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

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.

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Construction of single story rear extension to accommodate additional seating area. 49 Camberwell Church Street 1. No site plan has been ...
24/AP/0023 - 121 Grosvenor Park, construction of a 3-storey 3b5p dwelling
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23/AP/2786 Camberwell Green Magistrates Court
The changes made to this scheme between the consultation stage and the application stage are a disappointment. The old magistrates court ...
23/AP/1661 & 1662 Camberwell Police Station Section House, London SE5 8QU
Proposed extensions, alterations and change of use of the former Camberwell Police Station Section House ‘rear building’ (sui generis) ...
23/AP/0330 10 Love Walk SE5 8AE
Demolition of all existing buildings on site and comprehensive redevelopment to provide a part-three and part-four storey new care home ...
22/AP/3864 Display of a temporary externally illuminated advertising shroud during refurbishment works until the 18/11/2023. | 20-23 Camberwell Green London Southwark SE5 7AA
It is clear from recent past experience that applications for permission to erect scaffolding shrouds and advertisements on the front ...
22/AP/1095 - Construction of a residential block on Wyndam Road and residential block and replacement church on Redcar Street
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22/AP/2497 Land Rear Of 213-215 Camberwell New Road London SE5 0TJ
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21/AP/4490 | 56-60 Comber Grove London Southwark SE5 0LD
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21/AP/1342 | Burgess Industrial Park Parkhouse Street London SE5 7TJ
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21/AP/3255 – 137 Camberwell New Road
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219 Camberwell New Road, London SE5 0TJ Ref 21/AP/3278
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21/AP/2982 37 Denmark Hill: Conversion of a store to provide a one bed residential unit
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21/AP/3468 32 Love Walk: Demolition of existing building and redevelopment to provide 5 residential dwellings
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21/AP/1342 | BURGESS INDUSTRIAL PARK - CAMBERWELL UNION - 386 RESIDENTIAL UNITS
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