Southwark Council is leading a 15-year regeneration programme in Elephant and Castle. At the heart of this programme are two major developments: Elephant Park and the new Elephant and Castle Town Centre. The programme will deliver at least 5,000 new and replacement homes and 10,000 new jobs. The Elephant has a rich, cultural tradition and the regeneration will build upon this with more arts, leisure and cultural facilities. It will also create a more environmentally sustainable future for the neighbourhood. New transport infrastructure, new and better parks, open spaces and pedestrianisation will shift the area’s focus away from cars and towards public transport, cycling and walking.
Its central London location and its unique history and character make Old Kent Road a great place to live, work and do business. Southwark Council is leading a 20-year regeneration programme in the area that will deliver up to 20,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs. Existing businesses and industry will continue to be supported but so will a range of new commercial uses, from laptops to forklifts, which will help the local economy to grow. New schools, arts facilities and parks and leisure improvements will be delivered, and the council is working with TfL to ensure that the Bakerloo line extension goes ahead, including three new stations for Old Kent Road.
Southwark is a dynamic, central London borough with a diverse and talented population of residents, workers and businesses. Over the past decade, the council has harnessed the full breadth and wealth of this innate talent to help deliver a fairer future for all. A huge amount has already been achieved but now the council is meeting the future with a renewed vigour.
The council’s seven priorities for 2022 to 2026:
· Transforming the borough
· A thriving and inclusive economy
· A healthy environment
· Quality, affordable homes
· Keeping the community safe
· Investing in communities
· Supporting families
This includes plans to:
· Deliver major improvements to Camberwell, Canada Water, Peckham, Old Kent Road and Walworth town centres and The Blue in Bermondsey
· Establish a world class health innovation district (in conjunction with Lambeth) working with our local hospitals, universities and businesses to make Southwark a global centre for urban health and care research and innovation
· Deliver more affordable workspace
· Create 2,000 green jobs for local people and open a new Green Skills Centre
· Support residents to gain skills for work, creating 2,000 apprenticeships and 3,000 training opportunities so local people can take up careers in the borough’s growth industries
· Become a carbon neutral borough by 2030
Population 2021 307,600
Population projections 2050 397,133
London plan new homes (ten-year target) 23,550
Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 926
“The COVID-19 pandemic shone a harsh light on the inequalities and injustice that exist throughout our society. Our recovery, in the years to come, will be rooted in tackling these inequalities and creating an even stronger local economy than we had before. Our approach to development is centred on people, livelihoods, wellbeing and opportunities rather than on bricks and mortar or glass and steel and we want to ensure that redevelopment in Southwark delivers for all of our communities. We want to create a borough where everyone has a home they can afford, where everyone can get a good job, where we end our carbon emissions and where everyone is empowered to make the most of their life. To bounce back from COVID-19 we’ll be building on our many strengths like our world leading health and care institutions and cultural industries, our leading cluster of green start-ups and our place as a key hub for London’s construction industries. The groundwork that we’ve laid over the past decade — especially in our opportunity areas, including Canada Water and Old Kent Road — have put Southwark in a much stronger position than most.”