News

Wednesday 10th March 2021

 

Notices of online General Meeting on Thursday 25th March 2021, from 5:30pm to 6:00pm; Notices of online Public Meeting on Thursday 25th March 2021, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm; Reminder of Online Community Survey; and Reminder of online public event on Saturday 13th March, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm

 

Please do come to our online General Meeting, to be followed by an online Public Meeting, on Thursday 25th March 2021, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
 

Here is the pre-registration link for you to join the SHRNF General Meeting and
subsequent Public Meeting:

 

For pre-registration to attend the General Meeting and the subsequent Public Meeting on
25th March 2021, please go to the following link on our website:


https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/register-for-events 


We do ask for pre-registration to attend our online public events, as this enables us to
understand the composition of attendees better. 

To receive the link to these online public meetings, you are asked to pre-register.
 

Agenda of the General Meeting (5:30pm-6:00pm)


1. Apologies for absence;


2. To elect one or more new Committee member(s), so as to bring the Committee up to /    above the minimum required number of 5 members;


3. To discuss any items that Members wish to bring up. Members are asked to submit
items with 48 hours’ notice prior to the General Meeting. This will assist with the
preparation and management of this part of the Agenda.


Agenda of the Public Meeting (6:00pm-7:00pm)
 

How should SHRNF respond to the Lewisham Plan?  What are the elements in the
Lewisham Plan which are most relevant to our Neighbourhood Area and our
Neighbourhood Plan? 
Forum Members and others from Lewisham involved with review of the Lewisham
Plan will offer short personal thoughts; this will be followed by a general discussion.
It is intended that notes of this discussion will become part of the Forum’s Early
Engagement Report, expected to circulate in draft by the end of April 2021; and will
form the basis of a draft submission of comments to Lewisham by the Forum.

 

In terms of timing, it is anticipated that the General Meeting will last from 5:30 pm to
around 6:00 pm; and the Public Meeting will start after the General Meeting business is
concluded, and will last from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
 
Nominations and Voting

 

We ask those who wish to stand for election as a member of the Committee to register
online, using the following link:


Nomination: https://forms.gle/v8WhSdLJ38f42LSt8 


Nominations should be submitted online not later than Saturday 20 th March 2021, and must
be endorsed by the candidate, the Proposer and the Seconder in writing or by email.

 

We are experimenting with voting online for this election.
 

Voting online will take place from Sunday 21st March 2021 until Thursday 25 th March, closing
at midday.


Here is the link to the voting form:


Voting: https://forms.gle/1UDyNb5NuLokciPp6 


Since the Constitution rules that “Voting at General Meetings shall be by a show of hands”
those who elect to vote online in advance of the General Meeting are also asked to attend
the online General Meeting to vote by show of hands. The election is expected to take
place between 5:30 pm and 5:40 pm on Thursday evening 25 th March 2021.

 

Eligibility to vote at SHRNF General Meetings is restricted to


“6.2.1 individuals who live in the Area;
6.2.2 individuals who work whether for business carried on there or otherwise, or volunteer
for properly constituted voluntary groups in the Area;
6.2.3 community and not-for-profit organisations which operate in the Area (through their
duly appointed Representatives) and whose aims are consistent with the purpose and
objectives of the Forum;
6.2.4 elected representatives from each local authority ward, the whole or part of which
falls within the Area, as ex officio members”.


Please only vote online and at the General Meeting if you are eligible.

The structure, role and duty of the Committee and Officers is described in Section 7 of the
Constitution, which can be found on this link:


https://56d0e1ec-7363-4dfe-8b02-
0077eb36363a.filesusr.com/ugd/932ab1_d1c1ec88cb004632900e4b4daa59f046.pdf

 

Getting involved 


The work of the Forum is performed by volunteers who are keen to defend and develop the
unique character of our area. If you feel the same and have some time to help us, we would
welcome your support. The activities are interesting and enable you to support the local
community.


If you would like to be involved with the Committee and/or the Working Group(s) preparing
the draft Neighbourhood Plan and the draft Design Code/Guide for Sydenham Hill Ridge
Neighbourhood Area, please email us at news@sydenhamhillridge.london.

 

We would be delighted to hear from you and discuss the work of the Forum and how you
might help.

