I read your post with interest.
I own 60 Weston Street
which is within the Bermondsey Street
Conservation Area. The proposed development of Melior Street
and Snowsfields under planning references 13/AP/3059 & 13/AP/3060 is a proposal which will alter the area to the great disadvantage of business owners and local residents.
The application, in my view, is essentially disingenuous. Buried within the application and effectively concealed is a pedestrian access route accessed via a small alleyway between 60 & 62 Weston Street
which will be the only access to the commercial space within the development.
The commercial space, in my view, will also include an effective entrance for The Manna Centre. I calculate that there could be 200 or so Manna Centre clients using this alleyway 7 days a week plus 490 commercial pedestrian movements potentially 24 hours a day. This will have a dramatic and highly negative effect on the neighbourhood.
Accordingly, I would urge all your contacts to write to the local authority at Planning Division, Development Management (5th Floor - Hub 2), PO Box 64529, London, SE1P 5LX and provide cogent planning reasons why this application should be refused.
I list below what I believe would be reasons to stop this scheme:-
1) Effect on character of neighbourhood
The sheer quantum of people using this narrow alleyway and congregating on the pavement in Weston Street
opposite The Greenwood Theatre
2) Noise & Disturbance
The proposed use of this alleyway to the rear of commercial and residential properties in Snowsfields and Weston Street
will blight people's quiet enjoyment of this space.
Making what is currently a quiet alleyway into, in effect, a public pavement will result in overlooking of 60 Weston Street
and the rear of properties in Snowsfields and Weston Street
4) Loss of Privacy
The foregoing will result in a loss of privacy to all the residents in Snowsfields and Weston Street
that have views of The Church and current City Banking College buildings.
5) Effect of Development on Residential Amenity
For all of the above reasons I think there will be a negative effect on amenities in the local area.
I think the sheer scale of this development does not respect the surrounding existing buildings within the conservation area.
7) Design, Bulking & Massing
It is noticeable and. in particular, on the Snowsfields frontage just how overbearing this development would be if granted permission.
8) Out of Character/Out of Scale/Overbearing
Due to the sheer quantum of building footprint proposed on this site, it does not sit well within the conservation area.
9) Higher Standards Within a Conservation Area
For all the foregoing reasons, any development should relate and sit sympathetically within the conservation area. This proposed development by its design and materials is alien to the locality.
10) Highway Safety
If several hundred people can enter and exit this narrow alleyway to commercial premises (including The Manna Centre clients) will result in there being inadequate space as the pavement is 2m wide or less at this point. When the modernisation of London Bridge station is completed Weston Street
will be a principal route to the station and the sheer number of pedestrians will likely result in people being forced onto the road with dangerous consequences.
For any and all the above reasons I would urge all those interested in preserving and enhancing the conservation area to write to Southwark Council
objecting against this scheme citing any and all of the above reasons which are cogent and material facts which the local planning authority ought to take into account when determining this application.
As a final note, maybe neighbours could contact the local councillors (Denise Capstick
) so that they in turn can make representations to the planning officers to refuse this application.
I hope we can rally the neighbourhood against this ill considered scheme.