HELP US RESEARCH!

We are looking for people who have been researching the local regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area. Can you help? Are you a local researcher? Are you a student?

Are you keen to put your knowledge and research to very good use? Please work with us!

We are interested in people who can help us build our analysis of the local situation, so maybe you have been active in interviewing local people, digging through Council statistics and strategy documents, piecing together the number of private versus public homes in the new developments, investigating changes in local employment patterns, looking into the loss of amenities etc. We would love to work with you.

We can also share what we know and what we have with you. Here are some of the main themes we think we would like to know more about to help us ground our community work on a well-considered and thought through foundation.

Are you researching any of the following?:

• E+C / HEYGATE and AYLESBURY:
Plotting out the history of the regeneration schemes at E+C area and on both estates. Making a timeline of events. Researching New Deal for Community (Aylesbury). Community groups and resistance to regeneration. Lessons to learn from Heygate for Aylesbury tenants.

• LOCAL DEVELOPMENT:
Ongoing and upcoming developments in the North Southwark Area. Planning Permissions. Involvement of national government through Homes and Community Agency, Single Regeneration Budget (E+C) and other grants and funding etc. Looking also at LendLease, St Modwens, Oakmayne Properties and the others.

• AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS:
How do notions of ‘affordable’ housing play out locally? Concessions made to developments from Council due to credit crunch. Role of Housing Associations in local development and effect of ‘crisis’ on there plans. Section 106 and affordable housing agreements

• THE POLITICS OF PARTICIPATION
Researching who, why and how the multi-million pound regeneration consultation business operates and in what way they take the sting out of community ideas and visions and prepare areas for gentrification. What are the histories and challenges to the smooth pseudo-consultations that developers run in areas facing regeneration? Which regeneration sites have managed to create a counter-consultation and so on?

• TENANTS ASSOCIATIONS and COMMUNITY GROUPS:
Which groups are active where on local housing, amenity and other issues. Making invitations and working together. Peabody and Church Commissioners Tenants campaigns.

• PRIVATE RENTAL / RIGHT TO BUY / BUY-TO-LET / CORPORATE RENTALS:
Looking into the effect of these on the local housing market and regeneration.

• OPEN SPACES / PARKS / AMENITIES:
Effect of regeneration on local open spaces and parks. Privitisation (through new developments) of public space. Increased surveillance and policing. Gated communities. Burgess Park and how the input of Government cash will affect it. NIMBY-ism in relation to open spaces and new development.

• STUDENTIFICATION:
University and Colleges role as property developers and land owners. Student housing new builds and it’s tensions. South Bank University plans for Borough and London Rd. London College of Communications possible developments.

• ART and REGENERATION:
The role of ‘art’ and the creative industries in the regeneration / gentrification process. Public art as planning gain. Art as creator of ‘ambience’ to open up areas to gentrification (eg Peckham). Temporary gallery spaces, pop-up shops, government schemes to encourage temporary use.

• LOCAL TRADERS / SHOPS / PUBS / TESCO-IFICATION:
Change of high streets towards chains and more expensive stores. Effect on local traders of both the crisis and also regeneration. E+C Shopping Centre and it’s discontents. Changes in spending and consumption patterns. Local pub closures for re-development as flats. The role of Tescos in regeneration process. East St market changes and plans.

• BANKSIDE / BOROUGH / BERMONDSEY:
Understanding the interconnections between old and new regeneration in these local places. History (The Globe, Tate Modern, Borough Market, Jubilee Line Ex etc). Effects on housing / services in Elephant area.

• COUNCIL REGENERATION STAFF:
Regeneration staff, officers, councillors etc. Who were they and where did they go?

• TRANSPORT for LONDON / GLA:
Effect and powers within local regeneration processes.

• POVERTY:
Looking at statistics around health, income, child welfare, life expectancy etc in North Southwark area.

• BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS:
Researching history and effects of B.I.D areas nearby (Better Bankside, Team London Bridge etc) in relation to regeneration.

• EFFECTS OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT POLICY
Helping us to understand planning and other policy and looking at the recent Localism Bill and the new National Planning Policy Framework from 2012.

• GLOSSARY:
Making a useful glossary of terms for this website eg. Section 106, Buy To Let, SPD, Core Strategy etc.

Contact us: elephantnotes@yahoo.co.uk

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POLITE NOTICE to STUDENTS / JOURNALISTS / FILM MAKERS

Hiya all. We get one or two emails a week asking us for interviews and help with projects. Right now we are really overstretched with working and family lives as well as doing this Southwark Notes work. We try to answer all emails though, if somewhat belatedly sometimes.

One thing we no longer do is put people in touch with ex-Heygate residents. It’s been a long time now since people were forced out of their Heygate homes so out of respect for their new lives, we don’t bother them with interview requests and so on. Some ex-Heygate people are still angry and active on these concerns. You can find them if you try Google hard!