*[[Old Mill Building]]
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===May 2019 New ideas for Blackpool Rd===
LOcal residents working together continue to rethink the Council's plan for total demolition and rebuild of the land on both sides of Blackpool Road.
[[Old_Mill_Building|Latest information on the campaign to save the Old Mill Building.]]
===9th September 2018 Open for visit===
The Old Mill Building 72 Copeland Park, SE15, the home of Communities Outreach Ministries, a Pentecostal church will be open between 12pm – 1pm on Sunday 9th September for the [[Inter_faith#Inter-faith_walk_Sunday_9th_September_2018|start of the Southwark Inter Faith walk.]] There will be a talk about the Pentecostal church Communities Outreach Ministries and their work to restore the historic building, and then the walk will visit other faith places in Peckham and on to Bermondsey and Burgess Park. '''To book a place register on [http://bit.ly/2018InterfaithWalk eventbrite here.]''' [[Media:CW_4Southwark_Interfaith_Walk_2018.pdf|Click here to print a copy of the poster with the map of the walk.]]
===February 2018 an unsound plan===
proposal for the Blackpool Road site in the NSP are unsound and will be subject to examination in public at the hearings expected in February 2020. The reasons for unsoundness are: ... because the existing uses and other alternatives for the site’s development have not been discussed with business or community stakeholders. It therefore does not take into account the benefits of retaining existing uses or potential alternative uses that might be developed on this site to meet the needs of the local economy and community.<br>
[[Media:NSP76_Blackpool_Rd_Business_Park_-_Eileen_Conn_representation.pdf|More information here.]]
* for the whole site redevelopment proposals to be revised following real discussion with local people and users of the businesses on the site.
The Council will present all the comments to the Government for the public hearings to be conducted by an independent Planning Inspector in 2019. The more comments there are about a particular site the more likely that site will be examined at the public hearings.
* For the Council's [
http: //www. southwarkcan.org/nsp_final_version proposals for the site, click here.] To see them, click on the link for Peckham in the list of neighbourhoods. There you will find a one page map, one page Peckham Area Vision statement and 2 pages for NSP76 Blackpool Rd on pages 314-315. Look at the map of the site, the 'site vision' text and the 'design and accessibility guidance' text. That is all that is said and it is an inadequate guide for the redevelopment, as well as ignoring the current viable businesses and uses of the site.
'''[[Media:NSP76_Blackpool_Road_Business_Park_representation.pdf|This is a suggested format for comments.]] '''
The text in that can be copied and pasted into an email (after adding your personal details) and you can add or edit it as you wish. It would be good to tweak it to personalise it, but this is not essential.<br>
Please email email@example.com if you have any queries. You could also drop in to the Peckham Vision shop in Holdrons Arcade, 135A Rye Lane on Saturday 24th February 2-5pm. We will be glad to help on this.
===Introduction to Blackpool Road site ===
This is an industrial site with Blackpool Road running across it from east to west (site 4 in the map below). This site is the second half (the other half being Copeland Park, including the Bussey Building) of what 10 years ago was proposed for redevelopment as the tram depot. The site is still occupied as it was then in the north part by the bus garage, Council streetworks base, a large Victorian industrial building (now restored by and occupied by a church), and a small block of flats; and in the south half by Buildbase a large builders’ merchants. <br>
The council propose to turn both halves of this into a site for a mixed development of housing and small office type business. A key issue here is that London is losing small industrial sites like this for housing at a very alarming rate and much faster than envisaged in the London Plan. It is alarming as the London economy and social structures need land like this all over London for necessary functions. So there is a case for saying that this land should continue to be allocated as light industrial space and not given over to housing and office type uses. This is about land use designation preserving it for light industrial uses into the future. Local people are exploring ideas about the way the building merchants use of the land could be linked with horticultural uses so encouraging more environmentally friendly construction. There is also a case for keeping the Victorian mill building as it is part of Peckham’s industrial heritage and a good solid building with potential for many uses in the future. Here is a '''[https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JZet63omwsPVbyOWOor23fKPx11oXqbx short video about the building,'''] which is entered from Copeland Road opposite Bournemouth Road.
===18th November 2017 Community Outreach Ministries community event===
This was a boot sale and event for the local community in the lovely spacious Old Mill Building which is part of our local Victorian industrial heritage, near the Bussey Building across Copeland Road. It has been restored by the Community Outreach Ministries church over the last few years. Peckham Vision had a stall at the event to give information to Church members and local residents about the Council’s redevelopment plans and the local efforts to save the building from demolition.