Mayor’s decision to approve plans for the Elephant and Castle

In response to the Mayor’s decision to approve plans for the Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme, local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“Following Southwark Council’s approval of the planning application for the scheme in July, I wrote to the Mayor urging him to ensure that Delancey gets to grips with providing the necessary support to long-standing traders and supplying the level of social housing that Londoners desperately need.

“From an initial glance, City Hall’s intervention in this process appears to have seen some positive strides in securing more genuinely affordable housing for the community and valuable improvements to the public realm.

“However, I am yet to receive an exact breakdown of how far the scheme will benefit local people. Adding to this, I am still unconvinced that the level of support being pledged to the Latin American business community is sufficient.

“I will be following up these issues with the Mayor to gain his assurances that the newly approved plans will not come at the cost and fragmentation of the Elephant and Castle community”.

ENDS

Notes to editors

– Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark