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#31 kibitzer

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:59 AM

Perhaps the newly formed Gipsy Hill Residents Association could back the objections? They have Southwark councillors on board as they cover both Lambeth and Southwark roads in the area.

#32 charlie

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:34 AM

Hi all,
I’m sorry it has been so long since the last update. I wanted to make sure I could provide a summary of what was going on before posting to the forum.


The planning application to build in the wooded spinney at Spinney Gardens and along Bowley Lane and adjacent to Dulwich Upper Wood local nature reserve has not gone away, despite the passing of more than six months since the end of the original consultation period. Around September of last year a temporary Tree Protection Order (TPO) was placed over the site by Southwark’s tree officer. A TPO does not in itself protect a site against planning, but it does add weight to the case against granting it. We had been waiting to hear when the temporary TPO might go before a planning meeting – a necessary step in making a TPO permanent. Earlier this month the TPO was approved and made permanent without it even needing to go before any council meeting.

The applicant has been allowed to amend his plans and also submit a new Ecological Assessment Report and Tree Assessment Report. These new reports seem to be in response to the many letters and emails of objection submitted last year and which pointed out many inaccuracies and errors in the report’s contents and the manner in which they were compiled. Many of the shortcomings in the reports which were pointed out in the objections have been addressed in the new reports! An initial reading of the Ecological Assessment seems to confirm the site’s role as a green/nature corridor, with sightings of bat activity and bats foraging.

The only change to the proposed plan by the applicant is the removal of the four car parking spaces. No provision for car parking has been made nor any clarification given as to what the applicant might do to the plots previously intended for car parking.
A ‘re-consultation’ period is now underway, and which started yesterday the 14th and ends on Friday 27th April. This is the deadline by which new submissions in response to the amended plans and ecological assessments need to be made to Southwark’s planning department. Letters and emails submitted last year in response to the original consultation period are still valid and applicable, and will be included in the report to be compiled after this new consultation period.


If you would still like to support the campaign to object to the loss of the wooded spinney for an inappropriate development and which is located right against a local nature reserve and its trees, please do submit your objection by Friday 27th April to planning.applications@southwark.gov.uk.

If you would like to receive our updates along with suggested objection points which you can cut and paste into your own objection, please email saveourspinney@gmail.com.
You can see the applicant’s amended plan via the following link. It is only a one page document: http://planningonline.southwarksites.com/planningonline2/DocsOnline/Documents/219715_1.pdf
The applicant’s second Ecological Assessment Report (much more than one page!) is here: http://planningonline.southwarksites.com/planningonline2/DocsOnline/Documents/219716_1.pdf
And the second Tree Assessment here: http://planningonline.southwarksites.com/planningonline2/DocsOnline/Documents/219703_1.pdf


It looks like the officer has already written his report (even though the consultation period hasn't expired!) and recommended approval with conditions which personally I find unbelieveable. Spinney Gardens is an award winning housing scheme and this application smacks of opportunist backgarden type development even though the land sits between two highways.

Date for Dulwich Community Council has been set for 10 May due to huge number of objections received. Another date for diaries.

OFFICERS REPORT

#33 RetiredMember1

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:16 AM

What a shame. That really is outrageous. :angry:

#34 radiostar

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:01 PM

As mentioned by Charlie, this application will go before the Dulwich Community Council planning meeting on Thursday 10th May at 7pm. Location is Kingswood House on the nearby Kingswood Estate.

It is imperative that we get as many people as possible who object to this planning application to attend, to show the councillors the level of support for refusing the application. Apparentlky, attendance is a factor they look at when evaluating public sentiment.

Please, if you can, come to the meeting on the 10th. This application should be the first on the agenda and might be heard and decided on in around one to one and a half hours. A small amount of time to give to help protect the wooded spinney alongside Dulwich Upper Wood.

Thank you.

#35 Axean

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:04 PM

The officers report is ridiculous with regard to legislation covering biodiversity. They'll always be in a position of having to make a subjective decision, but report totally ignores strict duties placed upon the council by legislation which is backed up by case law. I also suspect it misleads by stating Natural England have "no objections"

Edited by Axean, 30 April 2012 - 03:05 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

.... I also suspect it misleads by stating Natural England have "no objections"

Axean, you're right. Natural England sent a letter to the planning department, dated 20 July 2011. The letter picks up a couple of observations made in the applicant's Ecological Assessment Reports then outlines what the borough's responsibilities are in regard to those (few) points pertaining to planning guidelines. The letter from Natural England is not an assessment of the site nor their opinion about it, so it is inaccurate if not misleading to say Natural England have 'no objections'. In the letter Natural England expressed no opinion! The report then claims this as 'no objections'.

