As a condition of the granting of planning approval for the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle’s shopping centre, Developer Delancey is obliged to provide a temporary facility for displaced independent traders,

Delancey have had to make another planning application to do this and propose a 2/3 storey boxpark on the recently completed Castle Square market place near its adjoining development Elephant One. Castle Square is on land owned by Southwark Council, but currently leased to Delancey on a peppercorn rent.

The Castle Square boxpark would last for 5 years, until the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre development has been completed, but traders have objected that the proposed boxpark is too small and would have trading restrictions that would make it an impractical premises for many of the displaced businesses. Delancey’s proposals state that there is capacity for 33 independent traders, while the trader’s own estimate is that there is a need to provide for over 100 existing traders. There are also many other issues, including the level of rents and service charges, the security of tenancy arrangements, selection criteria and disability access.

Delancey only narrowly secured a resolution to approve their shopping centre application after three planning committee hearings. It must now get a further planning permission for the trader’s temporary facility on Castle Square, before it can undertake any shopping centre redevelopment.

We must ensure that the traders get the best possible deal, whatever happens; they need the temporary facility, but it must be better; if you would like to help achieve this, please submit the following objection - just fill out the fields below and click the ‘Send Objection’ button at the bottom.

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