The Nat West building has been vacant for over 8 months since it closed in October 2012
It looks like it is going to stay closed for some time as there are substantial repairs needed before these premises will be put on the market .This area does have a lower footfall than other Norwood Road locations closer to West Norwood and Tulse Hill rail stations and this again makes businesses less interested in leasing the ground floor at 270 Norwood Road.
There was a rumour that a betting shop was looking to lease the premises but there is no indication this is actually happening. Of course a betting shop would not need planning permission to go in to the Nat West building – as both banks and betting shops are in the same planning use class (A2). However any new betting shop would have to consult local people in order to get a gambling licence from the council.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum at 270 Norwood Road
Lambeth council would like to have more discretion to stop the plethora of betting shops in our high streets. Unfortunately the government recently rejected the argument that betting shops should have their own planning class as put forward by David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham. He has been campaigning for a change in the law as this would give councils much more control in their local area. The government’s new laws, which will apply for two years, allow businesses such as betting shops and money shops to open up in high street locations without the need for a public consultation. The Minister for Planning, Nick Boles MP, has dismissed residents’ concerns that this will drain the life from our high streets. Anyone feeling strongly about this could contact the Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org
GLA member Val Shawcross with local councillor Mike Smith on the campaign trail.
Remember to vote for your local GLA member on the 3rd of May.
West Norwood’s existing member, Val Shawcross is standing again and she is also Ken Livingston’s deputy for Mayor.
For more information on the candidates and the election including how to vote check the information booklet that should have been delivered to every household or download it from here: http://www.londonelects.org.uk/im-voter/information-booklet
Thursday 12th January is the deadline for voting for your favourite West Norwood business . Look for the pink poster in your favourite business… To vote – text 60777 with Westnorwood & number of the business on the poster. The results will be announced on 31st January.
See for details: http://www.southlondonbusiness.co.uk/west_norwoods_favourite_business.php
Cllr Jackie Meldrum at a consultation session
The council is now looking at improving the roads and pavements in West Norwood town centre between Tulse Hill station and West Norwood station. An early version of the plans will be on show at The Feast on Sunday 3rd July in St Lukes Gardens 10am to 4pm. Over the next few months there will be more chances for everyone to contribute to the improvement plans.
Norwood Road is eligible for funding by the London Mayor’s £50 million high street regeneration fund to strengthen the vibrancy and growth of London’s high streets and local areas.
Improving the environment of Norwood Road is an important part of the proposals in the West Norwood Masterplan and will help attract private sector investment into the area. Current public sector projects include the new primary school in Wolfington Road and the new leisure & health centre in Devane Way. The masterplan can be seen via Lambeth’s Future Norwood web. pages.
For more information contact Michael Hunte in Lambeth’s Regeneration team at email@example.com
Drop into Norwood Jobs Fair on Tuesday 25th of January between 11am and 3pm at the Old Library on Knights Hill –(a minute walk from the Post Office) . Meet employers, apply for jobs or volunteer placements. Update your CV.
Cllr Jane Pickard looking at the existing outdoor tennis courts
Developers latest plans for the West Norwood Tennis Club are for 58 flats in a six-storey block at 128 Knights Hill SE27 0SR on the corner with Cheviot Road. Half the flats are to be for sale and half for rent as ‘social’ housing. A small gym, two squash courts and two tennis courts are included in the plans. Local residents are petitioning the council against the scheme.
Details of the planning application (ref 10/01836) can be seen at West Norwood Library or on the Lambeth web site
If you would like to comment on the planning application quote ref 10/01836 and email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to TPAC at Phoenix House SW8 2LL.
A planning application (ref 07/00438) was refused in July 2007 for 60 flats in a 9-storey block, 4 houses and a 3-storey sports facility on the same site and the appeal refused in May 2008.
Enquiries about membership of the Tennis Club can be made at the club house – entrance on Cheviot Road.
Leisure centre gets approval
On Wednesday 29th September planning permission was granted for the Norwood Hall project – for a health centre and leisure centre together with a customer contact point on site of Norwood Hall opposite the West Norwood station.
There has been enormous support for the project from residents across West Norwood over the last couple of years. At the meeting of the Planning Committee on Wednesday the GP from Knight’s Hill surgery spoke in favour alongside Susan de Swarte, chair of Norwood Forum, Cllr Niranjan Francis from Gipsy Hill and Cllr Jane Pickard from Knight’s Hill. All emphasised the importance of the pool to regeneration, the benefits of having exercise opportunities on the same site as the health centre and the fact that West Norwood had so few leisure facilities.. A former Tory councillor for Gipsy Hill argued against the plans. After discussion a few minor changes were accepted and the plans agreed.
The next steps include getting planning permission from Boris Johnson Greater London Authority, confirming government approval for the project and appointing contractors. If all goes well work should start on site in February 2011.