Monday, 1 February 2021

Guidance for Replacement Front Doors

The Residents' Association are unable to offer guidance on individual cases.  
Please contact Royal Greenwich Planning officers for assistance - Royal Greenwich Planning

The latest edition of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Planning Guidelines for the Progress Estate was published in October 1998 (‘Planning Guidelines’) and has been replicated in the Resident Association’s leaflet The Progress Estate: When do I need planning permission? 

People considering replacing their front doors are strongly advised to contact Royal Greenwich’s Planning Department to discuss their requirements before committing themselves to any expenditure. Neither the Progress Residents Association nor its committee members, jointly or severally, can be held responsible for this note or if the Royal Borough publishes revised Guidance. As of 4th December, 2013, the Planning Department’s contact numbers were 020 8921 5782 for people whose postcodes are SE9 1_ _ and 020 8921 5708 if they are SE9 6_ _ . 

Planning Guidelines state that timber is the preferred material for replacement doors. Although this preference still applies, nowadays people tend to prefer doors with uPVC frames. However, the design of the original doors is a fundamental characteristic of the Estate. It is therefore important that uPVC doors replicate the design of those illustrated in our leaflet. One of the few doors that has consistently been accepted by Royal Greenwich’s planners is the Legacy Rutland door, manufactured by CWG Choices. We understand these doors are supplied by both Tolland Glass of Tudor Parade, Well Hall Road, Eltham, London, SE9 6SX (tel: 020 8850 9236) and DW Installations of 25 Hillingdon Road, Bexleyheath DA7 6LP (tel: 01322 406821 or 07956 365235). 

 Royal Greenwich considers all applications for planning permission on their individual merits. Residents are advised not to commit themselves financially to any installer before obtaining planning permission. An accurate representation of every proposed door must accompany applications. 

Any Resident is free to contact the Residents Association at TheProgressEstate@gmail.com who will provide further assistance where possible.

Guidance for Replacement Windows

The Residents' Association are unable to offer guidance on individual cases.  
Please contact Royal Greenwich Planning officers for assistance - Royal Greenwich Planning

The latest edition of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Planning Guidelines for the Progress Estate was published in October 1998 (‘Planning Guidelines’) and has been replicated in the Resident Association’s leaflet The Progress Estate: When do I need planning permission?

Subsequently, the Council (as it then was) published Guidance for Replacement Windows as uPVC frames overtook the availability of replacement timber frames (‘Guidance’).

People considering replacing their windows are strongly advised to contact Royal Greenwich’s Planning Department to discuss their requirements before committing themselves to any expenditure. Neither the Progress Residents Association nor its committee members, jointly or severally, can be held responsible for this note or if the Royal Borough publishes revised Guidance. As of 24th September, 2013, the Planning Department’s contact numbers were 020 8921 5782 for people whose postcodes are SE9 1_ _ and 020 8921 5708 if they are SE9 6_ _ .

Planning Guidelines state that timber is the preferred material for replacement windows. This preference still applies, however in recent times the majority of new windows installed have  tended to be in uPVC. The proportions of the original frames are a fundamental characteristic of the design of the houses on the estate. If your preference is to use uPVC frames it is important that the proportions and dimensions of the replacement frames closely match those of the original frames. Unfortunately, most mass-produced plastic windows tend to have rather thick sections, and-cannot convincingly replicate the proportions of the original frames. However, experience has shown that some manufacturers can produce good approximations. In all cases where timber frames are replaced with uPVC, only external glazing bars are acceptable. Leading should only be used where it replaces existing leading.

The following dimensions for replacement windows are recommended to residents as parameters to work within when making a planning application. The houses have various sizes of window opening, but adherence to these dimensions should help to retain the proportions of the original windows.

All applications for planning permission will be dealt with on their individual merits. Residents are advised not to commit themselves financially to a particular window installer before obtaining planning permission for new windows. Drawings showing accurate representations of the proposed windows (including dimensions) should accompany applications.

Any Resident having difficulties tracing a supplier of frames of with these dimensions may write to  the Residents Association at TheProgressEstate@gmail.com who will provide assistance if they can.

When do I need planning permission?

