And don't forget; the developers said they would expand the design sky high at any point during the build if LBS changed it's policy or gave any indication that it would be permitted. The ICI building has gone up by five floors with very little consultation. The fight may continue, but well done to the local residents that persevered and challenged the original plan.
A newsletter arrives from linden Homes, this time via Royal Mail, in an addressed envelope. It says No.4, shame most people will have not seen the first three. Shame they were not this efficient in consulting before, but let's just assume they have learned their lesson..
"Regeneration plans to commence"
Work to start in early November 2013.
The scheme which will deliver 86 high quality homes (including affordable housing) was approved by Southwark Planning Committee in September 2013.
A mix of retail units at ground level, including space provided for the populat Blackfriars Cafe to re-open in the new development.
150 jobs, maximise opportunities for local people, listening to local people etc usual stuff.
Still not the 35% of affordable housing as stated by Southwark Policy, but that seems to be OK with the planning committee. There is also a separate entrance for the affordable flats in the plans.
Also looking at the wording, the Cafe will be offered a place to return - different story whether it will be viable with the new Pret already in operation next door and probably the rent will be on a different level than it was...
Like we read in another thread here the Imbibe pub thought it appropriate to go out with a bang yesterday and celebrated the loss of the Georgian pub building with fireworks. Just wondering who paid for those...
Anyway, without the BARD campaign guess we could soon be looking at a 27-storey monster.
Now that the work has started I am actually shocked how loud it is in Nelson Square. The roar from the heavy machinery is echoing back from all the walls around the square! Feeling sorry for those in Helen Gladstone House, who have not even had double glazing installed yet. I hear this much more than I ever did Palestra being built. If only they could build the tube station block and Octavia House rebuilding at the same time, now it will be years of building noise around the square.
We've been suffering in Styles House too. The refurbishment of LeSoCo is really loud especially when they started part-demolition of one of the buildings. Sadly, with the Blackfriars SDP it's something we are going to have to live with for years. Is Helen Gladstone house going to have new windows?
I think HGH got the first announcement of major works recently, and there was a planning application for the windows. But from experience it could still take a decade before Southwark actually get there... let's hope they get a better contractor than we had with Lengard. My cold tap in the bathroom is running hot water after them for example, impossible to find out where it has gone wrong. Apparently my bath also leaks downstairs, even if they supposedly fixed it three times.
HGH need to make sure that the council give them good noise insulation. We were promised this at Styles House and our windows are only 'adequate'. I spent two years complaining about the lack of noise insulation in my bedroom and ended up going through the Ombudsman because LBS just didn't deal with it properly. A noise test proved that my complaints were substantiated and I have had a new vent fitted; the jury is still out on whether this is any better. However, the point I would like to make for all HGH residents is that they insist on a noise test now, with their old windows, and a written confirmation that the new windows will give better insulation. I would even push for a pilot window and a before and after noise test - wish we had done this. They also need to make sure they don't get the same design windows as Styles House (identical block) because our windows are too hard for people to open for cleaning and are incredibly unsafe. The guy who changed my window could not believe how unsafe the window are. Sorry, this post has gone off subject and James may move this to a previous thread on major works.
The promo video is not very enticing either, is it? And completely ignores the immediate area around the development. It's like our new neighbours are expected to live in their building like on an island.
I wonder if there are still plans to return Blackfriars Cafe, that used to be in the corner to the new development, like they promised us at some stage and where they had their first "consultation"? ;)