Developers have now submitted a revised planning application on the Snowdown Close site for 6 x 2 bed units. This of course would entail a complete redevelopment at the site and clearly usher in an end to the great youth work The Hub are continuing to pioneer in this needy part of the borough.
They are considering lodging an objection to the application based on the following:
A. That this building should be considered as a community asset because of it’s history as a vital community asset. (Formerly community housing offices and Community Advice Centre)
B. Change of use will almost certainly mean the end of the provision of vital community services.
That C1 planning regulations stipulate: Planning permission will not be granted for proposals that would lead to the loss of community facilities unless it can be demonstrated that there is no longer a need for them or alternative provision is to be made in an equally accessible location.
C. That this is no celebration of Khadar Hussein’s life (teenager murdered on the site in May 2013)
If you are a local Penge resident then you may also be concerned about the proposed planning for the reasons below:
1. The illustrative elevation material submitted is numb and lifeless
2. The proposals do not confirm to Policy BE1 – the design should be ‘imaginative and attractive’. It is not.
3. The local context is not shown, elevations are drawn in isolation. This is unhelpful.
4. The flats and surroundings as illustrated would detract from the street scene.
5. The space around the flats is not made attractive and enjoyable.
In consultation with a local architect they have also decided to apply to LBB planning for a Change of Use’. Requesting the the building be zoned for ‘D1’ community use rather than ‘housing’. They have taken this action in a bid to encourage the council to reconsider the current housing proposal for the best interests of the community and youth of Penge. They would like LBB to consider the wider community interests for this site so that a solution can be achieved which has a much broader benefit to local people than the existing proposal from developers.
We are supporting them so sharing this article from The Hub with you for your consideration.
You can e-mail your response us us and we will submit it to planning officers.
Let us know what you think.