Wednesday 5 December 2007 12.27pm
There's a current planning application to redevelop the small vacant plot that used to be used as a car park on Ayres Street
. The site is right up against Bishop's Hall, the Grade II listed building built by Octavia Hill in 1888 as a community hall as part of the Red Cross social scheme. Have you seen the hall, cottages and garden? They are beautiful and small scale, and a very valuable part of local and national heritage - in fact a Southwark Blue Plaque was unveiled on the Hall just this summer to commemorate Octavia Hill's work.
The planning proposal is for a 3 storey residential block of 4 two bedroom flats and 2 one bed flats, right up against the Hall, with a flat roof nearly as high as its ridge line, and using 'matt natural metal sheet cladding' on 2 sides. It will be seen above the building in Red Cross Garden
and considerably change the profile of the row of buildings and the streetscape. What do you think? Please also let the Planners or your local Councillor know of your opinion.
Planning applcation details: