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Major redevelopment across Peckham town centre

In the first half of 2016, it seemed as if a tsunami of planning applications and development plans was sweeping across the town centre. Now it seems we are looking at the wreckage it has left.The map to the right here shows how extensive this is, and there are more since this map was created in February 2016. The Peckham Planning Network has been considering the wider issues raised by these numerous planning applications, and has initiated discussions with key councillors and planning officers, and taken a deputation to the Peckham and Nunhead Community Council in July 2016.The wider issues include the accumulation of the effects of different aspects of the developments. One of these is that the nature of the town centre Conservation Area is being adversely changed in several ways. More information on these wider issues and cumulative effects is here. So far Council's response it that all is OK, and no action needed. Meanwhile Peckham Rye station already grossly overcrowded at times.

The increase in major planning applications is a result of:

  • developers' interest in the town centre increased because of rising prices and approval of the Area Action Plan (PNAAP),
  • the Council now proactively implementing the development sites from the PNAAP.
Flaxyard development
Flaxyard development

Here are suggestions and guidance for ways to approach considering and commenting on planning applications. A summary of basic information for each known case is below, including the link to the Council Planning webpage. You can see other comments on that Council weblink. Remember that the dates for comments are often extended beyond the date shown in early information, and unless it says comments closed you can submit comments on the website. If in doubt, email the case officer and/or planning.applications@southwark.gov.uk For more information about local community work on planning please email info@peckhamvision.org

Important developments known to be in the pipeline, still to be decided:

PECKHAM TOWN CENTRE NORTH

Sumner House and Flax Yard, 1-51 PECKHAM HIGH Street: 16/AP/4018

This is a large scale development of 4 large residential buildings consisting of 168 residential dwellings and flexible retail space, including 96 social rented flats of one to three bedrooms. A further 24 properties will be “intermediate housing” and the rest will be sold on the open market. Open land rear of 1-51 Peckham High road bounded by Sumner Avenue and Melon Road. The openland is adjacent to 59 Peckham High Street and Sumner Road.

Aylesham Centre & Morrisons

This will be a major redevelopment of the town centre retail area – involving most of the land between Rye Lane, Hanover Park and the bus station. Large areas are likely to be demolished and redeveloped: Aylesham Centre, Morrison’s store, car park and petrol station. Bus station to be redesigned with the new development. Proposals are expected to be put out for local consultation during 2017. Map and further information here.

CENTRAL RYE LANE

SOUTH EAST RYE LANE

Proposed development sites in south Rye Lane

There are five large sites at the south end of Rye Lane that are being redeveloped and will fundamentally change dramatically the whole ambience and streetscape of that part of the Conservation Area of low rise two to three storey buildings. Instead there will be dense 5 to 7 storey buildings adjacent to each other: 3 on the north side of Heaton Road between Rye Lane and Copeland Road, and two on the south side - Coop House and 269-75 Rye Lane. There was local opposition to the mass and height of all the buildings. None were considered in relation to each other and their cumulative effects on the locality. Coop House was the first two to three storeys higher than the buildings it replaced. All these other developments have used that as the minimum height to aim for.

269-275 Rye Lane & 1A Philip Walk: 16/AP/1896

one of the proposed new buildings (others behind) 269-275 Rye Lane & 1 Philip Walk.

This is the final of the five developments. It is a private development of up to 7 storeys without social housing. The residents in Coop House object because of the negative effects on their own flats of buildings that are too high and dense. This is still under consideration by the Council. The residents are seeking a meeting with the developers to discuss their detailed objections and to seek changes.

Click here for the planning application

SOUTH WEST RYE LANE

Between Rye Lane & Sternhall Lane

There are two adjacent housing developments lying behind and between the buildings on Rye Lane and Sternhall Lane. They each have many objections. One at 33 Sternhall Lane was refused but a new application has now been submitted. The other at 190 Rye Lane is to be decided:

190 Rye Lane: 15/AP/4857

This is a housing development with over 100 objections. A major objection is that so much new housing next door to Canavan's night club at 188 Rye Lane will result in its closure. It has not yet been decided

Click here for the planning application

Significant developments approved in 2016 included:

