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Large vehicles in Heathway : a code of conduct

When it is necessary for a large vehicle to park at your property we urge all residents to:

  1. Let your neighbours know – details of time, date and duration will reduce difficulties and frustration.
  2. Ask your builder/contractor to:
  • Come in the shortest way and consider reversing into Heathway to avoid the difficulties of turning in the lane
  • Try to avoid Mondays, since there are several visits by dustbin lorries that day
  • Not drive fast – pedestrians and pets are often in the lane
  • Watch out for tree branches
  • Not leave sharp or dangerous rubbish around at any time
  • Be aware that Heathway is a private, unadopted lane. There are rights of way but no legal right to park
  • Observe the Planning conditions on their work. (Planning approval is granted with conditions, specifying maximum hours of work, noise levels, clearance of site mud etc.)


Conservation in Heathway

Heathway is a distinctive part of the Blackheath Conservation Area, which extends from the eastern end of Westcombe Park down to St German’s Place. It is a relatively rare example  within the borough of a semi-rural mews lane.

Originally serving the large Victorian housing in St Johns Park and Vanbrugh Park, it remains defined by its relationship to these locally listed buildings. In particular their setting is enhanced by the balance achieved between the built spaces and large extent of surrounding green spaces. In fact it is the sylvan nature of the street scene, which is the most distinctive and valuable characteristic of the lane.

Whereas the mixed nature of development styles is shared with Langton Way, Heathway is distinguished by the predominance of pitched roofs and traditional building styles, as well as being narrower and winding at its western end towards the Heath.

The Heathway Residents and Neighbourhood Watch Association is concerned to preserve and enhance the character of the street scene in Heathway, as well as to maintain and enhance the tree cover. It is the lane’s sylvan character and proliferation of vegetation that makes it attractive, which the association is anxious to maintain.

Heathway is vulnerable to the risk of plot subdivision and erosion of character through incremental development, especially through backland development. There is also a long term threat to the character of Vanbrugh Park, if the remaining Victorian houses are converted from single family homes to multiple residences, as a result of the trend for unrestrained infill of the garden plots.


16 April 2013