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

20/03257/FUL | GEOFFREY CLOSE ESTATE, OFF FLAXMAN ROAD, CAMBERWELL, LONDON

20/03257/FUL

Demolition of all existing buildings and the comprehensive redevelopment of the Geoffrey Close Estate comprising the erection of 6 residential buildings ranging from 5 to 13 storeys providing 441 residential dwellings including affordable housing (Use Class C3), associated community facilities, including; a residents community centre and residents only gym, landscaping and public realm works, including private and communal amenity space, car and cycle parking including visitors cycle parking, and associated infrastructure works.

The existing estate consists of 4-5 storey blocks built after WW2. The estate would certainly benefit from improvements in the form of proper communal open spaces including planting and play areas, and a re-alignment of some of the buildings so that they address the surrounding streets in a more orderly way. All the existing open spaces around the blocks have hard surfaces and are devoted to car parking and a redundant basketball court. There are 134 social rented flats on the site with a site residential density of 360 habitable rooms per hectare. There is also a tenants’ communal room.

This planning application proposes replacement of the existing buildings with 6 blocks of flats between 5 and 13 storeys. The existing buildings in the immediate area are between 2 and 8 storeys, making some of the blocks overly domineering in relation to the adjacent buildings particularly the two storey houses in Kenbury Street.

135 of the proposed flats would be for social rent and 306 for private sale. The proposed residential density would be 1,143 habitable rooms per hectare. The density proposed is double what it should be for an area with a PTAL rating of 3 and more than the maximum allowed for an area with the top PTAL rating of 6a in central London, according to the London Plan.

The spaces between the blocks of flats are between 6 and 18m wide, which, together with the increased height of the blocks creates a series of ravine-like passageways. Open space, landscaping and children’s play spaces within the scheme are inadequate for the number of flats proposed.

The only communal facilities proposed for the increased population is a gym and a function room for the use of residents only. This together with the fact that the development is proposed as a gated community, locked at night, with no public routes through the site, will create an inward-looking city block, at odds with the lively community atmosphere of the surrounding neighbourhood.

The reason given for this development being necessary is overcrowding. This is not a convincing argument as the percentage of the new social rented flats which will have three bedrooms is remaining the same at 33% whereas 62% of the new social rented flats will have 1 or 2 beds. If the overcrowding is due to inadequate space standards in the original development this can surely be rectified within the existing buildings – it does not require a total re-development.

It is claimed that the existing residents of the estate support the application, but this is disputed locally, with objections lodged to the proposals by some of the tenants. In addition the scheme the tenants were originally consulted and balloted on was significantly lower in height and unit numbers than what is proposed now.

Parking: there are at present 45 parking bays on the site to be reduced to 22 on-site parking spaces by these proposals. The application states that there is adequate on-street parking provision in the neighbourhood to replace most of the parking spaces currently on the site. This is also disputed locally, with reports of cars touring the streets in search of parking spaces. The on-site spaces are also full.

In addition, the reliance on on-street parking for this new housing development goes against Lambeth Council’s own policy which states that residents of new developments should not have access to existing on street parking spaces in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs). This site is in a CPZ.

The Camberwell Society objects to this application on the grounds of over-development, inadequate representation of social housing, no public access through the site, inadequate public realm facilities for the increased population and inappropriate parking provision.

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 ...