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, Valerie Balleny, Elizabeth Borowiecka, Jason Leech, Robert Potz, Jonathan Hunt and Sandra Simpson.
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

17/AP/4124 | ​123 GROVE PARK, LONDON, SE5 8LD

17/AP/4124

123 Grove Park London SE5

Change of use from Class D1 with an ancillary Class B1 office function to Class C3 for residential use, including conversion and part demolition of existing main house to enable the creation of five new residential units and the construction of four new residential units in the rear garden with nine off-street parking spaces, associated communal and private landscaped areas.

This is the latest in a series of applications which grapple with the question of how to reconcile the satisfactory architectural development of the site with the requirements of the Supplementary Planning Document for its development, issued by Southwark in 2007.

Some design issues have apparently been resolved over the years since 2010 when the first application was submitted. These are:

- the appropriate number of dwellings

- the protection of species trees around the site boundaries

- the interpretation of the SPD requirement for the new building in the centre of the site.

The SPD describes this as “a single building of maximum two stories (plus attic) not greater in scale (floorplan) than 123 Grove Park itself” which has been successfully interpreted as four three-storey houses grouped together and built into the slope of the site.

The remaining conundrum is the extension to the existing building which the SPD describes as “a single or two-storey extension attached to the main building”.

This application has extended the house to the east in the style of the original Victorian house, but smaller and less flamboyantly, presumably to demonstrate subservience.

This approach has not been a success.

The Planning Inspector who turned down the appeal on the 2016 application said: “The existing building appears as a complete composition and the extension would alter it significantly.”

“In addition, the design of the extension has slavishly replicated the design of the original building including the gabled element which, while smaller, nevertheless competes with the main gable which is the focal point of the elevation”

The SPD does not require the extension to be in the same style as the original building, but that it should “respect the context of the Conservation Area” and employ “high quality materials in construction”.

This seems to open the way for an extension which does not impinge itself unduly on the original building, and perhaps is a little separate from it, built in a modern idiom compatible with the character of the Conservation Area.

In the interests of the existing building and the potential for development of the site, we hope that a satisfactory development along these lines can be agreed between the Council and architect/developer.


21/AP/1651/2 ​75-77 SOUTHAMPTON WAY, LONDON SE5 7SW
Change of use from a 11-unit HMO (Hostel) (Sui Generis) into 6 self-contained flats (C3 Use Class), (comprising 2 x one bedroom flats at ...
1-13 SOUTHAMPTON WAY, SE5 7SW
Application Reference & Link: 21/AP/0451 The Camberwell Society provides an objection to this proposal. Whilst the Principle of Development ...
21/AP/1648 93 GROVE LANE LONDON SE5
Change of use from a 14 unit HMO (Hostel) (Sui Generis) into 5no self-contained Flats (C3 Use Class), (comprising 1 x three bedroom ...
21/AP/1254/5: 5-7 COTTAGE GREEN AND 69 SOUTHAMPTON WAY LONDON SOUTHWARK SE5 7ST
Demolition of existing structures, including removal and alterations to the flank elevation of grade II listed no. 73 Southampton Way, and ...
20/AP/2768: MAPOTHER HOUSE MAUDSLEY HOSPITAL DE CRESPIGNY PARK LONDON SOUTHWARK SE5 8AF
Demolition of the Michael Rutter Centre, Mapother House and Professorial Building and construction of 3 new buildings fronting De Crespigny ...
25-33 PARKHOUSE STREET- JOSEPH HOMES 20/AP/0858 - REVISED DRAWINGS FEBRUARY 2021
The redevelopment of the site to provide a mixed-use development comprising buildings up to 11 storeys in height and accommodating new homes ...
20/AP/2633 | LAND TO THE REAR OF 163 CAMBERWELL GROVE LONDON SE5 8JS
20/AP/633 Demolition of garage and section of curtilage listed wall and construction of a 2 storey plus basement residential ...
20/AP/0887 | BROOKE HALL 17 FLODDEN ROAD, LONDON, SE5 9LH
20/A/0887Construction of a fifth floor extension to Blocks B, C, D, E and F, a fourth floor extension to Block A, new blocks H and G and ...
20/03257/FUL | GEOFFREY CLOSE ESTATE, OFF FLAXMAN ROAD, CAMBERWELL, LONDON
20/03257/FULDemolition of all existing buildings and the comprehensive redevelopment of the Geoffrey Close Estate comprising the erection ...
20/AP/2768 | MAPOTHER HOUSE MAUDSLEY HOSPITAL DE CRESPIGNY PARK, LONDON, SE5 8AF
20/AP/2768Demolition of the Michael Rutter Centre, Mapother House and Professional Building and construction of 3 new buildings fronting De ...
17/04899/FUL | 118 COLDHARBOUR LANE, LONDON, SE5
17/04899/FULRemoval of existing BT telephone kiosk and installation of 1 InLink kiosk together with the display of an externally illuminated ...
18/01269/OUT | YOUTH CLUB 1 KENBURY STREET, LONDON, SE5 9BS
18/01269/OUTOutline application for demolition of existing youth club and erection of a new specialist youth club along with 7 residential ...
18/05425/FUL | HIGGS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, HERNE HILL ROAD, LONDON, SE24
18/05425/FUL The Camberwell Society has reviewed the changes made to the above application and confirms that the reasons for our initial ...
20/AP/0629 + 0624 + 0626 | 6-25 HAVIL STREET SE5 7RU, 1-12 STACY PATH SE5 7SL, 1 OWGAN CLOSE SE5 7SH
20/AP/0629 + 0624 + 0626 The society objected to the replacement of timber windows with upvc at 6-25 Havil Street SE5 7RU (20/AP/0629), at ...
19/04280/FUL | 1, 3-11 WELLFIT STREET, 7-9 HINTON ROAD & UNITS 1-4 HARDESS STREET LONDON SE24 0HN
19/04280/FUL Demolition of existing retail and industrial buildings and erection of a car free, part 3, part 20, part 29-storey mixed-use ...
15/AP/0437 | LAND IN THE FRONT WIDE HIGHWAY SOFT VERGE, OPPOSITE THE HAMLET, CHAMPION HILL, LONDON SE5
15/AP/0437 Proposal: Radio base station comprising 25m Monopole with dual stacked antennas within shroud between 20 and 25m, 4 equipment ...
15/AP/1103 | 9 ANDERTON CLOSE, LONDON, SE5 8BU
15/AP/1103 Erection of a two storey side extension and single storey rear extensionThe planning application has little detail on design or ...
15/AP/0619 + 0620 | 33 CAMBERWELL GROVE, LONDON SE5 8JA
15/AP/0619 + 0620Extension to the rear in the basement, ground and first floor. Additional third floor with new mansard roof with demolition ...
15/AP/0228 | 59 WARNER ROAD, LONDON SE5 9NE
15/AP/0228 Rear dormer roof extension with a roof terrace; and 3 rooflights to front roof slope to dwellinghouseComment: This extension ...
15/00591/FUL | 17 SOUTHWELL ROAD, LONDON, SE5 9PF
15/00591/FUL Erection of a single storey side and rear extensions at basement level and erection of two storey rear extension at ground and ...