Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Caine's 'Rotten' Estate to Be Transformed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Caine's 'Rotten' Estate to Be Transformed

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Byline: Felix Allen

A NOTORIOUS sink estate in south London is finally to be transformed after councillors gave the go-ahead for one of Europe's largest regeneration projects to begin.

Twelve years after it was conceived, the [pounds sterling]1.5 billion scheme for Elephant and Castle now looks set to become reality after Southwark council's cabinet agreed terms with a commercial developer.

It will see the dilapidated and crimeridden Heygate Estate -- which Sir Michael Caine called a "rotten place" that "should never have been built" -- bulldozed and replaced with 2,500 new homes. At least 625 will have to be affordable housing.

There are also ambitious plans for a new town centre and shopping complex that would "pull the centre of London southwards", although details are yet to be finalised.

The Heygate, a concrete development finished in 1974, was the setting for Sir Michael's bleak 2009 thriller Harry Brown, about a pensioner standing up to murderous gangs plaguing his estate. …

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