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Camberwell Pocket spaces

What are Pocket spaces?

There are a large number of public spaces, roads and laneways throughout the town centre that are quiet, neglected or under used. These spaces can be unpleasant places to use, form barriers to accessing the town centre and at times present real or perceived safety concerns. 

We think that many of these spaces can be improved and in some cases brought into more effective use adding to the vibrancy and visual amenity of Camberwell. This can be done through changes to the way spaces look and/or changes to the way spaces are used.

We have undertaken an audit of these pocket spaces and set a priority for improvements. A number of these spaces are included within other improvements proposed, such as the Streets or Camberwell Green, or in some cases will be delivered through development funds. This work has been done in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) and the London Borough of Lambeth, and considering the proposals for the other investment projects.

The following six spaces were considered:

·         Artichoke Place

·         Coldharbour Place

·         Datchelor Place

·         Grove Lane

·         Selborne Road

·         Wren Road

The council carried out public consultation in January and May 2013. A Design Concept report has been prepared, and sets out the proposed designs and rationale for each space based on the design principles discussed during the workshops. The reports are available to download from the Camberwell regeneration downloads page.

What's next?

In reviewing what you and other stakeholders have told us and taking into account project delivery, the council has agreed that Datchelor Place be delivered first.  

Our aspirations for this space are that it will be well used and more pleasant environment for residents, businesses and visitors.

Since the initial high level design and following further engagement with local stakeholders we are developing detailed drawings which will discourage anti social behaviour, enable better commercial waste storage and increase the flexibility of the space.

You will have another opportunity to comment on the designs and choice of material. The detailed designs will be published on the council website and available to view in the local area shortly.


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