FOBP proposals for change
Our list of proposals to improve the planning process, the Southwark Plan and get a better deal for green spaces:
- buildings maximum 8 storeys bordering the park
- green spaces must have access to sunshine
- assess the impact of shade from new buildings
- monitor the park’s capacity to absorb increases in user demand
- council to purchase all property within Burgess Park Metropolitan Open Land (MOL)
No building on Metropolitan Open Land
A planning application for a five story block of flats on part of Burgess Park has been refused by Southwark Council. This is good news and thanks to many local people who objected.
The proposed building would be much larger than the existing pub, unsuitable for the position within the park and not in keeping with the planning policy for Metropolitan Open Land. Friends of Burgess Park response to the planning application.
Redevelopment plans Burgess Business Park
Planning application made for the Burgess Business P under the new name “Camberwell Union”. Details on Southwark Council planning pages here, then click on the link for the list of documents. Closing date Friday 9 March. Our issues paper below has more details on documents.
FOBP initial overview of the planning issues shows the main issue is the impact of the size of the proposed buildings on the skyline and the impact of the view of St George’s church spire. Burgess Business Park Planning Application FOBP issues. FOBP Objection Final Burgess Business Park Planning Application
Camberwell Union new housing and workspaces on a large site beside Burgess Park off Parkhouse Street.
New designs for the business park have been produced Dec 2017 responding to feedback from the first designs summer 2017. Camberwell Union exhibition boards. The developers will be putting forward a planning application shortly and are interested in hearing views now.
Following FOBP comments, along with others, the designs along the park boundary have been revised to have less impact on the new Church Road nature area. However the new proposed path into the park remain – cutting through the nature area. FOBP would like to see this amended to minimise the impact on the wildlife.
New Southwark Plan – planning framework
The new planning policies on green spaces, tall buildings and the local “area vision” will shape future building around Burgess Park and our local neighbourhoods.
FOBP want to see green space enhanced and more green space for the growing population and no tall towers shadowing the park. The more people who comment on specific points the more likely that they will be reviewed. FOBP comments on green space are here. Also on tall buildings and the Camberwell area vision and the Burgess Business Park site. Use these to help make your comments.
Comments must be based on four tests of soundness. All comments will be reviewed by a planning inspector against the “tests” . More on tests of soundness here.
It’s important because the New Southwark Plan sets the framework for development and planning decisions for the next fifteen years. The outline points to make have been developed with Southwark Planning Nework. The list of contents for the Southwark Plan.
Burgess Park West – work starts October 2017
The revitalisation work to the Camberwell end of the park to remove New Church Road and install Quietway cycle path and extend the nature area will start in October. The illustration showing the plans for Burgess Park West.
Whilst the work is taking place parts of the park will be closed off. BPW site closures
New Church Road closure – Southwark Council will be close the section on New Church Road that runs through the park as part of the Burgess Park west work. The road will no longer be accessible from Monday 4th December. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. The new Quietway 7 pathway will soon be built and will provide an alternative route; we expect it to be open in spring 2018.
Playground consultation – Further consultation took place in late November on the playground design. The new designs have taken on board previous comments and; moved the playground position slightly, reduced the height of equipment and provided low level fencing. If you cannot attend either session and are still interested in the play area design, please get in touch Pippa Krishnan firstname.lastname@example.org
Making good the drainage on the Great Lawn
The first phase (beside the children’s playground) starts late September 2017. Once completed the area cannot be used for 12 months. Then work will take place on the main grass area in September 2018. See the map showing the areas
Future plans for park buildings
Southwark Council long term plans for Burgess Park includes revitalisation of the old library bath and washhouse, new urban sports area beside the BMX track and a new tennis centre. Funding is needed to take forward these plans. More details are on the Burgess Park presentation by Michael and Partners, consultants.
More details about plans for the sports centre are expected later in 2018.
