Protected status for St Norbert allotments

Cllr Johnson has sent us the answer he received from Council officers in response to his question about the allotments on St Norbert Road, which were recently put up for sale. From this exchange, it appears that the allotments, which are the only ones in Telegraph Hill ward, will be preserved.


Following the announcement that privately-owned land at the St Norberts allotments site has been put up for sale, will the council do everything in its power to ensure this important community asset and designated Site of Importance for Nature Conservation is properly safeguarded for the future?


The St. Norbert Road allotments are designated as ‘Urban Green Space’ and are part of a wider designated ‘Site of Nature Conservation Importance’. As such they are protected by adopted Core Strategy Policy 12 ‘Open Space and Environmental Assets’.

The core strategy policy sets out to protect the character and amenity of open space (part a) and maintain and improve publicly accessible open spaces, nature reserves and allotments (part c). The Core Strategy is part of the development plan for Lewisham and as Section 38 (6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004) makes clear, the determination of planning applications must be made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The intent of Core Strategy policy 12 will therefore be an important consideration when considering any future planning application for this site.

In addition the evidence from the ‘Lewisham Leisure and Open Space Study’ published May 2010 shows that the St. Norbert Road allotments were the only allotments in Telegraph Hill Ward and that the borough had a shortage of allotments with a waiting list of those who wished to take up an allotment.

These are material considerations and will be taken into account when and if a planning application for development is received.


Anonymous said...

Its always good news that open space is given 'protection', but protection means little if it's standing in a determined developers way - for instance, (and I know that this doesn't strictly apply to these allotments) 'metropolitan open land' is described in the London Plan as "The Mayor will and boroughs should maintain the protection of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) from inappropriate development"

The key word being 'inappropriate' - there are tracts of metropolitan open land in central lewisham that have been deemed to be 'appropriate' to be concreted over, so beware, the Council can always have the last word if it so chooses.

Anonymous said...

The allotments would make good live-work space, surely.

Anonymous said...

If Cllr Johnson is such an expert regarding this bit of land, what is going on with the re-development; it has been derelict for two years now, Green Acre has gone bust and there are no signs of anything happening. Also, what is the council's involvement with this particular allotment? To my understanding, it is independent and has never received any support from outside bodies.

Brockley Nick said...

What's with the snotty intro to an otherwise reasonable question. Cllr Johnson didn't claim to be an expert, he just did his job in looking into this issue on behalf of the community. Be nice.

Sarap said...

I have read this post many times since 7th July, the person who posted the comment BN takes issue with is right, far from being a snotty intro, I think it was rather accurate.
I have had a plot on this allotment site for many years and Cllr Johnson, as far as I know, has never contacted us to discuss the current situation with the building site.
When we were told the land was to be sold to developers over a decade ago no one was fighting our corner other than the plot holders, they were the people who did the leg work, finding out about the wildlife we share our site with and how it could be made a protected site, contacting the local press to highlight the threat of possible closure (That sale never went ahead).There have been allotments on this land since the 1930's with a diverse community of plot holders growing produce to feed their families succesfully ever since.
Ever since the old Brown Brothers site was finally sold it has been a small group of plot holders, on behalf of the allotments, who have undertaken all negotiations with the current landowners, securing our tenancy and rights, with many hours of time, letter writing, phone calls, finding legal representation, attending planning application hearings and more. Throughout all of this no one from the council has ever shown an interest or offered us support.
We have to initiate all communication between ourselves and the developers who are unable to give us any idea of a start date let alone a completion date.
If Cllr Johnson really wants to so something maybe he would like to contact the allotments at We look forward to hearing from him.

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