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Redevelopment of the South London Islamic Centre (SLIC)

SLIC held two public exhibitions to present proposals for its new centre on Mitcham Lane. The public exhibitions were held on Wednesday 14 September at Streatham Leisure Centre and Saturday 17 September on-site, at SLIC. A copy of the exhibition boards are available for download here.

The exhibition boards will also be on display at Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 1PN until Monday 3 October 2016.

The new centre will provide new prayer facilities, a café, meeting halls, classrooms, gymnasium, inter-faith library, funeral services and a nursery.

A key driver of the design is to promote inter-faith dialogue and create a welcoming environment for the whole community whatever their religious beliefs. Atelier UWA is working on the designs for the scheme.

We will be applying to London Borough of Lambeth for planning permission in due course.

For more information or any enquires please contact Jessica Stewart at Comm Comm UK via email at jessicas@commcommuk.com or on 020 7125 0421.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The South London Islamic Centre (SLIC)

Q) Who is SLIC?

A) The South London Islamic Centre (SLIC) is a centre for religious, educational and cultural purposes. The centre has been in Streatham since 1977 and the name ‘South London Islamic Centre’ has been used since it was established. SLIC operates as a registered charity serving the needs of the Muslim community in Streatham.

SLIC has a strong cross-generational community of worshippers who use the centre for various purposes. Other than offering a space for Salat (prayers), the centre also runs core subject classes, including Science and English, holiday play schemes, martial arts classes such as kickboxing and various ladies fitness classes.

Q) When are SLIC prayer sessions/peak times?

A) SLIC has five regular prayer times throughout the day. The times of the prayers are linked to the solar cycle of sunrise and sunset that varies according to the seasons. Generally, these are at intervals from early morning and end by 10.30pm. SLIC’s peak attendance occurs during Friday prayer, also known as Jummah, which is the main congregational prayer for Muslims. Jummah is conducted over two sessions at SLIC. In the summer, prayer times are from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and in the winter, prayer times are from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Worshippers only stay for one of the Friday prayers, for approximately 45 minutes. Currently 1,660 people attend Jummah over the two sessions; typically 1,400 for the first session and 260 worshippers for the second.

Q) What is the history of the site?

A) Streatham began to see development in the 18th Century when the site is believed to have been a private manor house. The site was then home to Streatham Grammar School in the late 19th Century. However, in 1903 the school was demolished and Streatham fire station was built. Only half of the fire station survived the Blitz in 1940, while the other half of the building was classified as ‘damaged beyond repair’ and demolished. In the 1970s, Islamic worshippers in London would have to meet in private homes to worship. When SLIC opened in 1977 it offered an open and welcoming space for Muslims to meet. Over the past 40 years, SLIC has built a strong cross-generational community of worshippers who use the centre for religious, educational and cultural purposes.

Travel and Transport

Q) Where do SLIC’s congregation travel from?

A) The majority of worshippers live in the immediate locality of SLIC. Approximately 77% of the members live within a 1.5mile catchment area around the site.

Q) What are the transport links like in the area?

A) The South London Islamic Centre has a high PTAL rating of 6a, which means that Transport for London considers it to have very effective transport links. The mosque is located opposite Streatham train station and a ten-minute walk from Streatham Hill and Streatham Common train stations. There is also a very good bus infrastructure locally, with a stop located immediately outside SLIC. Buses run towards central London, Kingston, Croydon and the City.

There are existing footways on both sides of Mitcham Lane, which is a TfL red route, providing pedestrian access. There is also a cycle route located north of the site, running through Tooting Bec Common

Q) Will the new development increase the number of worshippers on-site?

A) Although the proposed SLIC redevelopment will increase the current footprint, internal space and the range of services will expand, it is anticipated that there will not be a considerable rise in worshippers. The proposals do have flexibility of room use to allow for up to 10% growth of worshippers. However, our transport consultants do not believe the scheme will have a material impact on the number of cars on the surrounding road network. Since it was established in 1977, a number of other mosques have been established in the locality, including Streatham, Streatham Hill, Tooting, Balham, Norbury, Dulwich and Peckham.

Mosque Address Distance from SLIC
Streatham Hill Mosque 104a Streatham High Road, SW16 1BW 0.5m
Mitcham Makkah Masjid 201a Streatham Road, CR4 2AJ 1.2m
Sunni Muslim Association and Community Centre 20 Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BD 1.4m
Norbury Mosque 1544 London Road, SW16 4EU 1.5m
Brixton Hill Islamic Centre 226a-228a Brixton Hill, SW2 1HE 1.6m
Bismillah Mosque and Cultural Centre 1370c London Road, SW16 4DE 1.8m
Tooting Islamic Centre 152-156 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7TJ 1.8m
Balham Mosque 47a Balham High Road, SW12 9AW 1.8m
West Norwood Mosque 58-60 Norwood High Street, SE27 9NR 2.0m
Mitcham Islamic Centre 246-248 London Road, CR4 3HD 2.1m
Al Muzammil Mosque 8 Gatton Road, SW17 0EZ 2.1m
Norbury Muslim Centre 1116 London Road, SW16 4DT 2.3m
Lambeth Islamic Cultural Centre Bellefields Road, SW9 9UQ 2.8m
Dar ul Amaan Islamic Centre 54 Merton High Street, SW16 1DH 2.8m
Croydon Mosque Islamic Centre 525 London Road, CR7 6AR 3.3m
Thornton Heath Mosque & Islamic Centre 150 Gilett Road, CR7 8SN 3.3m

 

Q) How will the new development impact traffic in the area?

