Southwark Council recently released The New Southwark Plan, a look at their intentions for the borough in the near future. Here’s what they say about Camberwell:
Camberwell will continue to be celebrated as a vibrant and distinctive town centre with a diverse and independent retail offer, an abundance of burgeoning creative and cultural industries and outstanding architectural heritage. Camberwell Green will undergo a sensitive programme of renewal to reinstate its role as the civic heart of the community. The town centre recently benefited from a refurbished leisure centre and within the plan period will benefit from public realm improvements and a new public library. Camberwell College of the Arts, the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital are prestigious local institutions that fulfil the dual function of major employers, educational institutions, treatment centres and visitor attractions.
Future development within the town centre will complement the existing commercial and civic functions. Key potential regeneration areas include the Butterfly Walk shopping centre, which could be transformed into a new public square for Camberwell, and Station Road. Both of these opportunities for significant development would include an improved retail offer and potentially other town centre uses alongside new homes.
A new public square, presumably where the car park is now. And what kind of regeneration in Station Road? Something to do with the railway arches, currently occupied by garages? Much of the road is taken up by the bus garage, can’t imagine that’s going anywhere. There are, irritatingly, no further details on either plan.
There are limited opportunities to provide new homes outside the town centre, with future development in the wider Camberwell area needing to be sensitive to the existing character and contribute towards an enhanced public realm.
After the new houses where Jono’s was, and the further down Camberwell Road where the builders yard was, there really aren’t many more opportunities for new housing. Which is why I think we won’t be getting a tube station — although if you don’t agree, you can join the march this Saturday.
Update: Oops, there was a first consultation on the plan last night. Missed that, sorry.