It’s not too late to have your say on Lambeth’s ambitious draft policies for two major development sites in West Norwood . The deadline is Tues 22nd Feb.
The policies would provide hundreds of new homes including much needed subsidised “social housing“ alongside modern workspaces .
However the council plans propose four tower blocks for these West Norwood sites. The policy to rebuild Norwood town centre & shops between Lansdowne Hill and York Hill (site 18) includes a 12-storey tower. A second policy, for the scaffolding yard off Knollys Rd (site 19), includes three tower blocks between 12 and 20 storeys high and extra bridges over the railway.
Your local Knights Hill ward councillors have spoken to many residents and businesses alarmed by these proposals. We very much welcome more investment in West Norwood but do not see tower blocks as necessary or as fitting in with the neighbourhood. We want the council to take time to engage with local residents and businesses to discuss alternative options.
To have your say online on these draft policies – go to https://lambethsadpd.commonplace.is/ and click on Site 18 and on Site 19. The Site Allocation Policy and Evidence sections summarise the main details of what is being planned.
These are just two of 14 sites in Lambeth being prepared for regeneration.
To date, the Norwood sites have topped the number of online responses – the two Norwood sites have more comments than all the other 12 sites together. They also propose more housing than the others and the tallest towers.
The heart of West Norwood town centre lies between York Hill and Lansdowne Hill. It currently includes 80 homes, mostly above shops, a B&Q store, the Texaco garage, Knowles, Iceland plus many independent smaller shops. There has been talk about revamping the town centre for many years but the only recent development are the new flats above Iceland.
The council calls this area of the town centre Site 18 and is now consulting the community on fresh plans until Feb 21st. To see the details and make your views known go online to: https://lambethsadpdsite18.commonplace.is/
The new plans for Site 18 indicate 400 to 500 new homes including between 165 and 295 ‘affordable’ homes. The proposal is to divide the area into 14 blocks of 5 to 12 storeys to ensure its easy to walk or cycle around. There is no mention of car parking. The ground floors would be mainly for employment use and at least 50% of the units facing onto Norwood Road would be shops. A new road linking Lansdowne Hill and York Hill would be required. The plan would set back the new shops so the pavement is wider and include a small public square opposite Chatsworth Way.
The site is complicated to rebuild as there are so many different land owners involved. So the site might be redeveloped piecemeal. Or the landowners might come together as a partnership to re-develop the site as one build. Whichever way it goes it will mean several years of disruption and construction in the town centre.
Ideas from previous consultations on the future of the town centre are in West Norwood master plan [pdf] dated April 2017.
The council is consulting on a major new policy direction for West Norwood & Tulse Hill and proposes three residential towers in the land known Knollys Goods Yard or Knollys Triangle or Site 19.
The policy for Site 19 proposes to build a car free scheme of 400 homes above “clean” industrial units on the land off Knollys Rd. This is currently an industrial site between 3 railway lines accessable only from Cameron Place.
The new homes will help meet Lambeth’s target of 1,300 new homes a year. A target of 50% affordable homes on Site 19 means it would contribute to helping house the 30,000 households on the council’s housing waiting list.
Three towers are proposed: one of 20 storeys and two of 10 storeys. See picture of proposed view from Tulse Hill station
Two new bridges are proposed to improve access : a footbridge to Leigham Vale and a new road bridge from Knollys Rd close to York Hill. See map below.
Ivymount Road SE27 is due to be closed to traffic for 6 weeks until just before Christmas so Thames Water can replace the water mains. See letter to residents here.
Later this month works will also start on new water mains under Royal Circus road which will be reduced to one lane of traffic. The 315 bus will continue to use Canterbury Grove and York Hill. In the new year 2022 Thames Water will close Pyrmont Grove for about 4 weeks. Thames Water hope to finish their water mains replacement project in the streets around Royal Circus by March 2022!
Thames Water have a new infrastructure project for the SE27 streets around Royal Circus – between Broxholm Road and Canterbury Grove.
Between mid-January 2021 and June 2021 Thames Water want to replace 1.7miles of 100 year old cast iron water mains in these streets: Broxholm Road, Cambrian Close, part of Canterbury Grove, Chartham Grove, Egremont Road, Glennie Road, Ivymount Road, part of Lansdowne Hill, Portal Close, Pyrmont Grove, Royal Circus, Waldeck Grove and part of York Hill.
The plan is to carry out works one street at a time. Traffic will be managed using traffic lights to close one lane in each road in turn. The 315 bus service should not be disrupted.
Look out for a letter addressed to affected residents from Thames Water early in January – just as soon as details of this important infrastructure project are finalised.
For information on the Norwood Road water mains replacement project, completed in summer 2020, see our previous post 24/7/20.
Thames Water have changed their Norwood Rd plans so that from Tuesday 28th May the 315 bus can continue to run up York Hill as usual.
Only the RETURN journey to West Norwood will be the long way round via Leigham Court Rd , Crown Lane and Knights Hill. So the bus will not run eastbound from St Peters church via Canterbury Grove, Chartham Grove, Royal Circus & down York Hill.
This arrangement is due to last for 5 months until 23rd October.
A big thank you to everyone who sent back the councillors survey given out on the 315 bus and those who spoke to Thames Water at the public meetings. We have managed to persuade Thames Water that the 315 bus must keep running up York Hill as it is a lifeline for many people living near the top of the hill – and especially for bringing shopping home from West Norwood.
To contact Thames Water about any problems with their Norwood Road works please telephone 0800 316 9800 option 1 and quote BB279802.
When Thames Water start digging up Norwood Road to lay a new water main they plan to close York Hill and Lancaster Avenue for 71 days. The 315 bus will be on diversion the long way round to Leigham Court Road via Knights Hill and Crown Lane.
As well as taking passengers to Streatham the 315 is a vital lifeline to many older people living in the streets around the top of York Hill. This part of the route is hail and ride and does not have bus stops with diversion information. Please mention this important change to the 315 bus service to any neighbour who relies on this bus to get to and from West Norwood.
Thames Water are now expected to start their road works just after the May bank holiday. They will post leaflets and hold public meetings as soon as they can confirm a start date.
The start date has slipped from the one in our earlier post 15/3/19
After a series of workshops the community-led Streetworks project has drawn up detailed design plans to change and improve Norwood Road.
The plans include improving Station Rise in front of Tulse Hill station, widening the east pavement between Chestnut Road and Chatsworth Way, options on parking, the Norwood Road entrance to Harpenden Rd becoming one way to allow for a new zebra crossing over Norwood Road, a diagonal crossing at York Hill/Lancaster Avenue and levelling the side roads with the pavement at their junction with Norwood Road.
But why not visit the exhibitions on Saturday 25th June 2.30-5pm at the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre in Devane Way SE27 0DF or Wednesday 6th July 6.30-9pm at the Old Library 14 Knights Hill SE27 0HY ?
There is also a chance to comment on the designs at the West Norwood Feast market on July 3rd and the Country Show on 16th & 17th July.
The improvements will be funded by Transport for London and works should start in Autumn 2016. See our earlier posts: 9/2/16 19/1/16 and 3/6/15
The last master plan for West Norwood was published in 2009 and much has changed since then. So the council will be updating the Master Plan over the next few months. Look out for events to have your say!