Up the Elephant!

Save the Elephant from Delancey's destructive plans

Help us save the Elephant & Castle from Delancey's destructive plans for chain stores and luxury flats, which are of no benefit to the shopping centre's existing diverse community of traders and users. We are crowdfunding to challenge Delancey's planning consent for the scheme on the basis that Southwark has broken its own planning rules and has not taken sufficient account of the detrimental impact the redevelopment will have on these minority groups.
We need donations in order for this challenge to succeed. By donating to our campaign you can help us to make London a city where its diverse communities come first - before the profits of property developers. All contributions, big or small will help in this crucial fight. Our first fundraising event is at Distriandina on Friday 30th Nov 2018, tickets are available here.
Meanwhile you can help by objecting to Delancey's planning application for its inadequate temporary boxpark proposals by clicking on the button below.

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What's wrong with Delancey's plans for Elephant & Castle?

Affordable Housing

Delancey claims that providing the full 17.5% social rented housing required by planning policy is not viable; its offer contains a shortfall of around 50 social rented homes, which it says would compromise its £137m protected profit margin if provided. Despite Southwark's new transparency policy, Delancey has failed to publish full viability assessment information.
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Traders discarded

Its diverse economy of small retailers are at the heart of the community and make Elephant & Castle the vibrant destination it is. Delancey has made no explicit provision for existing traders in its redeveloped centre and its temporary 'mini boxpark' provides woefully insufficient space.
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Bingo Hall turfed out

Delancey is turfing out the bingo hall and bowling alley. Whilst there will be new 'leisure' space in the reprovided centre, there are no explicit plans to ensure that a bingo hall or bowling alley are retained. The bingo currently provides social activity for 7,500 local pensioners which use the facility every week.
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Offshore Elephant

Delancey is using a network of shell companies registered in tax havens including Bermuda, Panama and the British Virgin Islands, in order to avoid paying tax. Southwark should not be making planning policy concessions for developers who don't pay their tax.
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