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Two interesting meetings coming up and demo!

The 35% CAMPAIGN is ‘campaigning for community inclusion in the Elephant & Castle regeneration’. They are part of organising two important and interesting meetings –  A Hustings meeting for the local by-election and an Elephant regeneration objectors meeting. Put the dates in your diary or phone!

They also have a brand new newsletter to read full of why the proposed regeneration is a shedload of broken promises when it comes to the promised community benefits re: housing, sustainability, transport, trees and so on.
Here!! 35 Percent Newsletter Nov 2012

• BY-ELECTION HUSTINGS MEETING
Tuesday 27th November

“There is going to a local council by-election in East Walworth on 29th November and we need to make sure that local candidates take our concerns about the regeneration of the area seriously. The 3 candidates (Labour, Lib-Dem and Conservative) will be attending a ‘hustings’ public open meeting on Tuesday 27 Nov 7pm at Crossway Church, 100 New Kent Rd Se1. This will be your opportunity to quiz them on the major local issues including the regeneration plans. Organised by Elephant Amenity Network

Jerry Flynn, spokesman for the group said: “The hustings is a chance for local residents to challenge and question the potential local councillor on any issue. With so many issues emerging around the recently submitted regeneration plans, this is the opportunity to demand that the new councillor takes them seriously and is fully accountable.”

• SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012 from 2.00 – 3.00 pm
A Peaceful Community Demonstration to raise awareness of inappropriate development in Blackfriars Road. In Helen Gladstone Gardens [corner of Blackfriars Road and Surrey Row SE1, opposite Imbibe]

In an unprecedented move, Blackfriars Action for Responsible Development [BARD] was created by several tenant and resident associations to promote alternative strategies for a development planned by Linden Homes.  The proposed site runs from a terrace at 169-173 Blackfriars Road extending back to rows of garages in Pocock Street.

Linden Homes are giving two options for the site:

  • 27 storey glass building on Blackfriars Road with further buildings behind ranging from 7 to 11 storeys providing 206 apartments.  This involves the closure of Surrey Row and the appropriation of a community garden belonging to the Nelson Square estate, or
  • 15 storey building on Blackfriars Road providing 123 apartments and shops at ground level

Concerned local residents say that neither of the two options are viable for the following reasons:

  • Poor and unimaginative design
  • Height, massing and overshadowing of surrounding housing
  • Loss of heritage buildings
  • Inappropriate ‘social and/or affordable’ housing for local needs
  • Lack of community facilities and insensitivity to the history and social fabric of the area
  • The appropriation of  Helen Gladstone Gardens, a garden funded initially by Southwark Council’s Joint Security Initiative [JSI] money and cared for by local resident volunteers supported by the Bankside Open Spaces Trust [BOST]

There will be a Petition to sign.  Refreshments will be provided.

• ELEPHANT REGENERATION PLANS – OBJECTIONS MEETING
Tuesday 11th December

‘We are also inviting local objectors to a meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 11 December, to organise proceedings for the hearing of the Lend Lease planning applications in the coming New Year. This will involve discussing how best to approach the hearing and ensure that we make best use of the time allocated for voicing our objections. More details will be posted on our website at www.35percent.org

THE SIEGE OF THE ELEPHANT CONVERGENCE Sat 17th November 2012

The Siege of The Elephant:
A One-day Convergence
Saturday 17th November 2012

Saturday 17th November 11am – 5pm
Pembroke House
80 Tatum Street
London SE17 1QR

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Southwark Notes Archive Group* are currently inviting folks to contribute to The Siege of the Elephant, a one-day convergence against the gentrification of Elephant and Castle (and the surrounding area). The event aims to bring together local communities, activists, campaign and amenity group members and traders, as well as academics, students, researchers and members of campaign groups involved in similar regeneration/gentrification struggles in other areas of London.

There are two ways to contribute:

1) by participating to the event itself, which will take place on  Saturday 17th November  in Walworth, South London

2) and/or by submitting material to be displayed on the day and to be added to our Gentrification Archive. Submissions to the archive will also be accepted on a rolling basis from the Siege onwards.

The Siege of the Elephant
The aim of the day is to share evidence and discuss alternatives in
relation to the gentrification of North Southwark and Elephant and
Castle. The day will be divided in two parts and each will consist of
three parallel workshops followed by plenary discussions. We ask invited
contributors like you to introduce themselves and make a 5 minute
presentation on relevant evidence, work and/or experiences, which can
then be opened up for response to those at the table.

