Rosendale Playing Fields – planning consultation begins

Back in October 2017 we wrote on this blog the latest update on the situation regarding the proposed fence. Though we were hoping the planning consultation would begin in December 2017 it is now underway. Lambeth Council have sent a letter to local residents that might be affected by such a proposal.

As you may recall this has been an on-going issue for some time. Following a review of the condition of the fencing around the perimeter of the fields and previous residents engagement we feel it’s necessary to upgrade the existing fencing with new, robust materials.

Three local schools make use of the facilities at Rosendale Playing Fields for physical education activities and outdoor learning. It is also home to the Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football League and its 35 schools that play competitive football every Saturday morning of term time and occasional spring afternoons. Safeguarding these children while they’re making use of the facilities is a priority, as well as making sure that the area remains free from damage that might be caused through anti-social behaviour by people accessing the fields and vandalising the area.

The fence that is currently in place is wooden picket style fencing and we feel that at present, it doesn’t meet our standards and requirements for keeping the area secure, and as part of the Lambeth Parks Capital Investment Plan, we’ve made funds available to install a new perimeter fence around the full boundary of the facility.

This will certainly ensure that all children are safeguarded more effectively, and will also mean that more sport and outdoor learning resources such as new football goals and cricket nets can be installed, free in the knowledge that they won’t be affected by vandalism, which has also been an ongoing concern for its users.

In effect, the proposal is the replacement of the existing timber (picket-style) perimeter fencing with 2.4m high Protek 2000 perimeter fencing. The existing timber double leaf gates will be replaced by Protek Spectator gates designed to compliment the robustness and design of the Protek 2000 fencing.

Details of the planning application, including the drawings and any other related documents can be viewed on the council’s website (, which also provides detailed information about the planning process, a frequently asked questions page, details of council policies relating to development (Lambeth Local Plan 2015) and links to other useful Planning websites. Comments are to be submitted online through our Planning applications database ( and searching for the application reference:18/00156/RG3. 

To discuss this application, please contact the Case Officer, Mr Gareth Ball, on telephone number 020 7926 0541, or via email:

UPDATE – 07 February 2018

Having worked with officers we can inform residents that the deadline for submissions to the planning consultation has been extended. The Planning Department have therefore requested site notices be printed and a press notice be issued, which should help inform the wider public of the proposal. 

Site notices were placed/issued on 09 February 2018 which means therefore that the new expiry of the consultation period is set for Friday 02 March 2018. 

Having recently held a meeting with officers overseeing the Rosendale Playing Fields fence proposal the timetable for residents to respond to the planning application is still on track. This means December 2017.

The current website page should be updated soon but if you’d like more information or background to this proposal please see this link –

On Wednesday 26 July 2017 Cllr Fred Cowell met with Sustrans, design engineers, traffic officers from Lambeth Council and Rosendale Road Allotments association members to review the designs for Quietway 7. 

The Northern end covers the intersection of Rosendale and Turney road and is where deliveries come for the Allotment Shop. Rosendale Allotments were able to work with engineers to make sure the designs met their needs and the needs of local residents. 

The plan is for Cycling to be integrated into the intersection, new trees to be planted and the road improved. The flow if traffic will be altered and new pedestrian crossings installed to make the junction safer for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. 

We will be having meetings with other residents and businesses along Rosendale Road to ensure every aspect of the design can meet their needs.

Rosendale Playing Fields update

We undertook resident engagement work in December 2016 ahead of a proposed planning application regarding a new fence around the playing fields. During our conversations with local residents, including a drop in session, it became clear that there were some questions that still needed answering before such a planning proposal could go to public consultation.

With that in mind, Lambeth officers spent time working with the Dulwich Estate to develop a possible plan for the site going forward.

We can now inform residents that the proposed planning application for a fence around the playing field will go ahead, and it should go to planning before the end of the year. It has been agreed that there will be fencing on three sides of the playing fields (i.e. excluding the rear gardens side that backs onto Dalkeith Road). Dulwich Estate have agreed to the fencing on three sides, and the site will therefore be deemed to be secure.

Lambeth officers will now proceed with the specification and plans for the planning application. Once we know more about the forthcoming timeline etc we’ll post a further update.

Quietways – update from the first workshop

Last week Sustrans held the first of a series of workshop sessions to discuss traffic in Rosendale Road.

This is the start of a programme of community engagement and co-design to look at the possibility of making improvements in the Rosendale Road area. The initiative is part of a wider programme of creating a network Quietway cycle routes.

We, like many of you, were alarmed at initial proposals to close Rosendale Road to through traffic – these plans from TfL had not been consulted on locally and there had been no opportunity for local councillors, businesses and residents to have their say. 

We believe that it is important for local people to lead any change to their neighbourhood and have successfully got the road closure plans scrapped. 

We have subsequently worked closely with Sustrans to organise a series of co-design workshops which will give local communities the chance to take part in the design and decision making, before any formal consultation even begins.

