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Monday 18 January 2010 6.30pm
I see that the next phase of the Bermondsey Spa Regeneration Project is kicking into gear. The old brick apartment blocks at the corner of Abbey St and Jamaica Road are now being boarded up in preparation for their demolition. The offical website states 319 new homes are to be built (232 of which will be affordable) plus a supermarket and 4 new commerical units.

Has anyone seen any plans for what the new development will look like?
Monday 18 January 2010 11.10pm
No but I don't have to. Build right up to the edge of the pavement, if not out over it, pack 'em in, pile 'em high in their little boxes and cut down the trees.

Just like the rest of it.
Tuesday 19 January 2010 9.38am
There is a layout design in the marketing suite if you want to see what it will look like when it's finished.
Tuesday 19 January 2010 10.32am
Not sure I share Davies view on the redevelopment of the area, which has been well executed IMHO.

Might be worth looking at these sites for more information:

Tuesday 19 January 2010 1.21pm
carmenes82 wrote:
Not sure I share Davies view on the redevelopment of the area, which has been well executed IMHO....

I think Davies is right - the blocks that face onto Spa Road opposite the old Sorting Office were done exactly as he says - they built up to/over the pavement and then had the nerve to apply for permission to fell the trees there as they were too close to the building! I cannot understand why the council gave them permission.
Tuesday 19 January 2010 6.01pm
The council appear to be answerable once they are caught and taken to task.


Gary Bland
Thursday 21 January 2010 12.54pm
Im going to look there for a flat!
Thursday 21 January 2010 1.06pm
As with all development round these parts, they are far too densely packed. There was, in my opinion at least, nothing wrong with most of the blocks they're pulling down. They were spacious and well-equipped and built to last! One of the blocks in Spa Road had very bad, unsightly, white staining to the brickwork and I have seen them removing/repointing defective brickwork. They look like they've been done on the cheap!
Thursday 21 January 2010 2.09pm
Gavin, you're right about the density of flats and houses, but this is a question of planning permission, which the council has to take responsibility.

One of the many good decisions Boris Johnson has made, I am pleased to say, is that the size of rooms must conform to a minimum, quite a bit above the usual ridiculously small sizes, which is a great advancement, rather than a developer trying to get away with the smallest size possible, but we still have to rely on the council to do their bit.


Gary Bland
Thursday 21 January 2010 4.54pm
Gary Bland wrote:
"One of the many good decisions Boris Johnson has made"...

I liked everything you said bar that bit. I appreciate as Conservative candidate you like Boris, but I'm much more of a Red Ken guy - sure he has his faults but he is as personable (if not more so) as Boris and he does, at least I think, have people's interests in mind. Without going too much of topic, Ken had that deal with the Venezuelans that gave them advice on transport and us cheap diesel for our buses which, in turn, enabled Ken to allow the unemployed discounted travel. I understand this has been quietly withdrawn under Boris.

That said, that doesn't mean I'm a Labour supporter, nor am I a Conservative hater, and I like the fact that you're on the forum getting involved with local people and issues.
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