Events are on hold because of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Please watch this space, a number of Committee Meetings and Walkabout Meetings are in the offing.
Reports on Previous Events
Public Meeting on Thursday 25 June 2020, 7.30 to 9pm
Please do come to our forthcoming Public Meeting on Thursday evening 25 June 2020, from 7.30 to 9pm.
This will be our first meeting which takes place online.
Members of the Forum’s working group will give individual 3-5 minute presentations as to what they see, from a personal perspective, as the main themes and objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan. There will be opportunity for Q&A and discussion.
Topics to be covered include:
+ Summary characteristics and challenges of our Neighbourhood Area;
+ Protecting the predominantly green characteristic of our Neighbourhood Area;
+ "Gentle densification” of our residential Neighbourhood Area, and impact of different tenures;
+ Identifying sites for potential development/improvement;
+ Development of a building code for the Neighbourhood Area reflecting Residents’ preferences;
+ "Infrastructure first", and
+ Re-allocation of street space.
The evening is expected to be rounded off by:
+ discussion of a preliminary timeline for delivery of the first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan, with update on activities since designation,
+ how to expand engagement to maximise fair representation of different age groups, different tenures and of our two boroughs; and
+ forthcoming date of a formal Annual General Meeting.
It would be helpful to the Meeting Organisers know in advance if you are intending to participate in the online Meeting. Please let us know using the email. Thank you!
If you would like to be involved with the Committee and/or the Working Group (s) of SHRNF, please email us.
This email is being sent to everyone on our Mailing List, and we ask Resident Associations and Civic Societies to circulate to their own mailing list. If you know a Neighbour or a friend who may not have received this email, and who lives, works or volunteers in the Area, please do forward the email to them. This is an open invitation to everyone in the Area, however they receive this communication, and whether or not they have been involved previously in the campaign to establish the Forum.
If you are uncertain whether you live in work or volunteer in the Neighbourhood Area, the plan of the Neighbourhood Area is shown on our website www.sydenhamhillridge.london; just click on the tab “NPlan Area”.
SHRNF URL: www.sydenhamhillridge.london
SHRNF and SHRNA:
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum (SHRNF) and Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Area (SHRNA) are a designated Neighbourhood Forum and a designated Neighbourhood Area.
Our two Boroughs are Lewisham and Southwark, with Lewisham as our Lead Borough.
Join us for our AGM
Our next public meeting will be the Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 28th April 2020 from 7.30pm to 9pm.
The meeting will take place in the Community Hall on Southwark’s Sydenham Hill Estate, on Lapse Wood Walk, SE23 3PL, close to the junction of Sydenham Hill and the South Circular.
Now that we have achieved designation status, we are seeking to expand the Committee. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming involved with the Committee’s work, and/or with the different groups who will be preparing specific parts of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Saturday afternoon 7 March 2020 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. We will meet at the café of the Forest Hill Swimming Pool.
We will be studying particularly the precedent of the nearby Dartmouth Road improvements. We will cover the question to what extent could the Dartmouth Road improvements, near Forest Hill Station, be a model for Sydenham Hill Ridge/Upper Kirkdale (excluding expensive re-paving)? We will be guided by a representative of Forest Hill Society, who has been involved in discussions regarding Dartmouth Road (and possible future South Circular) Improvements, and who is active in trying to improve cyclists' experience of London’s roads.
The following update has been sent out to the SHRNF mailing list on 25thFebruary 2020:
SHRNF Update_25 February 2020: Traffic Calming Proposals
Southwark Council design drawings for traffic improvements along the western half of Sydenham Hill open for comment; reminder of SHRNF public meeting on Saturday afternoon 7th March 2020 to discuss traffic improvements; deadline for comments to Southwark on its traffic calming proposals is 16th of March 2020. As part of traffic calming measures, Southwark is proposing major changes to the western half of Sydenham Hill, from west of Chestnut Place to the eastern junction with Crescent Wood Road.