Edited by radiostar, 30 April 2012 - 03:39 PM.


#37 radiostar

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

Just a quick reminder about the Dulwich Community Council planning meeting that will decide the planning application to build flats in the wooded spinney adjacent to Dulwich Upper Wood local nature reserve/Spinney Gardens/Bowley Lane:

It is to be held this Thursday, May 10th, at 7pm.

Location: Kingswood House Community Centre, Kingswood Estate.

Kingswood House is about 1 mile away from the Crystal Palace triangle and can be easily located by doing a search in google maps for Kingswood House Community Centre. The Kingswood Estate can be accessed via Bowen Drive, which is at the bottom of Kingswood Court, which connects to the junction with the mini roundabout on Dulwich Wood Park.

There is some street parking on the surrounding streets of the estate, but do be aware of any parking restrictions that apply at the time.

Link to Google Maps: http://maps.google.co.uk/ (search for 'Kingswood House Community Centre')

Please try and attend if you can. It is important we show councillors the level of local objection to the planning application. The application should be one of the first items on the meeting agenda, and the meeting is likely to last around 60-90 mins, possibly less. JIm Murphy (manager of Dulwich Upper Wood), myself and other people living close to the site will speak to oppose the application but we are only allowed a few minutes to speak and make our points.

Hope to see you there.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:26 PM

Perhaps the newly formed Gipsy Hill Residents Association could back the objections? They have Southwark councillors on board as they cover both Lambeth and Southwark roads in the area.


Done!

Just a quick reminder about the Dulwich Community Council planning meeting that will decide the planning application to build flats in the wooded spinney adjacent to Dulwich Upper Wood local nature reserve/Spinney Gardens/Bowley Lane:

It is to be held this Thursday, May 10th, at 7pm.

Location: Kingswood House Community Centre, Kingswood Estate.

Kingswood House is about 1 mile away from the Crystal Palace triangle and can be easily located by doing a search in google maps for Kingswood House Community Centre. The Kingswood Estate can be accessed via Bowen Drive, which is at the bottom of Kingswood Court, which connects to the junction with the mini roundabout on Dulwich Wood Park.

There is some street parking on the surrounding streets of the estate, but do be aware of any parking restrictions that apply at the time.

Link to Google Maps: http://maps.google.co.uk/ (search for 'Kingswood House Community Centre')

Please try and attend if you can. It is important we show councillors the level of local objection to the planning application. The application should be one of the first items on the meeting agenda, and the meeting is likely to last around 60-90 mins, possibly less. JIm Murphy (manager of Dulwich Upper Wood), myself and other people living close to the site will speak to oppose the application but we are only allowed a few minutes to speak and make our points.

Hope to see you there.


Well done for all the work you've put into this radiostar - see you down the DCC for Thursday's show-down :ph34r:

#39 radiostar

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:13 PM

Last reminder: tomorrow, Thursday 10th May, 7pm, Kingswood House on the Kingswood Estate, the Dulwich Community Council planning meeting to hear the application to build in the wooded spinney adjacent to Dulwich Upper Wood.

Please be there if you can. Lots of local support is needed to show councillors the level of objection against the planning application.

#40 radiostar

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:31 AM

Planning application refused:

the planning application to build in the spinney was refused by the Dulwich Community Council on the grounds that it was too close to the boundary with the LNR, loss of visual amenity, lack of parking being an issue even though the site is in a high public transport access area, inappropriate design in an area where design of adjacent housing needs to be taken into account, the proposal would interfere with the site's role as a green corridor
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There is a high probability that the applicant might take this to a planning appeal, in which case the process is completely different from the one we have seen up to now, and local people are unlikely to have any input. However, the Council now have a responsibility to justify the reasons for refusal and mount a robust and professional defence at any appeal.

Some good news on this issue, at last!

Edited by radiostar, 11 May 2012 - 10:33 AM.


#41 RetiredMember1

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:39 AM

Great news! Well done to all who campaigned so vigorously.

