The works to the Dulwich Village Junction, part of Quietway 7, are finally complete. However, there has been little progress on any other alterations in Calton Avenue or Turney Road and the southern section which goes through Lambeth is delayed indefinitely until Lambeth complete a further consultation exercise. The Council have set up a new website to provide information about monitoring and evaluation of the Dulwich Village works. It contains the monitoring programme, targets and key locations/focus, as well as FAQs on the scheme. Residents are invited to fill in an online form which will give Council officers feedback about their experience of the new road layout. The link to the online form is: https://consultations.southwark.gov.uk/environment-leisure/quietway-7-dulwich-village-feedback/
Council officers held meetings with some Dulwich Village Residents Associations before Christmas to review options for the proposed Quietway in Woodwarde Road and/or Court Lane and work continued on the installation of the Double Dutch roundabouts at the top of Fountain Drive where it joins Crystal Palace Parade and Sydenham Hill. Last but not least, there was little apparent progress on the promised installation of extended double yellow lines on all road junctions in the area. Consultation over the Dulwich Traffic Management Study closed on 24th January. The Society’s response is on the website www. dulwichsociety.com
Court Lane and Court Lane Gardens Residents association ((COLAR) response may be found on page 13.
New Trees committee chairman
We welcome Sir David Beamish as the new chair of the Society’s Trees committee and thank Glynis Williams who covered the role following the death of Jill Manuel. Glynis will continue to be a member of the Trees committee.
New Parliamentary Constiutuency Boundaries
The Boundary Commission for England has recently published its second version of proposals for new constituency boundaries based on a brief to reduce the total number from 650 to 600. This would see Dulwich and West Norwood split into four different constituencies. Gipsy Hill and Knights Hill would become the northern most wards in a new Norwood and Thornton Heath constituency. Herne Hill and Thurlow Park would become the north-easterly wards in a new highly elongated Streatham and Brixton South constituency, while College, East Dulwich and Village would become part of a new Dulwich and Sydenham constituency. Lastly, Coldharbour would become the most south-easterly ward in a new Brixton and Vauxhall constituency.
New Developments in Dulwich
A new developer has made a planning application to build 6 small houses on the narrow site at the east end of Half Moon Lane near North Dulwich Station. This site gives a fascinating commentary on the current demand for housing - originally permission was secured in 2014 on appeal for one ‘eco—house’, then three houses were approved in 2016, also on appeal, and now we have six. But we need small houses, and the site has been unloved for a long time.
There are also two new two-bedroom houses being built in Turney Road (replacing old garages) and on Croxted Road - infilling a wide gap between two Victorian houses. There is a planning application for a new house in Boxall Road (replacing a garage) and we expect the two houses at the back of No 60 Dulwich Village, which are accessed from Boxall Road, to start shortly. The site on Red Post Hill next to the new vicarage at St Faith’s has been sold to local developer Lightbox who are currently building five new townhouses at the top of Fountain Drive. Finally, the Dulwich Estate has secured planning permission for its planned new house to replace some redundant garages in Burbage Road.
Dulwich Society Planning and Architecture Group Report
The Group, on behalf of the Dulwich Society comments on applications by householders and others to make alterations to properties under the Dulwich Scheme of Management. In November twenty-five licence applications received were commented on. There were objections to the following: -
Carver Road - to rear dormer as it does not comply with the guidelines.
Druce Road - to blocking off side passage access contrary to guidelines.
In December twelve licence applications were commented on. There were objections to the following:
Turney Road - to replacement driveway with sandstone slabs due to no-permeable material.( in an area of high flood risk ).
Alleyn Park - to single storey rear extension due to excessive height ( 3.6 metres ) and loss of amenity to neighbours.
South Croxted Road - to single-storey rear conservatory due to overlooking of the neighbours’ garden. Objection to satellite dish position as it is not at the rear and is visible from the front contrary to the guidelines.
In January 2018 twelve licence applications were commented on. There were objections to the following: -
Rosendale Road - application 1 - to rear garden summerhouse due to lack of maintenance space on all sides, which is contrary to the guidelines, and due to the excessive height of 3.3 metres.
Planning Applications received and commented on-
Beltwood, 41 Sydenham Hill, - 17/AP/3070 - New application dated 15 residential units, comprehensive landscaping strategy with communal and private spaces and gardens, parking for 21 cars. There are comments in favour and against the proposals from local residents with more objections than those in favour. There appears to be minimal revisions. A site visit to be requested by the P & A Group.
Bell House, 27 College Road, SE21 7BG - 17/AP/ 4271 - internal alterations and change of use to community education facility ( within Use Class D1 ) with gallery and refreshment space. Erection of a biomass pellet store, provision of 2 disabled parking spaces and bin/recycling and bicycle stores - registered as a valid application