The planning application for the Clapham Park Estate area was submitted on 31 July, with new plans to increase the number of affordable homes and public amenity space from the previous plans following the stock transfer of the estate to Metropolitan Housing.
Metropolitan say the new design will allow them to improve housing standards further and increase the delivery of affordable housing. The amount and quality of amenity space has been increased from the original masterplan and a comprehensive package of sustainability measures – including living roofs, bat and bird boxes, Car Club availability and electric vehicle charging points – is provided as part of the planning application.
They add that the submission of the planning application, which follows a large number of consultation events, marks an important step forward in their ambition to continue to revitalise the area for residents and the community, and to fulfil their obligations under the stock transfer agreement.
Metropolitan will be holding public events on 15 August (3–8pm), 16 August (9am–12pm) and 19 August (1–5pm) at the Pop-Up Shop on Kings Avenue, SW4 8EU, where information about the proposal will be provided.
A road closure notice has been published seeking the closure of Upper Tulse Hill at the Brixton Hill end on several days over the next eighteen months to allow investigatory water works.
It is currently anticipated that the works would be carried out in phases on 5th August 2017, 3rd February 2018, 4th August 2018 and 2nd February 2019 but if the works cannot be carried out or completed on these dates, then the Order may have effect at other times within the maximum period of 18 months.
A burst water pipe this morning at 04.50am has caused major disruption and could potentially mean that Brixton Hill is closed until after the weekend. This has now been found to be a 12-inch pipe rather than an 18-inch water main, but the volume of water this morning saw Brixton Hill become a torrent and streams of people walking from Streatham to Brixton as buses were caught up in the jam.
Below is an update on the event and the action that Thames Water is taking:
- Thames Water have excavated the damaged pipe and are preparing to cut out the broken section. They have said that they will be working on replacing this as quickly as they can.
- No buildings appear to have been flooded and damage beyond the immediate road surface is currently minimal.
- They do not expect water supplies in the area to be affected by the burst but are keeping bottled water supplies and tankers on standby in the area as a contingency.
- Brixton Hill is currently closed and diversions are in place, but Thames Water will discuss plans to re-open the road with Transport for London (TfL).
Councillors have stressed that permanent traffic diversions cannot lead to further burden to existing rat runs such as Dumbarton and Lyham Road. We have also made clear that Thames Water need to do more to reduce the number and impact of burst pipes in Streatham and Brixton Hill. Today there have also burst pipes in Leigham Vale and St Julian’s Farm Road. This level of disruption is unacceptable and Thames Water need to address this urgently.
If residents have any queries please call Thames Water on 0800 3169800, quoting your address. Lines are open 24 hours a day. They are also available via Facebook or Twitter.
A planning application has been made for the former Toyota garage at 237 Brixton Hill by the bus depot.
The plans consist of the demolition of the existing building on site and erection of a four-storey building comprising commercial floorspace on part of ground floor and basement level and provision of 10 self-contained residential units.
As your local councillors, our initial thought is that this development could be too large for this site and out of keeping, and we are concerned by the lack of affordable housing in the development. But we want to know what residents think and to remind neighbours of the opportunity to tell the Council direct. Continue reading
Following a review instigated by Lambeth Council Trading Standards, the Licensing Sub-Committee has agreed to put new conditions on the Kwik-Stop Food & Wine at 72 Brixton Hill that mean it will no longer be able to sell alcohol overnight.
The latest review was instigated following the discovery of an alleged illegal worker in the shop. The apparent employment of the same man at nearby Costcutters (which has the same owners) led to that shop having its hours reduced earlier this year. A previous review of Kwik Stop in 2015 imposed new conditions that did not appear to have been stuck to since then. Both the Police and the Council in their submissions linked the low sales associated with opening overnight with the move to employ illegal workers. Local residents also made submissions, some in support of the shop but more stating that the off licence contributed to nuisance, noise and street drinking.
