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Peckham Vision is a resident-led consortium of local residents, artists, businesses working with the Peckham Society. Since 2005 we have encouraged informed discussion about the development plans for Peckham Town Centre, and stimulated a variety of ideas on transforming the central area of Rye Lane around Peckham Rye station, Copeland Industrial Park and the Bussey building. Some material from this work since 2006 is on this website; see especially Transforming Central Rye Lane and An alternative vision for Rye Lane Central.

This work has stimulated the emergence of a new Peckham Town Centre Forum which first met in December 2009, working in close collaboration with the Council Planning Department on the Area Action Plan (PNAAP). There have been several further events, including a seminar in collaboration with the Pioneer Health Foundation, guardians of the original Peckham Experiment, and an urban design walkabout in the town centre. Ideas for collaboration, integration and a new way of marketing Peckham town centre are emerging.

Contact us through our contact page or email: info@peckhamvision.org


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Peckham Vision is a resident-led local community consortium of individuals who live, work or run a business in Peckham. Its vision is to support Peckham town centre as 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 revitalise Peckham town centre so that it is 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.

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 2006 is on this website; see especially Transforming Central Rye Lane and An alternative vision for Rye Lane Central.

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

  • promoted the idea of recreating the public square in front of Peckham Rye station, to transform the pedestrian experience in that central part of Rye Lane. This is now a key part of the Council’s Gateway to Peckham project to realise the potential of Peckham Rye station, and its location.
  • led the way in developing the vision and its implementation to restore the station Old Waiting Room, and the Victorian staircase as a town centre function space, run as a community enterprise.
  • made the proposal to the Heritage Lottery Fund which resulted in a successful Council application for a Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) to restore selected historic buildings in the town centre.

Pioneering new approaches to citizen engagement

Underpinning the historic restoration work is Peckham Vision’s development of a history and heritage learning project to link all Peckham educational ages to the restoration work and the way that connects with wider issues and aspects of town centre life. [LINK to new page summarising this]

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

  • continuing events, including seminars, guided walkabouts in the town centre, public meetings in the Bussey building and in the Old Waiting Room.
  • exhibitions such as the 3 day exhibition in the Old Waiting Room, exhibition displays in the ground floor foyer of Peckham library LINK, and mobile exhibitions at local community fairs LINK.
  • regular emails to a mailing list of over 2500 local people on topical matters relating to the town centre and to the wider Peckham community [PRN blog LINK], as well as news posts on twitter.
  • 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.

Working arrangements

Peckham Vision works very closely with local organisations, particularly with the Peckham Society, the Rye Lane Traders' Association (RLTA) and Benedict O’Looney Architects [link].

There are significant working contacts with Southwark Council, and the rail companies - Network Rail and Southern Rail. [ In addition, the Peckham Rye Station Partnership [LINK] formalises the working relationship between Peckham Vision and Southern Rail who manage the operational use of the railway station.]

Peckham Vision is a constituted community association, see constitution here [LINK]. The work is conducted by a small team of five residents who form the Management Board, supported by a range of local people who volunteer for particular events and activities. A Friends organisation is being planned for such supporters, and for fund raising.

Contact us through our contact page or email: info@peckhamvision.org