Castle Place:

Tell me!

Castle place map with sites: Lamlash garden (A), Fives Court (C) and Castle place (B)

Residents created Lamlash Garden from an unloved street in 2015, and as a result were inspired to bring new life to other neglected local sites. We are a mix of council, housing association and private tenants, in the Elliott’s Row Conservation Area, on the fringe of the £3billion Elephant and Castle Regeneration Area.

We want to adapt two local sites, including a large yard (formerly known as Castle Place) and Fives Court, currently used for parking, storage – and fly-tipping! – to create an amazing new neighbourhood hub, linking inspirational green spaces with a community centre and workspaces. Everyone will have the chance to contribute and benefit from our new hub, in a dynamic revival of our area’s heritage. We will champion health and well-being, learning and skills, and recreation and sociability, for the benefit of all who live, work and visit here.

With sites like these being redeveloped, and affordable workspaces under threat, we want to ensure that future development answers our neighbourhood’s needs and reflects the wishes of local people. We are currently running a major feasibility study (including public consultations and meetings, design proposals and surveys, a local history project and a short film), until October 2018.

For updates on the feasibility study, click on our timeline; for site design proposals, click the links (A, B, C).

Such a brilliant idea to enhance the green spaces and community areas!

– Alyson and Gregory

PROJECT TIMELINE

What's next

for Castle Place?

We want to reduce the fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour, make more garden areas, reintroduce productive community spaces and create a neighbourhood we can be proud of.

Until October 2018 we will be working on the Castle Place feasibility study. Our Steering Group, made up of local residents and community representatives, meets every six weeks. We also report to our local Hayles Tenants and Residents’ Association every month.

Along the way, we’ll also be making a book about our local history, and a short film about the project.

You can come along to Hayles TRA monthly meetings, see the Lamlash Garden noticeboard, keep an eye on the website or ask any of us (pictured on the People page) to keep up with what’s happening.

How do I get involved?

Come to Hayles TRA monthly meetings, see the Lamlash Garden noticeboard, keep an eye on the website or ask any of us (pictured on the People page).

Who is funding the Castle Place feasibility study?

Lamlash Garden Association crowdfunded the Castle Place feasibility study in Summer 2017, supported by the Mayor of London, see  Spacehive.

Who are the project team and steering group?

We are residents, people from local community groups and charities, urban gardeners, jam makers, friends and neighbours – if you haven’t already met us, see our People page!

Will there be public consultations or other meetings I can attend?

Hayles TRA monthly meeting, Monday 19th March from 7 pm at Siobhan Dance Studio, St Georges Road, SE1, or at the AGM Monday 16th April – watch this space for more details, or check the noticeboards in the local area.

How do I keep up with the latest ideas, discussions and designs?

Come to Hayles TRA monthly meetings, have a good nose around our website, join us at a neighbourhood social, or ask any of us (pictured on the People page) to keep up with what’s happening.