Friday, 11 July 2014

Future use of 10-14 Mercy Terrace, Ladywell - Opportunity to comment

Local organisations and amenity groups have been approached by Goldcrest Architects who are  inviting local people to a drop-in session at which people can to view their proposals to redevelop the redundant warehouse building at 10-14 Mercy Terrace.
The invitation comes from Daniel Francis (Email and Freephone 0800 4586976) who writes "Before a planning application is submitted to the London Borough of Lewisham, we would like as many people . . . . as possible to see the proposals and meet the project team.
Goldcrest Architects proposals includes flexible office space for small and medium businesses on the ground floor with high quality student accommodation above, contributing to a wider mix of accommodation that is compatible with and will support local businesses in the existing shopping parade.
The drop in session will be held on Wednesday 23rd July from 2pm to 8pm at the St. Mary’s Centre, Ladywell Road, SE13 7UW.
If you are unable to attend the drop in session, we would be pleased to meet with you and brief you on the proposals at a time of your convenience."
If you would like more information you can email or call the freephone number above.
You can find some photos of the current building here.
Robert Sheppard, LVIG Secretary

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Council refuses permission for metal shed taxi office

Belated news . . . in April the Council’s planners refused permission for the construction of a metal shed in the alley adjacent to the Fish Bar, 52 Ladywell Road, for use as a taxi office.  In its refusal letter the Council cites the following grounds for refusal (both issues of concern highlighted by LVIG in its objection to the application):
“The proposed use as a mini cab office would give rise to parking congestion and would be likely to occupy parking spaces intended for shoppers, which would compromise the viability of the local shopping parade . . .” and 
“The proposed metal container, by virtue of its design and siting would detract from the appearance of the property and the street scene and would fail to enhance or preserve the appearance of this part of the Ladywell Conservation Area . . .”

You can find full details on this application, and read the refusal letter, here.
LVIG welcomes this signal that planning applications within the Ladywell Conservation Area will be expected to contribute to, and not detract from, the streetscape.
Robert Sheppard, LVIG Secretary

Restaurant Plans for Ladywell's 'Snack Bar'

A planning application has been submitted to convert the long-empty 'Snack Bar' at 40 Ladywell Road (next to Le Delice) into a restaurant. You can have a look at the plans here.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Ladywell Hustings tomorrow - come to hear what the candidates are promising

 At tomorrow evening’s Ladywell hustings meeting (at Prendergast Hilly Fields College) questions will be asked, by the public, to candidates standing for election in Ladywell Ward in the 22 May Borough Elections.
Each party will be given 5 minutes to explain what their priorities will be if elected; what commitments they’re prepared to make, in advance of the election; and what skills, experience and local knowledge they can bring to bear.  Then questions will be asked, covering some or all of the following:
  • supporting the local business community
  • tackling the poor quality of shopfronts and signage
  • the Ladywell CPZ
  • empty business and residential properties
  • the maintenance of parks
  • enforcement of the 20mph speed limit
  • aircraft noise
  • public realm contracts and communication between the Council and residents
  • the London Living Wage and zero hours contracts
  • the use of Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs)
  • affordable housing
This meeting, which will take place at Prendergast Hilly Fields College, Adelaide Avenue between 7.00-9.00pm on Thursday 15 May, has been organised by the Ladywell Village Improvement Group and the Ladywell Society for the benefit of local residents