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 (www.lambeth.gov.uk/planningdatabase), 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 (www.lambeth.gov.uk/planningdatabase) 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: GBall2@lambeth.gov.uk.

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 – https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/rosendale-playing-fields

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.

Rosendale Playing Fields – post engagement survey update

This is just just a short update to state that Lambeth Council are still working through some of the questions raised during the engagement survey.

This has meant that any planning application has been delayed, though we keep residents updated as and when anything develops. If you have any questions please do no hesitate to contact us. 

If you would like to see the survey results please visit – https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/rosendale-playing-fields

Rosendale Playing Fileds – engagement survey results

Below is a link to the results from the the survey conducted in December 2016 to provide an indication as to what local residents thought and felt about a new fence surrounding Rosendale Playing Fields.

‘The results indicate that over half the residents responding are in favour of the new developments taking place. Residents who objected on the basis that they felt there was insufficient engagement on the proposal at this stage, may change their opinion as opportunity for formal Statutory Consultation will take place as the project proceeds…’

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/rosendale-playing-fields

Cllr Max and Cllr Anna spent much of this week talking to residents at our Rosendale Playing Fields drop in or visiting residents that were not able to attend. 

The evening discussion at Peabody Commuity Hall about the possible changes to the fence surrounding the field, supported by Lambeth Council Officer support, was useful and well attended. 

During the various conversations it was clear that there remained a number of outstanding questions, though it was good to engage and gain a feel for what people thought and wanted. 

The main bulk of discussions centred around; access, leaseholder /freeholder status, the impact on trees, the height of the fence, party wall and retaining wall questions, and the type of consultation

Rosendale Playing Fileds – letter to local residents

Please find below a copy of a letter that was sent to local residents that live alongside the Rosendale Playing Fields from Lambeth Council. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Dear Resident,

We’re writing to you to let you know about some changes we’re making at Rosendale Playing Fields that we thought you might be interested in as you live in close proximity to the fields. 

Following a review of the condition of the fencing around the perimeter of the fields 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. 

The type of fencing that has been proposed is Protek 2000, which is welded mesh panels, with horizontal triangular folds as shown in the picture. These folds help to form a strong, rigid fence line and for this reason, this type of fencing is often used around schools and public buildings. 

The Protek 2000 mesh fence provides a ‘medium level’ of security fencing that is easy on the eye and has a high through visibility which means that it blends in easily with the surroundings. 

The new fence will also improve the appearance of the current boundaries of the fields, and will prevent episodes of vandalism and disturbance for local residents living on Rosendale Road and Whytefield Estate. The proposal for the new fencing has been submitted to Lambeth’s Planning service and we hope to start with installing the fencing early in the New Year.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please visit our webpage to find out more or leave a comment for us at: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/rosendale-playing-fields