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Borough High Street - proposed demolition of historic building and yet another hotel

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Thursday 4 February 2016 10.53pm
I'm not sure I've seen anything about this on here surprisingly. There is a planning application that appeared to be going through almost under the radar until a few days ago - limited consultation, confusion over consultation dates, etc. It's a proposal to demolish an historic building on Borough High Street (in a conservation area) and build a 7 storey hotel, another one. The building houses 5 local businesses including a photographic studio - they face relocation or closure. It would also mean that the large 'Monster Clothing' painted wall advertising hoarding would be obscured.

Details here and if you wish to comment, please do so asap:

The planning ref is: 15/AP/4980
Friday 5 February 2016 4.05pm
Barnes was the first private opticians I went to in 1958! Will have a look at the plans..
Monday 8 February 2016 3.08pm
very sad yet who can stand in the way of re-development - one thing they can never take away is our memories
Tuesday 9 February 2016 1.34pm
I can't even get onto the Southwark Council 'find an application' page to review it and leave comments.
Monday 11 July 2016 10.08pm
Due to be considered by planning sub-committee next week; recommended for approval

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Tuesday 12 July 2016 11.54pm
Southwark Planning - utterly untrustworthy and not fit for purpose
Sunday 17 July 2016 11.57am
The meeting is at 7pm at the council offices at 160 Tooley Street on Tuesday! Please do come. 57 people have objected and what we loose is local amenities like the opticians!
Wednesday 20 July 2016 11.16am
Unfortunately I couldn't make the meeting as I was stuck at work but it sounds like it was a done deal anyway despite the objections. Sad to hear that it was approved and the Monster ghost wall will disappear. I have lost all hope with Southwark's Planning Dept.
Wednesday 20 July 2016 6.03pm
Just look at the track record of Southwark Planning. There is a shocking disregard for community interests. Attend a Planning meeting. You really have to see them in action, it beggars belief. It deserves more scrutiny and publication of their behaviour over, say, the last ten years.

Public objections are treated flippantly or with complete contempt. Public consultation is an utter sham. Deals are done behind closed doors with developers. Voting appears pre determined.

As I said earlier, untrustworthy and not fit for purpose. We deserve better.
Thursday 21 July 2016 9.09am
Southwark Council has no community interest.
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