Reminder of Online Survey
SHRNF’s Early Engagement is under way with an online Survey for all Residents Businesses
and Volunteers in the Area, and a series of online public events.
 
On behalf of the Forum, could we ask Residents, Businesses and Volunteers in the
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Area to complete the Forum’s Survey, if you have not
yet done so, through use of any of the following links:


https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/community-survey-march-2021;


or


https://wathyserver.myds.me/LimeSurvey/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=327646&lang=en


or


https://bit.ly/2LrRlIo
 
If you would like a physical Survey form, we can provide this if you let us know the address
and the number of Survey forms.
 
The volume of responses to the Survey so far is going well. 

Reminder of up-coming SHRNF online Public Event linked to Early Engagement on 13th March 2021


We are holding the following online public event to discuss topics raised by the Survey:
 
Saturday 13 March 2021 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm – Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Area – Infrastructure.
 
For pre-registration to attend this Event, please go to the following link on our website
 
https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/register-for-events
 
The purpose of the 13 th March 2021 Public Event is to stimulate thinking for those
completing the Survey, and to encourage the widest possible range of views. 

Objections to Hesper House Planning Application
 

Please find below links to:
 

  • Full set of Objections to Planning Application DC/21/120262, Hesper House-
    Wells Park Road, by the Forum, submitted to Lewisham Planning

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R6MC4tbmiXjLxthumSQT5ph_6T_PZ2hf/view?usp=sharing

 
 

  • Summary of Objections to Application DC/21/120262, Hesper House-Wells Park
    Road by the Forum submitted online, to Lewisham Planning

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Z_Klt6XYhgaHeciV19g4Q8oeyD2rKwK/view?usp=sharing
 

Circulation:
 

This email is being sent to everyone on our Mailing List, and we ask Resident Associations
and Civic Societies to circulate please 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
Click on the tab https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/maps

 

Keep safe,


Barry (Kidson) / Stephen(Weil)
Treasurer / Secretary


E: news@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.

 

Thursday 4th March 2021

Early Engagement under way & announcement of General Meeting on Thursday 25th March 2021 (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
 
Dear all,
 
1. Forum’s Early Engagement under way
 
As readers of our recent mailings will know, the Forum’s Early Engagement, combining
Community Survey and online public events, is under way.
 
The responses of Neighbours to the Survey and input into online public events will be a
significant step for the Forum in shaping priorities, policies and projects for our
Neighbourhood Plan.
 

  • SHRNF Community Survey 

 
For information how to complete the Survey, please go the following link:
https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/community-survey-march-2021
 
The Survey asks about the main issues in the Neighbourhood Area:
 

  • What do you think about living, working and volunteering here?

  • What do you value?

  • What do not you like?

  • What improvements would you like to see?

 
We have divided the Survey questions into three main topic headings : 

  • Built Environment

  • Natural Environment

  • Infrastructure

 
It should not take longer than 15 minutes to complete the Survey, which consists of less than
30 questions.
 
We are asking for completed Surveys by Wednesday 31st  March 2021.
 
Below are the links to the Presentation on the Built Environment, which took place last
Saturday 27th  February, together with the notes of the subsequent discussion at that event:
 
Presentation on the Built Environment

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bz_rSpD8XuUtSE6Ac-URPIOFpWMq56Rk/view?usp=sharing

 
Notes of the subsequent discussion on the Built Environment 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CB0Clvbr_-nlTiAml9p7LSR_ZWDRuvXs/view?usp=sharing

 

 

  • Importance of completing the Survey to understand opinion

We ask everyone receiving this email to complete the Survey, if you have not done so
already, and to encourage every individual aged 16 and over in their household to do
likewise, so the Forum is in a position to collect the broadest possible range of views. 
 
We are conscious that many of our Neighbours do not have digital access, or are cautious
about using computers/mobile phones for giving the type of information asked in the Survey. 
If any of your Neighbours are in this position, please let us know, and we will provide printed
copies of the Survey.
 
The Survey is totally anonymous. The Survey does not ask for names, addresses or emails. 
 
The Forum will receive only a redacted version of the Responses, which will conceal that
part of the responses which might identify individuals.
 
This is the first time ever, as far as we are aware, that Neighbours across Sydenham Hill Ridge engage in such a public consultation about planning for the Ridge.
 
Let us not waste this opportunity, which is paid for out of public funds.

