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The works, continue. As reported last month, Court Lane will be closed off between 21 November – 22 December & 8-26 January. For more info please go to: southwark.gov.uk. To help the shops the Conway welfare units were moved onto the McCullochs site on 26 November freeing up the parking spaces and ensuring everyone can see the shop windows.
Two Neighbourhood Watch street organisers in Dulwich Village have discovered over 20 cases of theft via the post in the first instance, of bank credit and debit cards, shop credit cards, statements or actual use of illegally acquired cards during 2017. This is just in four roads! The thefts have all been reported to Royal Mail Fraud and if you have experienced something similar, especially if you live in the SE21 postcode area, then please report it to
Please also inform Marguerite Weedy on
The Society held a public meeting at the Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club pavilion on Saturday 4 November. 40 people attended.
- Loss of pub and community benefits.
- The deteriorating condition of the building – unanimous agreement that either the current tenant or the Dulwich Estate should maintain the site properly.
- The Council should deal with the homeless people who were now using the site.
- The potential for an increase in crime in the area with people camping in the garden.
- TfL’s lack of action in moving forward with its promise to improve the junction for pedestrians.
- There was no consensus as to the best way forward.
- A small majority were in favour of keeping the buildings as a pub and community facility although several speakers pointed out that the short lease would preclude this option unless the council undertook compulsory purchase.
- The draft Southwark Plan’s current proposal to build over 60 flats was viewed with suspicion by some, both in terms of the potential end users and the impact of a large new building on the local environment.
- There was doubt that adding retail units or a small pub to the scheme would be commercially viable.
- It was agreed that it was essential that local people should act together on this, using the press and other social media to highlight the situation and press the Dulwich Estate to act.
- That the Dulwich Society would check whether the site was in a conservation area and if section 215 legislation was appropriate.
- Catherine Rose, College Ward Councillor present, agreed to ask Council officers to examine the options for council action and report back at the next Dulwich Community Council meeting in January.
Three more local war memorials have been listed Grade II by Historic England. They are at the East Dulwich Community Hospital, St Stephens on College Road and St Peters on Lordship Lane. The hospital memorial was reconstructed about ten years ago at the behest of the Dulwich Society and funded by the War Memorials Trust.
The traffic delays continue with a serious impact on the footfall in Village shops – some takings are down 50%. Access to/from Court Lane will shorly be closed off for around a month. http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgissueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=50014361
Following the refusal of Southwark council to allow the football club to renew its lease on its ground on Greendale, the developer Meadow Residential withdrew its appeal against the Council’s refusal to allow a housing development on the site of the club’s current football ground. The Society is one of several local amenity groups which were against the plans.
Many will be aware of the work of the Herne Hill Forum. Now there is an emerging neighbourhood forum in Dulwich. The group held an initial meeting in October and is setting up a working group to take it forward. Further information about the meeting is on their web site: https://dulwichvillageforum.org.uk/2017/10/13/neighbourhood-forum-what-we-discussed-at-the-first-meeting/ If you would like to be involved in the working group, please use the contact form on the web site https://dulwichvillageforum.org.uk/contact/Anyone who lives and works in the Dulwich Village area is very welcome.
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Revised item No 1: Almshouse planning application rejected: Southwark Council refused the planning application to build new almshouses on the open area next to the Judith Kerr School on Half Moon Lane on the following grounds:
- Having had regard to the supply of land for housing in the borough, it is considered that safeguarding the open space for Class D1 purposes in connection with Judith Kerr School is a more sustainable use of this site. In the absence of evidence which sufficiently demonstrates that the benefits of the scheme would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the harmful impacts of the development, and without realistic opportunities for equivalent re-provision of open space within the site to meet current or additional demands, the proposal is considered to be contrary to London Plan policy 3.16 'Protection and enhancement of social infrastructure', policy 3.18 'Education facilities', and policy 3.19 'Sports facilities'; Core Strategy Policy 4 'Places for learning, enjoyment and healthy lifestyles'; and Southwark Plan saved policies 2.3 'Enhancement of educational establishments' and 2.4 'Educational deficiency - provision of new educational establishments; and Policy DM52 of the Emerging New Southwark Plan.
- In the absence of a signed Section 106 Agreement, there is no mechanism in place to secure the delivery of affordable housing, or to avoid or mitigate the impact of the proposed development through projects or contributions, and the proposal would therefore be contrary to Policy 8.2 'Planning Obligations' of the London Plan 2016, Strategic Policy 14 'Implementation and Delivery' of the Core Strategy and saved Policy 2.5 'Planning Obligations' of the Southwark Plan 2007 and the S106 planning obligations and community infrastructure levy (CIL) SPD 2015.
The Dulwich Estate sent the press release below:
“Southwark Council’s decision to refuse planning consent for an Almshouse with 20 new life-time homes for the elderly in need, does not help the elderly residents of the Dulwich Almshouse, currently living in accommodation which is not fit for purpose.
The Dulwich Almshouse charity has made it clear there is great need for better sheltered housing for the older population to meet the current under-supply. The proposed development would have helped elderly residents lead independent lives, and avoid the risks to physical and mental wellbeing which can arise from remaining in homes which are no longer suitable for their needs.
The design proposal was by award-winning architects, and included scope for innovative inter-generational projects with the Judith Kerr school. We will be working with The Dulwich Almshouse, to consider next steps.”
The Friends of Judith Kerr School Playing Field Campaign have also made this statement:
“We are absolutely delighted that Southwark Council has refused permission for the Dulwich Almshouse Charity's application to build new Almshouses on the school playing field. We would like to thank Shoosmith's Solicitors, parents at the school, Helen Hayes MP, Ward Councillors Michael Mitchell and Jane Lyons and the wider community for their ongoing support.
The school community is thriving, the children are happy and the space continues to be used for play, sport, vegetable gardening and local community events. We're looking forward to continuing to care for the space and the trees, playing an active part in the community alongside all the other local schools.”
The covering letter which came with the recent Scheme of Management bills gave the bad news that McColls, the newsagent, is closing. This is a further loss to the vitality of the Village – residents have trouble buying milk and now they won’t even be able to buy a newspaper – the Society is looking to the Estate to quickly remedy this unfortunate situation. On the positive side, McColls have said that they are aiming to continue its local delivery service and are looking for a new unit nearby.
The letter also said that Sainsburys decided not to come to Dulwich after objections by a small minority of local residents to the colour of their signage. While this is partly true, Sainsburys other concern was that the Estate were trying to let the former S G Smith unit to another convenience store operator at the same time.
It appears that there may now be a solution to remove the need for the school coaches to drive down Calton Avenue. We are waiting for the Foundation School Coach Service and TfL to agree on how the details would actually work but the principle is that coaches will drop at Dulwich College first, and then drive north through the Village, turning right at East Dulwich Grove to drop at JAGS, and then right again into Townley Raod to drop at Alleyn’s.
The works, and the traffic jams, continue – the traffic lights are 4mins on red and 35 sec on green for each of the four ways. Local Village Ward councillors have been monitoring the situation and concern remains over the impact on the adjacent schools, the contractor is now being more proactive – the traffic lights are manually controlled at peak pedestrian crossing time and there are new directional signs. There is also now additional police support to curb dangerous driving and cycling on pavements. See:
There was a presentation at the last DCC which was not well received by the people attending. The plan appears now to run it down Court Lane rather than Woodwarde Road but many people were concerned that it would increase cycle traffic in Dulwich Park. There will be a public consultation later this year but the meeting pointed out that it would be better to wait and see the full impact of the current works for Quietway 7 before any more work was done. https://southwark.gov.uk/peckhamryedulwich