximately up to Maley Avenue. The height of the proposed development varies between three, four, five and six storeys.
Iceni , planning consultants for Mayfair 500 , the developers, organised a public meeting in April at Elmgreen School . Following comments by residents at the meeting the plans have changed slightly. To see the latest plans use the public access database on Lambeth council’s web site: http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and type in planning ref 13/021310/FUL .
Any comments can be emailed to email@example.com quoting ref 13/021310/FUL . Please also copy in Cllr Ann Kingsbury at Akingsbury@lambeth.gov.uk . Ann has asked for any recommendation to approve this planning application to go to the Planning Applications Committee. The decision should be made before mid September.
The Nat West building has been vacant for over 8 months since it closed in October 2012
It looks like it is going to stay closed for some time as there are substantial repairs needed before these premises will be put on the market .This area does have a lower footfall than other Norwood Road locations closer to West Norwood and Tulse Hill rail stations and this again makes businesses less interested in leasing the ground floor at 270 Norwood Road.
There was a rumour that a betting shop was looking to lease the premises but there is no indication this is actually happening. Of course a betting shop would not need planning permission to go in to the Nat West building – as both banks and betting shops are in the same planning use class (A2). However any new betting shop would have to consult local people in order to get a gambling licence from the council.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum at 270 Norwood Road
Lambeth council would like to have more discretion to stop the plethora of betting shops in our high streets. Unfortunately the government recently rejected the argument that betting shops should have their own planning class as put forward by David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham. He has been campaigning for a change in the law as this would give councils much more control in their local area. The government’s new laws, which will apply for two years, allow businesses such as betting shops and money shops to open up in high street locations without the need for a public consultation. The Minister for Planning, Nick Boles MP, has dismissed residents’ concerns that this will drain the life from our high streets. Anyone feeling strongly about this could contact the Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Jane Pickard at the Nettlefold Halls building
Detailed plans for the a joint public library and City Screen cinema in the Nettlefold Halls building at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX are progressing and are expected to be available for public consultation at the end of this summer. This will allow the views of local people to be incorporated into the plans before the planning application is submitted in the autumn. A decision on the planning application could be made by the end of the 2013 and then construction work , lasting from between 12 to 18 months, would start early in 2014.
The squatters occupying the Nettlefold Halls have been evicted.
Friends of West Norwood Library and Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, other local community representatives, local businesses and councillors are working with the council and City Screen on the plans. The library will have the same amount (or possibly more) floorspace than the previous service in the Nettlefold Halls. The plans will also allow for a Vistor Centre for the cemetery – once funding is obtained for this project – perhaps with a national Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
In the meantime a temporary library service continues to run from the Old Library at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY opening daily at 10am (except Sundays & Tuesdays when the library is closed)
For more details on the library-cinema plans for West Norwood – see the council cabinet report on 10th June 2013:
For the third time developers appealed to the independent Planning Inspector after Lambeth council refused their bid to build homes on the West Norwod Tennis Club.
A hearing took place in March at which residents & Cllr Jane Pickard supported the council’s refusal.
The planning Inspector agrees with the council and has dismissed the appeal:
“the benefits of the proposed development for 52 homes would not be outweighed by the harm from loss of outdoor space and the scale of the building.”
See the Inspectors report below
Plans are under way to rebuild the Julian’s school building on its existing site off Leigham Court Road SW16 2RB to help meet the large increase in demand for primary school places in West Norwood and Streatham. The school was originally built as a one form –entry school, taking 30 children each year . The new plans create a 3-form entry school off Leigham Court Road taking 90 children per year. To allow building work to start in February 2013 and be completed by July 2014 so to be ready to open in September 2014 the whole school will move to the new sister Julian’s School in Wolfington Road in December 2012.
The plans for the new Julian’s Leigham Court Road school can be seen on the council’s web site via the Planning Database- http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
Just type in ref “12/03039” . The deadline for comments is Tuesday 25th September.