125 school children from Elephant & Castle and Nine Elms get creative with Siobhan Davies Dance

We recognise the importance of the local community in making our vision for the new town centre a reality.

Over the last four years, we have worked closely with the local community in and around Elephant and Castle to inform and influence our proposals. Two public exhibitions have been held which were attended by over 1,500 people, alongside numerous workshops, drop-in sessions and stakeholder meetings. The exhibition boards from May 2016 can be viewed here.

As a result of feedback received during this initial consultation, we:

  • Improved permeability on the West site (currently occupied by London College of Communication) by reinstating and extending Pastor Street
  • Increased the size and character of the Court on the East site creating a new public square Incorporated a 500 capacity cultural venue on the West site
  • Incorporated a 1000 seater multi-screen cinema on the East site,the design of the building was amended as a result of consultation to reduce overshadowing on the court
  • Improved links between Elephant Park and the new town centre by creating a through link across two network rail arches
  • Included bigger and enlivened public spaces
  • Developed the design and layout of the Northern Line London Underground station entrance to create better visibility between this and the existing Bakerloo Line entrance on the other side of the peninsula
  • Extension of Pastor Street to reinstate the historic layout between St George’s Road and Brooke Drive
  • Changed the design of the Mansion Blocks on Oswin Street to better intergrate them with the surrounding terraces and complement the wider look and feel of the other homes in the conservation area
  • Adapted the materials being used for the exterior façade of the music venue to compliment the Grade II listed Tabernacle building

We do, however, recognise that a number of concerns have been raised regarding the proposed plans. Since January and the original planning committee, we have been engaging and re-consulting with the local community and key stakeholders in the area, to understand these and have been working hard to find solutions.

Since then, we have organised and hosted over 30 meeting with key individuals and groups. In addition to this, we have opened a Community Engagement Centre in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre showcasing details of the redevelopment and the revisions that have been made. The team are also available in the engagement centre to answer any questions, and provide further explanations about the plans.

As a result of this dialogue, further changes have been made to the proposed town centre plans, including:

  • Increased the provision of social housing from 33 to 74, and we are working to secure grant funding to increase this to 116 homes
  • Homes delivered for market rental will be guaranteed for 30 years
  • Committed to no construction vehicles being able to pass down the Southern section of Oswin Street
  • Committed to funding a study to see if the parking permit only restrictions can be extended, following concerns voiced by some residents regarding weekend parking
  • Increased our effort to support and communicate the offer of affordable retail units by hosting more individual and group tenant meetings, as well as tours of the new relocation options
  • Employed a full-time bi-lingual Spanish speaker in the Community Engagement Centre
  • Identified locations on both the east and west site for cluster retail units, to allow small businesses to feed off each other
  • Re-designed Pastor Street and committed to creating a vibrant affordable, mixed – use commercial environment with rents at a discount to the town centre
  • Committed to the delivery of additional temporary retail space on Castle Square with priority given to existing traders

The Community Engagement Centre is still open and can be found units 215 and 216 on the upper level of the shopping centre, directly opposite Café Nova.

Opening times of Community Engagement Centre:

Mon-Fri  12-3pm
Weds        12–6pm

A Community Engagement Representative will be present in the unit, supported by members of the development team, and will be able to answer questions you may have.

  • Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes comments on the proposals that were displayed:

    The Elephant and Castle was once known as the Piccadilly of the South and that’s what we want to bring back to the area.

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