1. [Updated]When “Conservation area” does not mean heritage will actually be conserved

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    January 22, 2015 by Juha Repo

    Update to this article in January 2015. The demolition of the historic buildings has not started yet. There is another …
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  2. [updated] Valentine Place historical townscape under threat

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    January 22, 2015 by Juha Repo

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    Edited in January 2015 to direct readers to our later article on this. The planning application was approved by Southwark …
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  3. Consultation extended: 96 metre tower for St. George’s Circus (updated)

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    October 29, 2014 by Juha Repo

    UPDATE 29 October 2014: A re-consultation has been opened on this planning application. The application has now been amended with …
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  4. First consultation on Wedge House, 40 Blackfriars Road

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    October 22, 2014 by Juha Repo

    They haven’t given us much notice, but the leaflet was put through some of our letterboxes this week. The consultation …
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  5. New roaming theatre show in Blackfriars Road: Another Day

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    October 17, 2014 by Juha Repo

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    We have received information about a new promenade theatre production in the Blackfriars Road Area. A Friend of a Friend …
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  6. It was meant to be a college…

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    August 6, 2014 by Juha Repo

    No surprises here. The Octavia House redevelopment was sold to the council planners and residents as a music college – …
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  7. One positive plan for Blackfriars Road – in the shadow of 42 storeys

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    August 4, 2014 by Juha Repo

    While we have repeatedly been disappointed in how Blackfriars Road is being developed, at least there is one planning application …
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  8. Surely they can’t be laughing at Southwark Council?

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    July 31, 2014 by Juha Repo

      Is Southwark becoming the joke of London? Could “the star of regeneration” be losing its shine? From Private Eye 1371, 25 …
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  9. Next BARD meeting: Tuesday 29 July 2014

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    July 22, 2014 by Juha Repo

    The next meeting of BARD is on TUESDAY, 29 July 2014 at 7 pm. Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, 60a …
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  10. Southwark approves Octavia House “touchstone” building

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    July 1, 2014 by Juha Repo

    Not surprisingly, Southwark Planning committee tonight approved the Octavia House development, and called it a “touchstone” for the area. Also …
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  11. Octavia House and Valentine Place planning decisions on 1 July

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    June 25, 2014 by Juha Repo

    Two controversial planning applications, highlighted by BARD in the past, will be decided by Southwark Planning Committee on 1 July. …
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  12. Octavia House – the images they did not show us

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    April 22, 2014 by Juha Repo

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    We have been given the following computer generated images of the proposed development at Octavia House, in the junction of …
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  13. London skyline is going up and up – 230 new towers will transform the city forever

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    April 3, 2014 by Juha Repo

    One of the main issues with the BARD campaign has been the seemingly unstoppable desire by developers and our councils …
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  14. Notes from BARD meeting 20 February

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    February 21, 2014 by Juha Repo

    Our February meeting was well attended again with local residents and local cllrs Adele Morris and David Noakes. A list …
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  15. Bankside Residents Forum in fear of closure

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    February 10, 2014 by Juha Repo

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    BARD has received some alarming news from our friends at the Bankside Residents Forum (BRF). The directors and officers are …
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  16. Next BARD meeting: Thursday 20 February 2014

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    February 3, 2014 by Juha Repo

    The next meeting of BARD is on THURSDAY, 20 February 2014 at 7 pm. Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, …
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  17. More extensive development proposed for Blackfriars Road

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    January 22, 2014 by Juha Repo

    A couple of new developments in the immediate vicinity of Blackfriars Road has been highlighted by the LondonSE1 community website. …
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  18. Imbibe occupiers evicted, demolition begins

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    January 8, 2014 by Juha Repo

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    Just as soon as we informed you about the doomed Imbibe pub building being occupied, it was cleared by representatives …
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  19. Occupation of Imbibe building continues

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    January 7, 2014 by Juha Repo

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    In December local residents noticed that the former Imbibe pub, one of the buildings doomed to be lost under the …
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  20. Octavia House consultation extended until 20 December

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    December 3, 2013 by Juha Repo

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    The consultation period for the new development called Octavia House has been extended from 5 until 20 December. The proposal …
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  21. “The Sons of Temperance” building gets a Grade II listing

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    December 3, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The Sons of Temperance building at 176 Blackfriars Road (adjacent to Helen Gladstone House) has just been given Listed Status …
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  22. BARD meeting critical of developer influence in SE1

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    November 21, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The Wednesday 20 November meeting of BARD discussed several local issues relating to local planning and development. A recurring theme …
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  23. Next meeting: Wednesday 20 November 2013 at 7 pm

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    November 11, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The next meeting of BARD is on WEDNESDAY, 20 November 2013 at 7 pm. Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, …
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  24. Linden Homes publishes newsletter – works about to start

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    November 6, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Blackfriars Cafe has already closed a while ago and the Imbibe pub in the Georgian pub building in 173 Blackfriars …
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  25. Segregated cycle super highway proposed by Mayor for Blackfriars Road

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    November 6, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has presented plans to build a separate cycle lane to Blackfriars Road to commect Elephant …
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  26. The Blackfriars Mile proposals

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    November 4, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The following from Southwark Council’s Chief Executive’s department:   Southwark Council is working with partners and the local community to …
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  27. “Are developers destroying London’s South Bank?”

