Next Your New Town Hall construction forum takes place on 4th April

YNTH-sketchAs construction works continue on the Town Hall and new Civic Centre, the developers and Council have issued details of the next construction forum for for the local community, residents and businesses to raise issues and hear about next steps.

Following on from the 3rd Neighbourhood Construction Forum, which was held on Thursday 1st December 2016, the 4th Neighbourhood Construction Forum will be held on Tuesday 4th April 6pm-8.30pm at Morgan Sindall’s Site Office, Ivor House, 1-9 Acre Lane.

The purpose of this Forum is to have regular, productive communications between the contractor and the local community throughout the construction period. This will be a meeting where issues or concerns can be raised, and dealt with, ensuring that everyone is kept up to date with what is happening on site.

Those interested should confirm attendance to Dalia.Islam@morgansindall.com or 07976 587 990 by Friday 31st March 2017 the latest.

New education centre for Windmill given planning go-ahead

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Architect’s sketch of new education centre in Windmill Gardens

Lambeth’s Planning Department has approved plans for a new education centre at Windmill Gardens. The building will be used to run workshops for schools and other groups as well as supporting the regular programme of Windmill open days and other events.

Having a dedicated building will also allow the Friends of Windmill Gardens to expand their milling activities and develop a social enterprise selling flour to local bakeries, restaurants and retailers, as well as running baking workshops, to fund the education programme. The Friends will also be able to sell and store merchandise, which helps to raise much needed funds for the windmill. When it is not being used for Friends’ activities, the building will be available to hire, at affordable rates, by community groups and others.

Lambeth Council has provided £360,000 to fund the construction of the building and further fundraising is planned by the Friends to fund activities.

Public consultation regarding Glenbrook Primary School this week

invitation20to20a20public20consultation20templateGlenbrook Primary School is hosting two public consultation events later this week for residents to find out more about plans to rebuild the primary school and outline plans to put a brand new secondary school on the same site on Kings Avenue.

The plans for the new school buildings have been given the go-ahead by the Government and a planning application will be made shortly. If approved, construction would start this summer and is expected to be completed by September 2018 for the primary school. Residents will also be able to comment on suggestions for the proposed secondary school’s name.

Developers Bowmer & Kirkland, in partnership with the school, will host two public consultation events at Glenbrook Primary School on Friday 10th March, 15.30 to 20.00 and Saturday 11th March, 10.00 to 13.00. Residents are invited to come along to find out more information and to have questions answered.

Investing in apprenticeships

construction-for-security-services1.jpgJobs and apprenticeships for young people in Brixton Hill was one of our key pledges locally in the 2014 elections. Now, a new levy on developers could help to create hundreds of new apprenticeships for young people in Lambeth.

With millions of pounds of investment going into the borough across dozens of sites, the new ‘Employment and Skills’ planning document will help ensure that local people benefit from the growth that is taking place in the borough.

Addressing the skills gap and providing local people with the training and qualifications they need to secure good, well-paid jobs is a key focus of the SPD. Although the local economy is performing well in many respects, unemployment remains above the national average and 18% of working age residents lack basic skills (NVQ level 2 qualifications or higher). This means that local people often miss the opportunities available as a central London borough – according to the most recent figures a quarter of job vacancies in the borough last year were hard to fill due to skill shortages.  Continue reading

Five new houses proposed for Kings Avenue

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A planning application is being submitted by a private developer for five three-storey family homes on the site of disused garages to the rear of Peter’s Court, Kings Avenue. Some properties on Rosebery Road overlook the site.

Once it has been submitted, the planning application will be available at planning.lambeth.gov.uk where residents can make comments. In the meantime the developer’s agents, Maddox Associates, are contacting local residents directly. Please let councillors know if there are any concerns.

Question to Council regarding Sudbourne and Orchard primary schools

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Orchard Primary School

Ahead of the next meeting of Lambeth Council next week, written questions to the Cabinet have been published. Brixton Hill councillor Adrian Garden asked for an update regarding the long hoped for expansion of Sudbourne Primary School, and the planned rebuild of Orchard Primary School on Christchurch Road.

Here is the cabinet member’s reply. Continue reading

URGENT: Planning application for housing at Diamond Merchants site

2015-12-04 12.43.33A planning application has been submitted for the site currently home to Diamond Merchants, the hardware and tool hire company on Acre Lane on the corner with Baytree Road.

The plans involve ‘Demolition of buildings and erection of a part 2, part 4. part 5 and part 6-storey building plus basement to provide 610sqm of retail space (A1 Use Class), 25 flats and 2 family houses together with associated cycle and waste storage and hard and soft landscaping to form communal amenity space.’

The site neighbours the planned extension of Sudbourne School and faces the Trinity conservation area. Councillors are concerned that no affordable homes are included in the plans and will be objecting on this basis.

Residents can make comments here

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Public exhibition for new sixth form & homes on Acre Lane

A new sixth form centre with flats above is being proposed for the empty lot at the corner of Acre Lane and King’s Avenue. The sixth form centre is planned to be run in association with the new secondary school at Glenbrook School further along King’s Avenue.

The developers, Churchill Property, are holding an exhibition this week to display the plans to the public. The exhibition will take place at King’s Avenue School, King’s Avenue SW4 8BQ on 7/8/9 December between 5pm and 8pm.

Brixton Hill councillors are engaging with the application to push for road safety improvements, affordable housing and new employment opportunities.

New Town Hall given planning permission

YNTH-sketchLast week Lambeth Planning Committee voted unanimously to give planning permission to the New Town Hall project, comprising the refurbishment of the Town Hall, a new civic complex on Town Hall Parade, new housing to replace Hambrook House and Olive Morris House further along Brixton Hill, the conversion of Ivor House on Acre Lane and new public space on Buckner Road.

Residents addressed the meeting and were able to give eloquent accounts of their concerns regarding both the construction and the impact of the new developments. The developers, Muse, also addressed the meeting and outlined how the project had already changed to try and reflect residents’ issues after two years of consultation. However, clearly, with a proposal of this scale there would still be considerable impact on residents – for some individual properties we recognise that impact is severe. Continue reading

New Town Hall plans to be considered on 1 September

YNTH-sketchThe plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Olive Morris House, and the new Civic Centre on Brixton Hill will be considered by the Planning Applications Committee on 1 September.

Councillors who are members of the PAC will consider the plans along with submissions from the public, Historic England and other stakeholders.

As well as the new offices for Council staff and facilities for council functions like the registry office, almost 200 new homes are planned for the various sites.

Members of the public may attend the meeting, although only those who have made representations in advance will have the opportunity to address the Committee so that their concerns can be taken into account. The meeting takes place at Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill at 7pm on Tuesday 1st September.

Agenda papers are available online.