Skipton House approved - no affordable housing

The mixed-used re-development of Skipton House was approved by Southwark Council’s planning committee last Tuesday. It will have 421 new homes with an estimated average price of £820,0001. The development should have provided 35% affordable housing, which would have equated to around 150 affordable units,... [Read More]

Opportunity knocks down the Old Kent Road

The first stage towards knocking down the Heygate estate was to call the Elephant & Castle an ‘Opportunity Area’. So anybody living on a Council estate down the Old Kent Road can be forgiven for being a little worried by Southwark’s proposal to call it an Opportunity Area with a... [Read More]

Restricted Access - Elephant Park

Lend Lease and Southwark Council have flouted public undertakings not to fence in the centrepiece of the Elephant Park redevelopment of the Heygate estate. The new ‘public park’ (falsely billed as the largest in central London for 70 years) is in fact just another example of a linear... [Read More]

At fault and unjust - Southwark slammed by Ombudsman

The Local Government Ombudsman has delivered a damning verdict on Southwark’s eviction of the last leaseholder from the Heygate estate. She has ruled that Southwark was at ‘fault’, causing the leaseholder an ‘injustice’ and has directed that Southwark give a written apology and make compensation payments amounting to over... [Read More]

Dulwich Hamlet - unviable but profitable

Dulwich Hamlet FC is a much-loved Southwark football club with an impressive history. This is their Champion Hill ground adjacent to Green Dale playing fields where the club has been playing since 1931: Dulwich Hamlet FC & Green Dale Playing Fields pre-1990s: ca. 15 Hectares of... [Read More]