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ELEPHANT & CASTLE TOWN
CENTRE REGENERATION

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

“We are pleased that Southwark Council’s Planning Committee has resolved to grant planning consent for proposals to create a new Elephant and Castle town centre. We are committed to delivering this project, in line with the Council’s vision for the area, and since the initial Planning Committee in January, we have worked closely with the local community, Ward Councillors and Southwark Council to listen to concerns.

“Our proposals offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver a new town centre for the area, with each of these elements dependent on being delivered together. This includes a modern transport system, and a commitment to maintaining the area’s unique and vibrant culture. The new town centre will include a range of high street and independent retailers, enhanced restaurant and leisure opportunities and much needed housing on a site where there is currently none. It also ensures the long term future of UAL’s London College of Communication at Elephant and Castle, and the relocation of the University’s core services to the area and the employment opportunities this will bring.

“We know that the task we face going forward in delivering this project, in an inclusive and positive manner, is huge. We want to ensure all parties that we take our responsibility extremely seriously and know our reputation in Elephant and Castle will need to be hard earned in the long-run. We remain open to debate, 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 info@elephantandcastletowncentre.co.uk or visit us in the Community Engagement Centre, unit 215-216 in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.

Opening times of Community Engagement Centre:

Tuesday            12-3pm
Wednesday    12–6pm