SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO NEIGHBOURS
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PLANNING SYSTEM REFORM: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO?
The Government is proposing wholesale reform of the planning system. The SoWN Planning Group is likely to make formal comments as part of the Government’s consultation (which ends 29 October) and would welcome all opinions. A special SoWN newsletter summarises the main proposals and seeks views of SoWN members. Read it here.
SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO FORUM NEWS
Well, it worked! 60-80 people managed to sign in to our first virtual South Bank & Waterloo Forum, chaired by Florence Eshalomi MP, on 16 July 2020. In future, when we can actually meet up, the aim is to hold the Forum in venues around the area, so new people can also attend. Read about the latest meeting.
SOUTH BANK & WATERLOO RECOVERY PLAN PUBLISHED
A Covid-19 Recovery Plan has been developed by the South Bank & Waterloo Partnership, including the councils, major organisations in the area and others. It really gives a sense of the scale of the challenge and the detailed planning required as the area seeks to find either an interim or a new normal. Read the Recovery Plan.
NEW HOTEL/OFFICE PROPOSAL FOR WESTMINSTER BRIDGE ROAD
PPHE Group has started consultation on a development on the site at the corner of Westminster Bridge Road and Hercules Road. At 15 storeys it is just slightly lower than the church tower opposite. Read the PPHE brochure here...
WATERLOO'S LAST BANK LIKELY TO CLOSE
We have learned NatWest Bank won't renew the lease on its branch in Westminster Bridge Road. Plans are well advanced by Marlin Hotels (who own the building) to redevelop it as a wine bar with hotel above and some housing behind. SoWN has expressed concern about the loss of Waterloo's last bank branch.
NEW WOOTTON ST HOUSING PROPOSED
Homes for Lambeth (the property development arm of the council) is consulting on their plan to build a 36-home, 10-storey block between Windmill House and Tait & Benson House, in Wootton St. The SoWN planning group has raised a number of potential issues about the development. See the proposals...
DEVELOPMENTS ON UPPER GROUND
Stanhope Properties, who own the IBM Building, say they still plan to move ahead with major adaptations, starting in 2021, despite the building's recent listing by Heritage England. Mitsubishi, who own the ITV building, are preparing a new scheme for an office development. Meanwhile CSCB hope to progress the already approved Doon St development. The impact of Covid on all these plans remains unclear, but their impact on local residents from construction could be substantial. SoWN has urged close consultation with everyone likely to be affected, and is monitoring the proposals carefully.
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