(Image (c)Google 2010 and taken from Google Streetview)
I've received notification of a Planning Exhibition to be held by the Dolphin Square Foundation on the possibility of building (mostly social housing) on 130-138 Newington Butts, a sadly neglected commercial building squeezed between Jewson Building Yard and student accommodation. Back in 2008, a company applied for permission to build a mixed-use development (08/02352/FUL), but withdrew the application before it had been heard. Dolphin Square Foundation (a charity) hope to place 49 affordable homes, 30 low-rent homes and 4 private flats on the site. The flats/houses will range from 5 storeys to 8 storeys across the site.
The exhibition about the development is to be held on Saturday 12th March at from 10:30-15:30 on site at 130-138 Newington Butts, SE11 4QU. See posters below (click to enlarge) for more details.
Developing this piece of land is, in my view, a great idea. The site's current building has been dilapidated for years and is a real eye-sore. There are two matters that should probably receive further consideration... Low-rent housing is often rented through housing associations by members with children. Newington Butts is an extremely busy intersection which receives traffic from both Kennington Lane and Kennington Park Road, and is likely to have very high levels of noise. I'm presuming that noise could be dealt with by triple glazing, but living on a main road can be hazardous and I'd hope that play space, away from the road, was planned for children.