Site_63P.jpg| left|150px| The area designated as Site 63P . It was renamed 71P when the UDP was finalised.]] |+|
[[Image:.jpg||150px|area as Site 63P71P in ).]]
|−|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 about certain commercial areas, including Peckham town centre. The next stage is the development of the [[PAAP|PAAP (the Peckham Area Action Plan) ]]. The Council originally said that this would begin in February 2007, and then several dates subsequently. But it has now finally begun 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. This will be followed in May by an ‘Issues and Options’ paper for consultation between May and July. | |
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Revision as of 11:14, 13 November 2008
Plan of the area known as Site 63P/71P (in grey).
The proposed Cross-River Tram, scheduled for operation from 2016 at the earliest, is a main feature of the Council's plans for Peckham town centre. This 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 wants the tram depot located on a major strategic site (Site 63P/71P) in the heart of the town centre, on the seven acre site stretching from Rye Lane to Consort Road and Brayard's Road, see right for map. The Council has 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 here for Inspector's report).
Peckham Vision and others have pointed out that the plan is 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:
- close off and sterilise a very large area of the town centre, and could hardly help in its regeneration;
- 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. Read more...