Threat to Bermondsey Street Conservation Zone

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Wednesday 21 June 2017 4.03pm
A public exhibition was held yesterday to unveil the plans for 'redeveloping' the historic warehouse building at 47-49 Tanner Street. The building is one of the last remaining original tanneries in the area, and has hosted a variety of exhibitions and film crews over recent years. The exhibition was a shock to myself as a local resident viewing the ambitious artist generated images of a gigantic glass structure, encasing the old building, to the side and 4 floors above. The original warehouse will be dwarfed by an office block for 500 people. This is currently a residential street, with the odd ground-floor commercial space, and part of the Bermondsey Street Conservation zone, which is surely in place to protect the integrity of such beautiful buildings. I am saddened to think that these plans will even be considered for the space, and hope that other locals voice their opinions on the matter, so that big business does not luck out and open the door for further over-developments.
Wednesday 21 June 2017 5.26pm
I'd much sooner see this as offices than more luxury flats. It seems like a pragmatic solution.
Thursday 22 June 2017 9.15am
The issue is not the commercial purpose of the proposed building - its commercial space at the moment - but the development design itself. Take a look at the proposals and you will see that the office block looks like it belongs in Canary Wharf.
Thursday 22 June 2017 12.18pm
I went on Tuesday. I think it will be something different for the area whilst retaining the existing building.
Saturday 12 May 2018 4.10pm
I had missed the fact that this planning application is currently live:

https://planning.southwark.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_STHWR_DCAPR_9577482

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Tuesday 15 May 2018 7.54am
Doesn't look like it belongs in Canary Wharf at all. Not recently built anyway All in all a high quality, modern intervention that puts the site to good, commercial use.

Of course, the nimbies, who want nothing more interesting than dreary, 80s style, docklandís, warehouse vernacular that still despoils much of Canary Wharf, Wapping. Rotherhithe and elsewhere will loathe it.
Tuesday 15 May 2018 9.42am
Interesting admission that you anyone with different taste to yours is a nimby.

Looking at the proposed elevations, I'd say that looks like the laziest, cheap design they thought they could get away with.
Tuesday 15 May 2018 1.05pm
Experience tends to tell me that the objectors in such cases just want quaint, vomit inducing, tat. They are wholly opposed to anything new. Anything in any way challenging is received with nothing short of an embolism.
Wednesday 16 May 2018 4.32pm
It seems fair that people object to things they find ugly. Or 'challenging', if you prefer that term.
Wednesday 16 May 2018 5.37pm
Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder, which is why so many people suffer so much ugliness in their world. Thankfully, the planning system can't really take a view on what is ugly. That's not their business. If it was then we would be living in a very dreary world indeed.

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