LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: GYM PLANS FOR CARNEGIE / LAMBETH.GOV PRESS RELEASES / LOVE LAMBETH AIR
GYM PLANS FOR CARNEGIE
Let’s face it: the planning permission for Greenwich Leisure to install a gym in the basement of the Carnegie library, Herne Hill is, regrettably, a foregone conclusion.
What campaigners opposing the gym plans need is a planning person who can help them try and put stringent conditions on the use.
The first of these is to ensure that the main ground floor remains as a library and community space and that no gym equipment of any kind can EVER be installed there. See: CARNEGIE GYM WITH ‘LIBRARY’ PLANS – THE HORRIFYING TRUTH posted on this website on October 11th.
Icon Building Consultancy say in a report accompanying the Greenwich Leisure application that:
5.1 New building and services elements are to be inserted with minimum disturbance to the existing listed fabric. Where possible their installation is proposed to be “reversible” in that they should also be easily capable of removal if and when it is required to reinstate the building to its original condition.
“Should also” should read “Must”.
The Icon report also states:
The Lambeth Local Plan 2015 2.9 Through Policies S1 “Safeguarding Existing Community Premises” and S2 “New or improved Community Premises” the London borough of Lambeth would seek to preserve the existing library use on the site.
Policy S1 includes: Safeguarding existing community premises a) The council will support and encourage the most effective use of community premises to address different and changing priorities and needs in the borough, in accordance with agreed strategies where relevant. (b) Existing community premises, and land formerly in use as community premises, will be safeguarded unless it can be demonstrated that either: (i) there is no existing or future need or demand for such uses, including reuse for other community services locally, and adequate alternative accommodation is available to meet the needs of the area; or (ii) replacement facilities are proposed on or off site of the same or better size and quality to serve the needs of the area; or (iii) development of the site/premises for other uses, or with the inclusion of other uses, will enable the delivery of approved strategies for service improvements.
Policy S2 includes New or improved community premises (a) Proposals for new or improved premises for higher and further education, childcare, worship, health care (including hospitals), sports, recreation, affordable meeting space and other community uses will be supported where: (i) the site or buildings are appropriate for their intended use and accessible to the community; and (ii) the location, nature and scale of the proposal, including hours of operation, do not unacceptably harm the amenities of the area through noise, disturbance, traffic generation, congestion, local parking or negative impacts on road safety; and (iii) buildings and facilities are designed to be flexible, adaptable and sited to maximise shared community use of premises, where practical
In their ‘Design and Access Statement” Icon say:
3.3 It is proposed that the entire facility including the gym, library and ancillary uses will be open Monday to Friday from 6.00 – 22.00 and at weekends from 7.30 -20.00. The building will benefit from longer opening hours than previously, which will benefit the local community.
Will library staff now be working from 6.30 am? Probably not. So what hours will the library be open from late next year?
“….which will benefit the local community.” Lots of cars arriving early Sunday morning….cyclists (if they are anything like a sizeable minority of those in the Crystal Palace area) pedalling on the pavements….
There needs to be a noise limit installed. Has anyone done an Environmental Impact Assessment?……..
A transport assessment report by TTP Consulting says: 5.21 “The trip generation assessment predicts an expected 6 – 7 vehicle arrivals each hour during the evening peak period on a weekday, which can easily be accommodated on the local streets.”
6.5 The gym provider expects there to be circa 110,000 visits per year by Year 2 with the gym offering classes as well as standard gym equipment.
Do the maths – 362 days, 110,000 visits. And only six or seven coming each hour by car?
Conditions also need to be attached about earth removal:
6.0 Removal of Excavated Material 6.1 Due to the limited headroom inside the existing basement, all excavated material will be removed by hand to a mechanical conveyor belt situated in the basement corridor. The excavated material will be stockpiled in the car park. 6.2 The excavated material will be removed by 12m3 wait and load 4 axle dumper trucks with a hydraulic grab bucket which will lift the excavated material from the car park to the truck. This will avoid the need for dumper trucks entering the site where the tyres will get contaminated by mud and create a mess along Ferndene Road. 6.3 No wheel washing facilities will be required.
There’s also this gem under “Construction Method Statement”
7.3 It is proposed that any normal construction noisy works, such as cutting and drilling, will only be undertaken during the following times:- Monday to Friday 9.00am – 10.00am.· Monday to Friday 12.00pm – 2.00pm.· Monday to Friday 4.00pm – 5.00pm.· 7.4 This will provide the contractors with 4 hours in each working day to undertake noisy works such as cutting and drilling.
It will also provide some respite to the occupiers of the four existing residential flats, some of whom work from home, and enable them to plan their working day.
“Enable them to plan their working day….” In other words, the people living in the flats will only be able to work between 10 am to midday; 2pm to 4pm and after 5pm.
Among the 26 documents accompanying the application is one laughingly called “Tree Protection Plan”
As Icon say in their design and access statement:
7.0 Landscaping 7.1 Three Ash trees and various overgrown shrubs are to be removed to accommodate the extensions and a new footpath provided to link the Ferndene Road access with the rear garden………Elements of evergreen planting will be provided to screen the proposed plant room extension and external compound.
Ironically one resident living near the Carnegie works for Savills, the firm employed as consultants on Lambeth’s other major bone of contention, Homes for Lambeth.
C’est la vie.
LAMBETH.GOV PRESS RELEASES
The press release on Lambeth council’s website announcing that Greenwich Leisure’s planning application to turn the basement of Carnegie library Herne Hill into a gym was issued last week – but you won’t find it on lambeth.gov press releases where only TWO press releases have been posted since September 9th.
Lambeth are now putting all their press releases on a new site called Love Lambeth. (Bromley, Croydon, Lewisham and Southwark put all their press releases on (boroughname).gov press releases)
News From Crystal Palace does not receive press releases direct from Lambeth council’s press office despite being asked which is a shame because we could have told you about a press release headed Love Lambeth Air.
Basically Lambeth council, in partnership with Mapping for Change, are providing diffusion tubes to residents and businesses to measure nitrogen dioxide outside their home or office from October 2016 until April 2017.
“Every month you will change the diffusion tube outside your home or office and return the old tube to Mapping for Change. “There is also an app available for residents and businesses to record relevant details about the location and local conditions.
“Mapping for Change will send the tube to the lab for analysis and the results will be made available on the Mapping for Change website.”
But if you want to take part it’s too late. Entries closed on October 14th.