Latin Elephant welcomes changes to the NSP preferred options based on our response to the options version. There are however, few instances in which we feel that the text could be made clearer in order to protect clusters and shopping parades in designated town centres. Our response addresses our continued effort to gain recognition for Migrant and Ethnic Businesses (MEBs) in Southwark and in London as a significant economic sector.
Latin Elephant advocates for a more inclusive understanding of urban policy in London and as such we promote the contribution that migrant and ethnic communities make to London’s diverse economies and cultures. Latin Elephant’s policy recommendation to the London Plan on the importance of migrant and ethnic economies was acknowledged and adopted in the Further Alterations to the London Plan 2015.
The feedback to NSP includes reasoned justifications for supporting migrant and ethnic retail in Southwark and why we deemed this to be an important component for inclusion in the New Southwark Plan. We also offer recommendations and feedback to specific policies on ‘business, employment and enterprise’ and ‘Town Centres’ by drawing on our recent consultation and work with retailers and community groups in the area. We hope to see these points addressed and taken into consideration when reviewing the proposed Plan for Southwark.
Pueblito Paisa in Seven Sisters Market, is home to the second largest concentration of Latin American businesses in London, and as its name suggests the retailers are mostly Colombian, but there are also retailers from Peru and Cuba. Wards Corner – the building that houses Pueblito Paisa – is also home to retailers of African, Afro-Caribbean and Indian descent. A manual survey of Seven Sisters Market revealed that 23 units (out of 39) were occupied by Latin American retailers (Roman-Velazquez, 2013). Pueblito Paisa’s contribution to the local economy is supported by wider community networks and strong community engagement.
Latin Elephant submitted this response to Tottenham Action Area Plan (TAAP) in collaboratin with Pueblito Paisa, Ltd. and West Green Rd & Seven Sisters Development Trust. We continue to promote the contribution that migrant and ethnic communities make to London’s diverse economies and cultures and for supporting exisiting migrant and ethnic retail in Tottenham.
Latin Elephant is member of Just Space Economy and Planning Group (JSEP). We would like to thank JSEP for the opportunity to answer the following question under the theme ‘retail and town centres’ in the enquiry in public (EiP) for FALP 2014:
“The FALP envisages a structural change in retail provision driven largely by changes in the way people shop (internet, multi-channel shopping etc) and leading to, amongst other things, the expansion or strengthening of some centres and the decline of others. Are the proposed alterations to Policies 2.15, 4.7 and 4.8 (and the supporting reasoned justification) sufficient to manage these changes particularly where centres are declining to ensure that they remain viable and vital?”
JSEP’s written response to this question is based on collaborative work amongst members of Just Space and on the day the response focused on Latin Elephant’s work. Latin Elephant’s argument about the disconnect between urban policy and small migrant ethnic economies was noted by the inspector: A great achievement for JSEP and Latin Elephant! Follow the link to read the full response: Latin Elephant’s response to EiP FALP 2014
Is there space for alternative migrant and ethnic economies in a regenerated London? By Patria Roman-Velazquez, Latin Elephant.
London for All: opening up debate on London’s economy (14 July 2014)
Our response to Further Amendments to London Plan (FALP)