LIKELY TIMETABLE:
PART I (Morning) SESSIONS
How does gentrification work and what are its causes and effects in
Elephant and Castle?
The focus in these sessions will be on sharing evidence of:
1 – DISPLACEMENT: the displacement of existing communities (residential and commercial) and loss of public resources and amenities
2 – THE ROLE OF CONSULTATION: flaws with regeneration plans and the consultation processes (broken promises of re-housing, problems with top-down planning)
3 – THE SPIN OF REGENERATION: the role of PR and mass media narratives that support the Council’s and the developers own narratives around regeneration.

PART II (Afternoon) SESSIONS
How can we resist or alter dynamics of gentrification?
Discussing and exploring knowledge and practical ways and means that propose alternatives to regeneration as gentrification and the accompanying Local Authorities / developers’ consultations:
1 – COUNTERING DISPLACEMENT: countering the displacement of existing communities and the loss of public resources (the discontents of ‘affordable’ housing)
2 – POLITICISING CONSULTATION: resistance to empty consultation and enacting forms of local decision-making
3 – PROPOSING ALTERNATIVES: countering existing narratives of ‘failure and progress’ and promoting
alternative visions

Lunch and tea will be provided, and there may well also be time for walking
around the Heygate Estate and the Better Elephant permanent exhibition.
A finalised programme will be distributed closer to the date.

Facilitation on the day
Time is precious, so we are asking people to be selective with their contributions. Each workshop will be facilitated towards keeping the debate accessible to all and to allow time for all to contribute. Those interested in presenting evidence are asked to liaise with the organizers beforehand.

Participation In The Event:
There is no formal registration process for this event. All you need to do is write to us at:
elephantnotes@yahoo.co.uk

and we will contact you to confirm your participation and what you may be able to bring to this event – evidence, materials, facilitation skills etc.

Travel costs
We are unable to cover travel costs for all participants, but if you are
interested in coming from far and wide, do get in touch and we will
strive to contribute something from our small budget.

Contributions to Southwark Notes Gentrification Archive
We also want to use the event to expand Southwark Notes Gentrification Archive. This open-access archive attempts to hold a record of anti-gentrification struggle for the past 15 years in the North Southwark area. We are archiving books, newspaper cuttings, council brochures and academic publications on the local area as well as the local and global gentrification struggles. Let us know if you can provide us with copies of relevant work or material or if you have suggestions for work we should obtain for the archive. Material can be submitted in any format. If in digital format, we will try to print a hard copy on the day.

After the event
The evidence and discussions of the day will be compiled and a concise summary will be published and distributed for free as a small Southwark Notes pamphlet as well as online, and will include a thematic bibliography of recent research and publications.

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*Southwark Notes Archive Group run this popular anti-gentrification blog Southwark Notes that offers news, analysis and little stabs at the
gentrification of the area: https://southwarknotes.wordpress.com We have also been organising regular anti-gentrification walks, printing postcards, posters, maps and comics, and keeping active on within various groups and campaigns in the ongoing struggle whilst keeping an eye on the history (the mistakes and successes) and the big picture (globalisation, financialisation and all that!). We also maintain all this stuff and news and history in an archive within 56a Infoshop, the local Walworth self-managed community space.

Really Good Heygate Phase One Objections Meeting Report

Well worth reading is the in-depth write-up of the Peabody and Henshaw St TRAs hosted meeting about oppositions and arguments about the Lend Lease Phase One Heygate Site plans. We quote a length here from the People’s Republic of Southwark report:

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“Last night, Peabody and Henshaw St TRAs hosted a meeting about the Phase 1 proposals, as a growing number of residents are extremely concerned about it.

The meeting was packed, as some 40-50 people attended, and it was meant to give the residents another opportunity to voice their concerns and possibly get answers or suggestions from Cllr Peter John, Simon Hughes MP and the Southwark Mediation Centre team, who have been helping local residents talk with Lend Lease. Cllr Peter John, however, failed to show before we left at 8pm.

Simon Hughes MP informed everyone that a team of independent advisors had put together a briefing about the planning process, which, although complex and slightly confusing at times, would help those not as familiar with the process.

