John_Corey wrote:The impact to schools and other services would be studied when there is a specific planning application. Just because something cannot handle the growth now does not mean the solution is to ban growth. All communities adjust. Adjusting the infrastructure to deal with the growth is viable in some situations. Cities evolve. At one time Bermondsey has a number of rather negative trades (one dealing with chemicals and other things that made the area less agreeable to live in given the smells).
London Bridge is a major transport hub. It is being upgraded with the LBQ development. Siting offices and residential units in a cluster around a transport hub is actually a good policy for the environment. I would rather see an increase in density when there is good transport than to push the growth out to areas with more green space and less transport.
Exactly what should be built is best discussed as and when there is a proposal. Otherwise we are debating too many options that will never even be proposed.
aoibhneas wrote:John_Coreys points seem sensible to me and in his last para he touches on something I've had in mind since seeing Shiva's posters etc. It may or may not be that the Council's planning dept. is failing to run a proper consultation process, but a process exists, is paid for by the taxpayer, has known deadlines and perameters, and is accessible to all on an equal basis. IMO Shiva's deciding to set up another process of discussion simply isn't helpful. Already it's required the council to generate letters clarifying some of his/her asserions and the misleading implications of his/her leafleting, which has also had to be done at the taxpayers' expense.
Gneral discussion in fora such as this seems a useful way of sharing opinions and information. But calling ad hoc meetings and circulating apparently authoritative, easily misread/understood, information doesn't.
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