Statement issued by Delancey on behalf of the Elephant & Castle Town Centre Regeneration Project:

“We are pleased Southwark Council’s Planning Committee has resolved to grant planning consent for Castle Square. The plans have been developed following extensive consultation with existing shopping centre traders to deliver flexible and affordable space to meet their needs, and it is an important step in our proposals to deliver a new town centre for Elephant and Castle.

“We remain committed to maintaining the area’s unique and vibrant culture. The new town centre will include a mix of high street and independent retailers, including existing shopping centre traders, alongside enhanced restaurant and leisure opportunities. It will also deliver much needed housing on a site where there is currently none and ensures the long term future of UAL’s London College of Communication at Elephant and Castle. This will include the relocation of the University’s core services to the area, bringing further employment opportunities. Our proposals will also provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver a modern transport system, with a new entrance and ticket hall for the Northern Line.

“We know the task we face going forward in delivering this project, in an inclusive and positive manner, is huge. We will be continuing to work closely with the local community and other stakeholders as we move forward with our plans and want to reassure all parties we take our responsibility extremely seriously. We remain open to debate with all, and embrace the next stages with great optimism about what can be achieved for all.”

Benefits of the redevelopment include:

  • 979 new homes, on a site where none currently exist and at a time when the Capital’s housing provision is under significant strain. 35% of these will be affordable, including 116 social rented homes managed by Southwark Council or another registered providing and be offered in priority to people living and working in Southwark.
  • A new Northern Line entrance, escalators and ticket hall, with better accessibility and step-free access to Elephant and Castle mainline railway station
  • A cutting-edge new building for London College of Communication, UAL and a centre for UAL’s core university services, ensuring the leading education establishment can remain in the area. It will secure existing jobs in Elephant and Castle as well as relocating UAL staff to the area, alongside a more permeable space for public exhibitions and events.
  • Around 175,000 sq ft of new leisure facilities, shops, cafes and restaurants
  • Space for community leisure uses - Delancey has listened to concerns and offered a bingo operator first refusal on one of the leisure spaces in the proposed development on the west site (currently occupied by the university). There is also leisure space on the east site (currently occupied by the shopping centre) that could be used as a cinema
  • On-site affordable retail and workspace facilities
  • Significant job creation during the build, with 1,230 construction workers per year needed across the ten year build time and almost 2,000 full time jobs being provided in the new town centre
  • 2.5 acres of high quality public realm including new safer pedestrian routes, railway arches and a public square

We continue to welcome any questions you may have about the proposals. Please feel free to email us at and one of the project team will respond directly.