The Bridge House at Number 4 Mantle Road is the subject of a planning application that would create 34 new apartments at Brockley Cross.
"The scheme for London and Quadrant Housing Group and designed by architects, MDR Associates consists of commercial premises to the ground floor with 34 apartments, consisting of, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms to the upper floors within a 5 storey building. The scheme has evolved through consultations with the London Borough of Lewisham over a two year period and has now reached the stage of a planning application. the current programme is for a start on site around the end of this year with a completion in 2009."
The development would neighbour the Tea Factory and this building, which despite our early optimism, currently looks like a badly assembled Airfix model of a battleship.
Lewisham Council have confirmed that Bridge House represents one of the largest development opportunities in the area (there are 14 key sites in Brockley, but they are mostly small-scale). The scale of the development means that the developers will have to commit to include affordable housing, while the Brockley Cross Action Group are hoping that a condition for planning approval will be a contribution towards the Brockley Common project, as part of a Section 106 agreement.
A contribution could make good make business sense too, as the Brockley Common project will hugely enhance Brockley Cross and could add value to the planned apartments.