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Have your say on the future of Bankside, Borough and London Bridge

London SE1 website team

A series of events is being held this month to provide local residents and workers to opportunity to learn about - and comment on - Southwark Council's new planning document for the future of Bankside, Borough and London Bridge.

The council's new supplementary planning document (SPD) will help to shape the look of what the Mayor of London's London Plan calls an "opportunity area" with a target of 25,000 new jobs and 1,900 new homes by 2026.

The document covers the area from the borough boundary with Lambeth in the west to Tower Bridge Road in the east, and south to Borough Road and Long Lane.

Currently 14,000 people live in the area and more than 94,000 people work here.

"Over the last few years there's been a lot of change in Borough, Bankside and London Bridge," says Cllr Paul Noblet, executive member for regeneration.

"Our planning document is designed to make sure that future developments benefit both local residents and the local economy.

"The proposals build on the successful developments at More London and the Shard and the community benefits they've brought, but also look to protect areas like Borough and Bankside from losing their character and centuries of history."

The document proposes three areas as suitable for tall buildings: the northern end of Blackfriars Road, the area around London Bridge Station and Guy's Hospital and Potters Fields coach park.

What the document says about different localities

"Bankside will be renowned for its important historic, arts and cultural assets drawing large amounts of visitors. There will be high quality office space, new housing and small scale shops, cafes and restaurants. Areas south of Southwark Street will be more residential in nature."

"Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral and Clink Street will be a vibrant mixed use quarter with a unique character created by its medieval street pattern and important historic assets."

"London Bridge will be a thriving area with a mix of mainly commercial uses including offices, visitor attractions, arts and cultural facilities, housing, hotels, leisure and entertainment facilities and a better mix of shops. There will be large scale development and growth including excellently designed tall buildings providing exciting new spaces."

"Bermondsey Village: A vibrant and historic quarter with a mix of uses including housing, business space, shops, cafes and restaurants that respect the character of the Bermondsey Street Conservation Area."

"Tabard Gardens North and Leathermarket will be mainly residential with some local shops and services."

"Park Street: Mainly residential area with commercial development along Southwark Bridge Road."

"Borough High Street will be a hub of activity with a range of shops, facilities and services. It willbe improved to be more attractive with less clutter and better paving."

"Borough (West) will be a mainly residential area serving local needs. New development respecting the character of the area will provide housing, business space, and small scale shops, cafes and restaurants."

"Blackfriars Road North: Major mixed use development will line the northern half of a rejuvenated Blackfriars Road providing new offices,hotels, shops and housing. There will be excellently designed tall buildings."

"Blackfriars Road South will be mainly residential serving local needs, with small scale shops, cafes, restaurants and some business space."

What the document covers

• the height, scale and character of new development including tall buildings
• retail
• hotels
• student accommodation
• employment
• housing
• transport and permeability
• protecting and improving open spaces
• section 106
• guidance for key development sites

Consultation events

Thursday 4 March – 7pm at Christ Church Southwark
Monday 8 March – 6pm at Shakespeare's Globe
Wednesday 10 March – 12 noon at Ability Media Centre
Wednesday 10 March – 7pm at Waterloo Community Development Group, Waterloo Action Centre
Thursday 11 March – 7pm at Bankside Community Space
Wednesday 17 March – 12.30pm at St George the Martyr
Wednesday 17 March – 7pm at Amigo House Hall
Thursday 18 March – 1pm & 7pm at Bermondsey Village Hall
Tuesday 23 March – 7pm at Queensborough Community Centre
Wednesday 24 March – 7pm at Bermondsey Village Hall

Read the document and respond

The full document can be viewed at

Responses must be sent to Southwark Council by Friday 26 March

The final version of the SPD is expected to be adopted by the council in June 2011.

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