Walworth Society – Latest Walworth News (11th March)

1. Walworth Society General Meeting – Thursday 18th March 7pm.

Please find the action points from our 18th February meeting here

Our next general WS meeting will be held on Thursday 18th March at 7pm. Full agenda below.

We are looking forward to a presentation about the Heritage SPD and the plans for a Local List in Southwark from Michael Tsoukaris and Stephanie Ostrich and Colin Wilson and Tim Cutts from Southwark Council will present the item held over from the last meeting about the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan.


1. Welcome, apologies and introductions.
2. Minutes of our February meeting and matters arising.
3. Heritage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and Local List with Michael Tsoukaris and Stephanie Ostrich from Southwark Council.
4. Old Kent Road Area Action Plan  -presentation by Colin Wilson and Tim Cutts from Southwark Council.
5. Walworth Town Hall.
6. Heritage Action Zone – update Stephanie Ostrich.
7. Planning matters including development around Burgess Park and Manor Place Terrace.
8. Walworth Society funding bids (CGS and Neighbourhoods Fund 21/22)
9. Current Issues.
10. AOB.

To join click here or use Zoom meeting ID: 824 5354 1429 Passcode: 422594

2. News from Friends Of Burgess Park.

For an update on the Friends Of Burgess Park (FOBP) petition click here. More from FOBP on current planning applications below which have the potential to impact significantly on Burgess Park.

Designated Metropolitan Open Land (MOL)  1-13 Southampton Way
21/AP/0451 closing date 16 March. Planning application click here.

The application is for 32 affordable dwellings (26 Intermediate and 6 social rent) and cafe, or other ground floor use, across 3 blocks one being 7 storeys in height.
Points to consider and grounds for objecting:

  • Metropolitan Open Land protection in Southwark Plan and London Plan and Southwark Council’s long term commitment to incorporate this land into the park.
  • Height and massing of the 7 storey building not suitable for the character of the area and impact on the park.
  • Loss of amenity for local residents and the need for more open space due to increased population, density of new developments.

We are seeking local support to oppose this proposal because it is MOL and any successful

development opens the way for potentially more development applications across green space.  Over 2000 people have signed the petition and 143 people have responded to the planning application. We will be inviting Cllr Rose the Cabinet member for Parks to a meeting and details will be circulated. More information: read the developer’s Planning Statement, on the planning application link above.

Joseph Homes application 25-33 Parkhouse Street , site backing onto Burgess Park
20/AP/0858 closing date 16 March. Planning Application  click here.

This is revisions to one of five planning applications to redevelop the Burgess Business Park and surrounding sites. Four sites back onto Burgess Park. The key issues are (i) the height of the buildings and impact of shadow on the park and (ii) the inter-relationship of the height of buildings, both new build and to the existing local area and (iii) the impact of a new entrance way into Burgess Park. Southwark Council commissioned a local development study across all the sites, it helps bring coherence to the individual schemes. BUT it does not state building heights only; low, medium and taller, any planning approval given will set the height framework, ideally all the heights will be lower.

The Joseph Homes scheme is for 109 homes (17 affordable rent, 16 intermediate) plus industrial space. More information: read the Design and Access statement Part 1 on the planning application link above. Points to consider and grounds for objecting:

  • The impact of 11 storey tower block on Burgess Park, with only a 5 meter set back, over-shadowing, impact on people, use of the Burgess Park west nature area, wildlife and biodiversity.
  • The height of the building in relationship to the other buildings in the area including St George’s Church tower and the proposed new 14 storey tower at the centre of Burgess Business Park, each tall building influences the emerging context for building heights.
  • The new entry into the park for pedestrians and cyclists will require planning permission; FOBP are concerned about the impact on wildlife, the current ambience of the space which is walled and a quieter area than the rest of the park.
  • The cumulative impact of the schemes – the impact of multiple schemes on an area is now recognised in the new London Plan Policy D9 Tall buildings: the cumulative visual, functional and environmental impacts of proposed, consented and planned tall buildings in an area must be considered when assessing tall building proposals and when developing plans for an area.

We are seeking support to respond to these planning applications and there will be potentially six in total.  See the impact of overshadowing from on Burgess Park with this short film,  winter shadows and summer shadows. Read the local development study for an overview of sites and schemes which will come forward soon. The images below do not show the outlines of the other planned developments on adjacent sites.

All of the schemes beside the park with buildings far taller than the trees will change the character of the park and the way it feels. At the moment with long views and wide sky line it has that sense of openness which is the crucial factor for MOL. Please think about this and add a line in your comments about what Burgess Park means to you.  

More from FOBP here.

3. People’s Company and Community Hub Events

Aylesbury animated virtual coach tour 28th of March @ 7pm:

Join People’s Company for a virtual coach tour through the history of the Aylesbury estate, its creation and community and learn about some key local historical characters such as Patrick Abercrombie and his plan for a green lung and the creation of Burgess Park. Meet Jessie Burgess, the first female mayor of Camberwell. Meet the landlady from a local pub or come and see a teacher from the East Street Mission as we animate with local actors our rich history.

People’s Company and Notting Hill Genesis are working with The Walworth Society to bring this history to life in an inventive and animated way online.

The tour is free, to join the Zoom event click here.  Meeting ID: 895 9370 9230 Passcode: 747958.

Comedy Night with the Elephant and Castle community hub on the 21st of March @ 7pm. 

Are you bored of lockdown and want a good old laugh? Join the Elephant and Castle Community Hub for a night of comedy on the Sunday 21 March @ 7pm. See local comedians and we even have prizes for the best joke and the worst joke of the night if you would like to share one.

Also come and see comedy sketches from some of the greats of British TV comedy. Free to come along, see attached flyer and join the fun on zoom:

Time: Mar 21, 2021 07:00 PM London

To join Zoom event click here. Meeting ID: 825 4030 4697, Passcode: 919089.

The Little known story of Italians in Southwark, 25th March @ 7pm.

Many of us know about ‘Little Italy’ in Clerkenwell or the famous coffee bars in Soho like Bar Italia, but did you know that the Italian community has also had a long and productive association with Southwark?  How many of us have eaten Manze’s pie and mash or remember licking an Rossi’s or Roffo’s ice cream, without a thought about the Southern European heritage of these well loved South London institutions?

Join Neil Crossfield for a talk about the impact and contribution Italians have made to the borough.  

To join Zoom event click here, Meeting ID: 814 8382 2086 Passcode: 068031.

4. Art In The Park

Next Children’s Session: William Blake Art Workshop for Children and Young People on the 13th March


For Adults: Sculpture Stories: The Headless Woman or Psyche Abandoned on the 16th March:

Sculpture Stories: Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 3 and the Brandon Estate on the 23rd March:

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