Lambeth consults over Clapham Common events planning application

Published: Wednesday 31st January 18

Residents living near Clapham Common have only a few days left to comment on a planning application to Lambeth Council over proposals to stage a series of events on the common later this year.

Lambeth is considering an application from its own events team that would enable it to host a wide range of events on a total of 105 days throughout 2018.

The SW4 festival

These would range from small scale fun-runs to major events like concerts and music festivals attracting crowds of up to 30,000 people.

This would include the ‘Let’s Rock London’ concert on Saturday, July 28 and the ‘SW4’ musical festival over the August bank holiday weekend.

The planning application would permit the use of the common for these events along with the construction of temporary music stages and large ‘circus-style’ tents plus lighting, fencing, PA systems and all other associated infrastructure.

Last year Wandsworth, Lambeth and the organisers of the SW4 festival reached an out of court settlement limiting noise levels at last year’s SW4 event – plus an agreement to bring the music to a close at the earlier than planned time of 10pm on the bank holiday Monday. Wandsworth expects these restrictions to remain in place for this year’s event.

Lambeth Council manages the whole of Clapham Common, even though more than half of it is geographically located in the borough of Wandsworth.

Residents living near the common have until Monday, February 5 to submit their views to Lambeth’s planning department.

Details of the application, including an Events Programme 2018, Event Strategy Report and Noise Management Appraisal, can be viewed by entering the planning application reference number 18/00058/RG3 in Lambeth Planning’s Register - https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/.

Any comments on the application should be submitted to Lambeth via its planning website.

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Recent comments

The sound of a generator, megaphone or sound system at 8am on a Sunday morning in Clapham Common or any public park or Common is unacceptable, no matter what type of event.
Gill Allen

6 February 2018

Our green public parks are not concert or festival venues or venues for regular large intrusive & damaging events.It is nonsensical that superb places like the Olympic Stadium, purpose-built at vast expense for concerts & ideal for events like Winterville are largely left empty costing vast sums in annual upkeep to the taxpayer, yet our councils in a completely unsustainable way allow our parks to be transformed into temporary venues requiring vast resources, truck transportation & infrastructure to set these events up. The ethos of the park’s existence as a tranquil green haven for people, trees, plants & wildlife is forgotten. Leave our parks as they should be, vital quiet green spaces not damaging, polluting, money-making theme parks.
Gill Allen

6 February 2018

We strongly object to these hideous concerts with the unbelievably loud audio that can be heard miles away. This goes on all day to 11pm. It's noise pollution and should not be allowed. I feel great sympathy for the people live opposite the common; it must be horrendous. They probably have to go away for that weekend. I have written to the previous MP, Sadiq Khan, who was very helpful in contacting the Lambeth council as regards to this blot on the landscape. Stop it now! And how much does it cost the tax payer to clear up the awful mess left behind?
Raymond JH

6 February 2018

I totally object to this. The Common is for everyone's use - it is not for Lambeth Council to rent it out to the highest bidder. Winter Wonderland has put the common out of action for 3 months - 2 months being there, 2 weeks set up and now fenced off while the ground recovers which will be at least another month. Not only will these events ruin the Common but it will bring rubbish from the visitors, noise to the nearby streets and again stop local people using the Common. I very strongly object to these events being held there.
Lucinda Harding Rolls

5 February 2018

I am writing to object. The application above is completely misleading. It does not include the days that the areas are inaccessible during set-up, pack-up, and then the inevitable restitution of the area. For example, the winter Wonderland finished in the first week of January, but the area is still fenced-off and inaccessible. If I am to extrapolate from that experience the application is actually requesting in excess of 200 days of the common being fenced off. This is totally unacceptable.
Nicholas Mace

4 February 2018

The large events, such as Winter Festival and the Rock Concerts inflict a large amount of damage on the Common itself out of all proportion to the people attending as compared to them as a percentage of overall Common users. The damage to the grassed areas is not only extensive in the direct event footprint but extends across the Common. This extensive damage impacts not only on the human users but also on the wildlife and flora. Whilst short term fixes are promised they dont address the long term environmental impact of such large events. The "hangover" from large event in effect deprives all users of the enjoyment of significant portions of the Common for much more than just the times of the event due to set up, take down and contingency.
Ian Wallace

4 February 2018

Besides the mess these festival goers leave behind, the grass has been completely destroyed. (Winter wonderland) We can hear the music in our homes too and we live slightly further from the common.
Madelon

4 February 2018

Caroline, the event is a night time Moonwalk over a marathon distance of 26 miles to raise money for Breast Cancer and the other for the London-Brighton 54 mile cycle ride also to raise money for charity. I'm sure they would both welcome you to join them for their events if you contact them.Entry is usually free if you can commit to raise sponsorship money for your charity walk or ride.
paul

2 February 2018

It's fine having events and concerts in the common but feel the people living near by should at least get free entry or discount . This should be posted to each household also should give local peogle and students job opportunities
Caroline

2 February 2018

It's fine having events and concerts in the common but feel the people living near by should at least get free entry or discount . This should be posted to each household also should give local peogle and students job opportunities
Caroline

2 February 2018

It's fine having events and concerts in the common but feel the people living near by should at least get free entry or discount . This should be posted to each household also should give local peogle and students job opportunities
Caroline

2 February 2018