Recent planning decisions

The application to develop the Tennis Club site at the corner of Cheviot Road ( see our post dated 23/1/15 ) has been recently refused by the council. The main reason for refusal was the negative impact on older people’s  homes in the Cheviot Gardens – now under construction. For details  see the Decision Notice for application 14/06822  via Lambeth Planning Portal

The council also turned down  plans for the tyre shop site at the corner of Thurlow Park Road & Norwood Road ( see our post dated 8/9/2014). For details of the Decision Notice input 14/04151 to the Planning Portal. The planned 28 homes were considered to be too small with poor natural  light & not enough privacy.  

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House extension planning policy


Extensions in green are acceptable

Lambeth council is consulting on a new policy for home extensions covering : replacement windows,  lofts, basements, satellite dishes and more.

See the proposals at:

Email your comments to – for Monday March 30th

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Show off your gardening skills

IMG_9158Inspired by Allotment Challenge?  Check out and enter our very own Spring Flower Show on Saturday 21st March at St Lukes church SE27 0HS. If your  daffodils are past their best then have a go at the baking  or art categories! To enter choose from  64 different categories – 15p entry fee per category – for details see:

The flower show is open to the public 2pm to 4.30pm. All welcome . Free entry.

For tips have a look at Allotment Challenge on iplayer at

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Tulse Hill one-way system

Helen Hayes at the one way system

Helen Hayes at the one way system

Following a campaign by local residents with Labour’s Assembly Member Val Shawcross, local councillors Anna Birley, Max Deckers-Dowber & Fred Cowell and former councillor Ann Kingsbury,  Transport for London (TfL)  has agreed to remove the one-way traffic system (gyratory) on the south circular road near Tulse Hill station. The project to return this junction to two-way traffic is at an early stage and will include extensive consultation with local businesses and residents in the coming months. TfL expect this project to take about 5 years and complete by 2020.

In the meantime the council has won £2million from the London Mayor to improve Norwood Road from Chestnut Road to Tulse Hill Station by 2017. The scheme will be designed through consultation and engagement with local people In 2015/16.

Helen Hayes says “I am pleased that local residents & businesses  will be involved in re-designing this important junction which acts as a gate way to West Norwood.”

A number of gyratories are being removed across London eg Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Wandsworth, Aldgate, Swiss Cottage, Kings Cross  and many more. Gyratories, introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, are being replaced to improve safety, cycling, improve traffic flow and create a healthier & more pleasant environment.

Look out for more information at the West Norwood Feast events (returning April 5th) !

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Vote for £400 to a local project

Norwood Forum has four grants of £400 to give out on Saturday 7th March 2-5pm at the Old Library, Knights Hill SE27 0HY.
There will be at least six projects to choose from. Come along to support and vote for your favourite. Friday 6th March is the last day for projects to apply to take part in the event – contact

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New windows for Portobello

Lambeth-20150217-01623Homes on Portobello estate, at the top of Knights Hill, are getting new windows as part of the council’s Lambeth Housing Standard improvements.

The original metal crittal windows were the latest thing in the late 1940s but are very out of date now and very draughty in winter.

For more information see:

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Big Community Breakfast

community breakfastSunday 22nd February sees the launch of a talking community cafe at The Big Community Breakfast  between 8.30am and 11am at Crown Lane school on Crown Lane SW16 2HX.

All welcome to come along and meet up with neighbours over a hearty breakfast.

The organisers are looking for volunteers to help out on the day, and before, and are offering free Food Safety & Hygiene training . If you can help out please email:

The  Talking Community Cafe will take place every 3rd Sunday of the month organised by  @CrownLaneSchool  @ThePointSE27 and @WeLoveServices . For more information see:

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