This is the extract from the Council's UDP:
Vision for the Local Policy Areas
Peckham Action Area
An attractive, easily accessible, and safe Major Town Centre, full of vitality providing a broad range of homes, shops, employment opportunities, community facilities and public spaces for the diverse local community and the wider Peckham area.
Policy 7.1 - Peckham Action Area Development at Peckham should seek:
- The retention of high quality housing and creation of between 736-1717 new high quality homes, with a mix of tenure and encouraging the provision of flats above shops. Of the affordable housing that is secured, the tenure mix should be 70% intermediate housing and 30% social rented housing;
- The improvement and enhancement of Rye Lane and Peckham High Street, especially public realm, pedestrian links and active frontages;
- Improvements to the train station site to regenerate the area making it an attractive focus for the town centre, including accessibility, safety and security and public realm;
- To create an urban environment of the highest standards to enhance the quality of life for existing and future residents and users of the action area and surrounding community;
- To promote excellence in design, including safety and security, and having regard to the historic features and Conservation Areas of the area;
- To improve provision of safe, secure and accessible car parks by making better use of multi-storey and underground car parking and encourage shared parking for town centre services;
- To improve the diversity of shopping provision within the town centre so as to provide a range of high quality shops attractive to Peckham diverse communities and over time decrease geographical concentration of lower quality shops selling similar products;
- The retention and creation of high quality offices and retail and businesses to increase employment opportunities, particularly for Small Business Units;
- To enable Public Transport Accessibility Zone intensification on appropriate sites around the Peckham Rye railway station and the bus interchange with developments that provide exemplary design and transport improvements;
- The promotion and enabling of the Cross River Tram proposal within the safeguarded route and consultation zone, including safeguarding the CRT terminus and split site depot at Bournemouth Road, while allowing other compatible uses that enhance the town centre;
- Improved accessibility throughout the Action Area for cyclists, pedestrians, the mobility impaired and disabled people, including keeping pavements free of obstruction, and increasing pedestrian flows during the evenings and at night within the town centre without encouraging anti-social behaviour;
- To ensure the protection and enhancement of open spaces, public realm and other features of development linking them together with buildings, within a design strategy for the area;
- To provide leisure and community uses, especially around Peckham Square and Wharf to increase vitality;
- To establish stronger pedestrian and public realm links between Rye Lane and the Bellenden Road shopping area, including extending the focus on public art and realising the potential of Choumert Market.
A significant part of Peckham has undergone a great deal of change over the past decade. It has transformed into a high quality residential area with a new cultural and leisure area around the newly laid out Peckham Square which includes the Peckham Library, Peckham Pulse and Healthy Living Centre, other parts of the Action Area are predominantly housing.
As an Action Area, Peckham also has the potential to provide additional new housing (some sites have been designated on the proposals map), which will provide a mix of market, affordable and intermediate housing in accessible locations.
The main commercial areas extend along Rye Lane and Peckham High Street and serve a large catchment area with around 400 businesses. These are predominantly retail and associated services.
However, the current range and quality of retail and other services available is limited, and improving the retail offer, public realm, safety and security and accessibility are essential to enable Peckham to achieve its full potential, together with supporting black and minority ethnic businesses which contribute to the special character of this shopping area. This must also be coupled with exemplary design and enhancement of existing buildings throughout the Action Area. Unemployment is currently high in Peckham. Protecting and enhancing small businesses to provide local employment, and encouraging an enterprise culture are priorities, as are the provision of education, health and community facilities to provide places for people to learn and receive services for local communities. Sites for improved community and childcare facilities are required (and some have been designated on the Proposals Map) to ensure that local people and new residents can gain access to education and employment. The proposed Cross-River Tram will greatly improve accessibility to Peckham unlocking its potential as a shopping and leisure destination and redefining the character, and role within London. A site for the tram terminus has been designated on the Proposals Map together with other transport and town centre uses.
The Bellenden Road area has developed into an important part of Peckham with local shops and a strong cultural character which has been particularly successful in attracting people from a very wide area to visit as well as providing essential services for local people. This success must be extended to the Rye Lane area, being implemented in a way that acknowledges the special cultural and ethnic character of Rye Lane, and the importance of markets to the shopping area.