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Monday 6 July 2020 3.36pm
https://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/10335

Obviously the developers have been told to go away and think again on this one.

That said, I would note that the stretch of St Thomas St adjacent to London Bridge station is predominantly high-rise currently, or is planned to be. The rejected development was certainly in keeping with this pattern, and consistent with the idea (espoused by Ken Livingston and others since) of siting large office buildings close to transport hubs.

As far as I can work out, the site is not actually in a conservation area. Until relatively recently (i.e. until the Shard/LB developments), the site was basically waste land, used for parking as I recall. The area around the old warehouse on Snowsfields has been a real eyesore for some time. Overall, I can see how the developers might be feeling a little hard done by.

I should advise that I am a local resident, though not on Bermondsey Street, Snowsfields, or St Thomas St, i.e. not immediately local.
Tuesday 7 July 2020 5.17pm
stxmld wrote:
The area around the old warehouse on Snowsfields has been a real eyesore for some time. Overall, I can see how the developers might be feeling a little hard done by.

I dare say the site is like that precisely because the land owners have been letting it degrade deliberately to reach a favourable tipping point whereby it's beyond saving. For what it's worth there are and have been a few items stored on-site over the years that are clearly marked 'property of the Shard'.

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