Alcohol And Public Entertainment Licensing Consultation – Have Your Say In Oval, Vauxhall And Kennington

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Below is an email from our local councillors asking for our views in respect of Alcohol and Public Entertainment Licensing. It would be a shame not to give them, always assuming you don’t mind wading through a 42 page document first (want to know what your council tax is being spent on, well, here’s a large slice of it) or you can speed read:

Lambeth is in the process of updating the borough’s alcohol and public entertainment Licensing Policy (click through to see detail) and want to make sure it best reflects the borough and your neighbourhood’s needs.
Our consultation is underway (click to access, should take 5 minutes) and will have an impact on your neighbourhood – we want as broad a range of opinions as possible, yours included.
With new powers available to better manage the sale of alcohol, late night entertainment and refreshments, we’re looking to ensure that:

·         Types of licensed premises are appropriate to their location in the borough;

·         All licensed premises act responsibly and in partnership with their communities; and

·         People are able to enjoy Lambeth’s night time economy safe from harm.

You will be able to comment on what are appropriate times in your local streets and what sort of venues you think are acceptable so please take the time to comment.
Licensing affects all of our streets in some way and as such it is essential that everyone has the opportunity to comment. While we of course want to hear from you, it would also be incredibly helpful if you could encourage your friends, neighbours and local community groups to take part.

Thank you and best wishes

Jack and Jane

Keybridge House, 80 South Lambeth Road (The BT Eyesore)

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Plans to knock down Keybridge House and rebuild yet more tower blocks, although BT haven’t yet submitted drawings of the proposed replacements. Hobson’s Choice, the derelict and uninhabited monstrosity that’s been blighting that particular part of our area for years, or a yet to be fully revealed tower block(s) replacement.

The submission can be viewed here:

South Bank becomes capital’s rising star as developers commit billions to makeover

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South Bank becomes capital’s rising star as developers commit billions to makeover. Development deals at South Bank have accounted for 10 per cent of activity in London. (Last updated at 12:01AM, September 6 2013.)

A formerly unloved part of London that was a grubby centre for heavy industry is to be transformed over the next decade by soaring towers and more than 16,000 homes. A report today shows the dramatic transformation planned for South Bank, the stretch of the Thames that runs from Tower Bridge to Battersea Power Station. CBRE, the property consultant, said that 27 schemes in the planning pipeline would provide about 16,300 homes by 2023. Of these, 2,500 would be designated as affordable housing. The proposed schemes include large residential towers in Waterloo and Vauxhall — where Dalian Wanda group of China is planning to build Europe’s biggest residential skyscraper — as well as thousands of homes at a redeveloped Battersea Power Station. New embassies are planned, including a new diplomatic base for the United States in Battersea, as well as hotels, river parks, a new Northern Line Tube extension, shops and office developments. CBRE said that rising confidence among developers had led to £2.3 billion of development deals at South Bank since 2008 — 10 per cent of activity in the entire London market. It added that the average price for a new South Bank flat had risen by 160 per cent in the past five years, from £500 to £1,300 per sq ft, and “will soon break the £2,000” mark. Lisa Hollands, managing director of CBRE Residential, said that the pace of change along South Bank was striking. “South Bank is arguably one of the most exciting property stories this decade. You can buy a property there at a much more reasonable price than you would directly over the river on the north. We are finding that about 50 per cent of the buyers are British and there is a really broad cross-section of buyers from different nationalities,” she said. CBRE said that although a significant supply of new homes was due to come on stream in the coming year, this would be soaked up by a significant bottleneck of demand. It said that at least 60 per cent of apartments under construction on the South Bank had been pre-sold before completion. Half of the developers behind the 27 schemes had already agreed their Section 106 contributions — a development tax — with local authorities. The total so far is £1.5 billion, which would be invested in the local communities in areas such as affordable housing, new schools and transport infrastructure.

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