Pat Trembath wrote:It would appear we are still awaiting an unconditional permission.
Attached to the permission is a clause (as I read it):
(a) No development approved under this permission shall commence until details of the following works to the highway (including drawings and specifications) have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority: (i) the provision of a loading bay on Spring Hill; (ii) the provision of 10 cycle parking spaces on the footpath in the vicinity of the site. (b) The A3 use hereby approved shall not be first operated until the highways works referred to in paragraph (a) of this condition have been implemented in accordance with the details approved under the said paragraph (a). Reason: In order to ensure that satisfactory means of servicing is provided, to ensure that the development does not prejudice the free flow of traffic or conditions of general safety along the neighbouring highway and to comply with Policy 14 Sustainable movement and transport of the Core Strategy (June 2011). This is a precommencement condition because the local planning authority needs to be satisfied that the proposed and required Highways Works necessary to facilitate the development can be satisfactorily designed and provided before the use commences.
So it would appear that further approval following sumissions to Highways and permissions is required and it is, and has been since May, up to Nando's to supply this information.
Originally, as I understood it, Nando's wanted a 40 ft designated parking place in Springhill for a rigid 11m delivery vehicle. Not sure if this has changed - but if not, how does such a vehicle get into and out of Springhill when it is busy?
It would also appear that discussions are ongoing about where to park 10 cycles 'on the footpath' for the take away.
The Sydenham Society welcomed a change of use to A3 (restaurant) to this site last May, but we still await the outcome of this discussion between Nando's and Lewisham which is ongoing.
Sorry I think you are misunderstanding matters and I think things have moved on.
Yes, the local planning authority has granted planning permission subject to a number of conditions, however this is not at all unusual for the vast majority of permissions have conditions.
The consent approves a range of documents including a servicing plan and transport technical note.
The approved documents include agreement for and location of a 12m loading bay on Spring Hill and additional cycle bays on Kirkdale.
The highways team have agreed all of this and as such all the conditions are doing is seeking agreement on the exact details in terms of specifications, things like the type of cycle stands etc.
I do appreciate your concern about deliveries, however Sainsburys currently manage to negotiate Spring Hill don’t they and they use the same sized vehicles as Nandos. The information supplied by the applicant also clearly demonstrates how a delivery vehicle will service the site by way of computer ‘tracking’ which has also been agreed by the highways team.
As I have said before the provision of a loading bay located in Spring Hill will be suitable for use not only by Nandos but also will also benefit other local businesses. It is supported by both Sainsburys and your favourite the Greyhound for it will be convenient for them to load from.
I hope that this helps to clarify matters. I know for a fact that you were concerned about such issues, for you actually wrote a letter of objection on behalf of the Sydenham Society in April, which the Chair subsequently withdrew in June.
I also know from having spoken to you that you don’t like Nandos and you said that you would much prefer a business like Pizza Express.
However what you need to appreciate is that businesses like Pizza Express and like Sainsburys, have large delivery vehicles. The vast majority of restaurants provide takeaways, just like ours in Sydenham. Also businesses like Pizza Express and many other use delivery services like Deliveroo – which is catering for changing consumer habits.
What is clear to me is that while some people won’t go and eat in Nandos, a great many of our local residents welcome a family friendly restaurant in the town centre, that will bring a large vacant premises back into use, create new jobs and attract further investment.
We also live in a very diverse community and I think the town needs to cater for everyone not just the few.