THE GUINNESS COURT PLANNING DECISION has now be DEFERRED
— to a "later date" which we are currently assuming could be 28 March 2017
So, time enough for the community to now get organised and get together, to hear what each other is thinking, hearing, seeing, doing and wanting :-)
If you are affected in anyway by the proposed addition of two storeys to this landmark, conservation-area social housing estate, please don't struggle with this in silence or alone …whether you've been promised a new kitchen and bathroom for doing so or not :-)
Key objectors and or their representatives from the north side of the street as well as the Grainstore in Weston Street — together more than 30 households, including those who've been in the area for 20-plus years — are going to be meeting:
*** THIS THURSDAY, 02 MARCH 6.15ish - 8pm (or as soon as you can!) ***
Venue — less than 3 minutes walk from Guinness Court — to be confirmed via separate email [please private message via this website for details, or post a reply here and I'll private message you if that's easier :-) ]
— Ever wondered what the real reason was for those three 80-year-old street trees being removed from outside Guinness Court under 'emergency measures' two years ago? [site access for development plans already in discussion… requiring, in fact a statutory S211 application and 6-weeks notice, but at least they can tick the no-conservation-area-trees-affected box now… or so they think]
— Did you know that the developers of Snowsfields Yard had wanted to put their social housing commitment atop Guinness Court?
— Curious about who is now really paying for Guinness' affordable housing this time round, in lieu of 'Affordable Housing' on their own site? [especially since Southwark Council has had to buy back £10million of homes from a Blackfriars Road developer because of an Affordable Housing target shortfall in part of its own making (thank you James :-) … http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/8404 ) The Quill 'almost next door' to Guinness Court on Weston Street was short of sites for more than 40% of its offsite affordable housing, after the Planning Committee agreed a request to change the existing Permission from Student Accommodation to 100% Luxury flats last year… That application and plenty of others]
— Are you one of those asking why two storeys were removed from all three Guinness Court Blocks in 1979 in the first place when not all were damaged by the fire, especially as the Planning Officer and Guinness have not been able, to date, to find any confirmation that Guinness' previous demolition work was ever consented, [despite the designation of the conservation area 6 years earlier, which would mean that Guinness should have been prosecuted for a criminal act… and certainly not allowed to profit from any re-development now...]
— What conflict of interest arises where, when Guinness is paying a former Southwark Council Senior Planner as a private consultant to advise and submit their Guinness Court Application https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-greer-9296981a/ [the same urban planner is also facilitating Guinness' involvement in the controversial regeneration of the Heygate Estate down at The Elephant with it's significant lost of social housing units on site, that will need to be 'made up' elsewhere if targets are to be met]
Be part of the conversation and constructive engagement between neighbours — we'll have a barrister and finance expect speaking at Committee, not least about our independent light survey that provides further evidence of how wrong Guinness have got their Application in terms of due process and design...