Only temporarily back to life. Site being cleaned up, greenery cut down and a test pile being sunk. They'll be there for around a week. As it's now over two years since GPE pulled out from the site, I wondered if this present activity might have something to so with the timescale which applies to planning approval. I seem to remember there's a limit of two years, during which time significant progress has to have been made towards completion of the project. Although as it's over two years now, I'm probably talking nonsense - no doubt someone can / will correct me if I'm wrong about this!
I don't think it has to be significant progress towards completion, just some activity on site or something like that, it's how companies seem to keep their planning alive for much longer than 2 years.
Thanks Zoe - seems like my original instinct was probably right then: just a bit of activity to keep the planning approval in place. Must say it looks much better for all the rubbish being cleared up, although I rather miss the buddleia bushes!
From GPE's half-year results published this morning
"At 240 Blackfriars Road, SE1 we have implemented the planning consent on our 235,000 sq. ft. development scheme by commencing preliminary ground works on the site. We are continuing with detailed design work to prepare the site for commencement in 2011."
That's interesting James. GPE representatives came to Quadrant House for a meeting around six weeks ago to discuss the development and we understood that planning consent for the amended plans had been granted. Piling work was due to recommence on the site in March, but GPE did say that it was still not certain that the full development would go ahead.