Garage sale on Wickham Mews

A rarity - some workshop space in Brockley is up for sale. It's the freehold on a Wickham Mews property. The agents say:

This freehold workshop and garages are located in the heart of the Brockley conservation area, one of South East London’s most sought after locations. The workshop itself is currently trading as a gearbox and transmission specialist. After 30 years of trading the vendor has decided to sell this fully operational garage/workshop for retirement.

Someone please do something cool with it.

21 comments:

JDC said...

Grand Designers Beware! you will not get permission.
Planners comment to enquiries about mews status 29 July 2013, "The Brockley Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) contains a presumption against development in Brockley Mews. There is a single house (Ashby Cottage - built in 1980's at rear of 102 Manor Ave on opposite side of mews to r/o 127 Upper Brockley Road, prior to the Conservation Area appraisal and SPD). This is not considered to have created a precedent for this or other mews. There have been a number of schemes where the Council's refusal of rear garden and/or mews development has been supported at appeal."
The live work on Asby is in an industrial area and does not set a precedent for this.
These units will only get continued light industrial or storage use - it would also suit artists studio use.

Tim said...

JDCs eagerness to quote planning documents concerns me. We have a housing crisis in this country and Brockley is an urban area. Part of the solution involves more housing in urban areas.
I can't help thinking that I wouldn't mind seeing a Grand Design that is quirky and gives a first time buyer a foot on the housing ladder.

terrencetrentderby said...

It would also suit a home development as there is a chronic shortage in London. There are plenty of light industrial spaces available very cheaply.


Hope the NIMBYs don't scupper this.

Elmo said...

"you will not get permission."

Nonsense. It's all about the right application.

The Thinker said...

I really can't see a first time buyer, buying a plot and being able to afford a grand design at the current asking prices.

The Thinker said...

You miss out the word "affordable". There is a chronic shortage of affordable homes.

terrencetrentderby said...

The homes are unaffordable because the lack of them has driven up the cost so much. Plenty of affordable homes in regions with no jobs.

The Thinker said...

err no! and yes! I can't be bothered to explain it.


But I think you'll find there is a lot more to it than just a simple supply and demand issue, because that would be far to easy to remedy ;) wouldn't it.

terrencetrentderby said...

Obviously not because we're only building a fraction of the new homes we need a year. And every year the problem is much worse than the year before.


Just out of interest, what is your solution?

JP said...

Not according to LBL's councillor Alan Smith, who writes:
"Recent changes to planning laws, enacted by this government, have reduced our powers to refuse consent, particularly in reference to residential. The situation being that even if we only allowed commercial development in the mews, the owner could then convert to residential without the need for planning consent. It is our opinion that it is better to control the process through planning than to ignore it and hope it will go away."

So there you have it.
Mind you, given what these plots will now go for, in addition to build costs, it is unlikely this will fall under the umbrella "affordable".
Unless you mean affordable... to the cash rich.

partisan said...

Where is this plentiful supply of "light industrial spaces available very cheaply"?

partisan said...

@Brockley Nick what is cool ;)

Headhunter said...

I think there has always been a presumption against development in the Brockley Mews, particularly residential for a long time as in general, people don't want someone living at the end of their garden. Part of the problem is also provision of infrastructure and services. If someone builds a single dwelling on part of a back garden down one of the muddy mews tracks does the council then have to somehow provide access for the dustmen? Tarmac the track for access? What about electricity? Gas? Water? Street lighting? All for that single dwelling.


There is a shortage of housing in London but I think it's a shame to build on back gardens. There's still a hell of a lot of empty and derelict land across SE London which could be converted into housing.... Take a drive, walk, cycle ride etc around the area and you'll quickly spot derelict patches of land which could so easily be developed, more easily than part of a back garden in Brockley which, lets face it, is simply being developed for the cash benefit of the land owner and developer, it certainly ain't going to winning any sustainable, key worker housing awards.... Building 1 house for profit at the end of someone's garden in Brockley certainly ain't going to address the housing shortage in Lewisham, if we want to do something about that, we need more high rise blocks like the ones being built in Lewisham which can house hundreds/thousands of people. Building a house here would simply be a motivated by profit.

Eleanor Dorman said...

Who do we contact about getting details on buying this? Thanks

Mezzer said...

Click on "The agents say" link.

Ian Convery said...

Isn't an gearbox and transmission reconditioning facility cool? Does something have to be arty farty or foody to be cool? Just asking.

Kev said...

Really?! Where?

Kev said...

You are an idiot

kev said...

Here here!

Headhunter said...

How can a gearbox and transmission reconditioning facility be described as "cool"?! Perhaps "useful", "necessary", "dirty" etc but cool?! No...

William Bidwell said...

Does anyone know what happened to this property?

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