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.

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20/AP/1813 | 85 CAMBERWELL NEW ROAD, LONDON, SE5 0EZ

20/AP/1813

This application is a redesign of the existing approved extension with ref: (20/AP/1813) into a 1 bedroom flat

The building is part of a Georgian terrace - 73-91 Camberwell Road - North of Albany Road, backing Albany Mews. According to the Walworth Society and Peter Cooke’s research called Bethel Terrace or known as The Promenade - see attached.

The wording of the application is strange as this appears to be a conversion of the upper parts, over the ground floor “Red Sea” restaurant, within the existing fabric rather than any extension.

The proposed layout removes the original spine wall on first and second floors to allow the living room at front to be the required size and bedroom pushed back. The plan arrangement looks odd with bathrooms and WCs off living rooms, but probably dictated by the plumbing of the former HMO bedsits.

This terrace of buildings has lost its integrity. What once would have been fine Georgian buildings have been wrecked by many and various changes. So maybe more change does not matter.

The existing windows are a mixture of metal framed and casements which the application, in talking about replacing in timber to match originals, simply is replacing in timber to the present design. The property is one of four in the terrace with a curved rear bay. Again, wrecked by being rendered, ad hoc windows inserted, and painted blue. The front and rear mansards retain Velux roof windows rather than dormer windows appropriate to the building and seen on others in the terrace.

I suggest the best we can comment is that if the windows are to be replaced in timber framed that should be to a semblance of the original Georgian sash look would be preferable to matching non originals.

Open to comment.


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