David Walker of Southwark Mediation Centre briefly spoke about their involvement, adding they intend to have another meeting with Lend Lease and raise any questions local residents have about the Phase 1 development. They already had a number of questions which came out of the previous meeting with local residents. Some of them made us chuckle, as many would indeed want to hear the answers to, for example, ‘What money have the developers received from the council?’ or ‘What guarantee has been given to Heygate residents for them to return to the area?’

Local residents passionately spoke about their issues with the proposed development.

The raised platforms, providing private amenity space, are making this effectively a gated community with no benefit or integration with existing neighbourhood. The two drawings were taken out of the Lend Lease’s Landscape Strategy document, submitted as part of the planning application. The green spaces within the red boundary are raised platforms, accessible only to residents of the new development. They would not be even visible to public, and while they will certainly be communal, they would not be public. The second image is an artist impression of ‘new’ people looking down on the private amenity spaces.

The density and height are completely incongruous with the surrounding quiet residential streets.

It transpired that there will be a whole of 27 ‘affordable’ homes, only 6 of which will actually be social housing. It was pointed out that Lend Lease went back on their pledge that half of the ‘affordable’ housing will be social rented. ‘Affordable’ comes to approximately £260 a week, which made it effectively unaffordable for too many.

Furthermore the ‘25% affordable housing’, in breach of council’s own minimum 35% policy requirement, is to replace what was 100% social housing.

A number of residents were visibly alarmed that not a penny out of the £4M Lend Lease are contributing through S106/CiL was actually going to be spent on the public realm outside the development itself. Some £2M is going toward the TfL’s underground improvements, the other £2M for the ‘public realm’ within the development, which, as stated before, will not actually be public but rather exclusive – one resident asked if Lend Lease was going to have security preventing local people from accessing the ‘public’ areas. A number of residents took part in a walk around Phase 1 with Lend Lease, raising their concerns. The past exhibitions and plans were showing widened pavements, more trees planted on Balfour Street and Rodney Road etc. None of this is in the submitted planning application.

Destruction of large canopy trees near or on the site is in breach of the London Plan and further destruction has to be stopped.

Waste disposal plans within the planning application are totally unacceptable, as Lend Lease are proposing to put industrial waste bins onto Balfour Street, which, many felt, more or less sums up the developer’s consideration for people living in the area now.

Concerns over this being ‘social cleansing’ were again raised, as few will be able to afford to live in the new homes.

One of the residents was concerned that Southwark Council, who are meant to be representing people who live in Southwark, were in fact supporting the developers and the ‘new’ people who will get to live in the new developments.

Another resident said the council only seem to be interested in making any profit they can, as they are selling absolutely everything, including, as someone added, public land, disregarding residents’ needs.

A question over why the council was allowing a planning application which is in direct breach of its own planning policy was also raised, giving the ‘car-free development’ (which this most definitely wasn’t) as an example.

Elephant Amenity Network had previously asked the council’s planning committee to have the discussion about the Heygate planning application spread over at least two days, to allow more local residents and groups to comment in person. Tonight we found out that the council did not think this was necessary, as, from what we understand, Cllr Dolezal was confident the application could be ‘disposed of efficiently’ in one evening.

Simon Hughes MP also spoke about the environmental aspect of the regeneration, still a burning issue for many, as the original plans were for a ‘zero carbon’ development.

Cllr Anood Al-Samerai said they hoped to discuss some of the issues raised at the next Overview and Scrutiny Committe meeting on 15th October and urged all those who can attend to do so. She added it might be worth asking Lend Lease to show how they listened to local residents’ concerns and suggestions”

The follow-up meeting with Lend Lease is scheduled for 18:00 on Wednesday 3rd October, at Myrrh Education Training Centre, Flint Street SE17 1QD (opposite English Martyrs School).

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Elephant Amenity Network have prepared a template objection letter which you are more than welcome to use, add to etc and send to the council’s planning department by email to planning.applications@southwark.gov.uk before 6th October 2012, quoting planning application reference 12/AP/2797.

Objection to Planning Application 12/AP/2797

I object to the planning application for Heygate Phase 1 on the grounds of excessive density and over-development of this site in a quiet, low-rise residential neighbourhood. There should be no  more than 210 units, which would still be a doubling of the previous density.  I also object to the breach of Council policy on 35% affordable’ housing, replacing 100% Council housing with an essentially private estate.

