Eastlands Crescent – is it Vandalism?

On Eastlands Crescent residents are fighting a planning application to demolish one of the original 1930s detached homes and replace with x2 new houses. (Southwark application no. 19/AP/0946).
Eastlands is a complete street of 1930s houses built on the site of the old Eastlands House. The house in question is one of a group four identical detached 1930s homes on the street and shares the plot with a large protected Oak tree.
Unfortunately Southwark Council has already indicated to the developer that 2x new houses would be acceptable in principle (and therefore demolition of the existing home) and Dulwich Estate have no power to stop demolition,  but the good news is there is still time left before the council make a final decision.
There are many negative aspects to the development such as its massive scale, asymmetric and incongruent design, inappropriately high density and the significant loss of amenity, but most worrying is the fundamental threat to the preservation of Dulwich Village conservation area if an original period single dwelling of nearly 100 years old is allowed to be demolished, setting a precedent for other speculative developers looking to make a profit in Dulwich.
If residents feel they would like to support Eastlands Crescent residents feelings on this matter and make a comment, then follow the link below to the Southwark Council website. The statutory expiry date for comments was coming Monday 19th May, however comments will be accepted thereafter until a decision is made.
To make a comment on the application:

Quietway – delayed??

Residents have received a letter through their doors saying works to install the Quietway will start next Monday 7 August.  This came as a surprise as the Council has not yet decided to proceed with the Quietway.

Council officers have made their final proposals and it is expected that just a rubber-stamp formal decision will be made, as we were previously told, by 27 July by the relevant Councillor.

That decision has not been made, so maybe there are further thoughts being had at the Town Hall.  Maybe Cllr Wingfield whose responsibility it is to make the final decision is having doubts.  Or perhaps he has just been too busy on a host of other matters which have taken precedence.

It seems the letters to residents have come out too quickly and before the decision has been made.  Village Councillor Jane Lyons tells us she expects  a decision TOMORROW and that the works will NOT start on Monday!

Picture Gallery Pavilion noise worries for residents


The Dulwich Gallery wants to erect a Pavilion in its grounds for the summer and has applied to the Council for permission.  It also wants a licence for alcohol and late operating.

It is the 200th Anniversary of the Gallery so of course they want to celebrate.  However, the amenity of residents will be affected in one way or another and particularly in Edward Alleyn House, Woodyard Lane (who heard the outdoor Belair House and Park Cinema noise on summer evenings in the past), College Gardens and College Road as well as Turney and Burbage Roads.

The Pavilion is temporary but there is no date for its removal and if it is a commercial success it could reappear next year or remain in place.  The Gallery is understood to be looking for business hirers for summer parties.  This is in addition to events such as weddings which are regularly held there.  Included in the Gallery’s application to the council is cinema, dance, live and recorded music, a bar and other events.  The Gallery does not say how frequently it plans to hold these events except that the application covers the months of June, July and August, every weekend and every evening in the week.

The Pavilion has no insulation against noise and neither would a marquee.  There are precedents locally – Edward Alleyn Club and the Velodrome – where there have been successful negotiations with residents about events impinging on them.  This is what the Gallery should consider in this instance, particularly if strong feelings develop about its proposals. 
The Gallery should have approached residents in advance of its application to the council.  As it has not done so, now is the time to tell the council and the councillors.

If a resident is happy with the plans there is no need to do anything.

Do you live in Herne Hill or Dulwich??

This may come across as a curious question and you may wonder whether it matters.  It is a question that is troubling some locals as they are being asked to decide one or the other.

This all comes about because the Government is insisting that local neighbourhoods are defined and that they are to have neighbourhood plans setting local guidelines and policies.

Government guidance explains what factors need to be considered in drawing up a boundary for neighbourhoods but the main point about being in one area or another is money.   Neighbourhoods with approved plans are entitled to twice the amount of  money from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) than if there were no plan.  The sum of money is unknown.  It may not be much – especially if there is little development.

Each borough has its own CIL policy.  Herne Hill is shared between Lambeth and Southwark councils.

