Southwark Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration, has revealed that the Elephant and Castle shopping centre will be demolished.
Colley was speaking at a scrutiny committee meeting on Monday 9 September, where she revealed that both the council and the GLA were supporting the plan, according to the London SE1 commuinty website.
Discussions between the council and developer St Modwen are now ongoing about future uses for the site, after the firm’s plans to build up to 1,000 homes above the centre were rejected by the council.
Colley said: "We've made it clear – and the GLA have made it clear – that we are expecting a scheme to come forward that involves full demolition of the shopping centre.
"Now we're in discussions with St Modwen about how that might work."
Plans to demolish the centre have been mooted ever since Southwark Council leader Peter John came to office. He has described the idea as "central to starting a new chapter for Elephant and Castle".
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