Application to renovate two Brockley Road shop fronts

The Holistic Centre (with van on pavement, natch) and the property targeted for redevelopment

The storage space that will be converted

The biggest of all Brockley Road's many eyesores -the Holistic Centre - could be renovated if an application to build six new flats on the corner of Cranfield Road and Brockley Road is approved. The application is for:

The construction of a two storey building on the site of the garages at the rear of 169-171 Brockley Road SE4, comprising 6, one bedroom, self-contained flats, associated landscaping and provision of a bicycle/refuse store, together with the renovation of the existing street elevations of Nos 169, 169a and 171 Brockley Road including the provision of new shopfronts.

The shops effected are the the Essence of India and the Holistic Centre. The plan is to replace the Holistic Centre's bent shutters with timber shop fronts and mesh shutters, in accordance with Conservation Area guidelines, which are ignored by many of the businesses operating on the high street. The building's UPVC window frames will be replaced by wooden ones and the bulky air conditioning units on the roof of the commercial units will go.

The entrance to four of the flats will open on to Harefield Mews, while two will open on to Cranfield Road.

This work, combined with the renovation of La Lanterna (currently making slow progress) and a commitment by Lewisham Council to invest (an admittedly minimal amount of money) to improve the pavement on that stretch, could at last give the parade it needs to capitalise on the arrival of the East London Line.

13 comments:

Ben said...

Good. That stretch needs smartening up? Is the holistics business a going concern? Not the sort of shop I'm in the habit of frequenting...

Brockley Nick said...

No, it's full of junk.

Brockley Nick said...

And in this case, not the kind of junk you'd normally associate with holistic therapy.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's them who need Therapy.

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Anonymous said...

Depends where you eat it from.

Paddyom said...

Fantastic. Hope they are picky about who they let them to so we may have more than just fried food and Western Union shops to choose from. Good news though!

Bea said...

Fantastic news - maybe they will then also sort out the waste pipe that drains from the flat above the Holistic Centre directly onto the pavement and leaves noodle and bean offerings on a daily basis.

Anonymous said...

how joyful to live in a first world country

Anonymous said...

Not sure the anti-van munging was necessary - it's clearly loading goods, is on a particularly wide bit of pavement in front of a closed shop, and is probably better placed temporarily than being parked up at the side of a narrow road?

Bea said...

If you look in the lower picture you can see a triangular "For Sale" board stuck to the side of the building where the flats will be built. It’s not clear that this is the actual building (or one further down the mews) that is being sold but maybe this planning permission is being sought in order to make the plot more attractive to buyers. If that is the case, sadly it could be quite a while before anything happens to improve this patch of Brockley.

(Also, the photos in the planning application are out of date - it’s still Hayden Estates! - I think this is the second time round it is being requested due to time lapse.)

Bea said...

Recently seen a "sold" sign on the board - so good news for Brockley and that street corner!

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