Wednesday 19 December 2007 10.09pm
I have been to the regeneration office in Portland Street and photocopied the most important documents about the proposed Perronet House
shop, scanned them and uploaded them here for all to see:
(This PDF is wide, zoom in to 100% and scroll to the right)
- It is indeed the voids on the London Road
side near the bus stops.
- The application is for an independent grocer / off-licence
- The design is utilitarian, adding nothing of architectural merit to the area, but also unlikely to detract.
My thoughts... (I've yet to discuss this with neighbours, but will report back discussions if they prove animated):
1. In principle making use of this vacant space is a very good idea. It has been silly, perhaps irresponsible, of Southwark to leave this large void derelict in such a busy location when it could have been earning them rent and providing a service to customers. The presence of a retailer here may hopefully reduce the perpetual problem of men and women urinating at the base of the tower... or perhaps the occupiers will become accustomed to it too.
2. I would rather not have an off-licence. Alfresco alcohol consumption at this patch is already high - I pick up beer, vodka and cider cans and bottles from the flowerbeds almost daily (in fact I spotted a vodka bottle in there this evening which I need to clear away later). An off-licence will just exacerbate the problem of this patch as a watering hole... which in turn, by merit of the human water cycle, leads to more urination. There are also two grocer / off-licences very near by at both ends of Garden Row
(the road which joins London Rd and St George's Rd), one beneath Metro Central Heights and of course Tesco and it's Oakmayne replacement.
3. I would prefer this location to be a dry cleaners, a coffee shop, a locksmith, a news agent, an indoor home for the friendly cheap green grocer with his trolley outside the tube, or best of all: a florist.
This location is gold dust. The foot traffic is huge 24 hours a day, it is right on the "Trafalgar Square of the South" and right next to the large flower beds that I have been nurturing back into glory (you wait 'till Spring 08 for the big show of colour).
Please share your thoughts here and contact Susannah Pettit on 020 7525 5405 with your feedback, though only written comments count (Regeneration Office, Portland St, SE17 2ES). Consultation ends on the 3rd Jan (doing this over Christmas and New Year seems a mildly cynical attempt to bury potentially controversial plans.)