Public Meeting for those interested in a community response to Delancey's latest planning proposal for the Elephant Shopping Centre. All welcome
Monday 5th March at Newington TRA Hall, 77 Canterbury Place, off Newington Butts SE17 3AD. Starts at 6pm
Here are some of the questions campaigners will be asking:
The social rented housing is being increased from 33 to 74 units although this still does not reach that required by Southwark’s housing policy. Why is the commitment to increase the amount further, to 116 units not in the latest amendment to the planning application?
Can Delancey confirm that the most expensive affordable units, at 80% market, are being increased from 20% to 47% of affordable total? (59 to 161 units, Band G)
Can Delancey confirm that the London Living Rent units, the mid-rent range, are being decreased from 46% to 28% of affordable total? (158 units down to 95)
Why is the Castle Sq Box Park proposed to rehouse traders only 300 sqm? Way too small! Delancey not really engaging with the real issues that will affect the traders re: relocation and compensation.
Why won’t Delancey provide the playspace required on the West Site (LCC site)? (It is proposing an in lieu payment instead).
What are Delancey doing about loss of daylight/sunlight on Oswin St?
Delancey is just a private company that is trying to maximise profit: nothing surprising with that.
The problem is the Council: why did they allow for an area used for retail to be converted into a residential one? Because that's what it will be: those "three" shops on the ground floor of the proposed towers are not going to transform the existing shopping centre into Westfield...
People that came on the crest of the wave of gentrification are now complaining about gentrification. I said a long time ago (on here) you wont be able to stop it when it's at a stage you like. I think I said it to Floodplain, who was rather buoyant about the whole thing.
the centre is being run down by Delancey. Toilets, doors and escalators not repaired, rent increases as much as 6x to force current tenants out.
the protest is not just about social housing - it's also about the huge loss of leisure amenity (the new centre will have less than half the current provision) and erasure of the Latin American quarter that has built up over 30 years among other things. You've got over 100 BME run businesses in the complex, with 40% run by women, which is highly unusual.
The last development by the Delancey (Elephant One - not to be confused with One The Elephant - such imagination these developers have!) promised a cinema and a creche. In the end they delivered a private gym, which they are allowed to do because it's all D1 leisure usage.
I'm among those fighting for a better offer and have zero connection with Momentum.