Peckham high street designated conservation area

The London Borough of Southwark has announced that the main high street in Peckham is to become part of a new conservation area.

The council's planning committee has agreed that Rye Lane – which it says is one of south-east London’s busiest shopping streets – is of special architectural or historic interest and so supports its incorporation in a conservation area that will also include Peckham Hill Street and Peckham High Street.

The council said that, while the ground floor facades of the majority of the properties within the proposed conservation area have been changed, the upper floors largely remain unaltered. Unlike neighbouring conservation areas, there is no predominant architectural style or age of building: the character of the area is attributed to the eclectic architectural styles and materials, it said.

The council has been working with local civic group the Peckham Society, which has been campaigning to protect the area’s architectural heritage, to draw up the proposals.

Local businesses and residents were also consulted on the plans in line with the council’s area action plan for renewal, the local authority said.

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