 
 
 

  • Up-coming SHRNF online Public Events linked to Early Engagement and the
    Lewisham Plan

We are holding the following online public events to discuss topics raised by the Survey and
the Lewisham Plan:
 
Saturday 13 March 2021 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm – Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Area
– Infrastructure
 
Thursday 25 March 2021 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm – How should SHRNF respond to the
Lewisham Plan?  What are the elements in the Lewisham Plan which are most relevant to our
Neighbourhood Area?   
 
Our 25th March 2021 meeting will take the form of the second General Meeting of the year
ending 31st March 2021
, and will include election of one or more new Committee
member(s), so as to bring the Committee up to / above the minimum required number of 5
members.
 
For registration to attend these Events, please go to the following link on our website from
Saturday 6th March:
 
https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/register-for-events
 
The purpose of the Meetings is to stimulate thinking for those completing the Survey, and to
encourage the widest possible range of views. 
 

We do ask for pre-registration to attend our online public events, as this enables us to
understand the composition of attendees better.  To receive the links to the online public
meetings, you are asked to pre-register.
We will circulate formal notice of the General Meeting on 25th March 2021, together with
details how to stand as a candidate for the Committee on 10th March 2021.   If there is any
item you would like to be put on the Agenda for the General Meeting, please let us know as
soon as practicable by email to news@sydenhamhillridge.london.
 
Postponement: the public event announced for Saturday 6 March 2021, on the Natural
Environment, is postponed until later in the year.

 
 

  • Lewisham Draft Local Plan and Consultation – impact on Lewisham West Area including our Neighbourhood Area

 
The separate public Consultation on the draft Lewisham Local Plan, organised by Lewisham,
is under way and will close on 11th  April 2021
 
The draft Lewisham Local Plan is available through the following link in our digital library:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gVN8QfUcj8vyfvSmb_5wJd8KdA6sOM5U/view?usp=sharing


 
The new Lewisham Local Plan will be very significant for the future of our own
neighbourhood area, and for the overall direction of our Neighbourhood Plan.  
 
Lewisham is organising a series of two online public sessions on Tuesday 9th  and Thursday
18th March 2021 to look at different aspects of the new Local Plan as it impacts Lewisham
West Area, of which our Neighbourhood Area forms part.  Other parts of Lewisham West
Area include Telegraph Hill, Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park, Honor Oak, Blythe Hill,
Forest Hill, and Sydenham.
 
For details how to participate please see the following link:
lewishamlocalplan.commonplace.is/proposals/online-events 
 
 
If you wish to stand for Committee at the forthcoming General Meeting, and/or raise an item
for the Agenda of the General Meeting, and/or be involved in contributing to the Lewisham
Plan consultation, or anything else we are doing, please let us know through our
website www.sydenhamhillridge.london.
 
Keep safe and well,
 
Best wishes
 
Barry Kidson (Treasurer)
Stephen Weil (Secretary)

Sunday 21st February 2021

SHRNF mailing to SHRNF mailing list 

Launch of Early Engagement and other matters

 


Dear all,

1. Forum’s Early Engagement launched

As readers of our recent mailings will know, we have been working on the launch of the Forum’s Early Engagement, combining Community Survey and online public events.

We have now launched the Survey, and announced the dates of the online public events.

The responses of Neighbours to the Survey and input into online public events will be a significant step for the Forum in shaping priorities, policies and projects for our Neighbourhood Plan.

SHRNF Community Survey

For information how to complete the Survey, please go the following link:
https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/community-survey-march-2021

The Survey asks about the main issues in the Neighbourhood Area:

·       What do you think about living, working and volunteering here?
·       What do you value?
·       What do not you like?
·       What improvements would you like to see?

We have divided the Survey questions into three main topic headings :
·       Built Environment
·       Natural Environment
·       Infrastructure

It should not take longer than 15 minutes to complete the Survey, which consists of less than 30 questions.

We are asking for completed Surveys by Tuesday 31st March 2021.

Importance of completing the Survey to understand opinion

We ask everyone receiving this email to complete the Survey, and to encourage every individual aged 16 and over in their household to do likewise, so the Forum is in a position to collect the broadest possible range of views.

To try to involve as many people as possible, we have also arranged distribution of our physical flyer across every household and business in the Neighbourhood Area, using an outsourced delivery company during this lockdown period.