The Herne Hill Forum has been around for over 10 years and is busy identifying its neighbourhood boundaries. Members of the Dulwich Village Forum are trying to do the same for the Dulwich neighbourhood.  Thankfully they are talking to each other so a sensible outcome is likely.
Attached are some of the maps currently in circulation for discussion.hh-np-boundary-2hhnp-boundary-1
Current proposals would put the Lambeth part of Turney Road in Herne Hill neighbourhood and the rest in Dulwich.  The boundary between Herne Hill & Dulwich in Burbage Road appears to be moving, as discussions take place, from an earlier proposal for the railway viaduct to the junction with Turney Road.  The Herne Hill Velodrome wants to be included in the Herne Hill neighbourhood, not in Dulwich.
If all this seems confusing or you’re asking ‘what does it matter?’ more will come clear as the discussions become more and more public…..we hope!
Do let us know your views.

Front gardens in ugly Turney Road

Front garden layouts are a bugbear of Turney Road – ugly with so many unsightly car parks standing brutally in front of our fine Edwardian houses.

However with the influx of new residents paying high prices for their homes and investing even more into them, there has been a welcome increased resident acknowledgement that frontages are detracting from their homes and from the street.

In response the Scheme of Management has provided an example front garden layout for the houses in Turney Road, that are unable to comply with the Scheme of Management Guidelines for Hardstandings due to the small size of the front garden.  The example drawing is below and more information is on its website.  They form the basis of the Manager’s approach to an application to redesign a front garden.  Any queries should be referred to Nina Rees at the Scheme of Management office.

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Where residents intend to park a car on a forecourt they will need to apply to Southwark Council for permission to create a new entry into the highway – from the forecourt into the road.  The Council can give approval under planning and highways legislation to create a new kerb crossover onto the road.  The crossover is recognised by its ‘dropped’ kerb edge.

SG Smith site – latest

McCullogh Homes completed the purchase of the S G Smith site late last week.

We have spoken to the company and offered our help to make sure residents are aware of what was being planned and timescale.

The company was  unaware that there are several residents’ associations around the site, Gilkes Crescent, Calton Avenue, Court Lane & Turney Road.

We need a lead resident to be the contact point for us.

The company has confirmed the following:

  • Its current intention is to build the scheme as consented.
  • It will be using its own architect to prepare the drawings and not Pantur Hudspith – they are currently checking the layouts relative to the site survey.
  • It intends to leave the existing buildings as they are for now – without a hoarding as they consider that they are secure – and they are alarmed.
  • It may, subject to agreeing a rent, use the rear part of the old show room as a site office.
  • It is very unlikely to start work before the beginning of next year
  • It is fully aware of the number of planning conditions that they are required to have approved before work starts.

Any resident who wishes to be our lead on this important development at the centre of the Village please contact us through the site.

Sainsbury’s moving into Dulwich Village – please protect the heritage shopping parade

Village residents are concerned that Sainsbury’s hasn’t done enough to protect the heritage features of Dulwich Village and are insisting on adopting their usual orange logo which does not sit easily with the rest of the heritage frontage on the Dulwich Village high street.

Southwark planning officers are recommending granting planning consent.  Village residents have written to the planning committee to request a rethink on the size and colour of the Sainsbury’s logo in Dulwich Village to ensure it is in keeping with the other businesses on the shopping parade.Letter to Planning Committee

The planning application will be heard at Southwark Planning Sub-Committee A, 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th April, 160 Tooley Street

 

Final Chance to respond to the Quietway 7 Consultations.

19th March 2016

Dear Neighbours

This is the final reminder about the Southwark and Lambeth Consultations on Quietway 7.  If you haven’t already responded to the consultation there is still time to respond to this important local consultation.

The closing dates and times are:

Southwark – TOMORROW Sunday 20th March 2016 Midnight

Lambeth – TOMORROW Sunday 20th March 2016 11pm.

