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Peckham's Bussey Building Under Threat
Christian Eede , November 12th, 2015 12:30

Plans to build luxury housing and retail stores nearby lead to fears that venue could be closed

The area currently housing the Bussey Building, CLF Art Cafe and Rye Wax in Peckham’s Rye Lane appears to be under threat from plans to create 11 luxury apartments and up to eight retail units at 133 Rye Lane.

The owners of the businesses say that the introduction of residential housing will likely limit use of the alley and courtyard in front of Bussey Building and Rye Wax as an entrance and smoking area during club nights, claiming that the regeneration plans will halt Peckham’s creative and cultural rise “dead in its tracks” heralding “the beginning of the end of what makes Peckham so special. A sure sign of the on-set of full blown gentrification.”

The proposed housing would overlook the areas used by Bussey Building and Rye Wax for club nights leading to fears that noise complaints would soon see the venues close. Bussey Building, The CLF Art Cafe and Rye Wax are all housed within the Copeland Industrial Park, a building that was saved in 2010 through local campaigning from becoming a tram depot site. Rye Wax opened in the basement of the building in the summer of last year. For more information on the proposals and to have your say, click here.