PECKHAM TOWN CENTRE NORTH

from Peckham High St to Library Sq
from Library Sq to Peckham High Street

Peckham Arch, Library Square & 91-93 Peckham High Street 16/AP/3075

This is a council development on Council land leading to removal of Peckham Arch & Peckham Platform building. To be decided by Planning Committee on 8th November 2016. New build for retail and commercial on ground floors with housing above in 4 to 6 storeys at 91-93 Peckham High Street, and on the opposite side adjacent to Weatherspoons building. Social and intermediate housing will be provided in the new build. Redesign of the square at ground level. Issues include the removal of the Arch, the height of the buildings, the design of the buildings out of keeping with the appearance of the historic High Street buildings, creating residential units in the middle of the noisy commercial and leisure town centre area. Peckham Society registered objections on heritage and conservation grounds.


Mountview Theatre Academy

Mountview Theatre Academy 16/AP/2649

New three/four/five storey building with associated landscaping to Peckham Square and Peckham Hill Street. This case was decided by Planning Committee on Mon 12th September. Issues included the dense mass of the building, too close to the Library and the loss of the views from the Library. This application should have been considered at the same time as the Council’s application for the Square and the new buildings on Peckham High Street as they are all adjacent to each other, but they are being treated separately. For example, there is no reference to the Mountview building in the image for the new Library Square from the High Street. Peckham Society registered objections on heritage and conservation grounds.

1 Rye Lane proposed Costa Coffee site.

Costa Coffee 1 Rye Lane (Jones & Higgens tower): 16/AP/1787

Costa Coffee were given permission by officers under delegated powers to change the use from retail to coffee shop in the ground floor shop currently occupied by Blue Inc. This is in spite of the Council policy being to protect and increase the retail space in this retail protected shop frontage.

Click here for planning application

Click here for officer's report

95 Peckham Road (former petrol station) 16/AP/1393

Demolition of petrol station and building 6 storey housing blocks. 33 flats, inc two social rented and six intermediate homes.Peckham Peculiar Article

Planning officer's report

Click here for planning application

Advertising hoardings

  • 16/AP/3101 In Front Of Unit 1 (blue Inc), Rye Lane, London, SE15 5DW. Display of a double freestanding Forum Structure, featuring Digital 84" screen on both sides.

Click here for the planning application

Click here for officers report

CENTRAL RYE LANE

149 Rye Lane corner Bournemouth Road & Rye Lane: 16/AP/3557

Change of use from A1 (retail shop) to A3 (restaurant) including alterations to the shopfront on both the Rye Lane and Bournemouth Road elevations. Comments have to be in by 24 September, though they will be accepted until the report is made. Issues are loss of retail, and effect on the heritage and Conservation Area.

Click here for planning application

Art Deco corner Blenheim Grove extended two storeys higher
new station square

Peckham Rye Station: 15/AP/4337

The Council plans for the new station square and the restructuring and addition of two floors on top of the art deco building on the corner of Blenheim Grove and Rye Lane were approved in spite of numerous objections to some important details. Work is expected to start on the Blenheim Grove building in early 2017, with the work on the new Square in two phases after that and to be completed during 2018.

Click here for comments and images of the new square and structures

Planning officer's report

133 Rye Lane: 16/AP/1032

133 Rye Lane
38-44 Rye Lane corner with Highshore Rd

This is the historic Edwardian building at the entrance to the Copeland Park and Bussey Building site. It was one of the first cinemas in London just over 100 years ago. The private plans to change the floors above ground to housing were withdrawn November 2015 after massive local objections. Revised plans to change use to business working spaces instead were approved in spite of objections from Copeland Park and CLF Art Cafe about the details on the ground. Objections to the addition of two floors to the top and destruction of the historic roof line in the revised plans were not resubmitted in time before officers approved the plan under delegated powers.

Click here for the planning application

95A Rye Lane, Peckham Levels: 16/AP/1551

Permission was given for 5 years for change of use from car parking to entertainment and leisure uses to create Peckham Levels. Licensing permission is still pending a decision. Local residents objected to the late opening until 1am requested. Permission for that was given for one year so that it has to be reconsidered in the light of experience in one year. The long term future of the multi storey building including the PeckhamPlex cinmea is still to be settled. The next stage is the consultation on the Council's plans for the site in the New Southwark Plan (NSP); this is expected later in 2016. Further information here.