I object to the destruction of half the remaining trees in breach of the London Plan requirement not to destroy large canopy trees within or very close to a site.

I also object to plans which would see waste from the site left in industrial scale bins on Balfour Street!.  Waste  must be managed and collected within the site itself.

Finally, I object to Section 106/development gain monies of £4 million being spent only within the site and on the Northern Underground station.  There must be conditions requiring Section 106 monies to be spent on public realm and green infrastructure improvements to Balfour Street and the surrounding area.

 

Council Is Boring on Heygate Again: Pointless Sealing Up of Walkways

Last week the Council contractors finished a week of totally pointless and presumably expensive activity on the Heygate Estate following their already vindictive and pointless attempts to remove the Heygate Community Gardens mural. A team of welders and sealer-uppers closed off the numerous walkways that people use to walk around, enjoy, have fun on, take pics from and leap off of in this as yet still piece of publicly-owned land. We have taken the pictures above from Alice C Macchi’s blog with thanks to her. As someone who enjoys running and leaping from walls on the estate, she points out in her piece that anyone who seeks to gain entry to estate for the wrong reasons will do so:

If you have a reason to be at the Heygate, putting up a barrier won’t deter you. If you have no reason to be there, it is likely that you will not be there anyway. These barriers are totally pointless. If anything they are more dangerous than safe. Usually a way in is also a way out. These barriers now block most exits and in case of danger or need there is no quick escape route. Why has council put these up before the entire estate is closed off is completely beyond me.

So these new barriers to the land are only really about slowly increasing the keeping out all the people who currently want to walk in sun and snow around the place, see the 450 trees and the mostly empty buildings, visit friends and picnic there, tend their vegetables and so on. All of those people who are never ever asked whether they actually want large welded barriers put in their way, the decision being made in some office entirely unaccountably (again).

We wonder at what level in the Council offices this waste of money and time was sanctioned?  For all the agreement and head nodding it has done over the last two years with local people who have sought to get them to realise how great the open space and old buildings are for temporary community uses, the Council seems intent on actually thwarting all the amazing things people are doing in the estate for themselves as part of the desire to provide amazing things for all.

What is particularly pathetic is that the welding shut of the walkways comes only a fortnight after the highly successful and fun for local kids Release The Wolves event where they went tearing around the Heygate walkways in mad self-souped up customised Go Karts! And this was sanctioned by the Council in the first place! Not only was the event fun fun fun, the old grey pre-cast concrete slabs of Heygate were given a right going over with colourful paintings! Simple question: Would you prefer the Heygate to walled off for years and to stand as a big grey lump or would you prefer to keep it lively and colourful?


Here‘s a link to the new somewhat bonkers paintwork up in Heygate!

UPDATE: 19th Sept
The Council released a statement today on their website stating that the blocking of the walkways is preparation for the demolition and also because of ‘a range of health and safety issues‘ (of course!). Needless to say no demolition can begin until the final leaseholders have moved off, this whole process subject to the recent CPO served and its legal challenges.

The Affordables Part Six

We’re offering a Guest Writers Spot for next month’s The Affordables comic to anyone in the Council regeneration team. Just email us your three panels worth of dialogue and we’ll do the artwork! Email at the usual address.

We feel we have to say something to accompany this instalment of The Affordables and it is this – We wholeheartedly welcome the work of the Leathermarket JMB in it’s efforts to get more Council homes built in the Southwark area. This is definitely nothing to be sniffed at. However we remain tired of the much wider Council regeneration agenda and the faith that they put in it to deliver affordable housing on the back of a massive increase in expensive private homes in the area. Destroying structurally sound Council homes as part of that agenda just does not make sense.

Council records show 5656 council-owned homes demolished in the last 20 
years, including leaseholds bought back.

