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Southwark LBC has given the go-ahead to create a new London quarter as ...
Southwark LBC has given the go-ahead to create a new London quarter as

part of the£1.5bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle.

The Framework for Development - a masterplan for the regeneration of this

170 acre site - was adopted yesterday by the council's executive committee.

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.

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