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To: Southwark Council

Protect Peckham - Article 4 Deputation to Cabinet members Tues 21st July

Protect Peckham - Article 4 Deputation to Cabinet members Tues 21st July

We want our Councillors to invoke an Article 4 Direction to help preserve Rye Lane's unique character from hasty changes of use by businesses coming into the conservation area.

Why is this important?

The recent change to planning legislation means that permission is no longer required for businesses to change use, even in conservation areas. Rye Lane is be likely to be targeted by large chains looking to take advantage of this change. The problem is that this will put huge pressure on rents, pressure which many local, cherished independents are not likely to survive. The Direction will give time to planning officers to consider proposals in accordance with the development plan. We want Rye Lane to continue serving all its diverse Londoners, and supporting local creative economies, not letting them be priced out of Peckham.

How it will be delivered

To Southwark Council Cabinet Committee, Ground Floor Meeting Room GO2A, 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ, 4.30pm - please attend and support us.

Peckham, London

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Reasons for signing

  • Keep Peckhams character, why does it have to end up like every other area. Old is the new "new" Lets keep something original and not end up like every other high street
  • It's happened in East Dulwich, they're trying it in Brixton, and now Peckham too? No thanks. I like the wacky mix of shops on Rye Lane thanks. I certainly don't need another chain of gift shops.
  • Now. You might think that a petition to "keep Peckham's character" is a bunch of middle-class baloney, but here's the thing: if big chains move in and rents shoot up and so on, it won't be people like me who suffer. It'll be Peckham's African and white working class communities who get kicked out of their own town when they were here first, and that's not cricket.

Updates

2015-07-08 20:19:13 +0100

The Deputation to the Community Council was well-supported, and the Council has moved to seek legal advice on adopting an Article 4 Direction. Thank you so much to everyone who signed, please look out for updates, and we'll keep you posted on progress!

2015-07-04 17:42:27 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-07-04 16:39:20 +0100

Great news and thank you so much everyone for signing, please keep sharing. We are at 984 signatures. It may be the case (thanks ben h for your comment) that we can use the signatures to trigger a Council Assembly debate on this, though it wouldn't be in time for Monday, and we want the Article 4 to have immediate effect if we can! Do please come and show strength of feeling on Monday - we need to capture the councillors imaginations on this.

2015-07-03 19:05:38 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-07-03 14:46:55 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-07-02 14:16:34 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-07-02 04:57:03 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-07-01 22:26:57 +0100

10 signatures reached