Here is a link to an online version of the physical Flyer on the SHRNF website: https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/events-and-surveys

The purpose of this physical distribution of flyers is to let every home in the Area know about community survey and related events, and have the chance to get involved, whether the household is digitally connected or not.

We are conscious that many of our Neighbours do not have digital access, or are cautious about using computers/mobile phones for giving the type of information asked in the Survey.

 

If any of your Neighbours are in this position, please let us know, and we will provide printed copies of the Survey.

Survey anonymity is key

The Survey is totally anonymous. The Survey does not ask for names, addresses or emails.
Consequently, you will not receive an automated acknowledgement from the Forum once you complete the Survey.

 

The Forum will receive only a redacted version of the Responses, which will conceal that part of the responses which might identify individuals.

Why completing the Survey matters

Both the number of Respondents, as well as evidence of a representative spread of Respondents across the Neighbourhood Area whether by age band, or location, or type of accommodation (if responding as a Resident) will be important in demonstrating to our Boroughs (Lewisham and Southwark), to our Ward Councillors, and to the independent Examiner who will review our draft Neighbourhood Plan, that people who live, work and volunteer in the Neighbourhood Area are engaged with plans for the Area.

 

This is the first time ever, as far as we are aware, that Neighbours across Sydenham Hill Ridge engage in such a public consultation about planning for the Ridge.

 

Let us not waste this opportunity, which is paid for out of public funds.

SHRNF online Public Events linked to Early Engagement

We are holding 3 online public events to discuss topics raised by the Survey:

Saturday 27 February 2021 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm – Built Environment
Saturday 6 March 2021 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm - Natural Environment
Saturday 13 March 2021 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm - Infrastructure

For registration to attend these Events, please go to the following link on our website:

https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/register-for-events

The purpose of the Meetings is to stimulate thinking for those completing the Survey, and to encourage the widest possible range of views on each of the three topics.

We do ask for pre-registration to attend each of the online public events, as this enables us to understand the composition of attendees better.

  • Next steps after the Survey closing date of 31st March 2021 and publication of on-line public Meeting Reports

 

The purpose of the Survey and the online public Meetings is to stimulate thinking, to encourage the widest possible range of views on the topic, and to come up with a Long List of priorities, policies and projects.
 

The creation of a Long List is expected to form the basis of a set of recommendations for a new Committee and Working Group, to be elected at the Forum’s AGM before the end of June 2021.


It will be the task of the new Convenor and Committee to take forward the preparation of a draft Neighbourhood Plan over the following 12 months, based on the set of recommendations and evidence provided from this Early Engagement.

Anyone who wishes to know the conclusions of the Survey and of the online public events should sign up to our mailing list, by following the link below:


https://www.sydenhamhillridge.london/

2.              Other matters:

  • Friends of Mais House


FOMH have announced that “we have been granted permission for Judicial Review. Mrs Justice Lang has agreed we have an arguable case on all grounds.
 

At the end of the Order she says: ‘In my view, the Claimant’s grounds are arguable and merit consideration at a full hearing’”.


Please go to the following link for more information, and to support FOMH:
https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/friendsofmaishouse/

  • Hesper House new planning application

We are intending to oppose the new planning application for 15 new residential units at Hesper House on Wells Park Road.
 

For a draft of our proposed case against approval of planning permission, please see the following link:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jUlSDcvtCiyafyUcMcHY_XtLYJnM604A/view?usp=sharing

 

We welcome your comments on the proposed Response.
 

We also encourage you to submit your own individual comments to Lewisham. The Planning Application number is DC/21/120262

 

Closing date for comments is 10 March 2021.

  • Lewisham Draft Local Plan and Consultation

The public Consultation on the draft Lewisham Local Plan is under way and will close on 11th April 2021.

The draft Lewisham Local Plan is available through the following link in our digital library:
please click here

The new Lewisham Local Plan will be very significant for the future of our own neighbourhood area, and for the overall direction of our Neighbourhood Plan.

Lewisham is organising a series of six online sessions in February to look at different aspects of the new Local Plan. The first five of these sessions have taken place; copies of the presentations and of the sessions will be available through Lewisham. The last session will take place on Tuesday 23rd February. For details how to participate please see the following link:


lewishamlocalplan.commonplace.is/proposals/online-events

 

We are intending to organise an additional consultation for Neighbours focused specifically on those elements which are most relevant to our Neighbourhood Area.    This event is likely to take place in the second half of March.

