Although Southwark Council requires that all housing developments comprise of a minimum of 35% affordable housing, half of which (17.5%) are to be social rents, only 3% of the planned housing in Delancey’s plan will be at ‘social rent equivalent’. The destruction of the shopping centre will further compromise the livelihoods of local business owners, many of them BME, who have worked in the community for decades.
This is social cleansing and UAL are complacent. Directly befitting from the development, the university will be given permission to build a new LCC building while raising no objections to the consequences of Delancey’s plans, the consistent lack of transparency shutting out of residents and traders throughout this process.
This is far from the first plan there’s been to demolish the elephant shopping centre or the first to pretend to be about progress and improving the lives of people in Southwark, but let’s make sure it’s the last.
Sign the petition to put pressure on UAL and make sure this is the London College of Communication and not the London College of Gentrification.
Yes to social housing // No to the Elephant Development.