After a huge response from local residents and numerous meetings with local organisations, we are disappointed to discover that the developer, Create REIT, has submitted their planning application to Southwark Council without responding to genuine concerns or meeting with local residents as agreed.
Our initial review of the documents here suggests:
- They have failed to respond or make changes to their plans to account for local concerns e.g.: size of building, sunlight, privacy, impact on conservation area, traffic, noise and light pollution
- A number of local residents will lose their right to daylight and sunlight(2)
- Traffic and parking will be an everyday challenge – Local streets (Oswin, Elliots Row, Brook Drive, Hayles Street, and West Square will see up to 18 lorries at a day during construction, 9 deliveries a day as a hotel, and up to 60 taxis a day for guests(1, 2)
- They have ignored local feedback – with no reference to the huge number of responses received, failing to complete agreed engagement with those most impacted (e.g. on the privacy solutions or with each TRA).
- No plans to protect the CS7 section on Brook Drive
What can you do?!
- Donate – We need to raise £100 for leaflets and posters. Details on how to donate here. Any support is much appreciated!
- Help – there are a lot of planning documents for us to digest. If you can help drop us an email
- Make your voice count when the consultation opens – We will email to let you know when the consultation opens and how to respond so your voice counts
Stop St George’s Tower Team
(1) Impact estimate based on 30% of tourists using taxis in London – in a fully occupied 100 room hotel, with 30% of guests taking a return journey each day could result in an extra 60 taxis every day parking, waiting, and driving down local streets.
(2) Developers draft plans: “21 St Georges Road – Outline Delivery and Servicing Plan”; “21 St Georges Road – Outline Construction Logistics Plan”; “21 St Georges Road – Daylight Sunlight and Overshadowing Assessment” shared on 13th August 2021