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Please donate: Peckham Vision is a team of local people that works to keep the neighbourhood informed of changes in our community, and how people can take action where needed. We rely on voluntary contributions; please make a donation so we can continue this important work. To make a donation please click here.

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Peckham Vision's focus is community and civic engagement in matters affecting Peckham town centre, and related matters affecting London SE15 more widely.

We are a resident-led local citizens' association of individuals who live, work or run a business in Peckham. The vision is to develop an integrated approach to Peckham town centre as essential to a thriving and sustainable social and commercial centre, and to contribute to Peckham being a good place for all in which to live, work and visit. The objects of the Group are to:

  • Promote and encourage citizen action to help Peckham town centre to become an integrated and resilient place and links past, present and future for the benefit of all who live and work there.
  • Create and nurture ways of connecting people in Peckham who share enthusiasm and desire to help develop and realise the potential of Peckham, and to make the lessons available beyond Peckham.

More information:

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Peckham Vision people, places and actions

An integrated town centre

Since 2005 we have encouraged informed discussion about the development plans for Peckham Town Centre, and stimulated a variety of ideas for transforming the central area of Rye Lane around Peckham Rye station, Copeland Cultural Quarter, and the Bussey building. Some material from this work since 2005 is on this website; for example

We have taken a lead to demonstrate the role of historical and old buildings restoration from an integrated view of Peckham town centre:

We work with and link residents and people and enterprises from the parallel local economies of local independent traders, creative enterprises, main stream retailers, the historic restoration work and the faith and religious world. The early years of this work stimulated the emergence of a Peckham Town Centre Forum which first met in December 2009. It has facilitated many events and interactions since then.

Pioneering new approaches to citizen engagement

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Underpinning the historic restoration work is Peckham Vision’s understanding of the significant role that learning about our local history and heritage at all educational ages has, and how it connects with wider issues and aspects of town centre life.

Peckham Vision is committed to developing good quality information to distribute in a variety of ways to local people, and to create innovative ways for them to become engaged in the work. There are:

  • Peckham Vision unit in Holdron's Arcade, 135a Rye Lane. There is an exhibition on display in the windows and accessible every day from Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 8pm and on Sunday 2pm to 5pm.
  • continuing events, including workshops, seminars, guided walkabouts in the town centre, and public meetings.
  • exhibitions such as the 3 day exhibition in the Old Waiting Room, the exhibition displays in the ground floor foyer of Peckham library and mobile exhibitions at local community fairs. Over the last few years these developed ito the Open Studio events in our Bussey studio, for example in 2018 Peckham Festival. The studio closed in March 2023.
  • regular emails to a mailing list of some 4000 local people on topical matters relating to the town centre and to the wider Peckham community and until 2017 posted in the PRN blog. Since then this service reduced while we developed social media channels on Twitter (now X) (9,200 followers), Facebook (almost 4000 followers) and Instagram (2,400 followers).
  • Facebook and twitter and local web discussion forums.
  • new ways to cater for 'pop-up' volunteering to tap into the enthusiasm of hundreds of potential volunteers able to volunteer only for ad hoc opportunities.
  • developing and nurturing relationships and working together with traders and with faith groups.

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Edwardian predecessor of Holdrons Arcade
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Working arrangements

  • Peckham Vision has had a community shop in Holdron's Arcade at 135a Rye Lane, since 2014. It was donated for community use by the owners Copeland Park. The shop used to be open for pop-up events and on Saturday afternoons. Since the pandemic we have created a window information display about Peckham Vision's work in the town centre and the lessons learnt through the campaigns. The Arcade is on the exact footprint of the original arcade in the Edwardian Holdrons, built in the 1900s, which is shown in the photos to the right. That Arcade was between numbers 135 and 137 Rye Lane, whereas the current arcade is embedded in the 1930s art deco building, which replaced the Edwardian building at 135 Rye Lane, and which is now occupied by Khan's Bargain store. A remnant of the original floor, seen in the photo of the Arcade, can still be seen at the back of the current Arcade, and the remnants of the roof of the Edwardian Arcade protruding from behind the back of Khan's can be seen from the upper floors of the Bussey Building, and eventually will be rejoined to the current Arcade.
  • From 2014 to March 2023, Peckham Vision also had a studio on the second floor of the Bussey Building (Stair C) which before the pandemic was open on publicised dates at a weekend from midday to 5pm, when volunteers were available. These were occasions when people could visit the studio to find out more about the work behind the scenes, and to chat about Peckham news and what community action can do to influence what happens, while enjoying tea and home made cake. During the lockdowns we worked with others to create community zoom events which in part replaced the open studio days.
  • Peckham Vision is a constituted community association. The constitution is here. The work is managed and conducted by a very small community team of residents, supported by a range of local people who volunteer for particular events and activities. Peckham Vision has a mailing list of over 3000 local people. Our policy on protection of that data is set out in this statement.
  • There are working contacts with Southwark Council, and the rail companies - Network Rail, Southern Rail and South Eastern Rail.

Contact us through our contact page or email:

The evolution of Peckham Vision

Peckham Vision grew from the community campaign 2005 - 2009 which questioned the wisdom of demolishing a 6 acre site, including the Bussey Building and Copeland Park, for a tram depot, and from the parallel community action to improve the area around Peckham Rye station. A brief summary of the evolution over the years since then can be found here.
Peckham Vision itself grew from community action in the Bellenden Residents' Group (BRG) that covers the area to the SW of Peckham Rye station. BRG is now relatively dormant as its actions were eventually integrated into those of Peckham Vision. The links below are aspects of life in the BRG area that caught the media's attention. It is still a neighbourhood intrinsically interrelated with the town centre.

The nature of community

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Underlying the work of Peckham Vision is the understanding that the strength of a community lies in the connections between people who live, work and run businesses there. Peckham Vision is dedicated to nurturing those connections, and exploring ways to link into the energy and enthusiasm of our neighbourhood. This work is influenced by the two systems approach developed by Eileen Conn, long time resident of Peckham, co-ordinator and founder of Peckham Vision and associate research fellow of the TSRC (Third Sector Research Centre). Further information about the two systems ‘social eco-systems dance’ model can be found here. Local paper Peckham Peculiar pp10-11 front cover story in February 2019 carried an interview with Eileen Conn about her work and the work of Peckham Vision.

Books & other publications

Participation at events

Video clips relating to Peckham Vision's work

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Media reports relating to Peckham Vision's work

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  • September 2021 Property Week High streets are facing considerable change following the move towards online retail and the impact of the pandemic. However, there is an opportunity for local residents to work alongside businesses and urban designers to rejuvenate local centres. South London citizens’ action group Peckham Vision has been shown to be successful, but can its approach be adopted elsewhere? ...
  • October 2021 Sunday Times "PECKHAM’S NEW ORDER - (pdf) - It’s a more desirable place. But a lot of the people who made Peckham what it was can’t afford to be here any more. That’s sad." the Sunday Times link

Previous media reports on Peckham Vision work are currently being collated.

Media Interviews