After hearing the submissions and making its deliberations, the Licensing Sub-Committe decided:
- To remove Zaffar Khan as the Designated Premises Supervisor; and
- To modify the operating schedule for the premises so as to reduce its opening hours to 08:00 and 23:00.
The premises have until late July to appeal this decision.
This Sunday will see the return of the Sudbourne Road street party as part of the national event, The Great Get Together. This invites people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common, inspired by Jo Cox, the MP killed on 16 June last year.
Sudbourne Road’s event takes place from 2pm until the evening on Sunday 18 June and features a shared lunch, kids’ activities, a chill-out tea and cake area, and plenty of music and other activities.
The Street Party is a free get together – it’s not a political event or a fundraiser – but an occasion to bring friends and neighbours together to share food, music and entertainment. Councillors will be there to support the event.
‘Blooming Lambeth’ is a celebration of growing, greening and innovations happening in Lambeth, a partnership between Lambeth Council and Incredible Edible Lambeth. Residents are asked to take a look at the categories and nominate yourself, your neighbours, a community group, or your whole street or estate as an example of what’s best about Lambeth and the people who live here.
Applicants for each category of the competition are asked to send in a photo and a description of ‘your story’ in three sentences by the deadline of 16th June. For an entry form phone 020 7926 3401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The categories are:
- Home in Bloom – for front or back gardens
- Community in bloom – if you have an estate or community garden to be proud of
- Food growing – your individual (or your neighbour’s) vegetable patch, herb garden, window box or container garden
- Innovation – The best initiative or project. Something you or someone you know has done to change things for the better
- Windowbox or balcony – Some people can make the most out the smallest of spaces
- Community food growing – for the group that gardens together and contributes to the community.
The prize for each category is £100 garden centre vouchers. Incredible Edible Lambeth will be judging the entries in each category and holding an awards ceremony at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace on 12 October 2017.
Thursday 15 June is the first National Clean Air Day. Lambeth is supporting this by hosting its first ever Clean Air Week, starting today.
There are things going on every day, including the launch on Monday of our ‘Better Air’ campaign. The focus of the campaign will be on lobbying central government and the Mayor of London for the measures we need to improve London’s appalling air quality. We will raise awareness of the dangers of air pollution and encourage residents to do their bit to help the environment. A full list of the activities taking place is available here.
A key strand of the campaign will be the launch of our ‘Better Air Pledges’. We are asking residents to think about how they can do something to help air quality and there are a few things you can do:
- Make an online pledge – pledging to make differences in your life to reduce air pollution.
- Support us on social media – tweet or share something on Facebook about your pledge using #BetterAir. Include a photo or video in your tweet so you can join our gallery of supporters. Or tell us what you’re doing for #CleanAirWeek. You can also retweet @Lambeth_Council where they’ll be posting tweets throughout the week.
- Share this Lambeth Council page and encourage others to make a pledge too.
We’ve achieved some real successes over the last couple of years – including an ambitious Air Quality Action Plan and a clean bus corridor from Brixton to Streatham including Brixton Hill – but we still have a lot to do. Please get behind the campaign so we can continue to build support for our efforts to improve Lambeth’s air.
Chuka Umunna has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Streatham with an increased majority. With almost 70% of the vote, Labour’s candidate now has a majority of 26,285.
Chuka and Brixton Hill Labour activists worked hard on the election, specifically highlighting Chuka’s work to fight for local services and school funding, his campaign for better rail services and his challenge to a hard Brexit, including work to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK.
The full results were:
Chuka Umunna (Labour) 38,212
Kim Caddy (Conservative) 11,927
Alex Davies (Lib Dem) 3,611
Nicole Griffiths (Green) 1,696
Robert Stephenson (UKIP) 349
Acre Lane is to be closed to traffic entering from Brixton Hill on 29th April to allow a crane to be brought onto the development site by the Town Hall. The footpath on that side of Acre Lane between the Town Hall and Buckner Road will also be closed and buses will be diverted. Traffic will be able to travel east along Acre Lane into Brixton but delays are possible.