November 23, 2012 by Juha Repo
A Peaceful Community Demonstration to raise awareness of inappropriate development in Blackfriars Road
SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012 from 2.00 – 3.00 pm
In Helen Gladstone Gardens [corner of Blackfriars Road and Surrey Row SE1, opposite Imbibe]
In an unprecedented move, Blackfriars Action for Responsible Development [BARD] was created by several tenant and resident associations to promote alternative strategies for a development planned by Linden Homes. The proposed site runs from a terrace at 169-173 Blackfriars Road extending back to rows of garages in Pocock Street.
Linden Homes are giving two options for the site:
- 27 storey glass building on Blackfriars Road with further buildings behind ranging from 7 to 11 storeys providing 206 apartments. This involves the closure of Surrey Row and the appropriation of a community garden belonging to the Nelson Square estate, or
- 15 storey building on Blackfriars Road providing 123 apartments and shops at ground level
Concerned local residents say that neither of the two options are viable for the following reasons:
- Poor and unimaginative design
- Height, massing and overshadowing of surrounding housing
- Loss of heritage buildings
- Inappropriate ‘social and/or affordable’ housing for local needs
- Lack of community facilities and insensitivity to the history and social fabric of the area
- The appropriation of Helen Gladstone Gardens, a garden funded initially by Southwark Council’s Joint Security Initiative [JSI] money and cared for by local resident volunteers supported by the Bankside Open Spaces Trust [BOST]
There will be a Petition to sign. Refreshments will be provided.