A 32-storey block next to the tiny church would be totally out of proportion. Also, all old houses, including the Paper Moon pub and the small shop in the corner (with signs about printer's association or similar) would have to go. Everything actually up to the Mad Hatter pub in Stamford Street.
The developers want to turn this end of Blackfriars Bridge into a mini Manhattan, as there are also plans for similar height buildings above Southwark Station and on the empty lot next to the Post Office. Also the building replacing Sainbury's old HQ has some considerable height. Are they obsessed about towers only because they think they then have something to bargain with the opposition, and offer to take a few floors off as a compromise? Or just because they know Southwark Council, supported by the mayor, eventually will agree to any plans, ignoring the opposition.
I assume that there is an element of bargaining involved... e.g. " we went to the local residents with 32 floors, they thought it too tall, so we have cut it down to 24 (aren't we being reasonable) so waddya think Southwark? " Other people on this forum know more about how the relevant council committee makes its decisions (and also who is in the committee) - that would be where I would start my lobbying.
As long as they do not infringe St Paul's Heights they think they can build almost anything!!! On a recent trip to Chicago Planning Department, they can build almost anything without permission as long as they see the Mayor first and he tell's them what he wants to be included in the redevelopment ie more trees, parks open space or car parking etc.
Red Bus is right! We may negotiate with developers and celebrate when they agree to minor changes with a pat on the head!
What about the infractructure and the effect of these develoments on the community?Southwark Council must take note of these important issues. You need to lobby them! Even if planning consent is not granted first time round they will probably win on appeal so a Masterplan for the area is crucial.
There will be millions of S106 funding available (Planning Gain Money) you need to tell Southwark Council what you want to maintain a sustainable community! Like a swimming pool and cinema - they are possible.
Don't keep talking it's time for ACTION write letters to Regeneration Executive Richard Porter copied to Ward Councillors and Simon Hughes.
Bankside Residents Forum will be submitting a S106 "wish list" to Southwark Council and developers but they need the community to put their ideas on paper.
Send copies of letters and ideas to Bankside Residents Forum, 185 Park Street, SE1 9DY who are currently co-ordinating resident feedback to Southwark and key developers
When Bankside 1-2-3 (the old St Christopher's House site) on Southwark Street was agreed the SEction 106 sum was around £8 Million. There are plenty more large developments proposed - the least we can do is get something back for the community. How much does a health centre or swimming pool cost? Or the creation of a small park?
easiest way of getting it listed is by providing photo's and some kind of proof that it's of national importance, say by some famous architect, or of local significance, or even valued as part of a group. The more evidence the better.