Power Station at Bankside

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Power Station at Bankside

Power Station at Bankside.

L.S. 

Regeneration of South Bank, contemplated in Ldn. Plan, wd. be thwarted. Development contemplated at Bankside in commercial and residential City and Dean of St. Pauls feels strongly tht. Power Station wd. dwarf St. Pauls and ruin St. Pauls' dominance over the London river. I wd. not think that argument alone wd. prevail : but it shd. be taken into account.
Admit R'hithe delay must be taken for argument's sake at 2 winters.
But Bankside may be later, because materials, than planned.

P.M. 

If it were oil. burning, it wd. make a big difference.

L.S. 

But wd. still mean it was industrial area.

P.M. 

Not necessarily because Battersea.

G.A.I. 

Development of S. Bank = my pct. It wd. be ruined forever if this were put there. Derelict business area : interesting assocns. house where Wren lived still is there. Southwark Boro' ready to develop for housing and open space. Only access to river.
Don't adopt short sighted policy.
U.S. willing to build another Globe Theatre and Mermaid Tavern.

A.B. 

a)  Diff. to resist l.a. decision to violate Ldn. Plan. Worse if we do.
b)  L.C.C. paid £850.000 for this land with a view to developing S. Bank decently.
c)  R'hithe work cd. be done concurrently and delay reduced.

E.Sh. 

Same arguments earlier - eg. Wentworth open cast.
Similar arguments elsewhere on power stations eg Durham.
But face the facts. It is agreed that 18 months delay in completing 1st sets at R'hithe is inevitable. Extra cost £907.000 coming on natd industry. R. site hasn't bn. fully probed. C.E.B. and Comms. satisfied we must go on. Scott's provl. plan provides a bldg. not unsightly. Lack of generating capacity can't be doubted. eg. our diffies. now in improvising. Plain choice between amenities and economic needs.

N.B. 

Strategic objns. to both proposals : since both are proposed eventually.
P.M.'s decision : para. 2 of memo.
C.A.S. - this, if ever, is a case for cons? strategic points.
W'in circle on map.
We have proposed other sites further down the river.

P.M. 

Proves too much. An atom bomb dropped there will make such a mess that a few power stations less won't matter. This is a 1937 argument now out of date. Sites down river wd. be extravagant because distance from main load.

G.A.I. 

Oil burning : & set it back 30 yards to preserve our promenade.
Agreed : accept Bankside, subject to oil burning and set back 30 yards.


Taken from C.M. 34(47)(5) - Meeting held on 1 April 1947.