Monday 5 February 2018 5.52pm
Is it true that the project includes the development of residential property in the current location of the LCC building?
The LCC building would be demolished obviously.
Yes: the current buildings housing the LCC would be demolished, and high rise blocks would take their place.
Residents living on the western side of Oswin Street have voiced their concern over the resulting loss of light.
The development of this site will be a second phase: the shopping centre and the Coronet must first be demolished, then the new LCC campus would be erected on the site roughly currently occupied by the Coronet and the Charlie Chaplin pub.
Only once LCC moves to its new premises would demolition start on the former LCC location.
According to a TV interview with one misguided protestor, the proportion of social housing counts as “social cleansing”. Quite how you can socially cleanse a development that has no housing at all at present was not explained. The argument completely applies to the scandal that was the Heygate redevelopment, but is obviously absurd in this instance.
The 'social cleansing' argument isn't specifically about the shopping centre or current LCC sites: it is about the social make-up of the Elephant & Castle as a whole.
This 'social cleansing' is already well underway, as the demolition of the Heygate Estate has given way to homes that will not be offered at social housing rents. Same applies for the erection of a number of towers (Strata, One The Elephant, and Uncle).
No one can deny that all of this results in what can be legitimately described as 'social cleansing'.