If you wish to be involved in contributing to the Lewisham Plan consultation, or anything else we are doing, please let us know.

Keep safe and well,

Best wishes

David Begley
Barry Kidson (Treasurer)
Stephen Weil (Secretary)

 
 
 
Sunday 7th February 2021

SHRNF mailing to SHRNF mailing list

 

 

Dear all,
 
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum News
 
  • SHRNF Engagement Events and Community Survey 
 
We wrote on 19th January 2021 that we are continuing to prepare for our early engagement events – online talks and a community survey. 
 
We have now worked out how we can leaflet across the neighbourhood area to advertise as originally planned, using an outsourced delivery company during this lockdown period.
 
The purpose of the flyer is to let every home in the Area know about these events and the community survey, and have the chance to get involved.  
 
Additionally, we will be: 
  • using our email channels and public notice boards to inform as widely as possible about the Engagement Survey and associated events; 
  • adding more “discussion points” information to the Website.
  
The online engagement events and the Survey will be a significant step for us in establishing your priorities for our neighbourhood plan, and as we have said before, we hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us when we launch, which we expect to do within the next 2 weeks.
 
 
  • Lewisham Draft Local Plan and Consultation
 
The public Consultation on the draft Local Plan has just begun and will close on 11th April 2021. 
 
The draft Lewisham Local Plan is available through the following link in our digital library:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gVN8QfUcj8vyfvSmb_5wJd8KdA6sOM5U/view?usp=sharing
 
The new Lewisham Local Plan will be very significant for the future of our own neighbourhood area, and for the writing of our Neighbourhood Plan.  
 
There are many references to our Area which are relevant to SHRNF, particularly in Section 10 Green Infrastructure, and Section 11 Sustainable Design and Infrastructure, starting page 347 in Part Two of the Report.    
 
“Sydenham Ridge” is currently designated as an area of special character, with its ancient woodland, South London Clays & Gravels natural landscape and valuable habitat.  The Lewisham Local Plan Appendix 2, paragraphs 6.2 – 6.8, states that it does not propose to carry this designation forward in the new Local Plan, and Sydenham Ridge will be designated simply as an Area of Special Local Character.  Under this designation, it could in the future be considered for designation as a Conservation Area.  This is a key change to Sydenham Ridge, and members of the Forum may consider it a matter on which they wish to consult and advance an opinion. 
 
Lewisham is organising a series of six online sessions in February to look at different aspects of the new Local Plan.   The first of these sessions took place last Thursday 4th February.  The next session takes place on Tuesday 9th February.   Dates of the remaining sessions, and how to participate are set out in the extract from the Lewisham website below:
 
Have your say on Lewisham’s new Local Plan

The council is preparing a new Local Plan, which will help shape decisions about planning, transport and investment in the borough for the next 40 years. To look at all the background information, and to have your say, go to: lewishamlocalplan.commonplace.is

As part of the consultation process, the following online sessions have been organised:
·       Thursday 4th February 5.30pm-7pm, Vision and Strategy
·       Tuesday 9th February 5.30pm-7pm, Design and Heritage
·       Thursday 11th February 5.30pm-7pm, Economy and Culture
·       Tuesday 16th February 5.30pm-7pm, Green Infrastructure and Environmental Sustainability
·       Wednesday 17th February 5.30pm-7pm, Housing
·       Tuesday 23rd February 5.30pm-7pm, Infrastructure (Community/Transport)
All sessions will take place online. For details of how to register go to:
lewishamlocalplan.commonplace.is/proposals/online-events 
 
 
We will be organising an additional consultation for SHRNF specifically on those elements which are most relevant to our Neighbourhood Area.    This event is likely to take place in the first half of next month.
 
 If you wish to be involved in contributing to the consultation, please let us know.
 
 
·       Monica, our Convenor, steps down
Our Convenor, Monica (Fletcher), who has been so instrumental in setting up and setting the tone for SHRNF, is stepping down due to pressure of work and other duties.
 
