Tuesday 30 March 2004 4.48pm
R & M - regarding quality of Berkeley Homes work and their wanting to ensure it is of the highest quality, er.... no actually.
All BH has to do is stack 'em high ( literally in this case ) and sell 'em..... for as high a price as they can get. Once they are flogged BH would not care less about them so once plans are approved their philosophy is ( rightly for a corporate entity beholden only to its shareholders ) build them as quickly and cheaply as they can get away with without damaging the company brand. As you rightly point out R&M this is what their shareholders would expect.
Contrast this with the developer of the adjoining commercial premises who has to ensure that tenants will want to continue to let the premises from the company at attractive rents and therefore has an ongoing commitment and interest in quality.
BH wants to make a quid. Fair enough. Southwark Council
says we want something that benefits the larger community. Also fair enough. Still say for this particular site the latter should weigh more heavily than the former.