21-23 Parkhouse St FOBP objects to the planning application
FOBP have objected about:
- significant building shadows,
- the height of tall buildings and
- the impact of building too close to the park boundary on biodiversity and
- the green link into the park
How tall is a tall building?
FOBP response to the Area Plans plans July 2017 to the council’s area vision statements said that tall buildings around this park and other green spaces would change the essential character of the park and immediate area.
Height for new buildings around Burgess Park The importance of lines of sight, visibility, and dominance cannot be under-estimated for the impact of the park as an open space. At the moment there are no tall buildings which above the tree line on that south side or dominate the sky line either along the immediate park edge or further away.
Sunlight and light Burgess Park is a very narrow park and this means that building height has a significant impact. The northern/Albany Road side of the park will have buildings of significant height once the NHHT proposed plans for the Aylesbury estate are built.
Parkhouse St/Burgess Park Business Park development plans
This large site is up for redevelopment. Part of the site backs onto Burgess Park/rear of the New Church nature area.
Burgess Business Park redevelopment site map
New Church Road sites
Southwark Council is negotiating to incorporate land beside New Church Road into Burgess Park.
Green spaces and the Southwark Plan
The Southwark Plan sets out the council’s priority for future developments. We want to see green space protected for local residents from:
- significant building shadows,
- the height of tall buildings and
- the impact of building too close to the park boundary on biodiversity.
As the population increases there will be significant increase in park users. This will take place with the Camberwell Business Park development and the new tube stops on the Old Kent Road as well as other developments such as Aylesbury. It is essential that all of the park remains high quality usable space at all times for health and well-being benefits of local people. Read the full response to the Southwark Plan consultation (April 2017).
Old Kent Road – Redevelopment of the area
The plans to develop the Old Kent Road through the opportunity area will impact on Burgess Park, green routes, cycling and cycle/pedestrian routes. Old Kent Road response to the area action plan which sets out the changes the Council want to see. One of the first sites for redevelopment is close to Glengall Wharf Garden/Glengall Road. FOBP have commented on the Berkeley Homes plans for Malt St.
Burgess Park West Planning Application Approved
The planning application for the Burgess Park West project has been submitted by the Council. The application was approved but further consultation needs to be done on the playgound. The council will also continue to negotiate on incorporating the additional land into the park.
Library Square (Peckham Square) Planning Applications
The planning applications for Mountview Academy and the Peckham Arch/Peckham housing will have substantial impact on the public square at the end of Surrey Canal Walk. FOBP have responded. Read the full response and the key points are:
- Careful and thoughtful design across the whole area would improve the design of the public realm uniting the landscaping of Surrey Canal Walk and the square. We would like to see a high quality design which brings the green of Surrey Canal Walk into Peckham, provides a space for relaxation to enjoy nature as well as social events and active management of cycling and pedestrian movement.
- None of the individual planning applications make an overall assessment of the impact of these changes on the square. Whilst this is not a planning requirement it would be helpful to understand and get the best from these significant changes proposed to the buildings in this small area of public open space.
- Insufficient consideration has been given to:
- The space available will be smaller than currently so less room for pedestrians/cyclist. We want to see reduced numbers of peak time commuter cycling on SCW and Peckham Square through the better promotion and design quality of an alternative route.
- We are concerned at the proposed site plan for the Mountview Academy which shows encroachment on open space and Metropolitan Open Land (possibly tbc).
- We are concerned about the impact of the Mountview Academy and the new housing on the Library Square and public realm: sunshine and shade, lighting and tree/greening.
- Further details on the design intentions for the square and the linkage between the current grass area of SCW and the paved square would be welcome.
