Saturday 16 April 2016 6.44pm
Something I guess we take for granted, but an excellent article by George Turner called Daylight Robbery got me thinking, especially as he mentioned new developments in Southwark. Here is an extract from his article
In Southwark a new development proposed for Blackfriars has a particularly nasty impact. The set of tall buildings being built by Barratt’s is surrounded by social housing, most of which will be plunged into darkness by a new development of luxury homes called Blackfriars Circus.
On the other side of Blackfriars Road
from the new development is the Blackfriars Estate. Built in 1871 it was one of the first Peabody housing estates. As a result of the new buildings some blocks of the estate will see 80% of the homes fail the guidance, with large numbers seeing their daylight being reduced by more than 40%.
Behind Blackfriars Circus are a group of relatively new buildings that were built to house people being moved from the Heygate Estate. Some of these homes will see their daylight reduced by 90%. What will be particularly galling for these people is that the Heygate was relatively well designed in terms of daylight and sunlight with the large residential blocks being well spaced. The people in these sites, called the Elephant and Castle Early Housing were in come cases compelled to move from their homes, and now will face years living next to a building site, watching vast walls being constructed in front of their windows.
Building begins at Blackfriars Circus. To the right of the picture you can see the E&C Early Housing which will be completely overshadowed by the new buildings.