Thursday 5 September 2002 12.15am
Railtrack recently had a planning application turned down and now are appealing. They want to build a mass of portacabins 4 storeys high, on a site which some would call sacred. The site was a burial ground for hundreds of years, for the paupers and prostitutes of Southwark. Roman remains and artefacts were also discovered by the Museum of London.
The numerous objections from local people and those interested in this golden opportunity to turn the site into a public garden, with the possibility of a community space, achieved a result and the two applications were refused. NOW we need to object again.
If you feel strongly about this site you can send a letter of objection quoting the following reference: APP/A5840/A/1096744 to
The Planning Inspectorate, Room 1222, Tollgate House, Houlton Street, Bristol BS2 9DJ by September 17th.
OR you can phone Andrew Mulindwa, Planner (Southwark Council
) on 02075255416
OR you can email your objection, which will be forwarded, to firstname.lastname@example.org
The reasons that the application was turned down were:
1 That the site is within the central area of community need (UDP Policy R1.1) and
2 This this application was considered to amount to the over-development of this site in a conservation area
The reasons should still apply to the new application and may be quoted in your objection.
Thank you for any support you can give to saving the site for a more socially useful purpose than creating a portacabin city, and to fight this unwelcome development by companies which have no interest in investing in the community in which they trade.
Finally, Danny McArthy, Deputy Mayor and councillor for the site is very keen to support the campaign, so no harm in contacting him either.