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

20/AP/2768 | MAPOTHER HOUSE MAUDSLEY HOSPITAL DE CRESPIGNY PARK, LONDON, SE5 8AF

20/AP/2768

Demolition of the Michael Rutter Centre, Mapother House and Professional Building and construction of 3 new buildings fronting De Crespigny Park ranging from 5 – 8 storeys plus plant to create 189 one, two and three storey dwellings (use class C3), creation of a nursery facility at ground floor level complete with secure outdoor play space. Creation of communal gardens, play areas for children, cycle parking and other associated alterations and improvements to infrastructure. Creation of new pedestrian walkway to the east of the site with stairs and platform lift to improve connections with De Crespingy Park.

The Planning Committee considered the proposition that Maudsley campus should be preserved in its entirety for medical uses only, and that planning applications that would allow for parts of it to be sold for other uses should not be considered. However, it was decided that the Maudsley Hospital management team are best placed to know what they need to do to secure the hospital’s future, including selling off part of the campus for residential development to raise funds for other projects if that is what is required. Residential development is also an appropriate development for De Crespigny Park

There is much in this application that is welcome:

New north-south public pedestrian link to pathway running through the Maudsley campus improves De Crespigny Park access to the wider area including to Denmark Hill Station.

The scale and massing of the buildings is on the whole appropriate to the surrounding area, with a residential density 600 habitable rooms per hectare.

There is adequate space between blocks for communal gardens and childrens’ play spaces.

There are equal numbers of social rented and private ownership flats.

There is to be an on-site children’s nursery.

The historic friezes from Michael Rutter Centre are to be re-purposed.

Some more controversial issues are:

The De Crespigny Park elevations of the three proposed blocks are divided into 3 bays each to replicate the rhythm of the Victorian villas elsewhere in the street, but the detail of the bays has introduced jarring elements to the scheme:

The preponderance of dark grey bricks gives the buildings a forbidding appearance in a street where every other building is yellow and white.

The 6th floor mansard roof extensions on the De Crespigny Park frontage do not enhance the street scape, and would increase the height of the building compared with the existing buildings adjacent. This might be acceptable if they offered a more pleasing aspect, for example including a landscaped roof terrace.

The double height ground and 1st floor openings contribute to the blocks appearing as domineering elements in the street. Conversely the “polka dot” brick patterning and the understated window surrounds and rustications don’t have the impact they need in relation to the grand scale of the elevation as a whole. Some rethinking of this elevation is required.

It is not clear from the drawings provided whether the proposed buildings follow the existing building line on the south side of the street and how they relate to the height of the existing buildings. It appears from the illustrations that the De Crespigny frontage is closer to the pavement edge than the adjacent buildings, not an acceptable feature in a street where there is an established building line.

The past year has reminded us of the importance of the NHS to us all and the long hours worked by NHS staff at times of crisis. The committee was of the opinion therefore that some of the proposed accommodation should be reserved for medical staff working locally and that this should be a condition of the planning permission, to be enforced by a section 106 notice.

The committee thought that 6 disabled parking places for the whole development is a missed opportunity to provide a reasonable level of residents’ parking as well as parking for visitors to the hospital. An underground car park would be a useful facility. It was also felt that there was inadequate provision for deliveries.

The Camberwell Society’s opinion is that the application has many good points but considers that the De Crespigny Park elevation needs work, some of the accommodation should be reserved for NHS staff working locally and increased parking provision and delivery facilities are needed.

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 ...
15/AP/0218 | 138-142 CAMBERWELL ROAD, LONDON SE5 0EE
15/AP/0218 Construction of one new floor to Nos.138 and 140 Camberwell Road and two new floors and a four storey part rear extension to ...
15/AP/2725 | 19-20 STORIES MEWS (LAND TO THE REAR OF NOS 145 – 147 GROVE LANE, SE5 8JJ)
15/AP/2725 Erection of two 2 storey 3 bedroomed dwellings with solar panels on roof and bicycle storage)Description: The two houses are ...
15/AP/2993 | RYLSTONE, GROVE PARK, LONDON SE5 8LT
15/AP/2993Erection of a single storey rear extension to dwellinghouse.Comment: This is a retrospective application which was required ...