The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

The Planning sub-committee reviews all SE5 planning applications received by Southwark and Lambeth Councils that have an impact on the Camberwell area. Applications are reviewed to ensure that they are appropriate to their surroundings and that sufficient information has been submitted with the application.
Members comments received prior to discussion at the next meeting are always recorded and considered

Regularly we host developers and their designers with their proposals both at pre and at planning application stage and review their proposals and provide considered suggestions.

Through the work of the sub-committee, the Society has been instrumental in saving many buildings of note including Addington Square, Denmark Hill Station and part of Windsor Walk. The Society has also been instrumental in influencing new development to make a positive contribution to the area, and works with local residents and tenants groups where there are common issues. The current composition of the Planning sub-committee is: Tim Gaymer, Anthony Kyrke-Smith, Elizabeth Borowiecka, Jason Leech, Robert Potz, Jonathan Hunt, Paul Cohoon, Somayya Yaqub, Michael Galt and Tom Harvey. Potential new members are welcome to attend a meeting as an observer initially. The Society is currently under represented by members from the Myatt Fields and Brunswick Park areas.


Meetings of the Planning sub-committee are usually held in the evenings at monthly intervals.

If you wish to contribute to the work please contact planning@camberwellsociety.org.uk

24/AP/0379 | Temporary display of an externally illuminated shroud advertisement | 17 Camberwell Green London Southwark SE5 7AF

It has become clear that permission granted in the last 5 years for scaffolding with shrouds and advertising panels to be erected on prominent building in central Camberwell to facilitate repair works to those buildings has not in the event resulted in the repair works taking place.

352 – 354 Camberwell New Road and 3 Camberwell Church Street are examples.

The effects of the scaffolding and shrouds has been to adversely impact the appearance of the conservation area, distract drivers and cyclists, create high level opportunities for graffiti artists, reduce the daylight in the upstairs rooms of the buildings affected and impede pedestrian progress along the pavements.

We understand that, in this case, the applicants intend to carry out the building repairs identified in their planning application. Whilst the Camberwell Society considers building maintenance to be an important and worthwhile activity, we would like to be re-assured that planning permission for a scaffolding shroud and advertising on this property will only be granted if the proposed repair works are going to happen.

24/AP/0144 | Construction of single story rear extension to accommodate additional seating area. | 49 Camberwell Church Street

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24/AP/0023 - 121 Grosvenor Park, construction of a 3-storey 3b5p dwelling

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23/AP/2786 Camberwell Green Magistrates Court

  • The changes made to this scheme between the consultation stage and the application stage are a disappointment. The old magistrates court building has potential as a centre for community activity which had been reflected in the consultation stage plans: co-working spaces, studios, a gym and changing rooms, a recording studio and a café.
  • The application plans have exchanged most what would have made the building a local centre for work and recreation for a 150 room Zedwell hotel with no windows, no restaurant or function rooms and no visible presence on the street.
  • This constitutes a serious missed opportunity in the development of this prominent site and, although hotel rooms may be in demand locally from, for example, visitors to the Camberwell hospitals, it is not clear that the accommodation proposed would prove attractive.

The residential element of both proposals (144/152 flats and maisonettes, 35% of which are to be affordable) is to be welcomed, as is the 4.1 Urban Greening Factor and the re-use of the existing concrete frame. The scale of the building is also considered appropriate.

The activities proposed for the open space at the front of the building do not inspire confidence as thought through options: market stalls, outdoor café seating, exhibitions, performance facilities and skateboarding jumps.

The consultation scheme proposed lines of trees with benches around them seems a more compelling idea for a communal outdoor space.

For these reasons the Camberwell Society objects to this application.

23/AP/1661 & 1662 Camberwell Police Station Section House, London SE5 8QU

Proposed extensions, alterations and change of use of the former Camberwell Police Station Section House ‘rear building’ (sui generis) to Nursery (Use Class E f)

The Camberwell Society has no objection to the conversion of this building to a nursery for pre-school children and the basic strategy of removing internal partitions to create spacious rooms seems a good one.

There are some aspects of the design that might be improved:

The form and position of the new first floor extension suggests a glass belvedere, opening up the room behind to views of the outdoors. It was a surprise therefore to find that its proposed use was for WCs. We suggest that the these would be better positioned below the second floor WCs, so that the extension can achieve its potential as a feature which enhances the building and improves the experience of those using it.

The room with no windows on the ground floor, between Rooms 1 and 8, would benefit from having some windows or glazed doors, and the lantern in the corner of that room would perhaps make more impact in the reception area.

