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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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