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Mayor approves Allies and Morrison’s Elephant and Castle overhaul

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Sadiq Khan’s office has given the green light to Allies and Morrison’s plans to demolish Elephant and Castle shopping centre in south London and replace it with almost 1,000 homes as well as shops and offices

The mayor of London’s planning deputy Jules Pipe acted in line with officer recommendation in opting not to call in the controversial scheme and, after a long saga, only housing secretary James Brokenshire can now stand in its way.

Initial plans for the scheme, backed by developer Delancey, were set out in 2015, but have been revised every year since, with overhauls in May 2016 as well as August 2017.

After Southwark Council’s planning committee failed to reach a decision on the application at two meetings in January 2018, a further revised scheme was narrowly approved by councillors in July.

The approved scheme will see a 35-storey tower created alongside other buildings. The phased, mixed-use redevelopment will provide 979 homes, 18,234m2 of retail space, 2,806m2 of business facilities and 41,405m2 of other institutions including a new home for the London College of Communication and a bingo venue.

A planning report to the mayor’s office said issues raised at consultation stage regarding the mix of uses, affordable housing and transport had been addressed, and the latest propopsals complied with the London Plan. ‘There are therefore no sound reasons for the mayor to intervene,’ it concluded.

A City Hall spokesperson said: ‘This development will include nearly 1,000 new homes for rent – of which 35 per cent will be at social rent or other genuinely affordable levels – as well as community space, leisure facilities, offices, an enhanced college campus, and improvements to the nearby Underground station.

‘By working with the developer, the council and local ward councillors, City Hall has secured an unprecedented level of support for traders affected, with their rents now capped below market rates for 15 years, and has got the level of rents in the affordable homes down even further.

Allies elephant model shot aerial delancey

Allies elephant model shot aerial delancey

’City Hall has used the planning powers available to their fullest extent to make sure these plans represent a good deal for the local area and, having considered all the evidence available, has decided to approve this application.’

Southwark planning officers said in their report in July: ‘The proposal would make a substantial and welcome contribution towards delivering the strategic and local objectives for the Elephant and Castle Opportunity Area.’ 

There are a number of matters to agree on with Southwark Council before confirming a date of closure

A spokesperson from Delancey said a firm timescale for the project had not yet been confirmed: ’We are liaising closely with our tenants on the closing date for the centre, however there are a number of matters we must agree on with Southwark Council before confirming a date of closure.

’We are continuing to support our tenants through regular tenants meetings with the team at Delancey and relocation support for their businesses to remain in the area.

’We are keen to ensure we give the tenants the correct amount of notice so they can plan for their future in Elephant and Castle.’

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  • Well done again Allies and Morrisoners! How long have we been waiting for all this to happen? Let’s hope Brokenshire doesn’t put another Spaniard in the works? He’s too busy tending to Brexit. Brokenshire too?

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