Thursday 26 May 2011 10.24pm
Further to the above:
Tim Seddon did presentation for St Modwen about their vision for the re-development of the shopping centre. He insisted it wasn't a refurbishment. Basically he repeated what is already known, saying that the planning process would probably not finish until 2014 in any case.
He promised more lifts, escalators and ramps and explained how they would like to expend the centre using the existing empty space around it. He said that SM did not feel brave enough (his words) in the
current economic climate to demolished a sound building, hence the new plans.
They showed us visuals of their vision and that wasn't really encouraging... pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zefrog/tags/stmodwen/
In other news: there will be two public exhibitions of the masterplan for the Lend Lease scheme this year. one in June and on in November.
outline planning permission for the Heygate and detailed planning permission for Rodney place will be made in Spring 2012 while the one for the shopping centre is pencilled in for Autumn 2012.
E&C SPD should be published in October 2011 and agreed in April 2012.
Something called Network Insurance (never heard of them so may have got that wrong) who are in charge of the bit of road between the Northern line station and the roundabout is apparently now against the "peninsulisation" of said roundabout. This would have allowed for escalators into the stations.
TfL and a negociating member of the Southwark exec team (a woman - didn't catch her name) made conciliatory and reassuring noises about the future of the Station, saying there is still and that improvement
will happen just when they have figured out who is going to pay for it. the £200m figure (apparently reported in the press - I only seem to remember £160m) is apparently obsolete.
was there as well as a few councilors (including Fiona Colley who was chairing). Rob Deck was there for Lend Lease who very much seemed to be the driving force behind the meeting. his presentation didn't say anything new as far as I could tell.
next meeting in June...
That's about it. I hope this is of interest.