Planning committee statement

Stafford Lancaster, Investment Director, Delancey: “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.”