Latin Elephant’s response to New Southwark Plan

Latin Elephant Feedback to New Southwark Plan (NSP) Consultation

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.

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London’s Latin Quarter

London’s Latin Quarter is here to stay!

Latin Quarter Vision - Cover Page - Feb2015

The Latin Quarter: Elephant and Castle Community Vision, published by Latin Elephant is the first report to capture the perspective of the Latin American community of retailers at Elephant and Castle, London. Elephant and Castle (EC) is home to the largest Latin American business cluster in London with four core concentrations and more than 80 shops.

Elephant and Castle is undergoing an ambitious programme of urban redevelopment. The regeneration of EC presents challenges and opportunities for London’s Latin population but the improvements are welcomed within the LA community if their sustainability and future presence can be supported.

The LA community have demonstrated adaptability, flexibility and resilience over the last 20 years to make EC the vibrant place that it is today. With the appropriate measures in place the community will continue to thrive, grow and attract new visitors to the area.

The opportunity to create a truly vibrant Latin Quarter in London is unique. Latin Elephant is providing opportunities for Latin Americans to participate in the process of urban change in what is now a key design and planning stage at EC.

The report presents a series of projects and strategies that could be implemented together or separately in order to address the current needs of the community and look towards the future.

You can find a link to the report here: https://www.facebook.com/Latinelephant

It is also available in Latin Elephant’s web page: www.latinelephant.org by clicking this link: http://latinelephant.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Draft-report-Jan-2015.pdf

Latin Elephant answers question on Retail and Town Centres at EiP FALP 2014

Latin Elephant & JSEP’s response to EiP FALP 2014

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

Migrant ethnic economies and urban regeneration in London

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)