Next steps for the Community Sports Centre
Further consultation has just begun on the masterplan proposals for the sports centre, playing fields and Coburg Road. Meetings have been held with Coburg Road residents, sports clubs and interested stakeholders. FOBP consider that further consideration is needed on:
Read our full response FOBP_SportstDevelopmentResponseJuly2016
New Playground Consultation
Update on the Burgess Park West scheme
The scheme for the revitalisation of the Camberwell end of Burgess Park is progressing with a further set of designs, which makes some amendments to the 2015 proposals. Following two meetings with the landscape designers, LDA, with local residents FOBP have put in a response in June 2016 which asks for:
- further consultation on the playground
- more details about the cycle route Quietway 7
FOBP response on Camberwell West 6 June 2016. Further details about the previous consultation are below.
FOBP respond to the Old Kent Road opportunity area IIA
In March 2016 FOBP responded to the first formal planning consultation for the Old Kent Road opportunity area. There will be extensive redevelopment of the OKR and surrounding area. FOBP want to champion green spaces and promote the need for investment in Burgess Park the impact on the park to benefit local people. FOBP response to the draft OKR IIA March 2016.
FOBP respond to New Southwark Plan consultation
FOBP have also responded to the Parkhouse Street consultation for a new residential development. Points raised relate to the height of the building and the integrtation of a new entrance o the park to be integrated into the new design for the wildlife area. Response to Parkhouse Street consultation to Southwark Regen February 2016
Phase 3 plans for Burgess Park
NO to the Southwark Cycle Spine Route through Burgess Park
Southwark Council have agreed the cycling strategy which includes the cycle spine route. A petition against the spine was presented by local residents at the cabinet meeting 2 June which approved the overall cycle strategy. The Leader agreed that a further report should be made to cabinet before the work commences with further details on the cycle spine route.
The petition against the spine route crossing Burgess Park is still open. (The paper petition with 500 signatures has been presented to Southwark Council.) FOBP are focusing on one aspect of the spine route and cycling in green space. We are not against the cycling strategy aim to increase cycling and improve cycle routes.
Revised designs Camberwell southern entrance and New Church Road nature area
The Camberwell entrance/ New Church Road proposal designs published 19 May 2015. Consultation will be open upto 14 June with displays in the park; at the Old Library on Wells Way, Sports Centre and Tennis Centre. On Monday 18 May there will be a consultation event at Wells Way Pop Up, 6:30pm at Old Library, Wells Way, SE5 0PX. There will also be an additional exhibition at Chumleigh Gardens during half term (23 to 31 May) and at weekends during the consultation period. Respond online or via questionnaires at park exhibitions.
Southwark cycle spine route – Southwark Council report on the cycling strategy and the spine cycle route has been published. This shows the spine route crossing Burgess Park “a new greenway will be carefully designed as part of the new master plan”. Local residents led by Addington Square TRA will present the 500 + petition against the route cutting through the centre of the park to the council cabinet meeting on Tuesday 2 June. The FOBP response to the draft cycling strategy (January) and proposed Wells Way for the cycle route (details below).
From November 2014 to March 2015 the council have been consulting about the next phase of work to Burgess Park. The revised masterplan will be coming forward during the summer.
The council approach has been to set out a broad long term vision for future park enhancements; sports, heritage, ecology etc. FOBP are broadly supportive of the approach to look thematically across the park. More details in the FOBP masterplan response 13 March 2015 . The council are committed to undertaking the Camberwell southern entrance/New Church Road and detailed plans for this are expected by the summer. New toilets also going ahead by the lake. But no decisions have been made yet about other priorities.
One of the biggest issues of the consultation has been the cycle spine route through the park. Southwark Council wants to increase and support cycling. The big idea is a cycling corridor down the middle of the borough which is planned to cut across Burgess Park. FOBP is opposed to the route crossing the main park area and want to see Wells Way improved instead. A petition has been started: No Southwark Spine in Burgess Park petition The issue has been picked up in the press. FOBP have responded to the draft Southwark Cycling strategy (below) in January.
Local residents have also put together a petition with over 1000 signatures against closure of the underpass. John Wade, Southwark Parks, has written in reply “…There is clearly strong feeling amongst local residents that this [subway / underpass] link should remain, and as such I can confirm that this will now be kept in place. …”
FOBP have also responded to the new Southwark Strategy which is the planning framework.
