As CH1 pointed out this was a Brixton Challenge project. I believe the upstairs was to be retail. But for whatever reason this didn't happen. I think the site was compulsory purchased. Developed then reverted back to private sector. Interesting comments in the design and access statement of how this is a conservation area and this present architecture is negative addition. That planning officers see this application as improvement. Begs the question what planning officers were doing when this regeneration development went through Brixton Challenge. Asleep at their desks? Or afraid of upsetting a Council led project? I've now read the design and access statement. At several times says historically Electric lane has been a "quiet back street". Compared to Atlantic road and Electric Avenue. Is this really a problem? That needs solving by adding yet more A3? Are local residents clamouring for more "active frontage" on this lane? No they aren't. Residents in Electric Avenue are asking for the opposite. The design and access statement isn't about improving "dead frontage". It's about making money. Agree with Rushy better use of this space would be offices or work units. To me this doesn't appear as great place for restaurant.