We expect later this year that there are likely to be proposals for traffic calming from Lewisham, to cover the eastern half of Sydenham Hill. The Southwark proposals will affect everybody living in our Neighbourhood Area.
The Neighbourhood Forum is holding a public meeting onSaturday afternoon 7thMarch to discuss traffic improvements. Please do come, and encourage your friends to come, whether you want to contribute or to learn more about the possibilities for road improvement. By way of background, we are proposing to provide Lewisham and Southwark with suggested improvements to two of the main artery roads in our Area: Sydenham Hill and Upper Kirkdale.
As you can imagine, timing is important here; while any proposals the Neighbourhood Forum may make are unlikely to be part of the traffic-calming measures currently being proposed by Southwark for the western half of Sydenham Hill, they may be considered as part of future improvements and within the emerging project list in of our Sydenham Hill Ridge Plan.
It is always helpful to have some indication of numbers in advance.
Action and Next Steps
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum (“SHRNF”) submitted earlier this year neighbourhood forum and area applications to Lewisham and Southwark Councils.
Lewisham, taking the role as Lead Council, and Southwark are now jointly seeking views and comments on the applications from residents, businesses, volunteers within the proposed Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Area and from other interested stakeholders.
The deadline for responses is 31st October 2019.
Complete the Lewisham Consultation Survey here:
or provide a response via email Lewisham to email@example.com; or by post to Lewisham Council, Planning Dept, 2nd Floor, Civic Suite, Catford Road, SE6 4RX
Share your comments with us if you wish.
We are asking Residents, Businesses and Volunteers in the Area to:
comment to Lewisham by the deadline of 31stOctober 2019;
come to any of the three forthcoming Public Meetings (see tab “Forthcoming Meetings”);
write to any members of the Committee with questions and/or requests for clarification and/or invites to speak;
add their own email details to our email list;
sign up as Supporters;
inform Neighbours, Volunteer Groups and local “Friends of..” Groups about this Public Consultation period;
add the Public Consultation process to the agenda of Tenants and Residents Associations in the Area, and to Committees and Friends addressing local issues;
let us know if there is interest in joining the SHRNF Committee, and
provide input into the Neighbourhood Plan writing process…architectural, legal, planning, environmental, photographic, community engagement.
You can continue to follow our progress here on our website.
For the Public Consultation period, we will circulate about 1,000 copies of a physical card, with a map of the Plan Area, notice of forthcoming SHRNF meetings, and information how you can participate in the Public Consultation. PLEASE do let Lewisham Council know if you support the Application. Many thanks in advance.
Meeting at Lammas Green Community Hall
Understanding the new characterisation of Sydenham Hill in the Lewisham Council Characterisation Study consultation.
Lewisham Council are consulting on a new area characterisation study which includes a new characterisation of Sydenham Hill.
Consultation is open until the 23/04/2019. A copy of the study is available at:
This is an important document and you might want to comment, particularly on the section which describes Sydenham Hill on page 178, especially in the context of the proposed Sydenham Hill Estate redevelopment by City of London
Are there aspects of the area that should be noted but that aren't - eg important views, estate greens, local woodland, aspects of the built heritage?
We also ask Supporters to comment in writing on the City of London (CoL) architectural proposals for the new development on Mais House and the CoL’s Sydenham Hill Estate of which Mais House forms an important part. Judging from the initial 20+ comments on the CoL’s website, our Community is reacting very negatively to a set of architectural proposals from the CoL’s architects which include a 9 storey tower on the top of Sydenham Hill ridge. You can comment at https://sydenhamhill.commonplace.is/schemes/proposals/more-detailed-proposals/details; it is important that you do give your comments, as the CoL appears to use the number of comments as an indication of the strength of feeling in the Community.
