Rambling Phil wrote:I'm gob-smacked.
Not only are the proposed drastically out of scale with the surrounding area, but the block they are proposing to knock down contains, Imbibe, a greasy spoon, a newsagent and a dry-cleaners; about half of the total retail units on Blackfriars Road. In spite of this, the developers web site describes the site as 'derelict'.
I know that large new developments tend to have to have retail units on the ground floor, but they only ever seem to be occupied by small supermarkets or chain A3 use. Mostly, they stand empty or end up being small offices, adding nothing to the facilities for residents.
BTW I can't find anything on the developer's site that describes the mix of unit sizes (ie are there any family sized units, or just more 1/2 bedroom places?) or mix of tenure (private leasehold/'affordable' to buy/social housing?).
Merlin Rouge wrote:From 18 October 2011 Cabinet Meeting - Report on 169 to 172 and 170a St Georges Mansions, Blackfriars Road and Pocock Street Garages, London SE1 8ER – Disposal of Freehold interest
Report on 169 to 172 and 170a St Georges Mansions, Blackfriars Road and Pocock Street Garages wrote:20. The tenants occupying the ground floor retail units 169 & 170, 171 and 172
Blackfriars Road and the yard to the rear have been kept informed about the
Councils proposal to dispose of the site. They will remain in occupation following the
disposal in accordance with the terms of their lease agreements. Following
completion of the contract the new owner of the site will become their landlord.
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