 By redevelopment scheme these comprise the following:

290    Bonamy
3269  North Peckham and Gloucester Grove
22      East Dulwich
148    Marcia Road/ Penry Street
47      Lamps Court
151     Linden Grove
196     Coopers Road
373     Elmington
324    Wooddene
416     Heygate including replacement sites
96      Silwood
102    Bermondsey Spa
110     Aylesbury
112     Other

TOTAL: 5656

Lend Lease Monster Outline Planning Application – Responses and Objections

We try not to duplicate stories and responses to regeneration plans in The Elephant area that are put up on other local websites but it’s very useful to point in their direction.  So, here, we will share some links with you to the fantastic and detailed personal and community objections to the Lend Lease Outline Planning Application which is due to be heard before the Council later in the year. That’s the planning app for the knocking down of the Heygate Site and for the ‘regeneration’ of a massive chunk of the northern end of Walworth Rd across to New Kent Rd. With no real commitment to replacing the now empty 1100 Heygate Estate homes with genuine affordable housing, this Masterplan is seriously rubbish as it seeks to pile on loads of private homes on that essential close-to-the-Tube Zone 1 property developers dream site. Not to mention the unaccounted effects that increasing the local population by thousands will have on on local schools, transport, doctors and so on.


Wally Rd – From independent shops to chains?

It’s also true that once those who can pay £500,000 for a two bed apartment come in droves to the area, then the Starbucks, Pizza Express and Wagamama chains will arrive close behind and push out the local independent cafes and stores as the landlords see they can make a killing on rent increases. Then Walworth Rd will look and feel like any other boring chain-filled high street and not the diverse and fantastic place it has been for donkey’s years.

• Lend Lease Outline Planning Application objections and responses:

Elephant Amenity Network response
Peoples Republic of Southwark response
Richard Lee personal response (PDF)
Adrian Glasspool personal response (PDF)
Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations and Local TRA’s (PDF)
Southwark Living Streets (PDF)

The Outline Planning Application can be seen here. Warning! It’s made up of 191 documents and so is this almost impossible to comment on unless you have loads of time on your hands and an encyclopaedic brain and a big pencil. But I guess that’s the point really.

You can object to it in a much simpler form by visiting the Elephant 35% Campaign site here and using their online objection form. Their summarised objections are as follows:  “…that the development proposes no affordable housing and no renewable energy generation. The council’s planning policy states clearly that the development should contain a minimum of 35% affordable housing and at least 20% on-site renewable energy provision. I also object to the loss of the large number of mature trees on the site, the high number of parking spaces and the failure to provide essential cycle-route and public transport infrastructure. Finally, I object to the privatisation of the public realm on the site and loss of community facilities.”

Lend Lease takes corporate governance very seriously

Lend Lease, the Australian development company, as you may know by now is the Council-chosen developer behind the knocking down of the Heygate Estate and the proposed regeneration / gentrification of The Elephant. Luckily for us, “Lend Lease takes corporate governance very seriously” says Robert McNamara, the chief executive of Lend Lease in the Americas.

April 25th 2012: Bovis Lend Lease fined $56 million for fraud

“A U.S. subsidiary of the Australia’s Lend Lease Construction has admitted to a 10-year overbilling scheme on New York area projects and will pay $56 million in fines and victim restitution, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Bovis Lend Lease, as the subsidiary was previously known, has its largest U.S. office in New York City, where it employs more than 1,000 people and has worked on projects such as the September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan and the Citi Field baseball stadium in Queens.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said the company pleaded guilty to criminal charges it had a “systematic practice” between 1999 and 2009 of billing clients — often government agencies — for hours its workers had never worked.

“Today’s proceedings mark the culmination of a three-year investigation into a systematic pattern of audacious fraud by one of the world’s largest construction firms,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge Janice Fedarcyk said in a statement.

Prosecutors said that the former head of Bovis’ New York office, James Abadie, 55, pleaded guilty earlier on Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Abadie faces up to 20 years in prison. An attorney for Abadie, Stephen Kaufman, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Bovis agreed to pay $56 million in penalties and victim restitution as part of a deferred prosecution agreement made public on Tuesday.

The agreement showed Bovis had accepted responsibility for the fraud and was cooperating with investigators. As part of the agreement, the company would put in place new internal controls to prevent any future misconduct.

“Lend Lease takes corporate governance very seriously and is committed to the highest levels of ethical standards,” Robert McNamara, the chief executive of Lend Lease in the Americas, said in a statement. “We accept responsibility for what happened in the past and have agreed to continue to make restitution to the affected clients.”

Bovis agreed to pay $40.5 million in penalties as well as $13.6 million and $2.5 million to victims of different sets of schemes, the deferred prosecution agreement showed.

In one scheme, Bovis lied about employing construction companies owned by women and minorities to qualify for public projects in New York and New Jersey, court documents said.

