Tuesday 12 March 2002 6.14pm
I have to disagree I would like to see a supermarket serving the Bermondsey Street
and surrounding area, but I think the More site at Tooley Street
is a more suitable location and will provide better access - I've heard rumours that it one is planned. This would not stop me using my local corner shop and I would be happy to support any smaller outfits, like delis or specialist shops in the area. You only have to look at the massive popularity of Borough Market
and new shops springing up at London Bridge Station
to see the demand.
I have heard about the proposed development at Tabard Street
through this site and am concerned. It is architecturally inappropriate to the surrounding area and scale. The only beneficiaries seem to be the developers. As demand increases, and less land becomes available and smaller sites only, I imagine many developers are going to try and pull something like this. This kind of development can only dilute the charm and character of the area, which is already being challenged by some very bad new buildings, but thankfully also supported by some insightful new buildings. There are obvious commercial benefits to the council and it is going to be interesting to see how the planning department deal with this application. Doesn't it fall within the conservation area anyway, and does this afford any protection against high storey developments?
I read a post about the planner dealing with the application; does anyone know how many objections have been made and what the general opinion of the planner is?