Planning applications

What we do

The Society, through its elected committee, considers that, if the Society is to play any part in the democratic local planning process it needs to be able to express views on behalf of the Society and to do so transparently. The weekly lists of applications issued by Lambeth and Southwark Councils are monitored and where it is felt that a comment might be called for, the application is referred to the Society’s planning group. Once a response is agreed the Society puts in an objection, a comment in support or says nothing. The vast majority of planning applications are not controversial and do not call for comment. The Society welcomes views expressed by members on planning issues.

6 Fawnbrake Avenue, Lambeth18/00024/FULREF

We informed Lambeth that we supported their decision to refuse permission for alterations which included an inappropriate triple basement window in the front elevation. The owner appealed the decision and we asked Lambeth to make our view known to the planning inspector.

14 Elfindale Road

Our attention was drawn by a local resident to a substantial “outrigger” loft conversion carried out without planning permission, but which Southwark said, after construction was complete, came within permitted development. We lodged an official complaint to Southwark, saying their decision was not based on a proper interpretation of the legislation. Southwark continued to seek to justify their decision and rejected our complaint. We consider Southwark to be wrong and their decision to be based on expedience rather than a correct interpretation of the law.

11 Wingmore Road, Lambeth 17/05598/FUL

Wingmore Road is unusual for retaining throughout the street its original “London” or “buttefly” roofs, i.e. gently pitched roofs concealed by a parapet. We objected to an application to introduce the first mansard and dormer roof extension in the street, causing the loss of its original historic form and character, something that is becoming increasingly rare due to the popularity of such extensions. Lambeth has permitted the development.

194-198 Railton Road, Lambeth 17/06222/FUL

We supported an application for the enlargement of this building by the addition of two storeys. The project has Lottery funding and from the Mayor and will encourage arts-based employment and skills in BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) communities. We felt the design, by Brixton-based architects Carver Haggard was of high quality and appropriate for the location.

Milkwood Road (Redwing Coaches site), Lambeth 18/01018/FUL

Shurgard Self-storage have applied to build a large unit on this site. Due to local pre-application concerns the appearance and bulk of the building has been modified in some respects. Given the existing land use in this location, we felt that objection in principle was misconceived, but we have stressed the need for better landscaping detail along Milkwood Road to reduce the impact of this substantial building and to improve what is currently an unattractive access.

Higgs Estate, Herne Hill Road

Members of the planning group met representatives of the Peabody Housing Association, who have taken over the development of this site, following the demise of the earlier developer. We expressed concerns about quality of the public realm, where the access road entered the site and use of materials. We also raised concerns about the proposed two floors of commercial space, the quality of the architecture and the impact of the 15-storey block. A formal application is now awaited.

Park’s Edge, 49-51 Norwood Road, Southwark18/AP/0384

We objected to a proposal to site a BT “Inlink” unit 3.9m tall on the pavement outside Park’s Edge restaurant in Norwood Road. We said the installation contravened Southwark’s own policies and damaged views to and from Brockwell Park, a conservation area. Southwark have given permission.

Carnegie Library

We objected to the scheme that would see a gym installed in the basement with associated works. Essentially, we argued that the scheme goes against many of Lambeth’s own planning policies and signally misses the opportunity to come forward with a truly innovative and practical plan that uses the great potential of the building and its garden land to best advantage, while respecting the building’s historic quality. In spite of our objections, and those of other organisations and local residents, the planning application was passed.

You can read the full text of our objection here.

Herne Hill Neighbourhood Plan

A group set up by the Herne Hill Forum is making progress with a Neighbourhood Plan. In July 2017 the submission seeking approval of the Forum as the body responsible for preparing the plan and seeking approval of the Herne Hill boundary was accepted by both Lambeth and Southwark. The Councils will decide in early December whether to designate the Forum and agree the area. This process has taken much longer than anticipated, in part because of the need to agree the boundary with other neighbourhood groups, such as those representing Loughborough Junction and Norwood.


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Reader Comments

Posted by David Taylor March 21, 2012

Peabody are keen to hear local views. I have seen the outline scheme and am impressed. It has fewer units than the previous scheme and is designed in terraces to match the Victorian houses opposite on Milkwood Road, although in a contemporary style. There is still no car parking, as it so close to the station so let’s hope the CPZ soon comes in.

Posted by Patrick Roberts March 21, 2012

Peabody might make for better neighbours, but if there’s no CPZ in these streets, residents in that development could freely park in Gubyon and Fawnbrake: mayhem!!

Posted by Annie Park September 28, 2012

The parking in Gubyon Road is already a nightmare and dangerous, especially in the morning with commuters parking, others using it as a rat run, the Herne Hill School run mums parking willy-nilly. The residents of the new development must not be allowed cars!

Posted by Chris Schuler June 04, 2015

As a long-standing resident - I have lived in Holmdene Avenue for 25 years - I would be among the first to object to any development that I felt threatened the character of the area.

I visit Dee Dee’s perhaps once or twice a week, and walk past it almost every evening. Over the past two years, I have not seen the slightest evidence of any disruptive or unpleasant behaviour. It is a friendly, welcoming, orderly and well-run establishment. The bar attracts a friendly and mixed clientele of locals of all ages and backgrounds. The staff are polite, personable and totally professional, and always close within the prescribed licensing hours. The music and poetry evenings they put on make positive contribution to the cultural life of the area. The music is not played at an excessive volume and is hardly audible from the street.

In short, I believe that Dee Dee’s has enhanced the neighbourhood and its sense of community. I wish it every success, and hope it continues to flourish.

Posted by Bianca October 04, 2015

Have you responded to Bullfinch Brewery’s application? Comments close today / tomorrow? Applied to play music and sell alcohol 7 days a week till 11pm. Very inappropriate location on Rosendale Road.

Posted by Colin Wight October 06, 2015

Yes the Society has commented and the Bullfinch has withdrawn music from their application.

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