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!
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.
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
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: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-local-plan-review-2017
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Proposed new box
In Focus Public Networks, part of JCDecaux who are in the outdoor advertising business, are registered as an electronic communications network provider. They want to install a new phone box outside Pizza Hut at 24 Knights Hill SE27 0HY .
The proposed new box is just metres away from a BT phone box outside the Post Office!
To comment on the new phone box planning application use planning ref 17/04799 before 4th December at: Lambeth Planning Portal
Licensed electronic communications network providers have statutory powers through OFCOM and section 106 of the Communications Act 2003. The planning application has to consider siting and appearance rather than installation of the box itself.
Also see our earlier post on BT phone boxes 8/11/17
Obsolete phone box on Norwood Road
BT has installed hundreds of public phone boxes in our borough but most are now just cluttering our streets. Few public phone boxes are required as nearly everyone has a mobile phone. The old boxes are vandalised , dirty and their main current purpose is to carry advertising. BT are proposing to replace some of the obsolete phone boxes with a New York style kiosk – for gigabit wi-fi enabling free phone calls, mobile charging & downloading. The kiosks include advertising to bring in an income.
Proposed InLinkUK kiosk
The first InLinkUK kiosk proposed for West Norwood would replace the obsolete box outside Knowles at 294 Norwood Road SE27 9AF.
For details see planning application 17/04903 via Lambeth planning portal: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications
To get broken BT public phones fixed please email with location details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrance to old laundry from Lansdowne Hill
A property developer called Leyton Clubs Ltd has come up with plans for 52 new flats and new offices/shops on the old laundry site off Lansdowne Hill.
On Tuesday 31st October there is an opportunity to see an exhibition of the plans & meet the project team – just drop in between 3.30pm and 7.30opm to the Salvation Army, 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW. The developers have not yet submitted a planning application . This will give everyone a chance to comment formally on the plans.
Map of proposed new buildings