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Bermondsey Square: Southwark Council responds

Southwark Council has responded to opposition to the planned Bermondsey Square development and invited the local community to join in discussions.

The move comes after local residents and market traders presented a petition to Southwark Council Leader Cllr Nick Stanton expressing concern about the proposed development.

Last week, Southwark's Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development Cllr Catherine Bowman met with Bermondsey Square developer Urban Catalyst to discuss the petition and raised the issue of plans for a cinema.

The council claims that it is fully committed to involving the community and decided at the meeting to hold a series of discussions with local stakeholders during the coming weeks.

Cllr Bowman said: "Bermondsey Square is an innovative project and will bring lots of exciting opportunities to the area.

"However, it is important that local residents and traders are happy with the plans and so far I have been impressed by the developer's willingness to engage with the community.

"It's important to note that concerns that have been raised relating to the old plan. Urban Catalyst are working on new proposals and we will ensure the community are fully involved in their development.

"I plan to meet with local groups over the next few weeks to discuss their concerns in more detail."

The council says that further details will be made public after the discussions have taken place.

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