Sunday 22 April 2007 10.40pm
Its a good article but I'd disagree with John East.
What made Southwark so attractive for development wasn't bombing during the WW2. What made it so attractive was the planning policies embraced by Southwark Council
in the 1960s where all alternatives to 'light industrial use' were resisted and refused. (See the North Southwark Development Plan) This approach brought about the widespread dereliction for which Southwark was famous in the early 1980s (see 'Ghost Town' video).
Hezeltine placed the LDDC outside the control of Southwark's planning prejudices thereby enabling the redevelopment of Docklands. This, in turn, eventually triggered the redevelopment of the north of Southwark but only after Southwark Council
abandonned its resistance to widespread residential use in previously industrial buildings and sites (c1994).
Its interesting to note that Piers Gough's partner in CZWG, Roger Zogolovich, was considering buying 7 Tyers Gate
in 1980 but decided against it.