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: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-local-plan-review-2017
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!
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: http://thurlowparklabour.org/post/169770662017/join-our-meeting-on-improving-the-private-rented
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 Army, 248 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
Letters from Lambeth council are going out to every household in the borough about the electoral register. If there are no change to the people listed it’s still important to confirm the details –easiest online or by text using the security codes in your letter. If you don’t confirm the names will come off the register after a while. People who are British, European, Commonwealth or Irish citizens are entitled to register to vote. Being on the electoral register also helps getting credit eg a credit card.
Any people new to the property or reaching age 17 must register individually – the easiest way is online at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
You can register to by post – but this is a slower two stage process.
The government has tightened up the rules making it harder for many people in Lambeth – especially those who move house a lot. This year a million people only just registered in time to vote in the general election in June. Many left it too late.
See our earlier post 15/5/17
Tennis club site
Developers are making a sixth attempt to build flats on the site of the West Norwood Tennis club. The council has turned down their plans 5 times and each time the developers have appealed to the Independent Planning Inspector who supported the council.
The council is likely to recommend accepting the sixth version of the plans (including 32 new homes, a gym, squash & tennis courts) to the Planning Committee on Tuesday 20th June 7pm at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road SW9 7PH.
proposed view from Knights Hill
Local councillors and a group of residents remained opposed to the plans . Many people want to keep tennis courts on the site but think the proposed tennis club may be too small to be financially viable. As the development is car-free there are also concerns that extra parking by new residents & any club users will add to the pressures of parking in Cheviot Road and nearby streets. Please get in touch with Cllr Pickard if you intend to attend the Planning Committee: email@example.com
More details of the new homes and the management arrangements for the proposed new club are on the council Planning database – quote ref 16/01650 at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
Burst on Knights Hill in January
Why have so many of Thames Water’s water mains burst this winter? Find out at a meeting on Tuesday 25th April at 7pm at Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road SW9 7PH (by Brixton Police station) .
Councillors will be questioning representatives of Thames Water about the causes and effects of recent bursts in West Norwood and other parts of Lambeth . And how Thames Water responded to residents and businesses affected by flooding. They will also consider the longer term plans for maintenance and investment in the water mains network. The meeting will begin with an informal surgery-type session from 6-7pm when members of the public can speak with councillors.
All welcome to attend. The agenda papers will be published in the week prior to the meeting at:
This investigation is part of a London-wide scrutiny approach involving several boroughs and the Greater London Assembly’s Environment Committee, which is expected to result in a joint report with a series of recommendations.
Fair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth is holding a public forum on Wednesday 15th March 7pm at Sunnyhill School SW16 2UW . Parents, teachers, school governors are opposed to the government’s real terms cuts to the education budget which could be £485 per Lambeth pupil per year.
The event will be chaired by parents of Fair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth who are building a local coalition of parents, teachers and leaders against these devastating cuts. Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth council , local MPs Chuka Umunna & Helen Hayes and Kevin Courtney from the NUT will be speaking.
For more information on school cuts see: