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Monday 2 April 2007 8.29am
This topic has been running for ever. At least five years. But we are almost at the end.

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The Planning Inquiry on the Founders Place development to the north of Archbishops Park is due to start on 17 April. The Inspector then advises the Secretary of State and, hey presto and after five years, a decision is made.

And it would be reasonable to say that much of the delay centres around the future of 12 trees in a public park. Unbelievable. Though as other threads about planning and development issues confirm, trees in public places are at risk.

This Inquiry is important. Not just for me but for the precedent it will create. Lambeth turned the original planning application down on conservation grounds. The development is within a conservation area whose stated aim is to protect the setting of the park. If they lose this appeal they and other Local Authorities will be very reluctant to defend on Conservation Area grounds again. (A bit like them losing the appeal for a 40 odd storey building by Vauxhall bridge, and lo and behold, 40 storeys becomes the norm.)

This planning decision, unlike Bermondsay Square, Borough Market and elsewhere, is still to be made. Support is vital so we ensure that we draw a line in the sand to ensure a reasonable Balance between conservation and development. (The developers can havce their developemnt, but they should leave our park alone.)

I would be happy to send anyone the evidence I have submitted on the long term future of the trees. I had generous pro-bono help from three senior tree experts, and the advice was unanimous. The trees might survive the development phase, but will not survive the post development pressure.
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Monday 2 April 2007 10.37pm
Have signed. Good luck Sarah2.
I managed to save one Alfred Salter tree last year, three others in the Spa Road avenue were destroyed though, but I saved one.
All you can do is the best you can.
Monday 9 April 2007 6.55pm
Many thanks Davies and to others who have signed.

We are now up to 150, and I am in the process of going through my address book.

There is regular discussion on this site about inappropriate development - often when it is too late to do anything about it.

This is a chance to make a bit of a difference. It is a lovely park. And the developers proposals are nothing short of greedy.
Wednesday 11 April 2007 12.46am
signed (#177) ..

..trees reduce CO 2

Thursday 12 April 2007 7.26am
Now up to 199. Who will be number 200?
Sunday 15 April 2007 12.36pm
I have spent the sunny weekend reading in excess of 1000 pages of evidence. I am so glad I am not a lawyer. The devil is really in the detail.

One nugget though that is well worth sharing - and I think may appeal to our architectural fans - is from Sir Terry Farrell's evidence:

"Colour is an important element in my architecture and is somthing I am fascinated by....I have found that the careful choice of colour is a design judgement that is best made as part of the final material choice. Should this scheme proceed I would like to continue to investigate the level of colour use on the buildings. I anticipate that this would be concluded in discussion with Lambeth planners and discharged as part of the reserve matters."

Why limit discussion to Lambeth planners. Why not have a competition to allow SE1 primary schools decide on what colour a 20+ storey building, close to and clearly visible from the Palaces of Westminster and Lambeth, should be.

Or could we offer a Forum vote.

Interestingly this seems to be the first time colour has come up. The nice scale models at the Planning Applications Committee were all white.
Monday 16 April 2007 6.33am
there should be montage of trees and woodlands, to remind the powers that be what London is losing on a daily basis in the mad scramble for building on every square inch..come to think of it Britain on the whole is too..
Monday 16 April 2007 6.42am
I agree, we've just lost 18 trees from our parking lot...a patch of green in a concrete jungle. I could cry.
Monday 16 April 2007 7.03am
Why not ask Anthea Hurt?
Monday 16 April 2007 7.35am
Who is Andrea Hurt?
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