Are there any images of what this new development will look like?
I have tried Southwark planning and all I can find are the images for living walls and demolition notices etc . . . . .
be good to see what is planned for the site
How are these "opt outs" or in lieu payments governed, James? Does the council have to accept? Maybe our elected councillors should listen to their constituents and stop allowing developers to create these exclusive communities.
On paper, London and Southwark planning policy says that payments in lieu should only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and that large developments should have a mix of homes for market sale and 'affordable' homes (including shared ownership and various less-than-market-rent tenures).
Southwark Labour has made a political decision to accept payments in lieu in the far north of the borough as a matter of course, to part-fund the proposed 11,000 new council homes they have committed to build.
In short, the advantage of this approach is that it enables many more affordable homes to be built overall - an understandably attractive option for any politician faced with a housing list the size of Southwark's.
The downside is that is fuelling the polarisation of our communities and creating enclaves where super-high-end properties are the only thing that will be built for the foreseeable future.
I would not be so sure of the last post, both the shop premises in the new building opposite have not been let either.. at least when I last walked past. This Southwark utopian vision of a lively boulevard seems very unlikely if nobody wants to move in to all the new shops. Probably the rents are too high for any viable business?