We thank Monica for her significant efforts and insights over the past 30 months, which have inspired us, set the direction of our Forum, and remind us of the importance of seeking at every stage the fullest practical representation of the range of viewpoints of those living, working and volunteering in the Area.
 
While we go through the Early Engagement stage, the individuals who continue to be most involved in preparing the Early Engagement will work collectively as a Convenor panel. 
 
We will be looking for a new Convenor.  Please do let us know if you are interested in a role within SHRNF.
 
Keep safe and well,
 
Best wishes
 
David Begley
Helen Glass
Barry Kidson (Treasurer)
Stephen Weil (Secretary)
30th December 2020

 

Update from Friends of Mais House

 

Further to the mailings to the SHRNF mailing list on 18th and 24th December on the subject of Mais House, we have received yesterday an updated message from Friends of Mais House:
 
“Dear Friends,
We have made it to our initial target of £7,000! Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, underwrote and supported the cause. 
This money will now be sent directly to our lawyers, Harrison Grant. We have instructed the lawyers to review Lewisham’s response and file the case in court -  if that is the recommendation following the review. We are still waiting for Lewisham’s response, which is due tomorrow. We will keep you updated on the case.
If you log onto the site, you will see it has automatically moved onto the stretch target of £12,000. If the judge gives permission for the case to be heard, and our legal team advise us, we can take the case all the way through the court. We can potentially use the stretch target funds for this. Again, we will keep you updated. 
Once again, thank you so much for all your support, for justice and the environment.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the new year.
Best wishes,
Helen” 
Monday 19th January 2021

SHRNF mailing to SHRNF mailing list

 

Dear all,
 
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum News
 
  • Call for Action: Mais House
As I have written previously, Residents of Lammas Green and Otto Close are investigating mounting a legal challenge to the decision in November 2020 to approve a development of 110 housing units on the site of Mais House and the Otto Close garages on Sydenham Hill.  
 
They  need to raise the next amount of money, £5,000, by 26th January.
 
To contribute to the funding of on-going legal costs, please go to the Crowd Justice page here:
 
https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/friendsofmaishouse/
I can only repeat what I wrote in my letter of 18th December 2020: The Mais House proposals attracted strong local opposition.  We tried as SNRHF to reflect the concerns we heard locally in our comments on the application.  The serious step of a judicial review can only point to the degree of ongoing disappointment with the outcome.  I know how much effort and energy the local residents put into trying to articulate the likely impact of the proposals and would like to thank them for trying to voice and stand up for the features of the local natural and built environment that so many of us value and benefit from.  

 

 
  • Save the Oaks Campaign
Southwark Highways has submitted a new planning application to fell two established oak trees in Sydenham Hill Woods "due to damage and obstruction to [pedestrian] bridge repair" - 20/AP/3632.
 
https://planning.southwark.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=QL2BH2KBJZX00&caseType=Application
 
The consultation period expired last week.
 
Out of the 173 public comments received during the Consultation, 3 supported removal of the trees, and 168 opposed. 
 
The information on the Southwark proposals can be seen here: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/highways-defects-and-improvement-maintenance/bridges-subways-and-walls?chapter=3
 
The formal complaint by the Save the Oaks campaign against the Highways is accessible by the following link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16aTO9AzeqwBWQ8S8Y40OxaYMGTCfxy0b/view?usp=sharing
 
 

 

 

  • Lewisham Draft Local Plan and Consultation

 

The public Consultation on the draft Local Plan has just begun and will close on 11th April 2021. 
 
The draft Lewisham Local Plan is available through the following link in our digital library:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gVN8QfUcj8vyfvSmb_5wJd8KdA6sOM5U/view?usp=sharing
 
The new Lewisham Local Plan will be very significant for the future of our own neighbourhood area, and for the writing of our Neighbourhood Plan.  
 
There are many references to our Area which are relevant to SHRNF, particularly in Section 10 Green Infrastructure, and Section 11 Sustainable Design and Infrastructure, starting page 347 in Part Two of the Report.    
 
One of my colleagues reviewing the Report suggests that, for a quick view of the most important sections, a good place to start is to take a look at the maps and the images of the Area and vicinity in these Sections.  
 
We are thinking how best to inform the Forum about the Lewisham draft Local Plan, and how to respond to the Consultation in a sufficiently informed and representative way.

