Hi Robert, I've looked at the elevation drawings and it looks like the art gallery will still be on the ground floor when the building is complete. I have to say Lambeth planning pages are not as clear as Southwark planning pages and I was not able to see if anyone had objected to the plan. I'm not too happy with an 8 storey building right opposite the Old Vic, that makes no attempt to blend in. In my opinion, anything built there should not distract from the Old Vic, not should it be taller than the rest of the street.
That's good. I did write to Lambeth about the proposals and suggested that it might be a good idea to consult with residents along The Cut even though parts are in Southwark. Lambeth don't seem to consult anywhere near as openly and widely as Southwark Council.
Wonder if I'll ever hear Southwark Planning Department saying this: '.... turned down the planning application on that grounds that the "height, massing, bulk, scale and design of the development fails to respond to the local context of the site, resulting in an incongruous building which would be out of keeping with The Cut street scene".
An 8 storey tower on that small site was always going to be a no-no and I now expect to see the modified ( but originally intended) plans submitted and accepted by the council, maybe even just nodded through.
No higher than the adjacent social housing thus maintaing the average height of buildings on the street would, in my opinion, be acceptable.
I wonder if Lambeth will apply the same criteria to the redevelopement of the bookshop site on the corner of Waterloo Road and Baylis Road. I suspect not especially if they follow Southwark's thinking of Waterloo Road being a gateway to the two cities.
Having bought two paintings from Llewellyn Alexander's gallery over the years I would hate to see it go anywhere else. It is the classiest shop on the street and adds more than most others in uplifting the character of The Cut.