Land next to the Judith Kerr Primary School, Half Moon Lane (Southwark 17/AP/0118)
Green space next to the school provides a playing field for the children, who will number 350 when the school reaches full capacity. The Dulwich Estate wishes to build on this land, to provide accommodation for up to 20 elderly people. The present beneficiaries of the Dulwich Almshouse Charity will be moved out of the old almshouses in Dulwich Village. The Dulwich Estate has now put in its planning application, to which we have objected. You can read the full text of our objection here.
Carnegie Library (Lambeth 16/06270/FUL and 16/06271/LB)
We objected to the scheme that would see a gym installed in the basement with associated works. You can read the full text of our objection here. 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.
26 Sunray Avenue (Southwark 16/AP/4961)
We objected to a proposed large rear extension. Rear extensions are increasingly commonplace. However, the Sunray Estate is a Conservation Area, which brings into play particular planning policies. It is a rare example in South London of an estate built on “garden city” principles. We were disappointed that Southwark – to our mind contrary to its own planning policies – recently saw fit to allow an application of a large extension in Casino Avenue, one to which we objected. To allow extensions that are out of scale for cottage-style buildings will set a precedent and will erode the special quality of the Conservation Area, the very quality that its conservation status was designed to protect. The estate is also within the Dulwich Estate Scheme of Management. We have written to the Dulwich Estate to express our concern on this issue but have received no reply.
89 Shakespeare Road (Lambeth16/06927/FUL)
We objected to a proposed top-floor addition with mansard roof. The property is one of a terraced group built c1875 with a “London roof” and parapet. One mansard has recently been added to the terrace, but otherwise the houses retain their original form. Although we do not regard mansard extensions as objectionable in principle, we felt that their piecemeal addition is undesirable and that insufficient regard was being paid to the group character of the terrace, which has an architectural heritage value, particularly when mansard extensions are becoming so widespread.
Pavement outside 294 Croxted Road
Southwark have accepted that the telecoms box recently installed does not have planning permission as it is considerably larger than the one approved. There are now four boxes on the pavement. There is a long history of refusals and appeals in this location.
Herne Hill Neighbourhood Plan
A group set up by the Herne Hill Forum is making progress with a Neighbourhood Plan.
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