Category Archives: Dulwich Park

Urgent. Please object by Thursday Nov. 24, 2016.

The Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood and the Friends of Champion Hill are fighting to prevent a developer from overturning a restrictive covenant that ensures that the Dulwich Hamlet football grounds are used only for “leisure or recreational or educational purposes.”

Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood – Respond to Planning Application 16/AP/4051

The Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood are a group of people whose main aims are to protect and improve Dog Kennel Hill park and Dog Kennel Hill wood in Camberwell, London.

We object to planning application 16/AP/4051.

We cite the following objections, in agreement with the Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood.

The current DHFC ground is protected by a restrictive covenant (Clause 8) to ensure it can only be used for “leisure or recreational or educational purposes”. If this is lifted it means that the current stadium could be built upon or used for any purpose by anyone now or in the future. This could mean the demise of our long-standing football club.

  • These S106 agreements between Kings College, Southwark Council and DHFC were put in place to prevent the future development of the land and yet planning application 16/AP/1232 seeks to develop this land.

  • The S106 agreements must not be lifted without some other legally binding agreements set in place to safeguard bot the future of the football club and Green Dale fields.

  • Section 4.16 of their Planning Statement says that the new stadium build will be “future proofed for sustainability” and yet there has been no financial evidence to substantiate this. This application must be turned down until a full and transparent Financial Plan has been published for the community to scrutinise.

  • The applicant states in the cover letter that planning application 16/AP/1232 is “entirely acceptable and in accordance with policy” and yet hundreds of local people have objected due to its total disregard of  both the London Plan (Section 7.17) and the Southwark Plan (Policy 3.25). The new stadium does not constitute an ancillary facility nor does it maintain the openness of MOL due to its enclosing wall. It would therefore be a departure from both the Southwark and London Plans.

  • The applicant also states in their cover letter that planning application 16/AP/1232 is “in the public interest”. This is wholly refutable as the plan to destroy a rare piece of open green space has met with a lot of local opposition. The applicant has not provided clear evidence that their proposal is the only way forward. The local community would like to see other avenues explored whereby the football club has an improved stadium and flats built on their existing footprint, with no encroachment on the wild open space of Green Dale fields.

  • The draft S106 agreement laid out in the Planning Statement says that the stadium and MUGA will be freely available for local schools. Currently the astro turf pitch is used by local children on an ad-hoc basis. If the walled stadium and MUGA are built, this removes the current free access to children outside of a formal school arrangement. In effect, this application removes vital sports facilities from the area rather than providing them.

  • The land registry entry for title SGL62094 (the current stadium) page 6 point 10 says that there is another S106 agreement dated 21 May 2003 which lays out “provisions relating to the development of the land in this title” and yet this document has not been published nor provided by the applicant. Without seeing the contents, this application should be refused.

The comment below is copied from Simon E Hughes MBE (not to be confused with former MP Sir Simon H. W. Hughes).

FRIENDS OF CHAMPION HILL Green Dale Update A planning application (16/AP/4051) has been submitted by, not the Hadley Property Group, but by Green Dale Property Co Ltd (GPC), to strip Dulwich Hamlet Football Club playing pitch of all the protection it has through the S106 agreement between Southwark Council, J Sainsbury’s and King’s College; this protection prevents building houses on the pitch. Once stripped of this protection there will be nothing to stop the owners (the developers) building on the pitch. The club would be left with nowhere to play. Please join me in protesting against this strongly. To make your feelings felt, register your objections with Southwark Planning Committee before Thursday 24 November. Either write a letter to the Case Officer or go to Simple Search on the Southwark website by pasting this into your search engine, which should get you to Simple Search, insert the application reference 16/AP/4051; after a short wait press make a public comment, scroll down, fill in your details and make your objections. You might like to use points I have made in my letter to the case officer over the page. Please don’t cut and paste too much as your objection will then count for less.


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Anyone for Tennis?

Have you been meaning to get back into tennis? Would you like to meet new people to play? Join the brand new Belair and Dulwich Parks Tennis League! Open to men and women (aged 18+) of all standards, it’s a great way to have some competitive fun and set yourself a new sporting challenge. Players arrange their own time to play over 8 weeks, from Thursday 14 May to Wednesday 8 July.
Entries close: Monday 11 May
Join online:
For more details, email or ring Sally or Nigel on 0750 328 1732


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Hadley Property Group and Dulwich Hamlet FC – Public consultation events on the proposals for Champion Hill – Thursday 27 and Saturday 29 November‏

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is a vital part of the community within East Dulwich. Securing a sustainable future for the club to remain at Champion Hill, as part of a mixed-use development, is a key aim of Hadley Property Group, the current owners.

 We presented the local community with very initial proposals at an event in July 2014, and after assessing the feedback received at and following this event, and after working with local community groups, residents, supporters and the club itself to refine the proposals, we want to hear the thoughts of the community on the more detailed proposals. On the 27th and 29th, full details will be provided on:

·         The new proposed pitch on the already developed astroturf site adjacent to Champion Hill;

·         Protecting and maintaining Green Dale Fields, in addition to improving access with the creation of a new, linear park;

·         Increased community benefits and access for a much wider range of local residents compared to current facilities;

·         Creation of new, public open space; and

·         High quality homes.

We are extremely excited to be presenting our more detailed proposals for securing the future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club. We would love to hear your views and urge you to attend the upcoming exhibition to have you say and talk through the proposals with the project team.

The consultation events will be held at Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, Edgar Kail Way, London, SE22 8DB on:

·         Thursday 27th November from 3pm – 8pm; and

·         Saturday 29th November from 10am – 3pm.

 If you have any comments or questions, please contact Pavitar Mann at or on 020 234 3309.

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Dulwich Hamlet FC public exhibition to be held at the Club Saturday 19th July – 10am – 3pm

This is a meeting to discuss the financial future of Dulwich football club. Here’s what the organisers have to say:


Dear neighbour,

Welcome to our first community newsletter. As you may know Dulwich Hamlet FC has been in financial difficulties for a number of years. Hadley Property Group has recently acquired an interest in the site and Club and we have spent the past 6 months putting both its football and business operations on a more sustainable financial footing so that the Club has a future at Champion Hill. However as currently configured the facilities cannot continue to support the Club and a change in the layout and footprint of the buildings is needed. There is an opportunity to provide a new stadium and to invest in the open space located around the stadium.

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