A Grand Designs-style mansion in one of South London’s poshest postcodes, pop-up boules courts and a three-floor nightclub in an endangered building are among the new planning applications appearing across Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark in the last couple of weeks. 

Other applications submitted recently include a four bed office conversion, plans to give a new lease of life to a former cinema and a request to cut down a poisonous tree.

People with an opinion on the applications are able to share their thoughts under the individual listings on the appropriate council’s websites.

Offices make a decision on the applications at a later date. 

Three-floor nightclub in UK’s most endangered Victorian building

A former Peckham department store, named the UK’s most at-risk Victorian building in 2021, could be turned into a three floor nightclub and bar.

The building, which then became home to Peckham Palais nightclub until its closure 10 years ago,  is famous for its distinctive clock tower inspired by St. Mark’s Clocktower in Venice.

Under plans submitted to bring the building that opened in 1867 back to life, it would become home to a music venue, nightclub and bar set across three floors and basement.

According to proposals submitted to Southwark Council, extensive repairs would be carried out to the crumbling building as part of the project. 

Pop-up boules court and temporary bar 

Jack and Boule, a pop-up cocktail bar and boules venue on the South Bank, has applied to fit out a site at 101 Upper Ground with eight boules courts, a bar, street food stalls, as well as pergolas with covered seating and a toilet. 

The temporary food and drinks venue is due to be in place from October 30 to the end of March 2024.

Four-bed office conversion 

Three floors of offices above a computer repair shop in Streatham are set to be turned into a four bedroom house.

If planning permission is approved, the new home will sit above Fix. computer sales and repairs shop on Streatham High Road.

The site is well served by public transport, located just a three minute walk from Streatham Hill station, with regular trains to London Victoria and London Bridge. 

Ex-cinema could become shop or restaurant 

A Bermondsey cinema which shut down in January after not paying rent for 18 months could be allowed to reopen as a shop, restaurant or fitness studio.

Kino Berondsey’s former home has been empty since the cinema shut its doors earlier this year. 

An application has now been made to Southwark Council to permit the ground floor unit at Bermondsey Square to be occupied by a different type of business.

According to planning documents submitted to the council, the space isn’t considered suitable for a cinema as there is only space for a single screen, making it difficult for such a venue to break even. 

Grand Designs-style house in sought-after South London postcode 

Plans have been revealed to build a dream family villa complete with its own swimming pool on Dulwich Common.

Houses in the exclusive South London enclave sell for just under £4 million on average. 

Under the proposals, an existing 70s/80s house on the site, bounded by tennis courts, a golf course and cricket club, would be bulldozed to make way for a contemporary four bedroom mansion. Award-winning landscape architect practice Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd was drafted in to help design the final proposals, which are worthy of an episode of Grand Designs. 

Poisonous tree could be cut down

Lambeth Council has received an application to cut down a poisonous yew tree in the front garden of a South London home.

Plans submitted to the council say the toxic tree is in an unsuitable location, near to where kids eat and play. 

Berries found on yew trees are poisonous to humans and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even death if consumed.

According to conservation charity the Woodland Trust, children can also become severely ill from eating just a few leaves from the trees.

The tree on Braxted Park in Streatham is also believed to be diseased.