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Mais House planning application:

Watch Lewisham's Strategic Planning Committee meeting which considered the Mais House reapplication by the City of London: Strategic Planning Committee - Tuesday, 29th June 2021 at 7:30pm - Lewisham Council Webcasting (
For further info on this matter, please see the NEWS page: NEWS | Sydenham Hill Ridge

The following email was circulated re the above meeting on Mais House, Sydenham Hill; we urge all with an interest to attend to receive information and have your say on this reintroduced planning application by the City of London 


cc: Lewisham and Southwark Councillors of SH Ridge


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING, 11am, Sunday, 27 June 2021 to discuss the planning application for Mais House/Otto Close


Lewisham Council is holding a Strategic Planning Meeting on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 at 19.30 to determine the planning application for the Land at Sydenham Hill Estate, 44 Sydenham Hill, SE26 6ND (known as Mais House and Otto Close garages).

This application had been approved but, on 18 May 2021, the decision was quashed by a Judicial Review crowd-funded by local residents. The judge found that: Given the number of significant errors made by the Council, and the possibility that, absent such errors, a different conclusion could have been reached by the Planning Committee, I consider that the decision to grant planning permission ought to be quashed.

The timeline for consultation on, and preparation for, the meeting on Tuesday of next week is extremely tight. So, SHRNF proposes to hold a public meeting (by zoom) on Sunday, 27 June at 11am to allow attendees to be briefed on, and to discuss, the application.

It is envisaged the meeting will last around one hour, with time added, as necessary. Please register in advance for the public meeting so we may gauge attendance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Attached please find the case document for the Lewisham 29 June strategic planning meeting, and the link to the agenda is here:

Lewisham Council - Agenda for Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday, 29th June, 2021, 7.30 pm

SHRNF members, and all those concerned about this and future development on the Ridge, are encouraged to go to the Lewisham Planning Portal, application reference no. DC/20/115160, to comment individually. You can also attend the Council Chamber meeting and may speak, but you will need to register with Jasmine Kassim, at least 3 working days prior to the meeting.

The application concerns:

Demolition of existing buildings at Mais House and Otto Close garages, SE26, and redevelopment to provide a part four, six and seven storey building and a part two and three storey terrace building providing a total of 110 residential units (use class C3), community room and estate office; together with alterations to the existing ball court; associated works to vehicular and pedestrian access from Sydenham Hill, Lammas Green and Kirkdale; provision of car and cycle parking, refuse storage and landscaping including amenity space and play area.

Look forward to discussing with you this important issue for our area.


Best Regards

David Begley, SHRNF Convenor, and Daphne Hunter, SHRNF Secretary