Police Station plans opposed by neighbours

Today is the last day to comment on the plans to redevelop Brockley Police Station. The developer that has acquired the site has applied to convert it to flats, preserving the exterior but adding a row of small houses. Some local residents are opposed to the plan and are asking other locals to object. Gavin writes:

We're collectively objecting as the houses just aren't in character with the area and street, it will effect us through loss of light as well as creating a real strain on the existing parking in the area - which is already pretty saturated - often used by the garage as overspill as well as commuters parking here to use the Overground.

It feels like another clumsy piece of urban planning where the aesthetic of the streets in Brockley is slowly eroded with lazy design and lack of consideration.

I think part of what makes Brockley an attractive place to live is the way it looks, and developments like the new flats in and around John Stainer School area for example are eroding this fast. I'm not sure exactly how this would become a thread but if you could highlight the fact that any planning objections need to be submitted via the Lewisham Planning Department portal today. It is application No. DC/14/88272.

11 comments:

anon said...

Such a shame that everything has to become housing these days. I get that we need more houses in London but Brockley needs more community buildings too - like gyms, etc. Surely some of these amenities could be combined with housing?

Brockley Jon said...

I have seen worse looking houses but completely get what they're saying re. the slow erosion!


Loving the happy vision of Brockers with the smiley people, and if that walled planting & trellis ever looks as good as that then I'll water it myself.

Crepi said...

Talking of lazy, why only whites only in this artist's impression?
Did the architect ever visit Brockley?
UKIP supporter perhaps?

Kd said...

Cheap and ugly design

lord rogers said...

You won't get anywhere with your objection by citing a parking issue - if anything you might attract the interest of the council in setting up a CPZ (but perhaps you want that) – character 'cheap and ugly' etc is also a fairly flimsy invalid objection but the perceived light problem is worth following up, it's no good having subjective about it - the council planning office will generally ignore that. Apart from that it's the same pretty standard unimaginative stuff - the developers will get what they want sooner or later.

bobblekin said...

Good luck with that. We tried a collective objection on the Manwood Rd development. Despite over 25 resident objections it took the Planning committee less than 10 mins to approve more housing. Their only interest was bats and whether it would be a “gated” development. They didn’t discuss any of the residents’ concerns. Bizarrely they spent more time (nearly 2 hours) “agonising” on whether a pub landlord could knock down a disused 12ft lean-too on a grade 2 listed building. The lean-too wasn’t even original!
 
Unless there are bats on the site, or some political sensitivity then the development is going to get built.

The irony is that Lewisham has got the best new housing numbers in London – building large developments in genuine brownfield sites. But still we are getting houses built on any patch of grass whether it’s next to a railway, in a backyard or behind the bike sheds. It’s a joke!  

BigStu said...

You had a valid point until you mentioned UKIP. Are you saying all UKIP supporters aspire to white only communities? There are no obvious disabled people in the picture or people with weight issues, nor smokers. Perhaps the architect hates them as well? What political party would that make them a member of now?

Crepi said...

An artist's impression of a development in what has been a gloriously multi-cultural area for as long as I have known it, and which fails to acknowledge that level of diversity in a mock-up designed to appeal to LC planners and the locality seems to me to be peddling a view of Brockley and London which neither exists or is desirable.

From what I have read and observed, UKIP's policies suggest that England was better before we were blessed with a more diverse population, and the lack of a single mixed-race or ethnic presence in the mock up seems to represent a corresponding lack of sensitivity or appreciation of the area it seeks to develop.

You mention hate, I suggest ignorance.

brockleyite said...

Brockley needs more housing but it needs to look good. If anything the flats around west side should have been higher but more in-keeping (not victorian pastiche but good use of matching brick, white render, with possily some glass/steel detail and balconies). Wandle housing's grey brick boxes are the worst of it...

danny Boy said...

As I understand it, the police station will be 4 'high end' houses, surely that becomes less so when you turn the only potential outdoor space into.....more houses. The conversion of the police station, if it has to happen, I don't have a problem with (though obviously I would rather it was a police station or something for the community like an arts centre, gym etc we have precious few creative spaces that areas like Peckham are showing have a great effect). brockley suffers to many flats and not enough outside space. This development is just more of the same. Why is the council not concerned by such infill?

maisie_moo said...

Yup, exactly the two words that came to my mind.

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