Make wins public inquiry into Southwark housing scheme
Make’s plans for a major housing scheme in London have been given the green light after a public inquiry overturned Southwark Council’s original decision to refuse planning.
The application to build 154 homes was unanimously rejected by Southwark planner last November, prompting an angry response from project architect Frank Filskow.
“We feel Southwark has an anti-development approach at officer level,” he said at the time. “We don’t understand why they are doing this.”
He made the comments after planners called the scheme an “over-dominant and overbearing” project which would add to traffic congestion.
But developer London & Quadrant Housing Association appealed the decision and in a letter to the group, planning inspector John Papworth wrote: “The development would provide much-needed housing and make efficient use of land replacing unattractive buildings.”
L&Q plans to use part of the development, close to Tower Bridge, for its own offices. Papworth added that the scheme was of “high quality” design.
As well as flats and offices, it will include shops and will feature buildings running across five to 10 storeys.