This month has seen two thorny local issues reach Lambeth's planning committee that has resulted in a great deal of feedback to local councillors from residents:
The Grosvenor pub: Sitting just outside Vassall ward on Sidney Road, the Grosvenor pub is a popular local ale house that has managed to combine strong support for music/entertainment acts with a good relationship with residents. Last month, the new owners of the site applied for planning to convert part of the pub into flats, a move that Vassall Cllr Paul Gadsby described as "a common first step for converting good community pubs completely into flats"
As reported by Brixton Buzz, this move attracted a great deal of opposition from local people, including councillors and the Campaign for Real Ale. In good news this week, Lambeth turned down the application. However, as Cllr Paul Gadsby said: "While it is good news that this application has been knocked back, sadly the Grosvenor has in the past few weeks closed it doors after the landlord decided to call time on his tenure there. Currently, it stands empty which is a shame as it was a really vibrant part of the community. I am hoping that the owners of the site will move sharply to restore it to its proper use under a new management team."
Brixton Road's Tesco Metro: Another case before planning is an application from Tesco to put up neon signs on its outlet on Brixton Road (near Caldwell Street). Once again this has attracted concern from nearby residents as this outlet is part of an old historic building and Tesco opened under strict conditions about how the site was to be used. Vassall councillors have raised concerns about this application and are waiting for Lambeth council's decision ...