Pauline - hi I chaired the discussion on it. Suffice to say there was a strong turn out and NO ONE was in favour from Bellingham, Sydenham and Perry Vale wards. The developers will fight dirty.
What I do know is that the area ISNT zoned for retail so can be turned down. councillors who aren't on planning committee were there and spoke - they are against any more retail developments. Simply put the roads/infrastructure around can't support any more traffic. AND more importantly the pull of people away from high streets and local community when so much has been invested in trying to regenerate it is not wanted.
We're trying to pull together some key objections - Nicki's figures are critical. Air pollution levels up there are already at illegal levels I think.
We're doing posters for shops locally as we're so concerned this will impact local businesses. I really think this is something we should all be pulling together on. The developers will fight dirty I'm sure - the public consultation already showed overwhelming opposition but they still put it in AND timed it to be over easter.
Individual objections need to go in - email@example.com