In my angry state yesterday, I had a look at Boris's tree scheme, with a view to asking for replacement trees somewhere nearby, however, this area isn't eligible, and the loss of the only nice thing on the Elephant end of NKR wouldn't be alleviated by this. Thanks for the thought though.
" Earlier this year, the partners for the Council Offices site at Harper Road and the Pocock Street and Welsford Street sites advised that as a result of the deterioration in the economic climate they could no longer deliver these sites. However, with financial assistance from the Homes and Community Agency they are able to deliver 80% social housing on the Symington House and Royal Road sites."
What all this means for the total number of units is ambiguous, beyond this note: "The anticipated number of units and the mix can be met elsewhere in the area."
The total number of units will be 600 (Overview & Scutiny Committee 20 April 2009)-reduced from 938 (Planning Committee 18 Dec 2008)- and half of the 1212 demolished units they are supposed to be replacing. Only 450 of the 600 will be social rented.
Simple arithmetic shows that Southwark will have to build over 500 social rented units on the Heygate footprint to fulfill its promises (there's nothing coming from the other E&C developments eg Strata Tower). This is very unlikely, so we can expect 'elsewhere in the area' to be an elastic concept, the real problem being that gains in other developments simply offset Elephant losses, rather than bringing a net benefit.