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


The Castle: An Elephant Exhibition

25 – 29 May 2012, 12am – 6pm
Private View: Thursday 24 May from 6pm
Unit 237, 1st Floor Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, SE1 6SB

A group of artists and designers from the BA Graphic & Media Design course at London College of Communication (LCC) exhibit a collection of works inspired by the Elephant & Castle shopping centre and its surroundings.




Camera Obscura Workshop at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

The workshop, organised by local artists Rebecca Davies and Eva Sajovic in collaboration with Fotosynthesis, will take place on the tenth floor of Hannibal House, just above the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

During the workshop they will be making one of the rooms on the tenth floor into a giant camera.

Once this is set up then the participants will set about producing photographs which will then be developed in the Fotosynthesis dark room.

RSVP as spaces are limited studioattheelephant@gmail.com

Vision Quest – A Ritual For Elephant and Castle

Vision Quest is a feature length documentary set in the South London neighbourhood of Elephant & Castle. The video documents Marcus Coates’ personal journey over a two-year residency period, in the Elephant & Castle neighbourhood. The residency included ‘A Ritual for Elephant & Castle’, a shamanic music fuelled ritual performed in collaboration with Chrome Hoof & Wildbirds & Peacedrums, at the Coronet Theatre on the 5th of June 2009.

The Vision Quest documentary follows Marcus Coates as he endeavors to locate animal spirits to guide a community experiencing a disruptive redevelopment scheme. For this unlikely urban adventure, a group of residents from the iconic Heygate Estate*, local politicians from Southwark Council and the psychedelic doom rock orchestra Chrome Hoof, collectively embark on a journey into the depths of neighborhood, presenting an alternative, inventive and entertaining approach to dealing with contemporary social issues, such as gentrification & the economic crisis.'Vision Quest' Marcus Coates, Heygate Estate, Elephant & Castle - photo by Nick David 2011

Unit 237 (upper Floor), Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TE

18:30, 20:00 & 21:30 – Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

12th – 26th April, 2012

Tickets £5

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.”

Elephant in Focus: economy, exhibition @ The Cuming Museum

6 March – 21 April 2012, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
The Cuming Museum, Old Town Hall, 151 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1RY

Catch some of the photos on display here.

A collection of photographs capturing life in Elephant and Castle, south London, is being exhibited at Southwark’s Cuming Museum on now until 21st April 2012. The exhibition features photographs by 13 students from the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at the London College of Communication (LCC), and is part of an ongoing project to record the 1.5bn regeneration of the area and document living history.