Gavin Smith wrote:er, Smoggy, are you a bit thick? I think so...
Re-read my post, you idiot. YOu will see I said the properties in question were previously used as antique shops.
Gavin Smith wrote:Be that as it may, these buildings will be up by the middle of next year and all traces obliterated of the fine industrial buildings that stood there for nigh on 100 years (not sure of exact dates).
Gavin Smith wrote:I think we're at cross purposes here - the row of small shops at the end of Bermondsey Street/Long Lane is included in this application.
My point is not converting the use - of course there is no leather trade around these parts any longer - it is about an over-saturation of housing in this particular area which, in the most part, is tacky and lacks any sort of character. There is enough housing,at least of the sort proposed, in this particular area and the building/site could be used for something far better.
Of course I would not rather the buildings be left to rot; I would prefer a better use for them to be found. However, sadly, economics and financial gain prevail in the sense that the property has been left in a dilapidated condition probably to circumvent any demolision (sic) requirements and to ease through plans to redevelop.
I apologise for my rude words previously.
My key point is that there is enough of this type in the area already.
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