Southwark Regeneration in Partnership Programme

Peckham Library Square

Statement of the council’s intention and objectives

A petition has been received by the council objecting to the privatisation of Peckham Square, the proposed adjoining developments and the demolition of Peckham Arch.

As a consequence, it became apparent that there was a need to clarify exactly what is being developed in the vicinity of Peckham Square and what the council’s intentions are with regard to the future management of the Square as a public space.

Peckham Library Square is one of a number of sites included in the council’s Southwark Regeneration Partnership Programme (SRPP) (identified edged red on the attached plan, labelled Site A - all areas on the plan shaded pink will be retained as publically accessible space) which will deliver new homes and other mixed used premises. This proposed development was approved by Planning committee at the end of 2016 and permits the erection of two buildings of 4 and 6 storeys providing a mixed use scheme with 19 residential units, 340sqm of gallery space, 207sqm of co-work space, and 82sqm of flexible retail/office, the removal of the Arch and the relocation of the Peckham Peace Wall within the Square. The decision by the Planning committee to approve the proposed development involved consideration by members of all negative and positive aspects of the proposed development. Whilst there were a significant number of objections received during the planning process to the loss of the arch, it was concluded by members that the benefits of the scheme out weighed the loss of the arch.

It's important to note that this development site is on the southern fringe of the Square fronting Peckham High Street and that the implementation of this and the other developments referred to below will not significantly impinge on the existing public square. The Square will be retained as an open space for public use and the various planned developments will result in improvements to the entire Square (resurfacing and safer segregation of cycle routes and pedestrians).

Whilst the precise extent of the Square as it currently exists will be subject to some minor changes in accordance with the consented proposed developments, it can be seen from the plan that the Square will be largely similar in extent to the existing (post development extent shown shaded pink; pre development cross hatched). The freehold of the Square will be retained by the council and it will remain responsible for the Square’s ongoing and future management as a public space.

There are two other sites in the immediate vicinity of Peckham Library Square which are also part of the SRPP: Sumner House (Site C) and Flaxyard (Site D) which includes the open land adjacent to 59 Peckham High Street .  

In addition, there's a further site immediately to the north of Peckham Library Square which is also being developed independently of the SRPP: The former Whitten Timber/Eagle Wharf site 90-96 Peckham Hill Street (Site B).

Once completed the proposed developments will provide an art gallery, a theatre and retail uses on the ground floor frontages (in addition to the housing above). These ground floor uses will focus on to the Square to compliment the existing Library and leisure centre, resulting in a vibrant, exciting public space.

It should be noted that there may be some temporary closures during construction and during improvements to the public realm elements for Health & Safety reasons and in order to facilitate the works.

Development details

Site A - Peckham Library Square

Planning committee approved the proposed development at the end of 2016. This permits the erection of two buildings of 4 and 6 storeys providing a mixed use scheme with 19 residential units, 340sqm of gallery space, 207sqm of co-work space, and 82sqm of flexible retail/office. The Application includes the relocation of the Peckham Peace Wall within Peckham Square and the removal of Peckham Arch.

Site B - Eagle Wharf, 90-96 Peckham Hill Street

Eagle Wharf is an independently owned site which will be developed to provide the Mountview Academy School of Theatre Arts. Planning consent was granted in April 2017. This development will be 3 to 5 storeys and will comprise of a theatre, teaching, rehearsal, administration accommodation, and café/restaurant bar. There will be associated landscaping works carried out Peckham Square and Peckham Hill Street.

Site C - Sumner House (a former school and current office building)

Will undergo conversion works and include two 5 storey side extensions and a 2 storey roof extension across the original building, as well as the construction of four townhouses. This development will provide 48 residential units. Planning committee approved the proposed development in March 2017.

Site D - Flaxyard open space site (and the land adjacent to 59 Peckham High Street)

The open part of the site will be developed to accommodate two distinct blocks ranging from four to five storeys and accommodating 111 apartment dwellings. The land adjacent to 59 Peckham High Street will comprise of a single block rising to four storeys. This block will accommodate commercial retail space on the ground floor and 9 apartment dwellings on the upper floors. Planning committee approved the proposed development in March 2017.

You can view the site map (pdf, 218kb) here.

Page last updated: 11 August 2017