Elephant and Castle regeneration appeal set for March 2021

Katherine Johnston (25 November, 2020)

Campaigners hope to overturn planning permission granted in 2019 despite only 116 social homes earmarked for the site

39290A demonstration outside Elephant and castle shopping centre in its last week of trading, September 2020 (c) Sebastian Garraway

An appeal against the Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme’s planning permission will be heard in March 2021.

This week the Court of Appeal confirmed it had set a date for the hearing, where housing campaigner Jerry Flynn will call for the decision to greenlight Delancey and Southwark Council’s development to be overturned.

The appeal, focused specifically on the number of affordable homes and housing for social rent within the scheme, is scheduled for March 16 and 17.

As the News has reported, the Court of Appeal dramatically granted permission to appeal just as contractors began making way for demolition.

Mr Flynn is spearheading the legal challenge on behalf of the 35% campaign, which pushes for developers and Southwark Council to uphold affordable housing commitments.

There are only 116 social rent homes earmarked for the regeneration – although the site currently has no housing within its boundaries – a number upped from 33 in previous iterations due to longstanding pressure from campaigners.

Mr Flynn’s backers include the coalition of campaigners united under the ‘Up the Elephant’ banner who have consistently lobbied for more support for the area’s diverse, independent traders.

Planning permission was given in 2019. A legal challenge to reverse the decision was unsuccessful later the same year.

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