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Thursday 15 October 2020 5.30pm
Several of us emailed them about the development - pollution is terrible already on Long Lane without more housing cars etc

anyway they didn't bother replying but sent this by pdf a few mins ago - i suspect they used the consultation to test the water as to what objections residents would be likely to raise at the planning hearing down the line.

15th October 2020
Dear Resident,
I write to update you on the proposals to build new homes on the Elim estate.
As you will be aware from recent consultations, feasibility work concluded it was not viable to deliver social housing on the Triangle site. Therefore, houses for private sale were being considered instead, with any profit paying for the building of affordable homes on other sites.
The private sale feasibility option for the Triangle Site is now concluded. Given the current Covid related risks to the private sales market, it cannot be guaranteed that a profit could be generated from the sale of the proposed homes. We will, therefore, not be progressing with proposals to build private homes on the Triangle Site.
In relation to concerns raised regarding your use of the Ball Court, this is for the exclusive
use by Elim Council residents – who pay for its ongoing maintenance through a service
charge. There are a number of recreational spaces for use by the wider public community,
which are located 3 to 6 minutes’ walk from the ball court - Leathermarket Gardens (200m), Tabard Gardens (300m), Long Lane Park (200m), St Mary’s Magdalen churchyard (350m), and Tanner Street Park (350m). The Ball court site provides an important opportunity to provide much needed affordable housing, in the Leathermarket area, and an all year round indoor community and sports facility, improved landscaping as well as an improved play area. The garage site also provides an opportunity to increase much needed affordable homes for Elim residents. With over 20,000 residents waiting for a new council home, Southwark has set out ambitious plans to build 11,000 council homes, including 2,500 of these by 2022. To tackle this housing crisis successfully, we need to explore all available opportunities for delivering new homes. With pressure on budgets and conflicting demands, the council will also need to deliver a range of housing to help cover the cost of building new council homes.
The council is partnering with the Leathermarket CBS to deliver sites on areas managed by Leathermarket JMB. The CBS and the council will continue to ensure that we work closely with residents in delivering these much-needed homes.
Regards, Michele

Michele King
CBS Community & Communications Manager
Friday 16 October 2020 6.38am
So if I understand it correctly the proposed plan has just been temporally shelved? So after Covid it's back on the table?
Jac
Friday 16 October 2020 2.49pm
Jan the old one wrote:
So if I understand it correctly the proposed plan has just been temporally shelved? So after Covid it's back on the table?

No Jan, they have decided not to build the 3 houses for private sale on the triangle at the corner of weston street and long lane.

Building on the ball court is still very much on the plans.
Sunday 18 October 2020 8.25pm
The campaign against the development is on twitter here: https://twitter.com/BallcourtGarden
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