Local residents’ scathing letter regarding the way they have been consulted over the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle

Or rather, the way haven’t:

(From the people over on Southwark Notes)

Dear Soundings

Re: Elephant and Castle Regeneration Consultation

We are writing to you because we feel that there has been a serious misrepresentation of the amount of affordable housing to be built in Phase 2 of the Heygate redevelopment during the preplanning consultation that Soundings has conducted.

At both the exhibition in February and the Housing Workshop on 29th Jan the local community was told that Lendlease would be submitting an outline planning application that would include 25% affordable housing. This has proved not to be the case; instead Lendlease will only be building ‘as much affordable housing as is financially viable….’ This is in both the Planning Statement and the Housing Statement (8.1.4). The planning case officer has confirmed that the 25% minimum is not part of the application.

We will not labour the significance of this – instead of a guaranteed minimum of 600 affordable homes this development, when complete, could have no affordable housing at all. However whether this is good or bad is not the point of our complaint – it is that local community has been given no opportunity to gives its opinion on the true proposals.

Pre-planning consultation is part of the planning process. A report on the number of meetings, attendance etc. is usually part of the planning application. This report should now state that the local community was neither informed nor consulted about the amount of affordable housing and this should be taken into consideration by the planning committee. As the facilitator of the consultations we believe that it is Soundings responsibility to make sure this happens.

Yours sincerely

Jerry Flynn (ex Heygate resident, Elephant Amenity Network member)
Peter Stevenson (Crossway Church, Heygate Estate)
Adrian Glasspool (Heygate resident, EAN member)
Mark Tubbs (local resident)
Paul McGann (local resident, EAN member)
Lindon Rankin (local resident)
Katherine McNeil (local resident, EAN member)
Steve Lancashire (local resident, EAN member)
Chris Morris (local resident, EAN member)
Celia Cronin (Balfour St, EAN member)
Liliana Dmitrovic (Peoples Republic of Southwark)
M Pathmnabhan (Rockingham Estate)
Peter Davis (local resident)
Richard Lee (local resident, EAN member)
Jon Dennison (local resident, EAN member)
Hector Castells (local resident)
Luke Miller (local resident, EAN member


Elephant and Castle final design exhibition

See the final designs for the new Elephant & Castle Leisure Centre due to open in 2014. The existing centre will close permanently on Tuesday 5 June. This is the final opportunity to comment on designs for the new centre (and adjacent 36-storey residential development) before planning applications are submitted. Related website: www.southwark.gov.uk/elephantleisure

See here for more details from the developers. 

See here for some questions the proposal raises from Southwark Notes

Elephant leisure centre exhibition

see http://www.southwark.gov.uk/elephantleisure

Lend Lease, the development agency responsible for ‘transforming the Elephant and Castle’ are at the final stage of their consultation on the redevelopment of the leisure centre, and will be presenting their plans to the public today and tomorrow (Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th March 2012).

Drop into the leisure centre between noon and 8pm to view the plans and meet their team.

22 Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SQ

0.9 acres of the existing leisure centre has been handed over to Lend Lease to build a residential development adjacent to the leisure centre site. The residential development will provide commercial space for shops, cafés and the new 30 to 40 story building will bring life to this part of the Elephant and Castle.”

Future of Council Housing in Southwark


Thursday 22 March 2012, 6pm

Peckham Settlement, Goldsmith Road, London, SE15 5TF

We’d like hear your views on the future of council housing in Southwark at a meeting for tenants and leaseholders.

Southwark Council is planning ahead to improve your housing over the next 30 years and has asked an independent Housing Commission, a group of housing specialists, to think about what is needed to provide council housing that is affordable, sustainable and meets your needs for years to come. 
To do so we want to hear from you, the tenants and leaseholders, about what can be done to improve council housing. 
The Housing Commission, chaired by Jan Luba QC, will listen to your views – good and bad – on topics such as rents, how housing is allocated, how the council can deal with a shortage in funding for housing, and what’s best for generations to come.