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Elephant and Castle makeover proposals published

Southwark Council has published a new draft supplementary planning document (SPD) covering the development of the whole Elephant and Castle area of central London where some £1.5bn of developments are due to transform the former Heygate Estate and its immediate surroundings.

The local planning authority wants to introduce a strategic transport tariff for some categories of new development but this will not be paid on new office or retail floorspace. The main focus of this contribution will be funding to increase the capacity of the Northern Line underground service. Development proposals, though, will have to pay the Mayor’s Cross Rail Community Infrastructure Levy if those proposals are confirmed.


The SPD covers an area which includes the existing shopping centre and the Heygate Estate, Walworth Road, London South Bank University and London College of Communications campuses, St George’s Circus, West Square and the Imperial War Museum, Rockingham Estate, Newington Causeway and Brandon Street and the surrounding area.

The SPD is in line with the council’s core strategy and the London Mayor's London Plan and includes two new proposed conservation areas in Walworth - Larcom Street and Elliots Row.

The draft SPD has included a new tall buildings strategy to fit in with and adapt the viewing corridor. It is hoped that this will create opportunities for bold and creative architecture.

Over the course of the regeneration, more than 4,000 new homes will be built alongside a significant amount of new retail and leisure space, as well as business space. The SPD proposes that, in line with the council’s core strategy, 35 per cent of these new homes will be affordable.


Roger Milne

17 November 2011