CARNEGIE – LIBRARY CAMPAIGNERS DEMAND ANSWERS
Library campaigners are demanding to know why Lambeth council are set to sign a deal on work involving the turning of the basement of the Carnegie at Herne Hill into a gym – even though specific planning conditions do not yet appear to have been put in place.
In an email to around 22 councillors, chief executive Sean Harriss and Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes, Laura Swaffield who chairs the Friends of Lambeth Libraries says at least 11 of the planning conditions required in the planning permission must be in place before any work starts at all.
In her email she asks: “Please send – within 24 hours – copies of all the documents and plans set out in points 1-11, with details of the process carried out to approve them – names of officers/experts/cllrs/public representatives consulted; all correspondence including emails; minutes of meetings.
“I also draw your special attention to point 3, iv and x, which specify multiple forms of communication required with local residents. “None of this has taken place, despite repeated requests to Cllr Jim Dickson (Lab. Herne Hill).
“This is an urgent matter.”
Laura Swaffield then goes on to list the various conditions:
3 No works shall commence, including works of demolition, excavation, and construction, until a Construction Management Plan (CMP) has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The CMP shall have regard to guidance in BS5228:2009 and include details of the following:
i. An introduction consisting of demolition, excavation, and construction phase environmental management plan – definitions, abbreviations, and project description;
ii. A description of management responsibilities;
iii. A description of the work programme which identifies activities likely to cause high levels of noise, vibration, or dust;
iv. A named person for residents to contact;
v. Detailed site logistics arrangements;
vi. Details regarding parking, deliveries, and storage;
vii. Details regarding dust and noise mitigation measures to be deployed including identification of sensitive receptors;
viii. An assessment and remediation strategy detailing how any unsuspected contamination found during the course of works will be dealt with;
ix. Other measures to mitigate the impact of works on the amenity of the area and safety of the highway network; and
x. Communication procedures with the council and local community regarding key works – newsletters, fliers etc.
xi. Details of the hours of works and other measures to mitigate the impact of construction on the amenity of the area. The hours of deliveries associated with construction activity should work around the core school hours at nearby schools.
The works, including demolition, excavation, or construction, shall thereafter be carried out in accordance with the details and measures approved in the CMP for the related phase, unless the written consent of the Local Planning Authority is received for any variation.
Reason: Development must not commence before this condition is discharged to avoid hazard and obstruction being caused to users of the public highway and to safeguard residential amenity from the start of the construction process (policies 7.14 of the London Plan (2015); and policies EN4, T6 and T8 of the Lambeth Local Plan (2015)).
4 No works shall commence, including excavation and demolition, until a Tree Protection Method Statement (including a Tree Protection Plan in accordance with BS5837:2012) has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority, and until the measures of tree protection identified in the approved Tree Protection Method Statement have been fully implemented. The Tree Protection Method Statement shall thereafter be followed for the duration of works on site, unless any variation has been agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Reason: Development must not commence before this condition is discharged to ensure the retention of, and avoid irrevocable damage to, the retained trees on and around the site that represent an important visual amenity to the locality and the wider surrounding area (policies Q2, Q9 and Q10 of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Plan (2015)).
5 No works relating to the extension and alterations hereby permitted shall commence until construction drawings at 1:10 scale of all proposed works(including sections and fixing), internal elevations, joinery etc, new doorway, fascias, copings, architectural trim, lighting, railings, gates, steps been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The development hereby permitted shall be thereafter built in accordance with the approved details.
Reason: To ensure the appearance of the works are satisfactory and they protect the special interest of the listed building (Policies Q2, Q11 and Q20 of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Plan (2015)).
6 Prior to the occupation of the development hereby permitted, a landscaping scheme shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The scheme of soft landscaping shall include details of the quantity, size, species, position and the proposed time of planting of all trees, shrubs and hedges to be planted, together with an indication of how they integrate with the proposal in the long term with regard to their mature size and anticipated routine maintenance and protection. The landscaping scheme shall be thereafter carried out in accordance with the approved details within 6 months of the date of occupation. All tree, shrub and hedge planting included within the above specification shall accord with BS3936:1992, BS4043:1989 and BS8545:2015 (or subsequent superseding equivalent) and current Arboricultural best practice.
Reason: In order to ensure high quality soft landscaping in and around the site in the interests of the ecological value of the site and in the interests of visual amenity (policy Q2, Q9 and Q10 of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Plan (2015))
7 Notwithstanding the approved plans, prior to the relevant works commencing, details of design and materials used in the provision of cycle parking shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The cycle parking shallthereafter be implemented in full in accordance with the approved details before the gymnasium (D2) use or D1 use commences, and shall thereafter be retained solely for its designated use.
Reason: To ensure adequate cycle parking is available on site and to promote sustainable modes of transport (policies T1, T3 and Q13 of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Plan (2015)).
8 Notwithstanding the approved plans, prior to the relevant works commencing details of waste and recycling storage for the development shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The waste and recycling storage shall thereafter be implemented in full in accordance with the approved details before the gymnasium (D2) use or D1 use commences, and shall thereafter be retained solely for its designated use. The waste and recycling storage areas/facilities should comply with the Lambeth’s Refuse & Recycling Storage Design Guide (2013), unless it is demonstrated in the submissions that such provision is inappropriate for this specific development.
Reason: To ensure suitable provision for the occupiers of the overall development, to encourage the sustainable management of waste, and to safeguard the visual amenities of the area (policies Q2 and Q12 of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Plan (2015)).
9 Prior to the commencement of above ground works for the relevant part of the development, full details of internal and external plant equipment and trunking, including building services plant, ventilation and filtration equipment and commercial kitchen exhaust ducting / ventilation, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The uses served by the equipment shall not commence until the approved details are fully implemented. The approved flues, ducting and other equipment shall thereafter be retained and maintained in working order, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, for the duration of the use in accordance with the approved details.
Reason: To ensure appropriate appearance and that no nuisance or disturbance is caused to the detriment of the amenities of adjoining occupiers or to the area generally (policy Q2, Q7 and ED7 of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Plan (2015)).
10 The use of the gymnasium (D2) use or D1 premises hereby permitted shall not commence until a community use plan has been submitted and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The uses shall thereafter be operated in accordance with the approved details. The submitted details must include the following:
a) details of the D1 uses operating on the site, including any ancillary uses such as the community cafe;
b) details of the floorspaces occupied by the both the D1 and D2 uses;
c) details of the hours of staff attendance in both the D1 and D2 uses;
d) details of any shared or flexible community use of premises;
e) details of access for both the D1 and D2 uses.
Reason: To ensure the combination and balance of uses on the site provide a flexible stock of premises serving the needs of the borough, as well as safeguarding the amenity of the surrounding area (policies ED7, S1, S2, and Q2 of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Plan (2015)).