Residents Present Alternative Plans
On 9th September 2009, thirteen local residents met with representatives of Southwark Cathedral, where we presented alternative plans for All Hallows Church and Copperfield Community Garden.
We have suggested to the Cathedral that they create a community and cultural centre with a garden, instead of the nine flats that they have proposed.
We believe that our proposal could provide as much, if not more, income to the Cathedral as their own scheme in addition to enhancing the local community and rejuvenating the Church that the Cathedral let fall into disuse.
Our proposal would preserve our community garden. What’s more, our plans stick to the profile of the existing church’s roof, which means that residents of the Winchester Estate will not lose light and privacy as a result of being boxed in.
Next to these rooms, there will be two spaces. One of these spaces might incorporate a gallery or a recital room that could be hired out to companies and used by the local community. The other could accommodate a café, restaurant, nursery or crèche.
Our plans keep, rather than demolish, the existing vicarage and hall. With refurbishment, these buildings would provide living accommodation for the Cathedral’s Canon Pastor and a worship space.
This inspiring example of local community activists challenging developers by producing their own plans was made possible by Christopher Hills of Linedota Architects.