se1ty slicker wrote:beetroot,
I was at the meeting and I heard a different "take" from Smoggie Si about the warehouse demolition prospect (although it was clear that Sellar regards it as an inconvenience).
One of the BSAP Planning Subcommittee members brought up the similar case of the Light Bar in Shoreditch :
"Developer Hammerson submitted a revised planning application which saves The Light Bar in Shoreditch High Street" - see Hackney Gazette last month.
It was clear that Sellar's man (whom I thought behaved well and with considerable restraint under gentle provocation) was aware of this and seemed to me to be resigned to the prospect of a similar outcome in the case of the Snowsfields/St Thomas Street warehouse (not a listed building, but in the Bermondsey Street conservation area), if there is sufficient local mobilisation.
I would also note i) the preposterous and now abandoned Lido idea for Leathermarket Gardens area and the demolition of the school (to be replaced by a new-build) belonged to Southwark Council, not Sellar; ii) the entire ground floor of the largest of the proposed Sellar towers is to proposed to be designated as "community space", which I find heartening.
Also, Sellar last night committed to present again to the BSAP in mid-January 2010, once full proposals for the consultation plans are complete, with models and full graphics. Watch this space or see www.bermondseyvillage.org.uk for details!
So to answer your question, beetroot, I'm sure the Light Bar would be only too happy to share the secret of their success in resisting the demolition of a characterful building in a major development with you, if you approached them.
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