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.