Two Angry Men* - Part 2: Brockley Police Station

Knight Frank have listed the former Brockley Police Station for sale, noting that it's a sui generis use class, which means that any developer that buys it will have to justify whatever use they propose to put it to. Most likely, someone will try to turn it into flats, although, as we've argued before, this is a rare opportunity to do something different in Brockley and it would be lovely if Lewisham Council encouraged a developer to include office or leisure uses within the quarter-acre site.

Yv Greav has gone one-further and launched a petition, arguing that it should not be sold at all. She writes:

Brockley Police Station is being sold on. This classical building once a place of the community is in danger of passing onto transient property developers. We need to save this building and preserve it for the local community. 

There are lots of pubs, betting shops, fast food restaurants in Brockley, but nothing no large centre for the whole community to take care of their health. We urgently need a gym. There are lots of new big properties being built in the area such as in front, behind and beside the station. 

Brockley will look very different in 5 and 10 years time, however this all appears quite individually focused nothing is opening up to support the health of the community. 

*We've belatedly realised that Yv is a woman, which renders today's Two Angry Men theme farcical. Sorry.

31 comments:

Fred up said...

I haven't got the emotional strength to fight for this. To sign petititon and to get hopes up that anything will come of it and then to see another set of rabbit hutch flats in a 'gated community' come to pass.



Let the neo-liberalis win aka let the market decide. It always f*** does anyway.

RB said...

"This classical building once a place of the community is in danger of passing onto transient property developers."


Well I've Lived in Brockley for years and I couldn't tell you where it is. Which probably explains why it's being sold, really.


That said, a KFC would seem to be reasonable.

Danja said...

The theme seems just about rescuable with a wo and some artfully placed brackets.

BloodThirstyJon said...

A rip-off health club? No thanks. Right now we need more homes than gyms that not everyone needs or wants.


Brockley doesn't have a night club either.


I walk by the station every day, I don't see any new big properties being built in the front, behind and beside the station.

Mill said...

You need to explore more as it's just around the corner from Brockley train station... It's a wonderful building. I'm not so sure a leisure center or gym would be a good use... I walk to the one in greenwich......

LT said...

There are 2 developments being built at this moment one right opposite the station and the other just to the right of it on Mantle Road near the Chinese. can't miss them really

Brockley Nick said...

How can you possibly miss the massive residential development that has shot up next to the station on the west side? There is also another one currently under way directly opposite the west side exit and two more due to get started soon - one more on each side of the station...

Brockley Nick said...

How can you miss the massive residential development that has shot up next to the station on the west side? There is also another one currently under way directly opposite the west side exit and two more due to get started soon - one more on each side of the station...

CIBL said...

I've just spoken to Knight Frank who say the property in Under Offer and no longer available to view.

Wha......?! said...

Yeah it's literally impossible to miss them. They just uncovered the ones next to Yong Xiang. I genuinely burst out laughing when I saw it, it looks like a young offenders unit. I particularly like the way it seemlessly blends into the streetscape.

Errrrr said...

Oh. My. God. When did window tax come back!?... Brockley sure is getting ugly.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, that's bad isn't it. That's designed to be the "side" of the house, even though it faces directly on to the road.

jem said...

Brockley needs a cinema and / or a bookshop more than another set of flats....

BloodThirstyJon said...

Well as the article is about the police station, I assumed it was in reference to that particular station. If you meant the railway station, then that's another story. But as it stands, I don't see any new big properties being built in the front, behind and beside of the (police) station.

Man of Brockley said...

>We urgently need a gym.

No one in the world ever 'urgently NEEDS a gym'. And have you been banned from the other gym in London (I'm sure there must be one somewhere)?

headhunter said...

The local Victorians wouldn't have thought anything about the buildings on Wickham road as there weren't any locals at that time. Roads like Wickham were built on undeveloped open fields/rural land

Tressilly said...

That building would make a rubbish gym. Go run around the park(s)! Mind all the dog poo though. The best re-use that would preserve it would in fact be flats or offices at a stretch. Or a massive pub called the nick. The new flats in the area are generally shocking, design-wise, and should be more the target of local scorn.

terrencetrentderby said...

Does remind me a bit of Feltham.

Would have preferred a more classical looking prison like the solid looking one in Scum, minus the greenhouse of course.

Ian Culshaw said...

I vote KFC

Brockley belle said...

Jon, gyms are good, they serve the community, and help people to get healthy and delay the death date. Nightclubs are noisy and smelly and violent. This is a residential area. That is a very bad idea.

Deptford police station said...

There are examples of old police stations NOT being turned into flats.

Deptford police station is an Art space.

http://www.theoldpolicestation.org/#!cocktails


I suspect this came about because the development plan for Deptford is to try to encourage creative businesses.



Conversely, the plan for Brockley (and most of the rest of Lewisham) seems to be to turn it into a dormitory.

Anon said...

Lewisham is base for the "flat for a vote" policy. Btw what happened to the rest of the developments, the MOT and the Brockley Cross car sale land received approval with important concessions long time again.

Jez said...

Friend of mine recently asked a dog owner in Hilly Fields to clean up after their dog, when it became obvious that they wouldn't. Dog owner said to friend that if she was so bothered about it she should clean the shit up herself and tried to give her a bag to do it. Welcome to Brockley.

Arabin&Out said...

I second the vote for a pub named The Brockley Nick.

jonnyg said...

I was under the impression that this building had been squatted and therefore is bound to be short term

jonnyg said...

Isn't the problem with the way brockley is being developed is Lewisham council who, frankly, do not have a great history with this area.
I can remember when brockley road was like Nunhead with a wide range of shops, but, the rumour was that Lewisham had a policy of not supporting local businesses in favour of the hideous monstrosity known as Lewisham town centre, that seems to have worked well.


I might also point out to the person who suggested a halfway house that this area used to have a number of social services houses, i.e. a mother and baby unit and some other services, sadly the the crime rate was extremely high near these properties, Brakespeares road was not safe after dark. When these were closed the crime rate in the area dropped like a stone.


There is, or was, also a halfway house on Brockley road run by a born again christian, once again there are strong connections with this establishment and local crack dealers.


I strongly support social service orientated organisations, mental health support and the rest but there are consequences. In this pitiful society that we live in and voted for how many of you are prepared to take the rough with the smooth.


Lets not forget Maggie's Care In the Community which, of course, translated as no care, and how many innocent people have died as a result of that and I include former clients of the NHS mental health services as well as jo soap minding his or her own business.

Multidyer10 said...

with so littel space available for small businesses in the Borough of Lewisham it would be a dream to have this building occupied by the wealth of business that are about to be turned out of Faircharm Studios + the myriad artists who need space to work from + the addition of running short courses and exhibitions into the mix! shame we can't afford to buy it.....very very sad face!

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Fuzzygus said...

Flamin' hell - that's awful - who allows planning permission for such tripe?

Fuzzygus said...

Yep - live a few doors down. Streets round here full of young families - have no problem whatsoever being a NIMBY...

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