Brockley Cross car dealership under offer

The freehold on the B&M car dealership in Brockley Cross is under offer.

Brockley Central has been forecasting for years that the dozen or so car businesses in the area would sell-up as the East London Line drives the development of the area, a long-term trend, exacerbated by the collapse of the second-hand car market.

B&M, which hasn't updated its signage since the 01 for London days, was a prime candidate, though the site itself will be challenging for a retailer or a developer. B&M's location, jutting out in to the road, could from some angles make Brockley Cross look like an 8-lane super highway. If its life as a car dealership has come to an end, then it is an era whose end we won't mourn.

If the site has been bought by a developer, we hope the Council uses this opportunity to re-imagine Brockley Cross as a place for people not cars.

29 comments:

drakefell debaser said...

Hindwoods Hunter Payne need to buy a compass.

Perfect spot for a cafe.

Anonymous said...

Any chance you could give more details to it's exact location? There are a few car dealerships in BX.

Anonymous said...

ignore last post - just clicked your link.

Anonymous said...

Is there any way we can find out what is planned for this spot?

Anonymous said...

More under the radar (and very dog-whistly) anti-car munging.

Monkeyboy said...

If I read it right b&m have the lease until sept 2011? No reason why the new owners shouldn't continue to lease to them?

Brockley Nick said...

Anon 17.03 - don't know what you mean about under the radar - I've been quite explicit about saying that the amount of space given over to car sales forecourts / garages in what are supposed to be our town centre areas (Brockley Cross, Coulgate Street, Crofton Park) is a major impediment to developing a successful retail centre.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see a kind of Flatiron type building on this triangular site.

Anonymous said...

It would be a brilliant spot for a cafe- pretty sure there is space at the back too. Bit of fencing, some plants, maybe a canopy at the front- it would be a lovely spot. Erin, could you please work your magic on it...?!

Anonymous said...

How about just change the B to a D and you've got 'D&M van hire' off pavement parking instead of the vans parking down Manor Avenue and the pavements around the Cross.

Anonymous said...

restore the paintings by "known"

it really annoys me that the idiot called CuT has his name there, and it is a bit scruffy

also restore the maya angelou bit

where is artmongers when you need them?

Anonymous said...

Wrong car dealer...

Anonymous said...

This site would be perfect for lots of things. Done right, it could drive regeneration of Brockley Cross. But there's no reason for a private owner to prioritise that.

So, ambitious idea time. Would there be interest in forming a company to buy the site and operate it with community priorities front and centre? (Appreciate the site is under offer, which raises some ethical issues).

It would need 100 shares sold at £2,000 each, say. Not a great time to raise capital, but it looks like there'd be a return of 3% annually from the garage alone, plus whatever could be raised from the other unit. More due diligence required, of course, but that's not a bad rate at the moment.

There are lots of ways such a company could encourage use of the site in a way which would benefit regeneration: preferential rents for certain types of business, aesthetics, etc.

Anonymous said...

Is it in the conservation area? If so I would imagine that limits the scope for potential developers.

Paddyom said...

The ex- 'Thai supermarket' on the corner in Crofton Park is also up for sale at the mo. And I thought I saw a 'for sale' sign on the old Cafe Neu/Brockley supermarket units as well recently but it may have gone. The used kitchen goods business there which had 2 units seems to have retreated into just 1 now so not sure if something is happening there. Any positive change on that parade and indeed the B&M car lot site would be welcome. The signage alone from most of these businesses drives me mad.

Monkeyboy said...

I understand the stone cladding has been listed

Anonymous said...

This is right at the base of Geoffrey Road isn't it? I wondered why the properties at Manor Avenue stopped after number 103 on the uneven side. Geoffrey Road was previously numbers 105 to 179 'Manor Road' - aka Manor Avenue.

The Oracle said...

The current tenant may have the automatic right to renew the lease under the 1974 Landlord and Tenant Act.

Ross said...

sort of on topic. they're taking offers on the new cross inn at the moment as well. absolutely beautiful building.

Brockley Nick said...

Ross, got a link please?

Brockley Jon said...

I love the look of this place. It's comically squeezed in between the two roads, has space for about 3 cars on the forecourt, and if you look into the office, it really hasn't changed for years - I always imagined the BBC would come in one day and use it as the set for Life on Mars or something like that.

Ross said...

http://www.christie.com/search/brief/4/38295?1267625603

its listed below somewhere on at 1.5mil and above somewhere listed at 670k

Anonymous said...

We. Do. Not. Need. Another. Cafe.

Michael said...

Nick, what's happened to the cafe that was meant to be opening at the Tea Factory?

Zeno said...

Couldn't agree with your thoughts more on this, Nick... but, unfortunately, this looks set to remain a car showroom. Unless the current leaseholder intends standing aside that is. (Last time I spoke to him he didn't.)

TM said...

A tenant can be prevented from renewing their Lease if there is a valid reason and compensation is paid.

Redevelopment is one of the reasons I seem to recall.

Ed said...

We need a national business to locate here then others will be more confident to start small and medium sized businesses...

Nothing happening in the Tea Factory Cafe site and the estate agents has now turned into some charity hq with many crusty beards coming and going.

Things are going to get worse before they get better.

Anonymous said...

It would also be a good site for a little garden centre/ shop. We don't have anything in Brockley where you can pick up plants and the like.

Headhunter said...

I read on this site that there used to be a garden centre on Brockley Rd somewhere near Ivy Rd, I think on the other side though, near Comerford Rd? Anyway the land was built on at some point

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