The government has just announced an extra £9m for Lambeth to help fund new primary school places. West Norwood is an increasingly popular place for families to live and the demand for primary school places is growing so fast that a new school is needed.
The council is currently looking at several alternative options for a site for a new primary school in West Norwood but needed extra funding to build the school. This funding announcement is therefore both very timely and excellent news for local families.
Local MP Tessa Jowell is working with West Norwood parents to make the new school a reality: More here
The plans to replace Norwood Hall with a new health centre, customer centre and a leisure centre which will include a swimming pool, gym & dance studio are moving ahead and will be soon be at the planning application stage.
To see the latest plans for the swimming pool just drop in to West Norwood Library on Thursday 10 December 10am to 8pm or Saturday 12 December 10am to 4pm .
For more details of the project see the council’s Future Norwood web pages.
Local people often say West Norwood is a neglected part of Lambeth. For the last two years , with the support of hundreds of local people, Tessa Jowell and local councillor Jackie Meldrum have been campaigning for a community swimming pool for the area. A new leisure health and customer centre will provide great local services and give the West Norwood local economy a real boost.
Norwood Hall is on Devane Way opposite West Norwood station. [Map]
Kahvah serves very nice coffee and can now open as a restaurant
We are delighted to let you know, that following spoken contributions last night from Malik Sheraz, Dr David Hall, Jane Pickard and local councillors Jackie Meldrum and Clare Whelan, with support from local MP Tessa Jowell, the 5 members of Lambeth’s Planning Committee agreed unamimously to grant planning permission for A3 use at 521 Norwood Road – so that Kahvah can now open as a restaurant.
The project to replace the derelict Norwood Hall with a £35m joint Leisure Centre, Health Centre and Customer Centre is going forward to the next stage following agreement to the funding last month. Tessa Jowell MP and local councillors have campaigned hard for the last couple of years to get the project this far.
Architects are working on plans for a 25m swimming pool, 100 station gym, dance studio and community meeting rooms and are working closely with a group of local people on the design. A public consultation event is being planned for December before the outline planning application is submitted early in 2010.
One of the local GP surgeries and local dentists are keen to move into the brand new Health Centre. Some clinics that take place in hospitals will also move to the Norwood Hall Centre which is likely to have for example its own blood test clinic.
The Customer Centre will be a smaller version of the one at Olive Morris House on Brixton Hill. So West Norwood people can have a local place to go for a wide range of Lambeth services.
The plans for Norwood Hall were developed as part of the Norwood masterplan and involved hundreds of local residents .If you want to know more contact the team directly :
Norwood Hall is located on Devane Way, opposite West Norwood station. It is difficult to say exactly when the Centre will be open but it should be ready by the Olympics in 2012.