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The Elephant House and the Coffeeshop in New Cross are facing demolition.
landlord has now applied for a planning permission to knock
down the premises in Lewisham Way and erect a five
of 6, 1 bedroom flats and 8, 2 bedroom selfcontained flats.
Objections have been put forward against the plans by at least 6 neighbours and the Green Party.
The Elephant House (named after the elephant decorating the building front and made by Goldsmiths College students) is built in the mid 1800s and has unique features.
of the plans believe, that the Elephant House is a vital part of
cultural heritage of the local area and deserves the protection
by the planning
commission. The premises had been occupied in autumn 2005 "out
of imminent need for affordable housing".
is a charity which has its base in the premises.
demolition of the Elephant House and the Coffeshop would be
a big cultural
loss for the local area. To replace this beautiful building
with a modern five storey building would change the face
of the neighbourhood
and be a sin against the local heritage. The building deserves
the protection of the planning commission.",
are still collecting signatures against the plan. Comments
and objections can be also made by email under reference
of application number DC/05/61227/FT to
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