Elephant Amenity Network Open Letter to Soundings

Elephant Amenity Network has submitted a letter of complaint to Soundings who have been managing the consultations for Lend Lease’s regeneration of the Elephant and Castle. The letter asks that the serious misrepresentation of the amount of affordable housing that was presented at the consultation be taken into account at the planning committee stage . The letter was also sent to Sarah Gaventa, who has been the Chair of the Lend Lease-created Regeneration Forum.

We are publicising the letter here (and elsewhere) and asking that local people and groups add their name to it. If you support our statement then please email us your name and we will add it to the signatories.

Dear Soundings

Re: Elephant and Castle Regeneration Consultation

We are writing to you because we feel that there has been a serious misrepresentation of the amount of affordable housing to be built in Phase 2 of the Heygate redevelopment during the preplanning consultation that Soundings has conducted.

At both the exhibition in February and the Housing Workshop on 29th Jan the local community was told that Lendlease would be submitting an outline planning application that would include 25% affordable housing. This has proved not to be the case; instead Lendlease will only be building ‘as much affordable housing as is financially viable….’ This is in both the Planning Statement and the Housing Statement (8.1.4). The planning case officer has confirmed that the 25% minimum is not part of the application.

We will not labour the significance of this – instead of a guaranteed minimum of 600 affordable homes this development, when complete, could have no affordable housing at all. However whether this is good or bad is not the point of our complaint – it is that local community has been given no opportunity to gives its opinion on the true proposals.

Pre-planning consultation is part of the planning process. A report on the number of meetings, attendance etc. is usually part of the planning application. This report should now state that the local community was neither informed nor consulted about the amount of affordable housing and this should be taken into consideration by the planning committee. As the facilitator of the consultations we believe that it is Soundings responsibility to make sure this happens.

Yours sincerely

Jerry Flynn (ex Heygate resident, Elephant Amenity Network member)
Peter Stevenson (Crossway Church, Heygate Estate)
Adrian Glasspool (Heygate resident, EAN member)
Mark Tubbs (local resident)
Paul McGann (local resident, EAN member)
Lindon Rankin (local resident)
Katherine McNeil (local resident, EAN member)
Steve Lancashire (local resident, EAN member)
Chris Morris (local resident, EAN member)
Celia Cronin (Balfour St, EAN member)
Liliana Dmitrovic (Peoples Republic of Southwark)
M Pathmnabhan (Rockingham Estate)
Peter Davis (local resident)
Richard Lee (local resident, EAN member)
Jon Dennison (local resident, EAN member)
Hector Castells (local resident)
Luke Miller (local resident, EAN member)
Rastko Novakovic (local resident)
Richard Misek (Southwark resident)
Almaz Anderson (EAN supporter)
Lori Allen (Employed on South Bank)
Iveta Havlickova (EAN supporter)
Linus Rees (EAN supporter)
Andrew Gray (Southwark resident)
Katja Nyqvist (Southwark resident)
Michael Edwards (EAN supporter and London planning academic)
Gordana Marinkovic (EAN supporter)
Joe Holtaway (EAN supporter)

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  • Julia Gray  On July 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Julia Gray (Concerned Londoner)

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