TNRA monitors Southwark Council's website for planning applications which are of relevance to residents. We use leaflets, e-mails, the website and meetings, as appropriate, to inform residents about key development proposals, consultation periods and deadlines, so that they can comment if they wish.
The TNRA committee will review planning proposals and applications that are in or close to the estate. On some developments, we will agree as a committee whether to support the proposals or not on behalf of TNRA members. We will publish our decision on this page. Please get in touch to let us know your views so that we can take these into account when making our decision.
See below for the current relevant proposals, applications and developments. For further details, click on the application number or enter the number on the council's 'Planning - quick search' page.
The Estate is in the Trinity Church Square conservation area. In 2006 to 2007, TNRA had substantial input into the council's appraisal report of the conservation area, which was adopted in 2008. The report can be downloaded from the council website here.
TNRA sends a representative to the Southwark Conservation Areas Advisory Group, which comments on planning applications in all the conservation areas in Southwark.
For further details of any planning applications see the Southwark Council website's 'Planning - quick search' page and type in the address or reference number of the site; or contact the Planning Enquiry Service: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7525 5403.
To comment on an application, email@example.com, stating the application number and your postal address (the council website contains a useful checklist of the type of thing to comment on).
Application no: 12/AP/1230
Council officers recommended acceptance of this application (the old carpet shop). The application was, however, refused by councillors on 18 July 2012.
Helen Holden for TNRA attended Planning Subcommittee A on 18 July, at which a spokesperson for the residents of Hulme Place (the flats immediately behind the application site) gave evidence for all objectors combined (including TNRA). Ward councillor Tim McNally spoke on behalf of all three Chaucer Ward councillors (and Hulme Place residents and TNRA members) against the application. Officers and the applicants spoke for the application. After almost two hours of representations and deliberation the five members of the subcommittee present voted three to two against the application and the application was refused.
We are grateful to our councillors for their help in opposing this application.
Demolition of existing 1970s office building and erection of part 5-storey/part 6-storey/part 8-storey building fronting Marshalsea Road and Borough High Street. Office/retail/residential (123 units) uses. 4-storey 'mews' building to rear (4 residential units). Open space, ancillary plant, car parking and servicing, landscaping and new pedestrian access to Borough High Street. Consultation ends 26 February 2011. See here for comments made by the TNRA committee to Southwark Council. The developer withdrew the application in March 2011.
This revised scheme is now designed solely by Allies and Morrison (whose offices are on the south side of Southwark Street and who designed the Blue Fin building on the north side of the street). The proposed buildings are up to eight storeys high and a mix of offices, flats and shops along Borough High Street.
The Conservation Areas Advisory Group (CAAG) thought that the proposals were much improved on the side facing the Little Dorrit Park but was concerned about the elevation of the frontage on Borough High Street which is unsympathetic to the pattern of narrow street building frontages which characterize Borough High Street. CAAG also felt the site would be over-developed. The consultation period ended on 13 August.
Southwark Council's own application for improvements to Dickens Square Park. Includes proposal to resite the adventure playground. Consultation ends 23 February 2011. See here for TNRA's response.
This application will be considered at the Borough & Bankside Community Council Planning Meeting on 11 May 2011.
Developers Helical Bar have put forward a new scheme for this site and held a public exhibition of their proposals in St George the Martyr Crypt on 2 June 2011. The new building (by Darling Associates Architects) will be offices for about 300 people. The height of the building will be no more than 29m (ground floor + six storeys). The basement will be for cycle storage and services. Access for deliveries will be from Sylvester Street. The pavement in front of the building on the Long Lane side will be widened and there will be an additional pedestrian crossing at the junction of Long Lane and Great Dover Street. There will be a gated "green walk through area" and a planted "green wall" on the Sylvester Street side of the building. There will also be a roof terrace (for daytime use) on part of that side of the building. Stone-finished fins moderate the front of the building on the higher floors. A planning application is likely to be submitted to the Council in August 2011.Application no 09/AP/2128
The planning application for this student housing at the junction of Great Dover Street and Long Lane was unanimously turned down by Southwark's Planning Committee on 2 February 2010. The proposal included a 17-storey tower of student bedsits, overlooking St George's Church.
The TNRA committee had sent the attached comments to Southwark Council and Robert Holden attended the meeting for TNRA.
Grounds for refusal included the inappropriateness of a slab-like tower next to St George's Church; archaeological concerns (the proposal involved a deep basement); proximity to the Borough and Trinity Church Square Conservation Areas; the loss of a site for affordable housing; and concerns about the numbers of students already in the area. Speakers against the proposal included a representative from Empire Square South (which includes affordable housing) and Tim McNally as ward councillor. (Only one 'lay' objector can speak and the TNRA and Empire Square South representatives agreed that the latter should do so).
The council officers' report and recommendation to refuse can be seen in the papers for the meeting on 2 February here.
The developers appealed to the Planning Inspectorate and a Public Inquiry was held in January 2011. Helen Holden attended and spoke for TNRA.
On 18 February 2011 the Planning Inspectorate refused the developers' appeal, largely on the grounds of the bulk and height of the student housing building. Click here to download the full decision.