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30/09/2015

Plans submitted for Brixton regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar

A planning application has been submitted for the £100 million community-led regeneration of Somerleyton Road, Brixton.

Located to the south-west of Brixton town centre, the 1.5-hectare site between Brixton Tube and rail stations was identified in the 2009 Brixton Masterplan as a potential development area.

Lambeth Council has formed a partnership with local arts organisation Ovalhouse and community benefit society Brixton Green to produce a plan for the project that incorporates local residents and businesses views. Igloo is delivering the project while Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design is advising on planning for the application.

The proposals, said Lambeth Council, have been designed to meet local housing needs and to improve the area for the community. These include:

  • 303 new homes for rent, including extra care homes, aimed at local people. At least 50 per cent will be affordable;

  • A new home in Brixton for the Ovalhouse Theatre, on the junction with Coldharbour Lane;

  • A range of mixed uses along Somerleyton Road, including educational space, cultural and creative workspaces and community facilities;

  • Communal and neighbourhood open spaces; and

  • The retention and refurbishment of Carlton Mansions and the locally listed ‘n mural.

Additionally, Lambeth Council will “retain the long-term freehold interest in the completed development on behalf of local residents”.

The project team is targeting a BREEAM Very Good rating for all non-domestic buildings, with an aspiration to achieve BREEAM Excellent and a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 for all proposed dwellings on site.

Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for jobs and growth at Lambeth Council, said: “Somerleyton Road is exciting, innovative and genuinely created through partnership. It represents a unique opportunity for local people to shape their own community and I would like to pay tribute to so many who’ve worked so hard to get us to this stage.”

Hilary Satchwell, director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, said the development is a "great example" of what can be achieved on public land by a range of organisations working together.

"This planning application supports the aspirational-specific planning policy in place for the site and follows the input of a broad range of local people throughout the scheme development process.”

Image courtesy of Metropolitan Workshop

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