The planning application for the ambitious Somerleyton Rd scheme that would bring three hundred new homes, a theatre, chef school, children’s nursery and new business opportunities to Brixton has been submitted.
It’s a significant milestone for the project which has been developed over several years by Brixton Green, Ovalhouse theatre and Lambeth Council and would, in effect, create a new community in the heart of Brixton. People have the chance to comment on the scheme before it goes before the Planning Applications Committee, probably before the end of the year.
Rather than going into partnership with a private developer, Lambeth Council is acting as its own developer. This means the council and community have more control over what is built and can focus on building affordable homes and a thriving local community rather than making a profit.
The Somerleyton Rd development will be owned and managed by local people, businesses and the wider community. The new homes, including 65 extra care homes for older residents, will all be for rent and managed through a new housing cooperative to make sure tenancies and rents are fair.
Designs for the scheme have been created by five leading architectural practices working with each other and local people to realise the ambitions of affordable homes, jobs and training, and a chance to build a community for people of all ages.
Somerleyton Road is to the south east of Brixton town centre and joins Coldharbour Lane opposite the entrance to Brixton Village. The site runs along the western side of the road adjacent to the railway tracks and includes the locally listed Carlton Mansions and Nuclear Dawn mural. Both of these feature in the new scheme.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth said; “ Somerleyton Rd 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. “
Full details of the Somerleyton Rd planning application can be found at http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/ under the reference: 15/05282/RG3.