This page will display key information about the Turney Road Residents’ Association.
The Rules of the Turney Road Residents’ Association (‘The Constitution’) Last Update: December 2013
The Dulwich Estate Rules on Hardstandings at the front of Turney Road houses
The Dulwich Estate Management Scheme has a number of rules and guidelines about what they call ‘The Public Realm’.
The guidelines state that front gardens should be at least 50% planted, with fences or hedges maintained, including those between properties. Most houses in the street are in breach of both of these. You can view the guidelines as follows:
Turney Road is also in the Dulwich Village Conservation Area and Conservation Area guidelines apply. You can view these at:
Turney Road falls into sub-Area5 and sub –Area 3.
The guidelines on front gardens and materials are mentioned in part 3 of the document paras 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 5.3.
The Draft Dulwich Supplementary Planning Document is currently being consulted on and is available to view :https://www.southwark.gov.uk/downloads/download/2252/draft_dulwich_spd
Sections 6.8.2-6.8.4 refer to paving over of gardens, which is considered “unacceptable”.
Over the years there has been a lack of enforcement and it is probably not practical to insist strictly on the guideline in retrospect. Most of the loss of planting has been due to the development of hard standing for cars.
However, the Estate, as part of its management plan, is concerned to halt the future development of hard-standing, to enforce the guidelines for any new development and to take every opportunity to re-instate planting.
For instance, when a property is sold, they will make the vendor and purchaser aware of any breach of the guidelines, request a plan for rectification and a timetable for this.
In addition, permission for development of any sort (including extensions and loft extensions) will be conditional on rectification of a breach in the guidelines.
We should all be concerned about this issue, however, and as a community, try to do whatever we can to increase planting and develop more green spaces.
As a Residents Association, we are keen to assist with ideas and also by being vigilant about any further loss of planting.
There are already a number of good examples in the Road of imaginative re-instatement of planted areas that also incorporate some space for car parking.
Some residents have used sympathetic designers who have worked with the need to park a car but at the same time introduce more planting.
We will be asking one or two of these designers to give us some practical ideas and tips on the website to encourage everyone to think again about what they can do.
We will also be surveying the Road to estimate more accurately the size of the problem as a baseline, to encourage everyone to make some improvements and to see how far we can improve our environment over the next few years.
So, what can you do?
- If you are considering changes to your front garden, consider how to include more planting and how you can re-instate at least some garden.
- Have a look at some of the new gardens that have made imaginative improvements.
- If its difficult to substantially increase green areas at the moment, think about tubs and pots, hedging and planting along fences to bring in more green
- If car parking is a difficult issue for you, then consider ways of retaining car space while introducing more porous materials or leaving gaps in paving to allow water drainage. Even better, introduce some green under your car area.
- Re-instate fencing and borders along the boundary with your neighbour and consider growing creeping plants along this.
Turney Road Residents Association AGM Minutes 2016: turney-road-residents-2016-agm-minutes
Southwark Council and Turney Road Residents’ Association Street Walk and Meeting: February 2015
Turney Road Residents Association AGM Minutes 2014: trra-2014-annual-meeting-minutes-v1
Turney Road Discussion Paper February 2015 (and attachments)