It seems to me that there is an awful lot of student accomadation either being being built or looking for planning permisssion to go with that that is already here. Whilst I have nothing against students themselves do such large numbers of them offer the same community and long term prospects to an area as say ordianry residental accomadation?
Apparently the Public Enquiry for this appeal will be held on 11/01/2012 at Southwark Town Hall (Peckham Road). Does anyone know any more about the process or whether previous objectors to the application will be contacted?
Everyone who objected before should have been written to. The Inspector will ask, on the first day, everyone who would like to speak to identify themselves.
As the councillor who spoke against it at the Planning Meeting originally I will be speaking and I know that representatives of the three local Tenants and Residents Associations are likely to want to speak also.
As it's taking place over six days I'm expecting that the Inspector will give slots to residents as they won't be expected to attend the whole six-day process which will be mostly legal and planning detailed discussion.
The room that has been allocated is quite small, so am expecting a bit of a crush on the first day.
While I can understand the building being rejected on design terms (although from what I saw it looks better than the Empire Square development and most of the surrounding buildings) I don't think that we can keep rejecting buildings because they can be seen in the background whilst also looking at an historic building.
The main picture used is at an angle that cuts out the Empire Square tower from the background which impacts on the view of the church just as much as the new proposal did. I imagine it's been shown like this because most people don't think the empire square tower negatively impacts the Church (which I agree is beautiful).
Borough (let alone Great Dover Street) is overflowing with low quality, bad post-war buildings and we need some new developments to help revitalise the area. Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is a well respected firm and I imagine the quality would have been very good. Hopefully a new scheme wont be long in the coming.