Wednesday 4 February 2015 12.57pm
The site is owned by Southwark Cathedral
and there was a very controversial scheme a few years ago that was eventually dropped due to local opposition.
(Put 'All Hallows' into the search box on this website and you will find lengthy forum threads and quite a few news stories)
The cathedral is now drawing up new plans to make use of the building long-term and is working more closely with the immediate neighbouring residents with the aim of doing this more harmoniously.
There's a little bit of info on the cathedral website:
As to the current activity in the building, the cathedral's annual report (on the website) says this:
In November 2012, we had become aware that squatters had taken up residence in All Hallows Church. The Chapter sought legal advice on how best to proceed and obtained a possession order at Lambeth County Court in late January 2013. An initial eviction took place in May but unfortunately the squatters broke straight back into the building despite security measures having been put in place. A further eviction order through the High Court was eventually obtained and the squatters removed in August. In order to make sure the buildings were occupied, the Chapter decided to enter into a short-life agreement with a local housing co-operative for them to occupy the site and provide accommodation for their tenants in exchange for carrying out some basic refurbishment on site. The new tenants moved in on the day of the eviction and there have been no further problems. The housing co-operative's tenants will continue to live at the church until such time as the Chapter wishes to bring the site back into use for social mission work.
The Dean of Southwark's annual report also talks about All Hallows: