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Thursday 7 May 2009 1.05am
Always sad seeing healthy trees chopped down.
Just read about Boris's London Tree Scheme on BBC:

maybe you could apply to have a new tree planted nearby. Of course no substitute for what's gone but maybe a shimmer of hope for the future?
Thursday 7 May 2009 7.29am
( Most of the Elephant area is ineligible for the Mayor's street tree scheme - see this map: for the parts of SE1 that can apply)

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Thursday 7 May 2009 11.31am
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.
Tuesday 16 June 2009 5.59pm
The Major Projects Board is due to make significant changes to the Early Housing scheme on Thursday afternoon.

Recommendations to them include:
1.1 An amended extent of the Stead Street site
1.2 The removal of the Leroy Street site from the scheme
1.3 The exclusion of 98-104 Rodney Road from the scheme

Officers' report is here [PDF]

The report also lets slip that:

" 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."

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Tuesday 16 June 2009 9.35pm
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.
Friday 26 November 2010 11.45am
Show home for shared ownership flats in the New Kent Road development next to Albert Barnes House opens tomorrow:

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