Road closure of Acre Lane planned for 29 April to allow crane to be installed

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.

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Next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 6 April


The next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 6 April at 7pm. The venue is the Clapham Park Project at 1-4 Brixton Hill Place off Brixton Hill, SW2 1HJ.
The panel is an opportunity to discuss local concerns and to and set priorities for the local police team. The agenda will include a discussion on issues facing Porden Road by the Town Hall.

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.

Consultation on New Town Hall Construction Plans

Town-HallThe New Town Hall project was granted planning permission earlier this autumn. It is hoped that construction will commence early next year but, in the meantime, the partners are consulting on a ‘Construction & Environmental Management Plan’ (CEMP). The deadline for feedback on this document is Thursday 3rd December at 12 noon.

The purpose of this Plan is to:

  • Describe the nature of the construction activities that will be undertaken
  • Summarise the likely environmental issues that may arise during construction such as noise, dust and vibration
  • Specify the team’s proposed approach to managing these
  • Outline the team’s proposed construction and demolition programme
  • Provide useful information such as a point of contact, agreed working hours for noisy works and the team’s Code of Practice

This encompasses the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Ivor House on Acre Lane as well as the new buildings on Brixton Hill next to the Electric Brixton and on the site of Olive Morris House.

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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.

Cllr Paul McGlone explains the latest on the Your New Town Hall project

YNTH-sketchCllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council, has written a blogpost outlining the current status of the Your New Town Hall project, explaining how we got here and why it’s important for residents to get involved, with 120 already having attended the latest round of consultation events.

Key issues addressed by Cllr McGlone include how the project will save taxpayers money and what it will cost; the 200 new homes on site, with 40% classed as ‘affordable’; the 45 apprenticeships and over 700 jobs created during construction; the Impact Hub for start-up and small businesses; and landscaping of the site. Continue reading

New Town Hall consultation meetings for local residents

YNTH-sketchAs plans continue to be developed for the New Town Hall and council office sites along Brixton Hill, local residents are being invited to consultation meetings later this month to further consider ideas for the new buildings.

Reports on local blogs mistakenly suggested that the historic (and iconic) Electric Brixton on Town Hall Parade would now form part of the development. Brixton Blog has now corrected this and the Council has confirmed that there are no plans for the site. The neighbouring building currently housing the Fridge Bar has always been part of the redevelopment proposals alongside Hambrook House, Olive Morris House and council buildings on Buckner Road. Continue reading

Veranda Bar forced to close for eight weeks after ‘serious incident’

verandaAt a marathon session last night, Lambeth Council’s Licensing Sub Committee voted to suspend the licence of Veranda Bar on Acre Lane for eight weeks and impose stringent new conditions. This followed a ‘serious incident’ in October and representations by the police and Brixton Hill’s councillors.

The review of Veranda’s licence came about because of a shooting incident at the venue on 19 October. The police expressed serious concerns about how Veranda’s management had failed to prevent the gun coming onto the premises and how they had reacted to the incident subsequently. The police representations can be read here.

Around the same time, Brixton Hill’s councillors had been meeting with residents of Porden Road about major issues concerning anti-social behaviour, public nuisance and concern for public safety, with Veranda’s late-night clientele bearing much of the responsibility and with an inadequate response from the venue. As a consequence Councillor Martin Tiedemann made a representation to the Sub-committee detailing some of these issues and with recommendations for how these could be dealt with on top of the police recommendations in direct response to the shooting. Continue reading

Current planning and licensing issues

Here are some of the key planning and licensing issues in the ward at the moment. Residents may wish to make direct representations to the Council or contact ward councillors.

Orchard Primary School

13/04830/FUL: Orchard Primary on Cotherstone Road has put in an application for the demolition of existing non-listed buildings and the erection of 7 new dwelling houses, including new vehicular and pedestrian access.

You can read further details and make a submission here. You can also email planning@lambeth.gov.uk. The close of consultation is 14 November.

Veranda Bar

Following a serious incident which allegedly took place at the Veranda Bar on Acre Lane, the police have referred it to the Licensing Sub-Committee for a review. Details of the review and the police submission are here. A special meeting of the LSC will consider this at 7pm on 6th November at the Town Hall.

Because of the emergency nature of this application, residents only have until Monday 28 October to make representations. Advice is available. To make a representation:

  • By email – licensing@lambeth.gov.uk
  • By letter – Licensing, 5th Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SP
  • By fax – 020 7926 6150