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Southwark claims strong backing for Elephant plans

Southwark Council claims that its plans for the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle have received overwhelming public support following a three-month consultation held this summer.

The consultation was based on a draft Framework for Development, agreed by the council's executive in June. This provided a general outline of how the area would be regenerated, rather than detailed proposals and designs, and residents were asked to say whether they agreed in principle with the approach.

80 per cent of respondents to a questionnaire sent to every home in the Elephant and Castle area gave either strong or moderate support for the regeneration plans. Every aspect of the proposed redevelopment; from improved leisure facilities and a new transport interchange, to public space and a revived town centre, got the support of the vast majority of residents. Crucially, the council's housing plans to build 4,200 new and replacement homes across the area is supported by 71% of respondents.

Cllr Catherine Bowman, Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: "The result of these surveys is great news and shows that we are heading in the right direction with the regeneration plans. This has been the most comprehensive and thorough consultation ever undertaken by the council but it's not over yet. We will be making sure that everyone receives accurate and up to date information as the plans develop, and have the chance to speak to council officers when they want."

The final Framework for Development goes before the council's executive in February. If approved, this will give the green light to start selecting a development partner to deliver the regeneration.

This follows the collapse of the council's previous deal with Southwark Land Regeneration.

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