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.) ?


One comment

  1. Mark Bacon says:

    Russell

    You will be aware I have started a Petition to achieve the objective of removing the Tall Buildings Zone from Bermondsey Street. Initial reaction has been very positive.

    I do this for the following reasons :

    • I do not believe that Tall Buildings have a place on Bermondsey Street
    • The SPD is currently in consultation until 29 Oct – and I believe the Zone can be moved
    • If the Zone is moved – then the proposed 3 Houses project will have to go back to the drawing board – it cannot go ahead as 2 Houses
    • We have much longer to fight about what Tall Building(s) might or might or not go on the Car Park
    • The immediate thing we have to fight against at present is where The Tall Buildings Zone should finish
    • I believe it should finish at Vinegar Yard – thereby also protecting the Vinegar Warehouse
    • Southwark Council have communicated to me that if I can get a simple, clear Petition with enough names they will listen
    • This Petition is clear, short, simple and achievable – and represents both a reasonable compromise and a step in the right direction

    I am aware that you have grander ambitions to restrict the nature of what is built on the Car Park site – which I am entirely supportive of.

    But in the meantime could I please ask for your assistance by posting this letter and a copy of The Petition on to http://www.bstowers.com so that people may have access to The Petition and print out copies and sign up – or not – as their opinions dictate. Thank you very much for your help in this regard.

    Mark Bacon

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