#42 radiostar

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:43 PM

Been a while since any entries in this forum, but here is an update: the applicant has lodged an appeal with The Planning Inspectorate against the decision by the Dulwich Community Council/LB Southwark to refuse planning application to build a staggered block containing four two-bed flats in the wooded spinney at Spinney Gardens/Bowley Lane and adjacent to the east boundary of the Dulwich Upper Wood local nature reserve.

If you sent in a letter or email of objection against the planning application earlier this year you should receive an email or written update from the planning department advising you of this. The applicant has applied for an appeal via written representation - that is, via a written submission to the inspectorate, with the inspectorate examining all documentation including the many objections from local people. However, the planning department has written and asked for the appeal to be via a hearing, given the level of local objection the original application received. As far as I am aware, and going by a letter from the inspectorate to Southwark dated just six days ago, the appeal will be via written representations, not a hearing.

The deadline for further written submissions to the planning inspectorate is November 29th. I do not know yet what further submissions might be required, or whether this can be from local people or only local interest groups, but it is likely that groups (e.g CPCA, CP Triangle Planning Grp, Friends of Dulwich Upper Wood, etc.) might need to put in a further objection to the planning application to refute the applicants claims in his 'grounds for appeal' document. I am in the process of checking the inspectorate's guidelines, so will update as soon as I know more. I am informed that the planning department must now mount a 'robust and solid' defence of the decision to refuse the planning application, despite the planning officer having recommended to approve in his report to the community council.

Here is a link to the Southwark planning web site where you can view applicant's 'grounds for appeal' document: http://planningonlin...ts/251822_1.pdf

#43 radiostar

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

The hearing regarding the appeal against Southwark's decision to refuse planning permission to build in the wooded spinney at Spinney Gardens/Bowley Lane is almost upon us. Unfortunately the hearing is on a weekday and part of it at a central London location rather than of an evening and all of the hearing held locally. It is of course difficult for many people to attend, but if anyone concerned about protecting this small adjunct to the Dulwich Upper Wood nature reserve can and wants to attend even if only for part of the hearing it will help communicate to the Planning Inspector the level of local opposition. If you cannot attend the morning part of the hearing perhaps you can come to the afternoon part at the site itself though I cannot advise what time this might be at?

Date is this coming Tuesday 15 January 2013, time for first part is 10am.

Location: Southwark Council offices, 160 Tooley Street, London SE1. The offices are closer to the Tower Bridge-end of Tooley Street than the London Bridge-end, however London Bridge is the closest tube and rail station. Parking restrictions are in force around the area.

Second part is at the spinney itself (along Bowley Lane, off Farquhar Road). Precise time not known in advance

It is likely that the hearing will last around half a day at the offices then adjourn to re-assemble at the spinney to continue. If you can only come to the afternoon session at the spinney (exact time unknown) please remember the hearing is an informal one not a formal public enquiry, but there will be a running order and protocols to observe.Any final decision will come within five-to-seven weeks after the hearing.

We need all the support we can get!

Edited by radiostar, 11 January 2013 - 04:56 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

The hearing regarding the appeal against Southwark's decision to refuse planning permission to build in the wooded spinney at Spinney Gardens/Bowley Lane is almost upon us. Unfortunately the hearing is on a weekday and part of it at a central London location rather than of an evening and all of the hearing held locally. It is of course difficult for many people to attend, but if anyone concerned about protecting this small adjunct to the Dulwich Upper Wood nature reserve can and wants to attend even if only for part of the hearing it will help communicate to the Planning Inspector the level of local opposition. If you cannot attend the morning part of the hearing perhaps you can come to the afternoon part at the site itself though I cannot advise what time this might be at?

Date is this coming Tuesday 15 January 2013, time for first part is 10am.

Location: Southwark Council offices, 160 Tooley Street, London SE1. The offices are closer to the Tower Bridge-end of Tooley Street than the London Bridge-end, however London Bridge is the closest tube and rail station. Parking restrictions are in force around the area.

Second part is at the spinney itself (along Bowley Lane, off Farquhar Road). Precise time not known in advance

It is likely that the hearing will last around half a day at the offices then adjourn to re-assemble at the spinney to continue. If you can only come to the afternoon session at the spinney (exact time unknown) please remember the hearing is an informal one not a formal public enquiry, but there will be a running order and protocols to observe.Any final decision will come within five-to-seven weeks after the hearing.

We need all the support we can get!


Thanks for posting and for all your hard work on this radiostar. I hope to make it and will spread word.

#45 JackR

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

Lets hope planning permission is turned down so we can keep that lovely little piece of woodland, good luck.