A series of events is being held this month to provide local residents and workers to opportunity to learn about - and comment on - Southwark Council's new planning document for the future of Bankside, Borough and London Bridge.
The council's new supplementary planning document (SPD) will help to shape the look of what the Mayor of London's London Plan calls an "opportunity area" with a target of 25,000 new jobs and 1,900 new homes by 2026.
Currently 14,000 people live in the area and more than 94,000 people work here.
"Over the last few years there's been a lot of change in Borough, Bankside and London Bridge," says Cllr Paul Noblet, executive member for regeneration.
"Our planning document is designed to make sure that future developments benefit both local residents and the local economy.
"The proposals build on the successful developments at More London and the Shard and the community benefits they've brought, but also look to protect areas like Borough and Bankside from losing their character and centuries of history."
"Bankside will be renowned for its important historic, arts and cultural assets drawing large amounts of visitors. There will be high quality office space, new housing and small scale shops, cafes and restaurants. Areas south of Southwark Street will be more residential in nature."
"Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral and Clink Street will be a vibrant mixed use quarter with a unique character created by its medieval street pattern and important historic assets."
"London Bridge will be a thriving area with a mix of mainly commercial uses including offices, visitor attractions, arts and cultural facilities, housing, hotels, leisure and entertainment facilities and a better mix of shops. There will be large scale development and growth including excellently designed tall buildings providing exciting new spaces."
"Bermondsey Village: A vibrant and historic quarter with a mix of uses including housing, business space, shops, cafes and restaurants that respect the character of the Bermondsey Street Conservation Area."
"Tabard Gardens North and Leathermarket will be mainly residential with some local shops and services."
"Park Street: Mainly residential area with commercial development along Southwark Bridge Road."
"Borough High Street will be a hub of activity with a range of shops, facilities and services. It willbe improved to be more attractive with less clutter and better paving."
"Borough (West) will be a mainly residential area serving local needs. New development respecting the character of the area will provide housing, business space, and small scale shops, cafes and restaurants."
"Blackfriars Road North: Major mixed use development will line the northern half of a rejuvenated Blackfriars Road providing new offices,hotels, shops and housing. There will be excellently designed tall buildings."
"Blackfriars Road South will be mainly residential serving local needs, with small scale shops, cafes, restaurants and some business space."
• the height, scale and character of new development including tall buildings
• student accommodation
• transport and permeability
• protecting and improving open spaces
• section 106
• guidance for key development sites
• Thursday 4 March – 7pm at Christ Church Southwark
• Monday 8 March – 6pm at Shakespeare's Globe
• Wednesday 10 March – 12 noon at Ability Media Centre
• Wednesday 10 March – 7pm at Waterloo Community Development Group, Waterloo Action Centre
• Thursday 11 March – 7pm at Bankside Community Space
• Wednesday 17 March – 12.30pm at St George the Martyr
• Wednesday 17 March – 7pm at Amigo House Hall
• Thursday 18 March – 1pm & 7pm at Bermondsey Village Hall
• Tuesday 23 March – 7pm at Queensborough Community Centre
• Wednesday 24 March – 7pm at Bermondsey Village Hall
The full document can be viewed at www.southwark.gov.uk/bblbspd
Responses must be sent to Southwark Council by Friday 26 March
The final version of the SPD is expected to be adopted by the council in June 2011.