Cross posted from Love Perry Vale.
Strategic Planning committee last night (agenda here), with the main item being the massive new New Deal for Communities development for the Kender Triangle at New Cross Gate. In contrast to the usually expected crowd of objectors (often to much smaller developments than this) there was a busload (literally – they parked their bus outside) of supporters – enthusiastically wearing their campaign t-shirts and cheering on the architect and Councillor Robin Cross (the only local ward councillor who seems to have bothered to get involved with the project) when they made speeches to the committee explaining the benefits of the scheme for the area. After the meeting we found them still outside the Town Hall, taking group photos to record the occasion. There was an objector, and he made some valid points – but on issues which (we decided) could be resolved by negotiation with the developers and Planning officers. Our poor senior Highways engineer had laryngitis, so we were kind and only asked him questions he could nod or shake his head to. We had some discussion about making sure the mix of rented, shared-ownership and privately-sold flats (173 altogether, along with a new public library, doctor’s surgery, nursery and public open spaces) is all managed well and in ways that don’t discriminate against the ‘social’ housing residents. But we agreed unanimously that it was a great piece of design, and gave it permission. I’ll look forward to seeing, one day, the big red 10-storey tower going up there, and thinking “I helped that to happen”.