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Not in their back yard

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As it happens, however, Bird is not having an entirely happy time in Rotherhithe. Having decided to redevelop his site (not least because of the cracks that appeared in his house as a result of the strengthening works to the East London Line), he commissioned czwg to design a scheme which included a restaurant. The rfac and eh were enthusiastic, as were Southwark's own planning officers, but it was turned down by councillors, partly because there was no parking for the restaurant customers. czwg redesigned the scheme as B1 office space, again plus Bird's own apartment, and received the same enthusiastic response - until the plan again fell foul of nimby Southwark burghers, following a campaign by residents against it. Now it will go to appeal. It makes ornithopters look easy . . .

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