There's a current planning application to redevelop the small vacant plot that used to be used as a car park on Ayres Street. The site is right up against Bishop's Hall, the Grade II listed building built by Octavia Hill in 1888 as a community hall as part of the Red Cross social scheme. Have you seen the hall, cottages and garden? They are beautiful and small scale, and a very valuable part of local and national heritage - in fact a Southwark Blue Plaque was unveiled on the Hall just this summer to commemorate Octavia Hill's work.
The planning proposal is for a 3 storey residential block of 4 two bedroom flats and 2 one bed flats, right up against the Hall, with a flat roof nearly as high as its ridge line, and using 'matt natural metal sheet cladding' on 2 sides. It will be seen above the building in Red Cross Garden and considerably change the profile of the row of buildings and the streetscape. What do you think? Please also let the Planners or your local Councillor know of your opinion.
Are there any images of the proposed development available. My concern with schemes like this is that the quality of the development is just not sufficient in terms of materials etc, which is made even more obvious when in direct comparison to an adjacent period building, like would be the case here.
English Heritage would certainly be a good place to start in terms of understanding what exactly is involved in the scheme and any negative affect this may have on the existing buildings.