Norwood Planning Assembly – local input in planning

The Norwood Planning Assembly (NPA) was established by the Norwood Forum and the Norwood Action Group. It is hope that such an assembly will allow local people to decide where future shops, houses, community and workspaces should be and what they look like, and press for property to be more affordable too.

Cllr Fred Cowell has been working with the above group as well as with other residents to help enable local people and businesses to have a greater say in planning development in our local area.

Having received an update towards the end of January 2017 at the NPA public meeting about the bid for designation, ratification of the NPA constitution and the election of officers, plus the creation of a volunteer led sub-groups to develop aspects of the neighbourhood plan, the NPA is now going to public consultation.

It is expected that the decision on whether to formally designate the NPA will be made by the Council’s Cabinet in July 2017.

The map of the area covered is available here – https://www.norwoodplanning.org/the-neighbourhood-boundary

You can support the application whether you live in the area of the NPA or not. The more support that can be demonstrate in and around the area, the more representative we can be of our community. Please respond by 15 May 2017. 

You can send your views by email or respond by post:

Email: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk

Post: Planning Strategy and Policy Team, London Borough of Lambeth, 1st Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL

Details of the application can be found on the Lambeth website – https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/norwood-planning-assembly-neighbourhood-forum-and-neighbourhood-area-application

Printed copies of the application are also available for inspection at West Norwood library during their normal opening hours and at the Council’s office at Ground Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LL from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

More information can be found on the Norwood Planning Assembly website  – https://www.norwoodplanning.org/

The Regeneris report on Norwood, produced after extensive consultation, which includes the Commonplace map can be found here – https://www.norwoodplanning.org/consultation-activity

Pushing for stronger planning enforcement in Tulse Hill

We have been concerned by recent changes in Tulse Hill – the use of the space on the corner of Thurlow Park Road and Norwood Road, and changes in use from retail to residential of shops and cafes on Station Rise. We have been pushing planning enforcement officers to address these issues.

Officers have visited the neighbourhood and written to the used car business on the corner of Thurlow Park Road. The proposed car wash being installed has been halted as it did not have planning permission, the area which was paved without permission has been depaved and damage caused by cars on the pavement to the electrical post by the bus stop has been reported to the Highways team. We believe that further work is required to check that car sales is a legitimate use of the site, to remove paving and to require that discarded concrete is removed to make the area less unsightly. We also want to ensure no part of the property is being used without authorisation as an HMO.

On Station Rise, we are worried about the apparent trend to convert retail units into flats. The Streetworks project will hopefully create a pleasant town centre space where people can use shops and cafes – retaining active shop fronts is important for this.

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Planning Enforcement update – Winter 2016/16

In line with government guidance, the key focus of the Lambeth team is to resolve cases informally without recourse to costly and time-consuming formal action – this is how the majority of cases our solved.

In terms of activity in Thurlow Park at a property along Croxted Road officers negotiated the removal of excessive noisy air-conditioning units from a residential property.

Otherwise, a large residential property on Norwood Road was in a dilapidated state and has been left empty for many years. As a result, formal section 215 notices were served requiring a range of remedial works to the premises. This will ensure the condition of the property is drastically improved and is hopefully brought back into residential use.

If you have any planning concerns please let us know. 

Double glazing for the Peabody Cottages

Following the planning application for double glazing being turned down, Anna and Max organised a walkabout on the Peabody Estate with local residents and planning officers from the council to better understand the next steps.

We think it is really important for all residents to have warm, dry, energy efficient homes which is why this is an issue we intend to prioritise. Many cottages on the Peabody Estate are draughty and damp and new windows would go a long way to improving the lives of residents and reducing their energy bills.

Planning officers were very helpful in explaining why the application was refused. As the estate is in a conservation area, there are strict rules regarding how any development must look. The proposal submitted by Peabody had wide window frames which were not acceptable in conservation terms – this doesn’t mean that double glazing isn’t acceptable, just that any future proposal must pay more attention to meeting conservation criteria. The planning officers explained the kind of application which would be acceptable.

Anna and Max also agreed with residents that more needed to be done to maintain the buildings. A number had broken and leaking guttering, flaking paintwork and other repairs which Peabody need to carry out urgently.

Plans submitted for the Tulse Hill Hotel

An application to reopen the Tulse Hill Hotel, which has been closed for a while, has been submitted by Greene King. They have plans to invest in the space to make more use of the garden, improve the food service and offer 9 guest bedrooms.

For further details, please take a look at the Lambeth planning portal – http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications-and-policies/viewing-current-planning and look for planning applications 14/2219 and 14/02231.

Greene King have also applied for a variation to the licence, as this is necessary to carry out their plans to increase use of the garden. Comments are due by 30th June and you can take a look online for more information – http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/business-services-rates-and-licensing/licence-comments/current-licence-applications

Proposed development on Avenue Park Road

On Saturday 29 March Cllr. Ann Kingsbury alongside a large number of residents of Avenue Park Road and Maley Avenue met the Chair of Planning Applications Committee (PAC) – Cllr. Diana Morris – on Saturday morning when she visited the site of the proposed Avenue Park Road development.

The proposal to build a large block of flats alongside the railway line at Tulse Hill Station, comprising 42 dwellings and 2 commercial premises, which will extend from the South Circular to roughly the junction of Maley Avenue and Avenue Park Road has caused concern to local people.

Site visits are common for large developments. One or more members of PAC attend in order to see the physical context of a planning application before it goes to the committee the following week. On this occasion only Cllr. Morris was present from PAC though she was supported by 2 of the planning officers and a representative from the developers – Mayfair 500.

The purpose of the visit was an opportunity for local residents to discuss the proposal and to point out any specific issues /concerns that they want considered by the PAC. Cllr. Morris was asked to look at the site from Avenue Park Road, from the station and from local gardens to assess the impact of the proposals and to tour nearby streets where residents had asked her to consider the effect on a district already under parking stress.

The PAC meets to consider the Mayfair 500 application on 1st April 2014.