How the Elephant was sold
Date(s) - 15/01/2013
‘I think there’s gonna be a leisure centre or something, behind the tower, somewhere…something like that, a little one and some new shops’*
Rob Deck, Lend Lease’s Elephant and Castle Project Director sells The Elephant at this week’s perfunctory and bizarre ‘community preview‘ of One The Elephant development – 37 storeys of luxury flats mainly to be sold off-plan to foreign investors**
Next Tuesday 15th January 2013 will see Southwark Council’s Planning Committee gather at their Tooley St offices to rubber-stamp Lend Lease’s Masterplan for the Elephant and Castle area. They have already issued a press release about why the Masterplan needs to be approved and all the total unaccountable crud and spin that goes with it – making mixed communities, more money for affordable housing, new parks, new this and new that. There will be some kind of debate amongst the councillors on the committee and 5 minutes in total have been allotted for public objections on the biggest planning application ever received by Southwark.
It’s taken a long long time to get this far. A really long time. We and countless others have been arguing against this form of regeneration of the local area for a long time too. We urge everyone who feels uncertain or pissed off about this monster rip-off to read the collective response to the Council below from the three brave local folks who will be standing up in the five minutes to give their best shot in making someone in the council see sense and vote NO to this scheme.
WE ALSO URGE THAT ANYONE WHO FEELS UNCERTAIN OR PISSED OFF ABOUT THIS SCHEME, MAKES SURE THEY COME TO PLANNING MEETING THIS TUESDAY 15TH JANUARY AT 6PM AT THE COUNCIL OFFICES AT 160 TOOLEY ST, SE1 (LONDON BRIDGE TUBE)
We are representatives of local groups who have objected to the above applications. We propose to speak on behalf of these groups at the planning committee meeting next Tuesday evening, 15th January 2013.
We have the following concerns and objections which cannot be fully aired in 5 minutes. We have therefore listed them and trust that you, and your colleagues, will help us ensure that they are fully addressed, by asking questions of us based on these points.