The council have published the revised masterplan. Exhibitions are being held at Burgess Park Community Sports Centre and Chumleigh Gardens between 11am and 3pm on weekends. Both venues will also be set up on weekdays during half term (16 to 20 February) again from 11am to 3pm every day. There will also be an exhibition at Peckham Library from 3 to 8 March, open between 11am and 3pm. The exhibitions will be displayed until 13 March.
Consultation takes place to 31 December 2014
From 2 December the consultation display about Phase 3, the cycling plans plus the southern entrance/Southampton Way designs and toilets at Chumleigh Gardens and the fishing clubhouse are on display in the Sports Centre and will also be put up in the Tennis Centre.
Plans for Southern entrance and toilets plus link to the consultation questionnaire
See the outputs from the Wells Way Pop Up creative consultation event . Join the conversation on the blog: http://letstalkburgesspark.wordpress.com/
Cycling routes through Burgess Park
Southwark Council is consulting on the new borough cycling strategy. The big idea is a cycle route down the middle of the borough which needs to cross Burgess Park. Consultation taking place on line, at events and through an inter-active map where people can comment on cycle related issues across the borough. The cycle consultation runs to the end of January.
Burgess Park Phase 3 Consultation launched
Launched 18 November, consultation is taking place over the next month to the end of December. An exhibition will be available for public viewing in Burgess Park Community Sports Centre and outside the cafe at Chumleigh Gardens, from 22nd November until the end of December. Plus exhibitions at Peckham Library and outside the Tennis Centre .
Southwark Council have agreed further £6 million funding for Burgess Park. The funding is for a number of projects which will take place over the next three years including: Southampton Way entrance and taking out New Church Road. Further consultation will take place as the plans move forward to implimentation later in 2014.
Burgess Park forums
Are you passionate about Burgess Park? Do you think there are things that can be improved or do you have a brilliant idea that you’d like to suggest? Later this month the Burgess Park director will be chairing a series of forums on sport and play, arts and events, volunteering and biodiversity to give you an opportunity to keep up to date on happenings in the park and also put forward your opinions and suggestions. Further information about the Burgess Park forums and dates are on the Southwark website.
St George’s Gardens
The fences are now up in readiness to complete the St George’s Gardens scheme. The design, which depicts the gardens of the original Victorian houses on this site will be planted in two stages with the herbaceous planting commencing in June 2013 and the sowing of the prairie meadows from September onwards.
The area will be fenced for a minimum of one year in order to protect the plants. Local residents with an interest in gardening will be invited to volunteer and help with some of the herbaceous planting.
Additional plants will be planted later in May 2013. The planting will be protected in order to give them a chance to establish and also to protect them from the wildfowl in the lake. Further planting will also be undertaken in the wetlands adjacent the lake.
The London Wildlife Trust (LWT) is currently surveying the areas of biodiversity in the park with the aim of understanding the extent of species growing in these spaces. They will then use this information to specify what management techniques should be implemented to enhance species richness. If you want to find out more come along to the Friends of Burgess Park meeting on 4 June 2013, 7pm at Burgess Park Sports Centre, Cobourg Road when LWT will be discussing their findings.
New bins are being installed along the Surrey Canal Walk (June 2013).
Burgess Park was the first of Southwark’s parks to have a designated barbecue area. These proved immensely popular throughout the summer with friends and families coming for morning breakfast, lunch and relaxation after work, right up until the late evening. However, late last year some of these were badly vandalised.
Building works have now started on the new national standard BMX track and are due for completion by the end of July 2013. The site will be floodlit until 9pm and there will be a dedicated park attendant on site during the summer. Additional facilities include CCTV, toilets and a drinking fountain.
