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

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 objection to the proposals (submitted on 12th April 2019) remain largely unaltered. We object on the following grounds:

1. Excessive Height, Density and Visual Impact

The density of the revised proposal for the Higgs Industrial Estate has increased and the change to a darker brick will further emphasise the excessive height, scale and massing.

2. Transport Capacity:

No changes have been made to the revised proposals. Therefore, our original comments regarding train services running at full capacity and not being able to cope with a huge increase in additional occupants remain unchanged.

3. Employment Floorspace:

More commercial accommodation has been added to the scheme, although there is no evidence that such commercial units are required in the area and have a long-term future.

4. Infrastructure:

Our original comments remain unchanged.

5. Façade Design:

The replacement of the colonnade feature with more commercial accommodation leads to a loss of set back and articulation. This emphasises again the bulkiness of the impenetrable massing of the development. Page 2 of 2

6. Conclusion:

Our original comments remain unchanged.

The Camberwell Society objected on the following grounds in April 2019, which remain unchanged except the items mentioned above:

1. Excessive Height, Density and Visual Impact

The new proposal for the Higgs Industrial Estate includes a 17 storey high building with an adjacent 11 storey block. Other proposed buildings on the site rise from 2 - 8 storeys. We believe that the maximum height in this location should be no more than 8 storeys, as in the previous approved design. The site has not been identified in the local plan for tall buildings and therefore does not comply with Lambeth'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. The tall elements of the development would have an impact on views from Ruskin Park and would also affect the nearby Loughborough Park Conservation Area.

2. Transport Capacity:

City-bound train services stopping at Loughborough Junction Station are at full capacity at the moment and would not be able to cope with the significant increase in resident numbers. Local bus routes are also already overloaded.

The development is car free and residents would not have the option of driving to work either.

3. Employment Floorspace:

In principal we welcome that employment floorspace is retained, but the proposed increase by 11% compared to the previous application leads to the massive overdevelopment of the scheme. The proximity of commercial units to the residential accommodation would also restrict its use which raises the question if all of the employment floorspace can be fully used and rented.

4. Infrastructure:

Not only run trains and buses at full capacity but also are schools and GP surgeries oversubscribed. Another massive increase in resident numbers would cause more pressure on these services and it is questionable if existing schools and surgeries would have enough space to expand.

5. Façade Design:

All street facing facades are brick clad and reinforce the bulky appearance of the whole scheme. The lack of any setbacks of the elevations along Herne Hill Road would not allow for sufficient space for any trees. The design fails to conform to Lambeth Local Plan policies Q8 and Q9.

6. Conclusion:

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


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