Thursday 24 April 2003 5.17pm
The meeting was quite well attended given good the weather and footy. MM can be assured that Simon Hughes
is of the view that development is needed, and will hopefully act as a catalyst for regeneration of this part of Bermondsey. In fact there was not one voice anti development per se. The Bermondsey Street
Assoc (BSAP), for example, welcomes the new proposals, so it is not a case of loads of NIMBYs. Much of the anti sentiment last time related to broken promises and the fact that the submitted design was nothing like the one that emerged after earlier public consultation.
The problem with the earlier application, in my view, was largely its scale, its mix of use and its aesthetics. Now with a cinema proposal, reduced massing on most elevations (though compensated for by rising at the TBR / Abbey Street
junction) it is workable. There are still practical concerns such as parking, servicing, noise and light etc. but IF Southwark traffic, parking, planning and regeneration actually talk to each other then these should be sorted out.
Huges is satisfied, too, that the developers, Urban Catalyst, are about as good a development company as you can get, who are keen to avoid leasing out to chain shops and introducing such things as car hire by the hour for the new residents etc.
The next BSAP meeting is in fact the AGM so anyone would be welcome to come: 1830 Thursday 1st May Sorry, don't know venue hopefully someone will respond to this, or leave a message for the BSAP at the Bermondsey Street
Post Office, they will get back to you.