Update 01Apr18. At the last Walworth Society meeting we agreed to support other groups in Southwark in calling for a Local List to be created of historic buildings that do not sit in a Conservation Area or are not listed by Historic England (the "undesignated assets").
A wide range of groups have now written a letter to the leaders of the four main parties in the borough and the text of that appears below. We know that there are more pressing issues facing Southwark but if you do find yourself talking to Councillors or Councillor candidates in the next few weeks please do raise this issue with them.
Great article in Southwark News of 5th April about the campaign.
Hustings 14th April. If selected, we will also try to raise this issue at the Planning & Regeneration Hustings that are being held on SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2.30pm to 5pm at Christ Church 676-680 Old Kent Road and is organised by the Southwark Planning Network (SPN).
7th March 2018 - At our meeting last week, it was agreed that the Walworth Society would focus its efforts in the upcoming local elections on encouraging Southwark Council to create a "Local List" of those buildings that are of historic interest but do not sit within a Conservation Area and are not listed by Historic England (formerly English Heritage). Historic England estimates that almost half of Local Authorities in England have a Local List but inspite of a) Southwark's amazing wealth of historic buildings and b) many planning policy documents (including the E&C SPD in 2012, Peckham & Nunhead Area Action Plan from 2014 and even early versions of the New Southwark Plan) which refer to creating a Local List and it being adopted under the umbrella of a Heritage SPD nothing has come of this to date.
We hope that a number of groups interested in heritage will be writing to the leaders of the main parties in Southwark about this and we will be writing to our Councillor candidates in the Walworth area asking them to press for the following as a matter of urgency if they are successful on May 3rd:
1) Create a Local List of these "undesignated assets" (ie not Listed and not in a Conservation Area) in Southwark.
2) Involve local people and local groups in developing the list as a way of tapping into their knowledge and engaging them in the borough’s heritage. There are great ways to do this nowadays using interactive mapping tools such as Commonplace (https://walkelephant.commonplace.is/)
3) Develop a Heritage SPD which will provide the framework in policy for the Local List under the umbrella of the New Southwark Plan and to adopt the Heritage SPD no later than May 2019.
We know that there are many other pressing matters that you will want to discuss with candidates but if you could spend a few moments asking candidates to give greater support to these important buildings that currently enjoy little or no protection from development across Walworth and the whole of Southwark that would be great.
Examples of undesigated assets in SE17 that we have lost in recent years or are at risk at present and which could be given protection through an adopted Local List include:
The Crown on Brandon St - DEMOLISHED
Warehouse on Dartford St - NO PROTECTION
Royal British Legion building on Braganza St (apologies - pic from 2014) - NO PROTECTION FOR THE BUILDING
82-96 Walworth Road - This will be last vestige of pre-war Elephant & Castle (once the Coronet is demolished) and the fabled Piccadilly Circus of the South - these buildings have no protection.
Sir Robert Peel PH, Langdale Close - NO PROTECTION FOR BUILDING
This from 2014 and the fight to save the usage of the magnificent Masons Arms on East St as a viable pub (the planning application was refused) - currently no specific protection for the building.