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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

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/KIBA%20Review%202017.pdf
See our earlier posts  14/11/16, 27/11/17 , 11/2/18

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KFC wins back West Norwood

Cllr. Jackie Meldrum in front of new KFC site

Kentucky Fried Chicken  have won planning permission to open a restaurant seating 30 people and a takeaway at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ beside Ardarshi chemist. The Independent Planning Inspector has overruled Lambeth council and approved the planning application decision including opening hours to 3am on Fridays &  Saturday night.

KFC is one of the most popular fast food chains in the UK with about 900 stores. It was forced to close over half its branches this month due to problems with chicken distributor. See: Guardian article

KFC closed its smaller premises at 527 Norwood Road about  a year ago.

For details of the new premises  use ref 17/01574 and 18/00497 at Lambeth Planning Portal

West Norwood has had a KFC for some years at 527 Norwood Road SE27 9DL which closed at the beginning of February. These new premises will be much bigger allowing for up to 30 customers to eat in the restaurant at any one time as well as serving takeaway hot food.

See our earlier post

17/9/17 and 17/8/17 and 2/5/17

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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: 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!

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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: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-local-plan-review-2017

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More phone boxes

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

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