Lambeth Council has published a blueprint for planning and development in Brixton that underlines its commitment to jobs, affordable homes and enterprise while protecting the town centre’s unique character and culture.
The document, published after extensive public consultation, confirms the development of Somerleyton Rd, up to 2000 new homes, office space and a new cultural venue. There’s also further commitment to improving transport links as the council wants to explore the possibility with Network Rail of bringing forward the refurbishment of Brixton overground station, and there is an aspiration to secure a new stopping service on the London Overground line at Brixton.
Further opportunities for railway arches to be used by market traders will also be investigated and the council’s says its economic strategy ‘…recognises the unique role of Brixton’s markets in supporting employment and enterprise and the need to secure their future’.
Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration said: “It’s clear that people want to preserve Brixton’s much-loved character and the unique qualities that make it such a special place. Setting out these new planning guidelines for Brixton will help us to ensure that future developments won’t put those qualities at risk, but will deliver the new jobs and homes that Brixton needs. We want all residents and businesses to benefit from Brixton’s success, and better quality transport, public realm and leisure facilities will help to support this.”
Lambeth council’s cabinet will discuss the proposals next week.