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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Judicial review of Garden Bridge plan

Serious issues have been raised by the plan for the ‘Garden Bridge’ from near the Oxo tower on the South Bank to the Temple tube station on the north. Michael Ball a local resident and community activist in Lambeth has bravely challenged the decision to grant planning permission, and has been granted his request for a judicial review of the decision. Please support this important community action to have the decision reviewed. The case will be heard in June 2015. Sign petition: More info:


Bakerloo extension: TfL consultation report

Bakerloo extension through Camberwell/Peckham +/or Old Kent Rd. TfL’s consultation report just published:

Protect Peckham’s rooftop view petition mural 11 + 12 April Bussey courtyard

Cecily Vessey & Georgia Bosson Textile Design are going to be creating a mural of the Peckham skyline (currently under threat from development) over the course of the Crafty Fox Market 11th & 12th April in the Bussey courtyard!

Art Deco in Rye Lane future

The future of the cluster of Art Deco buildings around the station will be decided in the next several weeks in the Station codesign process. The key issue is whether to demolish or restore them? See for more info
See timetable for codesign here:

Rights to nominate community assets workshop 14 March 2015

On 14th March working with Civic Voice, we held a workshop in our Bussey studio for 24 supporters. Thanks to Sarah, Kathryn and Jenny from Civic Voice to support us in discussing the Localism Act and the power it gives communities to protect buildings and open spaces they value. This means communities can ask their local council to list certain assets as being of value to the community. If an asset is listed and comes up for sale, the new right will give 6 months to put together a bid to buy it. This gives communities an increased chance to save much loved shops, pubs or other local facilities.

It gave local people the right to stop the sale of the Ivy House pub and the time to get the funds together to buy it. The nomination and listing of the Peckham Liberal Club gave the members time to think again about the sale. In both cases the listings resulted in the buildings with all their wonderful facilities being in community ownership. More info on this new community power:  Civic Voice are encouraging all civic community groups to take advantage of this. In our workshop we identified dozens of potential local buildings and spaces to investigate. We are now drawing up a community action plan for this. We will circulate the information soon so that others in and around Peckham can start developing their own plans.

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17 March 2015 – TODAY: Peckham Rye station & other developments – important dates

Hi all – Come and take part and get your voices heard on these important developments.

Tuesday 17th March 6.30-8.30pm
All Saints Hall, Blenheim Grove – consultation workshop.

Monday 23rd March 7-9pm
Peckham Academy, Peckham Road – Community Council meeting.

Tuesday 17th – Friday 27th March exhibition, Peckham Library ground floor foyer.
Site Tours: architect-led tours of the square with Q&A session on
Fri 20th March, 12pm – 2pm (tours at 12.30pm and 1.30pm)
Sat 21st March, 10am – 12pm (tours at 10.30am and 11.30am)

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Peckham Rye Station co-design – Questions to ask, Issues to watch

13th March Station codesign – Questions to ask, Issues to watch[edit]

‘CoDesign’ for Peckham Rye Station starts again 17th March 6.30pm-8.30pm, at All Saints Hall, Blenheim Grove. Main topics now include:

  • the design for the station square.
  • whether the Rye Lane corner buildings on Blenheim Grove and Holly Grove (Iceland), and 4 Holly Grove (Hannah Barry Gallery) will be demolished to be replaced with tall buildings.
  • preservation of the Art Deco cluster of buildings.
  • what Network Rail are planning for Dovedale Court.
  • what Southern Rail are planning for improved access to the platforms.
  • where the public toilets will be.
  • and more…

If you want to hear the latest and contribute to the discussion, come along on Tuesday 17th March 6.30pm

17th March Peckham Rye Station square codesign workshop

Southwark Council email with latest news about the Station Gateway developments:
“Landolt + Brown have been appointed to take forward the designs for Peckham Rye Station square. The Peckham Rye Station square project has been commissioned by Southwark Council in partnership with the Greater London Authority to transform the area around the Station. The project will create a new square as a focal point for the community, and include new and refurbished buildings to make the area more uplifting and less congested. The first co-design workshop of the design stage will be held on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 6.30pm at All Saints Church Hall on Blenheim Grove (see map below). We want to build on the co-design work previously undertaken and hear from you about how we can work together as the project moves forward. The project design team, led by architects Landolt + Brown, would like to explain some of their initial thinking and observations in the first part of the workshop. This will be followed by a presentation from the Council on associated town centre projects. Please join us.”

Click here for flyer and map

Further information about the Station and other town centre developments.

New Southwark Plan comments in TODAY 6th March

This is a reminder that comments on the New Southwark Plan (NSP) have to be in to the Council by FRIDAY 6th March this week. Please send your comments to The more comments on the same point, the more the Council might take notice. Please consider writing to give your comments on two very important ones for Peckham:

TALL BUILDINGS: the council wants to single Peckham town centre out, along with a few areas further north in the borough, for encouraging the development of tall buildings. Do you agree? A better way could be to say that any proposal for a tall building needs to be considered on its merits on a case by case basis as in Nunhead and other neighbouring areas. See here for further details:
CINEMA & MULTI STOREY CAR PARK BUILDING: this building is in the NSP as a development site (page 108), and the Council said at the Peckham Planning Public Hearings that it prefers the building to be demolished and the site sold for new commerce and for housing in a tall building. The Planning Inspector said that the Council had to do more work to examine its potential for conversion for different uses, as well as retaining the cinema. Please write in to say you support the need for that work before decisions are taken about its future. See here for more information.

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update on Peckham Rye station developments

This is an update on what we know about the Peckham Rye station developments.

  • There has been news from Brixton where Network Rail are planning a clear out of what are reported as successful long-standing businesses in railway arches for ‘refurbishment’, with promises of returning. It sounds familiar from a year ago at Peckham Rye station. This approach may yet return to Peckham as Dovedale Court and the Holly Grove buildings were not covered by the ‘co-design’ consultation… that was conducted last Autumn. So it seemed worth remarking on that somewhere: see Peckham Vision letter to SLP here:

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