Category Archives: Housing

Plans for new flats in our town centre

Site today at Waylett Place

Developers have submitted a formal planning application for 51 new homes and a new office block off Lansdowne Hill to replace the derelict ex-laundry building. The plans show the housing block as 6-7 storeys high and the office block as 4 storeys. There are 5 parking spaces. And two new stepped footpaths into York Hill estate. The new scheme includes 20% affordable housing: five 3-bedroom homes at social rent and four 1or2-bedroom homes at intermediate rent.

New flats seen from York Hill Estate

To comment on these plans use ref 18/00580 at  Lambeth Planning portal.

See our earlier post 26/10/17.


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Developers plans

Saturday 3rd March is a chance to see private developer’s plans for blocks of 100’s of flats at Knollys Goods Yard.  An earlier exhibition took place in December and local councillors have asked the developers to provide a model of their plans at Saturday’s event.  It is at The Railway pub SE27 9BW between  11am and  3pm . Free refreshments will be available.
The council published plans to maintain the current usage of Knollys GoodsYard  in October 2017

Cllr Jackie Meldrum at December exhibition
See our earlier posts  14/11/16, 27/11/17 , 11/2/18

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Knollys goods yard

Cllr. Jane Pickard at the Knollys Road entrance

Developers want to build a new car-free “urban village” of over 500 homes to rent in West Norwood on a site with only one entrance – from Knollys Road.

They have already submitted a planning application to tunnel under the railway line at Knollys Road by Cameron Place. The developers are now talking about a foot bridge 10 metres high at the Leigham Vale end of the site.

Constructing tunnels & bridges is very costly and means the new high density  “village” is unlikely to meet Lambeth council’s target of 40% affordable homes.. The developers want to include some business space and make the whole site vehicle free.

Developers sketch of 9 storey housing

The private sector developers have employed a PR company which is claiming that a waste or recycling facility, industrial estate or haulage depot could be opened at Knollys Yard.  Lambeth Council has no plans to do this.

The Network Rail owned site, located between three raised railway tracks, is  currently used by scaffolding companies. The council is reviewing its planning policies, known as the Lambeth Local Plan and is considering whether to extend its policy of protecting existing employment sites (known as Key Industrial & Business Areas – KIBAs). Contrary to the claims on the PR company campaign, a KIBA does not mean that the site would be occupied by heavy industries. Of course any proposal for significant new business or industrial development at Knollys Goods Yard would require planning permission, full public consultation, and detailed analysis of the impact on traffic and neighbours.

There will be further public consultation on Lambeth Local Plan review later this year. For more details see:

See our earlier posts 14/11/16, 27/11/17 on Knollys Goods Yard

Please note there is also no truth in the mischievous twitter account suggesting a sex club for the site!

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Private renting?

If you rent privately in West Norwood why not drop in to Knowles ( 294 Norwood Road SE27 9AF)  at 7pm on Thursday 25th January.

A new  group is being set up for private renters  to share experiences and ideas on how to improve the private rented sector. And someone from Generation Rent , the national campaign organisation for private renters.

London’s housing crisis means more and more people are private renters putting up with rising rents, high letting agent fees, overcrowding, rogue landlords, poorly maintained homes, rent hikes & unfair evictions.

Labour councillors believe that private renting must improve. By coming together we have a louder voice to campaign for better standards. Join local Councillor Anna Birley at the first meeting of West Norwood’s new private renter group. If you cannot make this meeting get in touch and complete a simple survey at:




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West Norwood is regenerating….

There is increased interest from the private sector to invest in West Norwood. A public meeting is taking place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th November at the Salvation Army SE27 9AW for local people to discuss the latest plans including :

Norwood Road between Lansdowne Hill & York Hill and the old Laundry site; Knollys Goods Yard; Chapel Rd/Knights Hill corner & Norwood High Street.

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Big changes for Tulse Hill?

Cllr Pickard at entrance to Knollys Goods Yard

Developers have plans to build a new village on Network Rail’s site at Knollys Goods yard off Knollys Road close to Cameron Place SW16 2HQ. They are giving local people a chance to see  their proposals between 11am and 3pm  on Saturday 2nd December at the Salvation Army248 Norwood Road SE27 0AW . Their ambitious plans include 500 homes at market rents, workspaces  and a new footbridge to Leigham Vale.

A decision on planning application 16/04089 to widen the road access to Knollys Goods Yard will be delayed until any decision on a planning application for Knollys Goods Yard

See our earlier post: 14/11/16

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Policy for planning application decisions

The Lambeth Local Plan  sets out the vision, strategic objectives and policies for development of  the built environment development in Lambeth. The Plan covers matters from telephone boxes to housing, work places, town centres, infrastructure (such as health facilities and schools), transport, environment and historic buildings. Together with the London Mayor’s it forms the statutory basis for deciding on planning applications.

The council is now starting  a 2 year process to update the 2015 plan. The first stage – ending on 4th December 2017 – is consulting on the issues to be reviewed.

To have your say see the online survey at:

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