The consultations are available online at Southwark Turney Road Quietway Consultation

Southwark Quietway Dulwich Village Junction Consultation

Lambeth Quietway Consultations

Looking at how the decisions were made on the first Quietway in Southwark, individual responses are critical so please encourage all members of your family and local friends to respond.  It is very important that you make a clear YES/NO answer.  A qualified YES or NO with a list of comments will simply be counted as  FULL agreement or as a  FULL objection in the final stats of numbers of supporters or objectors.  The comments will be listed separately with a narrative response.

Plea from Lambeth resident Dawn on behalf of the Dalmore Road Safety Group who have created a petition requesting Lambeth to consult fully through an open meeting and not to proceed with the Quietway 7 route without taking steps to reduce traffic speed and volume on adjacent roads. Her petition is open till 27 April 2016.  Dalmore Road Safety Group Petition  (Technically, the petition is for those who live, work & study in Lambeth but it has been accepting signatures from Southwark residents.  Ignore the live/work/study in Lambeth question if that is not the case & the signature is still accepted.)

An interim consultation report was published at the Southwark Dulwich Community Council last Tuesday InterimQuietwayupdate15Mar16001

We have opened up a page of local responses to the Quietway on our web site:  Local Quietway Responses

Many thanks to all those who have already responded.

Kind regards

 

Turney Road Residents’ Association

See local Quietway 7 Consultation responses

We will be posting up responses to the Quietway 7 consultation on this page:

Dulwich Society Quietway Response

Letter from Co-heads of Dulwich Village Infants School

Response from children of Dulwich Village Hamlet School

Court Lane RA Dulwich Village Junction Survey

Court Lane Survey Monkey data on Dulwich Village Junction 19 March 2016

 

Why is there such controversy over the Judith Kerr school site?

Parents in Herne Hill have launched a petition urging planners to protect a playing field at Judith Kerr Primary School (JKPS), 62-68 Half Moon Lane from being sold off for development by the Dulwich Estate.  The Dulwich Estate has recently announced it would like to build sheltered housing for older residents on the site.

State school JKPS leases its buildings and grounds from The Dulwich Estate, an education charity that counts Dulwich College, Alleyn’s and James Allen’s Girls’ School among its beneficiaries. However, not all the land at the site is leased by the school and the lease terms specify that the green space not leased by the school can be sold and developed into residential housing at any time, subject to planning permission from Southwark Council.

James Roberts, a spokesman for the parents’ Green Space Campaign, said the group was urging the council to change the status of the field to “Open Space” in order to protect it.

The New Southwark Plan preferred option is to designate JKPS green space to ‘Other Open Space’. The petition asked respondees to register support to ensure the designation of ‘Other Open Space’ is approved.    Southwark Council are not yet in a position to say what the final outcome is likely to be as the consultation has just closed.

In the meantime, the Dulwich Estate has said it has submitted representations to the council concerning the land at 62-68 Half Moon Lane for possible use as subsidised sheltered housing for elderly people.  It also plans a public consultation exercise.   See The Dulwich Estate Statement about the Almshouses

What are the issues with the lease?

Further background (courtesy of the Dulwich Estate June 2015):

“….The establishment of a school in this location was not under the control of nor encouraged by the Estate.

The CfBT Schools Trust took an assignment of the building lease from King’s College London in the clear knowledge that the remaining term of the lease was relatively short. The Estate was approached with a view to securing a longer tenure in order that the School could obtain the substantial funding required to convert the premises for use as a school from the Education Funding Agency.

The agreement between CfBT Schools Trust and the Estate was reached in order to accommodate the Trust’s aim of securing the future of the School in the longer term. The Trust was well aware that in consideration for this, the area of the site to be occupied by the School going forward would not be the whole site. The Trust chose to establish a school in this location on the basis of this agreement, i.e. that the Estate would take back part of the original site…”

The lease from The Dulwich Estate stipulates that JKPS is not allowed to object to planning permission.  Therefore the JKPS Green Space Campaign was established to prevent the school from losing the playing field on behalf of the school, its children and the local community. The lease further restricts the school, CfBT and the school’s governing body from opposing the planning application(s).

 

 

Published: 26 Feb 2016