The timeline is –

  • Information gathering drop in – between 225 and 250 people attended on 30th September at All Saints Church. This session was so that Sustrans could gather your feedback on living, walking, working, cycling and driving in the local area so that any new plans are based on local experience
  • Second and third workshops on 10th October at 10.30-1pm and 14th October at 5-7.30pm both at All Saints Church – These two events will be the same, so residents only need to come to one. Space is limited, so please RSVP here. If more people want to take part than there is space for, we will be requesting an additional session be organised. These sessions are more hands-on – people can get involved in creating designs. There will be large scale maps, traffic engineers, tools and data to hand to help you. And as there is currently no plan on the table you can discuss any issue from zebra crossings to street planting.
  • Following the co-design workshops, engineers will work up a number of feasible concept designs. These may vary in terms of scope, scale and cost as they will be completely shaped on the feedback and ideas gathered at the co-design events.
  • Workshop 4 will be a “feedback concept showcase” on 24th October between 10.30 and 2.30pm at All Saints Church. This will be more of a drop in so that you can see the variety of designs drawn up from the previous sessions and choose a favourite. Don’t worry if you can’t make this date – your voice will still count as we will be putting the plans online and sending them out by email for your feedback. There is still scope at this stage for adjustments to be made if your preferred design still has room for improvement.
  • Formal consultation – the design which the majority of local people and businesses choose will then be put forward for formal consultation. This will begin on 17th November

We will work to make sure community expectations and questions are met. We have had mixed feedback following the first workshop and wanted to share what information we have to try and address some of those concerns.

  • Availability of traffic data – this is available online here. We anticipate there being more data available to share shortly and we have created a page on our website here to upload everything we can. Do keep checking for updates.
  • Quality of survey – we have met with Sustrans to feed back this concern and they will take it on board as the codesign process continues. You can feed your ideas into the process without using the survey by emailing us or Ruth on – and we will make endeavour to sure that the formal consultation after 17th November is vigorous
  • Were resident’s points taken on board? We have requested that feedback from the last workshop is shared to attendees and others locally who couldn’t make it in a comprehensive and transparent way. If, once this has been compiled, you are concerned that your points aren’t included, please do just let us know.
  • Some streets missed out on the communications – the map showing where leaflets and invitations were delivered is here. If you are worried that you’re not receiving the information then please let us know and we will double check you are added to the mailing list.
  • The format (post-it notes and maps) wasn’t the best way to discuss – we’ve fed this back to Sustrans and the next workshops will be much more hands on. While there will definitely still be maps, and probably still be post-it notes, we hope that the hands on format will be more conducive to in depth discussions on the areas that you’re most passionate about.
  • The scheme doesn’t join up with other changes happening locally – as local councillors we are involved in all major schemes in the area and will be working to make sure these join up. We have briefed Sustrans on the work happening at StreetWorks on Norwood Road and have spoken to TfL officers about the importance of these projects complementing each other.
  • There is no opportunity to comment on the Quietways route or discuss whether any intervention is needed in the first place – we agree that there should have been proper public engagement when the routes for Quietways were being drawn up. The decision on the routes was made at City Hall by the Mayor of London’s team, and with our local Assembly Member, we will be meeting with that team to discuss why this didn’t happen and to interrogate the process followed.

If you wish to be kept informed please contact Sustrans at to be added to their email update list. Otherwise, you can always email us with your points or concerns and we will be sure to keep you in the loop.

And don’t forget to RSVP for the 10th October or 14th October workshops

Space for Cycling

We have been very pleased to see so many Thurlow Park residents writing to us about improving cycle safety and welcome the excellent work that the London Cycling Campaign has done in helping to coordinate some of the priorities of cyclists across Lambeth. The Labour Council have compiled a complete list of those priorities by ward across the borough, which we would be happy to share. As soon as we have more information about your proposal to make routes to Turney and Rosendale schools safer we will update you.

In the meantime, the Labour Council is working hard to make the borough as cycle friendly as possible. We are pleased to be the third most popular borough for cyclists in London and it is a Labour manifesto commitment to make Lambeth the most cycling friendly borough in London. Some steps we taking in this direction include;

Labour are committed to making a record investment in our road and pavement network. In the next 4 years alone Lambeth are going to repave 130 miles of highways and footpaths to help eliminate potholes and other obstacles that pose a threat to cyclists.

We are working with neighbouring Southwark to introduce a borough-wide 20MPH zone.

In Thurlow Park, many of you signed our petition last summer calling for greater safety measures around the Tulse Hill Gyratory. We managed to secure a £5 million investment to redesign the junction to make safer and more cycle friendly.

Under Labour, Lambeth were the first borough in the UK to introduce secure, covered cycle hangars on streets and estates for residents without spaces to store their cycles and we are looking to expand this provision.

In Thurlow Park we are working on improving road safety in and around the Rosendale School area to allow everyone to cycle safely, including better traffic monitoring and the potential addition of a cycle path.

Repairs to railway bridges

Network Rail is to carry out repairs to railway bridges in Rosendale Road and Croxted Road early next year, to prevent trains from having to operate at reduced speed. This will cause some traffic disruption. There will be half-road closures and traffic lights in Rosendale Road between 29 April and 03 May and in Croxted Road between 07 May and the 10 May while works are carried out to the bridges. There will also be some footpath closures in Croxted Road.

Network Rail have promised that one footpath will remain open at all times and that they will arrange safe crossing points and access to premises. Some surveying work has already begun in both roads. Network Rail will be holding public information meetings on Thursday 7th November at All Saints Church, Lovelace Road 4:00 – 7:00pm and at the Montessori School on Thursday 14th November, 4:00 – 7:00pm.