Climate change

From Peckham Vision
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also

Community Council January 2019
Peckham Vision sustainable construction poster final.jpg
Open Studio 19 January 2020

Some links and images are being uploaded soon.


Peckham Vision’s work over the last 15 years has shown us how the current planning and development process in London is driving unnecessary demolition and redevelopment in the name of ‘regeneration’. Key topics for us in Peckham Vision are:

  • recycling and reusing buildings rather than demolishing them as a key response to reducing carbon emissions, and damaging climate change, and also
  • the variety of ways in which neighbourhoods can begin to help local people live more sustainably.

We have shown through our work in Central Rye Lane that there is a different way to vibrant and organic locally rooted self regeneration by recycling and reusing existing buildings. The current demolition-led approach to regeneration means that the carbon emissions created in the demolition and the construction of replacement buildings is contributing unnecessarily to climate change.

Since then we have begun a stream of actions to bring this to public attention and to work with others on the topic. These actions are summarised below, in date order, latest first.


June 2021 Construction & climate change

Since the last Open Studio over a year ago, we have been through the first year of lockdowns in the pandemic and still not sure when all this will end to enable us to meet more normally. In the meantime we have carried on much of the work by zoom meetings. One of our actions has been to continue the development of Peckham Vision community education posters. We have added one on the role of the Construction industry in demolishing buildings and so contributing to the climate emergency. See image to the right. This poster is available here in pdf.

February 2021 Council Scrutiny of Regeneration

The Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee is examining the Council's work on regeneration during 2020-2021. They will publish a report during 2021. They took evidence in February 2021 from Eileen Conn (Peckham Vision).


Saturday 14th March Community Open Studio

We followed up the successful January Open Stdio with the same displays. This time we had hand sanitisers as we were in the early stages of what became the pandemic. The Open Studio was attended by a steady stream of people and many useful conversations were held about planning, redevelopment and sustainability. One week later the first lockdown was implemented.

Sunday 19th January Community Open Studio

Peckham Vision's Community Open Studio 12-5pm was open for visitors. Our exhibition about planning and redevelopment & the impact on climate change was on display, along with some sewing and weaving machines and fabrics for applied arts & crafts to explore, with conversations over tea and home made cake. Over 50 people dropped in fr lively and interesting conversations.


Rye Lane Chapel 2nd November 2019
PV Open Studio 14th September 2019 Peckham Festival
Community Council January 2019

Monday 16th December Peckham Vision studio

This was a network meeting of SPN. The main item was the Council’s new policy on Climate Emergency and Planning Policy:

There was agreement at the SPN meeting on the need for urgent actions, and to develop efficient liaison between the two independent networks one from SPN and the other Extinction Rebellion Southwark.

Saturday 2nd November Rye Lane Chapel

This meeting was arranged jointly between Peckham Vision/SPN and XR Southwark to discuss the mutual interests in climate change and planning. It was attended by nearly 50 people. Afterwards about 20 came back to Peckham Vision studio for tea and biscuits and to share ideas and enthusiasm for working together.

Saturday 14th September Open Studio Peckham Festival

  • During the Peckham Festival we took part in the Bussey Building Open Studios. We launched here the new display poster we have created explaining the links between carbon emissions and climate change and unnecessary demolition and redevelopment.
  • We took part in the evening in a session in Copeland Yard 6-8pm arranged by Extinction Rebellion (XR) Southwark about their Climate Change campaigns. We had publicised this in advance to the community groups in Southwark Planning Network (SPN) which were well represented. This helped to establish good links between Peckham Vision/SPN and XR Southwark.
thumb displays

Recycling buildings: the hidden benefits