Tuesday 11 May 2004 2.28pm
Yes, they are owned by the body that owns Guys (although it may now be United Medical and Dental Schools or whatever they are called these days). A few years ago, when people started to get interested in this area, they put the rent up by a huge amount (tripled I believe but that may be rumour) with the result that the tenants, shoe shop etc moved out and no replacements found. The buildings have been allowed to run down, and this has been exacerbated by the owners demolishing a bit of timber-framed building to enlarge the entrance to Nags Head Yard for a one-way scheme that has since been abandonned, largely due to being delayed and messed about by Southwark Council
's traffic people. The timber-framed building was, to be fair, falling down anyway and not much use, but at least it wasn't as ugly as the huge metal gates which I thought were meant to be temporary. Southwark Planning enforcement section seems to do nothing about getting the gates sorted out, or about the fact that commercial vehicles use the other entrance to that yard all night when they are not meant to start till 7am - which I have repeatedly reported, as it wakes me up - I live directly opposite.
After the buildings were vacated and run down, a planning application was submitted to demolish them and replace with modern ones. Several people including the Conservation Advisory Group objected, saying that the buildings should be renovated rather than demolished, and the application was refused.