Also, if there are residents present from Bluebell Close and the homes opposite on the Southwark side, we would like to look at the implications of Southwark’s latest proposed TMO1819-039 Sydenham Hill bus lane improvements. From our soundings, there seems to be a range of substantive concerns about the latest proposals, in particular around inadequate parking for the residents in the area, the length of yellow lines, and the absence of cycle lanes in this part of Sydenham Hill, where Sydenham Hill merges with Crystal Palace roundabout. If you wish to make any comments regarding the scheme, please send them to , quoting reference Sydenham Hill before 18 April 2019.
Reminder: Thursday evening 4th April at Lammas Green Community Hall SE26 6LTfrom 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm.
Monica (Fletcher) | Stephen (Weil)
020 8299 4141/ mobile 07764 475209
Events: March to May 2019
All events are free and open to all (subject to the capacity of the venue). Please help us by emailing to let us know if you would like to attend. Thank you!
Understand the New Southwark Plan: An introduction
Introduction to Impact of the New Southwark Plan and its Amendments on Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Area: a workshop led by Dulwich Wood Ward Cllr Andy Simmons and Cllr Catherine Rose.
Friday 1st March 2019 from 7 pm to 7.45 pm.
Location: T&RA Hall, Lapsewood Walk, Sydenham Hill Estate, SE23 3PL
Influencing the New Southwark Plan: Exploring further
Review of impact of New Southwark Plan and its Amendments (“NSP”): which parts of the NSP really matter to the Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Plan? How are we going to go about filling the gaps in Southwark’s, and Lewisham’s, descriptions of, and plans for, the Ridge?
Tuesday 12thMarch 2019 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Location: The Woodhouse, Paxton Room, 39 Sydenham Hill, SE26 6RS
Learning from Wells Park Place
Learning from Wells Park Placedevelopment to inform policies for a Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Plan: what neighbours like and what we do not like.
Sunday 24 March 2019from 3.30 pm to 5.15 pm
Location: Meet in the garden of The WoodHouse pub, then cross the road to look together at the Wells Park Placedevelopment, continue with discussion at 75 Sydenham Hill, SE26 6TQ
Vision and Change: the eastern half of Sydenham Hill
(the road) and the top end of Kirkdale (down to Mount Gardens)
A first discussion how to enhance this important public space especially in the light of proposed redevelopment of Mais House
Thursday 4 April 2019 from 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm.
Location: Community Hall, Lammas Green, SE26 6LT
Guided Walk through the Woods along Sydenham Hill Ridge
Appreciating the assets of the Ridge: a London Wildlife Trust guided walk through the woods across Sydenham Hill Ridge and along its upper slopes on both the Lewisham and Southwark sides. Starting at Bluebell Close, we will finish at The Wood House pub having gone through Hillcrest Wood, Dulwich Wood, Sydenham Hill Wood and Countisbury House.
Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Location: we meet at Bluebell Close off Sydenham Hill
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum has applied to Lewisham Council for designation.
Neighbourhood Planning is resident-led, and supported and funded by central government
through the Localism Act
Invitation to our next meeting of Supporters of Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum (emerging)
Tuesday 15th January 2019 from 19:30 to 21:15
at The Wood House pub (Paxton Room)
The agenda of our next Supporters meeting on Tuesday 15th January will be to hear how we have in mind to go about organising ourselves for the first half of 2019 gathering relevant information and data; mapping the Area as the basis for an informed neighbourhood plan; and engaging the Neighbourhood in preparing a Key Priorities statement as the basis of our Neighbourhood Plan
We will hear from Angela Koch, the expert in neighbourhood engagement, who has been so helpful in getting us through the first stage of setting up the emerging Forum; and we will look at some of the tools which Community Southwark (the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector, volunteers and social action in Southwark) is using to gather and distribute information.
The Meeting will also include a short update on the status of the Application process, and major planning issues which are coming up.
If you would like any other item added to the Agenda, please let us know.
As always, it would be helpful to know numbers in advance.
