Monday 4 October 2004 10.46am
I live opposite the Jam Factory and over the last couple of years have received a number of letters from Southwark's Planning and regeneration department stating that planning permission had been sought for various developments on the JF site and inviting me to make comment. I have often taken them up on the offer but never had a phone call answered, a message returned or letter or email replied to.
I have no objection to the JF itself; my protests have always been about the same thing, namely that the notices I receive always come long after the building has started. On saturday I got two more. I have now been asked to comment on whether the Council should grant permission for the five story live/work block with parking for 136 cars. The thing is, it's already half built. I can see it, all five floors of it at the end of Rothsay Street
. Am I missing something? Shouldn't any debate about planning permission take place before work starts?