OK not such great photos but this afternoon I visited the fire station at 8 Albert Embankment. This was once the proud headquarters of the London Fire Brigade but now a site about to be developed.
I visited with, amongst many others, Florence Eshalomi, the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark and Deputy Mayor Fiona Twycross, who leads on the Fire Brigade.
The site, which contains extensive workshops at the back, is up for planning permission as I speak. On the plus side there will still be a fire station with four bays and a minimum of two appliances plus a new home for the Fire Brigade Museum.
On the more contentious side (see mock-up from the developers below) are:
- Building a two story glass box (the yellow blob) on the roof of the fire station for a restaurant.
- Blocking of the rear aspect of the fire station building with a hotel (the pink blob)
- Two very tall blocks for flats that local residents fear will block a significant part of their natural daylight (the blue towers)
- Compromises on developing a site that is intended solely for jobs in Lambeth’s plans.
- Only 35% of the new homes to be ‘affordable’ as opposed to the Mayor’s target of 50% for land that has come from public ownership.
If you want to know more (and there are 519 documents to read) go HERE.
If you would like to make a comment please do so on the Lambeth Council planning portal HERE
There is a local petition objecting to aspects of the scheme which you can find HERE
Cllr. Jon Davies