Ladywell Pop-Up Village approved

Lewisham Council has confirmed that this plan for a pop-up housing development on the site of the former Ladywell pool was approved last night.

It is frustrating that, having known for years that this site would become available, the Council has failed to come up with a long-term plan for the site, especially as we're in the middle of another building and investment boom, which won't last forever. However, we are where we are, and this is an interesting throw of the dice. It could be a great new model, or it could be like those miserable little green humps they built in the middle of Lewisham in lieu of Lewisham Gateway. Lewisham Council says:

The site of the former Ladywell leisure centre is set to host one of the UK’s first ever pop-up villages.

The pop-up concept is to use modern technologies to provide temporary housing and retail units that can be largely constructed off-site, assembled and used, then dismantled, moved to a new site and used again.

The central Lewisham site is earmarked for a wider area development that will take some time to put into place and gain all necessary planning consents. The pop-up plan would put the site to good use in the meantime providing temporary homes for 24 families and space for retail, commercial and civic use – a ready-made micro-village.

Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet gave the green light to the concept at its meeting on Wednesday 22 October.
  
The Council will now move forward with a formal tendering process with the aim of awarding a contract early in 2015.  New homes could then be ready for occupation in autumn 2015.

24 comments:

Headhunter said...

Love the way they call it "pop up" in an attempt to appeal to "Nuwisham" types when basically it's a bunch of sheds on a site that should've had a plan years ago

mickeymouse said...

They are so ugly. Who is going to live in them then, Council tenants?

Peter Tooke said...

On the other side of the High Street so not Ladywell as far as most Ladywellites are concerned . . . .

Doug said...

Lewisham council and their councillors never cease to surprise me. Just when I didn't think they can screw up the borough more they come up with more short term'ism ideas like this.

Lord Rodgers said...

People may have said the same about prefabs built in the 40s and 50s - and the Excalibur estate in Lewisham is vigorously guarded by some who love it - but the council want to knock it down of course.
It's just possible that it's an enlightened and creative bit of thinking on the part of the council - and of course they are taking up the baton that was handed to them by People Before Profit in an action they undertook last year to highlight the amount of waste ground in New Cross that had been inactive for many years.
I say have a bit of faith that someone in the council has got their head screwed on and is open to something other that the predictable.

Gu Est said...

very good example of a Contradictio in Terminis :"Have a bit of faith in Lewisham Council"

Norman Lepont said...

"Pop up village" Nice bit of spinning by the PR team at the Council, more like a pop up slum, (which will probably be there till we get the bakerloo line in 2040) I'll make sure I avoid it at all costs.

Tamsin said...

Pre-fabs still here after 50 years and loved by those who live in them. So not necessarily that short-term (in fact if they turn out the same could be longer than the anticipated shelf-life of many other contemporary buildings). BTW pre-fab museum got its funding and is extended for about three more years.

Martin said...

Exactly, using hip terms like pop-up and talking about 3-D printers won't change the fact that the council is inviting poor people to a poor area. Probably with no skills, with children who will need help. None of the new residents will pay any taxes to support the services in the borough. I think the council should try to make the area a bit more diverse.

Last but no least how on earth is it temporary? Are they going to kick out residents in 2 years? It is a waste of people's money.

Mies Van der Rohe said...

Oh purlease. The sham lives up to its name once again.

Headhunter said...

The problem with this is there doesn't seem to be a timeline in mind. How "temporary" is temporary? If this is some kind of short term use for the land whilst someone actually comes up with a plan what's the time frame and who is thinking about longer term use? If the longer term use is for social housing then why not get started on something more permanent now?


I can see these "temporary" structures being in place for many years... They won't even be ready until late 2015 or may be 2016 factoring in delays and problems, then residents will be in by mid 16 and then what? They get booted out again in a couple of years? I don't see it, I'd wager that this'll still be here when the Bakerloo line is in place.


Why not just get it over with and build proper, decent social housing now rather than some "temporary" favela/ghetto which will probably require a lot more spending on maintenance as it outlives its intended life....

Max Calò said...

BTW, the Council was speaking of decanting its own office site in Catford to redevelop that and I can't think of a better opportunity.

Primeval Mudd said...

There are, I think, about 600 people on Lewisham's homeless list for urgent housing.

This will give a very small number of them a roof over their heads. It's minimal but it's better than nowt.

The development that replaces it needs to be council housing, not another development for buy-to-let investors and Canary Wharf brokers looking to be near the DLR.

NAT said...

How is it a contradiction in terms, if that's what the foreign bit is intended to mean, exactly?

NAT said...

I would wager that they would leave shortly before construction work on the Bakerloo line station commences. What is the value of your wager and what odds were you intending to give?

KT said...

Why do the residents of lewisham not have a say on this? Once again the borough we live in dominated by a misguided and lazy Labour oligarchy push through their plans without consulting the local population.

Primeval Mudd said...

The residents of Lewisham voted for 53 Labour councillors out of 54. They also voted for Bullock as Mayor, though I've yet to meet anybody who's got a good word to say about him.

It's bizarre.

Gu Est said...

Latin my dear, Latin!

Max Calò said...

Labour has run Lewisham for 50 years actually. But that besides, I don't think they're sheds or that this is a bad proposal, it's a shame that they haven't got a plan for a permanent use after all the notice they had, but now that they made a whole in the ground filling it with something that goes up fast enough to be visible by next election may look like the best option from Labour point of view, even considering they've made a promise to build Council homes in their manifesto.

NAT said...

And why use the language of Latin America if there's a viable English alternative?
Why is it a contradiction in terms?

Mark said...

The joke is, not withstanding getting planning permission - it would not take that much longer to build permanent housing on the site.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

Well thats the dream of a cinema for lewisham gone then

NAT said...

If they were permanent buildings the dream of a cinema might well be gone. They are not.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

No but they will no doubt hang about longer than intended and then there will be planning and then it would need to be built. So it is now so far in the future as to be gone. I might die before it comes.

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