For the third time developers appealed to the independent Planning Inspector after Lambeth council refused their bid to build homes on the West Norwod Tennis Club.
A hearing took place in March at which residents & Cllr Jane Pickard supported the council’s refusal.
The planning Inspector agrees with the council and has dismissed the appeal:
“the benefits of the proposed development for 52 homes would not be outweighed by the harm from loss of outdoor space and the scale of the building.”
See the Inspectors report below
Everyone has the chance to help choose a name for the fantastic new resource for the community of West Norwood.
West Norwood’s own leisure & health centre will include a 25m pool, 100 station gym, dance studio, meeting room , GP surgery and clinics . Building work is due to complete in just over one year’s time at the site on Devane Way – opposite West Norwood Rail station.
If you have suggestion for a name for the new centre please post it here and email by Thursday 7th February to firstname.lastname@example.org
Names suggested so far:
Great North Wood Centre or Hall
Meyers Centre or Hall
Plaskett Centre or Hall
Spielman Centre or Hall
Tite Centre or Hall
West Norwood Centre or Hall
West Norwood Health &Leisure Centre
West Norwood Meadows
Councillors visiting the construction site
Work is progressing well and should be complete in just over a year’s time on a new health & leisure centre opposite West Norwood rail station. Following campaigns by residents and councillors the council is working with the NHS to create a joint health & leisure centre which will including a 100 station gym, 25m swimming pool & dance studio as well as a GP surgery and clinics.
We are now looking for a new name for the centre. Any suggestions are very welcome!
Tony Seager, Priscilla Seager and Lib Peck
Builders working on the new swimming pool and health centre in West Norwood discovered a time capsule when they recently demolished the Norwood Hall built in 1962.
Tony Seager, Secretary of Norwood Old Scholars Association (NOSA) , and his sister Priscilla Seager, both used to live at Norwood Hall and joined Lib Peck, Lambeth’s councillor for regeneration, to open the capsule. Inside the 1962 capsule were copies of the South London Press and other newspapers with a story about an earlier time capsule buried in 1861 when the original Victorian orphanage was built!
What should we put in a West Norwood time capsule for 2012? Use the “Contact Us” box to let us have your suggestions.
The new swimming pool , gym, dance studio and heath centre in Devane Way opposite West Norwood station is a £16.5 million scheme led by Lambeth Council in partnership with NHS Lambeth and Galliford Try and is due to open in 2014.
Tony Cottee playing for West Ham
This Friday , 11th May at 3pm, football legend Tony Cottee is to officially open the Outdoor Gym in Norwood Park.
The Friends of Norwood Park successfully won a £44,000 to fund an outdoor gym in the park off Salters Hill, West Norwood, SE19 1AR.
Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee, who played for West Ham and England, will open the gym at 3pm and there will be a personal trainer on hand to give advice about how to best use the equipment.
The gym includes basket ball and table tennis, along with exercise equipment from a fitness bike to a shoulder press. The aim is for it to be used by young and old alike to improve health and fitness.
Cllr Francis trying out the gym
The Friends group says: “We hope as many locals and park users as possible will turn out to attend the official opening. The gym has only been open a few weeks but already it is a massive hit with local people.When the weather was good it was unbelievable how many people, especially school children, were using the equipment. We believe the gym will be a great facility for all park users. It will also enhance existing facilities in the park and what’s great about it is it is free to use. We would like to thank everyone who supported The Friends in this bid including Lambeth Council.”
For more information visit: http://www.friendsofnorwoodpark.co.uk or email email@example.com
Party cakes stall at April’s Feast
The West Norwood Feast is a people-powered market celebrating the diversity, talent and entrepreneurial skills in our neighbourhood. There’s plenty to see and do including the Gardeners’ Corner by York Hill where you can pick up seeds, plants and tools, the Artisans’ Market on Chatsworth Way with locally-made arts and crafts, a Food Fair at St Luke’s with stalls serving freshly-cooked street food and even a Retro Village by Roseberys on Knights Hill with a market for reused, recycled and remade furniture and clothes. More details are on the Feast website and on www.facebook.com/wnfeast.
Lambeth council will have a staffed stall at the West Norwood Feast with an exhibition of plans for the Norwood Hall swimming pool, gym and health centre – an opportunity to find out more about the scheme.
West Norwood ‘s own Yoga Class is at Portico Gallery 23a Knights Hill SE27 0HS – side entrance – on Wednesday evenings 7.45pm to 9pm . Cost £7 and mats are provided. For details contact Vinnie.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07986 846 133
Cllr Mike Smith on site
West Norwood’s Health and Leisure Centre with swimming pool, gym and dance studio gets the final go ahead. Construction work on the centre will start in the next few weeks and will be complete within two years.
The joint health and leisure centre will be built on land near the derelict Norwood Hall at the end of Devane Way facing West Norwood train station. This major investment by Labour run Lambeth Council is a huge boost to West Norwood and will encourage further private investment in the borough as well as provide much needed new facilities.
Derelict Norwood Hall
West Norwood’s 25m swimming pool, 100 station gym, dance studio & health centre passed another hurdle this week. The NHS has agreed Lambeth council’s final plans and now it is just up to the government to give the final go ahead. The new centre is to be built close to the derelict Norwood Hall on Devane Way opposite West Norwood Rail station.
The £14.2m project includes £20,000 for public art. Let us know your ideas for a painting or sculpture to complement this great new resource for West Norwood ( email email@example.com)
Zumba is the new Latin dance -inspired fitness programme involving dance and aerobic elements - hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood.
Try it for yourself at the Zumba class on Thursdays from 7.45pm at The Norwood School on Crown Dale SE19 3EY. £6 per class – bring a bottle of water!.
Contact Dionne 07939 311 535 or Dionne_zumba@btinternet.com