Walworth Society - Planning Matters - 2nd June 2020

A couple of planning applications which we would like to draw to your attention. If you felt moved to object to them we would be very grateful!


If you would like to object/make a comment to either of these then please go to https://planning.southwark.gov.uk/online-applications/

A. Planning Application 20/AP/1213 for 292B Walworth Road. Two free-standing restaurant signs in the front gardens, one facing East, one angled towards the North, both made up of individual letters. A projecting sign fixed to the corner of the building | 292B Walworth Road


Pop into the search box 20/AP/1213


Make A Comment. We have suggested overall grounds for objection include Out of keeping with character of the area and lack of information.


Significant grounds for objection include:

  • This planning application has a serious adverse effect on the character and appearance of the Walworth Road Conservation Area and should be rejected.

  • The proposed roof structure will destroy historic view of the protected tree, the NatWest Bank building and the gable wall and chimneys of the former Temple Bar public house (now Poundland) with its good chimney stack which alludes to the Georgian houses that once lined the Walworth Road. It will significantly negatively impact on this important view of the Conservation Area.

  • The proposed roof will be also detrimental to the health of the protected tree and not allow light and water to the tree and will impact negatively on its survival.

  • There is no detail on the courtyard flooring or confidence that it will not harm the tree or impede disability access.

  • We object strongly to the fluorescent signage about the arch which will be detrimental to the Conservation Area.

  • The roof construction proposed is described but not shown on any drawings. It is hard to identify the proposed roof around the tree and over the courtyard as it is not shown on the drawings. Object to incomplete and poor drawings that do not reflect the scheme.

The Walworth Society full objection can be seen here

The current state of the protected tree at 292B Walworth Road
























B. Redevelopment of 51 East Street SE17 2DJ (20/AP/0685) to redevelop the former Bell PH on East St as a 48-room hotel - last chance to object.


Pop into the search box 20/AP/0685


Make A Comment. We have suggested overall grounds for objection include Loss of Light, Loss of Privacy, Out of keeping with character of the area and Residential amenity


Significant grounds for objection include:


1. The development is in breach of Policy P40 of the New Southwark Plan (Hotels and other visitor accommodation as outlined in the New Southwark Plan 2019 To 2034: Submission Version January 2020) in relation to the quality and appropriateness of the design and scale of the development. These proposals do not respond positively to local character and fail to protect the amenity of the local community.


2. That the application is further in breach of Policy P40 as the proposals fail to protect the amenity of visitors to the hotel owing to the poor quality of the interior planning of the rooms and in particular their extremely small size and the quality of the provision of accessible rooms.


3. That the development is in breach of Policy P69 Energy and the aim for development in Southwark (which has declared a climate emergency and aims to be carbon neutral as a borough by 2030) to be lean, green and clean and that this is in no way achieved by the delivery of a very limited number of 11 PV cells of renewable energy in the development.


Thanks so much if you have time to object.


The Walworth Society full objection can be seen here.




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