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Suggestions & Guidance


Planning applications have short deadlines of weeks, and there are many documents to read to work out what are the key issues. There are technical planning aspects to follow and it needs an understanding of the planning application process. To help in all this, this page gives suggestions and information about how to think about a planning proposal in Peckham town centre, and how to respond to the planning application. It also contains in date order, the most recent first at particular times, information about specific applications.

Peckham Town Centre. Click on map to show street names.

Finding the documents

Go to: and enter the case number in the search box there. Case numbers begin with the year number then AP and then the case number, eg: 16/AP/1234. Click on Related Documents, then View associated documents. This is often a very long list of documents. It can be useful to look at them in this order:

  • Design & Access Statements (D&A) - there can be several numbered parts. Read these in number order. If you have little time to read all the documents, read the D&A to understand the proposal.
  • Transport statement
  • Planning statement
  • Noise impact
  • Plan existing and Plan proposed - these can be numerous and give drawings of existing building and proposed building.
  • Others

Identifying issues

133 Rye Lane

Here is a checklist of topics to consider:

  • Housing – type, who can afford them, how much social housing/affordable housing See below.
  • Loss of retail space or workspace either office or industrial.
  • Damage to historic buildings or Conservation Area. See below.
  • Effect on local environment.
  • Benefit or not to local economy.
  • Neighbours: visit/contact any businesses, organisations or individuals nearby who might be affected and ask them.

Social housing provision

We need to keep a record of cumulative social housing & intermediate housing as proportion of total in new developments, so please report what you find. For applications providing new housing of 10 units or more: look to see what’s said about ‘affordable’ housing. In Peckham there should be:

  • a minimum of 35% private housing, and of 35% ‘affordable’ housing.
  • of that ‘affordable’ housing there should 30% for social rent and 70% in the intermediate category (this includes part equity & part rent)
  • no ‘affordable rent’ (at up to 80% market rent). This is specifically prohibited by Southwark’s planning policy.

As a quick guide these are illustrations of the approx numbers:

  • 10 units: minimum of 3-4 private, 3-4 ‘affordable’: 1-2 social + 2-3 intermediate
  • 20 units: minimum of 6-8 private, 6-8 ’affordable’: 2-3 social, 4-5 intermediate
  • 30 units: minimum of 9-12 private, 9-12 ‘affordable’: 3-4 social, 6-8 intermediate

Look for the affordable housing information: click on Related Documents, and then View associated documents. The information should be in each of these documents:

  • the application form
  • the planning statement
  • the affordable housing statement
  • the executive summary of the viability assessment (the full report will be issued one week before decision.)

Many developers attempt to pass off ‘affordable rent’ as social rent eg a phrase such as 'affordable rent at 40% market rents is being offered; this is equivalent to social rent....'. This is not accurate and must be highlighted and challenged.

17thC Peckham High Street

Historic buildings

If it is a historic building or the proposal could have an effect on the Conservation Area, think of organisations or individuals that could have an interest, and ask eg:

Submit your comments

The deadline for comments often changes as things happen which require more consultation time. This includes where documents are revised and updated when the Council should inform objectors, and invite further comment. It’s therefore advisable to ask questions or make objections early, if you have any. Few if anyone is going to have the time to read the papers on all planning applications. So focus on any buildings or sites that are of specific interest to you. If none are intrinsically interesting take one and look at the papers and see what you think, and write a comment. This helps to get familiar with the process. You can put in your own comments:

  • on line on the public comments page for the relevant planning application on the council planning webpages, and/or
  • email:

There is no formatting on the website comments page, so if yours has format also send a copy by email. To help us in our information to local people, lease email a copy of your comments to so we can identify the issues to draw to local attention. If you have questions about the plans, submit them as comments as soon as you can. This might bring forth useful further information for further comment.

Development sites

Aylesham development site

A development site is one where there is a publically declared intention to redevelop the site but it has not yet reached the planning application stage. But it means that there is more time to become familiar with the site and the issues before the planning application short period for consultation. There is also a small opportunity to influence the proposals before they are firmed up for the planning application. Some actions:

Getting the background

  • Visit the site on the ground, and Google it. Become familiar with its location, what is around it, its size, its architecture, possible historical and other notable features, its current uses, and previous uses. Take some photos.
  • Check if it is a development site in the PNAAP: [URL for PNAAP] Click on Appendix A PNAAP Adoption Version (9 MB PDF), and go to pages 139-140. The map on page 140 will show if the site is a development site. Note its PNAAP number.
  • If it is a PNAAP site, click on Appendix A PNNAP Adoption version - part 2 (14 MB PDF), go to page 166 Appx C: Schedule of proposals sites. Look for the site number on pages 168 – 203. This will give the site designation against which any site proposals have to be assessed.
  • You should also check to see if the site was subject to representations at the PNAAP public hearings in July 2013, and if so what the Planning Inspector said about them: [URL for this] Appendix B Inspector's report (304.25 KB PDF) The sites were PNAAP 1 Aylesham Centre, PNAAP 2 Peckham Multi Storey Car Park, PNAAP 4 Copeland Park & 1-27 Bournemouth Road, and PNAAP 6 Peckham Rye Station.

Taking more action

Many of the development sites listed in the PNAAP are shown on the map here: The Peckham Planning Network is tracking the progress on these sites and initiating action where appropriate. If you wish to know more and join in, email to join the mailing list. The meetings are bimonthly.

2016 Planning applications submitted

17th May 2016 current applications

This year 2016, there has been an increase in significant applications that have wider implications. This is a result of:

  • developers' interest in the town centre increasing because of rising prices and of the approval of the Area Action Plan (PNAAP),
  • the Council juggernaut now implementing the development sites from the PNAAP.

See suggestions and guidance above for ways to approach considering and commenting on planning applications.
Click here for some basic information, for each case below, including the link to the Council Planning webpage.

Peckham Levels
    • 95 Peckham Road (former petrol station)
    • 108 Peckham High St (current Corals)
    • 1 Rye Lane (new Costa)
    • 95a Rye Lane (Peckham Levels)
    • 133 Rye Lane (Front of Bussey)
    • Bournemouth Close (Between Atwell Estate and Rye Lane, behind the shops)
    • 199/201 Rye Lane (loss/relocation of Post Office)
    • 213 Rye Lane (Lobos, fish shop and factory)
    • 218-222 Rye Lane (Foxtons)
    • 285 Rye Lane (opposite Pedlers & Old Spike Roastery)

Locations for each can be seen on this map.