The World Gardens at Chumleigh were created in 1992 and consist of the Mediterranean, Oriental, Afro-Caribbean, Islamic and English gardens. John Wade, Burgess Park Director and Mark Cox, the head gardener have now started a programme of redesigning the English Garden with a new planting scheme that they feel is in keeping with the past and reflects the botanical heritage of Chumleigh Gardens. The first phase is complete (June 2013) including 4000 plants.
BMX Phase 2
Southwark Council is holding a public consultation event at the Adventure play area (on the corner of Wells Way and Albany Road) on Tuesday, 15 January 2013, from 2pm to 7pm. The project design consultants will be showing plans, sections and images of the additional facilities which will aid integration into the wider park. Southwark is inviting comments about how the new BMX site should be used. The scheme includes the following key elements: national-sized BMX track, open access with a few closed dedicated sessions, Integration into the park, planting 98 new trees in the park and floodlighting until 9pm.
More information about the BMX track is available on the Southwark website.
Detailed design images for the BMX track proposed for Burgess Park can also be found on the Southwark Council website.
John Wade, Burgess Park Director, announced that improvements to the drainage in the hard standing areas in Burgess Park East began on Monday 3 Dec 2012. It is expected that the work will take a minimum of seven working days.
John Wade spoke at the FOBP AGM in November 2012 about his priorities for Burgess Park for the next 12 months. Initially, he is focusing on problems with drainage as well as reseeding areas of grass. He is hoping to complete St George’s Garden planting early next year with Mark Cox, Quadron Head Gardener, developing the design.
Phase 1 – Burgess Park has been officially marked with a commemorative plaque.
During an official opening on Friday 12 October, Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for the environment at Southwark Council, unveiled the plaque which thanks all those involved in the revitalisation.
Run the 5km route in Burgess Park. BURGESS_PARK_MAP_A4_running
From Sunday, 2 September 2012 Burgess Park West from Camberwell Road to Wells Way will reopen.
This will be in time to host the Burgess Park Banquet, part of the Elephant and the Nun annual festival.
It will then be possible to cross the park from the Camberwell Road entrance to the Old Kent Road via the underpass at Wells Way.
Burgess Park East opened on 21 July 2012
There was a community event with local park groups and other local organisations. FOBP had a stall. Thanks to all who helped and to all who dropped by.
There are three areas of the park where grass seed has recently been planted and require time to develop. Depending on the weather these areas may have to remain protected for a short time after the park reopens to give the seed a chance to grow. Map of areas opening on 21 July 2012
Barbeques in Burgess Park The park has two new designated locations around the lake where users can light barbeques and enjoy a picnic. More information about the barbeques.
Additional works funding by Southwark Council of about £2m will bring the total cost of the Revitalisation up to £8m.
Underpass: As part of the enhanced work Southwark will be putting in more varied planting on the underpass slopes before the park opens, this should visually open-up the spaces. Pictures courtesy of Mike Kerr.
To celebrate the Jubilee a rare black poplar tree has been planted in Burgess Park, between Old Kent Road entrance and the lake. The Lord Lieutenant for London and Sir David Attenborough presented a tree to all London boroughs. Read more about black poplars: http://www.theecologist.org/how_to_make_a_difference/wildlife/422714/case_study_saving_the_black_poplar.html
The new play area and car park next to Chumleigh Gardens opened on 31 March, 2012.
Planning application BMX Track Burgess Park 11/AP/3764has been successful. The council hope to open the facility at the beginning of 2013. Construction will probably start in the autumn.
The BMX planning application meeting was held at Planning Committee on the 27 March at 160 Tooley Street.
Virtual tours of the revitalisation site
Two disused industrial tanks were discovered in the ground. Council chiefs said there was no danger to the public from the tanks and that any contaminated waste will be removed as quickly as possible. It is expected that the removal of the material will mean a delay to the park’s opening but the council said it was confident that the new site would be ready by summer next year. Read more on the Council website published on 16 November 2011.