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Elephant and Castle gets go ahead for 350 capacity culture venue called Skipton House

Planning permission has been granted for a new cultural development in the heart of Elephant and Castle, which developers are saying will bring a host of "vibrant cultural opportunities" to the area.

Planning permission has been granted for a new cultural development in the heart of Elephant and Castle, which developers are saying will bring a host of “vibrant cultural opportunities” to the area.

Named the Skipton House Project, the development proposals, issued by London & Regional Properties, were given the green light by Southwark Planning Committee on Tuesday, alongside an announcement that it would bring about a new culture venue with 350 capacity alongside thousands of jobs.

The project developers also claimed the venue will be Elephant & Castle’s first free and publicly accessible roof garden, “offering breath-taking views over London”.

On the commercial side of things, there’ll be around 50,000sqm of office space, including affordable retail units, alongside 400 new homes, 20 percent of which will be allocated to affordable housing.

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Skipton House Project will offer views over the London skyline

“The new development will fuel growth in Elephant & Castle, providing more jobs and office space than any other planned development within the local area,” said the Skipton House project’s developers.

“The approved proposals will also present Elephant & Castle with a new performing arts venue. This important new cultural space will offer widespread local benefits, including community and educational uses.”

Those behid the development have high hopes to reinvigorate the existing site where Skipton House will sit, bringing both the ground floor and rooftops “to life”. For instance, at ground level, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enjoy more open and green space, with twice as many trees planned, as well as improved links between Elephant Square and London South Bank University with the return of a lost through route: Skipton Street.

The new Skipton Street will be an open and pedestrian arcade with a retail and cultural offer; potentially hosting fashion shows and carnivals, the developers said.

Now planning permission has been granted, London & Regional will liaise with key partners, such as Southwark Council and London South Bank University, in order to agree a timeline for construction.

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