New Cross Forum and Neighbourhood Planning

'Neighbourhood Planning' is the Government's framework that claims to be about 'Giving communities more power in planning local development'.  With the backing of the Localism Act 2011, it provides for people to set up a Neighbourhood Forum in their area and agree a development plan that 'establishes general planning policies for the development and use ...

Has The Tide Turned? – 21 Years of Urban Change in Deptford

It is two decades since Jess Steele published her book 'Turning the Tide: the history of everyday Deptford' at the height of the Deptford City Challenge regeneration programme. Next Friday April 25th 2014, the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths is holding an event to look at what's changed since and 'possible futures ...

Is Millwall really under threat from sale of its car park?

There's been some huffing and puffing from Millwall FC in the last week following the decision of Lewisham Council to sell off some of the land it owns and which it currently leases to the football club. This includes the car park next to the stadium, the site currently used by the Millwall Community Scheme's ...

Convoys Wharf Latest Plans

The plans for the redevelopment of the Convoys Wharf site on the riverfront at Deptford have been the focus of a lot of discussion and community organising in the last year. Key issues include how much social housing will be included in the development, the impact on schools, health sevices and traffic, and whether the ...

What next for the Heygate Estate?

In the time since the Heygate Estate at the Elephant and Castle was emptied out (with the exception of some remaining leaseholders), it has led an active afterlife. Perhaps most notably it has been a favoured film and TV location for directors seeking gritty urban decay. In Harry Brown (2009) for instance it features as a ...