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KFC challenges Lambeth planning refusal

KFC has many loyal customers

Kentucky  Fried Chicken (KFC)  want to have a restaurant & take away in West Norwood at  489 -491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ. However the council refused KFC planning permission and KFC have now appealed the council’s refusal.

Lambeth refuses planning permission for any new hot food takeaway within 400 metres or 10 minutes walking of a school. To date only one similar refusal has been over turned by the independent Planning Inspector – on condition the opening hours were from 5pm. KFC want to open 10.30am to 3am on Saturdays and 11am to 1am on Sundays. Weekday hours are not indicated but KFC say they will employ 35 staff so they would have extensive opening times.

Details of the appeal documents are on Lambeth planning portal if you use reference  17/01574  at https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Many people have strong views about KFC either way.  If you want to  comment for or against the appeal ( make a representation)  quote ref 3178462 by 4th Oct 2017 at :  https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/myportal/

See our earlier posts 17/8/17 and 2/5/17

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Open House 16th & 17th September

Clock Museum

This coming weekend is a great opportunity to visit, for free,  buildings & places, most not normally open to the public, across London.

In West Norwood we have our Clock Museum at 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW on Saturday 11am to 6pm – tours every hour. And 90 minute tour of  the cemetery  on Saturday 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm – meet at main gate  on Norwood High Street SE27 9JU

See details of over 800 of sites and download the  app from https://openhouselondon.org.uk/

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A new bigger KFC for West Norwood

489 -491 Norwood Road

KFC propose to move into the two storage premises at 489-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ and have submitted a planning application to the council. 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.

KFC have to get planning permission to change the premises from storage use to a restaurant & take away. As they are proposing to sell hot food after 11pm they will also need a Night Café licence. The council has a policy to prevent new hot takeaways opening premises within 400 metres of a school. As the nearest school, Elmgreen, is nearly 500 metres away , this policy does not apply in this case.

To see more details and to comment on the planning application go to the Lambeth Planning portal https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ and use reference : 17/01574 . The closing date is 29th May.

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Gipsy Hill new secondary school


There is a chance to see the building plans for the new Gipsy Hill secondary school and rebuilt primary school at Glenbrook before the planning application is submitted. Drop in to Glenbrook school in Clarence Avenue SW4 8LD this Friday 10th March between 3.30pm and 8pm or on Saturday 11 March between 10am and 1pm .

Despite best efforts to find a temporary site the new Gipsy Hill secondary school will not be opening this September 2017. new opening date will be agreed as soon as possible. For details see: http://www.gipsyhillschool.london/357/about-us/welcome-from-our-headteacher

See our earlier posts: 3/1/17 & 17/10/16 ,

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School funding

school-meetingFair 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:

The Independent

The Standard

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New school

The Gipsy Hill Federation of primary schools has plans to build a new secondary school at Glenbrook school in Clarence Avenue SW4 8LE, off Acre Lane. The secondary school will be six forms of entry (180 pupils per year). snipimageGlenbrook primary will remain a 2 form school (60 pupils per year) and be rebuilt on the site as part of this plan. Glenbrook is part of the Gypsy Hill Federation, which started at Kingswood School in Gipsy Road, and now has 8 primary schools – mostly in West Norwood.  Children from Glenbrook school and 10% from the local Clapham area will have priority. Some children from each of the other schools in the Federation will fill the remaining places.

The secondary school hopes to open in temporary premises this September 2017 and nearly 300 children have already applied for a place. James Hadley is the head teacher.

It will take another 2 to   3 years to complete the new secondary & primary schools at Glenbrook.  In the meantime the Gipsy Hill Federation want to open a temporary secondary school and are looking for a site that can be ready this September and be big enough to take children for  2 – 3  years (up to  540 pupils).

For more information see the school website. To contact the new Gipsy Hill secondary school email:  enquiries@gipsyhillschool.london

Decisions on new schools are made directly by government. New schools have to be “free” schools and so independent of the local council.

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Lambeth schools funding at risk

Jackie Meldrum delivering leaflets

Jackie Meldrum delivering leaflets

The Tory government is looking at reducing funding to Lambeth schools by up to 20% . They want to fund schools at the same national rate ignoring the extra costs of London schools.

Thanks to pressure from parents, teachers and councillors, the government’s 20% school funding cut has been delayed by one year – but the Tories still want to make the cuts in 2018/19.

Local families and your Labour councillors want to protect funding levels for our schools. Lambeth schools are in the top 10% of schools nationally with 90% of all our primary schools and 100% of our secondary schools getting a good or outstanding rating.

To keep up the pressure on government please support our campaign online see: http://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/protect_lambeth_s_schools

In the government’s latest budget statement on 23/11/16 the only mention of additional funding for schools was another £240m for opening new selective (grammar) schools, funding to Independent (Public) and faith schools to open new schools. These unpopular government proposals are opposed by most people involved in education and will do nothing to address the problems of ordinary state schools and the growing teacher shortage. Consultation on the government’s proposals to re-introduce selective grammar schools ends on Monday 12th December – see : https://consult.education.gov.uk/school-frameworks/schools-that-work-for-everyone/. Make sure you have your say.

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