Planning setback for Elephant & Castle

Southwark Council throws out plans to redevelop south London shopping centre

Plans by a Dalancey-led consortium to redevelopment the Elephant & Castle shopping centre, along with the adjacent London College of Communications site, with a range of retail, residential and educational uses, have been rejected by Southwark’s planning committee despite the officers’ recommendation to approve. The committee will reconvene on 30 January to confirm its grounds for refusal.

A spokesman for the developer said: “We are disappointed that the committee, by a narrow margin, rejected this motion and recommendation. The proposals are a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver essential regeneration to a key London location.” The developer pointed out that during the consultation process over 90 per cent of responses were in favour.

The proposals included:
• Around 170,000 sq ft of leisure, shops, restaurants
• 979 new homes for rent
• A cutting-edge new building for London College of Communication and University of the Arts London
• New Northern Line entrance and ticket hall and improved access to Elephant and Castle mainline railway station
• 2.5acres of high quality public realm

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