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Planning Voice

In the 1970s during a period of massive development in the Borough the Law Centre provided support for local residents around planning issues. Given the scale of current and proposed development, particularly in the Elephant and Castle and the Old Kent Road, and following discussions with residents groups this is an area of law where we are offering help again.

Thanks to funding from United St Saviours Charity we have been able to work in the north of the borough since late 2017. We have now also secured funding from the Lottery Community Fund and are now able to provide support across the Borough. 

Our aim has been to support them to ensure they feel that they are treated fairly by developers and the Council, and receive reasonable mitigation to which they are entitled.

We are doing this by providing:

• Training for community groups and TRAs so they can become champions by passing information on effective challenge
• Consultancy support for local action groups.
• One to one support in cases involving mitigation as a result of development

Examples of some of our recent work includes:

• We have assisted residents and organisations in the Old Kent Road area to make representations in response to planning applications and we continue to monitor development in the area in respect of its social, economic and environmental impacts.

• We crowdfunded to support a local group of people to represent their views before a planning inspectorate inquiry concerned with a major development proposal on Burgess Business Park.

• We have worked with and supported Up the Elephant campaign, Latin Elephant and the Public Interest Law Centre to engage with the Elephant and Castle shopping centre plans at every stage to ensure they serve the existing community, and we continue to help traders at risk of displacement in the area.

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