Wednesday 21 January 2004 6.01pm
I am always blaming Southwark Council
- but maybe I am wrong to do so...
What I would like is a Development Dept. (or whatever it is called) which actually forces developers to put in the kind of development which we all know makes for a more mixed, interesting, diverse and attractive area. This really isn't rocket science:
- a mix of different housing sizes (see above)
- a wide range of different retail uses
- community facilities
- some low cost flexible commercial space to encourage local entrepreneurs/artists
I have lived in Borough (the North... NOBO?) for 8 years and am sick of hearing Southwark Council
talk about creating a diverse and mixed part of town, when what we get is:
- plenty of 1/2 bed gated expensive flats (oh, sorry, loft 'style' flats)
- huge office developments (city overspill?)
- erm, that's it.
BUT, maybe I am wrong to blame the Council - can anyone tell me if they actually have the power to enforce that kind of development or are the planning laws to blame? For years I have been turning Council officers' ears red with accusations of a lack of imagination on their part. Maybe it is a lack of power.