Plans to develop Bussey Building and its surrounding cluster of buildings on Rye Lane, Peckham, have been “paused”.
Co-founder of Bermondsey-based group Frame Property, Nick Mansour, spoke to The Peckham Peculiar, saying: “It has never been our intention to have a negative impact on the Bussey Building – quite the opposite in fact.
“We have been listening to what local people have to say and we want to work with them. That’s why we have paused our planning application while we review the public’s comments alongside our plans.”
The property company bought the 133 Rye Lane building earlier this year and lodged a planning application with Southwark Council to redevelop it by adding two extra storeys on the roof. The proposed development would create 11 flats, retail, restaurant and community space.
The plans drew fierce criticism online, particularly from the music community, who argued that it would kill businesses and creativity in the area. The council website received just short of 1,000 comments while a petition started by Mickey Smith, who runs the CLF Art Cafe, has gained 5,500 signatures and counting.
Via Peckham Peculiar.