Click here for the planning application

32-36 Rye Lane (corner of Highshore Road)

Conversion from office to residential. Approved before 2016, but revisions made subsequently. The building faces the development on the opposite corner of Highshore Road.

38-44 Rye Lane (Corner with Highshore Rd): 16/AP/2051

Refurbishment and extension of existing building, including additional floors above ground floor, ranging in height from three to five storeys. 28 residential units. No social housing. Would harm the Conservation Area through new build out of scale with surrounding buildings, low quality design, materials not appropriate, height extension is an obtrusive intrusion.

Click here for the planning application

SOUTH RYE LANE

View of development sites looking south from Atwell Estate

There are five large sites at the south end of Rye Lane that are being redeveloped and will fundamentally change dramatically the whole ambience and streetscape of that part of the Conservation Area of low rise two to three storey buildings. Instead there will be dense 5 to 7 storey buildings adjacent to each other: 3 on the north side of Heaton Road between Rye Lane and Copeland Road, and two on the south side - Coop House (built) and 269-75 Rye Lane (still to be decided). There was local opposition to the mass and height of all the buildings. None were considered in relation to each other and their cumulative effects on the locality. Coop House was the first two to three storeys higher than the buildings it replaced. All these other developments have used that as the minimum height to aim for.

213 Rye Lane (LOBO'S Fish Factory & Behind): 16/AP/0131

View east towards proposed LOBOS development site in south Rye Lane
View east towards proposed LOBOS + Copeland Rd Car Park development sites in south Rye Lane

This is a massive overdevelopment with 7 storeys towering over from behind the low rise buildings in Rye Lane and the two storey houses on the adjacent Atwell Estate. It is out of scale with the Conservation Area buildings and the design detracts from the Conservation Area. In the original proposal all housing was for the private market with no social housing being proposed. As a result of objections to the lack of social housing the Council has negotiated and the resubmitted application how proses an element of social housing. While an improvement over none this is still not fully compliant with the Council policy. Moreover the density proposed is still excessive and the impact on the Conservation Area not compliant with Council policy.

237-239 Rye Lane (Copeland Road former car wash site): 13/AP/2311

This private development was given approval by a Planning Inspector on appeal against the Council rejection. It is now being built and is also 4-7 storeys high, slightly higher than the Coop House opposite in Heaton Road. Commercial ground floor, 27 residential units, no social housing. The building now being constructed is shown in white to the right in the picture above.

Click here for the planning application

Copeland Road Car Park site 16/AP/3503

Copeland Road Car Park site 16/AP/3503 - Birds eye view of proposal looking south along Copeland Road
Copeland Road Car Park site 16/AP/3503 - Copeland Road elevation proposal
proposed new building 'Peckham Palms' in Bournemouth Close.

This is another housing development of 67, one, two and three bedroom flats which is 4 to 8 storeys. It adjoins the two storey houses Atwell Estate, the site at 213 Rye Lane, and the Copeland Road former car wash site. It is Council land and development so there is provision for social housing and mixed tenure and private housing. But taken together the three sites are considerable over-development and the mass and heights are over-bearing so close to the Rye Lane Conservation Area and the low rise Atwell Estate. The application was given approval on 8th November 2016:

Bournemouth Close:16/AP/1991

This is a new structure creating several new shop premises mainly to house the hairdressers to be relocated from the Blenheim Grove part of the station redevelopment. Amongst the several objections, some of those hairdresser businesses fear they will not survive on that site, and Atwell Estate residents fear significant noise and security disruption. Further information. The Planning Committee gave its approval to the Council plan.

Click here for the planning application

Foxton's Estate Agents 212-228 Rye Lane: 16/AP/1113

Permission was given to create the Foxton style shop front. No permission was needed to change the use of the shop as it had previously been used as an employment service agency.

Click here for the planning application

Developments rejected in 2016

Advertising hoardings

  • 16/AP/3104 Pavement In Front Of 20 Rye Lane, London, SE15 5BS. Display of a double free-standing Forum Structure, featuring Digital 84" screen on both sides. Click here for the planning application
  • 16/AP/2837 12 Rye Lane, London, SE15 5BS. Display of double-sided freestanding forum structure, featuring 2 x Digital 84" screen positioned back to back. Click here for the planning application