It appears that there may be further confusion within Southwark Council as to what has and has not been discussed in terms of the height for tall buildings.
In an interview on this site Nick Stanton, Southwark Liberal Democrat leader, says “There is proposition A which is Southwark Council's which says we think that this area around St Thomas' Street where you already have the Shard of Glass and Guy's Tower is a place where it would be appropriate to have tall buildings. We're not saying how tall, we're not saying what kind of buildings ...”
Nick Stanton's statement “we are not saying how tall” statement appears at odds with the recently published planning documents from Southwark Council.
In its supporting documents for the Draft Supplementary Planning Documents the council highlights the potential for “Redevelopment of the gap sites between Fenning Street and Snowsfields, No's 40-48 Weston Street and No's 60-68 St. Thomas Street. There is an opportunity here for the construction of tall buildings... Consideration should be given to a foothill building; approximately 100 metres in height...”
Come on Nick, if Southwark Council's message on tall buildings isn't clear then there was slim chance of a fair and balanced consultation process - time to re-open the consultation. Why not pledge that, if re-elected, you'll lead a fair and open debate between the council and the local residents on tall buildings?
"Sellar shaves storeys off Shardettes
Paul Norman 19/07/2010 09:30
Sellar Property is preparing to submit plans for three towers next to the Shard after scaling back the height of one of the buildings.
The Three Houses scheme at 310 St Thomas Street, SE1 - nicknamed the Shardettes - was expected to have been submitted in early 2009 but was delayed following discussions with local stakeholders.
However, Peter John, leader of the now-Labour-led Southwark council, said that he expected plans for the 600,000 sq ft scheme to be submitted within the next month.
John said the plans were being brought forward after recent meetings with Sellar, during which the developer agreed to significantly reduce the height of the most easterly tower because of its effect on Snowsfields and Bermondsey Street. Several storeys are understood to have been shaved off the 53-storey tower.
A spokesman for Sellar, which is advised by Chris Horn Associates, said the company was “fine-tuning” the plans.
It is understood that Sellar will not seek a funding partner for the towers until it gains planning consent. It would also need to work in partnership with Network Rail, which owns the Victorian railway arches which abut the site.
An environmental impact assessment scoping request for the plans - drawn up by Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron - was lodged in January 2009. The scheme had proposed 370 homes, a hotel, shops and a cinema in three towers.
Sellar, in partnership with the State of Qatar, is scheduled to complete the 1,000ft Shard in May 2012.
Fun fun fun....be interesting to see what these would look like....can't find any images but maybe one of you lot can!?
Bear in mind that 50 stories of resi is significantly smaller than 50 stories of commercial/office."
And 50 stories rather than 53 really is nothing in the scheme of things at all...indeed fine tuning is mentioned. The issue about this project is whether the whole scheme is practical and in keeping with the area, not whether 3 stories makes the slightest bit of difference. Can we keep on the big picture and not be sucked in by the developer seeming to make slight adjustments to muddy the main issue.