The Residents' Association are unable to offer guidance on individual cases.  
Please contact Royal Greenwich Planning officers for assistance - Royal Greenwich Planning

The Progress Estate is a Conservation Area. This Guide explains to freeholders and tenants the circumstances in which they need to apply for planning permission before making changes to certain external features of their property, including the installation of satellite dishes and solar panels.


While there are doubtless many reasons why people like living on the Progress Estate, a common one is probably its general attractiveness. It is a very early example of a garden city movement design. It has been described ‘as the first and most spectacular of the garden suburbs built by the government during the First World War’. This is why the Estate is a Conservation Area covered by an Article 4 Direction. The effect of an Article 4 Direction is to strengthen Conservation planning laws by restricting any changes to the front or side elevations of those houses within its boundary. It also restricts changes to roofs, windows and front doors. Satellite dishes mounted within view of the front will not gain approval.
For the purposes of this document, there are (in no particular order) three groups of people living on our Estate:
- those who own their own homes
We understand buyers are supposed to be advised of the consequences of an Article 4 Direction prior to the exchange of contracts. However, it is likely that some failed to receive the relevant notification. Amongst those that did, the paperwork might easily have been lost in the general welter of correspondence and documentation that goes with house purchase.
- those living in houses owned by private landlords
Although they may not be planning anything one might generally regard as alterations, residents who rent their property from a private landlord might need to be aware of the regulations relating to satellite dishes and tree lopping or felling. They might also care to ensure their landlords are aware of the Planning regulations as a whole; these people might not have the information about Article 4 Directions either.
- those whose homes are owned by a housing association
As with tenants of private landlords, it may well be that the only issues of concern are those to do with satellite dishes and, possibly, tree lopping or felling.
So when is Planning permission required?
Greenwich Council’s adopted Conservation Area Appraisal makes it clear that planning permission must be obtained before changes are made to the external appearance of a house caused by building, altering, installing or carrying out works to:
• Front or side entrance doors
• Front and flank windows
• Front or side gates, fences or walls 
• Porches
• Garages
• Front or side extensions or additions
• Roofing materials (including the installation of solar (PV) panels)
• Cladding to any part of the exterior
• The whole or substantial demolition of a buildingor structure greater than 4060 cu.ft. (115 cu.metres)
• Felling,cutting back or pruning any tree over 3inches (76 mm) in diameter
• Satellite dishes fronting the highway.
In deciding whether or not to approve planning applications, the Council’s overarching guidelines are that:
• alterations and improvements should harmonise with the existing character of the Estate.
• variations, even small ones, can easily destroy the visual qualities of the conservation area.
• every effort should be made to match the original detailing, materials, colour and proportions, particularly when replacing such features as windows, doors and roofing materials.
The following guidelines apply to specific proposals:
Roofing materials
Any proposed re-roofing must be compatible with the original slate or tile in terms of size, colour and texture.

Doors
Proposals to replace doors should be on a like for like basis, with the objective of replicating the original styles. uPVC is an acceptable substitute for timber but such replacements must respect the visual character of the original timber construction.
Windows
Proposed replacements must be on a like for like basis, replicating the original windows in that particular property.  Generally, timber is the preferred material although where applicants can demonstrate that a good copy of the original design can be achieved, aluminium and uPVC replacements will be considered.  Only side-hung casements are acceptable, as opposed to top hung or pivot windows. All new glazing bars must be fixed externally and should replicate the profile of the original timber design. More information can be found here.



Porches

Proposed porches must respect the fa├žade of the property and should therefore be small in scale with tiles or slates to match the roofing material.  Generally, designs should cantilever from the front wall of the building without requiring supports at ground level.


Fences and Walls
The design of new fences and walls fronting the public highways should match the original designs.  Any significant departure from the original styles of fences or walls is likely to mar the appearance of the street-scene and will therefore be considered unacceptable.  New brickwork must attempt to match the colour and texture of the original bricks and new fences should be treated with a suitable primer or creosote when erected. Walls will not be permitted as replacement for fences.