The Bovis overbilling scheme concerned projects such as the construction of a criminal court in the Bronx, as well as work on the Brooklyn federal courthouse, the very building in which Bovis was charged”.

Source: Reuters

Consultation Is A Hoax! Local people speak out.

Soundings / LendLease The Hub aka The Snub – Abandon All Hope Ye Who Dare To Enter!
Earlier this month, local residents and campaigners submitted a great pointed letter of complaint to Soundings who have been managing the consultations for Lend Lease’s regeneration of  Elephant and Castle. The letter was also sent to Sarah Gaventa, who has been the Chair of the LendLease created (and so entirely toothless and merely going through the motions) Regeneration Forum. The full letter is below:

                 Dear Soundings

Re: Elephant and Castle Regeneration Consultation

We are writing to you because we feel that there has been a serious misrepresentation of the amount of affordable housing to be built in Phase 2 of the Heygate redevelopment during the preplanning consultation that Soundings has conducted.

At both the exhibition in February and the Housing Workshop on 29th Jan the local community was told that Lendlease would be submitting an outline planning application that would include 25% affordable housing. This has proved not to be the case; instead Lendlease will only be building ‘as much affordable housing as is financially viable….’ This is in both the Planning Statement and the Housing Statement (8.1.4). The planning case officer has confirmed that the 25% minimum is not part of the application.

We will not labour the significance of this – instead of a guaranteed minimum of 600 affordable homes this development, when complete, could have no affordable housing at all. However whether this is good or bad is not the point of our complaint – it is that local community has been given no opportunity to gives its opinion on the true proposals.

Pre-planning consultation is part of the planning process. A report on the number of meetings, attendance etc. is usually part of the planning application. This report should now state that the local community was neither informed nor consulted about the amount of affordable housing and this should be taken into consideration by the planning committee. As the facilitator of the consultations we believe that it is Soundings responsibility to make sure this happens.

Yours sincerely

Jerry Flynn (ex Heygate resident, Elephant Amenity Network member)
Peter Stevenson (Crossway Church, Heygate Estate)
Adrian Glasspool (Heygate resident, EAN member)
Mark Tubbs (local resident)
Paul McGann (local resident, EAN member)
Lindon Rankin (local resident)
Katherine McNeil (local resident, EAN member)
Steve Lancashire (local resident, EAN member)
Chris Morris (local resident, EAN member)
Celia Cronin (Balfour St, EAN member)
Liliana Dmitrovic (Peoples Republic of Southwark)
M Pathmnabhan (Rockingham Estate)
Peter Davis (local resident)
Richard Lee (local resident, EAN member)
Jon Dennison (local resident, EAN member)
Hector Castells (local resident)
Luke Miller (local resident, EAN member)

Soundings Reply:

Thank you for your letter of 29 May in connection with the Elephant and Castle Consultation. I forwarded this immediately to Lend Lease for their comment. The response from Mr Deck is that the 25% provision set out in the Regeneration Agreement with Southwark Council remains unaltered and whilst it may not be mentioned specifically in the Planning Statement or Housing Statement it is specifically referenced in the Draft Section 106 Heads of Terms in the Application.  The public consultation events associated with this application have all reiterated the provision of a minimum of 25% Affordable Housing. Given the above explanation we believe that the consultation has been adequate and appropriate. I do hope this throws some light on the matter and I am sorry if the application documents have led to any confusion.

Kind regards
Steve McAdam

Jerry Flynn: ‘Nit-picking by Soundings and Lendlease cannot alter the fact that the promised minimum of 25% affordable housing is not guaranteed by the outline Heygate Masterplan application nor the fact that there has been no consultation with the local community about anything less than 25%.  This would require  2 simple questions being put to people – ‘are you happy with less than 35% affordable housing (the policy minimum)?’ and ‘are you happy with less than 25% affordable housing (the Lendlease promise)?’  The lack of consultation on this is good grounds for objections to the application.’


25% Affordable Homes in E&C Masterplan Conspicuous By Absence

In temporary lieu of a new article from us about the cynical use of  ‘financial viability‘ of Lend Lease’s E&C regeneration scheme against any actual affordable housing they might have promised (25% of homes built), we present a graphic summary of above events.

The Affordables: Part Four

Our own Southwark Notes Regeneration Noir comic is back! Pass it on!!