Lambeth council is to start looking for a partner to design and develop Somerleyton Rd in Brixton. On Monday, the council’s Cabinet agreed to the next stage in transforming the area with new homes, a theatre and a chef school. Local people are invited to a ‘ Walk and Talk’ event on July 18th to help shape the brief that will be sent out to potential partners in the autumn.
Hundreds of local residents, Brixton Green community group and Ovalhouse have been collaborating with Lambeth council to draw up outline plans that include future management of homes and facilities.
New ways to deliver as much affordable housing as possible are a priority and outline plans for Somerleyton Road show that 280 new homes could be built, at least 79 of these could be at the same level as council rent. A further 30 could be shared ownership, or similar and various schemes are being explored.
The opportunities for jobs and enterprise are underlined by many of the suggestions already proposed by local people that include a neighbourhood store, a catering and hospitality school, a TV and radio station, a dentist, affordable workspace, a budget gym and a wellbeing and enterprise hub.
“Creating jobs and training opportunities for local people will be crucial and we now have the chance to create a development built on the best knowledge of our whole town coming together to make this site the best of Brixton.” said Brad Carroll, Director and co-founder, Brixton Green Ltd.
Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration said:
“This is a big step forward for a unique and exciting project, that will deliver more jobs and homes that people in Brixton can afford. Our partnership with Brixton Green and Ovalhouse theatre is a model for how we want to work with the community to bring positive development to Brixton. A big thanks to the hundreds of local people who have contributed to the plans so far.”
Ovalhouse, which marks its 50th birthday this year, has been looking to move to Brixton for a while . Director, Deborah Bestwick says a new building with two theatres and workspace for local cultural industries will build on Brixton’s cultural history:
“Brixton used to have seven theatres. The arts have been part of Brixton’s identity for generations, the music halls, the bashment parties, a galaxy of famous poets, writers and actors. We want to contribute to what has always been Brixton’s strength, whilst creating facilities that will enhance what Ovalhouse can offer with a brand new building where theatre artists and young people can realise their potential and excite audiences. “
For more information about the ‘Talk and Walk’ event, please visit http://futurebrixton.org/