Saturday 18 December 2010 12.45am
Its interesting to read this thread and see how the north of the borough has changed in significance in the last 25 years.
Back in the 1980s almost anything (in planning terms) could be done in the north of the borough because, as Tabularasa says, most councillors came from the south and hardly knew that the north of the borough existed. That was the central reason why the Bermondsey Street
Conservation Area was largely ignored by Southwark Council
Today, the north of the borough is certainly the most publicly recogniseable part of Southwark and I'm not surprised that councillors see it as the 'engine room' of the borough. So, in the last 25 years, the north of the borough has gone from being entirely ignored to being the focus of attention.
Sadly, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s there wasn't an established community in the north of the borough which had enough clout to get the attention of the planners. The result is that, today, any effort to obtain a coherent planning policy for the north of the borough now needs to accomodate diverse interests including a relatively newly arrived residential community and a commercial community who are in the area to make money.
I hope that Southwark will find some way of accomodating these two communities and to the benefit of both.
Regards to all.