Please do tell your friends in the Area, and invite them to join us.
For a map of the proposed Area, please see
For further information, see www.sydenhamhillridge.london, or contact Monica or Stephen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Inaugural Meeting of Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum will take place on
Wednesday 28th November from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
at The Wood House pub (Paxton Room).
If you are interested in being a Member of the Forum, or just attending, please do come. It would be helpful if you let us know in advance if you are attending, by emailing email@example.com.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please let us know by Friday 23rd November.
What is the Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Area?
Sydenham Hill Ridge, together with the steep north- and south-facing slopes of Sydenham Hill, makes up a distinctive topographical area, and is dominated by its wooded and green spaces of environmental and historical importance.
The Area is divided for administrative reasons between two London Boroughs (Lewisham and Southwark) and three wards - Forest Hill and Sydenham (Lewisham), and Dulwich Wood (Southwark).
Creating a Neighbourhood Area and a Neighbourhood Forum for Sydenham Hill Ridge, and preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, is a way both to overcome these administrative divisions; to give “the local community more influence and control over the development of their area…this is about guiding and shaping development, not undermining the delivery of development”; and to propose small priority projects.
It is early days yet but there appears to be great interest in the proposal from residents of all ages and backgrounds across the Area.
If you live, work or volunteer in the Area, please do come to our Inaugural Meeting.
For further information please visit: https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london
For further information about Neighbourhood Forums, visit: www.neighbourhoodplanning.org.
The Agenda of the Inaugural Meeting on 28th November will be to:
Bring Residents up to date with latest development in applying for Forum and Area designation status;
review the draft Constitution and the draft Neighbourhood Area Map;
elect a Committee; and
authorise the Committee to submit a combined Neighbourhood Area and Forum designation application to the Lead Borough (either Lewisham or Southwark).
The draft Constitution and the draft Neighbourhood Area Map are on the SydenhamHillLondon web site https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/sydenham-hill-ridge-plan-area.
Please let us know If you have comments or questions on the draft Neighbourhood Area Map.
You can follow our progress on the www.sydenhamhillridge.london website, where we publish reports of our meetings.
Please do come on 28th November; if you cannot come, do let us know if you wish to be a Member, or only on the mailing list (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is hoped that the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan can start in the 3rd quarter of 2019, after designation of the Area and the Forum by the Lead Borough; completion of a review of available resources by the new Committee; and expected publication of new draft London and Borough Plans.
For further information, please contact Monica, Kes, Pat, Patsy, or Stephen at email@example.com.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A neighbourhood plan is a document that sets out planning policies for a local area. It is used to decide whether to approve planning applications, including new buildings (e.g. community facilities) or changes to existing buildings. It is written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, working together through a Neighbourhood Forum, to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.
The Neighbourhood Plan has to fit within the parameters set by the National Plan, the London Plan and the Borough Plans.
The Neighbourhood Plan, if approved by a majority in a plebiscite, will give Residents (and Businesses in the Area) the opportunity to guide the development of Sydenham Hill Ridge.
Neighbourhood planning is supported by central government through the Localism Act.
More information here:
Save the Date - Wednesday 28th November
The next Sydenham Hill Ridge Forum (emerging) meeting is expected to take place
on Wednesday 28th November 2018 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm
at The Woodhouse pub (Paxton Room).
The meeting is expected to:
- Review the draft Constitution and the draft Neighbourhood Area Map;
- Elect a Committee; and
- Authorise the Committee to submit a combined Neighbourhood Area and Forum designation application to the Lead Borough (either Lewisham or Southwark).
The meeting confirmation, agenda and draft documentation is expected to be sent out over the weekend of November 3rd/4th to all who have expressed interest in the work of the SHRF (emerging).
For further information, please contact Monica, Kes, Pat, Patsy, or Stephen at
27th October 2018
Thursday 18th October 2018
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Our next meeting will take place on Thursday 18th October 2018 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm at 75 Sydenham Hill, SE26 6TQ
(adjacent to south east corner of Beltwood Estate).