A) Matrix, our transport consultants, have modelled the proposals and do not envisage any additional impact on traffic. We believe this development is an opportunity to help change the way people come to the mosque and encourage more people onto public transport and to walk. We are working with London Borough of Lambeth’s Highway Team and value any comments from the community on this issue. Parking surveys have been carried out to ensure that the development will not add significantly to the parking stress on the surrounding highway. A Travel Plan Action Plan will also be submitted and used to manage the development.

The roads around SLIC do not have any parking restrictions and can be used by anyone for parking, including commuters and visitors to the area. We do understand that roads are congested and we already encourage SLIC users not to drive. We are aware that Lambeth is undertaking a borough-wide parking audit and it is expected that there will eventually be Controlled Parking Zones throughout Lambeth. This would prevent non-residents applying for permits and parking in nearby streets.

Q) Will SLIC install a crossing outside of the mosque to connect to Streatham Green?

A) SLIC is often asked and would be happy to have a crossing outside but Mitcham Lane is a red route managed by TfL. TfL does not support a crossing as it would slow down the red route, which is of strategic importance to the road network in the area.

Proposals

Q) Who is on the professional development team?

  • The appointed architect is Atelier UWA. It is a London-based practice with a great track record of creating high-quality, community-focused schemes.
  • Comm Comm UK is a specialist planning, licensing and infrastructure communications agency with expertise and experience advising on implementing consultation and communications programmes.
  • Matrix is the transport consultant for the project. It is an independent transport planning and infrastructure consultancy.

Q) Why is redevelopment of the site needed?

A) The current site is disjointed, ageing and in need of wholesale development. It is difficult to maintain and is not able to accommodate all activities on-site. The centre is not fit-for-purpose and is currently bursting at the seams. The congregation often has to gather outside in the open-air as the building cannot accommodate all worshippers and activities on-site.

Q) What is the application for?

A) The application is for the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site. The new centre will provide prayer facilities, café, meeting halls, classrooms, gymnasium, inter-faith library, funeral services and a nursery.

Q) Are any of the buildings on-site listed or of local townscape merit?

A) The building is not listed or of local townscape merit but there are listed buildings in the vicinity, such as the nearby church, which is located adjacent to the South London Islamic Centre.

Q) Is the site in a conservation area?

A) Yes.

Q) How big will the new site be in comparison to the existing site?

Type of Use Exitsitng Floor Space Proposed Floor Space
Prayer Use 1,148.7sqm (including yard and flat roof) 723sqm (919sqm including flexible multi-purpose hall)
Indoor Sport/Gym 0sqm 504sqm
Retail/Café

0sqm 93sqm
Multi-Purpose Hall 0sqm 427sqm
Funeral Preperation 12sqm 12sqm
Library 37.5sqm 75sqm
Educational Use 529sqm 339sqm
Residential 6 Flats 0 Flats
Total 1727.2sqm + 6 Flats 2173sqm

 

Q) Why does the size of the prayer use decrease in the proposed building if you need more room?

A) Above highlights, that in real terms the development will not increase floor space for prayer use, however it will enable better organisation of internal space to ensure that all worshippers can pray inside.

Q) Why have the proposals changed since the handshake letters were delivered?

A) The proposals are emerging through the pre-planning phase. The fifth floor has been removed from the scheme following consultation with London Borough of Lambeth and the community. Removal of the fifth floor has resulted in the loss of the four proposed flats and reduces the mass and height of the proposed new centre. There are currently six flats on site for use by SLIC staff and if the proposals go ahead there will no longer be any flats on site. We have listened to feedback given previously to ensure that the development benefits the community and is a positive contribution. We are keen to listen to the community and will take on feedback and comments where possible.

Q) What will the building look like?

A) The concept for SLIC is a contemporary design with some traditional Islamic elements. The proposals incorporate materials inspired by Lambeth’s extensive architectural heritage such as, Roman Brick, Copper Louvers and Fritted Glass. The building will be four storeys plus basement. The new development will not be taller than the current building on-site.

Q) How will this benefit the local area?

A) The new centre will not be limited to prayer facilities but will also have educational, recreational and leisure facilities for use by all members of Streatham’s community. Furthermore, the centre will be set back from the street increasing the public realm space in front of the centre and opening up the pavement. The paving will be made to match existing paving on the opposite side of the street. There will also be Section 106 benefits to be agreed with Lambeth, such as transport contributions.

Consultation

Q) What is your programme of consultation?

A) The programme of consultation began in July when local politicians were contacted about the scheme. Public exhibitions will be held on Wednesday 14 September at Streatham Leisure Centre between 1pm and 6pm and Saturday 17 September at SLIC between 11am and 3pm. In mid-August, invitations to the public exhibition were sent to a distribution area comprising 2800 addresses around SLIC, advertised in the South London Press, added to SLIC’s website and circulated on twitter. The team will also be meeting with political and community stakeholders before submitting a planning application.

Q) Will there be an opportunity for the community to get involved in the designs?

A) Yes, we welcome community attendance at the public exhibitions where people will be able to meet the professional team and discuss the designs. All feedback is valuable and acted on where possible.

Q) How can I keep updated on the programme?

A) Please contact Jessica Stewart at jessicas@commcommuk.com or 020 7125 0421 to be added to the distribution list for updates. You can also fill in your details on a ‘Keep-in-touch’ form at the public exhibition.

Timescales

Q) When will the application be submitted?

A) SLIC will be submitting a planning application to London Borough of Lambeth in late 2016.

Q) When do you expect construction to start?

A) Subject to planning, the aim is for work to start mid-2017 for completion in mid to late-2018.

Q) How long will construction take?

A) Construction is estimated to take a year to 18 months. Subject to planning, the aim is for work to start mid-2017 for completion in mid to late-2018.

Q) Will you be closing any roads during construction?

A) Subject to being granted planning permission, a Construction Management Plan will be submitted. There will be a further community consultation for this Plan.