The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

The Planning 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 sympathetic to their surroundings and that appropriate details have been submitted with the application. 


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. The current composition of the Planning Committee is: ◦ Tim Gaymer (Chair) ◦ Anthony Kyrke-Smith ◦ Valerie Balleny  ◦ Elizabeth Borowiecka  ◦ Tania Brisby


Meetings of the Planning sub committee are usually held on the last Wednesday of each month.



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



You can see comments on specific applications, below.

19/AP/1349 + 1350 53 GROVE LANE, LONDON, SE5 8SP

19/AP/1349

Construction of a Mansard roof extension. Demolition and reconstruction of extension to the rear of the property. Removal of structural dividing wall at basement level. Creation of opening to the rear of property at basement level to create a garden entrance. Construction of small patio area to allow for access from basement level.

This is the obvious missing mansard storey of this terrace of four Listed properties 49-55 Grove Lane. The rear extension rebuild is sensible and sensitive. The other alterations, at basement level, are what you would expect in doing such a building up.

Camberwell Society does not see a reason to comment or object

19/AP/1276 ADMIRAL COURT, LOMOND GROVE SE5 7GY

19/AP/1276

Construction of a 3-storey roof extension to provide 5 new residential units, upgrading of facade, minor reconfiguration of existing flats Nos. 3, 8 and 9, and replacement of existing windows.

This is replacing one thin six-storey corner building (which we recall replaced a three or four-storey hostel type ex-pub) with another but higher - eight/part nine-storey building. The replacement looks marginally better that the one that it replaces. The position is slightly isolated from other buildings being located on the end of Lomond Grove meeting Bowyer Place/New Church Road. There is a tower block on the opposite side of Lomond Grove meeting Bowyer Place. This means that the replacement building will have little or no additional effect on anything nearby.

Camberwell Society does not see a reason to comment or object.

19/AP/0469 21-23 PARKHOUSE STREET, LONDON, SE5 7TQ

19/AP/0469

Demolition of existing building and erection of two blocks (Block A and Block B) of 5 storeys and part-7/part-10 storeys (total AOD 35.86m). Block A comprises 5-storey block for commercial/employment use (962 sqm). Block B comprises ground floor commercial/employment use (129sqm) and 33 residential dwellings (3 x studios; 6 x 1b flats, 18 x 2b flats, 6 x 3b flats) and 1 accessible car parking spaces with associated landscaping, cycle parking and refuse store.

The Camberwell Society objects on the following grounds:

1. Height, Density and Visual Impact

The new proposal for this site on the edge of Burgess Park is for a 10 storey high building with an adjacent 5 storey block. The site has not been identified in the local plan for tall buildings and therefore does not comply with Southwark's own policies. The scale and height of the proposal also would not fit into the local streetscape and the visual impact would be overwhelming, as it would not respect the low-rise character of the area. The 10 storey high element of the development would have a negative impact on views from Burgess Park and would also affect the nearby Grade II listed former church of St George.

2. Exemplary Design

We do not believe that the proposal is of 'exemplary design' because of the following reasons:

- The development will provide 805 habitable rooms per hectare, but the acceptable range for this site is 200-700 habitable rooms per hectare. Therefore, the density is too high.
- 9.1% of the dwellings are studio flats, but the maximum should only be 6%.
- Only 18.2% of the residential units are suitable for at least 5 occupants (the minimum is 20%).
- Bathrooms do not have natural light.

3. Impact on Burgess Park:

The proposal would have a detrimental impact on Burgess Park, a 'Site of Importance for Nature Conservation' (SINC), overshadowing the wildlife area and affecting users of the park. There has been no ecological assessment of the implications for biodiversity.

4. Conclusion

In summary, this proposal does not comply with various planning policies and therefore should be refused

19/AP/1150 DOUGLAS BENNETT HOUSE, MAUDSLEY HOSPITAL, WINDSOR WALK, LONDON, SE5 8AZ

19/AP/1150

Demolition of the existing building and erection of a new five storey building to accommodate

a new in-patient mental health facility comprising 8 wards together with associated landscape works


The mental health facility proposed by this application is unsympathetic to its surroundings in terms of

scale and design:

Massing: the 5 storey building plus rooftop plant room is out of scale with the existing Victorian

terrace which the Camberwell Society has worked hard to protect from unsympathetic re-development

in the past and it will be clearly visible from Denmark Hill Station uphill from the site.

Design: The Windsor Walk elevation proposed is not sympathetic to the existing buildings adjacent.

Its large areas of brickwork and render and its extraordinary protruding glazed and angled corner

contrasts unhelpfully with the orderly succession of vertical and horizontal lines which characterise the

rest of the street elevation.


The Camberwell Society objects to this proposal on the grounds that it is an inappropriately bulky and

an inappropriate intervention in Windsor Walk

19/AP/1123 FIRST FLOOR AND SECOND FLOOR, 82-84 CAMBERWELL CHURCH STREET, LONDON, SE5 8QZ

19/AP/1123

Change of use of level 01 and level 02 of the host property from unoccupied and unused B1 (Office) to C4 (Residential HMO). Replacement of existing windows to rear elevation only from timber and crittall to white upvc.

This is a conversion to seven bedsits, a communal kitchen and two WC/shower-rooms.

The corridors run along the Camberwell Church Street side and rooms face South to the back over a large ground floor rear extension relating to the existing ground floor uses.

This is a very basic/minimal looking conversion. Externally we will not see any obvious changes. Some air bricks to vent a cupboard and I assume window repairs and redecorating.

So, nothing to like but also nothing visually to object to except perhaps the rear windows being changed to UPVC. The existing rear windows are a poor mixture.

Proposed comment - none

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19/AP/1349 + 1350 53 GROVE LANE, LONDON, SE5 8SP
19/AP/1349Construction of a Mansard roof extension. Demolition and reconstruction of extension to the rear of the property. Removal of ...
19/AP/1276 ADMIRAL COURT, LOMOND GROVE SE5 7GY
19/AP/1276Construction of a 3-storey roof extension to provide 5 new residential units, upgrading of facade, minor reconfiguration of ...
19/AP/0469 21-23 PARKHOUSE STREET, LONDON, SE5 7TQ
19/AP/0469 Demolition of existing building and erection of two blocks (Block A and Block B) of 5 storeys and part-7/part-10 ...
19/AP/1150 DOUGLAS BENNETT HOUSE, MAUDSLEY HOSPITAL, WINDSOR WALK, LONDON, SE5 8AZ
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19/AP/1123 FIRST FLOOR AND SECOND FLOOR, 82-84 CAMBERWELL CHURCH STREET, LONDON, SE5 8QZ
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19/AP/1341 33 GROVE LANE, LONDON, SE5 8SP
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19/AP/1032 171 CAMBERWELL GROVE, LONDON, SE5 8JS
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18/AP/2876 THE OLD DISPENSARY, 325 CAMBERWELL NEW ROAD, LONDON, SE5 0TF
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18/AP/1878 303 CAMBERWELL NEW ROAD, LONDON, SE5 0FT
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17/AP/4797 BURGESS BUSINESS PARK, PARKHOUSE STREET, LONDON, SE5 7TJ
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