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*[[Statutory processes]]
*[[Peckham Rye Station]]
*[[Transforming Central Rye Lane]]
*[[Copeland Cultural Quarter]]
*[[Bussey Building]]
*[[Vibrant Artists' Community]]
*[[Hannah Barry Gallery]]
*[[Site 63P/71P potential]]
*[[Bussey BuildingStatutory processes]]*[[Cross-River_Tram]]}} 
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==The Council's Plans==
[[Image:Rye Lane Station plan.jpg|right|300px|thumb|Plans to regenerate [[Peckham Rye Station]] are one of several current council [[#An alternative vision for Rye Lane Central|projects]].]]
The Council are in the midst of developing their planning policies for Peckham town centre. They have completed the [[UDP|Unitary Development Plan (UDP)]] for the borough's land use, and this includes a [[Statement for Peckham|statement]] about certain commercial areas, including Peckham town centre. The next stage is the development of the [http://www.southwark.gov.uk/YourServices/planningandbuildingcontrol/planningpolicy/localdevelopmentframework/PeckhamAreaActionPlan.html PAAP (the Peckham Area Action Plan)]. The Council originally said that this would begin in February 2007, and then several dates subsequently. But it finally began in March 2008 by the release of [[Media:PAAP Future Peckham council vision paper.pdf|Future Peckham]] - a ‘vision paper’ and the PAAP [[Media:PAAP consultation strategy paper.pdf|Consultation Strategy]] - for public comment between 14 March 2008 and 25 April 2008. The long delayed PAAP formal consultation on the 'Issues and Options papers' was to start on 3rd November to 15th December 2008, but this was also postponed. It finally began on took place between 30 March 2009 and will end on 25 May 2009. The papers,and latest news, are available on the [http://www.southwark.gov.uk/futurepeckham Council's website]. On that page click on the PNAAP consultation report. (Nunhead is now included so it is now PNAAP (Peckham & Nunhead Area Action Plan) There The Council is now working on their 'Preferred Options' report which will be a further available for consultation in Autumn 2009 on the Council's "Preferred Options", and June 2010. This wil be followed by a Public Examination Hearing probably in 20102011.  Detailed background on the Council’s policies for Peckham and the PAAP are available [http://www.southwark.gov.uk/YourServices/RegenerationSection/PeckProgramme/ here] and [http://www.southwark.gov.uk/Uploads/FILE_45012.pdf pp 49-50 Core Strategy Secn 4: Spatial Planning to Improve Places] and [http://www.southwark.gov. uk/futurepeckham Future Peckham]
Detailed background on the Council’s policies for Peckham and the PAAP are available [http://www.southwark.gov.uk/YourServices/RegenerationSection/PeckProgramme/ here]. See [http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/images/4/49/Peckham_Vision_comments_on_PAAP_Future_Peckham_Apr_08.pdf here] for Peckham Vision initial comments.
[[Image:PAAP map.png|right|thumb|250px|Peckham Area Action Plan and Opportunity sites.]]
===Town Centre Opportunity Sites===
The Council has extended the coverage of the PNAAP to include not just the Peckham town centre but also what appears from the map in the report to be the whole of the SE15 area, taking in all Peckham, Nunhead and most of Peckham Rye. See also the [[:Image:PAAP map.png|PAAP map]]. This map identifies what the Council calls ‘Opportunity sites’ and also called Development sites’, three of which were identified in the UDP–
*Peckham Rye station, off Rye Lane to the west;
The largest site identified in the UDP as a development site, named site [[Site 63P|63P/71P]] in the [[UDP]], was omitted from the ealier map, see [[Tram depot proposals]] for its location, but has now been included.
===Tram proposals===The proposed [[Cross-River Tram]], originally scheduled for operation from 2016 at the earliest, has been a main feature of the Council's plans for Peckham town centre. While the London Mayor said in November 2008 that there is no funding for the tram project and so its future tfL is uncertaindoing no further planning worrk, the Council has reconfirmed its commitment to the tram project or something similar to improve transport links to central London. It is therefore suspended, and not dead, though the timing is now very uncertain. The latest Issues and Options report now out for consultation comments in April/May 2009 commented on this and the issues raised for the detailed planning of sites in the town centre. The tram is promised to improve public transport to and from Peckham, help to create employment prospects for Peckham people both locally and elsewhere in London, and help to stimulate trade and businesses in Peckham. The Council also wanted the tram depot located on a major strategic site ([[Site 63P/71P]]) in the heart of the town centre, on the [[Tram depot proposals|seven acre site]] stretching from Rye Lane to Consort Road and Brayard's Road, click [[Tram depot proposals|here]] for map. The Council originally claimed that this also would regenerate the town centre by creating jobs, but the UDP Planning Inspector said that this was based on 'misinformation' that the site was derelict, and he said that the tram depot would remove many more jobs than it created (click [[Effects of tram depot#Inspector's Report|here]] for Inspector's report).
Peckham Vision and others pointed out that the plan was already causing blight and degeneration which could continue for the 10 years or more before it was completed. In addition the tram depot, which would be a high security site for 24 hours a day would if built:
*lose the opportunity that this huge site presents for providing a wide variety of spaces for the continuing developments in creative industries, small businesses, and community uses, which are now occurring in central Peckham.
