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The Case for a Town Centre Conservation Area

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Peckham has a long history. In 1700 it was a rural village of just 600 people, centred on the junctions of the High Street, Hill Street, and Rye Lane. Today many of the early buildings of Peckham survive. On the High Street there are some 17th and early 18th century reminders of the old village alongside later Georgian development. A conservation area for central Peckham would enable the various buildings of interest to be protected from demolition. Other benefits include the ability for the Council and local people to improve the quality of new developments. The Peckham Society welcomes new development and supports challenging contemporary design like the Peckham Library. The campaign for a conservation area focuses on raising the profile and quality of both historic and contemporary architecture not simply the preservation of historic townscape.Read more...