Summary of Aylesham & Morrison's site development
The largest re-development site in Peckham town centre is the Aylesham Centre and Morrison’s car park. Southwark News has reported that up to 1000 new flats, with shops, evening entertainment and public space could replace the current shops and car park. The site is owned by a joint enterprise between Tiger Developments and hedge fund Blackrock. For such a large and important site it is essential that local people have a chance to contribute their ideas and their needs before the site owners develop their plans for discussion with the Council.
For a long time we asked Tiger Developments and Blackrock, the owners and developers, to meet with us to discuss how local people can contribute before the plans are further developed. We had no response. Out of the blue in mid November 2016 we received an email about a consultation workshop on 23rd November 2016. This was far too little notice, and places limited to 50. After protestations at the limit on numbers they arranged a second workshop for the following evening. The developer's report on the workshops is here. Developer's information about the development is here. People should email email@example.com to ask to be on their mailing list for further events and information.
What local people say
Local voices from summer 2016
Each year, Peckham Vision takes its stall and mobile exhibition about the town centre developments to several community fairs and festivals. The fairs are well attended and over the years since 2008, we have discussed the town centre developments with hundreds of local people. In 2016 one of the displays was about the Aylesham Centre redevelopment and we asked people to put comments on post-it notes. All the comments were typed up and are shown here. Selections and summaries of the comments are shown to illustrate the themes that emerged under these headings: • Scale & height of buildings • Street scene • Housing • Uses on the site • Facilities on the site • Consultation process.
We held an informal event in March 2016 at Peckham Library Square together with UCL students who presented their design proposals for the site, all with the purpose to bring awareness to the demolition and potential changes and to received feedback from locals on what they want.
Their survey showed that local people think they should be allowed to decide how the development goes, who it's for, how tall the buildings are and how it contributes to the local economy. The survey reflects well known opinion about the town centre:
- We wish to protect the view from the Multi-storey
- We do not wish for tall buildings on this site as it would block views from the Multi-storey & Bussey building
- We need more affordable social houses not private homes
- We wish to keep Peckham mixed and diverse
- A call for more public toilets
- Traffic flow considerations
- Provision for the disabled
- A call for green space
- We need safe spaces and activities for the elderly, children and community use
- We wish to support local business
- Keep parking capacity that currently serves the site and help local businesses
- A call for a market, garden growing, and fresh produce for Peckham people
- we want a street scene and not a closed shopping mall
- We want the gaps filled in basic quality high street provision
Oliver Goldsmith Estate (Peckham) resident, Peckham Vision volunteer and UCL academic John Bingham-Hall said:
“this is the biggest development in the town centre and will fundamentally shape Peckham’s character. The developers are working on plans without having asked residents what they would like to see happen here - they’re missing out on so many good ideas. Many people are positive about change but want to see it happen in a way that benefits them. So rather than wait to be consulted we decided to start the conversation ourselves and get people talking. It’s fantastic that we could link up Peckham Vision’s energy with the skills of the Bartlett students, who were looking for a community project to work on. I just hope Tiger Developments can see that this will be better for everyone if we work together.”
Upcoming events and consultation dates
- Community-led workshop Sat 21st January 2017 to develop communities' ideas and aspirations for the site.
- Developer's workshop on 23rd November 2016.
- Peckham Vision's stall has information about the development. The photos show the stall and display informing people of the Aylesham's redevelopment and asking them for views on what they wanted on that site, at Goose Green community fair on 8th May 2016. We have had the stall at several community fairs over the summer - Nunhead Cemetery Open Day on Sat 21st May, Choumert Sq Open Gardens 5th June, Brimmington Park Festival 2nd July, and at the Peckham Rye Fete on 3rd September. The information is also available in the Peckham Rye shop in Holdron's Arcade at 135A Rye Lane on Saturday and Tuesday afertnoons 2-4pm. Do come and visit.
- Peckham Vision post on recent event to raise awareness in Peckham Library Square (23 March, 2016).
- An entry on the forum for Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich and anything South East London-related issues on the potential of 20 storey building from details in the PNAAP (Peckham and Nunhead Area Action Plan) document.
- Southwark News (25 February, 2015).
Campaign to save Peckham’s rooftop views gains support. Campaigners have rallied against a proposal to construct a 20-story building in central Peckham.
- Southwark News (11 February, 2016)
Block of a thousand flats planned for Peckham town centre
- Southwark News (18 February, 2016)
Demolishing the Aylesham Centre for flats would mean ‘no more Peckham’
- South London Press (29 March 2016) Residents' Ideas aim to put town centre on the map >>>>
Webpage started March 2016