Saturday 3 April 2004 11.13am
Has anyone noticed that in the existing Southwark UDP, one of the objectives (excuse me if I haven't used the correct jargon word) is to increase open space in this area. In the proposed new UDP, this has been taken out and replaced with simply endeavouring to improve existing open space. Object while you can, all those who see fit - your very last chance is nigh!
Having said this, I do agree with Lang
Rabbie that the forces which have created this dearth of greenness and openness are not the UDP but are more financial in nature (see my post on part 1 of this thread). While I think that, as one way of trying to change things its worthwhile objecting to the UDP if done with other people and support from organisations and councillors etc, and done at the best time which in this case has already passed, I think that those of us who would like to see more green space need to think of other, perhaps more innovative and creative ways to achieve our aim (assuming none of us have the money to buy out the developers). Coin St Community Builders did it with housing, against the odds. Burgess Park
was carved out of built-up land, albeit in an area less desirable to developers. Residents in Scotland have bought the land their communities are on. All examples where people were no doubt told their idealism was unrealistic and unachievable.
I would be interested in other peoples' ideas about possible ways forward in view of the high land prices locally. Its going to be a hard battle - so lets make sure we are putting our energies into the right areas. I dont believe its impossible or unrealistic, I think its very difficult but essential if we want to create an area people will continue to want to live in once the current vogue for SE1 has passed.