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Wednesday 20 April 2011 3.31pm
I was looking for an existing thread on the recent replacement of the old shop front signage at M&S on the Walworth Road. I haven't found one but I don't think I'm the only person disappointed to see that it has gone after surviving all these years. Was it really necessary to replace the wonderful vintage design with corporate blandness.
Wednesday 20 April 2011 5.33pm
If I remember correctly, planning permission was denied by Southwark Council, but M&S won on appeal. The documents are available from the Southwark planning website.
Wednesday 20 April 2011 8.51pm
I guess it had been left as it was for so long through perceived lack of return on investment and that replacing it is a sign from M&S of faith in the store, which can only be a good thing. Sad to see it go though, along with the distinction of having two branches of Greggs about three doors apart!
Wednesday 20 April 2011 10.42pm
Looking at the documents then on the Southwark planning website, the reason that the initial application was refused was given as follows:

“The proposal by reason of its design and materials, relative to the quality of the existing shopfront, would be detrimental to the appearance of the host building - which is traditional in appearance - this part of the street scene, and would fail to preserve the setting of the adjoining Grade II listed building at No. 305 Walworth Road.”

M&S appealed against that decision with a written application and the appeal decision was given in their favour. I have tried, but have been unable to find information about the appeal application.

In the process of the original application there were 59 consultation letters sent out to neighbours – what I wonder was the response of those consulted? Why was the initial decision overturned?

Sadly it’s all too late now anyhow!
Thursday 21 April 2011 8.57am
Not sure exactly what information you are looking for, but there are details of the written appeal here:

The decision by the Planning Inspectorate with reasons is here:

The only consultation reply on the website was the fairly standard one from Southwark Cyclists. Any others should have been put on the website, which suggests no neighbours responded.
Thursday 21 April 2011 9.03am
This is the key section from the appeal decision:

Proposed is the replacement of the existing shop front... While it has pleasant features such as bronzed framing and curvilinear glass to the entrance, it is not of a particularly noteworthy design quality and the premises are not statutorily listed. Previous alterations, resulting in the loss of the original doors and the transom lights being obscured, have compromised its design integrity.

In sum, the Planning Inspectorate thought it wasn't worth keeping.

On Denmark Hill in Camberwell, Peacocks got rid of the traditional shop front and doors to the old Woolworth's store before they'd even received planning permission. At least M&S waited for a decision.
Thursday 21 April 2011 11.33am
Does anyone have before / after pictures? I guess the upside, as noted, is that M+S think it's worth investing in this store. The same can't be said of WH Smith / Boots / Tesco at the E+C Shopping Centre!
Thursday 21 April 2011 6.25pm
Google maps streetview has the 'before' picture.
Thursday 26 May 2011 9.59am
You're not the only one. The old signage at the Walworth Roda branch of M&S was one the last few remaining in London. It does look bland now!!!!
Thursday 26 May 2011 12.23pm
I was in Lewisham recently and suprised to see the older signage still present on the shop front there!

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