Tuesday 23 May 2006 9.15pm
I've been watching the Bermondsey Square
development proposals for a number of years, petitioned for what I believe are the right reasons (loss of charm, characteristic with supposed Conservation area, light, view of green spaces for all those around, etc.) and visited architects to see the plans on display. In any event, despite all this, it appears the proposal has been approved for a 10storey building (down from 12 from original plan).
Personally, I am disgusted. We pay substantial council tax but at the end of the day, our say has very little influence.
Who is approving these plans? Do they really want the South of Bermondsey street area to be sky-scrapper central? Do they have any idea?! This council has some serious issues with planning permission. My colleagues who live north of the river struggle to get a conservative built... But we are at the other extreme. Given the track record of greedy developers in the area, the council should challenge on our behalf.
Hooray for the archaeologists! I live in hope that they will recommend no building be built at all on this site and the market can grow back to what it used to be before everyone was scared off. And then I woke up...