Traders Betrayed

Southwark's forgotten promises to E&C shopping centre traders

As residents of the Heygate estate discovered, early regeneration promises made to those pushed aside are seldom kept, but the scale of the unfulfilled committments made by Southwark to the independent small traders at the Elephant & Castle shopping centre puts the Heygate into the shade. The committments are made in a Business Continuity Charter, drawn up by the head of regeneration and recommended to Southwark’s Executive Committee in 2007.

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Get Living London - get lost HMRC

How Delancey continues to exploit the Elephant and avoid the taxman

Our last blog reported how Delancey has shown great efficiency in its Elephant One development. Delancey and its development partner bought the site for £8m and then increased the purchase price to £18m by flipping it between companies. This was then used to help avoid £58.9m of planning contributions, including affordable housing. Along the way it gained half an acre of public land with which it was to provide a market square, but subsequently ditched the market.

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Aylesbury CPO appeal - a grounded defence

Secretary of State delivers on promise to 'robustly defend' his decision against Southwark's appeal

Thanks to the general public’s generous contributions to our crowdfunding campaign, the Aylesbury Leaseholder Group was able to submit its grounds of defence of the Aylesbury CPO decison last Wedsnesday. The grounds were prepared by barrister Chris Jacobs, of Landmark Chambers, who successfully represented the leaseholders in the final days of the CPO public inquiry.

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Aylesbury: Southwark finally granted leave to appeal CPO decision.

Council succeeds at second attempt

As has been widely reported, Southwark Council finally got permission to make its case against the Secretary of State, for his refusal to grant compulsory purchase powers over Aylesbury estate leaseholders. It was Southwark’s second attempt, after first being flatly refused just before Christmas. There can now be a full court hearing, involving all parties, including the leaseholders, probably some time in April.

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