Tuesday 23 March 2010 9.57pm
Having read part of Southwark Council
's London Bridge Planning Framework covering Bermondsey Village and the Bermondsey Street
Conservation Area I feel that the council are too accommodative to the desire of large scale developers at the expense of the character of our neighbourhood.
makes plenty of relevant and worthy observations about the area:
*The fine grain character and scale of the medieval street pattern remains largely intact... particularly in the Bermondsey Street
*A series of alleyways and courtyards lead off Bermondsey Street
. The narrow arched entrances along Bermondsey Street
are a distinctive feature of the area.
The general planning recommendations appear constructive too:
*The scale and setting of historic buildings... should be protected and improved. The dominant building type is 19th century warehousing of small to medium scale. Historic warehouse buildings should be adapted and reused.
*The conservation area is quite sensitive to buildings heights and the impact of tall buildings on the appreciation of the area needs to be carefully considered, in particular the view down Bermondsey Street
*Development should respect the established building height of the area. The predominant building height is 2 to 5 storeys.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the council recommends that consideration should be given to a building of on St. Thomas Street of 100 metres(!!!) in height, at the Weston Street
end of the current car park site, which steps down significantly towards the Bermondsey Street
Why? Given everything the council has written about the important historical character of our neighbourhood why should consideration be given to anything other than a 2-5 storey building? Recently local residents vocally objected to a high-rised development on the site of the former Recall warehouse, why doesn't the council take into account these kind of local objections when formulating new planning frameworks?
There is an opportunity to discuss this with the council tomorrow night at 7pm at Bermondsey Village Hall