Saleem Patel, project manager for the street works around St Luke's gave us an update on progress and fielded questions - completion around the end of July with all detail works to paving and road surfaces finished. Traffic queues are now much reduced as restrictions are eliminated and fine tuning of phasing of lights continues. Scheme likey to be extended to Tulse Hill, but start unlikely before 2017 - likewise the Tulse Hill gyratory major redesign. The meeting warmly applauded Saleem's update.
Council senior planning officers Rob O'Sullivan and Faye Tomlinson aided by an informative PowerPoint display** outlined major changes in national planning law, the process of development of local policy and plans (next edition due 2015), also planning enforcement and some of the outcomes for our neighbourhood from all these factors. Plus an outline of routes for you to follow for planning advice, applications and enforcement action against offenders - valuable information for all, especially those who wish to influence future matters, like NAG! The presentation had clearly taken much thought and preparation and the meeting expressed their appreciation to Rob and Faye.
Time was short so the Q&A session was briefer than planned but still very informative on a number of current Hot Topics, particularly the redevelopment of 1-3 Thurlow Park Road - the developers are holding an exhibition of plans on Tuesday 1st July, 5.30 to 8.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall - if you want to see what's planned and have your say, be there! NAG & Forum are already in dialogue with developers Primedene Properties plc and council planners.
Cllr Pickard announced the opening of the new Health & Leisure Centre is likely to be end of July which was warmly welcomed. Diane Miller from Friends of West Norwood Library informed us on the progress of the joint cinema and library plans - still in negotiation but library losing more space to the cinema than originally promised. Cllr Pickard assured us that despite delays the project is progressing. Cllrs Pickard, Francis and Deckers representing all three wards were present to listen as well as inform. Come to NAG meetings to make your feelings known to our elected representatives.
The regeneration and localism updates had to be held till the next NAG meeting (9th July) which is to be dedicated to your agenda, including how you would like NAG to evolve.
**Click link on left to view the PowerPoint display specially prepared for NAG by Lambeth Planning. It represents a cursory overview of the planning system at this point in time, and some elements such as the Local Plan will evolve in the coming months.
Click link on left to open the full meeting report.