Notice of Proposed Flood Alleviation Works on Peckham Rye Common

Southwark Council wants to carry out works to tackle flood risk and improve the environment in Peckham Rye Common.

The Council has applied to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for consent under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 to carry out the works. The Planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.

There are three main elements to the project. Firstly, the scheme proposes to use landscaping including mounds to hold rain water in the Common during big storms in order to prevent possible flooding of properties below the Common. We anticipate this will protect more than hundred (100) properties from flooding.

Secondly, the strip of derelict land on East Dulwich road, commonly known as the “Donkey Ride” will be re-developed under the council's cleaner, greener and safer initiative. Finally, the area just north of East Dulwich Road known as the 'Northern Triangle' will be improved with new planting to enhance accessibility and connection with the rest of the Common. Of these, only the mound is subject to consent under section 38.

The slope of mound is negligible at the edges and increases to 1:3 where the common is lowest in the middle area and  will therefore have some, albeit minimal  impact on the common access. However, this will be mitigated by providing a DDA compliant access around the mound, with a slope of 1:25. Moreover, a slope of 1:3 at the steepest section is still considered gentle and therefore the impact on visibility will also be minimal. Proposed works in the 'Northern Triangle' and 'Donkey Ride' will have a positive environmental impact on the common and its users.

The proposed works are approximately 6000m2 in total, with about 600m of temporary fencing surrounding the site during the construction phase to keep common users safe. The rest of Peckham Rye Common and the Park will be accessible during this time. The site area can be seen in the attached map.

You can learn more about what the Council is proposing at the following locations:

  • Peckham Rye Park Office, Strakers Road, Peckham, SE15 3UA
  • Nunhead Library 88-138 Gordon Road, Camberwell, SE15 3RB
  • Peckham Library  122 Peckham Hill Street, Peckham, SE15 5JR
  • Dulwich Library 368 Lordship Lane, Dulwich, SE22 8NB
  • Camberwell Library 48 Camberwell Green, Camberwell, SE5 7AL

 These documents will be available until 16 September 2019:

A copy of the application form and accompanying documents may also be obtained by writing to

Any representations should be sent in writing on or before 16 September 2019 to The Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team at 3A Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or

Representations sent to The Planning Inspectorate cannot be treated as confidential. They will be copied to the applicant and possibly to other interested parties. For information about how The Planning Inspectorate processes personal information please see the Common Land Privacy Policy.

Page last updated: 08 August 2019