 

 

  • SHRNF Engagement Events and Survey 

 

We are continuing to prepare for our early engagement events – online talks and a survey.  We are still trying to work out the most effective way of arranging this engagement. 
 
Given the lockdown, we were unable to leaflet across the neighbourhood area to advertise as planned. 
 
We had wanted to distribute a flyer to every home in the Area so everyone would know about these events and the survey, and have the chance to get involved.  
 
We are thinking instead of: 
  • using our email channels and public notice boards to inform as widely as possible about the Engagement Survey and associated events; 
  • adding more background information to the Website.
 
We plan a further working group meeting to review the views we have heard about whether this will be enough to get the engagement we need or whether we should postpone till the lockdown eases.  
 
The online engagement events and the Survey will be a significant step for us in establishing your priorities for our neighbourhood plan, and as I have said before,  I hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us when we launch.
 
Finally, I do hope you keep safe.
 
Monica (Fletcher)
Convenor
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum

SHRNF mailing Thursday 24th December 2020 to SHRNF Mailing list

Update from friends of Mais House
SHRNF mailing Friday 18th December 2020 to SHRNF mailing list

 

Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum News

 

Mais House
Residents are investigating mounting a legal challenge to the decision in November to approve a development of 110 housing units on the site of Mais House and the Otto Close garages on Sydenham Hill.  A pre-action protocol letter was sent to Lewisham Council this week. 
 
Residents on the Ridge (through Friends of Mais House) are raising money towards ongoing legal costs through a Crowd Justice page here:
 
Time is very tight and they are looking to raise their target by 30th December to enable them to move on to the next step.
 
I quote the residents’ statement: 
“The community living on Sydenham Hill Ridge welcomes the development of the City of London Sydenham Hill Estate for social housing. We believe in building good quality, environmentally friendly social housing that will last well into the future.
 
However, the huge increase in density sets to impact the quality of the housing built, the historic environment, the conservation area, the local infrastructure and the natural environment, reducing the much needed green communal space, felling mature trees and impacting the ancient woodland opposite, visited by people across London.”
 
The Mais House proposals attracted strong local opposition.  We tried as SNRHF to reflect the concerns we heard locally in our comments on the application.  The serious step of a judicial review can only point to the degree of ongoing disappointment with the outcome.  I know how much effort and energy the local residents put into trying to articulate the likely impact of the proposals and would like to thank them for trying to voice and stand up for the features of the local natural and built environment that so many of us value and benefit from.  

 

 

Save the Oaks Campaign
We received this morning the following message from Save the Oaks Campaign
 
“…we have submitted a formal complaint to Southwark Council over the conduct of the assessment of our alternative design proposal and the meeting held on 22nd September to discuss it.  A copy of the complaint is attached.  We have been told that we should receive a first stage response from Highways by 6th January 2021.  I am sharing this with you because as local stake holders I believe you are also affected by these issues.  We were assured that a full assessment of our design would take place, and that there would be a meeting of local stake holders where it could be discussed, and neither of these was adequately fulfilled.  We believe that the assessment was only partial and that there was a conflict of interest in using the same consultant who had already got the contract for the agreed work.  We also think that the meeting was flawed in that it did not allow discussion of the main issues of contention, and that the Council only published responses it had received from the Campaign so that the views of other stake holders and members of the public were not adequately represented.
 
As I'm sure you are aware, Highways has submitted a new planning application to fell the oak trees "due to damage and obstruction to bridge repair" - 20/AP/3632 - with the consultation period open until 10th January.  We will be objecting to the application on the following grounds:
· No evidence has been provided that the tree roots have caused damage to the bridge.
· The trees are only an obstruction to the current repair design.  There are alternative ways of repairing the bridge which do not require their removal and which would have a lower impact on the nature reserve altogether.
· The value of the trees in terms of amenity (CAVAT value £242,000), biodiversity, carbon capture and sequestration, air purification etc has not been taken into account.
· The effect of the removal of the trees on the stability of the slope has not been properly assessed, and is likely to cause further problems with the bridge.
· Taking into account the above two issues, the removal of the trees would not be the best use of public money to achieve the long term repair of the bridge that the Council says it wants.
 
Best wishes..” 
The formal complaint by the Save the Oaks campaign against the Highways Department can be seen here:-
 
 
 
Lewisham Draft Local Plan
The draft Lewisham Local Plan is available with the Agenda for the Council Committee meeting on Wednesday 25th November. 

