The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

It's Done

Painting of the panels outside the Phoenix so generously supported by members of the Society is now complete!!

Helping Those Self-Isolating

In these difficult times of self-isolation two groups on Camberwell Grove have come forward to offer support on errands, food shopping and telephone befriending:

  • The Grove Group of Volunteers, contact on zeroseven546 004130, text or WhatsApp, to seek help or join as a volunteer, or Facebook: "Southwark Mutual Aid Covid 19"
  • Francesca & Will, contact on zeroseven769 112177, again text or WhatsApp to seek or offer help, or Facebook "Camberwell Grove Neighbours" to keep in touch

Always follow the social distancing rules, 2m minimum separation and wash hands regularly.

Be wise and stay safe

Reasons to be Happy - Springtime!!

The Friends of Greendale are holding a work day next Saturday afternoon (21st) 2pm-4pm for some light cutting back and clearance, Government advice on Corona Virus permitting. For details and updates see their website

A new 29 storey building proposed

On the border of Camberwell SE5, just in SE24, an application has been made to Lambeth Council for two tower blocks rising to 29 and 20 storeys at Hardess Street, above light industrial use and a new pedestrian route. It is next to the railway line between Herne Hill Road and Milkwood/Hinton Roads. This is the potential view from Milkwood Road, looking towards Loughborough Junction!

As the application is part way up the hill towards Herne Hill its presence will be very noticeable over a large swathe of SE5 and in particular from Ruskin Park, where it is only 300m away at the nearest point to a building rising to approximately 100m

Full details of the planning application can be found on the Lambeth planning website. You then need to search for 19/04280/FUL. The application has 137 documents, but the Design and Access statement – running to 19 fairly short documents provides a comprehensive summary. There were nearly 400 comments on the website on 25 th Feb..

The consultation runs until 12th March. In practice Lambeth always takes comments until just prior to committee date. Comments can also be sent to

View from Ruskin Park

View along Coldharbour Lane in SE5

View at Loughborough Junction

View from Milkwood Road

Butterfly Walk Planning Application - You Can Still Comment

Update 23 February: The final date for comments submitted on the website is stated as 28th February, although in practice it will probably remain open longer as the application to redevelop Dulwich Hamlet Football has. If not comments can still be submitted to until the committe date is published

23 January: The much heralded Butterfly Walk redevelopment application is still open for comments at Southwark Planning Department under the reference 19/AP/7057. There are 89 documents and drawings associated with it but the essence of these are contained in the 10 Design and Access documents which would form a good place to start looking.

The application can be found here

You can also view the developers' short flyer here

Elizabeth Borowiecka has written an informative article on the development for the next issue of the Camberwell Quarterly which is due out this month. An advance copy of her article is available here. Elizabeth is a member of the Planning sub-Committee of the Camberwell Society. The committee reviews all planning applications lodged for SE5 and comments where appropriate. They will be formally reviewing the application in due course.

Elizabeth's article raises some questions relating to the development that are worthy of thought.

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the Camberwell Community Choir, the Hollington Youth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival