Hi - I live at 239 Long Lane. A developer has sent letters out saying work is to be started on a new build on our car park entrance, which is actually on Bermondsay Street, directly behind the building to which you are referring. It makes sense if the land it stands on will also be included too.
The work actually started a few months ago without any notification, so our residents committee had it stopped via a solicitor as it would block the entrance to our underground car park. It was agreed that they would leave ample room for us to drive down in to the garage, once the building was finished. They have made arrangement for us to drive in to the car park, via the current exit on Long Lane…if that makes sense.
That's all I have off the tope of my head, but if you need more, then email me and I will dig out what I can when I get home. At the very least, I can you the name of the developer.
Wow - so the guys who are doing the demolition are unrelated to Commodore who will be building the new building in the space next to Bermondsey Kitchen? That is incredible. My flat overlooks the site so I watched with astonishment yesterday as the JCB bloke attacked the old buildings.
So far as I can tell from the Southwark Council website, only the buildings on the very bottom end of that part of Bermondsey Street, and the small building right next to Tanners Yard, are buildings of interest under the Southwark development policy. The rest of that small plot of buildings is presumably up for grabs from a development point of view, but I agree that you would hope the council would make some kind of effort if an illegal demolition was occurring. What next? Could some other team just move in and start demolishing the Recall site?
Don't get it. If they are working without permission, doesn't the council have any powers to stop them, request police intervention and/or fine the developer behind it? Otherwise, what's the point of applying to the Council for building planning permissions?
Presumably the developers are taking a calculated risk that (a) the Council won't stop them and any fine will be small and (b) they'll get permission to put up replacment buildings soon so are saving time by knocking down the old ones now.