The main purpose of the Meeting will be to consider the Draft Constitution of the Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum; we will also discuss latest developments in lead-up to our formal application to the Lead Borough (either Lewisham or Southwark) before the end of 2018.
The Draft Constitution will be distributed about 72 hours before the meeting. To register your interest and stay up to date on the Forum, or if you cannot come to the Meeting but would like to know more, please contact Stephen Weil in advance on E: Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 020 8299 4141
Open Invitations to two Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Walkabouts
on Sunday 9th September 2018 3:30 – 5:30 pm, and on Sunday 16th September 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Walkabout #1: South of the Low Cross Wood Lane-Wells Park Road axis:
Sunday 9th September 2018 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Including Grade II listed Beltwood House and Estate (built 1851);
listed Six Pillars and 4 Crescent Wood Road; Great Brownings; Sydenham Hill Network Rail; St Stephens Church; College Road; Rockhill; Woodsyre View Point; Fountain House 17 Sydenham Hill (built 1864); Bluebell Close; Hillcrest and High Level Drive; Hillcrest Estate and Woods; Longton Avenue; Wells Park.
Ward and parish boundaries will be pointed out, as well as protected areas.
Walkabout #2: North of the Low Cross Wood Lane-Wells Park Road axis:
Sunday 16th September 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Including Peckarmans Wood; Sydenham Hill Woods; Sydenham Hill Estate; Viewpoint from the top of Sydenham Hill & Kirkdale; Kirkdale and Mount Ash Road; Mount Gardens; Otto Close; Lammas Green; The Cedars; Castlebar (built 1869); Countisbury House; Crescent Wood Road and Viewpoint; listed Six Pillars and 4 Crescent Wood Road.
Ward and parish boundaries will be pointed out, as well as protected areas.
In the event of rain on either date, the back-up date will be Sunday 23rd September.
The two Walkabouts will start at and finish in the garden of The Wood House pub, 39 Sydenham Hill, London SE26 6RS, in the heart of the Sydenham Hill Ridge Area.
Your guides will be wearing badges with the letters SHRF. If you don’t see the badge, just look for someone at the appointed place who seems ready to lead a Walkabout.
Mobile number to call in event of last minute queries: 07764 475209
The Walkabouts will be led by volunteer guides who live locally.
Please bring suitable walking shoes, as both walks involve walking through woods which may be muddy; a bottle of water; sun protection (if we get lucky!); an umbrella; note pad and pen; and your mobile phone/camera for capturing images. No pets please.
If you wish to join one or both of the Walkabouts, it would be helpful to know numbers in advance: please tell us through the following email: or the sheet under the 'Support | Contact | Comments' tap of this website. Thank you!
Please do come even if you have not reserved a place. Please do book and tell us in advance if you have any disability. Children age 5 and over most welcome, so long as accompanied and supervised by an adult.
The Walkabouts will allow us to start to work out what should and should not be included in a Neighbourhood Plan. You will be invited to take pictures, make notes and try to identify what should be included and why as well as what should not. The Walkabouts will also allow us to identify features that could form logical boundaries to our proposed Neighbourhood Area.
The Walkabouts are also intended for those who want to get to know more about the immediate area in which we live, and to look at landmarks any of us may have missed in going about our daily lives; and for those who also want to get to know our Neighbours better.
There is no charge for the Walkabouts. You will be asked to provide your email address, name and physical address; to give consent to receiving electronic information from Sydenham Hill Ridge Forum; and to participate in group photographs to be downloaded to the Sydenham Hill Ridge website; but there is no obligation to provide this information if you prefer not to..
You are also invited to a meeting on Tuesday evening 25th September, at a location to be confirmed within the proposed Neighbourhood Planning Area, to decide whether to proceed with an application for Neighbourhood Planning Area designation.