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Famous pub that helped give Elephant and Castle its name to be turned into a Foxtons

Few would argue that it's an ugly building, but The Elephant and Castle Pub dates back more than two centuries.

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The old building was demolished in the post war remodelling of the road layout, it didn't diminish the new pubs importance to the community.

The first written record of The Elephant and Castle pub was made in March 1765, exactly 250 years ago. It remained part of this proud south London community until earlier this year, when its licence was revoked after an assault.

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Now it faces permanent closure with developers putting forward plans to turn the site into a Foxtons estate agents. Consultants acting for Foxtons have contacted Southwark Council about plans to turn the pub into a new branch.

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For those who used to call it their local, the news hasn't gone down well.

It's a shame that we're losing an important part of the area's history, it's story - the continuity of the last 250 years of the pub that started it all.

– James Hatts, Editor, SE1 community website
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The council has today told me, it will do everything in its power to prevent Foxtons from opening a branch in the building, saying:

We're committed to keeping a pub or a bar on this site, and we'll do everything we can to make that happen.

– Cllr Mark Williams, Southwark Council

The truth is though, Foxtons doesn't require planning permission to open a branch.

Under new planning laws, if the pub was to be listed as an "asset of community value", Southwark council could gain powers to refuse the Foxtons planning application. It is unclear whether the pub has 'ACV' status at this stage.

Foxtons remain hopeful, saying this in a statement:

We're really looking forward to the prospect of opening an office right in the heart of Elephant & Castle and with Southwark Council's regeneration programme this is an exciting time. As always with our new offices we'll be on the lookout for great local talent to contribute to their success.

– Foxtons

Southwark Council are leading a £3bn regeneration programme in the Elephant and Castle which will create an exciting Zone 1 destination for London.

The regeneration will include the creation of a new pedestrianised town centre, a market square, 5,000 new homes, 450,000 sq ft of retail space, an integrated public transport hub and five green spaces.

Local people will benefit significantly with access to more local jobs and training opportunities, and new cultural and leisure facilities.

As a result of this regeneration, backed by Southwark Council and the City of London, there will naturally be changes to support the improved infrastructure. Estate agents, local supermarkets and restaurants are just some of those and Foxtons entry into the area is testament to the the long term benefits.

– William Forster, Valore Real Estate