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Elephant Amenity Network present Imagining The Elephant!: Sat 4th June

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Wednesday 25 May 2011 7.57pm
From Elephant Amenity Network site:

Lend Lease, the council’s developer for the Heygate Estate area, will soon be releasing its Masterplan for the area. It is now over 5 years since any public consultation has taken place on how the area might look in the future, and the Elephant Amenity Network is stepping into the breach with a public event on Saturday 4th June.

The aim of the event is to think about what benefits people want to see from the regeneration and to imagine together what could be achieved, to help us influence the regeneration which is due to take place over the next 15 years.

The event is based around a series of workshops led by experts on the following subjects:

* Morning sessions: Transport, Shopping, Trees and Biodiversity, Housing, and “Planning for Real” (interactive planning).
* Afternoon sessions: Jobs, Services/amenities, Design and massing, Interim uses (performance, gardening, sport etc.), and Making the most out of the existing buildings.

Venue is Crossways Church, 100 New Kent Road (south side of the road by the corner with Rodney Place) SE17 1SL. The event starts at 10:30 and runs to 16:00. You are welcome to come for the whole day or for the morning or afternoon sessions. Places at each workshop are limited, please contact us ( if you would like to reserve a place for a specific topic – but you are also very welcome to drop in on the day.

Refreshments and childrens’ play activities will be provided free of charge.

We would appreciate if you could forward details of our event to any people or groups who you think might be interested in attending. You can also download the flyer from the site and put it up in your local community space, library, cafe, shop, school, workplace. But most of all we welcome all who want to come and make the future of the Elephant together based on the recognition of the already existing local community and its imagination of what’s best about the area as well as what it could be! All welcome. See you there
Thursday 26 May 2011 5.53pm
Thanks for this - I wasn't aware the Elephant Amenity Network existed, let alone that they seem to be holding monthly meetings.
Sunday 29 May 2011 10.12pm

The Elephant Amenity Network has now released details of the workshops for the Visioning Event on Sat June 4th:


1. How do we provide an integrated transport system at the Elephant and Castle?
• The quality of the bus and train services
• The provision for motor vehicles – movement, delivery, residents parking
• The routes that are most needed for walking and cycling, including green links/green grids and key routes within the Heygate area

2. What is the future for the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre and for existing traders and small businesses throughout the area?
• How can the regeneration master plan guarantee a place for all existing small businesses and market traders at an affordable rent?
• Is it desirable to keep the shopping centre?
• What is to prevent Walworth Road becoming a cloned high street?

3. We have lost 1200 homes on the Heygate, 250 of which were 3 or 4 bedroom family homes. What should the replacement housing look like?
• What should be the provision for family homes and the internal and external space standards we expect from the new homes?
• How much of the replacement housing should be affordable and what do we mean by affordable housing?
• What input can local people expect to give regarding the choice of housing providers, RSL's and architects? (we will be looking at the early housing sites as examples of what is likely to be provided).

4. Did Someone Say Trees?

• How much do you know about the existing Heygate Forest at the heart of the Regeneration, with its woodland of 500 trees and links to local parks, tree lined streets and other green features?

• What do biodiversity and green links mean to people and why are they important? How can we measure biodiversity, and where are the local important sites?

• What do you feel/think about the future of the Trees etc? We have some ideas and strategies to protect and enhance/make the most of them -valuation, preservation and replacement- and would love to hear yours.

5. The Elephant and Castle development is due to create 5,000 new jobs, but how many will be local jobs?

• How will the development provide interim jobs?
• How will the development boost employment in the area in the long term, and employment for whom?
• Should there be an Official 'Local Jobs Target' for the development and how will this be implemented?


6. What types of community interim use would you like to see on the Heygate Estate as it is gradually developed over the next 20 years ?
• What would local people like to see happen on the Heygate estate?
• How interim community uses, including food growing, be worked into the phasing of the Heygate redevelopment for the benefit of all?
• How would the 'worst case scenario' (i.e. no interim use or community access/entire estate hoarded off for forseeable future) impact on the local communities quality of life/movement through the area/access to amenity?

7. Is there any interim use to be made of the Heygate buildings?
• Can the community make any use of the Heygate blocks that would complement interim use of the green space?
• What kind of uses could these be? Shops? Studios? Education, training?
• How could these uses avoid isolation and be integrated into the wider community? What experiences can we draw upon?

8. Questions of density and massing on the Heygate site
• What types of building will replace the Heygate estate?
• The Lend Lease building outline implies an increase in the building mass from 16% to 60% and therefore a major reduction in public space. Will low rise buildings take away even more green space?
• What are the implications for street frontages adjacent to the Heygate and what can be done about this?

9. As the population of the Elephant and Castle increases, how do we deal with the pressure on local services?
• What is being proposed and what are the key quality of life issues?
• What needs to be done to provide easy access to services and facilities?
• Could these objectives be the starting point for a neighbourhood plan?

10. 'Hopes for Elephant Land' - a master-planning workshop using Planning for Real
Using a large map of the opportunity area, and post-it notes, people are invited to work together to identify opportunities and challenges and to come up with some idea of where the houses and flats, shops, trees, different transport routes, open spaces, community facilities, leisure - sports and culture - should go.
Monday 30 May 2011 8.54am
This is AMAZING..
Friday 24 June 2011 5.38pm
jackie rokotnitz wrote:
This is AMAZING..

It was amazing indeed. Lots of different people from all walks of life came and gave their input to the Elephant Amenity Network Visioning event. You can read a brilliant report from the day with all the opinions and findings of the different workshops here! From Housing, Work, Transport to Shopping, to Massing and Density, Green Spaces and Trees, Land Use and Interim Uses.

The report includes a series of Next Steps the EAN thinks should be undertaken as well as page of conclusions from the event. Copies of the report are being sent to Councillors and folks from Lend Lease.

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