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West Norwood Tennis Club - Last day to post your views
Posted by: MonkeySee 11 February, 2015 16:45

Save our community from further over-development – more flats planned as
West Norwood Lawn Tennis Club set to be demolished.
Make your voice count!

Developers plan to demolish the tennis club on the corner of Knights Hill/Cheviot Gardens and build 36 flats in a new five-story high rise. If this goes ahead the existing tennis and squash courts will be replaced with a private gym with only two tennis courts. The building would overshadow the sheltered housing in scale. There would be 4 parking spots provided for the residents and gym. Bringing yet more parking misery for local residents.

You can read the application at Lambeth Planning Portal (reference 14/06822/OUT) or here Ignore "comments cannot be made at this time" - you can make objections until Feb 12.


Research suggests that objections around overcrowding and parking don’t carry much sway but following are likely to be considered:
• Section 74 of the National Planning and Policy Framework states open space, sports and recreational buildings and land should not be built on.
• Policy 50 of Lambeth's UDP states we should not lose outdoor recreational facilities. The plan sees 50% reduction in outside courts.
• The proposed alternatives to the current recreational facilities and outdoor space do not outweigh the loss as required by the NPPF and UDP. The neighbourhood already has indoor recreational facilities with the West Norwood Leisure Centre so we do not have a need for new proposed facilities, nor would they be viable when a cheaper alternative exists so close.
• The viability of the private gym as set out in the business plan is highly questionable. If the gym closes this would mean a permanent loss of facilities.
• Height and Mass. The 5-story tower will overshadow the sheltered housing where they meet.
• This 5 storey development, along with the new 3 – 5 storey Cheviot Gardens development, is incongruous with the neighbouring roads and streets that (made up of 2 storey detached and semi detached houses dating from Victorian times to 1920s).
• Overdevelopment – this new development would significantly alter the fabric of the area and an excessive amount of development is being crammed into this site.

The Cheviot Gardens Action Group
(New members very welcome – get in touch for more information - cheviotgardensAG "at" gmail "dot" com)

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