Lewisham planning important locally
7.30pm Thursday 19 May
How we can reverse uncontrolled development
Government responds with key recommendations
Southwark Council consults on ban for new fast food shops near schools
Public meeting – September 21, 7.30pm at the Hob
See the exhibition at Sydenham Library on Thursday July 21 and Friday July 22
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.
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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.
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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.”
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