The plans for the outdoor play space for the children lack conviction. We think that the application requires a landscape scheme which would change the existing bleak hard surfaced outdoor space to a play garden with trees, shrubs, flowers, soft surfaces and dedicated age appropriate play equipment.

For these reasons the Camberwell Society objects to this application.

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24/AP/0379 | Temporary display of an externally illuminated shroud advertisement | 17 Camberwell Green London Southwark SE5 7AF
It has become clear that permission granted in the last 5 years for scaffolding with shrouds and advertising panels to be erected on ...
24/AP/0144 | Construction of single story rear extension to accommodate additional seating area. | 49 Camberwell Church Street
Construction of single story rear extension to accommodate additional seating area. 49 Camberwell Church Street 1. No site plan has been ...
24/AP/0023 - 121 Grosvenor Park, construction of a 3-storey 3b5p dwelling
Demolition of an existing single-storey dilapidated workshop building and the subsequent construction of a 3-storey 3b5p dwelling. | Rear Of ...
23/AP/2786 Camberwell Green Magistrates Court
The changes made to this scheme between the consultation stage and the application stage are a disappointment. The old magistrates court ...
23/AP/1661 & 1662 Camberwell Police Station Section House, London SE5 8QU
Proposed extensions, alterations and change of use of the former Camberwell Police Station Section House ‘rear building’ (sui generis) ...
23/AP/0330 10 Love Walk SE5 8AE
Demolition of all existing buildings on site and comprehensive redevelopment to provide a part-three and part-four storey new care home ...
22/AP/3864 Display of a temporary externally illuminated advertising shroud during refurbishment works until the 18/11/2023. | 20-23 Camberwell Green London Southwark SE5 7AA
It is clear from recent past experience that applications for permission to erect scaffolding shrouds and advertisements on the front ...
22/AP/1095 - Construction of a residential block on Wyndam Road and residential block and replacement church on Redcar Street
22/AP/1095 - Construction of a part six, part five storey residential block on Wyndam Road and part five, part four, part three storey ...
22/AP/2497 Land Rear Of 213-215 Camberwell New Road London SE5 0TJ
Construction of two-storey residential mews to provide x2 two bedroom homes with private terrace, waste storage, green roof and solar ...
22/AP/2069 Land Rear Of 163 Camberwell Grove London Southwark
Demolition of a garage and construction of a two bedroom house - re-applicationThe Camberwell Society considers that the revised application ...
21/AP/4490 | 56-60 Comber Grove London Southwark SE5 0LD
21/AP/4490Redevelopment of an existing community centre (Class F) to provide a six storey building with community centre (Use Class F) at ...
21/AP/1254/5: 5-7 COTTAGE GREEN AND 69 SOUTHAMPTON WAY LONDON SOUTHWARK SE5 7ST
COMMENT ON REVISED PROPOSALS MAY 2022Two changes have been made to the proposals:1. Reduction in the height of blocks A and B towards the ...
Champion Hill, Seavington House 22/AP/0174
Demolition of 16 garages and 10 bedsits and redevelopment of the site for the construction of 5 terraced three storey houses and a 19 unit ...
21/AP/1342 | Burgess Industrial Park Parkhouse Street London SE5 7TJ
Application Reference: 21/AP/1342Address: Burgess Industrial Park Parkhouse Street London SE5 7TJProposal: Demolition of the existing ...
21/AP/3255 – 137 Camberwell New Road
21/AP/3255 – 137 Camberwell New RoadErection of a two-storey rear extension in connection to the conversion of a single dwellinghouse ...
219 Camberwell New Road, London SE5 0TJ Ref 21/AP/3278
Construction of mansard roof extension to provide a three-bedroom flat, including the demolition of the existing ancillary buildings to the ...
21/AP/2982 37 Denmark Hill: Conversion of a store to provide a one bed residential unit
There is apparently development potential on this site, but this scheme does not make good use of it. What is proposed is a confusion of ...
21/AP/3468 32 Love Walk: Demolition of existing building and redevelopment to provide 5 residential dwellings
The committee mostly thought this a promising proposal. The new flats would take the place of a very dilapidated house not thought to have ...
21/AP/1342 | BURGESS INDUSTRIAL PARK - CAMBERWELL UNION - 386 RESIDENTIAL UNITS
Application Reference & Link: 21/AP/1342Address: Burgess Industrial Park Parkhouse Street London SE5 7TJProposal: Demolition of the existing ...