Thanks Luke, I'd like to but can't do Friday, would be very grateful if you can share anything interesting here.
But, whatever consultation follows Tuesday's decision is going to be hampered by that agreement, which abandons the master plan and keeps the shopping centre. No one is being consulted, or even properly informed, on those decisions.
Looking through the paper for the meeting I see that there is a new proposal for the tube station. It states TfLs prefered option is a new circulating space and three escalators, but this requires the centre's demolition. If the centre is to be refurbished it states that aditional lifts and a larger ticket hall could be provided. Neither option is funded.
Reading that transport section again, I'm alarmed to read "There is a desire to continue the public realm improvements at the Southern roundabout by introducing at grade crossings for the northern roundabout along with redesigning the bus interchange areas, estimated cost £40m (TfL)"
A desire, and also, no mention of changing the road layout as per the masterplan?
Will write up yesterday's meeting some time this weekend, but in the meantime this is from the minutes of Cllr Colley's interview with the overview and scrutiny committee on 21 March. I guess it's been slightly overtaken by subsequent events, but I thought it was worth flagging up:
"5.14 Members were concerned about plans for the shopping centre. The desire of local residents was for a new centre but there were rumours of a much more limited redevelopment. Councillor Colley reported that the owners of the centre were now showing an interest in doing something. There were pros and cons to various options which ranged from knocking down the centre to using the inner core without complete demolition. One advantage to retaining the core would be that transformation would come sooner and be technically quicker to achieve. Shops could continue trading and there would be environmental benefits. However it could be questioned whether this would be a sufficient redevelopment, it was important to get the right result for the area. A member sought assurance that any improvements would have regard to the Elephant & Castle development framework. Eleanor Kelly reported that positive negotiations were under way between Lend Lease, St Modwen Properties and the council. Proposals would be put out to public consultation in May."
Do you think they'll release the draft plans in advance of the Sept application (i.e. before things have become set in stone)? Might this be one for an FOI request if they're being sticky about it?
Obviously the councillors like what they've seen so far, so it's reasonable to assume that the developers will try to hit the same buttons in the final submissions.