Satellite dishes
Consent is required for all satellite TV dishes. It is unlikely to be granted for applications to site dishes on front- facing walls, roof slopes or chimneys or anywhere else where they overlook the street or break the roofline. Concealed locations are preferable, using architectural features to screen the dish from public view.
Trees
People wishing to prune, lop or cut down a tree must notify the Planners of their intentions at least six weeks before the work is started stating the location, species and size of the tree and the work proposed.
Solar panels
As at the end of 2011, applications for the installation of solar panels (more correctly described as Photo voltaic, or PV, panels) had been made for two properties on the Estate. Both were declined. Anyone considering installing a system of this nature is strongly recommended to consult the council’s planning department before entering into a contract with a supplier.

Conservation needs to be viewed as a process devised for the greater good of the community as a whole. Our Estate is an attractive place to live and the actions of all of us as individuals impacts upon the desirability of living here for everyone else.
The openness of our Estate means that rubbish tends to drift around in the breeze. It would be much appreciated if residents could pick up any that happens to land between their front doors and the road and place it in the appropriate bin.
This document is copied from a leaflet published by the Progress Residents Association. It is based on an article that first appeared in Making Progress, the Association’s newsletter, in September, 2009.The sketch illustrations are reprinted from Greenwich Council’s publication, Progress Estate Conservation Area: Advice Note.The leaflet has been designed and printed by Hyde South East.





Friday, 1 January 2021

Progress Estate - Conservation and Planning - The Rules

The architecture and history of the Progress Estate conservation area are explained in the character appraisal. We advise you to read the appraisal and management strategy in full via the PDF links below:

Progress Estate character appraisal adopted Dec 2007

Progress Estate management strategy adopted Dec 2007

The Residents' Association are unable to offer guidance on individual cases.  
Please contact Royal Greenwich Planning officers for assistance - Royal Greenwich Planning

(via the Royal Greenwich Council Website)


Thursday, 10 December 2020

Progress Estate Residents Celebrate Advent

Following on from the VE celebrations, clap for carers, rainbow trail and Halloween decorations, residents of the Progress Estate are launching their 13 advent windows to Christmas. 

Each date a window on a particular street will be revealed to celebrate the countdown to the big day.

The schedule for the windows is a follows:

Day              Date                         Street

Saturday         12 December 2020        Lovelace Green

Sunday         13 December 2020        Phineas Pett

Monday         14 December 2020        Arsenal Road

Tuesday         15 December 2020        Lovelace Green

Wednesday 16 December 2020        Whinyates Road

Thursday         17 December 2020        Arsenal Road

Friday         18 December 2020        Congreve Road

Saturday         19 December 2020        Moira Road

Sunday         20 December 2020        Phineas Pett

Monday         21 December 2020        Arsenal Road

Tuesday         22 December 2020        Cobbett Road

Wednesday 23 December 2020        Well Hall Road

Thursday         24 December 2020        Granby Road

Why not take some time to explore our wonderful estate and visit these window displays?

Friday, 13 November 2020

November 2020 Newsletter

 

November 2020

Dear All,

It has been uncharacteristically long since our last newsletter. We had hoped to get a Spring newsletter to you, but, as with many things, Covid put a spanner in the works. 

With restrictions changing, and the end of the year approaching, we can finally get at least one newsletter to you before 2020 ends!

There has been so much going on in our community over the course of this year so far, that we wanted to share as much as we can with everyone. We saw fabulous VE Day celebrations; we have seen the whole estate on their doorsteps clapping the NHS; there have been rainbows in hundreds of windows; and the community has come together to help neighbours, friends, and strangers through these testing months. 

As we approach the Winter months, it is even more important that we continue to look out for one another. We must keep in mind our own health and that of our neighbours. Hopefully, by following the rules, we can move towards an enjoyable Christmas period, with family and friends. 

The end of the year, also means changes here at the committee. We are unable to hold our AGM; and the time comes for new members to join, and current members to step down. 

I must extend a big thank you to Kirsty, who will be stepping down as Secretary of the Residents Association. Kirsty has done a fabulous and meticulous job as secretary. Her contribution will be greatly missed. Rob has also stepped down as Chair of the Residents Association, having moved on to life outside the city!  Finally, I will also be stepping down (at least for now), as editor of the newsletter, as I welcome a new member to my family early in the new year.  We would love to hear from anyone keen to take on these roles.

