Southwark Council postpone new SPD Consultation

The new SPD consultation period previously scheduled for six weeks commencing 3 September has now been put back by a fortnight to start on 17 September.

Southwark Council have announced this postponement on their Web site: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200151/supplementary_planning_documents_and_guidance… but not directly to the people to whom they wrote letters announcing the consultation dates.  On the plus side, the web site does now record the many objections received once we undertook Southwark’s consultation task for want of effort on their part.

The BVAG consultation office/cafe in Globe House was scheduled to hold an opening on Monday 6 September to help the consultation process along.  In view of the postponement we will use the delay to get the place a bit more complete for a delayed opening now to be held on Wednesday 15 September.

More details to follow.

Does anyone have any information on why Southwark decided to delay the start of the re-consultation?

Two purely speculative theories:

(1)        Just bureaucratic inefficiency and tardiness.  (Entirely plausible but a bit dull.)

(2)        Council Leader Peter John was recently quoted in the press as saying he expected to receive Sellar’s application for the Shard Satellites in Bermondsey St imminently.  Even by Southwark’s standards it would look a bit off if the Sellar application came in just when the consultation closed.  Have Sellar asked for an extension?  (Perhaps a bit too much logic in this one.) ?


Dear All,

We are holding an initial meeting at The Tanneries on Tuesday 27 April at 7pm for anyone willing to help the Tall Buildings Consultation Campaign. We need volunteers to help with various tasks. There will be plenty of future opportunities to help but the elections offer particular opportunities we need to seize.

If you are able to attend the meeting, please can you let us know.

Kind regards

Liz

Liz Ruffell
Shiva Ltd


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Thanks to all of you who came along last Thursday evening and to those of you who couldn’t make it but sent your messages of support.

We can now confirm that we raised over a hundred objections to the SPD as compared to the paltry 15 produced by Southwark’s own consultation process.

This provides an excellent platform for us to further resist high rise development in Bermondsey Street/St Thomas Street and we’re proceeding to construct a mailing list (standing at 150+ already) and a blog to provide a kernel of a new association of residents of Bermondsey Street and surrounding areas aimed at resisting abuse through insensitive development and unaccountable planners.

Further news to follow shortly.

Regards

Liz Ruffell
Shiva Ltd


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