===Latest News===Just before the Mayor stopped further tram planning, in october 2008, [[Media:09.04 depot location TN72 Stage 4a Depot Report volume 1 v0.2 O275.pdf|TfL had received a report (see summary at pages 5&6)]] showing that the Peckham town centre site was the wrong location for the tram depot. Thus Peckham Vision's call throughout the campaign, for a review of the flawed location investigation and report, had proved justified. The new report showed that Peckham town centre was at the bottom of a list of 6 sites investigated, and as a location failed for technical, operational and cost reasons as well as the detrimental effect on the town centre. Moreover the new report identified a suitable location elsewhere. So even when the tram becomes a live project again there will be no need to safeguard land in the town centre for the depot. In response, the April/May 2009 consultations the Council's Isseus Issues and Options paper now includes included the alternative Options for the site, which means that and began to consider for the consultation can include first time the potential major contribution that site 63P/71P can make to the regeneration of Peckham Town Centre, and also to greater Peckham as a whole. This site is indeed a major Opportunity Site which needs to be considered as such in the PNAAP. See [http[Media://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/images/4/49/Peckham_Vision_comments_on_PAAP_Future_Peckham_Apr_08.pdf |here]] and below for Peckham Vision's suggestions for this. The further postponement of the PNAAP process, so that the next stage of consultation on the Council's Preferred Options report will be in January 2011, gives a welcome space to work with the Council and all interested in the revitalisation of Peckham town centre.
==An alternative vision for Rye Lane Central==
| [[Image:Rye Lane Station 1880.jpg|right|thumb|300px|The station as it was c. 1880.]]
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|[[Image:Station-Artists-Impr-Bl-fea1Council station rear1.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Artists impression of Blenheim Grove with cultural/A3 uses.]]|[[Image:Station---Market-featCouncil station rear2.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Artists impression of the rear courtyard of Peckham station as a market (note new entrance through the station).]]
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===Creative Developments - Re-using old buildings===
[[Image:Open House Weekend 7Billiard hall.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Sassoon Gallery behind the station illustrating creative new uses of old buildingsThe former Billiard Hall, Peckham Rye Station, showing renewed south elevation, March 2009.]]
{{Main|Open House Weekend}}
This is already taking place, led naturally by the local property market meeting emerging new demands for accommodation, and also by the regeneration of the historic old billiard room in Peckham Rye Station. This huge room above the ticket office was originally the old waiting room and then for many decades a billiard room, but has been derelict for many years. But now, with collaboration from the Council, Southern Rail, the Peckham Society and the Rye Lane & Station Action Group, a project managed by local architects Morris & O'Looney, the original windows have been successfully unbricked and renovated. This has opened up the beautiful space showing its significant potential. The Peckham Society have now in April 2009 submitted [[Media:Station CGS bid.pdf|proposals]] to the Council for the next stage to restore the wooden floor to enable the room to be used.  [[Image:Open House Weekend 7.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Sassoon Gallery behind the station illustrating creative new uses of old buildings.]]On the weekend weekends of 15th and /16th September 2007, and 20/21 September 2008, as part of the annual all-London Open House weekendweekends, Peckham Vision and the Peckham Society arranged three several walks to show what is the variety of organic changes which are already happeningin this central part of Rye Lane. This revealed to all the immense scope and opportunities there are for reusing the historic industrial and commercial buildings in Peckham Central within modern developments for creative 21st century uses. The sun shone and over Over 140 people flocked each year to take the walks led by The Peckham Society. Everyone enjoyed the magnificent views of Peckham and central London from the roof of the Bussey building. They enjoyed the refreshments in the CLF Arts Café and the Peckham Vision exhibition of the latest information about the tram & tram depot plans, and the ideas for new opportunities for this central area of Peckham town centre if the tram depot is not located there. There was much demand for more tours, indicating that these kinds of developments could attract visitors to Peckham, who would not visit a high security tram depot.
[[Image:Bussey Building sketch.jpg|right|200px|thumb|A sketch of a possible addition to the Bussey Building on site 63P.]]
* the historic gems of [[Media:Holdron's factsheet.pdf|Holdron’s Victorian arcades]] which, currently hidden by shop fittings, could be restored for commercial town centre use;
* the way all that would complement the opening up of the piazza in front of the [[Media:Peckham Rye Station - Factsheet.pdf|station]], now agreed as the aim by Southwark Council, the train companies and Southwark’s London Assembly representative;
* the restoration of the [[Media:Station_CGS_bid.pdf|historic waiting room and Old Billiard Room]] above the ticket hall in the station;
* how Bar Story and the Sassoon Art Gallery in Blenheim Grove behind the station show further signs of the burgeoning creative re-uses of the historic buildings.
[[Open House Weekend|Read more...]]
{{Main|Hannah Barry Gallery}}
[[Image:Hannah Barry Gallery etc 032.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Visitors to the Hannah Barry Gallery in the Bussey building.]]
In The Hannah Barry Gallery first found a home in the emerging Copeland Cultural Quarter in central Peckham in November 2007 the . The iconic historic [[Bussey Building]], home to almost a hundred artists and small businesses, hosted a seated dinner for 115 guests to celebrate a year of exhibitions at 78 Lyndhurst Way and to thank the many people who have had helped and encouraged the artists in their work. Inspired by the unusual conditions at 78 Lyndhurst Way, with its ten rooms and garden, the programme of monthly exhibitions at the house had exhibited monograph bodies of work within a group show. The subject of each show was chosen to encourage progress and experimentation to help young artists develop their ideas in reference to our time. The Hannah Barry Gallery has been was founded to continue and progress this kind of work. The first exhibition held in the Copeland Cultural Quarter (CCQ) was in Feburary 2008, in the Bussey building. The Gallery moved to its current permanent space in a warehouse next to the Bussey building within the CCQ after that.
[[Hannah Barry Gallery|Read more...]]

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