Enforcement forders for replacing shop fronts in Brixton

Richard Pope made this Freedom of Information request to Lambeth Borough Council

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From: Richard Pope

19 August 2008

Dear Sir or Madam,

Council development plans and a recent ruling by the Planning
Inspectorate have stated that shops in the Brixton Town Centre
Conservation Area should have full frontages. And where shutters
are present on shop fronts, they should be of the perforated kind
(so as to lighten the streets at night and deter street crime).

There have also been many public undertakings buy councillors to
this effect.

I would therefore like to request information relating to
enforcement (proposed, discussed or implemented) by the council to
conform with the above. And any surveys that the council has
undertaken to assess the scale of the problem.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Pope

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From: Richard Pope

18 September 2008

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to check on the progress of my FOI request
(Enforcement orders for replacing shop fronts in Brixton) as it is
now past the statutory 28 days.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Pope

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From: Limbrick,Richard
Lambeth Borough Council

25 September 2008

London Borough of Lambeth: our disclaimer is at the end of this e-mail.

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Dear Mr Pope,

I write further to your request for information with regard to planning
enforcement investigations into shopfront removals along Electric Avenue
in Brixton.

The following Electric Avenue addresses have been made us as cases for
investigation into alleged breaches of planning control relating to the
removal of shopfronts:

3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 18-20, 19, 21, 24-26, 25, 27, 29, 34-36, 35-37, 38
(also known as 28 Atlantic Road), 39, 41, 43 and 45.

Site visits have been made to assess the state of each of these frontages
and discuss the issues with owners/occupiers. Planning Contravention
Notices which require information to be provided to the council have been
served on all of the above properties except nos. 10 and 16. These notices
mainly requested confirmation of when the works were carried out.

The following properties are still under investigation and have active
enforcement cases on them with resolution being sought through negotiation
and formal action where necessary. The cases that have been closed have
been done so as evidence has been provided which demonstrates on the
balance of probability that the works were carried out in excess of four
years ago.

3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 19, 24-26, 29, 34-36, 35-37 and 38.

If the negotiation of an informal resolution fails, a notice may be served
if it is considered expedient to do so. If evidence is obtained to show
on the balance of probabilities that the works are lawful, the case will
be closed. This can include scenarios where no evidence is available to
demonstrate that the works were carried out within the last four years.

Formal enforcement notices requiring the reinstatement of shopfronts have
been served in respect of nos. 16, 24-26 and 38.

I hope the information is of use. If you have any evidence pertaining to
any of the properties being investigated, in particular the dates when
works were carried out, please forward this information to me. If you
would like anymore information, or would like to discuss the matter
further, please do not hesitate to email me directly.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Limbrick
Planning Enforcement Officer
Planning Division
Housing, Regeneration and Environment
London Borough of Lambeth

website: [1]http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning
Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL

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