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The scheme was approved at the main planning committee on 14 July by 5 votes to 1, with 2 abstentions. The installation of the stocks heritage plaque on a wall of the new development was also approved.
Several of the Residents Associations in Dulwich Village have been discussing the possibility of setting up a neighbourhood forum in the Dulwich Area. At least two other areas in the north of Southwark are in the preliminary stages and the Herne Hill Forum is also actively looking at the possibility. A meeting will be held in September to assess the amount of interest locally and, more importantly, the level of commitment in taking it forward.
The Council have repainted the zig zags at the south end of the College Road pedestrian crossing opposite the Picture Gallery in a different location from before. People who park there are now being ticketed. The Society has asked the Council why they have done this.
It is now confirmed that the Village Post office will be moving into Rumseys Chemist at No 47 Dulwich Village The existing shop will need to be refurbished so the transfer is unlikely to happen much before the end of the year. This will of course mean that the Estate will be looking for a new tenant in the existing Post Office – another coffee shop perhaps, or can we hope for something more useful?
Not such good news is the demise of Stefano’s, the delicatessen at No 37. Dulwich Village’s centre of gravity has moved southwards following the arrival of Gail’s and, with the temporary closure of the Crown and Greyhound, footfall at the north end is definitely down. Hopefully the new location for the post office will help to restore it.
Recently the Council fitted chains to the final set of posts between the Picture Gallery and the South Circular. Budget constraints meant that they had to be plastic but they still looked the part. Regrettably they are not robust enough as most of them were broken within a week. Members of the Society re-fixed them but they were broken again within a few days.
The shop closed temporarily on 20 August to allow the Estate to carry out preliminary works to convert the flat over the shop into a separate unit. Through August Bartleys have traded in a temporary unit on the opposite side of the street and will hopefully move back during early September.
Lightbox, the owners of No 1 Fountain Drive, have won an appeal against Southwark’s refusal of planning consent to demolish the house and build 5 new townhouses on the site.
The Society has requested a further meeting with Darren Merrill, the cabinet member in charge of the project to clarify some local concerns over the public consultation. Sustrans have begun consulting on the proposed Quietway along Calton Avenue and Turney Road and some local stakeholders had informal meetings with them last week. The 'pop up' events also start this week and are at:
- Tuesday 14 July at North Dulwich Station (6:00-7:30pm)
- Wednesday 15 July at the Dulwich Village Shops (6:00-7:30pm)
- Saturday 18 July at the Turney Road/Burbage Road junction (9:00-10:30am)
- Thursday 23 July at the Calton Avenue/Townley Road junction (6:00-7:30pm)
There is concern that a large number of affected residents are away and therefore these events will not receive a representative response. There are also traffic surveys underway (there have been cameras and black cable sensors in Calton Avenue, at the Village junction and in Turney Road). This will give unrepresentative information on the actual levels of traffic in term time.
Residents in the affected roads are also surprised that the Council or Sustrans have not written to or, at the least, leafleted every householder - and the flyers/posters that we have seen so far do not really give the full implications of what is proposed. It is essential that there is a proper explanation of the overall plans for Quietways and the context within which the Sustrans engagement is happening. The flyers seem to imply minor street improvements rather than a discussion about fundamental changes. The Quietways will have a major impact on Dulwich, and they should be presented as such.
Questions have also been asked about the legal context of the selection of roads for the Quietways - why have these roads been chosen when they are clearly not 'quiet' and what are TfL's and the Council's powers to implement the scheme if the majority of local residents are against the final proposals? If there is a 'no' vote will the scheme be abandoned or will it be forced through?
The Council's website has now re-introduced the interactive map. This was criticised previously as discriminating against those residents who were not on line and encouraging groups who had a particular bias to promote their views unfairly. There is also some confusion over the latest version of the Cycling Strategy published on line. The map isn’t fully comprehensive and some of the features such as the Spine aren’t shown. Furthermore the detailed map of the Spine further on in the Appendix (page 33) seems to show a separate Cycling Superhighway going down Lordship Lane. This has not been mentioned previously.
It also appears that the final approved strategy document is substantially different to the cycling strategy document that was put out for first consultation in December - February 2015. The original document was taken off the web site after the consultation process was complete and the new version has only gone on recently. It seems that the absolute final version was put out for consultation/review - for example it includes a section on the outcome of the first consultation process which was not published previously (Appendix D), and a delivery plan. This document should have been circulated for re-consultation before being approved.
The map on p22 still shows a cycling route through Dulwich Park – even though councillors are on record as saying there will be no defined cycle routes through it. Currently there is nothing to prevent cyclists using the park to go from College Road to Court Lane, why is a Quietway designation needed at all?
The Council’s proposed implementation strategy is as follows:
- Crystal Palace Parade/Sydenham Hill/Fountain Drive
- Townley Road/East Dulwich junction (under way now)
- Elephant & Castle to Crystal Palace Quietway – going down Calton and Turney.
- North Cross Road/Lordship Lane
- Gallery Road zebra (underway)
- North Dulwich and Denmark Hill parking zone (consultation complete)
16/17 or 17/18 implementation
- Southwark Spine (as far as the Dulwich Library (Crystal Palace Road/Landells Road)
- Peckham Rye to Brockwell Park Quietway (Burbage Road/Dulwich Park/Eynella Road/Friern Road)
Following the receipt of further supporting information on the application, the Council are carrying out a further consultation which will run from 14th June to 27th June. The application form, drawings, supporting documents and other comments received in respect of this application can be viewed at http://planbuild.southwark.gov.uk and searching for application 14/AP/3104. There are two options for comments:
1. Email Dipesh Patel (the planning officer) at
2. Post a comment on-line via "Make a Public Comment" button
The description has been amended to refer to the existing use as B2 (general industrial) rather than B1(light industry)
Amended drawings have been submitted together with the following additional/amended documents:
- Arboricultural Report (Tree survey and assessment)
- Basement Impact Assessment (Revised)
- Daylight and Sunlight Assessment (shadow diagrams and letter)
- Draft outline construction management plan
- Flood Risk Assessment
- Planning Heritage Impact Statement (which includes details of a proposal to the Grade II Listed Stone Plaque (see listed building consent application 15/AP/1772))
- Planning Statement Addendum (to include the impact on the Grade II Listed St Barnabas Parish Hall)
The Quietways consultation will commence in the autumn. Sustrans has been tasked with the community engagement from Calton Avenue down Turney to the Lambeth border, and are also working with Lambeth in Rosendale Road and beyond. The Southwark and Lambeth Sustrans senior project managers – Hannah Padgett for Southwark and Madeline Gunn for Lambeth - will work together to ensure the consultation is coherent and consistent in such roads such as Turney. Further details will be available in the near future.
Transport for London are resurfacing the footway on the South Circular between Gallery Road and Lordship Lane from 26th May for four months. The works are expected to last both day and night for the duration of the scheme including Saturday and Sunday. Full details are in the attached notice provided by Transport for London