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Willow Lodge, 11 Westwood Hill, to be refurbished for housing

Willow Lodge on Westwood Hill which has lain redundant since 2008, is to be brought back into use for housing. Owners of the site, London and Quadrant, plan to reconstruct and refurbish the existing building to provide a one bedroom and 9, two bedroom self-contained flats. The rear of the existing building will be  demolished and  a new three storey “villa block” constructed which will provide 3, two bedroom self-contained flats and 3, three bedroom houses.

Frontage main block
Main block from communal garden
Villa block from communal garden

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Application to open Money Shop at 59 Sydenham Road refused

LBL planning have refused permission to turn 59 Sydenham Road –  the former curtain shop at the corner of Sydenham and Queensthorpe Roads – into a Money Shop.  

The refusal is on the grounds that “The proposed change of use to Financial and Professional Services (Use Class A2) would result in the loss of retail floorspace within a designated core shopping frontage, detracting from the range of retail services available within the defined district centre, which would have an adverse impact upon the vitality and viability of the area, contrary to Policy STC 4 Major and District Centres – Core Shopping Areas in the adopted Unitary Development Plan (July 2004).”

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The Money Shop describe themselves as ” the UK’s No.1 for Cheque Cashing, Payday Loans (Cash ’til Payday) and Cash Loans. We have over 350 Stores across the UK.”

Government to help prevent pubs turning into flats?

Pub Minister Bob Neill has launched a public consultation into the use of “restrictive covenants” which make it easier for pub landlords to shut down pubs and turn them over to property developers.

If  made into law, the removal of this restriction could prevent breweries making sure that a pub can’t be bought by one of its rivals when they come to sell the premises.

The move has been welcomed by  Camra’s chief executive, Mike Benner,  who said: “Restrictive covenants are used by pub companies to deprive local communities of their pubs, at a time when 29 pubs are closing every week.

Between 2004 and 2009, this happened to almost 600 pubs.

He welcomed the consultation as a “great success for localism” and added: “It shows that government recognises that pubs are vital community assets that need to be protected.

For the new community right-to-buy scheme to work, pubs need to be available for communities to keep open.

It’s a victory too for people power: this proposal came from communities on the ground, via their local councils. ”

Photograph above courtesy of Steve Grindlay