Eve Shepherd has now joined the SoM (Scheme of Management) office to assist Nina Rees. She works mornings 5 days a week and will be in charge of registering and progressing building licence applications. The SoM has also changed their policy over non-contentious applications. If there are no objections, and the licence goes through under delegated powers, Estate Trustees will no longer have ten days to comment. They will have to respond within the initial 21-day consultation. This should mean that these applications are dealt with in 4-6 weeks rather than 6-8 weeks as at present.
There are 8 tower blocks of flats on the Dulwich Estate, 7 at Dulwich Wood Park and 1 at Sydenham Rise. Some additional fire proofing works were carried out on all the blocks after the Lakanal House fire in 2009. None of the blocks has been over-clad and they all still have the original steel windows. The Estate has sent a letter to all the residents in order to answer any concerns they may have over fire safety.
The new science building won both national and regional awards in the 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) design awards.
Following local residents’ concerns over the potential dangers of the ongoing trial excavations, the developer has now installed security fencing around the site. At the consultation committee meeting on 16 June it confirmed that the earliest date that work would start on site was likely to be February 2018.
For current information see https://southwark.gov.uk/peckhamryedulwich The Woodwarde Road RA recently met Council officers to discuss their plans in more detail. It remains unclear whether Court Lane is also part of the plans. There are also suggestions that TfL may object because of the impact on the No 12 bus at the end of Barry Road. Further information is required.
The branch in West Dulwich was listed on 100 branches to be closed this year. Residents have received a letter saying it will close on 4 September.
There appears to be no further progress on sorting out the new pedestrian crossing on the South Circular to enable the coach routes to be amended. TfL have so far been unhelpful and local MP Helen Hayes is pressing them hard.
The Council is planning some slight reduction to the diagonal parking spaces in the Village as part of the Calton Avenue/Court Lane junction works. It will prevent cars being parked on the pavement and reduce the arc on the left hand turn as part of plan to reduce vehicle speeds when turning left.
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