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    November 4, 2013 by Juha Repo

    This question was posed in the headline of an article in The Daily Telegraph. The article looks at many of …
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  28. Several new developments in the Blackfriars Road Area

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    October 30, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Since we fought the large scale development by Linden Homes, and won a partial victory in significantly reducing the scale, …
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  29. Last chance to comment on Bankside Neighbourhood Plan

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    October 30, 2013 by Juha Repo

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    There is still time to comment on the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan until this Friday! Find all the info on the …
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  30. Southwark Council fighting to keep Elephant deal secret

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    September 24, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The Evening Standard reported some time ago how Southwark Council gone to a tribunal to be allowed not to provide …
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  31. We Are Bankside roadshow in Nelson Square today Friday and Saturday 14 September

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    September 13, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Consultation for the Bankside neighbourhood plan includes a special roadshow event today Friday and Saturday 14 September in the Nelson …
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  32. BARD comments on Linden Homes winning their planning permission

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    September 12, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Linden Homes finally won planning permission for its housing development on 3 September 2013, when Southwark’s planning committee approved it. …
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  33. Last chance to object to Linden Homes Development

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    August 31, 2013 by Juha Repo

    13/AP/0966 LAST MINUTE OBJECTIONS Although the formal closing date for comments on this Planning Application (AP) was in June, Southwark …
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  34. Next meeting: Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 7 pm

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    July 29, 2013 by Juha Repo

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    The next meeting of BARD is on WEDNESDAY, 14 August 2013 at 7 pm. Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, …
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  35. Southwark’s vision for Blackfriars Road – consultation open until 12 Sep

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    July 22, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Southwark Council opened the consultation for their Blackfriars Road SPD plan in June, and they are accepting comments until 12 …
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  36. Consultation period for 169-173 Blackfriars Road ends 6 June – time to post your comments

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    May 30, 2013 by Juha Repo

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    The proposed development in Blackfriars Road, that gave the start to BARD, is now in the last week of the …
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  37. Blackfriars Road Exhibition: 1 June in Artist Studio Company (ASC), 128 Blackfriars Road

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    May 30, 2013 by Juha Repo

    After the walkabouts held earlier this year, and the publishing of a consultation summary and a set of ten principles …
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  38. A 30-storey tower proposed near St. George’s Circus

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    May 30, 2013 by Juha Repo

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    Another local planning exhibition took place last week and this time it is Barratt Homes, who have bought the sites …
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  39. Octavia House development told to reduce the height from 18 to 14 storeys

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    May 30, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Some residents of Nelson Square have also been following the story with a proposed development of Octavia House, in the …
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  40. Next meeting: Thursday 23 May 2013 at 7 pm

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    May 21, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The next meeting of BARD is on Thursday, 23 May 2013 at 7 pm . Nelson Square Gardens Community Association …
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  41. The Consultation Period for the proposed Linden Homes development at 169-173 Blackfriars Road is about to begin

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    May 13, 2013 by Juha Repo

    What is this about? Linden Homes want to build a ten storey block [tapering down to 6 storeys over the …
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  42. Linden Homes planning permission application submitted

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    May 1, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Like we said in the last email Linden Homes has now submitted the planning permission for the site where the …
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  43. Union Street small businesses under threat from Railtrack

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    May 1, 2013 by Juha Repo

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    The small businesses under the Union Street railway bridge have started a petition after they have been given notice to …
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  44. 10 design principles for Blackfriars Road

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    May 1, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Southwark Council has placed a design document on their website, based on the consultation on Blackfriars Road that took place …
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  45. Linden Homes revised proposals on the Blackfriars Road site

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    April 9, 2013 by Juha Repo

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    As we briefly reported before, it does seem like our campaigning has had some effect and Linden Homes have now …
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  46. Next meeting: Thursday 25 April 2013 at 7 pm [Changed date!]

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    April 9, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The next meeting of BARD is on Thursday, 25 April 2013 at 7 pm. Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, …
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  47. Proposed Closure of Southwark Fire Station

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    April 9, 2013 by Juha Repo

    We would like to bring this burning issue to you. You may have heard that our local fire station in …
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  48. Next meeting: Thursday 4 April 2013 at 7pm

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    March 21, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The next meeting of BARD is on Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 7 pm. Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, …
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  49. Linden Homes surprises with new proposal

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    March 20, 2013 by Juha Repo

    The Bankside Residents’ forum had a presentation from Linden Homes last week. The developer presented a smaller scheme for the …
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  50. Tuesday 26 March Residents’ Meeting on Housing Issues

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    March 20, 2013 by Juha Repo

    Bankside Residents’ Forum has announced a meeting with Southwark councillors to discuss affordable housing and amenities in Borough & Bankside area. …
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  51. Consultation open on the Blackfriars Road Cycle Superhighway

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    September 22, 2014 by Juha Repo

    As we have reported before, Transport for London are planning to turn Blackfriars Road as part of a new North-South …
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