Published On: 24th March 2019

A coalition of local people and groups are fighting for fairer regeneration at the Elephant and Castle – a regeneration that was supposed to deliver jobs and homes for local people, but is doing the exact opposite.

The Public Interest Law Centre is instructed in this case and has filed an application for permission to proceed to a Judicial Review.

The regeneration has already lost over a thousand council homes, from the Elephant’s demolished Heygate estate, a scandal in a borough with desperate housing need. Now, shopping centre owner and property developer Delancey has won permission to demolish the local shopping centre.  They also have permission to build new shops and nearly a thousand homes, but only 116, at best, will be social rented – and we will have to wait nearly ten years to get them.

Southwark’s Council’s planning committee was misled as to the maximum amount of affordable housing the scheme could viably provide. While Delancey said it could only afford to provide 116 social rented units we now know that with Mayor’s funding they could give us another 42. That’s 42 families deprived of somewhere decent and affordable to live.

Jerry Flynn our client is  challenging Delancey’s planning permission through a Judicial Review.  We want the permission quashed and then  a development scheme that provides homes and shops that are truly affordable for local working class people.

At least £10000 must be raised to be able to mount this vital challenge and for that we need your help. All funds will go towards the legal costs of the case. Follow the link to the crowdjustice page here

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