 

 

 

The minutes of the meeting are not yet available but we understand the document was approved for consultation and are looking out for information about the consultation timetable.
The new Lewisham local plan will be very significant for the future of our neighbourhood area. 
We intend to be discussing it in the new year. 

 

SHRNF Engagement Events and Survey coming in the New Year

 

A reminder to watch out for our engagement events to be held online in January.   Dates will be published very soon, with our Flyer to be distributed to every home across the Neighbourhood Area in the first two weeks of January. 
The Flyer will also tell you about a Survey, and how to access it,  giving the opportunity for residents, businesses and volunteers in our Area to let us know what you like about living on Sydenham Hill Ridge; what are the things you would like to see protected; and what are the challenges and the things you would like to see improved? 
We want as many as residents, businesses and volunteers as possible to get involved and let us know what you think.
The online engagement events and the Survey are a significant step for us in establishing your priorities for our neighbourhood plan, and I hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us. 
 
Finally I hope you enjoy the winter break.
 
Monica Fletcher
Convenor
Sydenham Hill Ridge Neighbourhood Forum

New Headlines Thursday 17th December 2020

SHRNF mailing of 4 December, under title " Mailing of 4th December 2020 to SHRNF mailing list 
27 Longton Avenue: Planning Inspector's decision to refuse Developer's appeal
 
2 Sydenham Hill Planning Inspector's decision to Refuse Developers appeal
SHRNF response to the Cedars Planning Application
6th December 2020

New planning application for the Footbridge Oaks

Southwark Council has submitted a renewal planning application, 20/AP/3537 for removal of the Footbridge Oaks, after the existing approval expired last week.
SHRNF will be preparing and circulating a draft response.
Here is a link to the Application:
2nd December 2020

 

Festival Republic’s mass events at Crystal Palace Park in 2021-2023 approved by Bromley

 

These are two mass events (up to 45,000 participants/day expected) with Festival weekends in July, proposed by CPPT and Festival Republic, for 2021-23, to take place on the Upper Terraces of Crystal Palace Park. Bromley Council has today published the formal Decision Notice to approve the licence request. 
The expected dates of Festival Republic’s events in 2021 are two concurrent three-day weekend events, 9th; 10th; 11 July and 16th; 17th and 18th July. 
Here is the link to the Bromley Notice:

4 week “South Facing” Festivals in May 2021 and August 2022 - August 2025, proposed by Proud Events 
There is a separate application to Bromley for a licence by Proud Events for smaller events, to take place in the Crystal Palace Bowl, involving between 500 and at most 10,000 people.
 
The Licence Application will be considered by Bromley shortly.
Here is the link to the Application:
23rd November 2020

Mais House - Permission for Development letter received

Further to the earlier decision by Lewisham Planning Committee (see item on 2 September 2020 above), Lewisham has issued a Permission for Development Letter for 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 new residential units, community room and estate office.
 
See the following link:

SHRNF opposed the Planning Application which has been granted by Lewisham Planning.

Our last set of objections can be accessed through the following link:

21st November 2020

Cox's Walk Footbridge Oaks

BBC Local News carried an excellent item about the “Save the Cox’s Walk Footbridge Oaks” campaign, including Southwark’s response.
14th November 2020

The Cedars - Planning Consultation announced

Lewisham Planning Committee has announced a planning consultation for The Cedars, Sydenham Hill
See the following link for the Lewisham announcement
Closing date for comments is 7 December 2020
SHRNF is preparing a response.    If you wish to be involved with the response, please email us at news@sydenhamhillridge.london
 4th November 2020

Hesper House Planning Application approved

Lewisham planning committee approved plan, despite objections from Neighbours and SHRNF

 

29th October 2020

Crystal Palace Park (CPP) Master Plan Consultation closes.

SHRNF submits concerns regarding Rockhills development as proposed.

 

29th October 2020

Government’s Planning White Paper

SHRNF submitted initial response to consultation.

 

18th October 2020

Latest mailing to SHRNF mailing list

 

2nd September 2020

Mais House application approved

Lewisham planning committee approved application, despite objections from Neighbours and SHRNF

 

July 2020

Astra Palace planning application refused

2 Sydenham Hill is Astra Palace

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