Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The expected planning notices are up on the Halifax window – two Planning Applications...They are dated 9 February but it appears they only went up today or overnight.
Application to get the present Building Society Only use changed "in order to allow other uses within use class A2", eg to include a Betting Shop, the only thing standing in Betfred's way.
See it online where it is known as DC/11/76362/X
To make alterations to the rear of the building (plans viewable in Lewisham Reference Library)
See it online where it is known as DC/11/76363/FT
The deadline given on the window notice for 'comments' is 2 March 2011. There is presently no deadline given on the Lewisham website, but the 'Press Date' (when it is to be publicly posted) is 16th February. Hmm. The consultation start date is given online as 8th Feb. So that's a whole week LOST in "consultation" already. You might be forgiven for thinking Lewisham actually want this, they are so slow to act, and there are only TWO WEEKS to 'comment'.
Comments must go to:
Russell Penn, Planning Service, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road SE6 4RU.
020 8314 8443
Comments must include the Application number, your name, address, comment and reason for interest.
It would appear the most important thing to 'comment' about is the first one – the change of use. We shall post in due course about the process so that no one wastes their time, so watch this space. On the other hand, don't wait, just do it.
Interested parties (agents on behalf of the betting industry) are watching too, so listen and look out for alternative communications if you want to stop this.
For those of you who signed the petition, either online or on paper, we are hoping your signature has not been in vain. It presently stands at almost 800...