Building Works in the Village

We want to bring to your attention a number of development related issues which, taken together, could have a big effect on the centre of the Village while works are in progress. 

Two of the three are in our RA.

They are:
– the SGSmith site in Gilkes Crescent/Place being developed by McCulloughs.
– the development of Megan’s by Dulwich Estate on the corner of Gilkes Place and Dulwich Village
– the application to demolish and rebuild 24 Dulwich Village.

Putting aside any views on the merits of these developments in and of themselves, we need to start thinking about the implications of the building works, especially if work on all three overlap, which may happen.  Of particular concern is the impact on school children who would need to work their way around these various sites on the way to and from school. (Dulwich Hamlet and the Dulwich Village C of E Infants School double site.)  The infants go from the old to the new building via the crossing by the St Barnabus Hall during the day, often three times if they have sports,  as well as drop off and pick up by parents and carers.  Although this isn’t happening at the moment because of Covid-19, there will be a time when it reverts, and I have checked this is going to be the case with the school.
It is not yet clear to us how or if these various works would be managed and co-ordinated by Southwark and the Dulwich Estate.  Recent local experience suggests that once building sites get underway, there is very little that can be done to deal with unreasonable work practices (noise, dust, pollution, blocking traffic, out of hours working and so on).  There is also very little if any available parking for contractors with double yellow lines, school parking prohibitions and crossing zig zags.  

To this end we are planning to make representations to L B of Southwark and the Dulwich Estate to insist that proper measures are in place before the planning applications are approved, to co-ordinate and mitigate the impact of these works.  If problems arise, we all need a contact to deal with it rather than waiting  two or three days for an email reply.  This is especially important if pupils, teachers and parents are affected by a problem needing a solution there and  then.  We will be inviting other amenity groups and Residents’ Associations to support this.

The purpose of this mail is to
i) bring this issue to your attention
ii) seek your preliminary views on this matter, to help inform our formal representations to Southwark and the Dulwich Estate

In case you are interested to comment personally or just have a look at the applications, here are links for the relevant ones: on https://www.southwark.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications and follow the links to the new online register. Just enter the reference in the last box on the search page.
The Megan’s site application  20/AP/1404The 24 Dulwich Village application 20/AP/0990


We look forward to hearing from you.

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