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Great Suffolk Street

Great Suffolk Street is changing. A variety of new developments are under construction, and further proposals are being submitted by developers along the historic street. This follows a wider process of change in the area which has seen millions of visitors moving along the street to access Tate Modern, the regeneration of the railway arches by Network Rail, and the recent completion of new student, residential, business and retail units.

This process of change is set to continue as people move through the street with the completion of the nearby Tate extension, the new Thameslink station on the riverwalk at Blackfriars, and the emerging masterplan for the Elephant and Castle to the south.

A project has emerged which is led by the council, Bankside Residents Forum, Better Bankside and Design for London to improve the public realm and open spaces along the street, improve the trading environment for local retailers and businesses, and ensure the process of change is co-ordinated and maximises benefits for local people in line with the principles set out in the Bankside Urban Forest vision.

Community input

After holding a number of discussions and interviews with businesses and residents along the street we have drafted a strategy and vision for making improvements to the street to benefit all, which has the following key objectives:

  1. to safeguard and celebrate the success of existing businesses;
  2. to shift the balance of the street to slow traffic and foster a more pedestrian friendly environment ;
  3. to introduce green space, landscaping and planting where physically possible;
  4. to work with and refine the distinctive character and history of the street.

We have produced a set of plans and designs to visualise how we can achieve these objectives in a phased approach as new developments are completed along the street and funding can be secured. We are very keen to hear your thoughts on the initial proposals, and you can make your comments on the project in one of the following ways:

  • Complete the short questionnaire and email it in to us by you might have by 31 August 2011.
  • Contact the project team on 020 7525 5450, or by email: dan.taylor@southwark.gov.uk
  • Sign up to recieve electronic or paper copies of our dbrief development news to keep in touch with changes in the area

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