Developers, practitioners and local businesses met this morning in the beautifully restored Old Waiting Room in Peckham Rye Station for an NLA briefing on the development opportunities in Peckham town centre.
Following the disturbances in the summer, the council are pushing forward with a programme to revitalise the town centre, including submitting a bid to the Portas Pilot and setting up a £1m community restoration fund, which will support improvements to high streets and town centres across Southwark and encourage young people to engage in positive activities in the community. The arrival of the East London Line extension to Queens Road and Peckham Rye Station from late 2012 will further promote Peckham's reputation as a thriving centre for young cultural and arts projects, directly connecting Peckham to other cultural hotspots in east London such as Hoxton, Shoreditch and Dalston.
Over the longer term, the council's Area Action Plan for Peckham and Nunhead proposes to improve economic growth in the local area through the provision of new retail space, business space for new small businesses and street trading sites, and expanded cultural space. Opportunities have been identified by the council for new mixed-use developments on underdeveloped or vacant sites including the Aylesham Centre, Peckham Rye Station and the land between the railway arches, Copeland Road car park and Eagle Wharf.
For further information on the proposals for Peckham town centre, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org