The more things change, the more they stay
the same. While London Bridge has evolved beyond recognition in the 2000 years
since the first Roman bridge, it is still largely defined by the reasons that
led to early prominence: a global outlook, the Thames riverfront, a gateway
into London, a busy centre of people, food, drink and trade, and more recently (though still developed over 300 years), a renowned centre of health
We are now able to help shape the future of
London Bridge - by responding to the consultation for the Area Vision for
London Bridge in the New Southwark Plan, including elements relating to
specific development sites.
Team London Bridge has developed its
response as follow-up to the the London
Bridge Plan, published in early 2016, and creating the vision for a ‘globally significant, historic and
vibrant place of Modern Commerce, Enterprise and Creativity.
We led a lively debate last Thursday with
local partners at the Hive, which demonstrated how passionate people are for
heritage and character to be reflected within future development. People wanted
to make sure that the riverfront and Low Line continue to evolve as places for
creativity, enterprise and enjoyment. And that new development support the
creation of vibrant high streets and a green grid throughout the area.
We have pulled these points together into
our response, which you can read here.
time to respond
While the consultation deadline is formally
28 April, we have been informed that there is a bit of flexibility – so should
you wish to comment, please do so next week. We hope that maybe you will agree
with some of our points – if so, feel free to use any elements in your
This work obviously doesn’t stop with a
document. We will be continuing to take this work forward, so if you are
interested in helping to shape the ongoing change in London Bridge, do get in touch with me.
Jack Skillen, Placeshaping Director