Thinking of extending your home?
Then you may be interested in the Council’s proposals to change the guidelines that have to be adhered to if you apply for planning permission for an extension, including roof extensions, side and rear extensions. Quite a few Thornton residents, particularly in the Hyde Farm area, have been in touch with us expressing dissatisfaction with the Council’s existing guidelines. They think that the current guidelines are unnecessarily restrictive and mean that people find it difficult to adapt their homes to accommodate the expanding needs of their households. If they are not able to extend their homes adequately, they are forced to move away from an area that they like and where their children are settled in our good local schools. And moving can be very expensive.
In response to these kinds of concerns – reflected in other parts of the Borough too – council officers have drawn up some new guidelines. The proposed guidelines are less restrictive both within Conservation Areas and outside – but still maintaining a distinction between the approach in the two types of areas. At the same time, officers have been looking at the shape of the Hyde Farm Conservation Area and are thinking of removing the houses in Haverhill Road from the Conservation Area. Residents there, and in the immediately surrounding area, will have received letters about that proposal. So, if these new guidelines are adopted, there could be significant change for many residents in the ward and especially for the residents in houses in Haverhill Road. Do let the Council know what you think about these changes and whether you think that we have got the right balance between allowing space for expanding households and preserving the character of our residential areas. The full detail of the proposals can be found in the Draft Building Alterations & Extensions: Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) via this link
The closing date for responses is 30th March. If you would like to talk through any of these proposals – or would like a paper copy – please get in touch with Councillor Diana Morris. In addition to the contact details on the website, you can also contact Diana on 07946 218 617.
Major consultation on Cultural Services in Lambeth
The Council’s website also provides information on the consultation that is being carried out on the future of cultural services in the Borough taking account of the new financial landscape i.e. severely reduced budgets.
There are some important proposals affecting libraries in the Borough as well as for parks. Locally, the implications will be mainly felt in Agnes Riley Gardens. Do have a look at the strategy and comment. You can access it via this link
The closing date for comments is some time off yet – 24th April. There are several consultation events with a couple in places particularly accessible to Thornton residents:
Saturday 21 March, Culture 2020 Conversation at Karibu Centre, Brixton, 11am to 1pm (includes a parks and events workshop) – 355 bus gets you there
Wednesday 25 March, Culture 2020 Conversation at Platanos College in Stockwell- 7pm to 9pm (includes a sports and getting active workshop) – 50 bus gets you almost there.
If you are interested in local parks issues then please get in touch with Ching Wah Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is the Secretary of the Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens. And watch this space: we will soon be advertising two Friends’ events, a second pond planting session in the park (a successful, if rather wet and cold one, happened in February) and a consultation event about resurfacing the damaged Multi Use Games Area in the park.