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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Demolition of existing structures, including removal and alterations to the flank elevation of grade II listed no.

73 Southampton Way, and construction of two buildings fronting onto Southampton Way (4 to 6 storeys) and

Cottage Green (4 to 7 storeys) comprising 55 residential units and 687sqm GEA (commercial units for Class

E and F uses, associated roof terraces, landscaping and public realm enhancements, refuse storage, and

cycle and car parking.

The proposal would be a departure from saved policy 1.2 of the Southwark Plan (2007) owing to the

proposed provision of residential units within a preferred industrial location. The proposal would be within the

setting of the grade II listed buildings 1, 2 and 3 Cottage Green and 73,75 and 77 Southampton Way.

Listed building consent application for the demolition and external alterations to parts within the site that

are attached to the flank elevation of grade II listed no. 73 Southampton Way.

This proposal takes its lead from the Tibbalds Local Development Study October 2020 and has incorporated:

Pedestrian and vehicular routes which join up with the routes through the Parkhouse Street development sites, an important feature for the whole area.

A small public open space at the junction of the routes

Robust elevations and landscaping onto Southampton Way and Cottage Green to make attractive settings for the vintage and heritage buildings adjacent

Active frontages with openings and entrances along the proposed new routes and to address the public space

The new frontage alongside 67-71 Southampton Way continues the scale and rhythm of the existing listed terrace with a flourish on the corner, which reflects the individualistic building at the other end of the terrace.

The Cottage Green elevation is more problematic. The 4 storey block is overpowering in scale compared with the 2 storey cottage adjacent and the terrace rises very quickly to 7 storeys as it approaches the public square. The numbers of storeys proposed for the Peachtree site has been taken as justification for the density of development on this site, but this is an unreliable guide because it represents an unacceptable overdevelopment itself.

The restricted nature of the site has created challenges for the design of the two blocks, A and B facing Southampton Way and Cottage Green respectively.

Many of the flats are single aspect, with views along one side of both blocks being limited by adjacent development, actual and potential, and very limited access to amenity space at ground level.

There is communal and private open space at ground and on upper floor levels and the blocks offer active frontages onto the routes through the site, which is welcome.

The shared pedestrian/vehicular route alongside Block B is stated as 5.5m wide along part of its length, which is inadequate for its proposed use. It should be wider and also restricted to one-way traffic, linking thorough to the Parkhouse Street routes to the north. Some arrangements will be needed for deliveries to Block A, possibly in the public square.

The appearance of the flats is extremely bland, with some small concessions on matching materials on the Cottage Green and Southampton Way elevations. These buildings will be on routes leading to what we hope will be a vibrant new quarter for Camberwell – a little liveliness and colour would be welcome.

The Camberwell Society objects to this application for the above reasons.

24/AP/0379 | Temporary display of an externally illuminated shroud advertisement | 17 Camberwell Green London Southwark SE5 7AF
It has become clear that permission granted in the last 5 years for scaffolding with shrouds and advertising panels to be erected on ...
24/AP/0144 | Construction of single story rear extension to accommodate additional seating area. | 49 Camberwell Church Street
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
Demolition of an existing single-storey dilapidated workshop building and the subsequent construction of a 3-storey 3b5p dwelling. | Rear Of ...
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
22/AP/1095 - Construction of a part six, part five storey residential block on Wyndam Road and part five, part four, part three storey ...
22/AP/2497 Land Rear Of 213-215 Camberwell New Road London SE5 0TJ
Construction of two-storey residential mews to provide x2 two bedroom homes with private terrace, waste storage, green roof and solar ...
22/AP/2069 Land Rear Of 163 Camberwell Grove London Southwark
Demolition of a garage and construction of a two bedroom house - re-applicationThe Camberwell Society considers that the revised application ...
21/AP/4490 | 56-60 Comber Grove London Southwark SE5 0LD
21/AP/4490Redevelopment of an existing community centre (Class F) to provide a six storey building with community centre (Use Class F) at ...
COMMENT ON REVISED PROPOSALS MAY 2022Two changes have been made to the proposals:1. Reduction in the height of blocks A and B towards the ...
Champion Hill, Seavington House 22/AP/0174
Demolition of 16 garages and 10 bedsits and redevelopment of the site for the construction of 5 terraced three storey houses and a 19 unit ...
21/AP/1342 | Burgess Industrial Park Parkhouse Street London SE5 7TJ
Application Reference: 21/AP/1342Address: Burgess Industrial Park Parkhouse Street London SE5 7TJProposal: Demolition of the existing ...
21/AP/3255 – 137 Camberwell New Road
21/AP/3255 – 137 Camberwell New RoadErection of a two-storey rear extension in connection to the conversion of a single dwellinghouse ...
219 Camberwell New Road, London SE5 0TJ Ref 21/AP/3278
Construction of mansard roof extension to provide a three-bedroom flat, including the demolition of the existing ancillary buildings to the ...
21/AP/2982 37 Denmark Hill: Conversion of a store to provide a one bed residential unit
There is apparently development potential on this site, but this scheme does not make good use of it. What is proposed is a confusion of ...
21/AP/3468 32 Love Walk: Demolition of existing building and redevelopment to provide 5 residential dwellings
The committee mostly thought this a promising proposal. The new flats would take the place of a very dilapidated house not thought to have ...
Application Reference & Link: 21/AP/1342Address: Burgess Industrial Park Parkhouse Street London SE5 7TJProposal: Demolition of the existing ...