It is about planners around Britain, but the most eye-opening bit was a cocky planning consultant in it. Someone who helps developers, for a fee of course, to get planners pass their plans. Worth a watch, not sure if they are featuring any city planning in it, or just countryside as in the one I watched the other night.
Just a reminder to come along this afternoon at 2.15pm to City Hall to let our elected leaders know that we did not elect them to sell off our homes and land to developers as investment opportunities, dispatching us off to places where we do not want to live. As it happens I want to continue to live in SE1 where I have been for many years.
It is a bright sunny day so what could be better than a walk along the river to Boris' Hall.
Quadrant House residents turned up on a bright spring afternoon to tell their story at the London is Not For Sale event at City Hall today. In turn we heard others' stories, and talked to people about what is happening to our city. I only heard of "Mipim" this week where our elected representatives get to rub shoulders with the moneyed and powerful property moguls from all over the world in grand marquees, full of delights such as scantily clad girls. Enough to turn their heads, I would imagine, and make them forget all about the people they were elected to serve in dear old Southwark."Property porn" said a poet at the gathering.
"You lot should get a job" said a passer by to the demonstrators, including the residents of QH.
The passer by who said you lot should get a job should get in the real world
We have to stand up for our homes and Quadrant House is a caring community that should not be re developed for corporate gain. Long stand Quadrant House and the surrounding buildings on this piece of land that developers find so marketable to sit empty only to become unfashionable in 40 years to demolish again.
Not as long as 40 years even. The new building on the site at 240 Blackfriars Road is the third building in 35 years. When we moved to Quadrant House in 1977 there was a used car lot and supporting office space on the site. That was demolished a couple of years later and offices were built which Peat Marwick McLintock (as they were then called) moved into. That building had been up for approximately 25 years when it was demolished around 10 years ago. After demolition, the site stood empty for seven years, until construction proper restarted at the beginning of 2011. We now have office block mark 3.
A 45 storey replacement for Ludgate House so close to the even higher One Blackfriars will contribute to the gradual creation of a sort of canyon through which the Thames will flow. Just consider the combined effect of this and the plan for a "cluster" of equally tall buildings on top of and around Waterloo Station. Already the dreadful "Walkie Talkie" building has been built far too near the river -forward of the cluster of City skyscrapers already built on the North bank. Just look what that has done to the view of Tower Bridge from the downstream side.
So not only are people of modest income being forced out of central areas but also the entire character of our great city is being systematically destroyed. Can nothing be done to stop this before it looks like Hong Kong?
I got this link from one of our residents at QH who has been doing some research. Not Hong Kong denis loretto, but Kuala Lumpur here we come.
This film confirmed my worst fears, but it won't stop us from fighting to keep our homes.