It may be early to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and I’ll refrain from reminding you all to wash your hands,  but I hope we can all look forward to a safe end of the year and a healthy start to 2021. We look forward to hopefully starting the new year on a positive footing!        
Zoe Wilson
Community Coming Together
Over the past few months, which have been testing for many, we have seen our local community really pull together! From the community WhatsApp group, bringing people together, and organising help for those in need; to rainbows in windows, and clapping the NHS on our doorsteps. 
 
Back in May, we saw wonderful celebrations across the estate in honour of VE Day 75. Thankfully the sunny weather, meant neighbours could come together outside. We saw celebrations with music, flags, laughter and cake!

We also saw windows and pavements across the Progress Estate brightened up with rainbows, to celebrate our wonderful NHS, and all our national and local heroes!

Neighbour shoutout!
There have been so many local good deeds taking place over these testing few months, that now is the time for some positivity.  We want to recognise those that have helped others in need.  If you have a positive lockdown story, or a neighbour that you would like recognised, then please let us know, so we can recognise them in the next newsletter.
Let’s acknowledge our own local heroes!
Contact us at theprogressestate@gmail.com with your nominations

AGM Update
Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our AGM in December, as would be customary. We have looked in to the possibility of holding the AGM virtually, but there is no viable way to do this successfully. However, we are committed to holding the AGM as early as possible in the New Year. As soon as social distancing, and government guidance allows, then we will share details on plans for a postponed 2020 AGM.

As always, the AGM agenda (when able to take place) will be:

1) Minutes of the 2019 AGM
2) Annual reports (a summary will also be included on our website, www.progressestate.co.uk)
3) Resolutions submitted to the Secretary (a new submission date is TBC)
4) Continuance of Affiliation
5) Election of Officers and committee members

AGM Resolutions 
Matters Residents wish to be considered at the AGM are called Resolutions. These include nominations for people to serve as Committee members, which must be seconded by a Resident who is present at the meeting. Resolutions will be passed if a majority of Residents voting, vote in favour. 
Resolutions must be in writing. They should be sent to the Progress Estate, ideally by email, to theprogressestate@gmail.com. Alternatively, call 07852 888992 to be told where to address resolutions.
You must include your name and address in your email or letter. 

Available Positions
With several changes within the association, we are now looking for peoplethat would be interested in taking up any of the following roles:
- Chair Person
- Association Secretary
- Newsletter Editor
If you are interested in getting involved with the association or any of these roles then please contact us at theprogressestate@gmail.com 

Tribute to Margaret Johnson
Very sadly,  a valued member of the Resident’s Association passed away this month. Margaret was a beloved member of the association, who had everyone smiling on all occasions. She had a playful sense of humour, and was never short of a story to tell. Her joyful nature and infectious laughter will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with all her family and friends. 

Halloween, Christmas and New Year
With Halloween having just passed, and Christmas just around the corner.  We know that friends and family are hoping to be able to celebrate together , and hopefully enjoy a glass of mulled wine. As a community we have been fantastic at keeping our neighbours in mind, and looking out for each other. Let’s continue to look after one another, and stay mindful of putting the community first when participating in all activities. 


Neighbourhood Watch
If you would like to join your NEW Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, please contact arsenalrdgranbyrdnhw@gmail.com






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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Margaret Johnston Obituary - ex-Vice-Chair - Progress Residents Committee Association

Margaret Johnson: in memoriam

Miles Davis died on 28 September 1991, a Saturday. I heard the news on the radio on the Sunday morning, a lovely, sunny Autumn day. I was living in North Somerset at the time. Our house was on the top of a hill looking towards the Severn Estuary. I put my 1959 Fontana LP of Kind of Blue on the deck, turned up the volume, opened the French doors and stood outside to listen to the music. That unmistakeable Harmon mute was now forever silenced.  

Kirsty McGrath (PRA Secretary) wrote to me soon after Margaret Johnston died and asked if we had heard the news. I said we had; it was as though a piece of the Estate’s living history was no longer with us.

...And so it will be with us all. Each of us is the sum of a unique patchwork of individual experiences that will die with us. But because Margaret lived on the Estate for so many years, (and was heavily involved in the running of the PRA), and so many of us are thankful that we knew her, her passing will be collectively mourned by many.

Keith Billinghurst