Bird's Dress Agency now a four bed house

It's been mentioned a few times already by BCers, but just as there are positive signs of life emanating from Brockley Cross, one of the more handsome shops in the area has been lost to a residential conversion.

Bird's Dress Agency and the flats above have been turned into a four-bed house, now on the market for £750,000. The plans were initially met with opposition, but the conversion is now complete.

26 comments:

Kriss said...

It looks like a doctors' surgery with a fancy kitchen. How the hell did Lewisham planning let this get through? It's a real shame - and so shortsighted - to lose such important retail/commercial plots.

Would really like to hear what the Brockley Ward Cllrs have to say!

LadyGD said...

I don't know why you'd buy there, with that money to spend. Is Brockley that desirable, or 4beds in such short supply?
Agree it seems a shame.

riko74 said...

A massive shame, and it went through with some dubious planning permission.

terrencetrentderby said...

Did anyone ever buy anything from Birds, ever? On the plus side you get to live next to Paul who is an excellent barber.

Brockley Nick said...

I don't mourn the shop itself particularly, but the unit is a loss.

anonymouse said...

Yes

anon said...

What is happening with the plan to turn coulgate into a pedestrian road. I thought the funding was secured ... Why is it taking so long

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Katy said...

I'm amazed somebody would pay that much for something that still looks like a shop. Shame they couldn't keep the premises and do up the flats above if necessary.

Martin said...

It's not getting pedestrianized - it will only be tidied up

Shed said...

It would be much better had it remained as the former shops at ground floor but there isn't a lot that the authority can do about permitted development change of use, provided that the boxes are ticked. I was told recently by a planning consultant that Richmond council refused a load of changes from B1 office to C3 Resi, because they didn't want to lose the office space to flats everywhere, but the authority got into a load of grief over it. The changes of use were then passed on appeal.

Shed said...

Some 3 beds are approaching that money in the posh streets (and Conservation Area 2 bed flats selling for 500) so brockley must be that desirable. Or something...

Brockley Jon said...

If they'd painted the two sides different colours it might not have been so obvious they've been converted, and wouldn't have been such a battleship-like blob on that stretch.

Old Bird said...

Yes!! Loads of stuff

Phoneboy said...

Please turn off the mobile navigation for the site. It actually hurts to read and navigate on a phone now.

Tamsin said...

Yes, quite a bit. Including a set of four mock Jacobean dining chairs which I had to go to collect from Manor Road. And they had interesting stuff that tempted me to more. Also nice and slightly eccentric people running it. The sort of place like Sounds Around that gives character to an area and their moving on should be mourned.

Tamsin said...

Quite - the system is still skewed pro-developer. Objectors can't appeal, even if they can club together to put money where their mouths are, but developers can. So council's, rightly wary of spending public money on lawyers, always err on the side of caution and allow dubious developments to go through unless there are unassailable reasons to refuse.

Joe Sheeran said...

There's a shortage of family homes - most of the new builds are small 1-3 bed flats - and lots of houses have been converted into flats recently. It's not the most attractive of conversions but with the success of the deli and the opening of the new Indian cafe I don't think Brockley Cross is going the way of Upper Brockley Road any time soon.

Brockley Jon said...

Hi Phoneboy. What device are you using? Can you please be specific about the issues you're having? Just to be clear, I'm not for a minute suggesting there aren't issues - there are big ones! I'll just help us decide the best course of action. Thanks.

Headhunter said...

Where is the shortage of family homes? There are acres and acres of unconverted 2 and 3 bed Victorian terraces in Crofton Park, Nunhead, St Johns, Lewisham, Pekham etc. Even in Brockley on the west side. There isn't much specifically in Brockley conservation area but that's largely down to the housing stock available. If you look on Rightmove, Zoopla etc etc from about £600k upwards there are pages and pages of family homes in the area.... I never get this mantra that there is a shortage of family homes. They're expensive - yes, but that's a different argument....

Headhunter said...

Manor Avenue? It hasn't been Manor Road since the 60s...

terrencetrentderby said...

There is a shortage of affordable family homes. You'd either have to be rich or possess considerable equity to buy a 600k house. The solution is developments of large flats/duplexes families can comfortably live in, as in Germany. Land and therefore cost efficient.
That or try and limit the population growth of London (set to grow 1 million in 10 years), but nobody here seems comfortable talking about that.

darwin said...

I'd suggest that anybody who posts messages on blogs be disallowed from procreating - that should sort the gene-pool out in a few years - otherwise were going to be a race of complete tossers.

Headhunter said...

OK so it the gripe is affordability rather than lack of supply. Affordability is a problem up and down the London accommodation scale from 1 and 2 bed flats for 20 somethings starting out to 4 or 5 bed family houses... Yes, lack of supply has pushed prices up but the supply is there, it's not as though every family home in the area has been converted into flats...

Chris said...

Unit 104 of the Tea Factory (Room 104?) also applied for change of use to become a one bedroom flat but was rejected at the end of last year. I wonder if they appealed.

Application - DC/14/89733

GrewUpInBrockley said...

If i had that much money I still wouldn't by it......it's single yellow lines outside so you can't park outside until 6.3pm, you have no front garden, so I guess your bin must stay inside your home until refuse day and one of the houses is next to a barbers!!!!!!
I love Brockley however these prices are getting more absurd and us locals are once again priced out of the market.

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