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Campaigners call for Oxford Circus-style diagonal crossing in Borough

Local campaign group Southwark Living Streets has proposed an Oxford Circus-style diagonal pedestrian crossing at the junction of Borough High Street, Marshalsea Road and Great Dover Street.

Diagonal crossing at Borough junction
Southwark Living Streets submitted this image to Southwark Council in response to the Brandon House planning application

The proposal has been made as part of Southwark Living Streets' response to the planning application for the redevelopment of Brandon House at the corner of Borough High Street and Marshalsea Road.

The group wants to see wider pavements and easier crossings for pedestrians at this key junction outside Borough Underground Station.

The diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus has won multiple awards since it opened in autumn 2009.

Chantrey Property has applied to Southwark Council for planning permission to demolish the existing Brandon House office block and construct a new building ranging in height from five to eight storeys. The development – designed by local architects Allies and Morrison – would include office space, shops and 123 new homes.

More than 60 people have signed an online petition and paper petition objecting to the development because they fear it will overshadow the Little Dorrit Park and will block views of the spire of St George the Martyr church.

Objectors to the Brandon House scheme include Bankside Open Spaces Trust and the headteacher of St Joseph's Primary School.

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