part of the£1.5bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle.
The Framework for Development - a masterplan for the regeneration of this
The framework has been finalised following an extensive public consultation
in which 80% of respondents supported the plans.
Southwark LBC can now begin to seek formal expressions of interest from
developers capable of delivering its vision for a new town centre serving
Southwark, south London and beyond. The council also hopes to recruit
housing association partners within the next few months that can begin
constructing some of the early housing sites by the end of 2004.
Developed in partnership with a professional team including Foster and
Partners, planning consultants Tibbalds TM2, Gehl Architects and Space
Syntax, the framework outlines ten main elements that together will put the
heart back into the Elephant and Castle.
1.Removing the Heygate Estate and infamous 'pink' shopping centre
2.Re-housing Heygate tenants in quality housing association homes built
around the regeneration area
3.Rerouting the gyratory traffic system to give priority to public transport
including the proposed London Tram
4.Extending the Walworth Road to create 75,000 m2 of new retail and leisure
5.Building a new City Academy for Southwark
6.Using forgotten Victorian railway arches to create a vibrant market square
7.Developing five new open spaces
8.Creating a new civic square serving as a ground level public transport
9.Providing 5,300 new and replacement homes
10.Constructing two landmark buildings to provide a central focus to this
new town centre.
Catherine Bowman, executive member for regeneration and economic
development, Southwark LBC said: 'Our plans for a new town centre will give
the Elephant back its heart and create a place where people will want to
travel to, not just through. The regeneration of Elephant and Castle has
been talked about for years, but never before have the plans and proposals
reached this advanced stage. By adopting this development framework and
grounding it in the planning policy for the area, we now have a watertight
proposal that is both ambitious and deliverable.'
The consultation over the draft development framework took place between
June and September 2003. 80% of respondents to a questionnaire sent to every
home in the Elephant and Castle area gave either strong or moderate support
for the regeneration plans. Crucially, the council's housing plans to build
5,300 new and replacement homes across the area is supported by 71% of
A separate questionnaire about the rehousing proposals for the Heygate was
sent to every home on the estate. 290 residents representing 205 households
(17% of the whole estate), completed a questionnaire. 61% said they were in
favour of the regeneration plans for Elephant and Castle, 28% had no opinion
and only 12% opposed them. Just over half of residents (54%) said they
liked the re-housing proposals for the Heygate, 30% were neutral about them
and only 17% disliked them.