*** Guinness Court Development Plans (Part 2) ***
Those of us living at 38-42 Snowsfields, along with our much loved local small businesses down below, had a visit from the new Planning (Case) Officer last week, and, acknowledging the nature and gravity of our objections, confirmation that...
THE PLANNING DECISION has now be DEFERRED to a "later date"
— which we are currently assuming could be as soon as 28 March
[watch this space… http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeId=119
And so, time enough and indeed 'time now' for the community to get organised and get together, to hear what each other is thinking, hearing, seeing, doing and wanting. Please don't struggle with this is in silence or alone …whether you've been promised a new kitchen and bathroom for doing so or not :-)
Key objectors and or their representatives from the north side of the street as well as the Grainstore in Weston Street
— together more than 30 households, many who've been in the area for 20-plus years — are going to be meeting:
*** THIS THURSDAY, 02 MARCH 6.15ish - 8pm (or as soon as you can!) ***
venue — less than 3 minutes walk from Guinness Court — to be confirmed via separate email [please private message via this website for details, post a reply here and I'll private message you if that's easier :-) ]
— Ever wondered why those three 80-plus year old street trees outside Guinness Court were removed under 'emergency measures' two years ago?
Snowsfields Yard's developers were looking for somewhere to 'dump' their 'Affordable Housing' commitment. Atop Guinness Court seemed like a good idea at the time, if Guinness could just 'tidy up and clear' their street frontage in order to facilitate access to and soonest commencement of their development site. That little-known deal fell through, and so now we try and find out who's actually paying for Guinness' social housing provision this time round …those 'in lieu' payments instead of providing onsite Affordable Housing (social rent or 'other') as part of their own development. Plenty to choose from round about!
— 'raging' here will of course change little, whereas making sure that all who want to can express their objections using 'good information' and proper Planning grounds really can :-)
We already have one light survey done, and another survey on its way to further counter the deeply flawed third-party 2015 reports on which Guinness have based their 2016-17 Application, and will actually have a barrister, and a finance expert, speaking for us at Committee.
All professional opinion to date emphasises the flaws, misrepresentations, omissions and inaccuracies in Guinness' application …notwithstanding the fact that Guinness have chosen a former Southwark Senior Planner as their Planning Consultant, to advise on and submit their Application.
[actually the woman behind the Strata 'Barcode' tower at The Elephant, officially "2010 Carbuncle of the Year", Neo Bankside
next door to Tate Modern
(the subject of protests in response to its 2016 Sterling Prize unsuccessful nomination) and The Shard
, according to 3 of the 5 'career highlights' on her Linkedin page ...under "Southwark Council
[…] see description" where these developments are in fact referred to as the "Castle House" and "Hoxton Street" with no intention to obscure the truth of course :-) — https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-greer-9296981a/
Although here on Snowsfields Julie Greer is determinedly assuming the 'moral crusade' of social housing and conservation of both heritage and community…]. Always good to know who and what contradictions you are up against :-)
Lilypod, everyone, never more so than at this point, we'd love to bring other affected people with similar or different perspectives in on the discussion — especially although not exclusively Guinness Court residents, particularly those who live on the existing upper floors, and/or in Block C, and or don't have lifetime tenancies, and are understandably concerned about having to move out for up to two years and possibly not being able to return...
We are putting together alternative plans. And know who'd we'd like to speak to to ensure we get this right!
Meanwhile, Guinness' Snowsfields page says it all. It seemingly hasn't been updated for over a year — so much for keeping any of us informed, even if we thought we knew where to look!
"Our proposals are at a very early stage […] We’ll keep this page updated"
*** SEE YOU THURSDAY ***